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.
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.
SARAJEVO FUNKY TOURS IS TRULY AWESOME!
My sister and I spent four days in Sarajevo and prior to leaving had booked 4 tours with them. We did the Transfer Day Trip from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Sarajevo, Utopia of Tito’s Yugoslavia Siege of Sarajevo full day tour, Lukomir Nomadic Village Hiking Day, and Transfer and Day Tour from Sarajevo to Belgrade, Serbia.
Every tour was just incredible. From the moment of booking Ema reaching out and confirming and organizing your trips with fantastic communication right down to the very on time pick ups by the guides.
The Guides and drivers we had… Adnan, Dimir, Arna, Elvira, and Faris were all people I wont ever forget and I truly hope to see again! The best guides I have had on any day tour across the world. They were so personable and knowledgeable and hard working and all truly loved their jobs and made sure we saw everything on the itineraries.
My favorite day was the Utopia of Tito’s tour, hearing Arna’s personal families story during the siege brought tears to my eyes and was very touching.
Bosnia is an incredible country with beautiful and resilient people, beautiful landscapes and mountains, delicious food, and a fantastic culture.
Book your day tours now with Sarajevo funky tours it will be the best decision you will make!
Based on all the reviews I had read and opting for a road trip over a flight from Belgrade to Sarajevo, we chose to go with Sarajevo Funky Tours. It was the best decision we made and a trip that made our entry into and stay at Sarajevo even more meaningful and experience-rich.
Between Armina and Nermin, we had a wonderful introduction to Bosnia and Sarajevo. The day long road trip was amazing. Our guides managed our scheduling wonderfully and ensured that the right adjustments were made to ensure we did not miss out on any part of the itinerary. But more than all that, they (and our driver) were just lovely people that it was delightful to be on this tour.
由於遊完首都薩拉熱窩會去塞爾維亞的首都貝爾格萊德，好感謝之前在莫斯塔一個外國遊客跟我推薦薩拉熱窩這家旅行社Funky Tour, 她說如果我要去貝爾格萊德可考慮這條路線–薩到貝，沿路遊玩兩地的不同景點，一些是世遺的，另一些也很不錯，例如木頭村，跟坐8字小火車等。玩著玩著，就到了目的地貝爾格萊德了！這是一舉兩得的路線！還有導遊和司機帥哥都非常友善。大家在薩拉熱窩想去塞爾維亞，一定要選Funky Tour，好像只有他們做這個路線，而且也很有經驗。
Ground tour for sarajevo
Thank you Ema and the gang at sarajevo funky tours for taking care of us during our 6-day stay in sarajevo.
The guides were extremely good and informative and the drivers were careful and responsible during our trip. It was a most enjoyable trip.
Did 2 x 1 day “connecting tours”
Lots of people seem to be writing amazing reviews so here is one more.
My wife and I are a couple of experienced backpackers but due to time constraints and conflicting information online, we were unsure how we were going to get around the former Yugoslavia. Enter Sarajevo Funky Tours. We did their 1 day connecting trip from Belgarde –> Sarajevo and then another 1 day connecting tour from Sarajevo –> Dubrovnik a few days later.
Money unbelievably well spent. They were on time, they made sure we had no problems at the borders and the door to door service was legit. On the first tour our guide was Adnan Ajanovic who was knowledgeable, caring and quick with a joke. The 2nd tour we had Adnan Gondzetovic as our guide who was amazing as well. He lived in Sarajevo during the siege as a kid and spent the first couple hours regaling us with stories of what that was like. The itinerary/stops speak for themselves and did not disappoint but it was the guides and their tireless energy who made the trips special.
10/10. Would recommend.