“Lakes of Zelengora” hike
The “Eyes of Mount Zelengora”, the lakes Gornje Bare and Donje Bare are real resting places for the soul – unspoilt and pristine. The hike there is easy and also suitable for children.
Your adventure begins with your arrival at the premises of our partner agency at around 8 am, where you will meet your hiking guide and driver. Together we set off for the Irish-inspired lush green meadows and rolling hills of Zelengora.
On the way to the “eyes of the mountain”, the Gornje Bare and Donje Bare lakes, we drive along the impressive Hrčavka Gorge, around 90 minutes to the starting point of the hike.
And then we’re off: only around 3.5 kilometres await you on the circular route to the hidden Gornje Bare Lake at the foot of Uglješin – with a bit of luck, you won’t have to share this peaceful place with anyone except your fellow hikers.
From the lake itself, there are incredible views of the green (and sometimes blueberry-studded blue or red) meadows of Zelengora, from which the lake takes its name, as well as the peaks of Planinica and Tovarnica.
After the short circular hike, continue on foot or by car to Donje Bare Lake. Surrounded by dense forests, green meadows and steep rock faces, this place is the former weekend retreat of Tito. Although the leader of Yugoslavia was never here himself, friends and supporters used to throw lavish parties here.
You can hike around the lake and perhaps watch the trout jump before continuing another 1.5 kilometres to the Borić viewpoint. From here, you have an unforgettable view of the highest peaks in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maglić and Volujak, as well as the country’s last wilderness, the Perućica primeval forest. There is no better place to eat your packed lunch!
After lunch, we return to the agency, where the adventure comes to an end. If you have booked accommodation in Sutjeska National Park (we will be happy to book it for you!), your tour ends in Tjentište.
Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. In summer, please remember to bring sun cream and a hat.
Please note: The minimum group size is three people. We reserve the right to cancel tours that do not meet the minimum group size – except for private tours.
You want to book a private tour with friends or as a couple? This is also possible on request – just email us.
I loved this tour! Our guide, Numa, was super nice and explained about the wine culture and wines in Hercegovina and we learned even more from the wine makers that were present at all the wine farms we went to and open to answer all our questions!
We tried a wide range of different wines, in some places straight from the barrel, which was a truly unique experience. I loved to learn more about our own autochthonous grape varieties Zilavka and Blatina too! And of course, all wine tastings were complimented by mezze – local specialties like cheeses and cured meats. The dinner between the wine barrels was my food highlight of the day – all locally sourced and produced!
My true highlight though was to make my own wine blend at one of the wineries! After learning everything about character, taste, acids, and all different kind of things about wine we could create our own blend from different red wines, cork the bottle and take it home. I cannot wait to try it with my friends!
It was a sensational weekend! We had the best time becoming acquainted with Bosnian wines, tasting tantalising vintages and to top it all off we all enjoyed a dinner amongst the wine barrels at the end of the first day. Our hosts, Nermin and Kathrin, were fantastic: friendly, funny and super accommodating and made us all feel comfortable. They have a great dynamic with the all the people they work with and it shows which makes the experience feel laid back and natural. We loved talking about wine, the history of the country, the culture and all the interesting and fun facts that we learnt. We cannot wait to open our own personalised bottle of wine, which we made on the tour, and share it with our friends. We highly recommend this experience of lifetime!
This is by far the best tourist tour I was part of. Great people, amazing guides with lots of fun facts about wine, grapes and stuff pertinent to the tour.
All wineries went out big with the food and wines and on this tour I tried most amazing wines in my life.
We tried numerous sorts of wine and rakija, starting with world’s first sparkling wine made of Žilavka, grape sort that is autochthonous to the Herzegovina region..
At one winery (Marijanović), we had a chance to make our own cuvee, blend of three sorts of red grapes, which was very fun activity to do.
At every winery except the wine, there was also food which was mostly sourced from locals and complimented wine perfectly. At every winery there was a short tour of the winery itself, where a person from winery showed us around and explained stuff about grapes and winemaking.
All in all, this was very fun tour which I’d recommend to everyone, from big wine aficionados, to people who usually don’t drink it.
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