Start your trip with the guided visit of Mostar, it’s famous bridge, narrow streets and charming shops. Moving on the next day, we proceed to Blagaj, a populated place near Mostar, known by the Tekija(or Tekke) – a Dervish monastery, that’s 600 years old. Located at the base of a cliff next to one of the most beautiful springs of Europe – river Buna.
Throughout history, Blagaj was a settled place even during the Roman times. Since the 15th century the city was ruled by Herceg Stjepan Kosača with a residence in the tower above Blagaj. After the arrival of Ottoman Empire and the takeover of the tower and power, it marked a change in construction of various facilities and Blagajska Tekija in 16th century.
We will have the opportunity to visit Blagaj, climbing through the ferate that leads to the tower of Herceg Stjepan Kosače, the Tekija and river Buna.
Via ferrata is a secured mountain path going through a hardly accessible rocky terrain, equipped with sidewalks, steel cables, steel wedges and ladders attached to the rock. On the ferries, hikers use personal technical kits for insurance when moving.
Friday: Arrival and a guided tour of Mostar
Arrive at the Dubrovnik airport at 13:00 where your transport will meet you. Drive to the Zupa Valley, stopping on the way to explore Mostar. The charming city is famous for its 16th Century single-arch Ottoman bridge over the Neretva River.
There your transport will leave you in front of the restaurant where you will have dinner that night, so you’ll have a guided city tour of Mostar. After, you’ll return to the aforementioned traditional restaurant where we’ll have dinner.
Then we’ll proceed to our accommodation in Mostar, where we’ll spend the night, ready for our adventure the next day.
3,5 Hours driving, 1 – 2 hours city tour of Mostar
Saturday: Climbing via ferrata and visiting Tekija
Rising at 7.00 am, breakfast, then preparation and departure towards Blagaj at 8.00h. Arriving at the starting point and hiking for around 20 min to the entrance of Ferrata.
There, we check and control the equipment needed for ascent and entering the Ferrata. We will climb through the canyon for 2h until its completion and then simply continue with the hiking trail towards the Herceg Stjepan Kosača tower, where we’ll have a historic tour and a beautiful view of the Mostar basin and the city of Mostar itself.
After a break on the tower we head towards Blagaj, descending to Tekija and its old settlement where we’ll have the opportunity to visit the river Buna, Tekija and other cultural and historical objects, while finishing our tour with famous dishes of Bosnian cuisine.
At around 18h, we’ll departure towards Mostar (if interested and ready, we can also visit monastery Žitomislić), for a needed break and free time to exploring the city.
Half hour of driving, 2-3 hours of climbing via ferrata, 2-3 hours of hiking
We rise early for breakfast, then pack and head to the Dubrovnik airport so you can catch your flight home.
3-4 hours of driving