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Sarajevo to Dubrovnik via Mostar—tour, driver, or bus?

In September, my spouse and I will be traveling for two weeks around the Balkans (flying into Sarajevo and out of Ljubljana). We have most of our travel arrangements settled, except for how we are going to get from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik. We have our itinerary planned to allow for an overnight in Mostar on the way (which should make it fairly relaxed), however we haven't decided on the best way to actually get to Mostar, and then on to Dubrovnik. Buses are definitely an option we're considering, but we thought it would make the experience a bit richer if we could have go as part of a small tour or hire a driver for all, or at least part, of the trip. This would allow us to make some stops and explore more of Bosnia on our way.

I found this package from Sarajevo Funky Tours that seems to fit the bill exactly—one-way from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik with a night stop over in Mostar. Has anyone on the forum used this company or, better yet, taken this tour? They seem to have great reviews on Trip Advisor, but it's difficult to judge for sure. I've investigated the guides recommended in the Rick Steves Croatia/Slovenia guidebook, but I'd love any personal recommendations (or things to avoid). Thanks!

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That looks like an awesome tour - I would have loved to have done that! My friend and I ended up taking what Lonely Planet called as one of the most scenic train rides in Europe from Mostar to Ploce, Croatia (transfer point to Dubrovnik). The train station at Sarajevo (on our way to Mostar) was quite an experience (especially for me who grew up in Communist Poland - it was to the "t" what I expected a sad smokey station would feel like, complete with slow regional train). The train went through one tunnel after another at which point the lights went out (boy did that creep me out!) every time it went into another tunnel. Then, due to some track construction, we were herded off the train and then put on buses for the rest of the journey. Our luggage was packed somewhere on one bus and we went on a totally different bus - but were told not to worry, everything will be OK. Thankfully, we were indeed reunited with luggage and it was a fun experience in trust and just letting go with the flow. Having said all that, I would have loved to see some sites in between Mostar, Sarajevo, and Dubrovnik. It looks like your tour will do that, so I say go for it! Sounds great! Mostar and Sarajevo (and Dubrovnik) are both wonderful places to visit - read up on the history first (sad history but will enrich the experience).

By the way, this was probably my favorite lodging for the trip - lovely and atmospheric. http://www.muslibegovichouse.com/

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We're also interested in the one day tour offered by Sarajevo Funky tour between Dubrovnik and Sarajevo. The company seems to have good review in TripAdvisor. Would love to hear about your experience with them.

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Jamie, as it turns out the company was completely booked for the day we need to travel so we'll be hiring a taxi based out of Mostar instead. It does seem like a great tour, though! I'd recommend booking pretty far in advance if you plan on doing it—we waited a little too long and I think that may have been the problem.

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Thank you Rachel. We'll be traveling in mid-Oct and it seems to be off season and the tour is still available. Have a good trip to the Balkans!

I went on a tour of Sarajevo through Sarajevo Funky Tours this summer. Although I did not do the exact tour mentioned, I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this company when looking to experience Bosnia. They are extremely helpful, the guides are excellent, and they even gave me a ride across town to the airport at the conclusion of my tour. I did take a bus from Mostar to Sarajevo and will say that that option was easy, convenient, and cheap. And the scenery was incredible!