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Bosnia & Beyond - Exodus Travels
Bosnia & Beyond - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Dubrovnik
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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
Start and end in Dubrovnik! With the coach/bus 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 and more.

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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 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 3
    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 4
    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 5
    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 6
    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 7
    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 8
    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 9
    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 10
    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.

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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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  • March 1, 2017

    Are visitor visa required for passport holders from Hong Kong and Singapore?

    Unfortunately we are unable to give visa advice due to the vast number of nationalities which our customers represent. Some nationalities can travel freely over borders, where others require advance permission to enter. There are also changes in requirements from time to time. We recommend checking your local embassy or consulate's website for the latest up to date information.

  • February 1, 2017

    What is the maximum number of people in a group for this tour?

    This trip takes a maximum of 18 passengers.

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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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TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Exodus Travels booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 21 April 2018 the full payment of $2,015 is necessary.
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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 $2015 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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