Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia

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Trip code: 
CVH
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Winter Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–15

Discover Bosnia's rugged natural beauty and it's friendly and rich, traditional culture.

Bosnia is the perfect place for a winter adventure and where better to start than in Sarajevo, the host city of the 1984 Winter Olympics. The wild and remote mountain ranges surrounding Bosnia's capital are ideal for adventurous exploration. Climbing through snow-covered and tranquil forests we follow crystal-clear streams to glacial lakes, frozen waterfalls and snow-covered summits. This itinerary also offers plentiful opportunities to discover rich the Bosnian cuisine and culture. With sightseeing in the historic and cosmopolitan Sarajevo and an opportunity to visit the enchanting city of Mostar also possible, this intriguing country will not disappoint.

Highlights

  • Five days adventurous snowshoeing & winter walking through remote and spectacular winter mountain scenery
  • Discover diverse & captivating Sarajevo
  • Optional visit to the historic & charming town of Mostar 
  • Unique Bosnian culture & cuisine; a fusion of influences from the East, West & Mediterranean

Key information

  • 4 nights pension, 2 nights traditional mountain chalet, 1 night hotel
  • 5 days guided snowshoeing & winter walking
  • Group normally 4 to 15 plus leader. Min age 16yrs
  • Altitude maximum 1828m, average 450m
  • Travel by private minibus

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Snowshoes and poles provided

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Trip Notes

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5

Pace:

Approximately 4-7 hours snowshoeing/ walking per day

Terrain:

Some steep ascents.

Day by day breakdown
Day 210.0km/6.0miles
Day 312.0km/7.0miles
Day 48.0km/5.0miles
Day 59.0km/5.0miles
Day 79.0km/5.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Sarajevo; transfer to hotel.

    Fly to Sarajevo,  Bosnia's capital and transfer to hotel.

    Pansion Kandilj or similar, Sarajevo

  • Day 2

    Transfer 1.5 hours to Umoljani Village on the Olympic mountain of Bjelasnica. Snowshoe to Visocica Mountain and Crveni Kuk Peak (1733m).

    Transfer 1.5 hours to Umoljani Village on the Olympic mountain of Bjelasnica. Winding through Bjelasnica's back roads we'll reach the Rakitnica River and cross over towards Visocica Mountain. Tucked in the hills just above the ridged walls of this mountain sits Sinanovici Village (1,250m). The walk up will take us through beech forest and then open rocky terrain up to the summit of Crveni Kuk Peak (1,733m). You will be rewarded with far reaching views of the highest mountains in Bosnia & Herzegovina, as well as those in neighbouring Montenegro. We overnight in Umoljani.
    Pansion Umoljani or similar, Bjelasnica

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Snowshoeing around the villages of Umoljani and Gradina, including the cascades of Studeni Potok, Rakitnica Canyon and Saruk Peak (1828m).

    This morning we start snowshoeing directly from our pension around the villages of Umoljani and Gradina. From the traditional style Bosnian mosque in the village of Umoljani we'll trek to the watermills and beautiful source used for centuries as energy to grind wheat into flour. We hug the ridge until Rakitnica Canyon opens up before us. After 45 minutes of an uphill through thick snow we reach the Cascades of Studeni Potok. Here, at certain times of the year, the stream falls in numerous cascades into Rakitnica River, more than 300 metres below. Following the stream up we hit Studeno Polje (Field) and the serpentine formations of Studeni Potok (Stream). Here we'll have a super view of Obalj and the long flat valley of Studeno Polje (Fields). The shepherd’s summer village of Gradina is just up the road and and from here we will slowly ascend today’s peak, Saruk (1,828m) where we will take our lunch break. From here we will return through the “back door” to Umoljani Village for a welcoming homemade dinner.

    Pansion Umoljani or similar, Bjelasnica

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Ascend to a spectacular ridge with views across to Montenegro, continue to Babin Do ski resort.

    Leaving Umoljani Village we snowshoe toward Babin Do, the main ski resort on this mountain. An ascent to the saddle right above Stirna Lokva offers extraordinary views of the mountains of Treskavica and Visocica and on a clear day the towering mountains on the Montenegrin border are often visible. On the way to Stirna Lokva we enjoy a picnic lunch and a hot tea or coffee. We then take the eastern ridge to the open valley on the opposite side of Belasnica's highest peak, arriving at the Babin Do ski resort. Here we will stay at a newly built hotel (close to the ski runs) with an indoor swimming pool and an option to use the sauna.
    Hotel Bjelasnica or similar, Bjelasnica Ski Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Walk through spruce and fir forest to a mountain hut on Igman Mountain, descend to Hrasnica. Overnight in Sarajevo.

    A beautiful spruce and fir forest trail takes us towards a wonderful mountain hut, hidden deep in the thick forests of Igman Mountain. In an hour or so we reach the hut, rest and refill our water bottles with fresh spring water. After a pleasant break we continue north, down into the valley of Sarajevo. After some two hours of fairly steep descent, we reach a plateau with views over the city in the distance. We finish this beautiful and fairly straightforward walk in Hrasnica, a suburb of the city of Sarajevo. A short 20 minute transfer will take us to our accommodation in the Old Town.
    Pansion Kandilj or similar, Sarajevo

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Free day to explore the fascinating city of Sarajevo, or for an optional visit to the city of Mostar with its famous old bridge.

    Today is a free day to explore the fascinating city of Sarajevo or take an optional trip to Mostar.

    Sarajevo is where influences from the East & West merge to create an exotic and cosmopolitan city that is worth discovering. During the early 1900's, it was in Sarajevo where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assisinated sparking the outbreak of World War I and the fall of the Austo-Hungarian Empire. During the 1990's the city was besieged and on the edge of destruction due to the Balkan War conflict. The city has witnessed many remarkable and tragic events and today its restored historic centre houses welcoming cafés and an electic mix of architecture; Ottoman, Yugoslav and Austro- Hungarian buildings. Spending a day checking out the main sights or wandering around Sarajevo's streets discovering its rich cultural tapestry is a perfect complement to a week of winter adventure.

    If you are wishing to explore further afield, there is an option to visit to the city of Mostar with its famous old bridge. Mostar was founded in the 15th century and well worth a visit. The architecture is a combination of Turkish ingenuity and Herzegovinian and Dalmatian workmanship. Many people will have heard a great deal about this city, which was split during the conflict in the early 1990's. You will still see the scars of war, but these days Mostar is a warm and bustling place with a fascinating history.
    Pansion Kandilj or similar, Sarajevo

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    To Trebevic peak (1629m) for spectacular views of the surrounding area.

    Today we snowshoe on Trebevic Olympic Mountain, a popular route that provides views back over Sarajevo on a clear day.

    We take the back road to Jahorina via Vraca to Brus, where we park our vehicle and start our 500 metre ascent to the peak of Trebevic (1,629 metres). Our walk takes us along a long and winding mountain trail. Although we will be traveling most of the way through pine and spruce covered forests you will be treated occasionally to beautiful views of surrounding mountains.

    From the summit there are wonderful views of the surrounding towns and villages, as well as mountains of Romanija, Maglić, Volujak, Zelengora, Lelija, Treskavica, Visočica, Prenj, Čvrsnica, including our previous two destinations Olympic Mountains Bjelašnica & Igman.

    We descend via an alternative shorter trail to the mountain hut where we take a break for some hot tea, cocoa or even a cold beer.
    Pansion Kandilj or similar, Sarajevo

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Sarajevo airport; fly to London.

    Transfer to Sarajevo airport; fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Bosnia & Herzegovina

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Bosnia & Herzegovina

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 3 dinners are included on this trip.

Typical Meals:

Breakfast will usually be a choice between hot and cold buffets. 

Breakfast in Bosnia and across the Balkans usually consists of bread and pastries, dairy products such as yoghurt and cheese, cereal, eggs cooked in a variety of ways, smoked meats, honey, tea and coffee, milk and juices.

Lunches will be picnics and may include bread, cheese, sausage, meat or vegetarian paté, salad, chocolate bars, cookies and trail mix.

Evening meals usually include a soup, selection of traditionally prepared meat, vegetables and a dessert. 

Typical Bosnian cuisine consists of ingredients such as tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, spinach, courgette, beans and dairy products such as milk, cheese, pavlaka (sour cream) and Kajmak (similar to clotted cream). Meat dishes usually consist of beef and lamb and specialties include cevapi, burek, dolma (stuffed vegetables with meat) and goulash. Desserts often have an Eastern influence with baklava being very popular. The alcoholic drink rakija made from apples or plums is common in this region also.

Vegetarian and special diets can be catered for, but options are limited throughout Bosnia & Herzegovina - please inform the office of any specific requirements upon booking.

Weather

Bosnia & Herzegovina enjoys a similar climate to most of central Europe - hot summers, cool springs and autumns and cold winters with considerable snowfall. We visit from February to March, when temperatures will be generally cold (4º to -5ºC), but these temperatures will be much lower (-5º to -15ºC) in the mountains. Snow can fall at any time during this period, but that does not mean it's extreme during this time of the year. On the contrary, expect beautiful spells of sunny weather in the mountains which can make the temperature feel very pleasant.

Sarajevo

Is this trip for you?

Activitly level: 4 - Moderate/Challenging

Snow conditions dictate whether we will walk with snowshoes or hiking boots during the trip. The difficulty of this trip depends very much on the snow conditions, and our final route will be dictated by the conditions, although in general you should expect the following:

Altitude gain: between 200-600 metres ascent on most days. Some of the ascents are quite steep, snowshoes can be removed if necessary.

Duration of walks: will usually be around four to six hours walking, plus photo, lunch and snack breaks; the longest day is up to 7 hours.

Walk distances: averages about 7 kms (4-5 miles) but will feel longer in the snow. 

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Accommodation

Hotel & Pensions

Over the week, we spend a total of four nights in the friendly and traditional Pansion Kandilj, located next to the Old town of Sarajevo, where all rooms are en suite and the pension offers free Wi-Fi.

We stay two nights in a traditional mountain chalet in the village of Umoljani, which is heated by wood-burning stoves. It has shared toilets and showers inside the house and we usually share 3-4 person rooms. 

Our final night in the mountains is in the newly opened Hotel Bjelasnica, a stylish mountain hotel in the Babin Do ski resort offering free Wi-Fi and an indoor pool and wellness centre.

Single supplements are available on request. Please note that this is only for 5 nights as single rooms are not available in the mountain chalet in the village of Umoljani.

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  • Reviewed February 2017
    Angela Salt

    Snowshoeing in Bosnia

    This is a great trip - exercise, history, culture, food, wine, landscape, guide

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    achieving tops and ends of the walks; the cities of Sarajevo & Mostar; the people

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent - Lorenc was experienced, knowledgeable, kind, helpful, one of the best guides it's possible to have I think.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go on the trip!
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Marcelle Cassar

    Marcelle Cassar

    A memorable and enjoyable holiday, as much for its' educational interest as the activity itself. Living and walking among the recent turbulent history of Sarajevo was fascinating. Hearing events from those who experienced them first hand, delivered with respect and dignity, was very humbling. The landscape we snowshoed through was very picturesque;beech and conifer woods, far reaching vistas of distant mountain ranges, lowland pastures dotted with haystacks.The Bosnain people were very hospitable, friendly and accomodating too.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were two. The first was walking through the quiet peace of the conifer woods, snow laden branches almost arching down to the ground with the hazy sunshine casting an ethereal feel to the wood. The tranquility was all the more precious when you realised that once , this very area was a war zone with civilians being targeted by snipers in these very woods. The second was learning of the recent Balkan war while having a conducted tour of Sarajevo by Lorenc,the driver.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Samer was a good group leader. I've led walking holidays myself so know the role. He was informative, positive, decisive in any change of plans/routes required. At all times approachable, friendly and accomodating. He looked after the groups needs before his own. I felt confident of his abilities to keep the group safe and together.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you're interested in history, especially of the Balkan area, then reading up about it before you go will make this trip more meaningful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a great trip to allow you to experience and support a country emerging from difficult times that has a lot to offer the traveller. It is aiming to establish and progress its tourist industry, and by going on this trip, not only do you have a wonderful walking experience, you are helping people like Samer and Lorenc fulfill their ambitions for their country. I would recommend this trip to any open-minded adventurer.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    John Morrison

    Snowshoeing in Bosnia

    Totally different place to go. History fascinating, some recent, some much older. Good walks, even if not always enough snow for the snowshoes.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching 2 peaks Saruk and Trebevik

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent safe guide. Lots of history as he lived through the siege of Sarajevo. Good support from Lorenc as driver/second guide

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Plenty of ATMs in Sarajevo, so you don't need to carry loads of Euros, Drinks etc are cheap, so you don'rt need a lot of cash
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Colin Simms

    Snowshoeing in Bosnia

    The trip proved to be a great mix of peaks & passes, history & culture and food & fun. While the lack of snow switched the trip from snowshoeing to winter hiking, it meant an unrestricted schedule visiting all areas on the itinerary and more, enjoy stunning views and exploring some hidden gems.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably between the panoramic views as far as Montenegro from Crveni Kuk Peak on day 2, the lunch in the mountain hut midweek, and the final day hiking through fresh snow to the top of Trebevic with Lorenc’s description of the views of Sarajevo the clouds hid from us.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lorenc was a star, covering multiple roles across the week (mountain leader/city guide/history teacher/trekking troubadour/translator/troubleshooter) switching effortlessly between them. He made sure we got the most from our short time in BiH. Samer and Mustafa, who ably assisted with logistics across the week, also deserve credit.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you're looking for a mix of mountains, history and culture in a relaxed, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, this is a good trip to try. Come with an open mind, sense of humour and a healthy appetite and go with the flow and you'll have a great trip.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Michelle Elliot

    Snowshoeing in Bosnia

    The trip became Hiking in Bosnia due to the lack of snow, though we all carried the snowshoes, optimistically, on the first day. On account of this, we were able to walk further and higher on some days, as well as appreciate the delicate beauty of new spring flowers underfoot. The mountains, whether snow covered or dry, provide a rugged backdrop to a nation that is working to create a new future from a complicated past.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Each day seemed to bring its own "this is the best day" moments! The picnic lunch at Crveni Kruk with a panoramic view of surrounding peaks. The warm hospitality of the pension at the village of Umoljani and walking with the local cats/dogs as a full moon rose in the clear sky. Discovering pockets of snow perfect for a toboggan run. Freshly fallen snow creating a Narnia-esque hiking experience. Eating a delicious meal by a wood burning stove in a cozy mountain hut. Walking in the footsteps of recent and extended history in Sarajevo and Mostar. The goal of "snowshoeing" faded quickly with the opportunity to really get immersed in all the facets that the hiking permitted.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were in capable, experienced, professional hands with Lorenc as our group leader, and with the supporting team of Samer and Mustafa. The knowledge, respect and passion Lorenc has for the mountains - history, flora, fauna - was always framed by his attention to the safety and enjoyment of the group. With weather being the uncontrolled variable, he continued to offer us diverse, rich experiences and perspectives - culture, music, stories, humour, cuisine and play in the snow whenever we encountered it. He also continually demonstrated a curiosity and interest in the stories of each of the group members.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The packing list is a great reference (particularly gaiters, for snow or mud). Be sure to also bring an open mind, a flexible outlook, and a tolerance for outdoor adventures being "weather dependent." And a foam sit-pad is not only nice for picnic lunches but it makes a brilliant sled in a pinch. If you have any dietary needs/concerns, be sure to make this known at the time of booking. Gluten free was accommodated with delicious alternatives - I extend my thanks once again for that, I never went hungry!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The words on their t-shirt said it all - "Have you ever heard a boring person say 'let's go to Bosnia?'"
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Bruce Acton

    Snowshoeing in Bosnia

    A rewarding week that combined relaxed hiking, homely accommodation and stimulating learning about a corner of Europe that I previously knew shamefully little about.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to pick one. Perhaps reaching the summits on days 2, 3 and 7 was the physical highlight. Visiting Mostar and learning something of the history and culture of the town was mentally stimulating.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I have already rated Lorenc as "Excellent" in all categories on the feedback form and perhaps I'll get round to voting for him in your Leader Awards! He combined a highly responsible, professional approach with being an interesting, sociable friend throughout. It is always good to have a local person leading a trip as they can provide a knowledge and insight that other "Tour Leaders" cannot. But not everyone has the enthusiasm and social skills of Lorenc. I was particularly impressed by the amount of time he spent with us over meals, etc, and by the extras that he didn't have to do but which added interest and value for those who took advantage- e.g. the addition to the hike alongside the canyon, showing us the Winter Olympics bobsleigh run and conducting a highly informative walking tour of central Sarajevo despite persistent sleet! We're a demanding lot with our various needs and constant questions on everything from the history of the Balkans to the dinner menu! But Lorenc never wilted and his over-riding objective of ensuring we all got the most out of our week shone through.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a comfortable and relaxing trip with good clean and quiet accommodation, wholesome food and a safe, easy environment to wander around in Sarajevo and Mostar when not hiking. If you're a really intrepid type or if wearing snow shoes and trekking through a winter wonderland is particularly important, then maybe go somewhere more challenging or where the white stuff is more likely. This may be described as "winter hiking" rather than necessarily snowshoeing. But if you're after an off-the-beaten-track week to somewhere a bit different that combines reasonably serious walking with some stimulating education about this part of the world, then go for it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I've commented about Lorenc above. He's the one who really made the trip work but no-one acts alone and I should add that his colleagues Samer and Mustafa were also well-organised and shared their knowledge and experiences with us; and all staff in the various accommodations were friendly and helpful.
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Alan Reimer

    Snowshoeing in Bosnia

    A number of events happened which could have affected this holiday. We all lost luggage on the first day & there was very little snow. Depsite this, our guide, Lorenc, overcame all of these obstacles to make this a thoroughly enjoyble holiday. We all lost our luggage because our plane from Zagrab to Sarajevo left early to avoid the fog which was getting worse. But in their effort to leave, there wasn't any time to load our luggage. But it all worked out ok. The holiday included a tour of Sarajevo anyway, so Lorenc did this first & organised collection of our luggage after finding what plane it was coming in on. But for the snowshoeing - there was very little snow. So Lorenc took us trekking instead! This included a walk up to Bjelašnica which could have been dangerous because of the risk of hard packed & icy snow. However, Lorenc skillfully avoided these parts & we had a safe & enjoyable day instead. The last day should have been snow shoeing in the Trebević Mountains, but knowing that there was no snow, Lorenc proposed, & we agreed, that we go back to Bjelašnica where there was a ski slope with snow. So, we finished the last day actually doing some snow shoeing. All the time, we were impressed by Lorenc's attention to safety. He always carried a large rucksac which seemed well equiped to handle any emergency. He led us with much humour & competence.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking to the top of Bjelašnica.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Already covered in the summary

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for changes! The weather is becoming increasingly unpredicatable!
  • Reviewed February 2016
    john cross

    Snowshoeing in Bosnia

    This trip made the best of poor weather (wet and limited amounts of snow) and a days delay due to our luggage not arriving with us in Sarajevo.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me this was the ascent of Mount Bjelasnica. The conditions were quite wild and windy and we were glad to be allowed into the refuge in the weather station on the summit. Our guide was amazing in his ability to get us into and out of any situation safely, no matter what the conditions.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lorenc was a capable and consummate professional. Safety was his first concern in every case, I always felt happy in his ability to judge the situation and to lead us all through it safely. He was friendly, and his knowledge of his homeland and it's (complicated) history was astounding. He knows all the best restaurants too.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be flexible and prepared to adapt to any situation. Travel with hope and a good sense of humour

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had a limited amount of snow and only went snowshoeing twice. That didn't really detract from the trip as we were always given other interesting options that took us into the mountains. On one day it rained almost without let up (except when it was snowing). We stopped at this mountain hut for soup and sat round a log burning stove. The hut warden brought blankets and some slept for a while on the benches whilst the snow fell. Magic! We were all soaked at the end of the day (except for one person in her Aldi ski gear!) but none of us really minded that as we had all shared a great experience, heightened by a moderate amount of discomfort. That will be forgotten, but lunch in the hut won't.
  • Reviewed March 2012
    Anonymous

    SNOWSHOEING IN BOSNIA

    We had a great holiday - in spite of the extreme weather conditions which meant that the itinerary had to be re-scheduled somewhat - I've never seen quite so much snow! The countryside was beautiful, the Bosnian people seem warm and friendly and with so much unknown history and culture, it was an extremely interesting place to visit.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most thought-provoking, was standing outside the Catholic Cathedral in Sarajevo and learning that this had been a sniper hotspot, where many had been killed and wounded during the war - it makes things far more real to actually be there.The most surreal moments, were having a taste of white-out conditions, walking in a snow blizzard and realising you really can see nothing, but you know that people are walking right in front of you!The moments that will always make me smile, were coming in from the cold to a log fire in a mountainside house, where we enjoyed a local cuppa with chunks of chocolate, whilst being introduced to a range of Bosnian/Balkan folk music styles (and a bit of the Beatles thrown in on the side)!The most heart-warming moments were everyone's kindness when I wasn't well on our last walk out, so a big thank you to my fellow travellers, our super guides and all the residents at our lunch stop mountain hut/house.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our two group leaders were excellent. Knowledgeable, friendly, well organised. I think the constant need to re-organise and change plans would have made our week particularly tricky and they did an exceptional job under the circumstances, in far from ideal conditions. The mini-van driver was also very good in very difficult winter conditions - he got us delivered and collected safely every time!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bosnia doesn't have an indoor smoking ban, so attitudes and ideas around smoking are quite different to the UK- whilst the guides can help in the guest houses, etc., out in restaurants and public places its something you have to put up with.The weather adds the element that gets this trip into the challenging category. Even with appropriate clothing and doing some good exercise it was extremely cold and it can take a while to get warm (if you tend to be one of those people who feels the cold more than others)!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall a great holiday, with lovely fellow travellers and excellent guides. Only a couple of things I can think of that might have improved things a little.It would have been good to know that Sarajevo currently shuts the drinking water supply off over night to conserve water. It caught us out when we arrived late at night and had to leave early morning. Just knowing to fill up water bottles in advance, so you can clean teeth or get a drink would have been handy!I know things were rather in flux due to the weather, but it might have been good if Exodus could have let us know that the first stay in the 'mountain hut' was definitely off in advance. I think some people wouldn't have taken sleeping bags out with them if they had known they had, in effect, become an optional item. (I believe the decision was made a few days before we left, so an email might have been possible)?
  • Reviewed March 2012
    Anonymous

    SNOWSHOEING IN BOSNIA

    A week before we set out we wondered if it would happen because of too much snow, but it did and we had a great time. It wasn't possible to do the itinerary as planned because of the amount of snow but the leaders always had good alternatives to ensure we could enjoy the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visits to the frozen waterfall and the mountain village.Seeing all that snow!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    2 leaders, Samer & Lorenc. Both were excellent with a wide knowledge of their country and an eagerness to share it with us. They were well prepared for all eventualities and made sure we had a great experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go. Walking through pristine snow is magical and the people and hospitality are excellent. You will probably have an easier time than we did as the amount of snow was exceptional this year but be prepared for things to be changed if the weather dictates it. The experience will still be great.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't be put off by the previous negative history of the area, it's a friendly place to be.We're hoping to do a summer trip next year

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Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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