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The Social Impact Retreat - Bosnia & Herzegovina

SarajevoTravnikMostarTuzla
SarajevoTravnikMostarTuzla
8 Days 7 Nights

The Social Impact Retreat 2022 - Bosnia & Herzegovina 


Explore the undiscovered beauty of Bosnia on an 8-day group departure along the cities of Sarajevo, Mostar, Travnik, Blogaj, Pocitelj & Stolac. Guided by the most experienced on-the-ground guide, explore Bosnia like never before.

Witness the beauty of diversity in Bosnia where you can hear the adhan echoing through the valleys as you admire its East-meets-West surroundings. Walk back in time to learn the stories behind their tragic past and participate in meaningful activities that will leave a lasting social impact on the lives of the Bosnian community.

Retreat Date:

22nd October 2022, Saturday - 29th October 2022, Saturday

A single room is available upon request and incurs a supplement charge of an additional $180 USD.

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Day 1 : Welcome to Sarajevo

Upon arrival in Sarajevo the group will be met by our team and transferred to their hotel in a city suburb. The remainder of the day will be for resting and relaxing. An orientation session will be held to prepare for the days ahead.

Day 2 : Sarajevo: A walk through time

On this day the group will discover the rich history and culture of Bosnia, tarting with a tour of Sarajevo’s Old Town, exploring the Ottoman, Austro Hungarian and communist- era influences on the city as well as the landmarks of the major wars that took place here. The group will visit the beautiful Ottoman marketplace filled with shops and restaurants selling a wide range of goods alongside beautiful old buildings, mosques and churches. Our expert team will explain the history of Islam in Bosnia and the multi faith traditions of Bosnia, to the 500 year old waqf of Gazi Husref Bey, to the story of how World War 1 started at the exact spot where in 1914 Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. From here the group will proceed to discover the magnificent springs of the river Bosna located in a green forest and take a lovely horse and carriage ride. The group will proceed to the Tunnel of Hope that was built 1993 and was the only lifeline for the people during the Siege of Sarajevo - the longest in modern history. The day will end on a mountain at Sunnyland Restaurant overlooking Sarajevo. Here, there is an exciting alpine coaster ride for an additional fee. Return to hotel for diner and overnight.

Day 3 : Central Bosnia Tour (Travnik, Ahmici)

Travel to central Bosnia and explore the cultural city of Travnik with its stunning Coloured Mosque, impressive Ottoman fortress and the beautiful mountain springs. Lunch will be at a beautiful riverside location. The group will visit local Muslim villages and learn about the lives of villagers. At the village of Ahmici the group can learn about the war crime and massacre that took place in 1993 by Croatian militia.   

Day 4 : Olympic Mountains Tour

Travel to the beautiful mountains where the 1984 Winter Olympics were held and enjoy magnificent views, while learning about the region. Take a cable car ride to the peaks. visit the Army Mosque - built by the Bosnian army during the war- and learn about its wonderful story. The group will have lunch at a scenic mountain location followed by a presentation about our charity work. The group will then help prepare gift packs for donation to our beneficiaries on day 6 of the programme. Proceed to the Islamic community of Sarajevo for a presentation about their work, then visit the Lions Cemetery to make a dua for the martyrs who defended Bosnia Herzegovina so heroically. End the day with a coffee at the White Fortress enjoying the views of the city. The rest of day is free to explore Sarajevo. 

Day 5 : Herzegovina tour (Mostar, Blagaj, Pocitelj, Stolac)

Travel to the Herzegovina region of the country and explore its rich Islamic heritage. This includes a tour of the heritage city of Mostar with its Ottoman marketplace, the world famous Stari Most Bridge, Karodoz Bey Mosque, Mehmed Koski Pasha Mosque. The group will proceed to the town of Blagaj, where a 450-year-old Sufi Tekkiya is located by the source of a raging river. Moving on, the group will visit the UNESCO Heritage town of Pocitelj, with its unique stonework and location by the river before proceeding to Stolac, with its rich culture and one of the oldest mosques in the country. Along the way the group can visit villages village and meet the local people to learn about their lives and experiences

Day 6 : Meet the Community/Charity Day

This day is reserved for community and charity activities. The group will visit some organisations and people that we support through our charitable activities. Following this, there will be a ‘handover ceremony’ to give the charity packs prepared on day 4 to the needy beneficiaries. For lunch, the group will be joined by some young Bosnians, and will learn about the challenges faced by the young people living in Bosnia today. The rest of the day is free to rest or explore Sarajevo. At dinner, the group will be joined by some notable personalities of Sarajevo and have a chance to learn about contemporary Bosnian issues and culture  

Day 7 : Srebrenica: A modern Genocide in the heart of Europe

Travel to Northeast Bosnia to the city of Tuzla to meet some inspiring local women’s groups to learn about their work and projects for women. Proceed to the town of Srebrenica - the scene of the worst war crime in Europe since World War 2. At the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial, the group can learn the details about the tragedy in June 1995, when over 8,300 Muslim men and boys were massacred by the Serbians, despite being under UN protection. The group will also meet some Muslim community leaders and survivors and learn about their experiences and bravery, as well as the work they are doing for the communities. There is opportunity to make donations (optional) directly to the needy people. All donations will be made in a respectful and sensitive manner.

Day 8 : Farewell Bosnia

After breakfast, the group will have a final session to sum up the trip and share any reflections. Checkout of the hotel and then there will be some free time for last minute photos and activities. The group will be able to farewells to our team and their new Bosnian friends, then transfer to airport

 

Day 1 : Welcome to Sarajevo

  • transfer Transfer from Airport to Hotel
  • hotel Check in to the Hotel
  • leisure Day at leisure
  • meal Dinner

Day 2 : Sarajevo: A walk through time

  • meal Breakfast
  • sightseeing Tour of Sarajevo’s historic Old Town
  • sightseeing Ottoman marketplace
  • sightseeing City tour
  • prayer Dhuhur/Asr prayer
  • sightseeing Springs of the river Bosna
  • meal Lunch
  • sightseeing Tunnel of Hope
  • meal Coffee at Sunnyland Restaurant
  • transfer Transfer to the hotel
  • prayer Maghrib/Isha at the hotel
  • meal Dinner

Day 3 : Central Bosnia Tour (Travnik, Ahmici)

  • meal Breakfast
  • sightseeing Village of Ahmici
  • sightseeing Traditional Muslim neighbourhoods or ‘Mahalas’.
  • sightseeing Coloured Mosque
  • sightseeing Blue Water spring
  • meal Lunch
  • sightseeing Muslim village
  • prayer Maghrib/Isha
  • meal Dinner

Day 4 : Olympic Mountains Tour

  • meal Breakfast
  • sightseeing Bjelasnica mountain
  • sightseeing Cable car ride
  • sightseeing Igman Mountain
  • sightseeing Army Mosque
  • meal Lunch
  • sightseeing Media Centre for the Islamic Community
  • sightseeing Lions Cemetery
  • sightseeing White Fortress
  • meal Coffee break
  • leisure Free to explore
  • meal Dinner
  • prayer Maghrib/Isha

Day 5 : Herzegovina tour (Mostar, Blagaj, Pocitelj, Stolac)

  • meal Breakfast
  • sightseeing UNESCO Heritage City of Mostar
  • sightseeing Stari Most Bridge
  • mosque Karodoz Bey Mosque
  • mosque Mehmed Koski Pasha Mosque
  • sightseeing Ottoman marketplace
  • sightseeing Sufi Tekkiya
  • sightseeing Pocitelj & Stolac towns
  • meal Lunch
  • leisure Meet youth groups
  • meal Dinner
  • prayer Maghrib/Isha

Day 6 : Meet the Community/Charity Day

  • meal Breakfast
  • transfer Visit local charity
  • meal Lunch
  • transfer Meet some local youths
  • leisure Free to rest or explore
  • prayer Maghrib/Isha
  • meal Dinner

Day 7 : Srebrenica: A modern Genocide in the heart of Europe

  • meal Breakfast
  • transfer Local womens group
  • sightseeing Town of Srebrenica
  • sightseeing Srebrenica Genocide Memorial
  • leisure Meet some of the Muslim survivors
  • meal Lunch
  • transfer Meet Muslim community leaders and local villagers
  • prayer Maghrib/Isha
  • meal Dinner

Day 8 : Farewell Bosnia

  • meal Breakfast
  • sightseeing Photoshoot
  • leisure Group session
  • leisure Reflections
  • transfer Transfer to Airport

Tour Inclusions :

  • Airport – Hotel - Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation at 5* hotel with breakfast
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Private Transportation in good quality vehicle
  • Professional guide/ drivers
  • Entry fees for all sites and attractions
  • Tourist taxes, tolls, parking fuel, VAT etc.
  • Charity packages for donations to the needy

Tour Exclusions :

  • Airfare
  • VISA
  • Medical insurance and PCR test on departure
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Halal Restaurants in the HotelHalal Restaurants in the Hotel
  • Halal Restaurants nearbyHalal Restaurants nearby
  • Prayer direction marked in the roomPrayer direction marked in the room
  • Mosque nearbyMosque nearby
  • No pork served in the HotelNo pork served in the Hotel
  • Muslim tour guide included in the packageMuslim tour guide included in the package
  • Mosque visit included in the packageMosque visit included in the package
  • Packages are fixed and cannot be customized
  • Pricing for packages are as mentioned and are not negotiable
  • All payments made would be in SGD, other currencies mentioned are only indicative and not final
  • Prices do not include, visa fees, insurance, airport taxes, gratuities, personal expenses or any other expenses not mentioned in the package inclusions
  • Full payment is needed in order to confirm the booking
  • Alternate Hotels will be offered in case the original Hotel (included in the package) is not available
  • If a place of visit is closed to visitors, it will be replaced with an alternative
  • The sequence of itinerary is subject to change without prior notice
  • Due to local or religious festivals unforeseen circumstances and weather conditions, the sequence of itinerary may need to be changed or alternative sites substituted at short notice
  • Passengers have to ensure that they hold a valid visa to enter their destination country
  • The minimum number of Adults needed for the package is mentioned under "number of adults"
  • Timings of tours and meals are subject to last minute changes and customers would be updated during the tour
  • Package inclusions are as mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Details of local points of contact will be shared with the booking vouchers
  • Payment confirmation will be sent at the time of booking
  • Confirmed booking vouchers will be shared within 7 business working days from date of payment
  • Packages available “On Request” require 3 business working days to have confirmed availability
A leisure trip undertaken by Halal-conscious travellers, i.e Muslim travellers who do not wish to compromise their basic faith-based needs while travelling.
Terms generally used to refer to a tour package/itinerary, which has taken into account the needs of the Halal-conscious traveller. These include services such as providing Halal food, prayer facilities and accommodation that is better suited for Muslims. Some packages will also include visits to Islamic Heritage sites, Mosques and Muslim cultural places. The services included may vary from one package to another.
Tour packages that ensure all aspects of the itinerary and the activities are suitable for Muslims and take into account all the key faith based needs of the Muslim travellers.
Tour packages which include, visits to Islamic religious sites or Muslim heritage sites. They may also include a qualified guide or scholar to explain the significance and etiquettes required in the destination.

Day 1 : Welcome to Sarajevo

  • transfer Transfer from Airport to Hotel
  • hotel Check in to the Hotel
  • leisure Day at leisure
  • meal Dinner

Day 2 : Sarajevo: A walk through time

  • meal Breakfast
  • sightseeing Tour of Sarajevo’s historic Old Town
  • sightseeing Ottoman marketplace
  • sightseeing City tour
  • prayer Dhuhur/Asr prayer
  • sightseeing Springs of the river Bosna
  • meal Lunch
  • sightseeing Tunnel of Hope
  • meal Coffee at Sunnyland Restaurant
  • transfer Transfer to the hotel
  • prayer Maghrib/Isha at the hotel
  • meal Dinner

Day 3 : Central Bosnia Tour (Travnik, Ahmici)

  • meal Breakfast
  • sightseeing Village of Ahmici
  • sightseeing Traditional Muslim neighbourhoods or ‘Mahalas’.
  • sightseeing Coloured Mosque
  • sightseeing Blue Water spring
  • meal Lunch
  • sightseeing Muslim village
  • prayer Maghrib/Isha
  • meal Dinner

Day 4 : Olympic Mountains Tour

  • meal Breakfast
  • sightseeing Bjelasnica mountain
  • sightseeing Cable car ride
  • sightseeing Igman Mountain
  • sightseeing Army Mosque
  • meal Lunch
  • sightseeing Media Centre for the Islamic Community
  • sightseeing Lions Cemetery
  • sightseeing White Fortress
  • meal Coffee break
  • leisure Free to explore
  • meal Dinner
  • prayer Maghrib/Isha

Day 5 : Herzegovina tour (Mostar, Blagaj, Pocitelj, Stolac)

  • meal Breakfast
  • sightseeing UNESCO Heritage City of Mostar
  • sightseeing Stari Most Bridge
  • mosque Karodoz Bey Mosque
  • mosque Mehmed Koski Pasha Mosque
  • sightseeing Ottoman marketplace
  • sightseeing Sufi Tekkiya
  • sightseeing Pocitelj & Stolac towns
  • meal Lunch
  • leisure Meet youth groups
  • meal Dinner
  • prayer Maghrib/Isha

Day 6 : Meet the Community/Charity Day

  • meal Breakfast
  • transfer Visit local charity
  • meal Lunch
  • transfer Meet some local youths
  • leisure Free to rest or explore
  • prayer Maghrib/Isha
  • meal Dinner

Day 7 : Srebrenica: A modern Genocide in the heart of Europe

  • meal Breakfast
  • transfer Local womens group
  • sightseeing Town of Srebrenica
  • sightseeing Srebrenica Genocide Memorial
  • leisure Meet some of the Muslim survivors
  • meal Lunch
  • transfer Meet Muslim community leaders and local villagers
  • prayer Maghrib/Isha
  • meal Dinner

Day 8 : Farewell Bosnia

  • meal Breakfast
  • sightseeing Photoshoot
  • leisure Group session
  • leisure Reflections
  • transfer Transfer to Airport

Tour Inclusions :

  • Airport – Hotel - Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation at 5* hotel with breakfast
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Private Transportation in good quality vehicle
  • Professional guide/ drivers
  • Entry fees for all sites and attractions
  • Tourist taxes, tolls, parking fuel, VAT etc.
  • Charity packages for donations to the needy

Tour Exclusions :

  • Airfare
  • VISA
  • Medical insurance and PCR test on departure
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Halal Restaurants in the HotelHalal Restaurants in the Hotel
  • Halal Restaurants nearbyHalal Restaurants nearby
  • Prayer direction marked in the roomPrayer direction marked in the room
  • Mosque nearbyMosque nearby
  • No pork served in the HotelNo pork served in the Hotel
  • Muslim tour guide included in the packageMuslim tour guide included in the package
  • Mosque visit included in the packageMosque visit included in the package
  • Packages are fixed and cannot be customized
  • Pricing for packages are as mentioned and are not negotiable
  • All payments made would be in SGD, other currencies mentioned are only indicative and not final
  • Prices do not include, visa fees, insurance, airport taxes, gratuities, personal expenses or any other expenses not mentioned in the package inclusions
  • Full payment is needed in order to confirm the booking
  • Alternate Hotels will be offered in case the original Hotel (included in the package) is not available
  • If a place of visit is closed to visitors, it will be replaced with an alternative
  • The sequence of itinerary is subject to change without prior notice
  • Due to local or religious festivals unforeseen circumstances and weather conditions, the sequence of itinerary may need to be changed or alternative sites substituted at short notice
  • Passengers have to ensure that they hold a valid visa to enter their destination country
  • The minimum number of Adults needed for the package is mentioned under "number of adults"
  • Timings of tours and meals are subject to last minute changes and customers would be updated during the tour
  • Package inclusions are as mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Details of local points of contact will be shared with the booking vouchers
  • Payment confirmation will be sent at the time of booking
  • Confirmed booking vouchers will be shared within 7 business working days from date of payment
  • Packages available “On Request” require 3 business working days to have confirmed availability
A leisure trip undertaken by Halal-conscious travellers, i.e Muslim travellers who do not wish to compromise their basic faith-based needs while travelling.
Terms generally used to refer to a tour package/itinerary, which has taken into account the needs of the Halal-conscious traveller. These include services such as providing Halal food, prayer facilities and accommodation that is better suited for Muslims. Some packages will also include visits to Islamic Heritage sites, Mosques and Muslim cultural places. The services included may vary from one package to another.
Tour packages that ensure all aspects of the itinerary and the activities are suitable for Muslims and take into account all the key faith based needs of the Muslim travellers.
Tour packages which include, visits to Islamic religious sites or Muslim heritage sites. They may also include a qualified guide or scholar to explain the significance and etiquettes required in the destination.