If you are staying in Dubrovnik for an extended period, be sure to take a Mostar day trip from Dubrovnik! You won’t regret it!
During our time spent in Dubrovnik over the European summer, we wanted to make good use of our location with a day trip to one of the neighbouring countries, and after a bit of research, we decided on a visit to the city of Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. With its unique history and picturesque town, it seemed like the perfect option!
MOSTAR DAY TRIP FROM DUBROVNIK
We researched a few different tours online, and booked one that had great reviews and a reasonable price online while in Dubrovnik. You can find the tour here.
There were many alternatives with a huge difference in price, but this one with the great feedback and high rating looked to be a good choice since we were travelling with children. We wanted to be as comfortable as possible knowing it would be such a big day trip from Dubrovnik.
Our Day Tour Experience
Our pick up point was a short walk from where we were staying at our Dubrovnik Airbnb – House Verde. Our bus was a modern, clean, full sized coach.
When we got on the bus, we were pleasantly surprised to find age appropriate car seats for our daughters, who were the only children on the tour that day. This was a great extra peace of mind when travelling long distance, so we strapped them in, one beside each of us.
To get to Mostar, there are two border crossings from Croatia into Bosnia and Herzegovina. The reason for this is there is one part of the coast that is Bosnia and Herzegovina, rather than Croatia, so you essentially pass between the 2 countries twice each over a relatively short distance. For this reason you need your passport for this day trip from Dubrovnik.
The border crossings take some time but the wait was not too bad on the day, especially considering it was peak holiday season in Europe. This unfortunately cannot be avoided though. But we did get to stop for a quick pit stop to grab some snacks and stretch our legs at Nuem on the way through.
The next stop on the tour was Medjugorje, the place where, in 1981, six children saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary. It has been one of the most popular spots for Catholic pilgrimage in the world. Honestly, I was confused about the significance of this stop at the time. And hungry. I’m not a great road traveller at times due to suffering motion sickness if I have an empty stomach.
My priority was some food, for my benefit and the kids, as it had been a long drive already. We had a freshly made toasted sandwich at a small cafe, but did not have time for much else on this stop.
My father in law walked across to see the church while the rest of us ate. He said it was nothing overly remarkable, so it wasn’t such a disappointment to miss out. When travelling with kids, sometimes you’ve just got to skip a few things that aren’t so important!
Arriving in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Then finally we made it into Mostar and wow, what an interesting city to travel through. I had read about the obvious remnants of war and it was certainly so, with buildings in ruins in places and signs of poverty. But also so much history seeping out.
We met our tour guide near a park where our bus dropped us and she was incredible! She was by far one of the best local guides we’ve had over the years when travelling. Excellent English, mixed with her adorable Serbian accent. She shared plenty of humour to keep the day interesting and fun, but also the appropriate seriousness when discussing the war and the history of Mostar.
We had a walking tour of the city with great detail and a chance to enjoy the main sights of Mostar, even with our limited time. We also had the chance to watch a short documentary film in one of the stores near the Mostar bridge, showing the footage of the bridge being destroyed during war, with a very braves camera man hiding in a nearby cave.
The famous Mostar Bridge
It’s a beautiful bridge and has been restored very well after being destroyed more than once over the years. The Mostar bridge is now most famous for the Mostar bridge jumpers… professional divers who jump off the bridge into the water far below. Eeek!
They jump for cash pretty much so we didn’t get to see a jump, as there were not enough tourists willing to pay at the time. This is their full time income so it is completely based on receiving tips from visiting tourists.
They go through a vigorous training regime before they become professional bridge jumpers and we were given the history on their training during our tour.
Shopping and Dining in Mostar
We had some free time in Mostar afterward our guided tour, although it was no where as long as we would have liked. It did give us enough time to enjoy a delicious meal at the popular Turkish restaurant in the middle of the city and to explore a little and shop for some local wares.
One of the popular things many of the locals were selling were hand painted earrings in beautiful colours. There were also lots of beaded jewellery – necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I got a few pairs of earrings to take home for gifts and of course some for myself.
Although the poverty was apparent in places, with a few beggars on the streets… kids mostly, it was still a wonderful experience and a city we would all gladly spend more time in. A couple of hours is not enough, but great when you are limited to a day trip.
The Village of Počitelj
On our way back from Mostar, we stopped in the small village of Počitelj, where we had the chance to explore for about 45 minutes and use the facilities.
The kids were tired and so we didn’t get up the top of city walls or see very much of the village, but my brother in law ran up the top to get some video footage… the perks of being young and childless! HA!
We did get the chance to check out the markets with many handmade goods that are mostly aimed towards visiting tourists. They set up stalls all around the walkways and stair cases around the city walls, which makes it fun to explore.
Then it was back to Dubrovnik, with the routine border crossings along the way, then the short walk up a thousand (maybe a slight exaggeration) stairs back to our accommodation.
Dubrovnik to Mostar Day Trip Review
We very much enjoyed our day trip to Mostar from Dubrovnik, even being a sweltering hot day. It was as child friendly as could be being such a long trip, but not as fun for them being so young at the time at 1 and 3. Having stops on the way there and back was a great way to break up some of the long drive for them.
Having proper child safety restraints on the bus gave us extra peace of mind during the long drives and it was at no extra cost.
Our tour guide in Mostar could not have been better and truly made the day a wonderful experience. Plus of course, the city itself is beautiful.
With more time, we would have loved to have had fun at the tiny Mostar beach near the base of the bridge, since it was such a hot day when we visited.
We highly recommend you visit Mostar if you have the chance, especially if you are able to stay for a couple of days to explore more of this beautiful city. Find some great ideas on things to do in Mostar if you are visiting for longer than a few hours.
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