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Self-guided tour Bosnia | Unique Via Dinarica hiking trail

  • Duration: 6 days
  • Min people: 1
  • Pickup: Sarajevo Airport
  • Small groups
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Drop-off: Sarajevo Airport

If landing in Sarajevo is not possible, alternative transfer options can be arranged from nearby countries such as Zagreb, Belgrade, Dubrovnik, Split, or other locations upon inquiry.

Self-guided tour Bosnia in the brand new concept offering the incredible possilibity of exploring Via Dinarica hiking trails on your own.

Discover Via Dinarica on your own

The Via Dinarica trail is a stunning long-distance hike through the Dinaric Alps, connecting countries and featuring traditional villages, water mills, and breathtaking views. It’s known as the ‘Shepherd’s Way,’ incorporating ancient shepherding routes and offering insights into the region’s agricultural past.

The tour starts with a unique connection to Sarajevo’s sporting heritage, visiting the Olympic mountain Trebević, standing at an elevation of 1628 meters, with stunning views of the Sarajevo valley. The tour includes another Olympic mountain, Bjelašnica, as part of the route “Bjelašnica Transversal,” adding to the untouched exploration of your hiking experience.

A hike through the village of Lukomir offers the opportunity to see the stunning Rakitnica Canyon. Visitors will also have the opportunity for an insight into the rich local customs and traditions of the villagers in Umoljani Dragon village.

As you keep exploring, you’ll discover the impressive Vito summit and navigate through its surrounding natural amphitheatre. This tour offers a wealth of options for both tourists and rural residents seeking a quieter side of Bosnia and Herzegovina, seamlessly combining the vibrant allure of the mountains and villages.

The Shepherds’ Way, as a self-guided adventure, guarantees a memorable experience, showcasing some of the most breathtaking scenery that Bosnia and Herzegovina has to offer.

Personalize your self-guided tour Bosnia experience

If you’d like to have the self-guided tour completely customized to your preferences, please reach out to us. We’ll be happy to tailor the tour to match your specific wishes. Contact us at info@meetbosnia.com

Tour highlights

This 6-day self-guided tour of Bosnia | Via Dinarica hiking covers the entire Shepherds’ route via Dinarica, starting and ending in Sarajevo town. The itinerary includes hikes to Lukomir village, Vito summit, Olympic mountain Bjelašnica, and Umoljani, offering a genuine glimpse into the Shepherd lifestyle as it existed in the past.

If you’re seeking longer or shorter tour options along the Shepherds Way or within the Via Dinarica Trail in general, please reach out to us.

  • Olympic Adventure at Bjelašnica Mt.
  • Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track
  • Panoramic views
  • Dragon village
  • Nomadic settlement - Katuni
  • Vito summit
  • Historical Heritage Trail
  • Find a moment to relax

Tour information

  • Arrival & Departure locationSarajevo
  • Tour duration6 days
  • What's includedAccommodation
    Transportation to the starting and ending points of the trip
    Meals (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner)
    24/7 customer service
    Airport shuttle
    Maps detailing your route, indicating the positions of your accommodations, and any additional available walks
    Luggage transportation
    Suggestions for a packing list
  • What's NOT includedTravel insurance
    Flight tickets
    Personal expenses
    Entrance fees
    Unscheduled transfers not specified in the trip itinerary

What to bring?

  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Hat or cap
  • Raincoat and waterproof pants
  • Flashlight, compass, or GPS
  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Lightweight shoes for day use
  • Gaiters or Gamasche
  • Reusable water bottle and lunch utensils
  • Insect repellent and sun hat
  • Compact towel or seat mat
  • Travel-friendly washcloth
  • Hiking poles or walking sticks

Detailed tour information

When is the best period for self-guided tour Bosnia?

Hiking is recommended from April to October. Optimal months are June and September, with late spring (May) and early autumn (October) also favourable. Winter suits adventurous hikers, while July and August can be too hot. The season generally spans from May to October, but conditions can vary yearly.

Complete itinerary

Day 1: Sarajevo arrival
Begin your journey with a private transfer upon arrival at Sarajevo Airport. Check in to your accommodation and rest, preparing for the exciting days ahead. 

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Overnight in Sarajevo.

Day 2: Walk from Sarajevo City Centar – Trebević Mt.

Your first self-guided hiking day starts from Sarajevo itself, the capital city where your arrival will be. The trail heads to Trebević, which you will approach by Sarajevo cable car. Trebević is especially popular with walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, primarily because of its position – as the closest Olympic Mountain near Sarajevo, featuring an abandoned bobsleigh track from the Olympics.

Route: 8.69 km (5.4 mi)

Ascents: 585 meters (1,919 ft)

Approximate Walking Time: 4 hours

Self-guided tour Bosnia - arajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track
Self-guided tour Bosnia – Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track

Overnight in Sarajevo. 

Day 3: Hiking from Bjelašnica - Observatory

The journey proceeds along the Olympic mountain Bjelašnica, culminating at its highest peak, the Observatory (2067 m/a.s.l.), from Babin do. The demanding ascent to the Observatory allows for breaks at various stations, providing opportunities for extended rests inside the observatory.

Route: 7.4 km (4.6 mi)

Ascents: 789 meters (2,589 ft)

Approximate Walking Time: 3.5 hours

Self-guided tour Bosnia - Hiking photo

Overnight on Bjelašnica mountain.

Day 4: Hiking from Umoljani – Lukomir

The self-guided tour begins with the legendary Umoljani Dragon village, petrified on a cliff, offering a beautiful view of the Oblj peak ridge. It then proceeds towards Lukomir, the highest village at 1400 meters. The return journey through Rakitnica Canyon unveils stunning views of a meandering creek, adding to the scenic beauty of the hiking journey.

Route: 7.4 km (4.6 mi)

Ascents: 789 meters (2,589 ft)

Approximate Walking Time: 3.5 hours

Overnight in Umoljani.

Self-guided tour Bosnia - Nature
Self-guided tour Bosnia – Bjelašnica mountain
Day 5: Walk from Tušile - Vito summit

The route continues through Mount Visočica, self- guided starting from Tušila Mountain Hut, exploring diverse terrains and panoramic landscapes. It follows the trail to Vito summit, navigating a steep ascent with stunning views. Traverse ridges to Veliko brdo, Malo brdo, and Drstva, passing fountains and forests along the way.

Route: 8.6 km (5.3 mi)

Ascents: 799 meters (2,621 ft)

Approximate Walking Time: 3.5 hours

Overnight in Tušila.

Self-guided tour Bosnia - Mountain peeks
Self-guided tour Bosnia - Vito summit
Day 6: Depart from Sarajevo

Conclude your self-guided tour with a private transfer to the airport, departing from Sarajevo with memories of a diverse and enriching exploration of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Overall, the Self-guided tour Bosnia | Via Dinarica hiking is a truly unforgettable experience that will give you a deep appreciation for our beautiful and diverse country’s nature, culture and history. Whether you are on your own or in a group looking for a unique and memorable vacation, this tour will surely exceed your expectations. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why Book a Tour with Meet Bosnia Tours

Meet Bosnia Tours is the most authentic and reliable Balkans DMC. We offer a unique and personalized travel experience, combining local expertise with a passion for showcasing the rich cultural and historical heritage of Bosnia. Our carefully crafted tours ensure an immersive journey, providing insights that go beyond typical tourist experiences.

How Much in Advance Do I Need to Book This Tour?

To secure your spot and ensure availability, it is recommended to book this tour at least 15 days in advance. However, last-minute bookings are possible depending on availability. Early bookings provide better flexibility and allow for smoother trip planning.

What is the Currency I Should Use While in Bosnia?

It’s advisable to use the local currency, the Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM). While major credit cards are accepted in urban areas, having local currency in cash is beneficial, especially in more rural or less touristy regions. Keep an eye on exchange rates and be prepared for potential variations between currency exchange offices.

What is the Weather Like in Bosnia?

It’s important to note that Bosnia have distinct climates and weather conditions can change rapidly, particularly in mountainous areas. When planning a trip, it’s advisable to check specific weather forecasts, as there can be variations in temperature and precipitation.

How Much Should I Tip?

Tipping in Bosnia is appreciated but not mandatory. In restaurants, rounding up the bill or leaving a 10% tip is common. Tipping tour guides, drivers, and hotel staff is also customary on how much are satisfied with the service.

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