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Trip to Bosnia

A 10-Day Trip through Bosnia-Herzegovina (with an optional 1-day extension) 

April 7-17 (or 18), 2019

(Organized by the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies, a Title VI, U.S. Department of Education-designated National Resource Center on the Middle East)

Would you like to travel to beautiful, fascinating Bosnia-Herzegovina (with a side trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia)? CMES is organizing a public trip, open to any adult interested in a fun and educational travel experience. You will be led by a Balkan historian and local guides, visit museums and historical sites (from Bogomil tombs to Ottoman monuments to sites from three major wars in the 20th century), explore cultural places (including a private viewing of the Sarajevo Haggadah and institutions of the region's 4 religious communities), visit places of local interest (a winery, the Croatian world heritage city of Dubrovnik), and lots more. You will also have the option of an additional day-trip to the Srebrenica genocide site/museum. You will stay in 4-star hotels, feast on the excellent local cuisine, have the opportunity to attend performances or participate in a cooking demonstration - all in a short period of time!       


Sunday, April 7 Day 0

  • Catch flight from the U.S.

Sarajevo view at night

Monday, April 8 - Day 1


  • Arrive in Sarajevo
  • Time to settle in and then a brief overview of the city
  • Opening dinner
  • Overnight in Sarajevo

Tuesday, April 9 - Day 2


  • Walking tour of the city (site of assassination of Franz Ferdinand, variety of mosques, churches, synogogue, and other cultural sites)
  • Lunch
  • Free time in the afternoon - with options for further sightseeing 
  • Dinner
  • Overnight in Sarjevo

Wednesday, April 10 - Day 3


  • Visit the Yellow Fortress (great views)
  • Experience the Tunnel museum, a fascinating testimony to resistance during “the last war.”
  • Lunch in Vrelo Bosne, a nature park
  • Visit the Old Jewish Cemetery
  • Get a spectacular view of the city from the Avaz Twist tower.
  • Free time in the late afternoon.
  • Dinner
  • Overnight in Sarajevo

Thursday, April 11 - Day 4            

Travel to Dubrovnik, Croatia

  • Visit the National Museum of BiH to see the original Sarajevo Haggadah.
  • Visit the Jablanica Museum, a Partisan World War II site
  • Lunch in a fish restuarant along the river in Blagaj
  • Visit the Sufi "tekija" in scenic Blagaj
  • See the Bogomil necropolis in Stolac
  • Visit the Tvrdos Monastery in Trebinje
  • Arrive in Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage city, in the evening before dinner.
  • Dinner
  • Overnight in Dubrovnik.vacation photos

Friday, April 12 - Day 5


  • City tour in the morning
  • Free time for leisure and exploring in the afternoon
  • Dinner
  • Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Saturday, April 13 - Day 6

Travel (short distance) to Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina:

  • Stop off in Ston to see the 14th century walls
  • Take a quick photo safari of the delta of the Neretva river
  • Lunch
  • Stop off in Počitelj, a beautiful medieval town/fortress
  • Tour the lovely city of Mostar .
  • Dinner
  • Overnight in Mostar.

Sunday, April 14 - Day 7


  • Day trip to Herzegovina Wine Route
  • Visit Kravice Waterfall
  • Visit the Humac Monastery museum.
  • Lunch and visit one of the wineries
  • Ethno Villiage Herceg
  • Medjugorje
  • Return to Mostar
  • Dinner
  • Overnight in Mostar

Monday, April 15 - Day 8

Return to Sarajevo

  • Drive from Mostar to Sarajevo
  • Stop en route to visit Konjic (Ottoman bridge, Tito's nuclear tunnel museum) 
  • Lunch
  • Free afternoon in Sarajevo
  • Dinner
  • Visit National Theatre Sarajevo
  • Overnight in Sarajevo

Tuesday, April 16 - Day 9

Sarajevo - Day trip to Vlasic and Travnik

  • Visit Kraljeva Sutjeska Monastery
  • Go to Mt. Vlasic- lunch in the Ethno house there and a cooking class
  • Stop in Travnik to visit the Ivo Andric house/museum
  • Dinner in Sarajevo
  • Overnight in Sarajevo

Wednesday, April 17 - Day 10


  • Free day (many possible activities/sites)
  • Closing dinner
  • Overnight in Sarajevo

Thursday, April 18 - Leave-Taking - transfer to the airport - OR (Optional) Day 11/Trip to the Srebrenica Genocide Site on Apr. 18, leaving Friday, April 19 


Price/What Is Included     How to Register for the Trip     Trip Leader's Bio     More Travel Information

For more information, contact Julie Ellison-Speight - jellison@arizona.edu or 520-621-7904