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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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hpgoh

Couple Traveller

Best Hospitality in the Heart of Multi-cultural Europe

City tour was marvellous! Guide brought us around every corner to explain their historic significance and offered many chances to taste a wide variety of local food. Extremely attentive to all our needs and questions about the multi-cultural capital of Europe.

The pitstop at the Funky Tours Bosnian room was another highlight in itself. Not only did we tasted the best Bosnian coffee, we also experienced the best of Bosnian hospitality. Truly felt like home!

December 6, 2019

Eva A

Couple Traveller

Walk in Sarajevo’s mix of culture

Mrs. Armina led us through Sarajevo most incredibly experience. She offered us a mix of history, food, love for her city, all wrapped in a genuine friendship we suddenly developed with her.

It was simply the excellent combination of passion, knowlededge and kindness, all professionals may have.

I will go back to this city that enchants me and count on Sarajevo Funky Tours services to make my visit special again. Thanks!

December 5, 2019

jonaswe1989

Solo Traveller

Best tour compagnie

Sarajevo Funky Tours made my holiday in Sarajevo the best i ever had!

The communication from the booking of my tours were exellent. The tour guides where amazing. I want to say a big thank you to Damir, what a wonderful guy!

If u visit Sarajevo, you should book your tours with them!!

December 4, 2019

Thorique

Couple Traveller

Tours with SFT

During the Free Walking Tour in Sarajevo, Adnan our guide was great and very knowledgeable. Very relax and gave us background information when explaining about the interesting places and history.

Food tasting was the best part of the tour, which ended with Bosnian Coffee at the awesome Bosnian Room up at their office. The office is centrally located and easily found.

We also went for the Siege Tour with Mohamed, in a very comfortable van. Interesting and worth every penny we spent.

December 3, 2019

xennialtraveller

Group Traveller

Best Free Walking Tour EVER + Siege Tour – Do this first in Sarajevo!

I started my visit of Sarajevo (and Bosnia & H) with the Funky Tours Free Walking Tour, which was amazing. Small group 8 of us, and our guide (Adnan) had the perfect mix of details and personal chat. Even more surprising was all the food (burek/pita, cevapi) and drink (beer) that we were provided with on the tour, which then finished with having Bosnian coffee made and served to us back at the Funky Tours office. I’m rather glad I only had a very light breakfast!

Such a great example of Bosnian hospitality and a perfect way to get into the feel of Sarajevo. I’ve been on many free walking tours around the world, and this was by far the best!

After that, I decided to continue to learn more about Sarajevo with the Total Siege Tour, which was a very good way of understand the (quite horrifying) history of the city and country.

On reflection though, based on the info on the website, I had expected us to stop on Sniper Alley itself (we only drove through) and also go all the way up to the Yellow Bastion (we stopped nearby in the Old Town). Minor points, as Damir, our guide was a good storyteller and helped us understand the siege and context of the country.

If you’re interested to see in more detail, I made a vlog of my Sarajevo experience, including the two tours I went on. You can find this through my TripAdvisor profile.

November 24, 2019
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