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Bosnia-Herzegovina Vacation & Tour Packages

Well on the road to recovery after recent tragedies, Bosnia and Herzegovina (or just Bosnia for short) is a small, friendly country with some standout sights. Many people may only know it from crossing the 20km of Bosnian coastline that separates Dubrovnik from the rest of Croatia. We don't suggest stopping there though, as its one town, Neum, is not very impressive. But you should make time on your travels throughout the territory of the former Yugoslavia to travel to Bosnia. It is definitely worthwhile, as those who visit always come away with plenty of good things to say.

Sarajevo: a city of history

The government of Sarajevo has largely rebuilt the country since the Bosnian War for independence in the early '90s. Sarajevo had the distinction until the late 20th century of being the only European city to have a mosque, Catholic and Orthodox churches, and a synagogue in the same neighborhood. This is a reminder of the many influences on the country in past centuries. Bosnia experienced over 400 years of Ottoman rule, followed by a short period as part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

The marvels of Mostar

That meeting of cultures is also apparent in Mostar. This city is famous for its 16th century bridge. It was bombed in the war, then rebuilt in 2004. Stop to watch locals diving off the bridge into the Neretva River almost 70 feet below. For a fee you can even dive in yourself under the supervision of the local diving club. It's just one more unique destination for traveling in Bosnia.

Sites of religious pilgrimage

Islam is the predominant religion in Bosnia. But there is a major pilgrimage site for Catholics at Medjugorje. An estimated one million pilgrims visit each year. This spot in Herzegovina is where six local Catholics have seen apparitions of the Virgin Mary since 1981. You can visit Medjugorje and Mostar as a day trip from Dubrovnik. Or stop there on a private transfer between Dubrovnik and other Croatian destinations. But if you have the time, a night in Mostar lets you see it without the crowds. It also gives you a chance to stay in a unique national monument hotel.

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Bosnia is not a member of the European Union. You can expect your dollar to go much further here than in counties to the west. Accommodation in Bosnia is comfortable and affordable. Our local guides will be on-hand to assist all vacationers. Wherever you want to travel in Bosnia, we can make it happen. Visit Mostar, Medjugorje, Sarajevo, or a combination of the three. Contact us for a free travel consultation and we'll start planning the perfect Bosnian vacation, just for you.

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Our suggested itineraries in Bosnia & Herzegovina and neighboring countries allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease. Our vacation packages make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

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4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Bosnian Herzegovinian vacation packages
Based on 7 reviews
Review by Michael & David

Michael & David

Texas

JayWay Travel provides flexibility in arranging an affordable trip tailored to your desires

JayWay Travel provides flexibility in arranging an affordable trip tailored to your desires

Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia
Itinerary : Budapest, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia
Itinerary : Budapest, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Chris & Cameron

Chris & Cameron

Virginia

JayWay Travel was simply awesome! The professionals at JayWay Travel were amazing and the suggestions they provided to us were all perfect and took away the stress of planning a very complex itinerary over 4 countries! The local guide Josipa was fantastic, so prompt, professional and accurate in her suggestions. We loved having the phone provided for our trip and we always felt safe knowing we had a local contact. Absolutely perfect trip and I will certainly be using JayWay Travel again for future travels and will recommend to all of my friends & family!! Thank you JayWay Travel for a trip of lifetime !!!

JayWay Travel was simply awesome! The professionals at JayWay Travel were amazing and the suggestions they provided to us were all perfect and took away the stress of planning a very complex itinerary over 4 countries! The local guide Josipa was fantastic, so prompt, professional and accurate in her suggestions. We loved having the phone provided for our trip and we always felt safe knowing we had a local contact. Absolutely perfect trip and I will certainly be using JayWay Travel again for future travels and will recommend to all of my friends & family!! Thank you JayWay Travel for a trip of lifetime !!!

Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Italy
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Mostar, Split, Vis, Hvar, Split, Plitvice, Ljubljana, Bovec, Venice
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Italy
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Mostar, Split, Vis, Hvar, Split, Plitvice, Ljubljana, Bovec, Venice
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by J​udith​ & Grego​ry

J​udith​ & Grego​ry

Maryland

JayWay Travel was very professional, responsible, and accommodating. Minor changes in plans (e.g., different pick up time) were accomplished easily and effortlessly. The website, planners, tour guides, and drivers are excellent.

JayWay Travel was very professional, responsible, and accommodating. Minor changes in plans (e.g., different pick up time) were accomplished easily and effortlessly. The website, planners, tour guides, and drivers are excellent.

Year : 2018
Visited : Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Itinerary : Zagreb, Plitvice, Split, Hvar, Split, Mostar, Dubrovnik
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Itinerary : Zagreb, Plitvice, Split, Hvar, Split, Mostar, Dubrovnik
Rating :
5 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Bosnia & Herzegovina

When is the best time to visit Bosnia?

Bosnian summers are warm, averaging a week above 90 F, while winters are cold and cloudy (Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics). We recommend visiting between mid-April and mid-June, or between early September and mid-October.

Is Bosnia safe?

Bosnia has low crime rates, but beware of pickpockets in the center of Sarajevo, or on its public transport. If using a rental car, don't leave valuables in sight when leaving the car, and park in a hotel or public garage if possible. You're unlikely to see any, but if you venture away from the towns and cities out into the countryside and off marked trails in areas that saw conflict during the 90s, be vigilant for minefield warning signs. Mine-affected areas are well-marked with warning signs using the international symbol for mines, a skull and crossbones inside a red, upside-down triangle.

What is Bosnian cuisine like?

Bosnians are fond of spices, fortunately in moderation. Bosnians don’t believe in moderation, though, when it comes to meat! Beef and lamb are popular, in part due to Bosnia's largest Muslim population. Cevapi (AKA Cevapcici), a kebab made of minced lamb and beef, is omnipresent, and is served with yogurt and flatbread. If given the opportunity, try lamb roasted on a spit, a treat generally found in the countryside. Travelers who have been to Turkey or elsewhere in the Balkans will find much that looks familiar, but Bosnia is the homeland of a unique dessert: Tufahije. This delicacy is made of walnut-stuffed apples stewed in sugar water. Served in large glasses and topped with syrup and whipped cream, Tufahija is generally served with coffee.

Bosnians love their coffee, and make it strong and black. Homemade fruit brandy is also very common, often made from plums. Bosnian tap water is safe, and often high-quality.

What is transportation like in Bosnia?

Bosnia’s transportation infrastructure is generally in poor shape, and drivers charge affordable rates, so we recommend traveling via private transfer. While Bosnian trains were popular during the Yugoslav era, rail infrastructure was damaged in the 90s and has yet to fully recover. There are only a few daily trains leaving Sarajevo, including one daily train to Zagreb, which is not air conditioned, and two daily trains to Mostar.

Aside from the Tunnel Museum, most of Sarajevo’s attractions are in or adjacent to the old town, so you’re unlikely to use public transportation. Sarajevo is serviced by one of Europe's oldest streetcar systems. The capital's airport has few connections. We recommend using our airport transfers, as the airport's taxi drivers are known for scamming tourists. If you do take a taxi from the airport, try to get an idea of taxi rates in advance, and make sure you've agreed upon the rate before entering.

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