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Excursion

Symposium organize whole day tour to famous tourist attractions “Andrictown”, traditional village “Mecavnik” (timber wood town), stone bridge on river Drina (UNESCO world heritage), tourist railway “Sarganska osmica” and cruise on river Drina. Excursion will take place on Saturday, October 6th 2018. and this trip is included in the price of the registration fee.
Included: professional tourist guides; lunch in Andricgrad; refreshments; and typical Bosnian mix fruit snacks.

Andrictown

Andrictown (Andrićgrad) is a tourist, cultural, administrative and educational complex. It is situated on a peninsula between the rivers Drina and Rzav in municipality of Visegrad. Andrićgrad is a project of a famous film director Emir Kusturica, the stone town inspired by the literary works and characters of Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric. It’s architecture is a mix of different eras and styles that passed throughout Visegrad history: the Byzantine style, the Ottoman period, the Renaissance, the Classicism. Some of the main objects of Andrićgrad are: Ivo Andric institute with a centre for Slavic languages, Fine arts Academy, Town hall, renaissance theatre, multiplex cinema, accommodation objects and much more. Andrićgrad is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the region, together with Mehmed pasa bridge, Drina river boat cruise, and reconstructed narrow gauge tourist railway Visegrad - Mokra Gora. More information about Andricgrad and tourist attractions in Visegrad area can be found at: http://www.visegradturizam.com/
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Cruise on river Drina

One-hour cruise with several boats from the Mehmed-pasha Sokolovic’s bridge to thermal stream in the village Sase and back will be organized for AGROSYM 2016 participants. Boat “Lotika” is currently the largest boat on the Drina with a capacity of over 80 passengers and it was built on the Andrićgrad’s building site in less than 5 months. In fact, It was built by the admiral and the captain, father and son, Davor and Nenad Radović, people with long experience in maritime transport and shipbuilding, and it can be also said that they have built the most beautiful and best ship that sails on the Drina river.

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The bridge on the Drina

The bridge on the Drina is a heritage of the great vizier Mehmed pasa Sokolovic (in Turkish Sokollu Mehmet Paşa, 1505. or 1506-1579). He is one of the great Osman war generals by origin from Bosnia. He was born in small village Sokolovići in 1505. or 1506, and was a child of Orthodox parents.
At that time there was a tradition known as Devširma, or „The contribution in blood”. Serbian children would be taken away by force to Turkey where they would be converted in Islam and taught in their military schools to become Janissaries, the elite soldiers of the Turkish Empire. So Bajica Sokolovic was taken as a child from the surroundings of Višegrad and given the name Mehmed. Later on he would become the officer of the Osman army for his skills, and on top of his rule he became a great vizier, which equal to the Prime Minister according to the standards accepted today. At the highest peak of his rule, he orders to build the bridge on Drina at Višegrad that no other bridge looks alike. The bridge was built in the period from 1571 to 1577 by at that time the most famous Turkish architect Kodža Mimar Sinan. In 2007. bridge entered UNESCO world heritage list as a bridge with big cultural impact, and also as a best representative of a classical ottoman style in bridge making.
 
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Drvengrad

Drvengrad (meaning Timber Town) is a traditional village that the famous film director Emir Kusturica built for his movie “Life Is a Miracle“. It is located near Višegrad, best known for Yugoslav Ivo Andrić's Nobel-winning novel “The Bridge on the Drina”. Drvengrad is also known as Küstendorf, as a word play on German "dorf" (village) and Kusturica's nickname, "Kusta". Kusturica has also been known to call it Mećavnik, which is the name of the neighbouring village. Since 2008, the village hosts the annual Küstendorf Film and Music Festival, which showcases films and music from all around the world. Festival hosted many famous actors such as Johnny Depp, Monica Bellucci, etc. More information about Drvengrad can be found at: http://www.mecavnik.info/

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The "Šarganska osmica" 

The "Šarganska Osmica" ("Šargan's Eight") is a museum and tourist railway owned by the Railway Museum of Serbia. This narrow-gauge railway, with gauges of 600 mm and 760 mm, is unique in Europe, and its origins are related to the very beginnings of the Serbian railway traffic. This tourist attraction during its construction (22.8 km long) represented a unique endeavour, overcoming a high gradient of 354 m at a small distance, with five bridges and 22 tunnels, of which only the Šargan tunnel was 1,666 m long. The enchanted landscapes make the tour on the old train "Ćira" fit "for careless leisure and pleasure".

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HALF DAY GUIDED POST-CONFERENCE EXCURSION
(Sarajevo Old Town - price 20 euro per person)

Sarajevo is a city in which even strangers can feel at home. This city epitomizes a partial centuries-old struggle against outside influences combined with the absorption of these influences into one of the most diverse cultures in Europe. Indeed, few places on earth feature an Orthodox and a Catholic church, a mosque and a synagogue within easy walking distance of each other. That is why the city today is often referred to as the European Jerusalem. If there were any city in Europe that effortlessly straddles east and west, it is Sarajevo. Here the Byzantine and Ottoman empires of the east and the Roman, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian empires of the west left an indelible mark through culture, traditions and religions.A walk through Sarajevo is a walk through its past. From the oriental Ottoman quarters lined with sweet shops, cafe's and handicraft workshops, to the administrative and cultural centre of Austro-Hungarian times, Sarajevo encompasses the very best of both worlds. The Sarajevo Old Town called 'Bascarsija' may be hard to pronounce but it is certainly one of the most impressive and charming market centers in the country. The word "Baš-čaršija" literarily means "main marketplace" and designates the area of market square around the fountain called „sebilj“, and later this name spread on the whole nowadays Old Sarajevo's marketplace. Bascarsija has been a trading and meeting place since the 15th century.

Included: visit to Sarajevo Old City; visit to spring of the river Bosna; professional tourist guides; refreshments and typical Bosnian fruit mix snacks.