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

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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

2 Day Round Trip Tour from Belgrade to Sarajevo and Back

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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Jon B

Family Traveller

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!

November 7, 2019

travelolust

Couple Traveller

Amazing Team

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.

November 2, 2019

A TripAdvisor China Member

Solo Traveller

推薦薩拉熱窩到貝爾格萊德一天遊

今年7月和8月去了巴爾幹半島幾個國家(斯洛伐克、克羅地亞、波黑、塞爾維亞以及羅馬尼亞),非常好!
那每個國家的人都很友善,但要選一個最友善的,我認為是波黑人。
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。

November 2, 2019

dman

Couple Traveller

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.

October 22, 2019

mini_herb

Couple Traveller

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.

October 21, 2019
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