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Free Walking Tour & Local Food Tasting – Half Day Tour in Sarajevo

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3 Hours
Availability : Every Day
Min Age : 0 (suitable for anyone)
Max People : 15
Tour Overview

We believe that the most beautiful way to explore place is to combine rich history and culture with tasting of the authentic food and beverages.

Our Sarajevo Funky Free Walking Tour is created in that manner, to offer our guests great experience with maximum attention to every detail. Tour will focus on the old part and city centre of Sarajevo, covering Sarajevo’s detailed history, with sampling some of the most famous local products.

If you have heard about Ćevapi, Burek, Sarajevsko Beer, Baklava and Bosnian Coffee, and haven’t yet tried them, Funky Free Walking Tour is where you want to be.

Please note that this tour is not aimed to sell any other product of ours, but to offer amazing and unrivalled walking experience of Sarajevo.

How to optimise one full day in Sarajevo?

If you are on short time in Sarajevo or prefer to maximise your stay in Sarajevo, our long term experience tells us that the best way to optimise one day in Sarajevo is to take our Sarajevo Free Walking Tour with food tasting and Bosnian coffee in the morning at 10 AM, be finished latest by 1.30 PM, just in time to get some rest (or lunch break), and join our Sarajevo Siege Tour with War Tunnel at 2 PM.

Departure & Return Location

Funky Tours office: Besarina Čikma 5, Old Town, Sarajevo (Google Map). This tour does not offer pickup as it is fully walking oriented tour. Advance booking is required.

Departure Time

10 AM Every Day

Inclusions

  • Traditional Food & Drinks TastingFood on the tour menu are Ćevapi, Pita and traditional Bosnian sweets. Drinks available are Sarajevsko beer (non-alcoholic drinks available) and Bosnian coffee.
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • No Tour Minimums (Definite Departures)
  • Maximum Group Size 15 PersonsWe always prefer to have max 8-10 persons on a tour but due to tour free walking tour popularity sometime we go maximum 15 people per tour

Exclusions

  • Guide Tipping Dependable on Guest Choice and Satisfaction
  • Private Tour All tours are shared unless specifically agreed private in advance

Good to Know

  • Moderate Amount of Walking
  • Bottled Water Recommended to Bring
  • Experience the Best Storytelling

Cancellation Policy

  • Just short notice about cancellation is just fine. It helps us plan the tour properly by knowing exact number of guests on the tour.
Itinerary
Stop 1
Sarajevo Old Town
Explore the Ottoman part of Sarajevo, famously called Baščaršija
Stop 2
Sarajevo Centre
Visit the Austria-Hungarian part of Sarajevo with Yugoslavian time features
Stop 3
Bosnian Room
Coffee Break at the Bosnian Room at the Funky Tours office building
What to Expect

In the old town of Sarajevo, at our office, meet your guide and we are good to go.

STOP 1: Sarajevo Old Town

As soon as we leave our starting point, our office at Besarina Čikma 5 in the heart of the old town of Sarajevo, first stop of the walk is Baščaršija square and its most interesting symbol, fountain, Sebilj.

Next stop is Kazandžiluk street and story of origins of copper and tin industry in Sarajevo.

Bravadžiluk street in 16th century used to be heart of production of locks and padlocks and that is how it got the name (brava = lock). Today however is home to some of the finest Bosnian food places – Ćevabdžinicas and Buregdžinicas which are awaiting us to try their best specialties such as Ćevapi and Pita.

After successfully trying some great food it is time to burn some calories and we continue towards Vijećnica, a Sarajevo city hall. Walk will continue over Šeher-ćehaja bridge with stories about Yellow and White Bastion and photo stop at Inat Kuća (House of Spite).

In the very vicinity of Vijećnica is Sarajevo Brewery which was founded on May 24th, 1864, and historians consider it the oldest industrial plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Time to taste some Sarajevsko beer.

Just across the brewery is home to Sarajevo most famous Franciscan monastery, and short stop there is a must.

Road will continue down towards the one of the oldest mosques in Sarajevo, Imperial mosque. We will enter if it is open and give insights into traditions of Islam in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Just bridge further down the Mijacka river, we shall arrive to Atmejdan park, Latin bridge and assassination point of Franz Ferdinand where we learn the origins of the WW1.

Gazihusref-beys covered market-bazaar (Gazi Husref beys bezistan) built in early 16th century for trading reasons still today serves the original purpose, and easy walk through, will simply bring you back in time.

Once expelled from Spain in 1492 majority of Sephardic Jews settled regions of the Ottoman Empire, amongst which Sarajevo and Bosnia have hosted large numbers. History of Jewish people in Sarajevo and visit to Jewish Synagogue is unimissable part of the tour.

Yellow Bastion view on Sarajevo, overlooking Sarajevo Old Town and Vijecnica - City Hall
Yellow Bastion view on Sarajevo
STOP 2: Sarajevo City Centre & Old Town

Next in line of religions who have dominated life and culture of Sarajevo, are Bosnian catholics, and next site on the visit is their greatest temple in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cathedral of Sacred Jesus Hearth.

Just at the square, if you look around, you will notice red stains on the ground. Those are infamous Sarajevo Roses.

Couple of minutes away from pedestrian zone we will be welcomed by local farmers at green “Markale Pijaca“. Markale was on front page two times during the 1990ies, due to massacres that took place during the siege of Sarajevo. Tasting some local products there is a must.

Few steps away will take us to the junction of Mula Mustafa Bašeskija, Titova and Ferhadija street where we we will make a short stop at The Eternal flame (Vječna vatra), favorite meeting place of locals so we will soak up some good local atmosphere here.

As we continue with the amazing European Jerusalem experience, our next stop will be just a perfect way to display the rich history of religious and cultural diversity that is simply breathtaking – The Orthodox Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos.

Hotel Europe, can you imagine, hotel and historic building. Built and opened in the early days of what turned out to be a 40-year Austro-Hungarian occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

And can you imagine, summer garden of this Austro-Hungarian building actually was built on top of the remains of Tašlihan, place constructed in Ottoman period. Two historical places on one sight. Tašlihan was one of three caravanserais in Sarajevo, which served both travelers and horses.

We will go through endowment of Gazi Husref bey, by visiting the Gazi Husref beys mosque, Clock tower famously called Sahat Kula and its belonging building Muvekithana, Madrassa, Khanikah and Library, first public toilette in Sarajevo, Imaret kitchen (once serving only poor), burial place of Gazi Husrev-bey and few other locations important for understanding this complex which is biggest in the Balkans.

Morića Han is one of those corners where you can imagine that you are in 1001 nights fairytale. This inn is Sarajevo’s only remaining caravanserai, a place where merchant caravans could find accommodation during the Ottoman period.

Old Orthodox Church is the oldest religious structure in the city and will offer you a shocking experience of “time travel” as soon as you place your foot in its stunning garden.

Sarajevo Cathedral
Sarajevo Cathedral
STOP 3: Coffee break at Bosnian Room (Funky Tours Office Building)

We will end our tour with a coffee, but not any coffee, we will end it with Bosnian coffee in a special place we call Bosnian Room.

Bosnian room is special, authentic place we have created for purpose of deeper understanding of Bosnian culture.

At this place we serve Bosnian coffee on daily basis and serve traditional Bosnian dinner with live Bosnian traditional Sevdah music or organise culture events, all for reasons of bringing Bosnian culture closer to all our guests.

Centuries of Ottoman rule may have left the Bosnians on the edge of East & West, but one thing’s for certain – you can never call their coffee Turkish.

We will also show you how to make Bosnian coffee and how to drink it with traditional sweets, in traditional Bosnian environment, original, as how it was 500+ years ago.

Bosnian Room coffee break at Funky Tours
Coffee Break at Funky Tours Bosnian Room
Timeline: History of Sarajevo
What you will learn and understand during the Free Walking Tour
1457-1878
Ottoman Conquest of Bosnian Kingdom, Creation and Rise of Sarajevo during the Ottoman Rule
1878-1918
Austria-Hungarian Rule & WW1
1918-1945
Kingdom of Yugoslavia & WW2
1945-1991
Tito's Yugoslavia
1992-1995
Siege of Sarajevo & Downfall of Yugoslavia
1996-Present
Modern Sarajevo & Bosnia & Herzegovina
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TreyBostonSeoul

Couple Traveller

Breaking Prejudice and Warming Hearts – Just What the World Needs

Where do I even begin? We’re so thankful that Sarajevo Funky Tours exists. We experienced so much thanks to them. All of it was so incredible. It was informative, eye-opening, and more than I can put into words. In fact, it makes me feel completely inept at writing to try to put words to the experiences we had. We laughed, we cried, and we laughed some more. We learned about politics, history, geography, division, unity, languages, cruelty, kindness and most of all, the resilience of the human heart.

We went on 3 tours with Sarajevo Funky Tours (Free Walking Tour and Local Food Tasting, Sarajevo Total Seige Tour, and Understanding Srebenica Genocide), and can’t wait to come back and do more tours with them. While 10 and 11 hour tours might sound long, the time flies by, and you’re left wanting more. We would gladly spend 40+ more hours with Funky Tours. Guides were all terrific. We felt like we were spending time with good friends. Special mention to Saudin and Almir, who added so much to our Srebenica experience with both humor and poetry – they are fantastic together. We will be back!

We did the Srebenica tour on the busiest day of the year, the July 11th anniversary, and thanks to Armina, we had an incredible experience meeting museum curator and genocide survivor, Hasan Hasanović. The work he is doing is so important.

Everyone we met at Funky Tours (Ema, Adnan, Damir, and those whose names we didn’t get…) was friendly, warm, and helpful. They truly want you to know Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina as it is, and it is a wonderful place.

Besides their amazing staff, another thing that sets them apart is their commitment to a personal experience, evidenced by the fact that they keep their groups small. We are usually not tour people and prefer to discover things on our own, but this company was a huge exception, and we’d highly recommend them.

Sarajevo itself is now one of our favorite cities, and Bosnia is a beautiful country with so much to see and do.

Thank you so much to everyone at Funky Tours!

VicariouslyHere @TravelingOurWay

July 21, 2019

Irene A

Solo Traveller

Amazing People at Funky Tours!!!

I cannot recommend this company enough! I recently visited Bosnia and wanted to see and learn as much about it as I could. I took three tours with Funky Tours and they were all outstanding. First, I took the Total Siege tour with Adnan. Adnan was in the Bosnian Army during the war and he shared extremely personal stories and gave insight into what was happening there during that time. In addition to the War Tunnel, it also included a stop at the Olympic Bobsled track, and a Jewish cemetery, which were both really interesting to see. I then took the Free Walking Tour with Belmin. As well as the city sights, it included several stops to try Bosnian food and beer. That tour ends with having Bosnian coffee made for you in Funky’s upstairs salon.

I was continuing my trip in Croatia and needed to get to Split, so I took the Herzegovina Journey, which is a two day trip with an overnight stay in Mostar. My guide/driver, Damir, was amazing. I was the only one on the journey and so I got a private tour through so many sights in the Herzegovina region. Damir was fun, friendly and knowledgeable. I spent two days learning a lot about Bosnia – it didn’t feel like a tour at all. It felt like I was being shown around the country by a friend. I also want to mention Ema, who appears to run the office. She is helpful and delightful and made me feel comfortable with all my arrangements every step of the way. If you are going to Bosnia, make the people at Sarajevo Funky Tours your friends too!!!

July 6, 2019

Britaqua11

Solo Traveller

Free walking and food tour

Absolutely amazing tour, Amela wa s superb. Great knowledge, personality. Food, coffee, local visits. Simply tbe best walking tour ive ever been on. Cant thank them enough for the memories. Mel and Conor from England

June 28, 2019

FiLuk6

Solo Traveller

Wonderful experience with Funky Tours for all 3 tours… and more!

Special thanks for Ema who is super friendly, responsive and helpful from our first email communication to even after our last tour! We are grateful for her help with our last-minute accommodation booking in Mostar and a car transfer. I left my sunglasses in the car after our last tour with drop off at Mostar, and Ema went the extra mile to coordinate with 2 guides to drop off the sunglasses at where I stayed in Mostar for me at 4am!!!

We joined three tours – Totally Bosnia tour (from Zagreb to Sarajevo), free walking tour and local food tasting in Sarajevo, and Mostar and Herzegovina 4 Cities tour (with drop-off at Mostar). All three tours went well and we enjoyed them all, especially the Herzegovina tour with the stunning scenery and ample time we had at every place we visited. We had a pleasant day with Saudin and Verna (I probably misspell it).

Thank you again to Sarajevo Funky Tours for making our trip a memorable one!

June 19, 2019

Jesus I

Solo Traveller

Sarajevo Walking Tour

This walking tour is by far one of a kind experience, you don’t feel there is a guide with you but truly a friend that wants to show you their city as much as possible. First of all, this tour shows you quite a lot more than other walking tours offered in the city, I would say a lot more. Others are 2-2.5 hours long, this one is easily 4 hours (or even more) long, which for me being a tour guide and a history nerd is more than welcome.

Add to that the several food “tastings” you encounter on the way (and I say “tastings” because you get to eat quite a lot, like have only a light breakfast before or you won’t be able to fit what they feed you), all this of course authentic bosnian food. At the end we were invited to the house on top of their office to have some nice Bosnian coffee and sweets, what a nice experience.

May 24, 2019
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