A Glimpse of Orient in Mostar

The unique story of contrasts bridged


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. The majestic Old town of Mostar is a unique slice of Europe's multicultural history, with the gap between two entirely different communities spanned by an Ottoman Old Bridge over the River Neretva. Held by empires in centuries past, glossy of their influences evident in the architecture, traditions and the fabulous cuisine, enduring turbulent histories over and over again, Mostar is entirely unique.

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Duration:   full day

Difficulty:   easy

Location:   Split, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo

Available all year round

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Mostar Panorama
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The Streets of Mostar
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Mostar Bridge
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Turkish Coffee Served at Buna
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Buna River Spring
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Typical Summer in Mostar

Tour description


Although there is more than enough to keep you busy in the sunny Dalmatia, traveling a border to Bosnia and Herzegovina is well worth it for the visit to the fabulous Old town of Mostar!

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. The communities it bridges are strikingly different: the eastern area, the Muslim part of the city has a distinctly Turkish feel in stark contrast to the Croatian western half of the city.

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 the 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 scents of the Orient drag 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).

Take a day to get the contrast to things in Dubrovnik, to experience the bigger picture and immerse further into the local histories, across the border, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

  • This tour is fully private and on request only.
  • Tour includes collection from your hotel, villa or private accommodation in Dubrovnik, Sarajevo or Split by our professional English speaking chauffeur in a comfortable luxury sedan car or passenger van, private walking tour of Mostar with a local guide and entrance tickets to the Turkish House Museum and historic Mosque.
  • Bring your passport, camera, comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen in the summer months. In peak summer months delays at Bosnia and Herzegovina border crossing are to be expected.
  • Please let us know if you have any mobility issues so the tour can be adjusted accordingly.
  • OPTIONAL: We recommend to add a traditional Bosnian lunch experience or a visit to river Buna spring. The tour of Mostar can also be combined with a visit to Međugorje or Radimlja village. Available at additional cost.

Počitelj

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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 Herzegovina. 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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AIRPORT NEARBY

Split, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo

WEATHER

33°F  /  0°C

LOCAL TIME

8:51 PM

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A Glimpse of Orient in Mostar

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The unique story of contrasts bridged

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