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Travnik and Jajce Waterfall Tour is a lovely full-day tour from Sarajevo.
In this tour you will explore central Bosnia with and its two most beautiful, and historicly most important towns.
We will discover vizier town Travnik, it’s beautiful fortress, „Blue Water“ and other attractions in this town with your guide
Later on we will explore a royal town – Jajce and its medieval catacombs. We will enjoy one of the most beautiful waterfalls in our country – Jajce Waterfall and discover incredible Pliva Watermills and Pliva Lakes.
In the first place, on the road towards the west, we will go to Travnik, which for many years, served as the capital of Bosnian eyalet and was known as Vizier City. In the Ottoman Empire, the Grand Vizier was the prime minister of the Ottoman Sultan. This enchanting town is also the birthplace of Ivo Andric, a Yugoslav novelist, and the 1961 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Travnik is one of the best-preserved cities from Ottoman times. There are 28 protected cultural and historical buildings in this area. Definetly, the most important of them are: the medieval fortress, built in the 15th century, Jeni mosque, which is the oldest building from the Ottoman period, Sulejmanija or Šarena mosque, Jezuit Grammar School and Elči Ibrahim-Pasha madrassa – Muslim school that is still used today. Moreover, there are also two clock towers built in the 18th century, as well as a sundial, built-in 1886.
In addition, this charming town has a lovely small river that we call Plava Voda or Blue Water located right in the city center. A nice and iconic cafe is near the river where they serve the best Bosnian coffee you can taste. At the same place Franz Joseph tasted his best coffee paying for it with a golden coin. Likewise, in the mountains above the town locals make the famous Travnik cheese.
All over Travnik you can see traditional Bosnian houses as well as medieval fortress overlooking the city.
After visiting Travnik we will continue to Jajce, the capital of the independent medieval Kingdom of Bosnia. The medieval stonesmiths built the royal castle, town-museum under the open sky, on the banks of the rivers Pliva and Vrbas. Once you are there, you get the feeling of mysterious history of the place and you will rush to get to know it better. The old city of Jajce is a candidate for a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Our guide will show you the most prominent part of the city, its trademark, magnificent, 18-meter high waterfall. It’s a place where the river Pliva tumbles abruptly into the Vrbas river. Jajce waterfall dominates the center of the Old Town, which makes this place unique. For sure it will take your breath away. If you are a bit luckier you can visit during the Summer Festival when a diving competition takes place next to Jajce waterfalls.
This small space enables you to glance at four empires: Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian, three kingdoms: Bosnian, Hungarian and Yugoslav, three world monotheistic religions: Christianity (Orthodoxy and Catholicism), Islam and Judaism, and different architectural styles. Jajce Fortress with its long defensive walls was the stronghold of the city, a former royal capital and the last territorial possession of the Kingdom of Bosnia. It’s one of the most recognizable symbols of Jajce built back in the 13th century. Today the fortress provides breathtaking views of the surroundings and pleasant walks along the ramparts.
Jajce – the capital of Bosnian Medieval Kingdom
Located inside the defensive city walls of Jajce are the medieval Catacombs, a monument of particular value and importance. At the end of the 14th century, when the town was experiencing major political and cultural development, the mighty Bosnian duke ordered that these catacombs be built in the granite rocks as a place of the last residence for himself and the ducal family. Josip Broz Tito stayed and worked in the catacombs during a short period of WWII. In 2003, the Commission for the Protection of National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina registered the Catacombs as a national monument.
Jajce is an important city of the Yugoslav history since The Second Conference of Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia (AVNOJ) was held there. Also, we will visit as well the symbol of coexistence in Jajce, the Church of St. Mary or the Sultan Suleyman II Mosque. Today, only the walls remain. Throughout history, people have used this object both as a church and as a mosque. There are still visible reminders of different religions within this object: mihrab and the entrance to the mosque at one side and the entrance to the church at the other side. From the northeast side there is the tower of St. Luke. The bell tower of St. Luke represents the only surviving medieval tower in the continental part of Balkan. In 1892, the Austro-Hungarian government declared these objects as a cultural heritage.
Pliva Lakes and Watermills in Jajce
Pliva Lakes and Watermills are located only a few kilometers away from Jajce. The lakes are good for many recreational activities: fishing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, playing volleyball, biking and walking. It was here that the wooden watermills were built during the Middle Ages. You will see how we used water power in old times in order to produce flower for bread.
Due to the historical, architectural, and geological value of the Pliva lakes and watermills, Bosnian government declared them to be “National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina” in 2009.
In short, Travnik and Jajce, two small but very beautiful, historically very important towns will certainly charm you and won’t let you forget Bosnia.
The guys were fantastic. The bosnian transporter (Muamir) was great throughoit the whole trip. Every one of them super professional, knowledgeable and hospitable. Would highly recommend guys.
Hice esta excursion con lajla en octubre, la excursion es buenisima y la guia muy agradable, lo hice en un grupo mixto ingles y español, la verdad la recomiendo, aunque la de las 4 perlas de bosnia es imposible de superar. Esta excursion es buenisima pronto espero volver a bosnia y hacer alguna otra excursion con lajla o selim.
The ‘Travnik and Jajce Waterfall Day Tour from Sarajevo’ with Meet Bosnia Travel exceeded our expectations for two main reasons; Lejla and Muhammad.
We had the pleasure of sharing the company of ‘Ćevapi’ Lejla our friendly, passionate, knowledgable and professional guide. Plus none other than Muhammad aka ‘The Fly’ our chilled out, friendly and professional driver.
We explored all the beautiful areas on the itinerary and also had the opportunity to take a traditional Bosnian Coffee break and try the World’s Best Ćevapi. No lie, Lejla swears by it and who are we to disagree. In fact it was awesome, you just have to try it.
It was an amazing and incredible day. We can’t thank them and the team enough. Keep up the great work. A highly recommended tour.
I contacted Meet Bosnia Travel via e-mail before my visit to the country and I received a prompt answer with a detailed offer for the trips I requested. The trips themselves proved to be very interesting and informative, the last one (Bijambare caves and Skakavac waterfall) was combined with a great physical exercise in which my guide Milica showed remarkable sport form, better than mine. All the guides – Milica, Emin (for the Herzegovina tour – Konjc, Jablanica, Mostar, Blagaj and Kravice waterfalls) and Edin (for Travnik and Jaice) were very open, providing useful information and flexible in designing of the programme in the best way according to our wishes and the weather conditions
I was traveling with my brother. Our first tour was to Travnik and Jajce.
Our guide was Amra and the driver was Admiral.
It was a very nice tour. Amra is young but knowledgeable. In the beginning she talked about the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina through and the different era. In Travnik she explained the history of the castle, the town, the mosque an old house of an author.
Then explored Jajce after that we visited the mills and stopped for lunch in a hotel by the lake. Then back to Sarajevo.
Our second tour was to the remote mountain village of Lukmir. The driver and tour guide was Tasha. Even though the road was not asphalt all the way to the village, it went out fine we were talking and joking and stopped for photos. When we reached the village Tasha explained the historic background of the village and we hiked to see the place where people setlled first. The view was breath taking.
The trip was fantastic however there was almost no activities at the village itself. I expected some activities in the village itself but overall the trip was amazing and Tasha was a good giude
Thanks to all members of Meet Bosnia.
(Hasan from the UAE)