Travnik and Jajce Waterfall Tour is a lovely daily tour from Sarajevo where You will explore central Bosnia with its two most beautiful towns. This is one of the most beautiful tours in Bosnia.
Bluewater in Travnik
Ivo Andric’s House
On the road towards the west, we will go to Travnik city, 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. 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. There are also two clock towers built in the 18th century, as well as a sundial, built-in 1886.
In addition, this charming town is known for its lovely small river that we call Plava Voda or Blue Water located right in the city center. There’s a great cafe right near the river where they will serve the best Bosnian coffee you can taste. At the same place Franz Joseph tasted his best coffee paying it with a golden coin.
In the mountains above the town locals make the famous Travnik cheese.
In Travnik You can see traditional Bosnian houses as well as a medieval fortress overlooking the city.
After visiting Travnik we will continue to Jajce, the capital of the independent medieval Kingdom of Bosnia, a city of stone, light and water. The royal castle, town-museum under the open sky, was built 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, 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 opens extraordinary ability to capture a single glance of 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, it’s believed that it was built back in the 13th century.
Today the fortress provides breathtaking views of the surroundings and pleasant walks along the ramparts.
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. In the catacombs in 1943 stayed and worked Josip Broz Tito. 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 establishing the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. We will visit as well the symbol of coexistence in Jajce, the Church of St. Mary or the Sultan Suleyman II Mosque. The object is not in use since the mid 19th century when it burned for the last time. Today, only the walls remain. Throughout history, the object has been used 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 of the object was built the tower of St. Luke. It has been built by the domestic masters. The bell tower of St. Luke represents the only surviving medieval tower in the continental part of Balkan. In 1892, these objects have been declared as a cultural heritage by the Austro-Hungarian government.
Pliva Lakes and Watermills are located only a few kilometers away from Jajce. The lakes offer many recreational opportunities: fishing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, playing volleyball, biking and walking, and it was here that wooden watermills were built during the Middle Ages. You will see how we used water power in old times in order to produce seeds and flowers for bread.
Due to the historical, architectural, and geological value of the Pliva lakes and watermills, both were declared to be “National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina” in 2009.
These two small, but very beautiful, historically very important, full of interesting monuments towns will certainly charm You.
Entrance fees are not included.
Entrance fee for Travnik Fortress is 3 BAM
Entrance fee for Jajce Catacombs is 2-4 BAM, depending on the season
Entrance fee for Ivo Andric birth house is 3 BAM – ( optional entrance)
|Return||around 7:00 PM|
|Included||Transport from Sarajevo to location and back, proffesional and knowledgeable tour guide|
Meet Bosnia is Travel agent located in Sarajevo, specialized in tours in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Balkan region. Years of experience is behind us and lots of satisfied customers, what is reason to continue in doing thing we love.