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Sarajevo ⇄ Belgrade UNESCO Full Day Tour – Transfer (via East Bosnia and West Serbia)

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Min Age : 0+
Max People : 8
Tour Overview

Sarajevo and Belgrade, once capitals of ex Yugoslav Republics, two cities which Sarajevo Funky Tours today has brought together much closer by developing a stunning full day connecting tour, which is logically connecting and covering regions of Eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina and West Serbia.

This is Sarajevo & Belgrade connecting door to door day tour, which covers 7 most amazing destinations in East Bosnia and West Serbia. We visit Borak UNESCO necropolis, Višegrad with its UNESCO pearl of Mehmed-paša Sokolović bridge, Dobruni monastery, Šargan Eight train, National Park Tara and House on Drina. You can start either in Sarajevo and end in Belgrade or the other way around. Regardless of your start/end destination, we always do the full itinerary.

This tour can go from Sarajevo to Belgrade or opposite way, but in this particular itinerary we will focus on direction from Sarajevo to Belgrade.

Departure & Return Location

This is door to door connecting tour, meaning we pick you up with your luggage, and drop you off at your address.

Departure Time

Daily at 8 AM from Sarajevo and Belgrade

Inclusions

  • Experienced Tour Guide and Driver
  • All Transportation in 8 seater AC vansOpel Vivaro or Mercedes Vito vans
  • Free Pickup & Drop Off (Door to Door)This is door to door transfer, so free pickup and drop off is standard procedure
  • 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 Ride, Drvengrad Entrance Fee, Mokra Gora Nature Park Tax

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 Tour All tours are shared, unless specifically agreed as 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
Reverse Itinerary from Belgrade to Sarajevo is from Stop 7 to 1
Stop 1
Stećci Unesco Necropolis
Understand medieval Bosnian Kingdom
Stop 2
Višegrad
Visit UNESCO site of Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, Drina River Cruise and Andrićgrad
Stop 3
Dobrun Monastery
Learn about Orthodox history of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Stop 4
Šargan Eight Train
Go back in time with 76mm rail road train (aka. Bosnische Spurweite)
Stop 5
Drvengrad
Explore Emir Kusturica's town
Stop 6
Tara National Park
Visit Banjska Stena, the most amazing viewpoint in Serbia along with amazing short hike in the pine forrest
Stop 7
House on Drina
House on the rock in the middle of Drina river

Please Note

By far, per listed itinerary (7 stops), this is the most diverse connecting day tour between Sarajevo and Belgrade. Having tons of beautiful stops and outbound costs, always aiming at great travellers experiences, this tour in comparison to other means of travel, is the best optimised cost-benefit service you can get on the market. We guarantee it.

Among other outbound costs mentioned, such as Šargan Eight train ride or visit to Drvengrad village, we can’t pass by and skip beautiful Drina river cruise or visit National Park Tara.

Simply, perception of grandiosity of the UNESCO site of Mehmed Paša Sokolović bridge, can’t be experienced by just walking across it, and taking few photos from a side. You must go under it. In the same time, at Višegrad, we enjoy to help local boat businesses thrive.

National Park Tara’s most beautiful viewpoint is not accessible by asphalt road, part of it is macadam. We don’t mind detouring several tens of kilometres, and putting bit more amortisation on our vehicles and gas costs, for our guests, to probably once in the lifetime, enjoy the amazing views from Banjska Stena.

If you ever get into situation where you are comparing products on the market, please don’t judge them by the price only, take a deeper look into what you get in return, aka: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

What to Expect
STOP 1: Borak Stećci UNESCO Necropolis (30min)

After departing Sarajevo in the morning 7.45 AM we’ll take approx. 45min 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: Dobrun Orthodox Monastery (30min)

As soon as we finish story of Višegrad, we’ll continue driving towards east Bosnian border and on the way will pay 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.

Dobrun Monastery near Višegrad in Eastern Bosnia
Dobrun Monastery near Višegrad
STOP 4: Drvengrad & Lunch break (1.30h)

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 5: 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.

Read more about Bosnian Gauge also known “Bosnaspur” or “Bosnische Spurweite”.

Sargan Eight Train at Mokra Gora Nature Park in Serbia
Šargan Eight Train
STOP 6: National Park Tara and Viewpoint Banjska Stena (1h)

As soon as we end amazing train ride we’ll continue towards Belgrade, and on the way we will stop to explore amazing region of 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.

Banjska Stena Viewpoint at National Park Tara at Serbia
Banjska Stena Viewpoint - Tara NP
STOP 7: House on Drina (15min)

Generally after Tara National Park explorations, rest of roughly three hours ride to Belgrade will take us through Bajina Bašta town with last short stop at “House on Drina“, where in the end of the day, we hope to be in Belgrade no later than 8 pm.

House on Drina at Bajina Bašta
House on Drina at Bajina Bašta
Options to Consider
Additional options to consider to maximise your Sarajevo to Belgrade travel experience

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In case you want to travel to Sarajevo and have limited time to stay, at least one night, we can create custom made itinerary with maximum care to your limited time.

Oragnise Your Travels in Belgrade and Serbia

Belgrade Walking Tour and city explorations
Day Trip to Novi Sad

2 Day Trip from Sarajevo to Belgrade with overnight at Zlatibor

Via Nature Park Uvac and Sirogojno.

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WJP1949

Couple Traveller

Ema helped us plan 4 great tours

Ema from Sarajevo Funky Tours is a master at planning tours tailored to your interests and time. My wife and I did the Belgrade to Sarajevo tour with Saudin, the Siege tour with Adnan, the Lukomir mountain tour with Ado, and the Sarajevo to Mostar to Dubrovnik with Arna. All of our guides were very accommodating, informative, and just fun to be with. All of the private tours provided flexibility so that we could where our time was spent. We loved Bosnia and I think that much of the reason for us being taken by the country was because of the well-planned tours and the gregarious, energetic, and guides dedicated to their clients.

July 1, 2019

stockmanjr

Couple Traveller

A fantastic time

I had the pleasure of having Omer as my guide for three days and he is smashing. We had him for Mostar, war tour, and transit to Belgrade. Everytime he was knowledgeable and kind. Really enjoyed having him as a guide and would highly suggest him to anyone heading to Sarajevo.

June 22, 2019

ashtim2019

Couple Traveller

Amazing Service from Belgrade to Sarajevo

Tour, a.k.a transfer from Sarajevo to Belgrade with Sarajevo Funky Tours is the best and most convenient way of travelling between these two amazing cities. We have discovered really off-the-beaten path regions and places we never knew existed, not to mention to have been on our bucket list.

We discovered really true nature of Bosnia and Serbia and have combined that with very convenient and safe, door to door transfer service from Belgrade to Sarajevo.

Guys at Sarajevo Funky Tours have been amazing and National Park Tara has been amazing too, with all other attractions we visited.

We shall be back one day, that is for sure.

Ash and Tim

June 21, 2019

889francis

Couple Traveller

Recommended travel agent

We joined several day tours from Funky tours. Before that, I emailed them couple of times and they always replied me quickly. The arrangement of these tours are excellent.
For the tour guides, they are professional and provided detailed information. I especially want to mention Aran. She really provided us service in heart and cared us in every details during our trip to Mostar. She concerned our safety n everything n even brought my friend some natural water for her skin next day after her trip. She did more than just a tour guide. We really appreciate her very much.
Another tour guide, Tail, and his driver, he kept providing us very detailed information for the whole day to Belgrade. He even treated us his mother home made cake which was delicious. He tried his best to let us see the beautiful spots even the weather is not so good the day we travel. Regarding the driver on the same tour (sorry forgot his name), he always provided us a big smile and tried to told us a funny experience even drivers seldom conmunicate with us and his English is not so fluent. He really fun and brighten our trip.
Actually, all the guides and drivers are very good and their smiling faces made our trips with good memory. They all tried their best to provide good services. Really recommend Funky tours.

May 22, 2019

Deana F

Solo Traveller

Best Tour Company I’ve EVER Found!!

I was lucky enough to get to spend 2 and a half months in Sarajevo and was even luckier to find Sarajevo Funky Tours. I found them on a google search, they had really good reviews so I decided to walk in, talk to them and see what they had to offer. Ajla, Ema and Dada really took the time to go through all the tours with me and get to know me. That first day I must’ve spent at least an hour in the office hanging out with them, which was nice because I had just gotten to Sarajevo, was traveling alone and didn’t really know anyone. Over the next 2.5 months, with Sarajevo Funky Tours, I did the Siege of Sarajevo, Lukomir Nomad Village hiking tour, Belgrade to Sarajevo UNESCO, Jajce with Pliva Lakes and Travnik, Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Sarajevo to Herzegovina Day Tour (so the Mostar tour twice basically) and of course the free Walking Tour with food tasting…twice! I got to know the Balkans well through Funky Tours. The tours were comfortable, safe, adventurous and full of photo ops. I’m a self-proclaimed photographer and I couldn’t take a bad picture in B&H, its a country with endless picturesque beauty. All the guides I spent time with were exceptional (Adnan “Gondzo”, Saudin, Taib, Ejub, Armina), they were all incredibly knowledgeable, intelligent, fun, approachable, hospitable and kind. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this company, nothing.
Double shout out to Gondzo, Ajla, Ema, Dada, I miss you already! Keep up the good work but don’t work too hard.
XOXO,
Dee

May 20, 2019
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