MH Travel Agency organizes English-speaking shared or private Herzegovina tours from Kotor and Budva to its world-famous city Mostar with its UNESCO-protected Old Bridge from the 1st of April to the 1st of November (except August). The tour is not exclusively only for our guests. Anyone can book it, and it is organized every Monday if the minimum group of 10 passengers is reached. Private tours can depart any day. Look at the overview, highlights, itinerary, video presentation, photo gallery, terms, and conditions of the tour. If you like to take a seat on it you can easily make an online reservation, using the button BOOK NOW!
HERZEGOVINA TOUR WITH MH TRAVEL AGENCY
DAILY EXCURSION FROM MONTENEGRO TO HERZEGOVINA...DEPARTURES FROM KOTOR AND BUDVA...HIGHLIGHTS: THE CITIES OF TREBINJE, STOLAC, AND MOSTAR...DURATION: 14 HOURS...TICKET PRICE €55.00 (FROM KOTOR), €60.00 (FROM BUDVA)
We believe that this 14 hours tour can offer unforgettable memories and stir up your emotions. Guests will introduce Herzegovina's culture, history, natural beauty, and 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 settled on the Trebisnjica River, the small city of Stolac with its famous mills, and Mostar which is the most tourist city in the Herzegovina region. The Christian and Ottoman cultures change all the time, showing the diversity of living, mostly focused on farms and vineyards with the domination of 3 rivers Trebisnjica, Bregava, and Neretva which shaped the lives of their people. Welcome!
WHEN AND WHERE WILL WE START?
The tour starts at 8:00 am from Budva. The next pick-up is in the city of Kotor. 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 the 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.
The departure point in Kotor is from the ECO PETROL gas station next to the main bus station.
The departure point in Budva is from the ECO PETROL gas station next to the hotel Slovenska Plaža
NOTE: MH Travel Agency is the only one that organizes the Herzegovina with visiting of 3 cities departures from Kotor, and Budva, so guests should be aware that a tour can last up to 14-15 hours. Because of that, it is not recommended for small kids.
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 of 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. The 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 affordable and we highly recommended to make 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 Ottoman 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 45 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) 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 such 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 nowadays. 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 summer, 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 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.
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 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 on 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 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 within 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. We will carefully monitor the situation at the border and in the event that there is a wait at the border for more than an hour, we will start the tour an hour earlier.
The tour is organized by middle-class air-conditioned cars or minibusses. Our tour to Herzegovina goes to the border crossing Vraćenovići (MNE)/ Deleuša (BIH), and Ilino Brdo(MNE)/ Klobuk (BIH). Bosnia and Herzegovina is not part of the European Union, so the Schengen Visa is not required.
The price of the private tour is per car, not per person. The maximum number of guests in the car is 4. The private tour from Budva costs 240 euros, and from Kotor is 220 euros. Private tours can depart any day.
We give a discount for groups of more than 10 people.
Licensed tour guide in the English language.
THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
Entrance fees to Radimlja, and museums. (not obligatory)
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, in the case that we will have guests from all 2 cities on the tour. There is no luggage fee.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE HERZEGOVINA TOUR
BOOKING AND PAYMENT
Tour tickets can be bought online via the BOOK NOW! option, or directly at the reception of Montenegro Hostel B&B Budva (address: Vuka Karadzica 12, located in the old town of Budva GPS Latitude 42,278238 Longitude 18,837430). and Montenegro Hostel B&B Kotor (address: Stari Grad 333, located in the old town of Kotor GPS Latitude 42,424562 Longitude 18,771051). The last online booking can be made until 21:00 (9 pm) the day before departure. After that time, the ticket can only be purchased at the hostel's reception until 22:00 (10 pm) the day before departure.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE TOUR CONDITIONS
Hope you will enjoy our tour:)
MH Travel Agency Team