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East Bosnia & West Serbia Off the Beaten Path – UNESCO Full Day Tour from Sarajevo

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12 Hours
Availability : Every Day
Min Age : 0+
Max People : 8
Tour Overview

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.

For that reason we have created a day tour from Sarajevo where we take you to explore World known town of Višegrad and its pearl, Mehmed Paša Sokolović bridge, famously known as Bridge over Drina, as unique UNESCO site. But not only that, we shall also visit Stećci necropolis called Borak, which recently became part of UNESCO World heritage list as a true Bosnian heritage. This hidden gem in misty forests of East Bosnia is hardly known to even be existent, so once we bring you there, it will be you alone exploring this amazing place. Truly of the beaten path, as we all seek that.
 
Aside of these two UNESCO sites, Bosnian part of the day day has a lot more to offer. Dobruni monastery, Drina river cruise, and then we cross border to Serbia. Make sure to always bring your passports with you, as you dont want to be left waiting on the border.
 
Once we cross the border, we shall do unique Sargan Eight train ride, followed with the lunch in Drvengrad. Later we explore National Park Tara and admire stunning views and unique nature biodiversity, before we head back to Sarajevo.

Departure & Return Location

Funky Tours office: Besarina Čikma 5, Old Town, Sarajevo (Google Map). Pickups available on request.

Departure Time

Daily at 7.45 AM

Inclusions

  • Experienced Tour Guide and Driver
  • All Transportation in 8 seater AC vansOpel Vivaro or Mercedes Vito vans
  • Free Pickup & Drop OffAvailable on request
  • No Tour MinimumsTour is available to be booked by any number of travellers. Subject to availability.
  • Maximum Group Size 8 PersonsWe prefer small groups and high value personal experiences
  • Group Discounts & Seasonal PricingNavigate through our Booking Form by entering date and number of persons to get the exact quote
  • Free Cancellation24hr prior - No charge
  • All Entrance FeesDrina River Cruise, Šargan Train, Drvengrad Entrance Fee, Mokra Gora Nature Park Tax. This tour has a lot of outbound costs for maximum experience and that is why the price of this tour is slightly above the average prices of other full day tours from Sarajevo.

Exclusions

  • Lunch and other Food ExpensesUsual cost of lunch on this day tour is around 7/8 EUR per person
  • TippingIn our country, tipping is not mandatory, and it depends only on guests' happiness and satisfaction :)
  • Private TourAll tours are shared, unless specifically agreed as a private in advance

Good to Know

  • Infant Seats AvailableAvailable on request, but with limited availability.
  • Moderate Amount of WalkingTour is suitable for anyone of almost any fitness level
  • Amazing Panorama Views trough the whole dayExpect to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery Bosnia and Serbia can offer
  • Walking Shoes RecommendedSome parts of the tour require walking on uneven terrain
  • Bottled Water & Snack RecommendedPossible to refill along the way
  • Šargan Train is Closed During the Winter Period (31/10 to 1/04)Subject to Inquiry - during the Christmas holidays it operates
  • Itinerary During the Winter is Slightly ChangedIf you are deciding to travel during the winter period, you can expect slight itinerary change

Cancellation Policy

  • 24h Prior - No Charge

Important Notice

MUST HAVE VALID PASSPORT (We are crossing International border between Bosnia and Serbia, so please check up in advance for visa requirements, and if you are able to enter Serbia or Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Itinerary
Stop 1
Borak Stećci Necropolis (UNESCO)
Understand medieval Bosnian Kingdom
Stop 2
Višegrad
Visit to UNESCO site of Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, Drina River Cruise and Andrićgrad
Stop 3
Drvengrad
Explore Emir Kusturica's town
Stop 4
Šargan Eight Train
Go back in time with 76mm rail road train
Stop 5
Tara National Park
The most amazing viewpoint in Serbia
Stop 6
Dobrun Monastery
Learn about Orthodox history of Bosnia and Herzegovina
What to Expect

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.

STOP 1: Borak Stećci UNESCO Necropolis (30min)

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.

Borak Stecak UNESCO Necropolic near Rogatica
Borak - UNESCO Stećak Necropolis
STOP 2: Višegrad – UNESCO site of Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge & Andrićgrad (1.30h)

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.

Mehmed Pasa Sokolović Bridge in Višegrad in Eastern Bosnia
Mehmed Pasa Sokolović Bridge in Višegrad

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.

Andricgrad at Visegrad with Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge
Andrićgrad and Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
STOP 3: Drvengrad & Lunch break (1h)

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.

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.
Drvengrad - Mećavnik
STOP 4: Šargan Eight Train Ride (45min)

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.

Sargan Eight Train at Mokra Gora Nature Park in Serbia
Šargan Eight Train
STOP 5: National Park Tara and Viewpoint Banjska Stena (1h)

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.

STOP 6: Dobrun Orthodox Monastery (30min)

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.

Dobrun Monastery near Višegrad in Eastern Bosnia
Dobrun Monastery near Višegrad
Options to Consider
Additional options to consider to maximise your East Bosnia & West Serbia experience

Visit to Srebrenica as Part of the Tour

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.

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345lindsays

Couple Traveller

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!

June 6, 2019

AndrewN424

Couple Traveller

Serbia trip

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.

June 5, 2019

MatthewStevenson

Solo Traveller

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.

February 23, 2019

Esly v

Solo Traveller

Great organisation

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.

September 22, 2018

PastorPaul67

Solo Traveller

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.

September 21, 2018
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