Interpret Europe Conference | 31 May - 3 June 2019 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina | #iecon19
“The Beauty of Herzegovina“ Post-conference tour
3-4 June 2019
Departure from Sarajevo: 15.00h / 3 June
Arrival in Mostar: 18.00h
Arrival in Split: approx. 18:00h / 4 June
Dinner in Split: 20.00h / 4 June
Return to Sarajevo: 22.00h /4 June
Arrival in Sarajevo: 03.30h / 5 June
Price: 95 Euros (accommodation in the Design Hostel StarMo in Mostar, exclusively open to IE participants, is included in the price, together with the official dinner on 3 June, breakfast and lunch pack on 4 June. Dinner in Split will be covered by the participants).
Following the Interpret Europe Conference, where you will have had the chance to get to know Sarajevo as the capital of culture and as the meeting point between East and West, we are proud to welcome you on the optional post-conference tour in the region of Herzegovina. Discover the beauty of Herzegovina with a post-conference tour starting from Sarajevo on 3 June and ending in Split (Croatia) on 4 June.
Tour itinerary: Mostar – Radimlja stecci – Hutovo blato – Pocitelj – Split
The city of Mostar is a jewel of the Herzegovina region and a must-see destination in the country. The Old Bridge - a 16th century, Ottoman-style bridge that spans the Neretva River - connects the two sides of the city and has been a symbol of the city for over 400 years. The city takes its name from the bridge keepers, the Mostari, who guarded it. The streets surrounding the bridge exhibit a mix of pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean and western European architecture.
Enjoy Mostar with a 2-hour walk around the city, and see different periods of our history:
- Partisan cementary
- Boulevard (which was a dividing line during the ‘90s war)
- Gymnasium (Austro-Hungarian period)
- Clear insight into the history of Mostar, its present and its potential future from a local’s perspective
- Koski-Mehmed Pasha mosque near the Old Bridge
- Old bazaar
- Old Bridge
- Old town
- Crooked bridge
- Traditional rose juice at Kajataz house
The visit to Mostar will conclude with a traditional dinner to end the day.
On 4 June, travel through the cultural, natural and historic heritage of the Herzegovina region, after a perfect start to the day – a Bosnian coffee presentation/workshop.
Did you know that the ritual of coffee making and drinking is one of the most meaningful rituals in Bosnia and Herzegovina? You will learn how to prepare traditional Bosnian coffee, the difference between Turkish, Greek and Bosnian coffee, and discover some different interpretations of when the coffee is served and the meanings attached to the time of day or the way it has been served. You will also have the opportunity to see how locals drink their coffee and experience the wonderful taste on the spot.
With your energising Bosnian coffee shot, you will then encounter archeological sites and cultural heritage from various prehistoric periods; 11,500 BC Paleolithic rock carvings, remnants of the megalithic Illyrian city walls, old Roman ruins, medieval castles and tombstones of the old Bosnian kingdoms. All of these unforgettable sites are located off the beaten track and are surrounded by beautiful nature.
Stećak is the name for the richly decorated medieval tombstones found mainly in Bosnia and Herzegovina – one of the most significant examples of the country’s cultural heritage. These monumental stones first appeared in the second part of the 12th century and reached their peak in the 14th and 15th centuries. Radimlja necropolis is one of the largest collections of these magnificent tombstones.
‘Hut’s Mud’ – A unique submediterranean wetland in typical Karst surroundings by the Neretva river. Known since ancient times as a green oasis, abundant water supports a large number of plant and animal species, and it is one of the largest bird breeding sites in Europe. The biological diversity is influenced by the Adriatic Sea and surrounding karst and hilly terrain, and is extremely valuable. There are few places in the world that have so many species in such a small area.
Počitelj is a medieval trading city built in the style of Ottoman - Mediterranean heritage, making it one of the most beautiful cultural and historic settlements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and one of the most picturesque towns in Europe. It is nestled in the arrid rockface – built into a natural karst amphitheatre – overlooking the emerald green river of Neretva. A warren of steep stairways, pomegranate bushes and ancient stone houses, it is made for aimless wandering and happenstance.
Herzegovina is a region famous for its wine production and is part of the Wine Routes in the Balkans. On our way to Split (Croatia), we will make a short stop and taste some of the traditional wine, prosciutto, cheese and olives.
Our tour ends in Split, one of the most beautiful cities alongside the Adriatic sea, with a special dinner offering fresh seafood made in the Dalmation tradition.
Please note that you can book an onward ticket for many destinations directly from Split (budget airlines). If you decide to stay in Split, please arrange your accommodation and transport to the local airport in time.
However, if you have booked a return trip from Sarajevo or some other airport, the bus will return back to Sarajevo after dinner. The arrival to Sarajevo is scheduled for early morning (around 4am) so please make sure that you have accommodation option available.