Mostar │ Day Trip from Split │ Private │ Guided │ Full Day │ From $80
Today we take you to experience city of Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Join your driver guide on an interesting drive through the fertile agricultural flatland to the beautiful city of Mostar with a stop at the Ottoman-era fortress village of Pocitelj. This is really a wonderful place for picture taking. The climbable octagonal Gavrakapetan Tower is the most iconic building here. Shortly, the mountains will become higher, more impressive, and the road will lead atop the spectacular terrain.
Still, here stands Mostar. A new day has dawned, yet, as with most of this region, there has been a turnover in allegiance and leadership spanning centuries, from evidence of pre-historical and Roman settlements, to Austro-Hungarian (visible in the light blue and yellow buildings of typical Empire style) and Ottoman Turk, onwards through Yugoslavian and Croatian rule, eventually landing in present-day Bosnia-Herzegovina. Learn more about history, culture, unique architecture and local life of Mostar as you stroll these streets in the company of your professional English-speaking local guide. Here, you will visit uncommon city sights, including the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House, and any of the many old Mosques.
But what one really notices about Mostar is the resilience of the people and a society set on moving forward from the ills of the past. The narrow, charming streets near the Old Bridge are lined with local vendors, and cobblestones smoothed from centuries of use form a vivid reminder of the age of this cradle of life. As we near the river’s crossing, we descend to view from below one of the more vivid images of recent memory- the Old Bridge, or “Stari Most”, itself, which has straddled the Neretva River since the XVI Century.
Destroyed during the war by hillside missiles and recently rebuilt, this piece of heritage is an incredibly vital landmark and an extraordinary example of Ottoman architecture from that time. Now, as ever, it strikes a compelling vision as it stretches across the gorge.
On the other side of the bridge, you’ll find souvenirs of times long past- jewelry made from Yugoslavian artillery, bullets turned into necklaces, metal from guns made into ashtrays and many others. As we stroll the city’s winding streets, we’re reminded at every turn of the conflict that raged so publicly right here- bombed out buildings remain a stark reminder of how precious and fragile life is.
Enjoy lunch of local specialties (we recommend cevapcici with ajvar or burek), at a café perched above the frigid mountain waters of the Neretva where distinct serenity accompanies the low hum of the passing waters, the warm, nebulous air, and the joyful sounds of local melodies cascading through the stone-laced streets.
Late afternoon return to Split.
TYPE OF TOUR
With a Driver Guide:
Driver Guide will drive and accompany you during the trip and will provide essential information, assistance and orientation. Driver guide is not a professional licensed guide and therefore cannot provide guiding during city and/or national park sightseeing tours.
Who Should Take This Tour (With a Driver Guide):
Anyone interested in exploring the city and/or national park on their own without a professional guide at a more leisurely pace. This type of day trip is designed for travelers who enjoy walking, hiking, taking pictures, local dining, visiting markets, shops, galleries & other activities according to their own interests.
Add a Professional Guide in Mostar:
Professional guide is a local English-speaking (or any other language speaking) licensed guide specialized in providing in-depth sightseeing tour of the Mostar.
Who Should Take This Tour (With a Professional Guide):
Anyone interested in exploring Mostar in the company of a professional English-speaking licensed local guide should select this tour. This type of tour is designed for travelers who prefer guidance of an English speaking local expert in addition to the driver guide to navigate easier and learn more about this amazing natural site. You will, of course, also have the opportunity to enjoy walking, hiking, taking pictures and other activities of your interest. Please note that you have an option to add a professional guide in Mostar at time of booking this tour.
- The departure and pick up is from accommodation in Split or Split area; hotels, private accommodations, port or other, as the day trip is private.
- We suggest to start at 8 AM or 9 AM, every day of the week. However, if you would like to start later, please let us know as this is a private tour just for you and your travel companions and we can adjust it all according to your preferences.
- Flexible. This is a full day trip, usually from 8 AM until 6 PM, but we can return earlier if you wish since this is a private tour.
- Drop off is at the accommodation in Split or Split area where the guests are staying or any specific drop off point in and around Split.
- Transfer by comfortable air conditioned vehicle
- English speaking driver
- Stop in Pocitelj for picture taking
- Lunch in Mostar
- Professional English speaking local guide in Mostar (other languages available) can be added at additional cost
- Anything else not mentioned in inclusion