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Bosnia & Beyond - Exodus Travels
Bosnia & Beyond - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Dubrovnik
Destinations
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Ends
Dubrovnik
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Highlights

  • Escape to seaside Kotor
  • Explore the resilient Sarajevo
  • View the workmanship of Mostar
  • Swim in the Kravica Waterfalls
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
18
Transportation
Coach / Bus
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Adventure
Start and end in Dubrovnik! With the adventure tour Bosnia & Beyond, you have a 11 day tour package taking you through Dubrovnik, Croatia and 9 other destinations in Europe. Bosnia & Beyond includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

29 Reviews

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  • Bosnia & Beyond reviewer 1
    Written on September 16, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A varied and enjoyable trip encompassing the Montegrian coastline, national parks plus the two key cities of Bosnia/Herzegovina : Sarajevo & Mostar and ending up in Dubrovnik. The balance of coast/nature/city was great with no really long drives. We lucked out and benefited from two excellent and extremely knowledgeable tour leaders (one was learning the itinerary for a future trip). Learning and seeing first hand about the ravages of the recent conflicts was both facinating and moving.     What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The crystal alpine Black Lake in Durmitor National Park and the walk & lunch at Lukomir, Bosnia's highest village. The contrasts of Sarajevo from the chilled Otoman influenced cafe culture; war damaged buildings; communist era trams; the war tunnel museum and great baklava.  What did you think of your group leader?We lucked out and benefited from two excellent and extremely knowledgeable tour leaders (one was learning the itinerary for a future trip). Anaidt was an infectiously enthusiastic history student and able to provide the historial insight. Alen was a mountaineer and snowboarder so great in the mountains. Both were great travelling companions and dealt extremely well with water born illness which struck down half the group event though they themselves were also affected by the bug.    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bear in mind that you are crossing lot's of boarders (mostly very smoothly and quickly) including an unexpected crossing at the beginning of the trip where you cross somewhat unnecessarily from Croatia into Bosnia and then into Montenegro - rather than from Croatia direct into Montenegro which the trip notes don't mention. All the hotels were of pretty good quality. The hotel in Sarajevo is the best on the trip but located about 5 km from the city centre - although very easy to get in by tram.     Is there anything else you would like to add?Exodus should include a visit to Tito's bunker in Konjic which is located on the drive from Mostar to Dubrovnik.  

  • Bosnia & Beyond reviewer 2
    Written on July 28, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A hugely enjoyable holiday - really varied and interesting and relaxingg. From the historic towns, to the natural scenery.....to war backdrop and religious landmarks...and a fantasic guide and welcoming locals. Highly recommended!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?- lunch cooked at a local villager's place, absolutely the best food we had will long live in the memory- the natural beauty of the endless, gorgeous scenery- diving into Sarajevo, the deeper we got, the better is was What did you think of your group leader?Anaid was superb - everything you would want from a guide: - hugely knowledgeable - fun and interesting - made the trip exciting yet comfortable Do you have any advice for potential travellers?bring a sunhat, a jumper, mossie cream, and swimming costumeIs there anything else you would like to add?this holiday was 10 or so days....it felt like at least 2 weeks. BUT....as we had not visited Dubrovnich before, we were jealous of those that had decided to stay a day or so more as the trip covers just an evening there.Other than that, this is a hugely rewarding holiday with great value for money and a something fascinating around every corner! Ben & Carly 

  • Bosnia & Beyond reviewer 3
    Written on July 21, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Really interesting trip to two beautiful countries. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I picked this trip because I thought it sounded really interesting, and it was. To be honest I'd only really heard of Sarajevo and Mostar before I went, and that was because of the war, but there's so much more to the countries than this recent conflict, the scars of which can still be seen in those cities. We saw some beautiful towns, scenery, mosques and museums. Swimming in the waterfall pool at Kravica was definitely a highlight, it's pretty cold but when will you ever get the chance to do that again?! Watching the brave/crazy guys jumping from the bridge in Mostar is something to behold! The lunches with the local families in Lukomir and Zabljak were also a highlight and something you don't get on many holidays. Plus the food was delicious. We also had some amazing thunderstorms in the mountains, which made us feel less guilty about spending our free afternoon watching Andy Murray win Wimbledon! Oh and it's fun to get the local buses and trams in Sarajevo and Dubrovnik.What did you think of your group leader?Anaid was great. He always seemed to have things under control - if there were any organisational problems I didn't see them. This is definitely the right job for him, he's very chatty and outgoing, and knowledgeable about the countries' current conditions, and recent and older history. It was also very moving and interesting to hear about his and his family's experiences during the recent Balkan Wars. Our driver Suleyman was great, getting the minibus safely up and down some twisty mountain roads.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take euros from the start. If you arrive, as we did, on the flight that gets in at lunchtime you are likely to go to a restaurant in Bosnia for lunch before departing for Kotor; this restaurant we went to takes euros. You can spend euros in some parts of Bosnia as well as Montenegro, apart from in Sarajevo where it's banned. For the walks, you can do them in good trainers, boots aren't really needed. And take a cagool - see thunderstorms comment! Also do take a water bottle - the tap water is drinkable. We got into Dubrovnik at about 4pm on the Saturday and a couple of us went off straight away to walk round the walls and old town before dinner, as the walls closed at 7.30pm. I'd definitely recommend that as there's not much time in the morning before you have to leave for the airport. You spend two nights everywhere except Sarajevo (3) and Dubrovnik (1) so there's time to settle and the hotels are good, especially the Hotel Bristol in Sarajevo!Is there anything else you would like to add?Only that I would definitely recommend this trip.

  • Bosnia & Beyond reviewer 4
    Written on July 21, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    My first experience of an Exodus holiday proved to be inspirational. So much beauty; so much to learn; I didn't want it to end.

  • Bosnia & Beyond reviewer 5
    Written on July 21, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    My first experience of an Exodus holiday proved to be inspirational. So much beauty; so much to learn; I didn't want it to end.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Gulf of Kotor takes your breath away and the city itself, with its ancient battlements, was awe inspiring.Walking round the Black Lake, surrounded by glorious mountains, was impressive.Driving alongside the River Piva on the way over to Bosnia was incredible. The wooded mountains, the deep green river and the miles and miles of Alpine meadows covered in flowers with not a soul around. What a contrast to our own overpopulated country. Learning about the siege of Sarajevo; so poignent when we realised that our guide, Anaid, had been imprisoned at that time. And the contrast between the old city and the more modern part. And the beautiful Venetian cafe where we indulged in amazing coffee and cakes. And climbing up at evening to witness the mortor which was fired to mark the end of that day's fast; then all the lights came on on the minarets and the people round us shared their Rhamadam bread and Turkish delight with us.The day at Lukomir. Wild roses and many other flowers grew alongside the canyon where we walked and had a picnic supplied by Anaid's mother. I'm not exactly young,and I found it fairly tough going, but I loved every minute of it.The Kravice Waterfalls: We swam in the clear, refreshing lake below the falls and thought nothing could get better than this!Fresh trout at the restaurant at the source of the Briva River, opposite a beautiful monastery. The river water was crystal clear and lovely to drink.And finally, back to Dubrovnik, to the Old City . I wish we had had time to walk round the walls ; we had to choose between that and a swim in the Adriatic.  What did you think of your group leader?Anaid made our holiday special. He is a historian and even the extremely complex history and politics of the Balkans came alive as he explained it.He was well organised and very personable and chatty;  a good combination. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is not a strenuous holiday, though there's a lot of fairly hairy travelling. A good job our driver was so careful and reliable.Be prepared to soak up all the information about an area which is unfamiliar to most of us. Enjoy the remoteness and the amazing terrain. Is there anything else you would like to add?I'll never forget dancing the Twist with  a coppersmith in the square in the centre of the old Montenegran Capital, Cetinje. You can't plan these things.

  • Bosnia & Beyond reviewer 6
    Written on June 21, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    In our opinion this trip far exceeded expectations in terms of the geography, daily experiences, cultural and historical insights and overall quality of guiding services. We highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to learn about this amazing part of our world.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were several quite inspirational points of our trip. These would include touring the old cities in Budva, Montenegro; Sarajevo and Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina; and Dubrovnik, Croatia. Each place had its own unique character and history, but for emotional impact Sarajevo would be at the top of the list.What did you think of your group leader?Our trip leader, Lorenc, was informative, patient, and willing to answer our questions about any topic, whether it was related to our adventure or of a more personal nature. He always made certain that we were well-informed, engaged in our activities and, most of all, safe in what we did. It's always the little things, the unplanned or spontaneous happenings that make any trip memorable, and Lorenc certainly excelled on all counts!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?GO! But be sure to plan an extra day or more in Dubrovnik, as this trip does not include much time there. We went early and booked a local guide for a tour of the old city. Be sure to pay extra to walk around the wall of the old city, and take the gondola to the ancient fort atop the hill for an amazing view.Is there anything else you would like to add?Our hike from the village of Lukomir and the lunch that the locals served to us afterward is probably the most fun day we had.

  • Bosnia & Beyond reviewer 7
    Written on June 17, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A great varied trip with beautiful scenery and fascinating history, led by a wondeful leader in Lorenc. As expected there were many tourist groups in Kotor, Mostar and Dubrovnik. I would have loved an extra day or a bit more spare time in the mountains to perhaps do a proper hike.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me Sarajevo and Mostar having just read a history of the Balkans. I could have spent weeks happily sitting in the old town of Sarajevo watching the world go by. The scars of recent history are everywhere and the visit to the tunnel was compelling as was the short video presentation in Mostar on the destruction of the bridge.What did you think of your group leader?Lorec was superb, as was Suleiman the driver. He simply couldn't have done more.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I've seen comments along the lines of 'why did Exodus tell us to take warm clothes when we never needed them?' Well the weather, particularly in May and June is very changeable in the mountains...we had brilliant sunshine, hot days, cold days, hail and the most ridiculous rainstorm when we were walking around Cetinje.Is there anything else you would like to add?I loved the trip but did have a couple of points. The hikes mentioned in the trip notes are nothing more than strolls so it's not a trip to do if you are looking for walking/activity. Some local guides were better than others and it was a shame we were just able to pop in quickly to mosques and certain churches.I think the biggest thing for me was the group dynamic, certainly not the fault of Exodus, but I have noticed an increase in people on the trips who have only done package tours...nothing wrong with that at all, but it's all about expectations (I do a lot of independent and overland travel and am not used to people 'dressing up for dinner'!). I was disappointed for the local people and leader when on more than one occasion people complained about (to me) petty things in hotels and food (which I thought was great). On one memorable occasion a group member loudly protested about the state of a single lettuce leaf. This in a country that was torn apart by conflict in our lifetimes. 

  • Bosnia & Beyond reviewer 8
    Written on June 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was our first holiday with exodus and it was excellent. The tour was interesting, the tour leader did his best to ensure all our questions were answered and went the "extra mile" to ensure we were satisfied. It was so good we now need to consider what exodus tour we do next.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational part of the trip for us was visiting Sarajevo, our knowledge of Bosnian history was not very extensive, we now have a far greater understanding. The culture is interesting, the buildings in the old town are fascinating and it seems a friendly place. The visit to the war tunnel museum is something not to be missed. There were many things we enjoyed, the lunch with the farmers family was great, the walk by the river to the suspension bridge followed by lunch in a restaurant by the river. Kotor was great and the boat trip back to town enjoyable. The walk to the gorge was refreshing on the way down and hard work on the way back, but the lunch prepared by the family was eaten "al fresco" on a log on the grass behind their home - a great memory. The waterfalls were also really good and the tour leader got us there before anyone else so we had an uninterrupted view.What did you think of your group leader?Laurence (Lorenc) was great, he welcomed us at the airport and tirelessly dealt with our needs, always answering questions and nothing was too much trouble. He always arranged restaurants at lunch and dinner (our expense) and they were always authentic or in a good location for a viewpoint, the view of Mostar bridge in the evening was particularly good. He was knowledgeable and helpful, he did extra things at his own expense e.g. sweets or fruit and gave them to All of us. When we did the arranged walks (two) he carried a large rucksack so that at the stops we had tea or coffee and something to eat. He went what I would call the extra mile, as an example he lives in Sarajevo and it would have been reasonable for him to leave us at the end of the day at our hotel, however he didn't, he arranged the restaurants and went with us on all three nights, returning to his family late in the evening. His English was excellent and his sense of humour was very very good, he made a big difference to the success of the holiday Our driver Suleman, was also really good, he didn't speak English but we conversed and he always made sure we were safe and our luggage was on board.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We went in May as we wanted to experience the spring flowers and full waterfalls following the spring / winter rain, we didn't however anticipate torrential rain. It didn't rain all the item but at some point each day (except for the last day in Dubrovnik) it rained, I would recommend that anyone travelling in May/ June takes waterproof jacket and trousers. The hotels are not of a high standard, the rooms can be small and on some occasions we didn't have a wardrobe. When we did have a wardrobe on some occasions we then didn't have coathangers. Sometimes there are no sink plugs and the towels may be worn and small. Don't expect UK standards and you will be OK, just smile and use it as an experience.Is there anything else you would like to add?This is a great tour, well organised and interesting, give it a go.

  • Bosnia & Beyond reviewer 9
    Written on January 3, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Overall a great holiday, with lots of variety. Beautiful scenery in Montegro and Bosnia, and visits to the fascinating cities of Sarajevo, Mostar and Dubrovnik.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I loved the visit to Lukomir and the walk there. Incredible scenery!The visits to the tunnel museum in Sarajevo and the exhibition about the bridge in Mostar were very moving.What did you think of your group leader?Anaid was brilliant. His knowledge about everywhere we went was incredible. He fitted in well with the group and made every effort to accommodate what people in the group wanted to do.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you are wary about visiting Bosnia, don't be. It is is a beautiful country, and Sarajevo is a lovely city to spend some time in.All of the walks on the trip are fairly easy, you don't really need walking boots, trainers are fine.You really don't have much time in Dubrovnik. Our group didn't plan to go in to town until the evening, however a few of us booked a taxi and went in earlier in the afternoon, which gave us time to walk around the city walls.

  • Bosnia & Beyond reviewer 10
    Written on January 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great trip discovering the variety and beauty of areas off the typical tourist map.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Sarajevo tunnel museum was very moving, the visit to the remote village of Lukomir was really interesting, and the views and landscapes were truly beautiful.What did you think of your group leader?Anaid and Damir were great, very approachable and friendly with great knowledge of the cultures and places we were visiting.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?There is a lot packed in to the trip, but make sure you use the free time to go for a wander, or a swim. Make the most of all the places you visit and try the local specialities!Is there anything else you would like to add?Bosnia and Montenegro have so much to offer but aren't well known to most of us. I love discovering new places and cultures and this didn't disappoint!

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  1. Day 1: Start Dubrovnik Airport; drive to Kotor in Montenegro.
  2. Day 2: Kotor city tour; boat ride to Gospa od Skrpjela and Perast islands in the Bay of Kotor.
  3. Day 3: Transfer to Cetinje for city tour. Drive to UNESCO Durmitor N.P.,visiting Ostrog Monastery en route.
  4. Day 4: Walk around Zabljak Plateau with its lakes and traditional highland villages.
  5. Day 5: Transfer to the Piva River on the border with Bosnia; lunch and a walk along the banks of this beautiful river; drive to Sarajevo.
  6. Day 6: City tour including the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum.
  7. Day 7: Drive to Lukomir, Bosnia and Herzegovina's highest inhabited village; walk to canyon.
  8. Day 8: Transfer to Mostar for sightseeing and city tour.
  9. Day 9: Explore Ottoman town of Pocitelj, Kravica Waterfalls and visit nearby village of Blagaj.
  10. Day 10: Transfer to Tvrdos Orthodox Monastery, followed by wine tasting; continue to Trebinje and then Dubrovnik.
  11. Day 11: End Dubrovnik.

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Hepatitis B
Recommended for Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Tick-borne encephalitis
Recommended for Croatia. Ideally 6 months before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Montenegro and Bosnia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Bosnia. Ideally 3 months before travel.

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Start and end in Dubrovnik.
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No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1915 for Bosnia & Beyond, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 513 km.
  • Dubrovnik (Croatia)
  • 61 km
  • Kotor (Montenegro)
  • 12 km
  • Cetinje (Montenegro)
  • 83 km
  • Durmitor National Park (Montenegro)
  • 7 km
  • Zabljak (Montenegro)
  • 105 km
  • Sarajevo (Bosnia)
  • 21 km
  • Lukomir (Bosnia)
  • 21 km
  • Sarajevo (Bosnia)
  • 68 km
  • Mostar (Bosnia)
  • 24 km
  • Pocitelj (Bosnia)
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