I am originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo continues to be my home to this day. I'm a certified mountain guide by Mountaineering Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina and UIAA standards (Official International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation, partner of the International Olympic Committee), and have a degree in Sociology. I've been guiding Green Visions mountain trips for 18 years now. When not leading trips, I am involved in the development of new outdoor adventure itineraries.
Exodus Travels is one of the biggest companies in the UK offering different outdoor and cultural itineraries worldwide. Since Green Visions is Exodus local partner for Bosnia and Herzegovina, we run five different programs for Exodus Travels. I am through the season mostly involved in leading their Hiking in Bosnia & Snowshoeing in Bosnia programs. As recognition for my "hard" work, I was honored to be elected as best Exodus Leader for 2013 in a competition of more than 800 Exodus worldwide leaders.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I climb the mountains for almost two decades now and through all these years had a chance to hike pretty much all around the world.
However, a special place in my life has mountains of Dinaric Alps which I would love to share with the rest of the world. This mountain chain stretch through Balkan peninsula, from Slovenia to Macedonia. The central part of these mountains is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, my home.
I specialized in hiking & trekking during summer in this beautiful "playground", but winter activities such as snowshoeing are also something I run very often in the winter season."
How did you get involved in travel?
I joined a group of (at that time) a very young group of enthusiastic people who established a company called Green Visions. Idea was to share Bosnian nature with people around the world. By the time the company grew into a respectful tour operator, who cooperated with some of the biggest names in the tourism industry.
I'm very pleased I was a part of this amazingly joyful and enthusiastic team from the beginning and for all these years."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"In 2006 I spent two months in Japan, which offered completely different cultural experience from any other, even until today. Having a chance to Tour through Central and Southern Japan, was definitely an unforgettable experience, visiting some of the most interesting destinations in that part of the country.
Featured trips & expertise
This 5-day trek through the the hinterlands of the Bjelašnica Mountains follows part of the Via Dinarica White Trail, passing traditional alpine villages and old water mills, plus views of the Dinaric Alps and Rakitnica Canyon. Start your trip with day hikes from your secluded mountain hut, summiting Hranisava and Vlahinja peaks, visiting the shepherds village of Krosnje, and hiking around Lake Lokvanjsko. Then head to the traditional villages of Gradina, Umoljani, and Lukomir, ending your trek over Mount Vito.
A crossroads of civilizations, Bosnia & Herzegovina has a magical mixture of European and Near-Eastern influences. Start the tour at culturally rich Sarajevo, the capital of the nation. Here, you'll learn about historical events that have shaped the country—and the world! Then, you'll change pace with a hike through the Olympic highlands, and visits the historic villages of Banja Luka and Mostar. The tour ends back in pretty Sarajevo, which you'll have time to explore on your own.
Discover Bosnia and Herzegovina, a unique crossroad of ancient civilizations with a mixture of both Western and Eastern influences. Start your trip in the capital of Sarajevo, with a guided walking tour of its historic center, followed by a hike to the Highland Villages in the Bjelašnica Mountains, including Gradina and Umoljani with views of the Rakitnica Canyon. End your tour in the 15th-century city of Mostar and the neighboring settlement of Blagaj, where you'll enjoy exploring Buna Spring and its neighboring Ottoman house and monastery.
Walk into the past and experience a day in the life of a Bosnian villager. This one-day trip offers unique insights on the rhythms of daily pastoral life in one of the country's most historic and isolated regions.
Perfect for hikers looking for an off-the-beaten-track adventure in Europe, this eight-day tour will wind you through the limestone peaks, glacial lakes, and plunging canyons of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Raft through the UNESCO-recognized Tara Canyon, visit Bosnia and Herzegovina's highest mountain, and wind your way through two national parks.
Recent trip reviews for Samer
Hike the Via Dinarica from Bosnia to Montenegro - 8 Days · Bosnia and Herzegovina - May 22 - May 25, 2019
The only thing we didn't like about our trip was that it was over.
Stunnigly beautiful mountains and villages, fresh water, cozy cabins and delicious food.
Our guide Samer was not only a true professional but also a wonderful person we really enjoyed spending time with. Highly recommended and we look forward to coming back.