Short Eastern Bosnia history:
Aside from the extraordinary capital city, Sarajevo, Eastern Bosnia is largely off the radar for most travelers. The sad legacy of ethnic cleansing has cast a pall over much of the region, although many stop to pay their respects at Srebrenica, the most notorious site of all. Other places of interest include magnificent Sutjeska National Park, the Olympic ski resorts Bjelašnica and Jahorina, and Višegrad, with its UNESCO-listed bridge and literary connections. Besides all of this, you still can enjoy of the beautiful scenery and wild nature while you are on the Visegrad tour, Srebrenica tour or Sutjeska National Park tour here in eastern Bosnia. Here in Invicta travel we have prepared unique Bosnia tour program and Bosnia package just for you.
Things to do and to see in eastern Bosnia:
The town includes the Ottoman-era Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge, a UNESCO world heritage site which was popularized by Ivo Andric in his novel The Bridge on the Drina. A tourist site called Andricgrad (Andric’s Town), dedicated to Andric, is located near the bridge.The Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge was built by the Ottoman architect and engineer Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Sokollu Mehmed Pasha. Construction of the bridge took place between 1571 and 1577. It still stands, and it is now a tourist attraction, after being inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Visegrad tour is one of the most popular tours that you can have here in eastern Bosnia. You can enjoy while traveling across the beautiful mountain range of Romanija and then by the valley of the Drina river. If you want to spend your holidays here with Invicta travel, this is the right Bosnia tour and Bosnia package for you.
Sutjeska National Park tour:
The Sutjeska is a national park located in Bosnia and Herzegovina Established in 1962, it is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s oldest national park. It includes the highest peak of Maglic at over 2,386 metres (7,828 ft), on the border with Montenegro. The Montenegrin part of Maglic massif in the park has also formed the Trnovacko Jezero (Trnovacko Lake). The Strict Nature Reserve “Perucica”, one of the last two remaining primeval forests in Europe, is part of the park. The park is also famous as being the location of the Battle of the Sutjeska in 1943 during World War II. It is an affiliated member of EUROPARC Federation. The park is accessible throughout most of the year but with some restrictions during part of the winter. It is accessible by road from Sarajevo–110 kilometres (68 mi) and Dubrovnik, Croatia–142 kilometres (88 mi). The connecting highway is Belgrade-Visegrad-Herceg Novi. Trebinje-Foca road passes along the canyon walls through thick forests leading to the park. The valley opens at the northern edge of the park. Foca city, near the border with Montenegro, is 20 kilometres (12 mi) away from the park and the nearest town is Mratinje. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest peak, Maglic Mountain, directly on the border with Montenegro, presents a challenging climb for even experienced hikers. Zelengora mountain is popular with hikers and there are several newly renovated mountain huts on the mountain slopes. Tara River is noted for white water rafting. Our Invicta Travel – East Bosnia tours and Bosnia tour can’t be a complete one without visiting Sutjeska National Park, and choosing Sutjeska National Park tour.
Srebrenica is a town and municipality located in the easternmost part of Republika Srpska, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a small mountain town, with its main industry being salt mining and a nearby spa. As of 2013, town has a population of 2,604 inhabitants, while the municipality has 13,409 inhabitants. During the Bosnian War, the town was the site of the July 1995 massacre of the town’s Bosniak population, determined to have been a crime of genocide. Srebrenica and the other UN safe areas of Zepa and Gorazde were isolated pockets of Bosnian government-held territory in eastern Bosnia. On 11. of July 1995, despite the town’s UN-protected status, it was attacked and captured by the Army of Republika Srpska. Following the town’s capture, all men of fighting age who fell into Bosnian Serb hands were massacred in a systematically organised series of summary executions. The women of the town and men below 12 years of age and above 65 were transferred by bus to Tuzla. The Srebrenica massacre is considered the worst genocide in post-Second World War European history to this day. The Srebrenica tour is considered as the most disturbing one that you can have. You need to be mentally prepared for the things that you will hear and see. Still this is the most recent and dark side of our history so your Bosnia tour would be completed without this. You can also choose this Bosnia package and the tour with Invicta Travel just to show respect for the victims of this terrible war.
Things you should try:
Drina river cruise
Have you ever wondered when was the last time you experienced the countryside, without noise, polluted air and concrete all around you? If you want to rest from all of it, and enjoy a completely natural environment, listen to the gurgling of the river, breathe fresh air, eat organic hand made food and forget all your worries. We would suggest having one-day boat trip on the Drina river during your visit to Visegrad . The canyon itself is the second largest in Europe.
In the past, the canyon of the Drina was known for its large streams and whirlpools and old wooden rafts that sailed there. By the end of the 1960s the dam of the hydro electric power plant at Bajina Basta was constructed in Perucac, which turned this section of the Drina river into a peaceful lake, 52 km in length. Instead of rafts, today you can enjoy the Drina river cruise in some of tourist boats. Also there is another lake, upstream from Visegrad, made on the Drina at the end of 80’s. This lake is a perfect spot for fishing and water sports as well.
Hiking in the Sutjeska National Park:
Route: 559m n / v center (Info Center) – Borovno – Dragos Sedlo – Lokva Derbe – Maglic 2386m
(the length of the track is 22 km, and the average speed of the walk is 8 hours without rest. This track belongs to the category of heavy tracks.
Description: from Tehtista 559 m to Borovna 820 m, the length of the track is 3 km and it is a mild climb. The 8 km long road continues to Dragoš Sedla n / a of 1300 m, also a mild tilt of the terrain. Dragoš saddle is decorated with a viewpoint with a view of Perucica and waterfalls Skakavac, Maglic, wedding peaks of Volujak and Zelengore area. From Dragos sedla to Lokva harbor (1680 m) leads a light trail in a length of 7 km. From Lokve Dernice, the first half-length trail is 2.5 km long and passes through the stands of the pine-clad bora while in the second half starts the ascent to Maglic the highest peak of BiH / RS with a height of 2386 m. This is a difficult part of the path leading through the demanding part of the terrain , where for safety it must help hands. On the dangerous parts of the path is provided by the cable.
What to do at National park Sutjeska?
Hiking: People mostly visit Sutjeska because they want to experience the beautiful nature this park offers, so it is obvious there are numerous marked paths intended for hikers so they could fully explore the park.
Total of nine hiking trails, of which the longest and the hardest is 22 kilometers long and it is usually passed in 8 hours using moderate tempo of walking and without resting
Longer trails demand caution, physical fitness and appropriate footwear so if you are not up to them try shorter ones
Although one of the shortest (only 2 km), trail VI Prijevor – Maglic is categorized as hard because it is actually an alpine trail. To climb up, you should have appropriate technical equipment, helmet, harness, crampons and ice ax.
Cycling trail: For those who like to explore on bike, there is one trail specially for cyclists. The trail starts at Tjentiste (by the Information Centre) where you have the option of renting bicycles if you don’t have your own. It is 48 km long and it ends at lake Orlovac where hunting lodge and camp are situated.
Rafting: Adrenaline addicts have the opportunity to experience the rafting on the Tara river in the Sutjeska canyon. Tourists who decide to ‘ride’ the Tara river will get the following rafting equipment: neoprene suit and boots, life jacket, helmet and paddle, and in case of rain, a raincoat. They will be trained by professional skipper, who controls the boat. Rafting on Tara is also possible in neighbouring NP Durmitor, only 2 hour drive from Sutjeska. Here in Invicta Travel we recommend this amazing experience when you are on your Bosnia tour. This sutjeska National Park tour is perfect for hikers and people who are brave and adventurous.