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East Meets West: Mostar & the Old Bridge

You’ll leave Dubrovnik this morning and venture inland through the lush Neretva Delta area en route to the Bosnian city of Mostar. This whole area is peppered with the remnants of cultures and civilizations that have shaped the multi-faceted society found here today. Begin with a drive along the coast to Neum—Bosnia and Herzogovina’s only toehold on the Adriatic. From there you’ll head east, through the picturesque Neretva River Delta and over the highway to Mostar. This lovely city, bisected by the Neretva River, grew up under Turkish rule and developed a flourishing economy in its role as an important trade center on caravan routes. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the graceful single-span Old Bridge is a startlingly beautiful landmark as well as a moving tribute to the people’s determination to rebuild their lives after independence. Don’t miss the loud, colorful bazaar where traditional handicrafts are sold, and the chance to step inside a mosque to see Islam in practice. A visit to a typical Turkish house offers an enlightening glimpse into the simplicity of life in southern Bosnia. Heading back down the valley you’ll stop at the fortress-town of Počitelj, perched on a hillside above the river—a respite for artists and a well-preserved example of eastern architecture.Notes:You will have time to purchase lunch in Mostar at your own expense.
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Highlight of the Whole Cruise

Date:May 10, 2013
DanV
Location:New York, NY
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:August
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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After a beautiful drive along the coast, then upriver, you arrive at Mostar, a city we saw so much in the news 20 years ago. With two cultures divided by a river gorge, you get a sense for the fragile bridge that connects them. You walk past charming shops and cafes until you reach the incredible bridge. Destroyed by war, then rebuilt with UN assistance the 500 year bridge is a marvel. Rebuilt with stones from the original quarry, the arched footbridge is quite stunning, as are the views of the city, river gorge and the cafes that cling to its ledges. In a small shop/museum on the east side, you can watch a short video of the destruction of the original bridge. It's quite stirring, as you just crossed it. You then walk through the east side of town and visit a traditional restored home. The shopping is incredible, everything is so cheap, you will almost feel guilty running off with such great bargains. I went with new shipboard friends for lunch at a small cafe. The food was great, as was the pleasant service. We had local sausages, salad and pita, plus drinks for a couple of Euros. It was a short stroll from there to the base of the bridge which towered above. Local divers take the plunge for tips into the emerald green river below. It's hard to tear yourself away for the ride back. Instead of going back to the ship, we took the cable car above Dubrovnik to watch the sunset, followed by a great seafood dinner in the old town. This was the best day of the cruise!
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Walking

Date:October 22, 2012
Anonymous
Location:Albuquerque
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:October
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We loved this trip but be aware that the walking is very difficult especially for those with any balance problems. DH had my shoulder most of the walk. The streets are large rounded cobblestones and give your ankles a workout.
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