Arrangement D14 - Visit Visegrad (one day)
When we say the word Visegrad, the first association is Ivo Andrić, Nobel Prize winner and his famous historical novel. “The bridge on the Drina” that wove him into the stars. Visegrad is a small lovely town in Republika Srpska, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Višegrad has parlayed this identity into a niche tourist industry by building Andrićgrad, a small but like able mock-historical city core nominally celebrating the author.
The minimum number of participants for this arrangement is 4, and if there is less, please feel free to contact us to check if we can combine your reservation with another group of participants.
After accepting the guests at the agreed location, such as our agency Encijan in the city Foca or our camp in the very heart of the Tara canyon in the morning hours (recommended time between 9h-10h), the next is a transport to the destination.
In Visegrad what we will visit first is the historic monument called Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge. It is a historic bridge in Visegrad, over the Drina River in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina It was completed in 1577 by the Ottoman court architect on the order of the Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic. Unesco included the bridge in its 2007 World Heritage List. This story wouldn’t be this much interested unless we don’t mention how Mehmed was taken away at an early age as part of the Ottoman devsirme system of collection of Christian boys to be raised to serve as a janissary. These boys were converted to Islam, raised and educated, but in turn were offered opportunities to work and to rise within the Ottoman imperial system.
After this we are going to visit Andricgrad. Andricgrad is the name of a construction project located in Visegrad, by film director Emir Kusturica. Some of the main objects of Andrictown are: Ivo Andric’s institute with a centre for Slavic languages, Fine arts Academy, Town hall, the Church of Saint Lazar, renaissance theatre, multiplex cinema, accommodation objects and much more. Andrictown attracts tourists from all over the world, as well as people from public life, some of them are: Novak Djokovic, world number one tennis player ; Jose Mujica, ex president of Uruguay; Monica Bellucci, an Italian actress, etc.
Ćevabdžinica “Kasaba” is located near the gate, on Mlada Bosna Street in Andrićgrad. The interior of the building corresponds to the external appearance and totally fits into the concept of Andrićgrad and there we will try traditional Bosnian meals.
If you want to enjoy the beauty of the Drina, it is best to sail in the tourist boats “Sonja” or “Zelenika” and strengthen into the fairy tale soul, which will give you a stunning view of the second largest canyon in Europe.
Our last stop is Dobrun monastery, also known as Kruševo, is located in the vivid mountainous area on the road from Belgrade to Užice, 12 km away from Višegrad, in the valley of the Rzav river. It is dedicated to the Dormition of the holy mother of God and was erected by župan Pribil and his sons Stefan and Petar in 1343. In its history the monastery was destroyed and reconstructed many times. In the rocks above the monastery there is a cave whose entrance area was closed with stone blocks. The monks lived there and would descend down to the monastery only during the big religious holidays.Within the complex of monastery there is a Museum of the First Serbian Upraising, The paintings gallery and a Museum of Dabro Bosnian Diocese of the Metropolitan.
After launch is transportation to Foca where the arrangement ends.
Traditional organic food
Our traditional homemade cuisine and organic food prepared at our Camp Encijan, which we offer as part of our packages, is another reason why most of our long term and satisfied guests wish to visit us again.
The huge amounts of our delicious home-made food is prepared with love and in a traditional way, entirely from fresh organic food which we provide from our natural surroundings. In a moment, every new bite know to send you to some other and slightly forgotten dimension, in a time of our grandmother’s cuisine.
Our menu offers everything … From a hot doughnuts and home-made bread baked in a wood stove, all kinds of milk products such as home-made cow and goat cheese, pure mountain honey, fresh trout and home-made ham and prosciutto, lamb and goat meat made under metal pan and everything else what is characteristic for our country.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions
Where is your camp located and how can I reach you?
We are located at a starting point for rafting, place is called Brštanovica.
GPS coordinates of the camp: Latitude: 43.321849 | Longitude: 18.960388
Tourists should come to Šćepan Polje, that is the official B&H – MNE border crossing.We own a parking lot, you can leave your car or RV there, It will be safe. We will pick you up at Šćepan Polje and transport you to our camp. If you are in Foča, you can come to our agency, located in Krajiška 2. Agency is located in the city center, in a passage below the Mozzart restaurant.
Can we pay in cash after arrival ?
You can pay with cash upon your arrival to our camp, that will not be a problem. Many passengers, backpackers and wanderers use this option because It is much easier.
What is water level?
Depends, in May, water level is very high, so you will have to come prepared, physically. In June and July, water levels are medium, so you don’t have to worry, It will not be hard, you can even bring kids. August and September- water level is low, perfect for family rafting.
Do l need previous experience?
You do not need to have previous experience, our skippers will brief you on everything that you need to know.
Is rafting dengerous?
Basically, like in every other adventure, it is a bit dangerous, but we take all precautionary measures and focus on your security. So do not worry too much and enjoy your vacation.
There are not enough us to feel a boat. What now?
You will be on a boat with other tourists. When the number of passengers reaches eight, we will assign a skipper and you are ready to go.
I have Go Pro/Camera, can i wear it on the river?
You are ALLOWED to use your own GoPro and other cameras. You will not be charged, there are no fees.
If you are interested, below you can read all the FAQ related to our business
64€ per person
- Two meals
- Certificated guide
- All transports during the arrangement by our vehicles
- Guarded parking lot for your private vehicle
- Accident insurance during the arrangement in amount of 1.00 € per person per day
- Extra services upon request
- All other expenses that have not anticipated by the programme.
Total tax: 1.00 €
- The listed hours, as well as the program schedule are changeable according with your needs and requirements.
- Previous experience unnecessary.
- The program schedule can be extended or combined with other arrangements from our offer.
- The offered program can be realized during the week.
- Payment in KM or €.
- Unnecessary minimum number of participants for the realization of the arrangement.
- Discount for group over 10 people.
- Guaranted maximum security and comfort.
- Required ID and passport.
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If the presented arrangement is not compatible with your notional program with us at our Camp Encijan or for any reason is not adequate, we would kindly ask you to look at similar arrangements.
Attractions from our region
Bosnia and Herzegovina, a heart shaped land, has a lot to offer when It comes to tourism. Spacious mountain views, emerald green lakes, beautiful landscape and picturesque towns. West and the East meet here, so you will learn a lot about cultures, traditions and people. Share what you have learned with your friends at Encijan’s campfire. When It comes to the tours that we organize, here are some destinations that we recommend you to visit:
How to reach us
At the border crossing of Scepan Polje, when submitting documents to border police officers, it is necessary to emphasize that you are going to the Tara canyon to Brstanovica. After completing the registration (in case you coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina turn round and turn back only 100m, and if you are coming from Montenegro, you go only 100m forward) where you turn off right from the main road and turn on the local asphalt road leading along the river Tara towards Brštanovica. For more information on how to get to us, see the link below.
Safety & Skippers
All skippers hired by agency Encijan have passed various international trainings and licensed and certified by the IRF(International Rafting Federation), and each of them has multiyear experience in their work and has encountered many trips down the Tara River and most of them consider rafting and adventure as satisfaction and their lifestyle, and then the job. Our mountain guides are passionate, experienced mountain enthusiasts who work for years in the outdoor industry and are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional experience.
Prospective guides for Encijan Adventure team spend five years minimum perfecting their Tara River rafting skills under the guidance of veteran trip leaders before earning the position of “Rafting Skipper”. New guides, or guides in training, are known as “Skipper Interns” and it takes a very special person, full of passion, to be successful on the river and work in the natural wilderness of the Tara River Canyon.