Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

1st Aug 2020
  • Arrival at Sarajevo / Walking city tour (D)

    Upon your arrival at Sarajevo, you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah representative, and you will be transferred to the hotel (approx. 20-min drive), where you will check-in before embarking on a walking tour to explore the capital of Bosnia.

    Sarajevo is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Europe, having spent over 400 years under Turkish governorship until the end of the 19th century when the Austro-Hungarians arrived. Forty years later, the empire collapsed when Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated in this very city, hastening the outbreak of the First World War. The 20th century left further indelible marks, on the one hand with the 1984 Winter Olympic Games and, on the other, with the long siege that Sarajevo had to endure during the recent regional conflicts. The tour will take you through the major historical, cultural, and war sites and will help you piece together the country’s complex history.

    Early in the evening, you will stroll towards the old town for a welcoming dinner at a traditional Bosnian restaurant.

    Note: Arrival before 4 pm is required to be able to participate in the walking tour.

    Accommodation: Hotel Cosmopolit (or similar), Sarajevo.
    Sarajevo Walking Tour: about 2 hours.

Day 02

2nd Aug 2020
  • Hike to Lukomir: the highest Bosnian village (B, L)

    Today’s hike will start from the traditional-style Bosnian Mosque in the village of Umoljani. From there, you will trek to the Seven Mills where hydraulic energy was used for centuries to grind wheat into flour. You will then hug the ridge until Rakitnica canyon and, after 5-10 minutes of uphill, you will reach the Cascades of Studeni Potok. Here, at certain times of the year, the stream creates more than 20 waterfalls cascading 400 meters into the canyon below. En route, you will find a few springs where you can fill your water bottles.

    From the Studeni Fields, you will hike along the Obalj’s side, being treated on the way with magnificent views and cool breezes coming from the Visocica and Treskavica mountains. After a short break, you will begin a gentle ascent (200 m) to Gornji (upper) Lukomir. There is also Donji (lower) Lukomir, abandoned now by the villagers due to the destructive avalanches in this region.

    Lukomir is Bosnia’s highest village perched at 1,469 meters, known for its ancient stecci (medieval tombstones), and the old traditions still followed by the villagers. Traditional attires, including an occasional turban and fez, are still worn here and go hand in hand with the more modern elements of civilization, like electricity and running water.

    At the edge of the village, you will enjoy views of the Rakitnica Canyon, Obalj village, and Visocica mountain, while, on the surrounding slopes, you will inevitably encounter numerous cows and sheep.

    After lunch with a local family, you will head back to the hotel, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

    Accommodation: Hotel Cosmopolit (or similar), Sarajevo.
    Hiking: about 2-3 hours.
    Driving time: 1hour from the hotel to the mountain in the morning and one hour (return journey) in the afternoon.

Day 03

3rd Aug 2020
  • Neretva Rafting / Mostar (B, L)

    After breakfast, you will embark on a rafting adventure deep into the Neretva Canyon. The Neretva River is the emerald of Herzegovina flowing over 100 kilometers from its source into the Adriatic Sea. In the upper canyon, which you will visit, one can find some of the most exciting rafting routes in Europe. Expect deep canyon walls, endemic flora and fauna, and a wild and pristine ambiance that only Neretva can provide.
    You will be supported by a modernly equipped team, and you will be able to enjoy the adventure regardless of any prior rafting experience or not. The water is very calm during the summer, and the trip provides ample opportunity to admire the canyon and its unique natural landscape. At the end of the day, you will drive to Mostar.

    Accommodation: Hotel Kapetanovina (or similar), Mostar.
    Rafting activity: about 4 hours.
    Driving hours: 1 hour in the morning from the hotel to the river, and 1hour to Mostar in the afternoon.

Day 04

4th Aug 2020
  • Free day in Mostar (optional Canyoning at Bijela River) (B)

    Today, you can explore the beautiful town of Mostar, including the Old Bridge which, when built, was the first, single-arched bridge of this size in Europe, and has turned today into the main landmark of the city. Walk through the picturesque alleys, observing the traditional, Ottoman-style houses, the mosque, and other historical corners, go shopping, or just enjoy a sip of Bosnian coffee while engaging in people-watching.

    Optional Canyoning at Bijela river (Paid locally)
    If you choose this activity, after breakfast, you will head to Glogosnica, a small town on Neretva river, from where you will explore the Bijela River canyon (one of the tributaries of Neretva River, close to Jablanica town).

    Canyoning consists of overcoming obstacles that the river presents to you by swimming, jumping, walking,
    sloping etc. In some places the canyon is narrow and barely wider than 1 meter, while at other places it reaches up to 800meters wide. The water is clear and drinkable, and you can see the riverbed despite the 5-meters depth. In the afternoon, you will return to Mostar.

    Accommodation: Hotel Kapetanovina (or similar), Mostar.
    Canyoning activity: about 3-4 hours.
    Driving time: 45 minutes in the morning towards the canyon, and 45 minutes in the afternoon, return to the hotel.

Day 05

5th Aug 2020
  • Canoeing at Trebizat River (B)

    After breakfast, you will head towards the Trebizat River, where, with the help of our experienced guides, you will learn how to use the paddles to steer the canoe, as well as how to handle the more demanding sections of the river. Along the way, you will be directed to the most interesting locations, where you can dive into the water or even play Tarzan above the surface.
    There will be plenty of breaks to rest your arms, stretch your legs, have a swim or just relax. The combination of these relaxing moment in nature and the exciting cascades with turn this tour into the perfect adventure on a hot, summer day.
    Each canoe can hold two people, and each person gets: paddle, life vest and watertight bags for keeping
    your things safe and dry.

    Late in the afternoon, you will return to Sarajevo, where you can enjoy the city at your own pace.

    Accommodation: Hotel Cosmopolit (or similar), Sarajevo.
    Canoeing activity: about 3 hours.
    Driving time: 30 minutes from the Hotel to the river in the morning, and 2 hours back to Sarajevo in the afternoon.

Day 06

6th Aug 2020
  • Departure from Sarajevo (B)

    After breakfast and depending on your flight details, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.