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Climb Via Ferrata & visit old town Blagaj

Immerse yourself in the history of Blagaj, Bosnia’s hidden gem, while climbing through its paths via ferrata, all in 2N/3D

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.

Itinerary

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

Sunday: Departure

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

Dates & Prices

May 3rd, 2019
Spots available: 7 230 €, Per Person
June 7th, 2019
Spots available: 11 230 €, Per Person
September 27th, 2019
Spots available: 10 230 €, Per Person
October 25th, 2019
Spots available: 12 230 €, Per Person

What’s included in the price?

  • 1-day of guided city tour of Mostar
  • 1-day hiking and climbing via ferrata in Blagaj
  • 2 nights of accommodation in a 3* hotel in Mostar
  • All breakfasts, dinners and packed lunches
  • Local, English-speaking, UIAA licensed guide
  • Airport Transfers
  • Local Transfers
  • Tourist taxes

F.A.Q.

What extra costs are there?

  • Flights to/from Dubrovnik
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Additional charge for a single room
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses

Can I book on my own?
Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

How big will the group be?
This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 16. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

What’s the food like?
The food is local, fresh, home-cooked and hearty. Common food items include domestic cheeses and other dairy products, dry meats, fish, freshly baked bread and pastries, and local fruits and veggies.

Can my dietary needs be accommodated?
Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

How fit do I need to be?
A reasonable level of fitness is required for hiking, approx. ascending 700 m at a relaxed pace.
You will need to be able to handle 5 – 6 hours of hiking in continuous pace for this adventure.

What’s the weather like?
Summer is the best season to experience Bosnia where daytime temperatures range from 22 – 30 °C. However, at night it can get cooler, so don’t forget to still bring some layers of clothing to keep you warm! Also, during autumn days are a little bit shorter and thus colder with a higher chance of rain, so some kind of rain jacket is advised.

What should I pack?
Please bring hiking shoes and trousers, breathable t-shirts, sandals, sun protection, and warm layers for the evenings. Also bring a small backpack to carry personal items throughout the day (water, snacks, shirts to use during activities).

Or for easier viewing, here’s our check list:

  • Hiking trousers
  • Hiking shoes
  • Breathable, quick-drying, sport clothes
  • Sandals
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun block)
  • Warm layers for evenings
  • Rain (Gore-Tex) jacket
  • Backpack (30L minimum)
  • Shorts
  • Energy/protein bars

What flights should I book?

Start point?
You will be met at the Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) on Thursday. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 13:00 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalize all details.

Finish point?

Your transport will drop you off at Dubrovnik Airport (TGD) on Sunday. You are free to book any flight departing on Sunday after 10:30. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalize details.

You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

Getting there and away?
Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) is served by regular, inexpensive flights, including well-timed outbound flights on EasyJet.

Important notes:

This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

We can’t guarantee availability of twin rooms for the duration of the tour. All rooms will, in most cases, be double, or more. Or single upon request.

In a highly unlikely case of insufficient number of people accommodated in one of our selected hotels, dinner will be served on a basis of a predetermined menu of 2 or 3 meals.