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

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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
Holiday Inn Hotel & Sniper Alley
Understand what infamous Sniper Alley was, and role of foreign war reporters in Sarajevo
Stop 2
War Tunnel Museum
In-depth story of Sarajevo's main blood line during the Siege
Stop 3
Trebević Mountain
Amazing panoramas above Sarajevo
Stop 4
1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic Bobsled
Walk the bobsled
Stop 5
Jewish Cemetery
Front line and VRS sniper nests
Stop 6
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: Ex Hotel Holiday Inn & Sniper Alley (20min)

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.

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)
Hotel Holiday Inn during the Sarajevo Siege and After
Hotel Holiday Inn during the Sarajevo Siege and After
STOP 2: Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum (1.30h)

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.

We pass by:

  • 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

Read more about the Sarajevo War Tunnel:

Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum outside
Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum
STOP 3: 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 4: 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)

Read more about the Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled Track:

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 5: 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 6: 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
Unedited photos
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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

Palmercd890

Couple Traveller

Fascinating insight from people who lived through the siege

This is a really excellent tour & I highly recommend. The guides explain everything extremely well & how it was like to live in Sarajevo during those times. Very interesting spots along the way as well.

July 15, 2019

annamm23

Couple Traveller

Amazing!

Thanks to this incredible tour and our amazing guide Amela we got to know and learn a lot about the city of Sarajevo. We felt really pleased with the guide because even though she was very young, she was able to answer all the questions we asked her about Sarajevo. Also she was super nice! I think it is a great way to know Sarajevo and its history and it only takes half a day!

July 15, 2019

AndyI2

Solo Traveller

Fantastic tours and fantastic team!

Did two tours with Funky Tours, and I can’t recommend them highly enough! The first was a personal tour (booked through Yugotour) with Omer in his Bosnian-built Golf 2! Got to see some fantastic sights, and learn so much about the recent history and current situation in Bosnia. Best of all, I got to drive the car across town – a fantastic experience! The second tour was the half-day Siege tour, which was also fascinating. The whole team at Funky Tours were so professional, helpful and friendly, going out of their way to ensure I got the best experience. Having travelled a lot, I can safely say that Funky Tours is one of the best companies I’ve come across!

July 14, 2019

Emi2209

Group Traveller

4 Tage, 4 verschiedene Touren – und kein bißchen enttäuscht

Sarajevo Funky Tours verdient definitiv 5 Sterne… Das Team ist sehr hilfsbereit, schon vor unserer Anreise. Anfragen wurden prompt beantwortet. Wir hatten 3 verschieden Guides auf 4 Tage verteilt. Alle waren super freundlich und teilten gerne mit uns ihr umfangreiches Wissen und Erfahrungen. Fahrzeuge und Fahrer waren sicher und im guten Zustand. Ich empfehle jedem, der etwas über Bosnien, den Balkankrieg und die Menschen wissen möchte, unbedingt eine Tour mit SFT zu machen. Auch wenn man vieles vielleicht alleine erkunden kann, dass Wissen und die Geschichten dahinter, kann man nur von einem Guide/Einheimischen mitbekommen.

Auch auf unserer Wanderung durch Lukomir hatten wir einen sehr verständnisvollen und hilfsbereiten Guide, der uns trotz unserer schlechten Kondition, sicher und ruhig rauf und runter gebracht hat.

SFT buche ich immer wieder gerne. Auch beim nächsten Mal wieder! Das war jetzt mein 2. Mal, dass ich mit SFT Touren buche. Das letzte Mal in 2013. Damals fingen sie gerade erst an. Aber es freut mich riesig zu sehen, dass sich SFT nach 6 Jahren zu so einem großartigen Team entwickelt hat.

July 10, 2019
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