Wine routes of Herzegovina

5 RIDING DAYS - 6 NIGHTS
  • Herzegovina Wine Tour
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Description

Wine routes of Herzegovina – 7 days / 5 riding days / 6 nights 

Schedule

When there is wine, often culture and good times follow. Did you know that the wine tradition of Herzegovina dates back to 2000 BC? From the time of the Slavs, Bosnian Banates, the Bosnian Kingdom, Ottomans and Austro-Hungarians till now, wine production has always been of the highest quality in Herzegovina.

In the saddle, trekking with our four-legged friends, we will visit beautiful regions and vineyards, enjoying the Mediterranean climate of the coastal and lowland area in the southern part of Herzegovina. Learning first-hand about it’s winemaking tradition.

“The Wine Routes of Herzegovina” is a unique horse-back trail and wine tasting experience, created to take your senses on a journey through an array of aromas, scents and flavours of the old country via Zilavka and Blatina production.

On our riding trail you will visit some of the 22 wine cellars, which are located in six Herzegovinian municipalities. All of them use state-of-the-art technology to produce wine and have immense experience and love for what they do. Amongst these vineyards exists a positive competitive spirit, which, from year to year, results in an ever increasing quality of Zilavka and Blatina produced in this region.

Did you know that Herzegovina is the only place in the world, along with Mongolia and Iceland, where you can still see as many wild horses in just one place? Beautiful animals that make you stop for a moment and wonder in awe when set eyes on them. As the highlight of this trip to the wine region we will visit this magnificent area and along with the beautiful scenery, we’ll treat ourselves to the famous Livan cheese and other home-made delicacies, of course you will indulge in the Herzegovinian wine of your choice after having had a weeklong tasting to decide which bottle best tickles your fancy.

And so even more fitting, a bottle of wine of your choosing will be our gift to you at the end, to take home and share with your loved ones. An unforgettable remembrance of your time spent with us in Herzogovina. Don’t forget to declare your baggage at the airport. Any liquids in your hand luggage, madam?

Dates 2024 07.04. – 13.04. – Wine routes of Herzegovina
21.04. – 27.04. – Wine routes of Herzegovina
05.05. – 11.05. – Wine routes of Herzegovina
19.05. – 25.05. – Wine routes of Herzegovina
02.06. – 08.06. – Wine routes of Herzegovina
22.09. – 28.09. – Wine routes of Herzegovina
06.10. – 12.10. – Wine routes of Herzegovina
20.10. – 26.10. – Wine routes of Herzegovina

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Group size / price 6 persons + guide
7 days / 6 nights / 5 riding days
Price 1.199,00 EUR (all inclusive)
Guest requirements All guests must be at least 18 years old.
Children cannot come along.
Riding skills: Advanced Intermediate
Rider weight limit: 210 pounds / 95 kilograms
Tack type: English tack
Horse breed: Arab, Lipizzaner, Bosnian mountain horse and Haflinger
Highlights 5 days of horse riding (4 full days, 1 half day of riding)
Horses and riding equipment
Spa, swimming pool, massage
Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
All drinks and refreshments
6 nights accommodation
Airport transfer
Wine tasting experience (25 EUR per person/winery) not included in price. All meals, riding, transfers and accomodation included.

 

Itinerary

PROGRAM

Day 1 – Sunday (arrival day)

Arrival Sunday afternoon, pick-up at the Airport or your accommodation in Sarajevo and transfer to Lazy Horse equestrian center, 30 min drive.

Enjoy the afternoon settling into your accommodation, taking a walk in the forest or watching the riding lessons taking place in our riding arenas. Dinner with the group and your guide, with a ride and safety briefing. The chefs at the BBQ will be your hosts, Rasim and Jason.

Overnight at Lazy Horse.

Accommodation (Equestrian Center Lazy Horse)
3 double bedrooms (one with private bathroom)
One 4 bed room (shared bathroom)
Kitchen, terrace

 

Day 2 – Monday (2 hours riding)

After breakfast we will have an introduction to the horses and an evaluation of the riding skills of the group. We will then saddle up for an easy morning ride of approximately 2 hours.

The aim of this introductory ride is to get used to the horse with whom you will hopefully spend an unforgettable riding week. Lunch at the farm, followed by a trip to Sarajevo for a guided 2-hour walking tour, learning all about the history of this beautiful city.

After sight-seeing, we will visit the first destination of our wine tasting journey, a beautiful winery on the very slopes of the Sarajevo hills with a beautiful view of the city.

The Hedona Wine Club is the first boutique winery in Sarajevo, surrounded by vineyards at an altitude of 850m. Hedona designed a great way to showcase their wines, carefully paired with innovative renditions of classic Bosnian dishes. The vineyard counts 3,500 vine plants, mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which they use to carefully make sparkling wines following traditional methods.

After the tasting, we take our favorite bottle back to Lazy Horse, where we will toast to the beginning of our riding adventure.

Overnight at Lazy Horse.

Accommodation (Equestrian Center Lazy Horse)
3 double bedrooms (one with private bathroom)
One 4 bed room (shared bathroom)
Kitchen, terrace

Day 3 – Tuesday (5-6 hours riding, swamp boat tour)

Today we begin our adventure through the wine regions of Herzegovina, the sunny south part of the country. After an early breakfast we head out by car to where our horses will be waiting for us, safely brought by our reliable stableman Zijo.

We spend our first riding day in Herzegovina in a nature park called Hutovo Blato, which is a natural reserve for birds and a well-known ornithological site. We mainly ride throughout the day on the lowlands, but will also ascend the nearby hills for a stunning view of the wetlands. There we make camp for an afternoon rest and a picnic, after which we take an electric boat ride to enjoy the silence of the Deranje lake.

The afternoon ride takes us to our first overnight stay on the shore of the lake, a small hotel with a restaurant famous for its river fish delicacies. After a short rest we head to the first winery, Domano. It is known for the red wine variety Blatina. Their slogan is “wine with deep roots”, because wines have been produced in Herzegovina since the time of the Illyrians. Along with selected varieties of Blatina, we enjoy homemade culinary delicacies.

Accomodation (TBD)

Day 4 – Wednesday (4 hours riding, canoe safari)

Wednesday is reserved to enjoy what many consider the most beautiful river in Herzegovina, the marvelous Trebižat. After a hearty breakfast and a 40-minute drive, we arrive at the starting position of today’s riding tour. We ride along the shores of the green Trebižat and at convenient locations also through the shallow water, offering a refreshment for our four-legged friends.

We take a lunch break in one of the restaurants at the numerous waterfalls. After a well-deserved rest we set off on a new adventure, but this time in a kayak and not in the saddle. Tired but satisfied after enjoying the water, we settle in a nearby family farm stay and choose one of the 6 wineries in the nearby town of Ljubuški. The city is known for its large concentration of wineries, and at the guests’ request, we choose one spot where we will enjoy a tasting of wine, cheese, and local products.

Again, the widely known Blatina is on the wine menu and for white wine lovers the best local variety of Žilavka is grown in this area.

Accomodation (TBD)

Day 5 – Thursday (4 hours riding, wild horses)

Today is a special riding day. After a 2-hour drive we arrive at the foot of the Cincar mountain where we expect to ride next to numerous herds of wild horses. It is estimated that their total number has already reached 1,000. The surreal areas of the Krug plateau invite us to take a leisurely canter. On a nearby everglade we’ll have the opportunity to watch the wild horses and set up camp. This will give us ample opportunity to study their behavior in the herd and take unforgettable photos. The horses often approach the camp out of curiosity or because they are used to receiving salt and food from visitors.

After an unforgettable experience, we settle in a nearby hotel and prepare for a new tasting of wine and the delicious Livanja cheese, which is considered the best cheese in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Livno is home to many wine producers. We took the liberty of deciding on our favorite organic one, the Knebu winery, which many say is a real sensation in the world of wine. Located at an altitude of 950 meters, it ranks among the highest in the world. Dramatic weather extremes at high altitudes cause sudden and powerful reactions in the vines, releasing great amounts of charged energy. The high altitude contributes to the intense taste and aroma of the grapes due to significant differences between day and night temperatures. Chardonnay and Traminac are the wine varieties which the Knebu winery is  most proud of.

Accomodation (TBD)

Day 6 – Friday (5 hours riding)

Today, spectacular Blidinje is our goal, a wild mountain plateau that offers dozens of kilometers of flat areas that invite us to canter and gallop along the beautiful Blidinje lake. Blidinje is also the place where the charismatic and widely known Hajdučke Vrleti (Haiduk’s crags) restaurant is located, where we will relax and enjoy local food and wine.

After this last day of riding, we put our horses in the horse truck and head back to the Lazy Horse Equestrian Center. There we’ll change and take the short drive to a beautiful local spa for swimming, sauna, steam rooms and a massage.

Of course, everything is planned for in advance, and this final evening of our horseback wine tour is sweetened with a selection of wine, brought back with us from each winery, so we can once again taste the best that Herzegovina has to offer. We’ll enjoy a Bosnian “gala dinner”!

Accommodation (Equestrian Center Lazy Horse)
3 double bedrooms (one with private bathroom)
One 4 bed room (shared bathroom)
Kitchen, terrace

Day 7 – Saturday (departure)

After breakfast you can say goodbye to the horses before being transferred to the airport, your accommodation in Sarajevo or to enjoy further tourist’s excursions provided by our partners.

Price:1,199.00 

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