Long overshadowed by stories of war, modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina shines.

Its dramatic mountain countryside, cobbled streets, age-old cultures, minarets and temples entice you to turn another corner and keep exploring. Get back to nature, step back in time or back up onto the dance floor to party the night away with Sarajevo’s young and beautiful.

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At a glance

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Bosnia and Herzegovina travel FAQs

Tipping 5-10% in bars and restaurants is expected.

Internet access is readily available in most towns.

Mobile phone coverage is fairly good in most areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.

Western-style, flushable toilets are the norm throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bottle of soft drink = 1.2 KM
Cup of coffee in a cafe = 2 KM
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 2.5 KM
Simple lunch = 6 KM
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = 10 KM

Tap water is considered safe to drink in Bosnia and Herzegovina; however, due to the different mineral content, some people may get stomach upsets from drinking the water if they aren't used to it. A better option is to find filtered water rather than rely on bottled water.

Credit cards are commonly accepted throughout Sarajevo but options may be more limited outside the city.

ATMs are becoming more common throughout the country, however it’s advisable to carry a supply of cash just in case.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day    
  • 2 Jan New Year's Day 
  • 6 Jan Orthodox Christmas Eve    
  • 7 Jan Orthodox Christmas Day    
  • 9 Jan Republic Day
  • 14 Jan Orthodox New Year
  • 1 Mar Independence Day
  • 14 Apr Orthodox Good Friday
  • 16 Apr Catholic Easter
  • 16 Apr Orthodox Easter
  • 17 Apr Catholic Easter
  • 17 Apr Orthodox Easter
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 2 May Labour Day Holiday
  • 9 May Victory Day
  • 25 Jun Ramandan Bajram / End of Ramadam
  • 28 Jun St Vitus Day
  • 1 Sep Kurban Bajiram / Feast of Sacrifice
  • 1 Nov All Saints' Day
  • 21 Nov Dayton Agreement Day
  • 25 Nov Statehood Day
  • 25 Dec Catholic Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Bosnia & Herzegovina go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/bosnia-and-herzegovina/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Woman drinking from a reusable water bottle

Top responsible travel tips for Bosnia & Herzegovina

  1. Be considerate of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
  3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
  5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
  6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  8. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.