Bosnia & Herzegovina

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.

Bosnia & Herzegovina Tours & Travel

Articles on Bosnia & Herzegovina

What happens when a group tour skeptic goes on a tour?

Posted on Mon, 24 Nov 2014 by Torre DeRoche

A seasoned adventurer gives group travel a try for the first time. What happened next?

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Soup is for life, not just for lunch: five Asian soups that will change the way you feel about soup

Posted on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 by Eliza Eliott

Everyone knows soup is a great lunch option, but it's often overlooked for dinner. This article hopes to change that.

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Seven essential things to do on any Chilean adventure

Posted on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 by Lia Mitchell

This blog was originally going to be titled, '7 Cheap Chile Adventures Only a Hitchhiker-Insider on Your Intrepid Staff Could Tell You About', but we thought that might be a bit much.

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These five dumplings prove the theory that dumplings are the greatest food in the world

Posted on Thu, 20 Nov 2014 by James Shackell

Intrepid's in-house foodologist, James Shackell, sets out to prove a theory as old as time itself.

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About Bosnia & Herzegovina

At a glance

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Capital city: Sarajevo (population 411,000)
Population: 3.8 million
Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
Currency: BAM
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Sarajevo, Skopje, Warsaw, Zagreb
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)
Dialing code: +387

Best time to visit Bosnia & Herzegovina

Summers in Bosnia and Herzegovina are hot and sunny. The country is at its sparkling best between May and September. In winter it can get bitterly cold. Don’t be surprised to see snow, especially in the hills where the white stuff can hang around until April.

Bosnia weather chart

Geography and environment

Hutovo Blato, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Little heart-shaped Bosnia is almost completely landlocked - it has only 20 km of beautiful coastline along the Adriatic. But what it lacks in coastline, it more than makes up for with stunning rivers and plunging valleys. It shares borders with Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia.

Top Picks

Ilidza, Sarajevo

Top 5 Historic Sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina

1. Stari Most

When Mostar’s 16th-century bridge was rebuilt after the 90s conflict, it became a new symbol of unity and hope. The only turmoil here these days is the fast-flowing river, into which young Bosnians dive, from 24m up, to test their mettle.

2. Bascarsija

Sarajevo’s Old Town is filled with mosques, artisan workshops, Jewish temples and bars that buzz all night long. Do as the locals do and down a cup of coffee, fill up on bosanski cevapi and start walking the cobbled streets.

3. Ilidza

Ilidza is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s longest continuously inhabited sites. Neolithic ruins have been found and the Romans and Ottomans both had their time here. Contemplate the history as you soak in the town’s famous thermal baths.

4. Tunnel Museum

During the war, a tunnel was used to smuggle food, fuel and injured soldiers between the city and the free zone. The 20 m of the tunnel which still exists has been turned into an emotional insight into life during war.

5. Jewish Museum

This fascinating museum is housed in a 16th-century synagogue. Its bare stone walls and timber floors breathe the history of Jews in Sarajevo over the past 400 years.

FAQs on Bosnia & Herzegovina

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.

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Jan 1 New Year's Day
Jan 7 Orthodox Christmas
Jan 14 Orthodox New Year
Jan 27 St Sava’s Day
Mar 1 Independence Day
Mar 29 Easter
May 1 Labour Day
Aug 15 Velika Gospa (Assumption)
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day
Nov 25 Statehood Day
Dec 25 Christmas

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to:
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/bosnia-and-herzegovina/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Bosnia & Herzegovina Travel Tips

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.

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.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Goodbye Sarajevo Atka Reid and Hana Schofield
Zlata's Diary Zlata Filipović
The Bridge on the Drina Ivo Andric
People of the Book Geraldine Brooks