Southern Adriatic trading hub during middle Ages
Trading caravans have connected mainland Balkans with Mediterranean and the rest of the world through Dubrovnik port since early middle ages. Along the route that caravans followed all the way to Belgrade, picturesque towns were erected, combining hints of Slavic spirit, Oriental hedonism and Mediterranean taste. This interesting culturale mixture inspired some of the biggest names of domestic literature and art in general.
Early morning departure from Belgrade towards picturesque Western Serbia. Optional ride on historic narrow track railway that replaced trading caravans in early XX century. It has been out of service since 1974, but famous “Sargan 8” segment has been reconstructed when film director Emir Kusturica shot “Life is a Miracle” movie in 2004. Coffee break in “Drvengrad – Wooden Town” on Mokra Gora Mountain and lunch break in nearby “Andricgrad – Andric Town” in Visegrad, both of them Kusturica’s projects. Visegrad is famous for XVI century, Oriental bridge that inspired Ivo Andric to write “Bridge on the River Drina”. This Nobel Prize winning chronicle novel is best souvenir recommendation. Departure towards Trebinje, check in upon arrival and short break before evening orientation walk are to follow. Trebinje Old Town is surrounded by city walls above Trebisnjica River and wright next to them, Plane Tree Square, favorite meeting point for all those living here, is situated. Free time and overnight.
Breakfast is followed by one day excursion to Dubrovnik. Trading ventures throughout Mediterranean made Dubrovnik one of the most important cities at The Adriatic Coast during middle Ages and later on. As such, it used to be major port, used by all nations living on the Balkans, yielding cultural wealth that is still on display for millions of tourists. Dubrovnik was built around famous Old Port with major sights, such as Prince’s Court, Sponza Palace, Dubrovnik Cathedral, St. Vlaho’s Church and Orlando’s Pole nestled inside magnificent city walls wright behind the port. Main trading street called Stradun still connects the Old Port with the Pile Gate located on the western side of town. Free time, optional boat excursion to Island of Lokrum and return to Trebinje is scheduled for late afternoon/evening hours. Overnight.
Breakfast, check out and departure towards Mostar. Characteristic Ottoman bridge together with Halebija, Hercegusa, Sahat and Tara towers complete widely recognizable medieval skyline of this picturesque town in province of Hercegovina. XVI century Asker Mosk and authentic coppersmith street called Kujundziluk are also part of a guided tour. Free time in Mostar and departure towards BIH capital. Sarajevo sightseeing compleats this interesting Mediterranean and Oriental mixture. Bascarsija is a maze of narrow streets with bezistans (oriental shopping malls), musks and Turkish baths, while artisans used to work in their shops in Kazandzijska Street. Free time for famous Sarajevo kebab and departure to Belgrade. Arrival is planned for late evening hours. End of program.
From 149 € – minimum: 40 PAX
From 199 € – minimum: 15 PAX
Services Included in price: bus transfer, guide escort, visit to Andricgrad, Drvengrad, Visegrad, bed and breakfast in a 3 star hotel in Trebinnje, Mostar and Sarajevo sightseeing
Optional Services Not included in price: Dubrovnik excursion (15 €), boat trip to Lokrum island (10 €)
As a preliminary offer, this program can be altered according to group’s suggestions if possible and due to unpredictable circumstances of any kind.