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East Meets West: Mostar & the Old Bridge

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.Turn 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 exa, 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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Customer Reviews for East Meets West: Mostar & the Old Bridge
Review 1 for East Meets West: Mostar & the Old Bridge
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Bosnia in a day

Date:January 2, 2016
Location:Alberta, Canada
Cruise Date Year:2015
Cruise Date Month:October
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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We decided to take the trip to Bosnia as we wanted to learn more about the history and surrounding country around Croatia. The trip had very nice views of the coastline with lots of little villages along the way. We passed through a lovely valley with canalled orchard gardens made for the fruit production. Very different from anything else we had seen in Europe. Since our trip was in Oct when refugees were moving around, the border security was high and it was very crowded with tour buses. Our driver simply turned around and took a little known back road through to Bosnia. We made up the time with only one bus ahead of us at this border crossing and arrived in Mostar earlier than all the other buses. Mostar is very picturesque and we had a walking tour with a local guide to give us some of the history and customs. There were actually a few brave locals going off of the bridge and from our vantage point just down the river and it looked pretty daring. We walked down and over this beautiful bridge and stopped in town for some lunch in the old town (free time). I found it pretty easy walking on the cobblestones but crossing the bridge was a little tricky for those with canes as it is pretty steep in the middle. All managed though with a little help.
Arrived back in the early evening after a full day of quiet enjoyment and still had time to go into Dubrovnik for an hour before sailing time. Very nice day and even though it was raining in Dubrovnik when we left in the morning we had beautiful weather in Bosnia. Seeing the bridge alone was worth the trip.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Review 2 for East Meets West: Mostar & the Old Bridge
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Highlight of the Whole Cruise

Date:May 10, 2013
Location:New York, NY
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:August
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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!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Review 3 for East Meets West: Mostar & the Old Bridge
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Walking

Date:October 22, 2012
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.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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21out of 35found this review helpful.