Our trip to Bosnia was a short day-trip from Dubrovnik, so naturally we saw the sights closer to that side of the country. The country saw much conflict a few decades ago, and there are remnants of it still in the area. COVID has also taken a toll on many of the locals who relied on tourism. Yet, the culture and fascinating history is still prevalent – and I feel that it was a worthwhile day trip.
From Dubrovnik to Mostar Bridge and Kravice Waterfalls, there are dozens of guided tours that will take you. Because we had six people in our group, the cost of a private driver split amongst everyone was the same price that a group tour would have been per person. Having the private driver take us made things easy in that he arranged for carseats for the kids, spoke directly with border control about our specific documents, gave us the flexibility to have our own private vehicle to store our belongings in. It is a 2-3 hour drive, and having privacy for ourselves was definitely worth it.
The Bridge: The Mostar Bridge is so beautiful and the views around the city and water further enhance it. It is also quite slippery to walk on, with steps across the bridge. We initially had our toddler in the stroller, but had to take it out, and walk slowly with him, while someone else held the stroller. I had the baby in the baby-carrier, which worked but because the bridge was quite slippery, I walked very carefully, holding the side.
The Food: I had never had Bosnian food prior to this trip. It was SO tasty, and some of our favorite food of the trip. It is similar to Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine. Dishes might include lamb or beef, slow-cooked in their juices with a seasoning of spices. Meals tend to be light with a generous portion of vegetables.
The Kravice Waterfalls are lovely, and require a fairly easy walk on a trail. There are steps and a slightly rough terrain. Although the YoYo stroller is light weight and can be pushed across light trails, the terrain would not have worked for a stroller! So make sure your kids can either walk independently or be carried for most of the trek. They had a small shop with snack options for the kids, but it is probably best to bring your own snacks to this area.
Pocitelj is a small town in Bosnia, about 30-45 minutes away from Mostar Bridge. We used it as a resting spot on our drive to feed our kids and do diaper changes. However, it is quite small, and if you need to skip it, that is fine.
If you are wondering if you should take the day trip to Mostar Bridge and Kravice Falls from Dubrovnik, it is definitely on the longer side for a day trip with the kids, but if you can arrange for car seats and other road trip prep, I suggest you take it and enjoy.