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Sarajevo Total Siege Tour (War Tunnel Included) – Half Day Tour

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Availability : Every Day
Min Age : 0+
Max People : 8
Tour Overview

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.

Departure & Return Location

Funky Tours office: Besarina Čikma 5, Old Town, Sarajevo (Google Map)

Departure Time

Daily at 9 AM and 2 PM (March to October). Winter time (November to February) 9 AM and 1 PM.

Definite departures all year long.

Inclusions

  • Definite DeparturesAll year long (January to December)
  • Experienced Tour Guide and DriverOur guides are Siege survivors telling first-hand experiences
  • All Transportation in 8 seater AC vansOpel Vivaro or Mercedes Vito vans
  • Free Pickup & Drop OffAvailable on request
  • 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

Exclusions

  • Tunnel Museum entrance fee (paid at the spot): Adults: 10 BAM
    Students: 5 BAM
    Children under 6: Free
  • 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 private in advance

Good to Know

  • Child & Infant seatsAvailable on request. Limited availability.
  • Low amount of walkingTour is suitable for anyone of almost any fitness level
  • Amazing Sarajevo panorama views
  • Walking shoes recommendedSome parts of the tour require walking on uneven terrain
  • Experience the best storytellingOur Sarajevo Siege tour guides are Siege survivors and stories we share are first-hand experiences

Cancellation Policy

  • 24h Prior - No Charge
Itinerary
Stop 1
War Tunnel Museum
In-depth story
Stop 2
Trebević Mountain
Amazing panoramas above Sarajevo
Stop 3
1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic Bobsled
Walk the bobsled
Stop 4
Jewish Cemetery
Front line and VRS sniper nests
Stop 5
Yellow Bastion (Žuta Tabija)
Sarajevo on your palm
What to Expect

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.

STOP 1: Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum (1.30h)

First 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.

We pass by:

  • Markale Markets (largest massacre sites in Sarajevo during the 1992-1995)
  • Eternal Flame (memorial dedicated to the victims of the WW2)
  • Children Memorial (memorial dedicated to 1601 children murdered in Sarajevo during the 1992-1995)
  • Presidency (Bosnian Presidency house)
  • Parliament (Bosnian Parliament building)
  • Holiday Inn Hotel (Built for the 1984 Olympics, used by journalists and reporters during the Siege)
  • National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina (among many other wonderful exhibits, home to famous Haggadah)
  • US Embassy
  • Ex Marshall Tito Military Barracks (home to JNA troops at the beginning of the Siege)
  • Neighbourhoods of Pofalići, Grbavica, Nedžarići, Alipašino Polje, Stup, Ilidža  and Butmir
Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum outside
Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum
STOP 2: Trebević Olympic Mountain (30min)

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.

STOP 3: Olympic Bobsled (30min)

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.

We pass by: 

  • East Sarajevo & Lukavica (today Serbian majority part of Sarajevo)
  • Zlatište and Osmice (infamous Serbian army sniper positions overlooking central Sarajevo)
  • Trebević Viewpoint (Cable car final station and Serbian Army controlled positions during the Siege)
Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled Track at Trebevic Mountain
Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled Track

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.

STOP 4: Jewish Cemetery (30min)

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.

We pass by:

  • Vraca neighbourhood (first neighbourhood that was controlled by Army of Republic of Srpska (VRS)
  • Sniper Alley (we will understand where VRS snipers used to fire from)
  • Grbavica Neighbourhood (VRS controlled part of Sarajevo during the 1992-1995)
Jewish Cemetery Sarajevo
Jewish Cemetery - Sarajevo
STOP 5: Yellow Bastion (20min)

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.

We pass by: 

  • Kovači Army Cemetery (Bosnian soldiers cemetery from 1992-1995)
  • Vijećnica – Sarajevo City Hall (built during the Austria-Hungarian era, destroyed in 1992, reconstructed in 2014)
  • Latin Bridge – Princip’s Bridge (assassination point of Franz Ferdinand)
View from Yellow Bastion (Žuta Tabija) above Sarajevo
View from Yellow Bastion above Sarajevo
Timeline: "Death of Yugoslavia" and Siege of Sarajevo
What you will learn and understand during the Sarajevo Siege Tour
1945-1990
Creation and Life of Yugoslavia
Understand Tito's Yugoslavia. Who Tito was? Hero or a Dictator? Communism or Socialism?
1990-1992
Ideas of Greater Serbia
Slobodan Milošević and Wars in Slovenia and Croatia
1992-1995
Siege of Sarajevo & Bosnian War
Learn first-hand detailed story about Siege of Sarajevo & understand Bosnian War
1995 July
Srebrenica Genocide
Understand Srebrenica Genocide and UN involvement
1998-1999
Kosovo War
Final phase of War and NATO bombings
1996-2019
Dayton Peace Accord & Present-day Bosnia
Learn about War aftermath and life today
Map
Travellers Photos
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363 Reviews
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Brendtraveler

Solo Traveller

Great insight!

I didn’t know much about the war that went on in Bosnia in the 90’s before this tour, but this tour provided us with a lot of insight into how things went down. It was very interesting being driven throughout the city and seeing the actual buildings and areas that were related to the conflict.

June 24, 2019

stockmanjr

Couple Traveller

A fantastic time

I had the pleasure of having Omer as my guide for three days and he is smashing. We had him for Mostar, war tour, and transit to Belgrade. Everytime he was knowledgeable and kind. Really enjoyed having him as a guide and would highly suggest him to anyone heading to Sarajevo.

June 22, 2019

mbrandariz

Group Traveller

AMELIA LA MEJOR GUIA DE SARSJEVO

contratamos con funky tours un tour privado en español por sarajevo para conocer la historia y atractivos principales. Amelia nos recibio en el aeropuerto y estuvo con nosotras por unas 4 horas. Primero fuimos a conocer el tunnel de sarajevo, y luego fuimos para la ciudad. El tour no solo fue super completo, sino que Amelia fue muy atenta en todo momento y nos mostro su ciudad con una pasión que es la que uno busca cuando reserva un tour. También nos hizo sentir en casa y recorrimos Sarajevo como un local. Su nivel de español es excelente. Recomiendo absolutamente la empresa Funky tours y en especial a su guía Amelia.

June 20, 2019

SahaiDavid

Solo Traveller

Damnir is Funky Tour’s Best!

Throughout my 3 week trip of the Middle East and Southern Europe, Damnir provided me with the tour of a lifetime that I will not forget. He told me firsthand about his experiences in Sarajevo during the Siege, which took place during his childhood. Along the tour, we ran into a man who directly oversaw the building of a tunnel that would later provide UN rations to the victims of the Siege. This firsthand experience was so incredibly eyeopening. I highly suggest these tours, and suggest requesting Damnir as your tour guide.

June 17, 2019

icallaghan25

Solo Traveller

Brilliant tour. Go for it!

What a fantastic tour. The guide was very knowledgeable about the conflict and life during the siege. He explained very clearly to all of us on the tour about the complexities of Balkan histories and was very eager to assure people that he would answer any question and that he would be as impartial and objective as he could.

Organising the tour was really hassle free. We were transported around the various sites in a very comfortable nine seater bus. The tour max is up to eight so it was much more interactive with a small group.

The unique thing about thd guide was that he lived through the siege and grew up in a district that suffered a lot of attacks and fatalities and therefore he was able to give everyone anecdotal nuggets about what it was like living through constant sniping and bombing

The tour price (20 euros) is extremely reasonable for the fantastic insight that you gain about thd siege and the city of Sarajevo in general. Go on this tour, its the best 3-4 hours you will have in this amazing city.

June 10, 2019
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