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Snowshoeing and Winter Walking Adventure

Overview

Discover Bosnia's rugged natural beauty and its friendly 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 the rich Bosnian cuisine and culture.

You will also get an opportunity to explore Sarajevo, a capital that has culture emanating from every cobblestoned street. This capital city is a beautiful mélange of Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Yugoslav influences. You will see these influences in the architecture, art, food and the way of life.

Rugged and rolling, Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of Europe’s best kept secrets when it comes to snowshoeing holidays. The stunning locales set against the backdrop of rugged mountains and the glistening rivers will be etched in your memories forever.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Sarajevo

Arrive at Sarajevo International Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Sarajevo.

 

Day 02: Explore Umoljani Village

We start the day by exploring the 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 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.

Overnight stay in Bjelasnica.

 

Day 03: Explore Umoljani and Gradina

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 Bosnian mosque in the village of Umoljani we'll trek to the watermills, a 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 up-stream, we hit Studeno Polje (Field) and the serpentine formations of Studeni Potok (Stream). Here we will witness 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 from here we will slowly ascend today’s peak, Saruk (1,828m) where we will have a hearty lunch. From here we will return through the “back door” to Umoljani Village for a welcoming homemade dinner.

Overnight stay in Bjelasnica.

 

Day 04: Explore Bjelasnica

Ascend to a spectacular ridge and 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/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.

Overnight stay in Bjelasnica Ski Resort.

 

Day 05: Explore Igman Mountain

Walk through spruce and fir forest to a mountain hut on Igman Mountain. A beautiful spruce and fir forest trail takes us towards a wonderful mountain hut, hidden deep in the thick forests of Igman Mountain.

As we walk, we will pass two Olympic sites, the first one is Veliko polje (Big field), the place where Cross country skiing took place in 1984. After approximately 3 hours, we reach the mountain hut of Hrasnicki stan, have a well-deserved lunch, rest and refill our water bottles with fresh spring water.

After a pleasant break we continue our forest snowshoe walk to Malo polje (Small field), where the Ski jumping event took place, which is also our final destination for today. A short 30 minute transfer will take us to our accommodation in the Old Town.

Overnight stay in Sarajevo.

 

Day 06: Day at leisure

Today, post breakfast you have the day at leisure to explore the art and culture of Sarajevo.

Overnight stay in Sarajevo.

 

Day 07: Explore Trebenic peak (1629m)

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, Maglic, Volujak, Zelengora, Lelija, Treskavica, Visocica, Prenj, Cvrsnica, 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.

Overnight stay in Sarajevo.

 

Day 08: Depart from Sarajevo

Post breakfast, check out of the hotel and head to the airport to catch your flight back home.

Package Rates

This unique tour is undoubtedly one of the most memorable tours that allows you to explore the true essence of Bosnia. Our package ensures that you have a wonderful trip right from the start to the end. The transfers are smooth, the stays are comfortable, the experiences are impeccable and the memories are incredible.

We offer all of the above at AED 7,550

Inclusions/Exclusions

Package Rate Inclusions:

  • Travel with Fly Dubai
  • Return airport transfers
  • 04 nights stay in a pension, 02 nights stay in a traditional mountain chalet, 01 night stay in a hotel
  • 05 days guided snowshoeing & winter walking
  • Travel by private minibus
  • All breakfasts, 05 lunches and 03 dinners
  • Snowshoes and poles will be provided

 

Package Rate Exclusions:

  • Visa expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Any sort of personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the above itinerary

Terms & Conditions

Departs between Feb – March 19

Surcharge for peak dates and eid applicable on certain dates
Prices and seats availability are subject to change prior to final confirmation
Bank charges are not included in the package rate
Rates are in AED currency
Rates are not valid on peak dates EID, NATIONAL DAY, ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS and PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The packages (rooms and airfare) are subject to availability &  any changes will be informed at the time of booking
Additional tours, attraction tickets, accommodation , room & meal plan upgrades can be requested and booked at an extra cost at the time of booking (subject to availability)
 
 
AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 
The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 
 
As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.
 
·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines
 
·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses
 
·         Package Holidays
 
·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire
 
·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers
 
·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation
 
·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions
 
·         Individual and Group Tours
 
·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)
 
·         Live Shows
 
·         Travel Insurance
 
·         UAE and International Visas
 
Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.
 
BOOKINGS
 
A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.
 
PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
 
It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.
 
We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.
 
A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.
 
PRICING
 
We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.
 
The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.
 
All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.
 
Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.
 
AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS
 
All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.
 
Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
 
We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.
 
GOVERNING LAW
 
Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

Cancellation Policy

45 days or more prior to departure – Free cancellation
44 days – 31 days to departure : 25% of the tour cost
30 days – 15 days to departure : 50% of the tour cost
14 days & less –100% of the tour cost

 

Departs between Feb – March 19

Surcharge for peak dates and eid applicable on certain dates
Prices and seats availability are subject to change prior to final confirmation
Bank charges are not included in the package rate
Rates are in AED currency
Rates are not valid on peak dates EID, NATIONAL DAY, ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS and PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The packages (rooms and airfare) are subject to availability &  any changes will be informed at the time of booking
Additional tours, attraction tickets, accommodation , room & meal plan upgrades can be requested and booked at an extra cost at the time of booking (subject to availability)
 
 
AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 
The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 
 
As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.
 
·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines
 
·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses
 
·         Package Holidays
 
·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire
 
·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers
 
·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation
 
·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions
 
·         Individual and Group Tours
 
·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)
 
·         Live Shows
 
·         Travel Insurance
 
·         UAE and International Visas
 
Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.
 
BOOKINGS
 
A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.
 
PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
 
It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.
 
We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.
 
A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.
 
PRICING
 
We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.
 
The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.
 
All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.
 
Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.
 
AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS
 
All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.
 
Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
 
We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.
 
GOVERNING LAW
 
Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

Package Rate Inclusions:

  • Travel with Fly Dubai
  • Return airport transfers
  • 04 nights stay in a pension, 02 nights stay in a traditional mountain chalet, 01 night stay in a hotel
  • 05 days guided snowshoeing & winter walking
  • Travel by private minibus
  • All breakfasts, 05 lunches and 03 dinners
  • Snowshoes and poles will be provided

 

Package Rate Exclusions:

  • Visa expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Any sort of personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the above itinerary
45 days or more prior to departure – Free cancellation
44 days – 31 days to departure : 25% of the tour cost
30 days – 15 days to departure : 50% of the tour cost
14 days & less –100% of the tour cost