Visiting Trebinje from Herceg Novi, Montenegro
We visited Trebinje as a day trip from Herceg Novi in neighbouring Montenegro, using the services of "Trend Travel" who have a booking office at Herceg Novi bus station. The following information may be of use to anybody planning a similar day trip to Trebinje:
During our 5 day stay in Herceg Novi in May 2012, we undertook a day trip to the town of Trebinje in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Having ascertained that there were no buses between Herceg Novi and Trebinje, we popped into the "Trend Travel" tourist office at Herceg Novi bus station and enquired about visiting Trebinje on a day trip.
The helpful staff told us that we could hire a car and driver to take us there for the day for 70 Euros (having a guide would have cost more and we didn't feel that we needed one) and that if they received any more interest in the meantime they would organise a group trip and the price would be less.
We paid a 20 Euro deposit and arranged for a driver to pick us up at our apartment at 9am a couple of days later.
The driver turned up on time and within 20 minutes we were at the Montenegro border. By 9:30am we had crossed the Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina borders and by 9:45am we had arrived in Trebinje. Even with a 10 minute border crossing, the journey only took 45 minutes, so Trebinje is a very easy and worthwhile day trip from Herceg Novi.
Our driver first took us to Tvrdos Monastery and then to the impressive hilltop monastery of Hercegovacka Gracanica, before dropping us off in the centre of Trebinje at 11:15am.
We arranged to meet the driver back at the car at 4pm and then spent the day exploring the town independently.
We left Trebinje at 4:05pm and by 4:50pm the driver was dropping us off at Savina Monastery (at our request) back in Herceg Novi.
Trebinje is a very worthwhile day trip from Herceg Novi – just a 45 minute drive away. We would highly recommend this day trip to anybody visiting Herceg Novi!
Everything is close
Trebinje has a very good position. It's 25km far from Dubrovnik (Croatia) and 25km far from Herceg Novi (Serbia & Montenegro). Both cities are on the Adriatic coast and both are very nice. Staying in Trebinje and make a tour around is, maybe, better solution than stay on the coast. It's to close but it's not too hot.
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All the roadsigns in the area are in cyrillic alphabet as it is part of Republika Srpska. I can speak Russian so it was fine for me (the Serb and Russian alphabets are not identical, but are so close as to make no difference).
That will make navigation difficult for those who can't read it.
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I noticed 2 warning signs for minefields on the way from Mostar. There may be others which are not marked - some parts of the road are very remote. I also saw a military mines clearance team heading off to tackle one location.
So, if you are going to have a picnic en route, stretch your legs halfway or answer a call of nature, be very wary by the roadside.
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