Bosnia: The Hybrid Tour
Mostar - Stolac - Sarajevo – Srebrenica – Jajce
We’ve teamed up with independent humanitarian and travel blogger Go Global with Sibu to bring you a hybrid tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On this trip, you’ll have the opportunity to travel around the beautiful mountainous scenery of Bosnia and visit some of the country’s most famous landmarks.
However, it wouldn’t be possible to visit this beautiful country without learning about the Bosnian War which lasted from 1992-1995. A hybrid tour brings you the best of both worlds: truly immersing yourself in the history and culture of a destination while getting to enjoy the tourist highlights that it has to offer. Throughout this hybrid tour, you will have the opportunity to visit sites such as the Srebrenica Memorial Museum and learn more about the war from survivors. The widespread nationalist and fascist propaganda used throughout the war is a stark reminder for us all that there are devastating consequences when divisive rhetoric is used.
If you’re looking to visit a lesser-known destination in Europe, travel in a completely different way, get to meet new people, and immerse yourself in a new culture, then come and join us from October 22nd – 28th 2023, as we embark on a journey through Bosnia and Herzegovina!
We also offer an additional add-on if you would like to extend your trip and see more of this beautiful country.
Meet the team
Hira: Founder of Our World Too
Our World Too (OWT) is a platform dedicated to rehumanising the narrative surrounding refugees and displaced communities around the world. As part of our work, Our World Too also highlights the Bosnian Genocide, to create awareness about the tragic effects of fascism and ultra-nationalism, in addition to preserving and honouring the memories of victims and survivors.
Sibu: Founder of Go Global With Sibu
Sibu is on a journey to break stereotypes and to show people beautiful destinations that they would normally overlook. Travel is more than just being in a destination: it means immersing yourself in its history and culture, and that is what you’ll experience with her. Looking to get out of your comfort zone and make new friends while travelling? This is the chance to do so!
Your local guide: Demir Mahmutcehajic
Demir is a long-term human rights activist with a sense of duty for the land where he was born and bred. He uses his internationally collected knowledge to inspire visitors toward a joint struggle to prevent the evils that humans commit against other humans. For Demir, Bosnia and Herzegovina is more than just another country. It is the book that we can all read and learn from, but also one we can add our notes to.
What you’ll experience
Please note that our itineraries give you a general guideline as to what you’ll be experiencing. The itinerary may be impacted by factors outside of our control such as weather or health restrictions due to Covid-19.
Please be sure to register your interest early, as the trip will be capped at a maximum of 10 people.
Day 1: Arrival into Bosnia and Herzegovina from Dubrovnik, Croatia
We will be waiting for you in the city centre of Dubrovnik to be picked up at 3 pm. Dubrovnik has better connections than airports in Bosnia and Herzegovina so this will make things easier for you. We would also suggest you take advantage of this stop to explore Dubrovnik before we pick you up!
We will then begin our journey towards Mostar, during which you will witness the beautiful landscape of Bosnia and Herzegovina. You’ll have some time to explore the beautiful sights that Mostar has to offer before our welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 2: Explore Mostar and Blagaj
This morning we’ll explore the beautiful old town of Mostar, this will include walking over the historic Stari Most! As you walk across the cobbled streets and make your way to Mostar’s famous landmarks, our local Bosnian guide will be sharing stories from the Siege of Mostar and how people in the city survived during the Bosnian Genocide.
You can also visit the Koski-Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque. Built in 1618 and rebuilt after the war where you will have the opportunity to climb the minaret for sweeping views of Stari Most and Mostar (tickets for the mosque and minaret will be self-funded).
In the afternoon, we’ll explore the Dervish Lodge located in picturesque Blagaj (tickets included). You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some afternoon coffee or tea against a backdrop of the crystalline waters of the Buna River.
Once you’ve enjoyed Blagaj to your heart’s content, we’ll head back to Mostar for the night.
Day 3: Stolac during the Bosnian War
We’ll spend the day in the beautiful town of Stolac learning more about the history of the city and how conditions were during the Bosnian War.
The necropolis in Radimlja, one of the most valuable monuments of the medieval period in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the ancient citadel of Daorson are just two of the unique historical pearls that we will explore in Stolac.
In the afternoon, after having lunch by the beautiful waterfalls in Stolac, we’ll visit Pocitelj. Here you’ll be able to visit the historic fortress and learn about the aggression the village was subjected to by Croatian nationalists during the Bosnian war.
Later in the day, we’ll be making our way to Sarajevo for the evening.
Day 4: Sarajevo - Where East meets West
After breakfast, we’ll begin bright and early with a guided tour of Bosnia’s beautiful capital city Sarajevo, a city steeped in medieval and modern history. Our expert local guide will walk you through the cobblestone streets of the historic Baščaršija area of Sarajevo. You will also have the opportunity to hear about the siege of Sarajevo, the longest siege in modern history, from survivors.
We’ll be hosting lunch where you’ll be able to try burek, a Bosnian delicacy. Vegetarian options are available. In the evening, you will have some free time to join us for an optional cable car trip (tickets will be self-funded) to enjoy breathtaking views of the city or you can choose to explore the city and its traditional handmade stalls and bakeries. This will be a great opportunity to purchase locally-made gifts and souvenirs to take home with you.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch.
Day 5: Never Forget Srebrenica
On our second day, we’ll visit the memorial site of Srebrenica-Potocari, where 8,372 Muslim men and boys were murdered in July 1995 as a result of sustained fascist and ethnonational propaganda spread by Serb nationalists.
Despite frequently being overlooked by media outlets in their coverage of the invasion of Ukraine, the Srebrenica Genocide was the worst atrocity to take place on European soil since WW2.
The extensive use of propaganda during the war in Bosnia dehumanised and painted the Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) population as an ‘incompatible other’. By visiting the memorial site you’re taking part in a necessary effort to learn the importance of combating hate and preserving the stories of survivors and victims for future generations.
Day 6: Off the beaten Bosnian path
We will be venturing up north to the town of Ahmići, a village where hundreds lost their lives due to aggression from Croat nationalist forces. Following this, we will continue onwards to Travnik, a historic town in the central part of Bosnia. Here you’ll find Bosnian architecture that is unique to this region. We’ll walk through the narrow streets and learn more about the history before making our way to Plava Voda for a drink by its springs.
After Travnik, we’ll make our way to Jajce, famous for its nature and stunning waterfalls. There is ziplining here available for an additional price. In the evening, we will make our way back to Sarajevo.
Day 7: Farewell!
After breakfast, we’ll take a stroll through the city before stopping to eat baklava and drink Bosnian coffee one last time.
The tour will officially end after this meal. Transport to airports is not included but can be arranged upon request. Should you wish to extend your stay in Bosnia, let us know and we can assist you with accommodation, transportation, and anything else you might require.
Thank you for travelling with us!
We’re dedicated to ensuring the trip is comfortable for everyone and we are asking anyone who is interested in confirming their space to please complete the ‘register your interest form‘.
After we’ve reviewed your interest form, we will send you the payment link where you will be asked to reserve your space with a $200 deposit. Additional payments must be made no later than 6 weeks before the trip.
Payments can also be made in instalments. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
Spaces are limited to 10 people per tour and spaces will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
For additional information, please read the ‘Bosnia Group Trip FAQs’ sections before completing your booking.
Bosnia Group Trip FAQs
Yes! All you have to do is be ready for us to pick you up on September the 16th, 2023 at 3 pm in the city center of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
You’re more than welcome to make your own way to Mostar. English is widely spoken in Dubrovnik and you can go on your own to Mostar from there. You can arrange a private shuttle or catch a bus. The prices for the buses start from $25 USD one-way.
Alternatively, you can also fly to Sarajevo and catch a bus or train from there to Mostar. I highly recommend using Omio to compare prices and book transportation in Europe.
We are using Dubrovnik as a base because it offers a wider range of flights than Sarajevo. There are direct flights from Dubai, Istanbul, Newark, as well as dozens of airports from all around Europe. If you have a bit more time, this is also an excellent opportunity for you to cross off an extra city and check out Dubrovnik before our group trip starts! If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, this is for you.
Just remember, our group trip officially starts on the 16th of September at 8 pm for our welcome dinner. Accommodation is included that evening. We suggest you arrive in Mostar that same evening.
If you’re coming from within Europe, we recommend flying to Dubrovnik (Airport code: DBV) and flying back from Sarajevo (Airport Code: SJJ).
For anyone flying from outside of Europe, we recommend flying in and out of the same airport to keep costs down.
Dubrovnik would be the best choice since it is where we’ll be picking you up. You can alternatively look for flights to/from Split (Airport code: SPU) or Sarajevo (SJJ) and make your own way to Dubrovnik for the pick-up option OR to do Mostar directly.
If you’re traveling around Europe and happen to be in the same region as Bosnia and Herzegovina, you can also look for buses that go to Mostar.
If you have ANY questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Sibu (me) directly. I am more than happy to give you recommendations and advice depending on your city of departure.
Yes! If traveling alone is something that’s out of your comfort zone, then I would highly recommend joining a group trip! Not only is everything organized for you, but it is a great way to meet like-minded people and have fun while traveling. I’m a big advocate of solo travel. Joining a group trip on your own counts as solo travel – it means embarking on a journey with other strangers as part of a unique experience. This is an excellent way for you to not miss out on life and travel but at the same time doing it in a safe environment where someone will always be looking out for you.
If you ever dreamt of joining a summer camp as a child, a group trip is the adult-version of that. You’re doing daily activities with fellow travelers that will become your friends. While traveling solo, it can be hard to engage with locals and learn from them. In a group trip, you can have authentic experiences that you would otherwise miss out on if you were on your own.
Depending on the region, group trips are also a great way to keep expenses down. This is just one of those instances where you’ll end up spending money wisely by joining a group trip.
Last, but not least, I travel alone most of the time and you’ll still find me joining group trips from time to time. Some experiences are just better when shared, especially with people who are curious about the world like you are. If you’re tired of waiting around for others to travel, then a group trip is for you.
Yes! You can reserve your spot by paying the $200 USD deposit. You are welcome to pay the full remaining amount by August 15th (one month before the trip starts).
You can also opt for the 3 instalments option.
1st instalment due date: $223 USD due on June 30th
2nd instalment: $223 USD due on July 22nd
3rd instalment: $223 USD due on August 15th
You are responsible for making sure you have appropriate travel insurance (including health and CoVid coverage) in place before the trip starts to avoid any complications due to unforeseen events.
This is mandatory, and you will not be able to participate in the group trip without one. This is a requirement for all of our trips.
For visa requirements to enter Bosnia, please check with the Bosnian embassy in your country.
More than 70 countries require no visa to enter. For the latest guidance on CoVid restrictions, please visit IATA’s guidance page.
Yes! If you are a student we offer a $100 discount, all you have to do is contact us at [email protected] with a valid student ID.
We understand that sometimes things don’t go to plan. That’s why you can cancel your reservation up to 4 weeks before the departure date without being charged for your full ticket price. We’ll keep the deposit payment to cover the administrative costs associated with the cancellation of your booking.
Cancellation any later than this is liable to a fee to cover the cost of hotel and activity bookings.
If the trip can’t proceed for other reasons outside of our control, we will let you know and provide you with the option of joining the next available trip or cancelling your spot. In this case, your total payment will be refunded.