ITINERARY FOR THE MANDARIN AMUSEMENT AT THE NERETVA RIVER DELTA + MEDJUGORJE AND MOSTAR in October and November
We are inviting you to spend, in an excellent hotel, four gorgeous days in a charming location; the Neretva river delta, a particularly welcoming place with mild climate, full of lakes and rivulets of salt and fresh water.
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
1. DAY: SLOVENIA > GOSPIC > NEUM
Arrival at Gospic for a tasty lunch, in a cosy local restaurant. They will delighte us with their famous peasant soup, home baked bread, marvelous grilled meat… You will find difficult to clear the plates for the abundance of delicious food on them. Continuation towards Neum, where we arrive around 18:30, accommodation in hotel – all rooms with sea view, buffet dinner and overnight stay.
2. DAY: NEUM > MOSTAR > MEDJUGORJE > NEUM
Buffet breakfast at the hotel than departure towards Mostar to visit the old town, with the Ottoman empire bridge, rebuild after the Balkan wars, some free time for souvenir shopping, then continuation to Medjugorje; lunch at the restaurant. Free time to visit the church and the religious ceremonies. Facultative the visit on the hill of the first presentings. For supper, at the hotel a special seafood meal: starter of fish an octopus salad, main course of crustaceans on busara (a special Dalmatian sauce), rice with seafood and to conclude in style grilled sea bass, deep fried calamari, side dishes…
3. DAY: NEUM > NERETVA DELTA > NEUM
Buffet breakfast at the hotel, than on the road towards the delta of the river Neretva to pick up the mandarins. The locals welcomes us at the arrival at the plantation with their typical snaps called “loza”, dried fruits, local traditional music and a lot of joy. The mandarin pick up will take place at the plantation-each participant will be given a bag, so it can be filled with sweet and tasty mandarins and taken home. Later on we head toward the lakes of the river delta to have lunch and to take a photo safari that allows the visitors to get know and understand this gorgeous landscape. We will be taken with typical boats for a sea food and fish based lunch at the Kuti lakeshore. The memorable menu as follows: for first plate fish with rice and vegetables, after that the famous brodetto (fish stew), cooked from 6 different species of fish from both the lake and sea combined with polenta-tasty to lick your fingers off. For main dish lots of grilled and deep fried fish and a typical plate of beef and sauerkraut, local salads and fruits. This is going to be an outer world experience lunch. After the feast the owner prepares a dance with locals playing typical music for us. We will have the opportunity to buy some homemade orange honey, dried figs, pomegranate grappa… At the way back to the bus we take the photo safari among the river branches with the more than 100 years old Neretvan boats. We will be able to admire this wild flora and fauna and take breathtaking pictures. Return for dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
4. DAY: NEUM > GOSPIC > SLOVENIA
Breakfast at the hotel than return towards Slovenia with a lunch stop at Gospic for the last lunch, tasty and abundant like the first one. A few hours more and we are back in Slovenia.
The Neretva river flows for 255 km (140 miles) mostly on the territory of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and just for 22 km (13,7 miles) in Croatia. The Neretva river is synonymous of beautiful and fascinating landscape. The emerald colored river is known for its plantations of mandarins, lemons, olives, grapes, watermelons, apples, tobacco, and various vegetables. In the river upstream the scenery is dominated by high mountain peaks, the river downstream is represented by the river delta, therefore by the orchards and wide mandarin plantations surrounded by lakes full of wild fauna. The river delta is known since the Roman times; in fact it is said that the emperor Nero itself came to taste the abundance and the quality of the local products and the warm welcoming of the inhabitants-the back than community counted over 40.000 people.
Mostar is considered one of the prettiest Turkish cities of the Balkans, located in a beautiful position between high mountains on the both banks of the river Neretva, was a capital of a Roman province named Andetrinum. The current name (Stari Most, old bridge) appeared in the middle of the XV century, after the Turkish conquest when the celebrated architect of the time Hajrudin, designed this epochal work with a donkey back shaped arch destined to become the city symbol. The bridge was severely damaged in the conflict between the Serbs and the Bosnians in the Balkans warfare. It was repaired using the primary bridge stones recovered from the underneath Neretva river. Very characteristic the medieval part of the town, entirely formed of Turkish houses of the XVI century with the characteristic cafes and workshops. The mosques, sanctuaries, the ablution fountains and the antique towers completes the panorama of a must see destination.
Medjugorje is a small fraction of the Citluk municipality, nowadays part of the Herzegovina canton of the Bosnian and Herzegovian Republic. The mostly Croat populated town is located at the base of two hills, the Krizevac and the Podbrdo (the name Medjugorje means in fact “between the hills”) It is the main fraction of a Parish formed of five villages. It is worldwide known because in June of 1981 six youngsters (at the time of age between 10 and 16, today all adults) claimed to receive apparitions of the Virgin Mary , that presented herself as the Queen of Peace. For this reason, Medjugorje instantly became a pilgrimage site.
The package includes 3 HB in hotel, 4 special lunches at the restaurants-one of sea food and fishes and one fish based dinner in the hotel, the guide at Mostar city, the mandarin pickup organization, boat trip and our assistance for the whole journey.