Bosnia

Walking the Olympic Mountains of Bosnia

Trip code: W07BH

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

Headwater
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SUMMARY

  • Explore Bosnia's Olympic mountains, rich in history and scenic beauty
  • Delve into Sarajevo's history, including the Latin Bridge where World War I began
  • Savour traditional Balkan cuisine, including cevapi and rakija

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 3 packed lunches & 2 dinners
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Embark on a captivating journey through Bosnia's Olympic mountains, where nature's splendour meets a rich tapestry of history and culture. This walking holiday is perfect for adventurers, history enthusiasts, and food lovers, offering a unique blend of scenic beauty, cultural immersion, and culinary delights.

Begin your adventure at Igman, host of the 1984 Winter Olympics. Igman's lush landscapes and serene vistas provide a perfect start. Next, venture to the enchanting village of Umoljani, one of Bosnia's oldest villages, steeped in legend and surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery.

Enjoy a rest day in Sarajevo, Bosnia's vibrant capital. Delve into history at the historic Latin Bridge, pivotal in triggering World War I. Wander the captivating Baščaršija bazaar, immersing in the city's rich tapestry. Consider a scenic train journey to Mostar, renowned as one of the most picturesque rides in Europe, to marvel at its iconic Stari Most bridge and Old City.

Continue your journey with a walk on Trebević Olympic Mountain, where history and nature blend seamlessly. Don't miss the eerie yet fascinating abandoned bobsleigh track, a relic of Sarajevo's 1984 Winter Olympics.

Explore Bosnia's culinary delights, such as cevapi (grilled minced meat sausages) and burek (flaky pastry with various fillings). Enjoy them with rakija, a traditional fruit brandy. This cherished custom adds a unique touch to every meal, promising a gastronomic journey celebrating Bosnia's diverse cultural influences.

This 7-day night walking holiday through Bosnia's Olympic mountains is a perfect blend of adventure, history, and culinary exploration. It's an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Balkans, where every step unveils a new story and every meal tells a tale.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Sarajevo

Arrive in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

You stay at Diamond Rain Boutique Hotel.

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Diamond Rain Boutique Hotel, Sarajevo

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Diamond Rain Boutique Hotel offers stylish accommodations with a shared lounge, a terrace, and a restaurant, complemented by free private parking and WiFi. This 4-star hotel, located in the heart of Sarajevo's Old Town near Baščaršija and the cable car, features an indoor pool, sauna, 24-hour front desk, tour desk, and luggage storage.

Day 2: Mount Igman (10km/6.2mi)

A quick transfer will take you to Olympic Mount Igman. From there, today's route heads towards Bjelašnica Ski Resort. This area was used for many skiing events during the 1984 Winter Olympics.

You stay at Hotel Han Bjelašnica.

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Hotel Han, Bjelašnica

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Hotel Han, a 4-star establishment, is conveniently located next to the Bjelašnica ski area. It offers elegant rooms with LCD satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, video-surveilled parking, and a restaurant with a large terrace. The hotel also features a mosque, ski storage with lockers, and traditional regional cuisine.

Day 3: Bjelašnica Plateau (11km/6.8mi)

Today's route crosses the Bjelašnica Plateau, hike around the Opservatorija Peak (2,067m), named for its meteorological observatory. Established in 1878 during Austro-Hungarian rule, it was the Balkans' first. Continue to Umoljani village to end today's walk.

You stay at Pansion Umoljani.

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Umoljani Pansion, Umoljani

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Umoljani Pension offers cosy, traditional, and simple accommodation in the tiny village of Umoljani. Located on Bjelašnica Mountain, it features an à la carte restaurant with stunning mountain views and an on-site bar with a terrace. Rooms are basic, with a wardrobe and private bathroom, while a separate chalet provides a simple living room, flat-screen TV, and kitchenette. A shared lounge and luggage and ski storage are also available.

Day 4: Umoljani Circular Walk (16km/9.9mi)

Today's Umoljani circular walk begins at the hotel, ascending to Gradina and Obalj ridge with stunning views of Treskavica and Visočica. Visit Lukomir, Bosnia's highest village, and descend past Peruce Waterfall, Studeni Potok cascades, and historic watermills before returning to Umoljani.

You stay at Pansion Umoljani.

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Umoljani Pansion, Umoljani

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Umoljani Pension offers cosy, traditional, and simple accommodation in the tiny village of Umoljani. Located on Bjelašnica Mountain, it features an à la carte restaurant with stunning mountain views and an on-site bar with a terrace. Rooms are basic, with a wardrobe and private bathroom, while a separate chalet provides a simple living room, flat-screen TV, and kitchenette. A shared lounge and luggage and ski storage are also available.

Day 5: Rest day in Sarajevo

Rest day in Sarajevo. Explore Visit the historic Latin Bridge, where the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand triggered World War I. Visit the Old Town and Baščaršija bazaar, the city's historical and cultural centre. When it was originally built in the 15th century, it laid the foundations for Sarajevo.

You stay at Diamond Rain Boutique Hotel.

hotel details

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Diamond Rain Boutique Hotel, Sarajevo

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Hairdryer
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TV
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Diamond Rain Boutique Hotel offers stylish accommodations with a shared lounge, a terrace, and a restaurant, complemented by free private parking and WiFi. This 4-star hotel, located in the heart of Sarajevo's Old Town near Baščaršija and the cable car, features an indoor pool, sauna, 24-hour front desk, tour desk, and luggage storage.

Day 6: Trebević Olympic Mountain (10km/6.2mi)

Today's Trebević Olympic Mountain walk begins with a scenic cable car ride to the summit. Choose between shorter and longer walks, exploring the mountain’s beauty. Visit the eerie, abandoned bobsleigh track from the 1984 Winter Olympics. Return to Sarajevo via the cable car.

You stay at Diamond Rain Boutique Hotel.

hotel details

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Diamond Rain Boutique Hotel, Sarajevo

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Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
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Diamond Rain Boutique Hotel offers stylish accommodations with a shared lounge, a terrace, and a restaurant, complemented by free private parking and WiFi. This 4-star hotel, located in the heart of Sarajevo's Old Town near Baščaršija and the cable car, features an indoor pool, sauna, 24-hour front desk, tour desk, and luggage storage.

Day 7: Optional Trip to Mostar

Rest in Sarajevo or take a scenic train ride to Mostar, one of Europe's most beautiful routes. In Mostar, marvel at the iconic Stari Most bridge spanning the Neretva River, a symbol of resilience and beauty. Wander through the picturesque Old City's narrow streets, lined with historic Ottoman-era buildings and vibrant markets. Visit the historic Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque for stunning views of Mostar from its minaret, encapsulating centuries of cultural heritage.

You stay at Diamond Rain Boutique Hotel.

hotel details

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Diamond Rain Boutique Hotel, Sarajevo

Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Safe


Diamond Rain Boutique Hotel offers stylish accommodations with a shared lounge, a terrace, and a restaurant, complemented by free private parking and WiFi. This 4-star hotel, located in the heart of Sarajevo's Old Town near Baščaršija and the cable car, features an indoor pool, sauna, 24-hour front desk, tour desk, and luggage storage.

Day 8: Depart from Sarajevo

Depart from Sarajevo.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £128.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £128.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from London Stansted to Sarajevo with Wizz Air
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Extra legroom seats available
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: Wizz Air London Stansted to Sarajevo, then private transfer to hotel in Sarajevo (30mins).

Return: Private transfer from hotel in Sarajevo to Sarajevo Airport (30mins) then Wizz Air Sarajevo to London Stansted.

Extra legroom seats are available on request.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 4pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Excellent response time to all my requests and an obvious keenness to make things as easy as possible.

22 Feb 2024

I haven’t had the holiday yet so this seems a bit premature….!

But so far I’m pleased with the friendly service from Stephanie

Guy Wilkins, 17 Feb 2024

I always get first rate service from Headwater. When you ring the phone is answered very quickly. Great company to deal with

10 Nov 2023



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Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from £1259

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