East Bosnia and West Serbia, two regions enriched with numerous cultural, historical and nature wonders, are simply not to miss when passing near or travelling around these regions.
This amazing UNESCO off the beaten path tour which focuses on very remote part of East Bosnia and West Serbia will be highlight of your travels, and will get you to places where not many people have visited yet.
Daily at 7.45 AM
In the morning, at 7.45 AM we meet at our address or if agreed in advance, we are picking you up at your address and we are good to start.
After departing Sarajevo in the morning 8 AM we’ll take beautiful 1.15 hours ride to reach Rogatica and first stop of the day, Borak Stećci necropolis near the Burati village. This hidden gem deep in the misty forests of East Bosnia just recently inscribed as UNESCO World heritage, so we surely make a visit there. We will discover unique history of Medieval Bosnian Kingdom and figure out why these block of limestone are scattered all around Bosnia and Herzegovina. The necropolis is bit hidden in the forest so bit of hiking is required to find them.
Later, we ride for one more hour, through mountain parts of Bosnia before we meet up with turquoise Drina river canyon, and arrive to Višegrad.
Višegrad is home to UNESCO heritage too, an Ottoman time bridge built in 1577. by the Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasa Sokolović. The UNESCO summary: “The unique elegance of proportion and monumental nobility of the property as a whole bear witness to the greatness of this style of architecture.” is definitely reason to visit such a beautiful place.
The book: “Bridge Over Drina” by Bosnian and Travnik born, World famous Nobel Prize winner, Yugoslav writer Ivo Andrić ,has given most of the glory to this amazing place and we surely recommend you to read this novel before coming to this region and for this tour. This way you can better understand historical importance of this area in regard to a local but as well to a global aspect.
As soon as we see the Bridge and take the river cruise through amazingly green Drina river, we’ll explore stone town of Andrićgrad (eng.Andrić town). Small, stone made town, recently built, named and dedicated after novelist Ivo Andrić. Site also interpreting story of once glorious and very successful Yugoslavian cinematography from perspective of one of the best local directors – Emir Kusturica.
Later on, time to cross the Bosnia to Serbia border and as soon as we do, we will enter amazing area of nature park of “Šargan-Mokra Gora”.
First stop (for lunch possibly) will be ethno village of Drvengrad (eng.Timber Town) also know as Küstendorf and Mećavnik. Village-town designed by the movie director Emir Kusturica for his movie “Life is Miracle” and the design which won the “Philippe Rotthier European Architecture Award” from the Brussels Foundation for Architecture.
Why the place looks out of this world? Why it won one of the most prestigious awards in world of the architecture? The best is to come with us and see it for yourself.
After lunch at Drvengrad we are about to take train ride, but not just any train ride, we will do the famous “Šargan Eight”.
The Šargan Eight is narrow gauge (760mm) steam railway originally built in 1925., famously called Ćira (Chira). Once it used to connect Sarajevo and Belgrade, and the name “eight” origins from the pure shape of the track which if looked from the sky looks like number 8.
It was made famous for the impressive engineering which enabled it to rapidly climb height of 300m over the short distance 3.500m where total length is of the railway today is 15.440m. Stunningly, all of that was achieved by passing through 22 tunnels and 5 bridges. Quite amazing stuff even on the global scale of rail and train engineering at the time, but the most amazing for us is that we are going to experience this story. Today the train, after it was closed in 1974, is again reopen for primarily tourist reasons, but as well for true lovers of old school steam train engineering. Simply interesting and stunning.
As soon as we end amazing train ride last major stop of the day will be one of the most beautiful National Parks in Serbia – National Park Tara.
National Park Tara (declared in 1981.) with its biological diversity is one of the most amazing areas in whole of Serbia, offering great nature experiences, stunning views, hiking and trekking opportunities, unique Picea Omorica, vast animal diversity, and many other ways to fully enjoy life.
One of the most important stops will be stunning viewpoint of “Banjska Stena” which offers an amazing panorama of Perućac Lake on Drina river, which naturally borders Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
On the way back and ss soon as we cross the border back from Serbia into Bosnia, we will visit to one of the most important Serbian Orthodox monasteries, Dobrun Monastery. Originally built in 1343 with frescoes preserved until today is ideal stop to learn more about local history and enjoy the amazing nature surrounding it.
Generally after Dobrun Monastery explorations we will head back to Sarajevo where we should arrive before 9 PM.
In case you want to see Srebenica Memorial Centre this can be integrated as part of the tour. However as arrival to Memorial Centre would be in the very later afternoon, visit experience is very limited.
Beautiful, informational, comfortable
We did two full day tours with this group and were thrilled with the sights we saw and the professionalism of the guides and drivers. They were friendly and knowledgeable and always ensuring we were comfortable and happy. We saw so much and learned so much about this wonderful country. Thank you!
We had a great day touring from Sarajevo to Serbia. The day started early as there was a lot to pack in. A favourite for me was Visegrad which looked stunning in the sunshine. The weather took some of the shine off the day as we were unable to see he full glory of the Tara forest, but that wasn’t the fault of the guide or company. The loss of 1 star was a result of the late and long return journey. Perhaps a little harsh but adjusting the schedule a bit may have prevented this.
Your guides to Sarajevo
I made two trips with Funky Sarajevo, and will do more in the future. The walking tour of the old city, with Taib, was superb, and then I drove along the siege lines of the 1992-95 war with Damir, and I could not have been more pleased with their professionalism and kindnesses of this company. Speak to Ema in the office and arrange what suits you. Funky is the best when it comes to making plans in Sarajevo. No reason to look elsewhere.
I ended up doing three tours with Sarajevo Funky tours and all were very interesting. The guides were very open, not only talking about the historic facts, but also paying attention to their own experiences and opinions.
Once in a lifetime
This tour is brillintly designed to give a sense of Bosnia outside Sarajevo and even a corner of Serbia. The office team was super helpful and friendly and we learned so much from our excellent guide, Ejub.