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 a connecting door to door day tour which covers 6 most amazing destinations in East Bosnia and West Serbia including 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.
This is door to door connecting tour, meaning we pick you up with your luggage, and drop you off at your address.
Daily at 8 AM from Sarajevo and Belgrade
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read more about Bosnian Gauge also known “Bosnaspur” or “Bosnische Spurweite”.
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.
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.
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.
Belgrade Walking Tour and city explorations
Day Trip to Novi Sad
Via Nature Park Uvac and Sirogojno.
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.
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
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.
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.
Amazing day in the Bosnian countryside – highly recommended
It was our second tour with Sarajevo Funky Tours as we returned back to Sarajevo 2 years after our first visit, and we had a great experience with them again. The whole tour was amazing, our tour guide was great and knowledgeable and we had a fantastic driver as well. I’m not a big nature fan, but I have to admit that the Bosnian countryside is amazing, especially the green Drina River, which is spectacular. Highly recommended tour if you want to see a bit more of Bosnia outside Sarajevo. Thanks a lot for that fantastic day!