This morning meet your English speaking driver at the hotel for your private transfer to Mostar, the unoffical capital of the region of Herzegovina. It is believed that before Herzegovina fell to the Ottomans, the settlement of Mostar had only 19 houses with a small suspension bridge that united both banks. The men that guarded this bridge were called „mostari“ (the bridge keepers) and it is presumed that the town is named after them.
Upon arrival, you will meet your local guide for a walking tour of the Old Town of Mostar. If there is any city in Europe that effortlessly straddles east and west, it is Mostar. You will walk along the Old Bridge and to Mostar’s cobbled Ottoman Quarter, which houses the city’s artists and craftsmen, as well as beautiful 16th – century mosques, museums and cafes. The old town that developed around the new stone bridge was completed by Dalmatian craftsmen in 1566. This oriental part of the city still preserves its old tradition of highly skilled craftsmen in metal engraving, painting and rug-weaving. During your tour, you will visit the Koski Mehmed pasa Mosque from 1671 and the Turkish House – one of the most representative monuments of the Ottoman residential architecture. The city was badly damaged during the 1990s military conflict and even the beautiful Old Bridge was destroyed. It was rebuilt in 2004 and again connects the banks of the Neretva River.
Afterwards, your guide and driver will take you to Međugorje, one of the most important catholic shrines in Europe. It was in the small village of Međugorje that on June 24th 1981 six local teenagers claimed that the Holy Virgin appeared and spoke to them. Since then, the village and its surroundings have become a significant pilgrimage site for pilgrims from all over the world. You will enjoy a brief overview tour of Međugorje with your guide. The place of the alleged vision, the Apparition Hill, is few miles from the village and is marked by a statue of the Virgin. The village’s main street leads to the St. James Church, the center of all religious activity with prayers in different languages.
After the tour meet your driver will take you back to Sarajevo.