This 2-day tour from Dubrovnik, the 'jewel of the Adriatic', to Bosnia and Herzegovina is a fantastic way to not only see a different country but see a few sights that are totally off the tourist radar. From Mostar to Sarajevo, towns that were news flash points over 20 years ago and now peaceful, you'll get a dose of culture on this tour. Stay in 3- and 5-star hotels and eat hearty lunches, all of which are included.
Day 1: Dubrovnik – Počitelj – Mostar – Sarajevo (L)After pickup from your centrally located Dubrovnik hotel, relax in a comfortable minivan and admire views of the Adriatic Sea as you drive along the Croatia coast and cross the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Continue your journey along the postcard-perfect Neretva River and arrive in the town of Počitelj. Enjoy a guided walking tour around the UNESCO World Heritage–listed center, and snap photos of landmarks such as the Haji-Ali Mosque and hilltop clock tower fort Sahat-kula.
Next, make for Mostar, the Herzegovina region's cultural capital. As you tour the pretty city with an expert guide, discover how it has served as home to people of many different religions and backgrounds.
Pose for photos in the UNESCO-listed Old Bridge Area and explore other sights such as the Mosque of Mostar and the Turkish House. Then, break for lunch at a local restaurant. Dine on burek (ground meat with onion and cheese or potatoes wrapped in filo pastry), served with yoghurt, and finish up with Bosnian coffee and a tasty sweet treat in a local cafe.
With your appetite sated, enjoy free time in Mostar before departing for Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capital city, where you’ll check into your central hotel and spend the evening as you wish.
Overnight: 3- or 5-star hotel accommodation in central Sarajevo
Day 2: Sarajevo – Dubrovnik (L)Savor a delicious breakfast (own expense), then hop inside your comfortable minivan and travel to the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum. Explore the museum with an expert guide, and learn about the 1990s conflict and the role the hand-dug, 2,625-foot-long (800-meter) tunnel played in providing the capital with food and arms. See photos of war-torn houses, as well as a 20-minute video of the city bombardment and life in the tunnel.
Next, journey back to Sarajevo Old Town and embark on a guided walking tour. See Bascarsija Bazaar, an ancient trading place with artisan workshops, and breathtaking examples of Ottoman architecture among other sights.
After your tour, break for lunch at a local čevapi (kebab) joint. Tuck into the tasty grilled meat served with kajmak cheese and a local beer. Then, enjoy a cup of coffee with baklava (filo pastry stuffed with nuts and soaked in syrup or honey) before enjoying free time to explore Sarajevo Old Town further.
When the time comes, join back up with your minivan and depart for Dubrovnik, where your tour concludes with a drop-off back at your central hotel.