From: 19.04.2018 To: 14.10.2018
Available days: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Walking & panoramic tour (car/van/buss)
English, German, Swedish, Dutch
This tour gives us the chance to explore some of Herzegovina’s most beautiful and iconic sites. We depart from Mostar in the morning.
The first stop in our journey today is in Blagaj, located some 10 km from Mostar. Blagaj was the capital of Herzegovina during medieval times, and today is one of the most important Muslim pilgrimage sites in the country. We will visit its main attraction, the 16th century tekke – a dervish monastery. It is located on the source of the river Buna, meaning the water is drinkable and cold, perfect for refreshment on a hot day, while providing the tekke with a unique setting.
After enjoying the charm of Blagaj, we continue our journey south and visit Počitelj.
Built on a rocky cliff sloping steeply down to the bank of the Neretva River, Počitelj is one of the most picture-perfect architectural ensembles in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Architecturally, the surviving stone-built parts of the town are a fortified complex, in which two stages of evolution may be observed: mediaeval, and Ottoman. The most iconic building is the Gavran Capetan tower, built between 15th and 18th century and the Hadži Alija Mosque from 16th century, which is ‘one of the finest achievements of the classical Ottoman style of single-room domed mosques in BiH’ according to UNESCO. After walking around for a bit, we take a small break and use the chance to enjoy traditional coffee in serene surroundings
Next we move to Kravice, for rest and relaxation. Kravice waterfalls are a real gem on the river Trebižat, and is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy the beauty that nature can offer. The brave ones can even cool off by taking a swim in the clear, cold water under the waterfalls. This is where we’ll spend the bulk of our time together, and have some time for a lunch with a stunning view of the waterfalls themselves.
Our final stop for the day is in Međugorje. Since 1981, it has become a popular site of religious pilgrimage due to reports of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to six local Catholic children. Međugorje has grown to become one of the largest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, attracting around a million pilgrims a year. Before we start exploring the area around the st. James church, we take a lunch break to replenish our energy. We visit the church area and learn the story of the children to whom the Virgin Mary appears, before we climb the Apparition Hill – the location where the original events transpired in 1981.
We return to Mostar in the afternoon.