Bosnia and Herzegovina
EAST MEETS WEST MEETS NORTH MEETS SOUTH – diversity in every meaning of this world
Bosnia and Herzegovina is often called the Jerusalem of the Balkans due to its rich cultural and religious heritage from Abrahamic religions, including Islam, Judaism and Orthodox and Catholic Christian faith, and even today it is home to three nations – The Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats. It is a place that tells many stories, and the warm and friendly locals will love to share it with you over a cup of traditionally baked Bosnian coffee. The fabulous sense of humor and droll storytelling combined with cheerfulness and warm hospitality can hardly give away the hard times these people have faced. Sarajevo, the sieged city as well as many other places torn apart by war, still have witnesses to tell you their story.
Rich not only in cultural but also natural heritage, it surprises tourists with landscapes of mountains and waterfalls at practically every corner. Here you can still find villages which are isolated from modern world, such as Lukomir, village only 42 km from Sarajevo, but deep in the mountains, accessible only from end of May to early October. You can still find old way of life, tradition and see how it still functions well without any modern technology.
Your clients will mostly be requesting for Sarajevo, Mostar and Međugorje as a part of a Balkan tour, which it is a great place to start. However, Bosnia and Herzegovina is an excellent mono destination, they can also visit Trebinje and taste their world famous Tvrdoš Monastery wine, Jajce – a wonderful small town with a massive waterfall in the city center and also a birthplace of Yugoslavia (a must for history lovers!) or the Bosnian pyramids of the Sun and check for yourself if the researches are right and there was a very advanced ancient culture that nobody knows about or is it just pseudo archaeological theory. Or how about Banja Luka which was by many considered one of the most beautiful cities of former Yugoslavia, or Jahorina, the mountain near Sarajevo where the winter Olympics 1984 were held, or Višegrad with a bridge over Drina river which inspired a Nobel winning author Ivo Andrić for his masterpiece? Bosnia and Herzegovina is an ideal destination for experienced travelers, for those who really want to get involved with local culture, hear the stories and enjoy great food and learn about the modern history. It is a great destination for foodies, history lovers or religious heritage tours, including Muslim, Jewish and Christian.