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MH Travel Agency organizes Herzegovina Tour for guests who stay in Montenegro and want to see Herzegovina and its world-famous city Mostar with its UNESCO-protected Old Bridge. We believe that this 14 hours tour can offer unforgettable memories and stir up your emotions. This tour will introduce you to Herzegovina's culture, history, natural beauties, modern and traditional lifestyles. Despite the long ride, the tour is balanced with the stops, refreshments, and visits in a proportional way.
Our tour visits 3 cities in Hercegovina. The city of Trebinje, which is the closes one to Montenegro, the small city of Stolac with its mills, and Mostar as the most touristic part of the Herzegovina region. The Christians and Ottomans culture is changed all the time, showing the diversity of living, mostly focused on farms and vineyards with the domination of 3 rivers Trebisnjica, Bregava, and Neretva who shaped the lives of their people.
Type of the tour: sightseeing, history and city tour
Highlights: The City of Trebinje, The City of Stolac, and The City of Mostar
Duration: 14 hours
Total length: 500 km
Language: English guided tour
8:00 departure from Budva in front of restaurant Bastion 3 ( Tabacina street, next to the North Gate of the old town of Kotor)
8:45 departure from Kotor in front of Voli supermarket (Mediteranska street, next to the car parking of hotel Avala and Mogren)
11:00 arrival in Trebinje
Visit the city center and breakfast break of 90 minutes
12:30 departure from Trebinje
14:00 arrival in Stolac
Visit the old town of Stolac of 30 minutes
14:30 departure from Stolac
15:00 arrival in Mostar
Visit the old bridge and lunch break of 2 hours and 30 minutes
17:00 departure from Mostar
21:15 arrival in Kotor
22:00 arrival in Budva
NOTE: Due to COVID-19 infection restrictions, the booking is currently closed. Booking will be open as soon as the crossing on the Montenegrin-Bosnian border will establish without any travel restrictions.
Full description of the tour you can find HERE.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL WE START?
The tour starts at 8:00 am close to the old town of Budva. The next pick-up is in the city of Kotor close to the old town. From Kotor to Budva is only a 25 km distance. In the off-season, we need 25 minutes of the ride between the cities, but in very high season we need 45 minutes which is written in our itinerary. If guests take the private tour we will pick up them from their accommodations. Also, if guests stay in some accommodation close to our route (for example guests from Perast), we can pick them up on the main road. Pick-up location can be flexible sometimes if suits guest better than the standard one.
WHERE WE WILL GO?
We will go to the city of Trebinje, the city of Stolac, and the city of Mostar.
TREBINJE (CITY OF TREBINJE)
From Kotor to the border crossing we need 1 hour of ride enjoying the view on Boka Bay and passing through Orjen mountain. After crossing the border, we will drive towards the river Trebišnjica, one of the longest sinking rivers in the world (96.5 km long above ground, total length 187 km). Trebinje Region is one of the seven regions of the Republic of Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city of Trebinje is the administrative, economic and cultural center of East Herzegovina.
We will go first to the viewpoint on Crkivna Hill where is located the Orthodox monastery Hercegovačka Gračanica. Guests will have a view of the whole town that lies on the Trebišnjica River which flows further through the Popovo Polje area southwest of the town. All the bridges over the river are visible, especially the most attractive Ottoman Arslanagica bridge nearby the hill. Also, guests can visit the church which is a copy of the Gračanica Monastery in Kosovo. After visiting the monastery we will go down to the charming center of the city covered by the shade of century-old plane trees. Main city square with the green market, lovely city park, and the old town are one next to each other.
The green market is located on Freedom Square and is full of the organic product of the local farmers like vegetables, fruits, cheese, dry meat, honey, herbs for tea, and domestic tobacco. Prices are so affordable that we highly recommended to make a small shopping.
The old town of Trebinje was built in the 17th century by the Ottomans. It is a very small old town but very charming with two mosques from the 18th century and several streets with authentic Ottomans houses. Nowadays the old town is very popular among young people with its cafe bars, traditional grill restaurants, bakeries, and shops.
The old town is connected to the city park which has the orthodox church from the 19th century and a monument of the greatest poet Jovan Ducic (1874-1943) who was born in Trebinje. After breakfast, we will explore the city center in 30 minutes and continue our trip to the city of Stolac.
STOLAC (CITY OF STOLAC)
We will arrive in Stolac after 90 minutes of the ride. Stolac is one of the oldest towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first settlement was Daorson (Ancient Greek Δαορσών) as the capital of a Hellenized Illyrian tribe called the Daorsi (Latin Daorsei who lived in the Neretva River between 300 BC and 50 BC. Daorson was built around a central fort or acropolis, surrounded by gigantic walls made of huge stone blocks (similar to those in Mycenae, Greece). The ruins of the ancient city are located 3 km far away from Stolac. According to our itinerary, we are not going there, but if some guests want to see it on demand, and especially on a private tour we can make a short visit to Daorson.
Old Town in Stolac dominates above the city center and it was the best fortress with its 13 towers in medieval Herzegovina. Nowadays the old town is empty and not well preserved. Tourists can freely go up and explore the old castle, but we don't have time for that. We will focus our short visit on the river Bregava, traditional mills, and waterfalls. When Stolac was taken by Ottomans in the 15th of Century the city started to grow, and now we can see some marvelous traditional houses as Tekija or houses which lie on the water, old stone bridges, and traditional "washing machines" in stamp mills.
Stolac has a lot of mills that have been built on the Bregava since the 15th century. In the 18th century, were part of the endowments of some of Stolac’s best-known benefactors among the families who owned flour mills. Today, mills carry the names of the families that used them just before the production in mills was discontinued. Stamp mills are used for washing carpets and clothes. Even today people use old mills for washing blankets and carpets. The craft of building mills was passed orally, from one generation to another. The very types of flour mills and stamp mills represent a part of the rich national heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina and create a special atmosphere in Stolac. We will go to the viewpoint of Provalije Waterfalls located in the town. In the very high season, the waterfalls are dry.
We will finish our tour in Stolac in Radimlja necropolis location where guests can see the monolithic stone tombstones named "stećak". They were created from the 12th to 16th century and they are on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage from 2016. Tombstones were used by Christians (Orthodox and Catholic) and show artistic and historical aspects of the medieval cultures of southeastern Europe.
Tombstones were used by Christians (Orthodox and Catholic) and show artistic and historical aspects of the medieval cultures of southeastern Europe.
MOSTAR (OLD TOWN OF MOSTAR)
We need only 30 minutes of the ride to arrive at our last destination, the world-famous city of Mostar. We will park our vehicle very close to the pedestrian zone and go to see the bridge. Before we reach it, we will pass the old bazaar with numerous traditional shops with souvenirs, traditional craftworks, small restaurants, cafe bars, mosques, art galleries, and museums. Old streets are covered by oval river stones.
The historic town of Mostar, spanning a valley of the Neretva River, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman frontier town Mostar has long been known for its Old Bridge (Stari Most) built in the 16th if century. In the 1990s conflict, however, most of the historic town and the Old Bridge, designed by the renowned Ottoman architect Sinan, was destroyed. The Old Bridge was rebuilt in 2004.
One year later UNESCO inscribed the Old Bridge and its old town onto the World Heritage List. The Old Bridge area, with its pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean, and western European architectural features, is an outstanding example of a multicultural urban settlement.
The old town is very small. The guest will have 2 hours to explore all the main attractions, to make shopping for souvenirs and to have lunch. After our visit to the old bridge, we will go back using the shortcut road via the city of Bileca. We should be back at the border in 2 hours of the ride. From the border crossing to Kotor we will need 90 minutes of the ride and 30 minutes more to arrive in Budva.
NOTE: We can also organize a private Herzegovina Tour. If you have any special requests contact us by e-mail at email@example.com
Tour is organized by air-conditioned cars, minivans, or minibusses.
Licensed tour guide in the English language.
Guests can use their own food and drink (breakfast and lunch are not mandatory).
NOTE: Guests who want to bring their luggage on the tour and finish the tour in another city (Kotor or Budva) can easily do that. There is no luggage fee.
For more info about the tour and booking, contact us on e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (Viber and WhatsApp) at +38269039751
Hope you will enjoy our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team