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Bosnia & Herzegovina

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA AND THE BALKANS TOURS

Blessed with medieval villages, crystal clear rivers and lakes as well as the Dinaric Alps, a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina often leaves travellers wanting more of this picturesque country which forms part of the Balkan Peninsula.

Our Bosnia and Herzegovina tours takes you on an enthralling journey through its capital city of Sarajevo, a compact city based along the banks of the Miljacka River and we'll visit some of its popular attractions such as the Stari Most - a reconstructed medieval arched bridge in the city of Mostar and so much more.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to visit Bosnia & Herzegovina?

Formerly a war zone, Bosnia & Herzegovina is now a safe country to visit and crime levels are generally low.

What is the official currency of Bosnia & Herzegovina?

The currency used in Bosnia & Herzegovina is the convertible mark, which is divided into 100 pfenigs or fenings.

When is the best time of the year to visit Bosnia & Herzegovina?

The best time to visit Bosnia & Herzegovina is May, June and early September, as the temperature is cooler, and the conditions are perfect for hiking. February and March are ideal for skiing and winter activities.

What should you wear in Bosnia & Herzegovina?

Many Bosniaks are Muslim, but there is almost no local culture for wearing Islamic dress. Tourists can wear casual attire but should choose conservative clothing when visiting mosques or religious sites.

Is the tap water safe to drink in Bosnia & Herzegovina?

The tap water is safe to drink, and you should keep a water bottle to fill up with free mineral water at several roadside springs.

TOUR REVIEWS

Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.

Excellent from the initial planning to every step along the way on the trip! Worry free in every way! Islam, Hussein and Mahmoud were the greatest! Please check out my review on Trip Advisor! FIve stars from this girl!
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Took care of every single detail from prior to our arrival in Cario until we we're dropped of at the airport a week later. Our hotels, tours, meals, and tour group we're all wonderful. Our tour guide was wonderful!
The price was great and the people wonderful!

Amazing tour. Any issues we had were addressed in a timely fashion and the resolutions were satisfactory. My only complaint is the driver picking us up was late and none of the cell numbers worked when we tried to call and figure out what to do.

Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.

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Bosnia & Herzegovina Country Guide

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Time: GMT+2
Dial Code: +387
Area: 51,197 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Bosnia & Herzegovina is the Adriatic Sea 0m | The highest point in Bosnia & Herzegovina is Magli? 2,386m (7,828 ft.)
Population: 3,503,554 (2018)
Capital: Sarajevo
Governemnt: Federation, Republic, Parliamentary system, Parliamentary republic, Federal republic
Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian

This country on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe is sometimes called Bosnia-Herzegovina and is often informally known as Bosnia. The capital and the largest city is Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina is an almost landlocked country. It has a narrow coast at the Adriatic Sea alongside the town of Neum.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is bordered by Croatia to the north, west and south, Serbia to the east, and Montenegro to the southeast. The landscape is mountainous in the central and eastern interior, the northwest is moderately hilly, and the northeast is mainly flatland.

The inland, Bosnia, is a larger region with a moderate continental climate with snowy, cold winters and hot summers. Herzegovina, on the southern tip, has a Mediterranean climate with plain topography.

There are three main ethnic groups including the Bosniaks, the largest group, the Serbs and the Croats. A native of Bosnia and Herzegovina is usually identified in English as Bosnian. The minorities consist of Jews, Poles, Ukrainians, Roma and Turks.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the most frequently visited countries in the region and is believed to have the third highest tourism growth rate in the world. The country is known for its cultural heritage, winters sports, cuisine, architecture and natural environment.

The country has a bicameral legislature and a three-member presidency composed of a member of each ethnic group. The central government's power is highly limited and there are two autonomous entities. The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is complex and has 10 cantons.

Highlights

  • Vrbas Canyons – a series of gorges, which the Vrbas River flows through - popular for rafting.
  • Mehmet Paša Sokolovi? Bridge – constructed in 1571, this 10-arch bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Tvrdoš Monastery – this monastery complex is surrounded by vines, known for superb wines.
  • Viso?ica Hill - a pyramid-shaped hill with a steep footpath and views of the old Visoko fortress.
  • Štrba?ki Buk – a spectacular waterfall in Una River Valley, flowing over an 18m drop-off with viewing platforms.
  • Tunnel Museum – this museum preserves an underground tunnel built during the Bosnian War.
  • Sarajevo City Hall – constructed in 1898, this striking Austro-Hungarian-era building has a multi-arched interior and stained-glass ceiling.
  • Vranduk Castle – found in a wooded valley, this 15th-century fortress has a traditional archery ground.

Tips

  • You should remove footwear before entering a home or even a hostel.
  • When entering a mosque, women will usually be given a headscarf.
  • You will notice that smoking is considered acceptable almost everywhere.
  • Bargaining is not acceptable in almost all services and shops, apart from some trinket shops.
  • It is normal to round up a bill and add a bit extra.
  • Bosnia is a cash-based society so carry some cash with you while travelling.
  • Many of the locals can speak English, especially in towns and cities.
  • The Bosnians are big meat eaters and you will find that vegetarian options are limited.

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TAILOR-MADE Bosnia & Herzegovina TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

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