Sarajevo Total Siege Tour, with visit to the War Tunnel Museum, Jewish Cemetery, Yellow Bastion, Olympic mountain of Trebević (with its most famous symbol – Olympic Bobsled track), and other locations important for better understanding of modern World longest siege – Siege of Sarajevo, is by far the most interesting half day tour you can conduct when visiting Sarajevo.
This 4 hour experience will ensure easy understanding, reasons and facts behind the breakup and death of Yugoslavia, Siege of Sarajevo, Genocide in Srebrenica and overall story of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In the same time, ideas we share are totally unbiased, fact based and first-hand experiences.
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To keep the tour personality and flexibility on high level we limit shared tour groups up to 8 persons. However, if you are bigger/smaller group and prefer to book private tour, it is no problem at all. Please reach us via Enquiry Form and we shall organize private Sarajevo Siege tour with maximum attention to every detail.
In the old town of Sarajevo (our office or your pickup address), meet your Sarajevo Siege survivor guide and begin your 4-hour small-group tour.
First stop of the day is ex Hotel Holiday Inn and story about infamous Sarajevo Sniper Alley. Built for the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics, today called Hotel Holiday, during the Siege used to be home to various foreign journalists and reporters who were reporting on Bosnian war and Siege of Sarajevo. Short walk along the infamous Sniper Alley and few interesting stories related to this place are planned in.
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Next stop of the day will be War Tunnel Museum – Tunnel of Hope, which was the major “blood vessel” for heavily sieged and destroyed city. At the Tunnel we shall see a short movie about the War in Sarajevo and Tunnel, followed by going through the Tunnel itself.
At the exhibition part of the museum we will have the opportunity to see many interesting exhibits directly connected with the Siege of Sarajevo.
The trip to the tunnel and all the way in the tunnel is covered with a true first person experience of classy guide, survivor of the Siege of Sarajevo, who is always willing to answer question (no matter what they are). We will learn about the origins of the War on Balkans and Death of Yugoslavia, the dreams Serbian leaders have had, and how they succeeded to seduce large number of Serbian nationalists throughout the whole Balkans, and made them go to war.
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After the Tunnel we head toward the mountain Trebević which, by vast majority of its length, was a first line during the Siege and place of many battles on many battlefields.
At the site we have the opportunity to see where the real destruction appeared, such as Zlatište, Osmice, Trebević Vidikovac and many other destroyed facilities and sites.
Moreover, we will see the remains of bunkers, minefields, military tank caterpillar traces, tranches, bullets and grenade shrapnels and many many other interesting sites of destruction, which today, at the present time, haven’t yet being repaired or restored. They just stand there like two decades later, the war haven’t even ended yet.
Sarajevo Bobsleigh, originally built for the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, is one of the main highlights of the tour. Once there, we can admire Yugoslavian brutalist architecture, and learn more about the unfortunate events which took place at this location during the Siege of Sarajevo, since it used to stand on one of the main front lines. However, Bobsled is today featured at the top of the Worlds most beautiful abandoned places lists. It holds amazing amount of various graffiti by artists from all around the World, and you have a chance to see them all.
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The tour is very much enriched with great panorama views, especially from the very top of Trebević mountain. There you will get the real feeling what the great mice and cats game had been played, and how the Republic of Srpska forces (VRS) with such a great advantage never got the real chance to take over Sarajevo city.
Upon return to the city, last stop of the day will be Jewish Cemetery, known for its historical importance as it is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe. However, during the Siege of Sarajevo it was the main front line and sniper nest of the Republic of Srpska army, overlooking the infamous Sniper Alley.
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Last stop is made on the Yellow bastion – built in the early 18th century, the fort above the old town of Sarajevo and Bosnian Army military cemetery of Kovači was made for purpose of defence of the city during the Ottoman era. Today serves as great viewpoint above Sarajevo and offers insight into better understanding of Siege of Sarajevo.
Tour ends in the old town of Sarajevo.
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Amazing tour and guide
Excellent tour, with a fantastic guide (Almir) – insightful, thoughtful, unique. Would definitely recommend
Professional and informative tours in Sarajevo
I would highly recommend booking a tour with Sarajevo Funky Tours. Their tours are comprehensive, and the online descriptions are accurate. Plus, the prices are very reasonable for the kind of personal service you will receive from the guides who are very accommodating to requests.
The tours are kept to just a few people which is nice to be able to ask questions and not feel like you are lost in the crowd. My family and I did the Half Day Siege Tour with Omer and we were extremely impressed by his knowledge, his openness to tell us about his experiences, and his willingness to answer our questions. If we had more time in Sarajevo, we would have done more tours with Omer. I initially didn’t want to do this tour because I felt I would be too heartbroken, but my husband talked me into going. The way Omer presented the tour and the love he has for his city and people ended up being the most memorable part of our trip for me.
Do yourself a favor and read even a little about Sarajevo’s history before booking a tour. You will get so much more out of your visit to this incredible city because Sarajevo will steal your heart!
An essential, eye opening, professional and personal tour
This was an absolutely fantastic tour. Our guide, Damir(? sorry that spelling may be completely wrong), was amazing. He was very friendly, happy to answer questions, knowledgeable and engaging. As others have stated, the organisation name is a bit weird but the tour certainly doesn’t make light of the terrible events of the siege, it was all highly professional, frank and eye opening to see these places first hand.
At the same time, the short mini bus ride between sites was a good opportunity to ask questions and discuss things with the other attendees thanks to the small group size. Great value too for all the time and sights you go to.
Thanks also to our great driver and the office staff – I arranged to do the half day tour at quite late notice but the office was very responsive and were very helpful in confirming my spot.
A must to do when you visit Sarajevo
We did the half-day Siege Tour in the afternoon after the free city walking tour in the morning. One of the best days I’ve had.
The staff and guides from Funky Tours are truly wonderful – friendly, helpful and passionate about their city.
Sarajevo has so much to offer and these tours captured the past and the present honestly and I came away knowing and feeling so much more than I expected.
I highly recommend these tours to anybody visiting Sarajevo, you will not be disappointed.
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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!