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Scents of Orient in Mostar

A scent of Orient in the heart of the Balkans

The entire Balkan region is a fascinating mix of tradition, ethnicity and heritage, where one's experiences can vary from village to village, as proud communities uphold the traditions of their ancestors. Although there is more than enough to keep you busy in sunny Dalmatia, travelling a border to Bosnia and Herzegovina is well worth it for visiting its majestic Old town of Mostar!
The whole part of the eastern, Muslim part of the city has a distinctly Turkish feel, in stark contrast to the Croatian western half of the city. Taking its name from a combination of two Croatian words, 'star' meaning old and 'most' meaning bridge, there is little debate on what is the outstanding attraction in Bosnia's second city - the world famous 500 year-old Old Bridge of Mostar, which stands imperiously over the emerald Neretva river below.
Originally commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557, it took designer Mimar Hayruddin some 9 years to complete the Old Bridge, which entirely consists of local stone called tenelija. Take some time on the bridge – or even under the bridge - and wait for the famous local divers, who will dive into the cold Neretva below from the middle of the bridge. This is a long-standing tradition in the city, dating back to the first recorded jump in 1664. One to watch rather than participate!
Wander through the picturesque souvenir shops on either side of the bridge, and get lost in time and culture as the taste of the Orient drags you in. There is some excellent souvenir shopping to be had here, and the market is also a good bet for handicrafts, copper work, coffee sets, rugs and even traditional Fez hats. And do not miss out on the food! The food of Bosnia is famous in the region for traditional tastes and authentic flavors and often regarded as being "better Turkish food" than in Turkey! The culinary delights of Mostar include burek (meat or cheese filled pastry) or ćevapčići (the typical everyday meal of grilled minced meat with lots of different spices served with pita and onion).
Additional: Add a traditional Bosnian lunch experience to your Mostar private day tour or visit the spring of river Buna running through a historic Turkish village.
Take a day to get contrast to things in Dubrovnik, to experience the bigger picture and immerse further into the local histories, across the border, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
 
 

Inclusions

Collection from your hotel or villa in Dubrovnik or Split by our English speaking professional guide/driver, private walking tour of Mostar historic quarters with a local licensed guide, and entrance tickets to the Turkish House Museum and historic Mosque
Lunch is not included but we recommend fabulous čevapčići in Mostar and tufahije dessert in Buna!

Quick facts

Available year round
8 AM departure from your hotel or other meeting place (can be adjusted)
Bring passport for border crossing, camera and comfortable walking shoes. Please note that Mostar can be extremely hot in summer months (cc 40 Celsius or over 100 F)

Cost

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Growing from a small, medieval outpost and due to its strategic importance, Počitelj is one of the most important historic towns of Hercegovina. It grew to an important town especially during the Turkish rule and still today represents a true sample of the Ottoman urban architecture, containing all its main elements. Most of the buildings date from between the 13th and 17th century. A must-stop en route to Mostar!

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