The essence of the Balkans
A trip to Bosnia & Herzegovina is like a trip through the history of the Balkans – complicated and teaming with diverse culture, historial icons and beautiful nature.
Located in the inlands of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is Mostar, most well known for its 16th century bridge. Built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, this stone bridge is a symbol of the war and now connects two culturally and religiously diverse areas. With fortified towers on each side, known as ˝Bridge Keepers˝(Mostari) Belebija and Tara, this bridge dominates the Neretva River with a height of over twenty meters. Visit the Bizaar, turkish house and local mosque.
Sarajevo is one of the most historically interesting cities in Europe and the political, historical & cultural center of Bosnia and Hercegovina. Home to Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians, and Bosnian muslims, Sarajevo is often referred to as the Jerusalem of Europe.
Known for the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand beginning WWI, the wonderful Bascarsija bazaar, and the elegant Austro-Hungarian architecture, it is also a vibrant living city.
The essence of Sarajevo:
- Old Town, including a visit and time for shopping in the Bascarsija bazaar (an ancient trading place for artisans)
- The Cathedral, an old Orthodox church containing both a museum and a mosque
- Turkish house
- Neutral Zone protected by the United Nations
- Tunnel of Hope to Vrelo Bosne park
Known for being one of the most popular prayer centers in the world, this small village has been visited by millions of people around the world.
According to legend, the Virgin Mary has appeared on several occasions, since June of 1981, when she appeared to 6 children. The children claim that they saw an apparition on the hill Crnica (on the place called Podbrdo); the alleged apparition was a white form with a child in her arms. It is said that this apparition is known to send messages even today to several visionaries, who state that they receive them as often as every month.
Visiting three Spiritual Zones: the Church, Podbrdo (the location of the apparition sighting) and Krizevac hill (home to a concrete cross meant to call upon Jesus by his followers).
Stop in Kravice National Park on the Trebižat River not far from Mostar – a spectacular cascade that plummets over 30-meter (98-foot) forming a natural amphitheater spanning 120 meters as the river splits into a dozen or more separate waterfalls between massive boulders into the lake below.
Pocitelj – UNESCO heritge site
The Ottoman-era fortress village of Počitelj is surrounded by a rocky amphitheatre, with stairways climbing between medieval stone-roofed houses. The large 1562 Hadži Alijina Mosque was fully restored after its destruction in the war of independence in the 1990s. The 16 meter clock tower remains bell-less, as it has been since 1917. The iconic Gavrakapetan Tower is in the still part-ruined Utvrda fortress. You can climb the bell tower and ramparts for spectacular views over the countryside.
The Tekke (khanqah, dervish house), at the source of the river Buna, was founded by Dervishes from the Bektashi order in the 16th century. The buildings were two-story buildings, with protruding oriel windows and beautiful flower gardens. Two musafirhanas (charity houses for guests) were used for the accommodation of travelers.
In the mid-19th century, it was renovated and it became part of the Kaderi order. Today, the Dervish house is owned by the Nakshibendi order.