Bosnia Ottoman Tour

Summer 2021

£9̶7̶5̶ (only £795 early bird)

 

Sarajevo - Mostar - Zenica - Travnik - Jajce - Banja Luka - Kravice

Bosnia Islamic History Tour

Would you like to time-travel across 550+ years to Ottoman Bosnia to witness the hidden jewels left by Muslims in the heart of Europe?

Board a time machine to witness the natural wonders of jewel of the Balkans, going in chronological order from the Islamic conquest by Muhammed Alfatih, until the recent recovery from a tragic war that left many wounds, hearing stories of courage & bravery!

Bosnia Tour (Join Waiting List)
Summer 2021
Sarajevo International Airport
Summer 2021
Sarajevo International Airport, Kurta Schorka 36, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • Sarajevo

    The bustling capital of Bosnia combines the best of medieval Roman architecture with Islamic Ottoman art to create a visual feast of mountains, mosques, markets, and a metropolis of 3 diverse religions & cultures!

  • Mostar

    Relax with the soothing sound of the river running under an iconic 16th century bridge that was destroyed in the recent war. It was rebuilt as a symbol of hope and healing to a country that is still recovering to this day! 

  • Pocitelj

    This historical village nestled in the heart of the Balkan mountains is an open air museum. Within the walled city you can freely walk among the finest 16th century Ottoman homes , listening to the echo of calming Athan!

  • Travnik

    The former capital of Ottoman Bosnia served as the communication point between Istanbul and the Austrian empire. The Travnic castle & majestic white homes escaped the destruction of the war seen in other towns!

  • Vranduk

    The Masjid of Sultan Muhammed Al-Fatih stands tall in this town to remind us of who opened this country just a decade after Istanbul. It overlooks a canyon that hugs it from 3 directions to create the ultimate photo feast! 

Praying inside Ottoman era Mosques will make you forget what century we live in!

Swim in majestic waterfalls under stunning old towns!

Walk under the most iconic landmark in Bosnia, the historic Mostar bridge!

Stay in spiritual natural retreats & reflect on the gift of life which many lost in a tragic war!

Our Hotels

All our hotels are 4 stars, have outstanding reviews, and include daily breakfast buffets. They are located in a central location, and often come with a swimming pool and gym.

This is a list of the hotels we commonly use (subject to change to similar hotels).

What does Your Tour Include?

4 Star Hotels

We carefully choose our hotels to have the top facilities & location!

Entrance Fees

All palaces, museums, & attractions are included in our low price!

Daily Breakfast Buffet

Start your day the right way, with a delicious meal & lots of energy!

History Course

You will learn the beautiful story from A to Z, in chronological order!

Transportation

We take you to all attractions in a highly comfortable VIP bus!

Flights not Included

Which means anyone can join us from any country around the world!

Halal Treats

Bosnian cuisine, which combines the best of Ottoman & East European Slavic kitchens, is one of the tastiest culinary experiences!

Learn the history behind each dish while you enjoy these Halal treats along the tour!

Guide: Imam Dr. Waleed Hakeem

Known as "The Traveling Imam", Dr. Waleed Hakeem has journeyed to more than 100+ countries in all 6 continents around the globe spreading the peaceful message of Islam & Personal Development Training, from the villages of China, to the arctic North of Canada, to the mountains of Europe, to the jungles of South America, he can draw the world map from memory! He is the founder and director of Ilm Path Academy & a professor at Almaghrib institute.

After teaching the History of Andalus to 4,000 students in a dozen countries, Dr. Waleed has researched Andalusian history hands-on by visiting 30+ cities in Spain & Portugal across 8 years, and recording his findings in a 16 hour online video course. His powerful delivery style, engaging instruction, & depth of knowledge will make this tour an unforgettable life-long transformative experience!

What Are Our Safety Measures?

Daily Sanitization

Our buses are thoroughly sanitized every day to the highest standards.

Masks on Bus

We provide masks to our guests to ensure safety on board.

Social Distancing

During sights exploration, we keep a safe distance between our guests.

Hotel Certificates

Our hotels have been certified by the gov for strict hygiene procedures

Small Group Sizes

To maximize on social distancing, we keep our group size manageable.

Food Hygiene

The breakfast buffet & restaurant food is served by trained staff wearing masks, gloves, & tested.

Our travellers sharing their tour emotions

Fatima Altaf

"I never enjoyed history in school, but Sh. Waleed brought the story to life, and I felt as if I was living every moment of it.  What a life-changing experience! Can't wait for more courses!"

Ahmed SAMi

"I expected to only learn something about the past, but Dr. Waleed has combined history with personal development and leadership to make this a very transformative & applicable journey!"

Maryam Jamal

"Never was there any dull moments. I was on my toes from beginning to end! Not only we learned the life stories of great role models, but also the culture, cuisine, and all aspects of the country's daily life!

Abid lateef

"Seeing the lessons of the Quran, Hadith, & Seerah come to life during the learning of the history has made my Eman stronger. Imam Waleed's knowledge & way of connecting events keeps you engaged!"

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Frequently asked Tour Questions

What type of hotels are included in the tour?


All the hotels in the tour are 4 star hotels, such as the Ramada chain, which include a tasty buffet breakfast, conference facilities for our daily classrooms, & modern ammenities such as wireless wifi, etc. The exact names of the hotels will be revealed about 1 months before the tour starts, as it depends on the final number joining and availability.




How many persons in each room? Can I have a single room if travelling alone?


The base price includes sharing a room with a second person. If you would like to have a private single room, you can add 120 pounds to the price.




What time should I arrive or leave?


You can arrive any time on the first day of the tour, as it will be a relaxing day at your leasiure. We will have introductions session ta night. You can also leave any time on the last day of the tour. It is also possible for you to extend your trip on either the begining or end of the tour if you like to stay longer.




Do you offer pick up from Sarajevo airport? Can I use local taxi?


We offer both pick-up and drop-off from Sarajevo interntional airport, but only on the first and last days of the tour (You will need to send us your flight dates and numbers to arrange this). If you arrive or leave on different days, you can use the train or a taxi from the airport. Taxis are available outside the airport. However, we recommend the company Red Taxi <phone> is recommended as they charge what is listed on the meter, which you can call them on arrival and meet them in the parking lot. The dispatchers usually speak English.

Using Public Transportation (not recommended, but possible):
- To travel between the airport and the city center:Airport bus 'Airport - Baščaršija - bus from the airport to city centre (5KM one way, 8 KM return, first luggage to 23 kg is free, second luggage and luggage over 23 kg is 5 KM). Airport stop is just to the right as you exit the terminal. In the city center, the bus runs the loop together with the rest of the traffic, meaning you should be able to catch it/get off at any bus/tram stop.</phone>




Can I arrive a few days earlier or remain a few days later?


Yes of course. You can extend your hotel stay on either arrival or departure. Just write it in the "special requests" space on the booking page.




How many people are in each bus?


The max capacity for the bus is 50, but our groups are often smaller so we could give individual attention. The buses are VIP, air-conditioned, and large enough to provide enough comfortable space for everyone.




Are meals included in the tour cost?


The tour includes a breakfast buffet every day of your stay. Other meals are to be purchased seperaterely as to give our attendants maximum flexibility and variety according to their budgets. Bosnia is a Muslim country, so meat is Halal in most restaurants), and food is extremely cheap by Western standards as it is one of the cheapest countries in the world with lots of variety from local Bosnian, European, and Turkish restaurants.




Do you arrange flight bookings?


To keep the tour cost as low as possible and accomdate all types of travellers, our price only includes land services. If you want to search for flights, we recommend google.com/flights as it is the cheapest flight search engine and the most advanced.




Can a sister travel alone without a Mahram (Guardian)?


It is permissible for sisters to travel in safe groups insha'Allah, and Alhamdulillah we will have many sisters on our tour group. This is also the opinion that is followed in Saudi Arabia during Hajj times, as women are allowed to travel in Hajj groups.




What time should I book my flight on the final day of the tour?


The final day of the tour is a free-day, therefore, feel free to book your return flights any time on the last day. If you wish to extend your stay to enjoy the local sights and attractions, you may do so in the "special requests" space on the booking form.




Do I need a visa to visit Bosnia?


If you are from an EU member country, or have a passport from English-speaking countries (USA, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, etc), then you don't to apply for Visa. You get a 90 day visa on arrival (Valid for 6 months). Also if you have a valid multiple-entry schengen visa in your passport, then you also get a 30 day visa on arrival. Otherwise, you must apply for a visa from the Bosnian embassy in your country.




What is the best way to get the local currency?


The best way to get local money is to use the ATM machine and choose the charge in local currency. Your bank charges much lower rates than exchange offices. It is also recommended that you bring some dollars, euros, or UK pounds as emergency money. However, if you would like to exchange the cash you have for the local currency, avoid the airport exchange office, even if they advertise "0% comission", as they will make more than 10% on the unfavourable exchange rate. Instead, exchange from the local foreign currency shops in the city. Observe the difference between the "buy" and "sell" rate, and if the difference is small, it means you have a good rate (1-3% difference of internet rate max). If you travel frequenctly, useful way is to use a multicurrency debit card, such as transferwise, which gives you almost the same real time internet rate close to 0.5% percent. Here is the link to sign up: https://transferwise.com/u/waleede3




What is your refund policy?


The downpayment paid for the tour is non-refundable. However, we would be able to transfer the down payment to another tour for a small administrative fee, as long as we receive the change request a minimum 30 days before the tour.
Once it is 30 days before the tour, the full amount is non-refundable and non-transferable. We may at our discretion be able to give you a full or partial refund if cancelling your group would not affect the minimum number of participants to run the tour, or our logistical costs.

That being said, while we cannot make any guarantees, we will try our best to help you when it is possible, as we understand that emergencies do happen. You may be able to purchase a travel insurance if you expect a disruption to your travel plans.




What clothes should I bring to the tour?


That depends on the season as explained below: Summer: Light cloth, sunscreen, swimsuit, and an umbrella if you would like to block the sun. You may also carry or purchase a hand fan for noon time (although we will try to avoid peak heat times by being in shaded areas, air-conditioned bus, or lunch in an air conditioned restaurant). Spring or Autumn: Both seasons are mild (20 to 16 Celsius, or 70 to 60 Fahrenheit). Bring a few layers to adjust to the varrying temperatures throughout the day (shirt, sweater, and light jacket). If you are sensitive to cold, then you may bring a heavy jacket too, in addition to a warm hat and neck scarf. There are occasioal mild rains, so you may bring an umbrella or a rain jacket with hoodie if you wish.

Winter: FREEZING! We do not run this tour in the winter. We recommend you check out one of our warmer destinations such as The Coastal Turkey Tour or Andalus (Muslim Spain) from our exceptional lineup :)





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