Sarajevo War Tunnel Tour is a half day tour designed to fully explore locations within the central parts of Sarajevo city, which are crucial for better understanding of the story of Siege of Sarajevo.
Locations we will visit are ex Holiday Inn hotel (which stands at infamous Sarajevo Sniper Alley), War Tunnel Museum, Lav Cemetery, Koševo Olympic Stadium, Jewish Cemetery and Yellow Bastion.
To properly place “life in Sarajevo during the Siege” into proper context, these are crucial, not to miss out locations.
In conclusion, please do not leave Sarajevo without being properly introduced to the sufferings that this city has been through in the bloody 90s, because our story will make you feel as you were part of it.
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.
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 will be Cemetery Lav and Koševo Olympic Stadium.
Lav (Eng: Lion / Sleeping Lion) Cemetery originally military, but today Sarajevo’s (if not the Balkans) most multiconfesional and multireligious cemetery. At these plots one next to each other, often without much order, are buried soldiers of the Austria-Hungarian monarchy, opposing soldiers and Nazi victims of WW2, Partisan heroes, Muslims, Orthodox and Catholic Christians, Jewish, victims of Siege of Sarajevo and many many others persons of various religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Often not so much on the tourists itinerary when visiting Sarajevo, Lion Cemetery surely is the most “multiculturalism radiating” place in Sarajevo, with “radiation” by far stronger then all of the Sarajevo churches, mosques, synagogues, monasteries, cathedrals and tekijas, together.
Story here is not about the temples and their grandiosity, but about the people and their colorful lives, of which, every single tombstone was made.
Once at the cemetery we shall learn facts about Dragan Dabić and his relation to Radovan Karadžić (Bosnian Serb War criminal), Kurt Erich Schork (Bosnian wartime US reporter who uncovered story about Sarajevo Romeo and Juliet – altogether buried here) and few other interesting figures laying at Sarajevo Lav Cemetery.
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Next stop 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.
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As we continue, tour will take us to Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum – Tunnel of Hope, which in period of 1993-1995 was the major “blood line” for heavily besieged 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 shall have the opportunity to see many interesting exhibits directly connected with 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 shall 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 nationalist throughout the whole Balkans, and made them go to war.
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Returning towards the central parts of Sarajevo, we shall pass through regions of East Sarajevo and Lukavica, until we make another stop at famous Sarajevo Jewish Cemetery.
Once there, we will learn about one of the European’s largest Jewish cemeteries, dating from mid 17th century and its importance during the Siege of Sarajevo. Jewish cemetery used to be one of the main frontlines from which Serbian army had advanced position, and were able to “sniper down” many civilians on the already mentioned sniper alley and wider region of central parts of Sarajevo.
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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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Three fantastic tours
We took the tours to Srebrenica, Jacje and the half day tunnel tour.
We normally like travelling independently. I would strongly urge you to take trips in Bosnia and with Sarajevo Funky Tours.
There is plenty to see and I am not sure public buses go to all the places we covered in our tours. More than that though, having guides relate their personal experiences and increase our knowledge of the complexities of Balkan history and the impact on the people was very special indeed and not to be missed. All three guides, Ejub, Omer and Saudis were exceptional and went the extra mile to ensure we had good trips with as much information as we wanted.
Ema who organised our bookings welcomed us very warmly and was excellent at efficiently making the arrangements. We appreciated being picked up at our Airbnb flat rather than having to walk to a central point.
Tour prices are very reasonable considering how much ground we covered.
Overall we has thoroughly enjoyable and very enriching trips.
Bosnia Hercegovina is a gem of a country. Do visit.
All beyond worth it
You get so much more then what you expect. I went for the Sarajevo tunnel (half day tour). So much info makes it feel like a whole day, and you love every minute of it. I regret that I didn’t see all the other tours and trips they offer. Lead by young Bosnian progressive thinkers, you get superb quality for your Euro (I feel a little bit bad that the trip didn’t cost more…) . It feels so nice to know that your money goes to great people for a great cause. It feels right.
I applaud these entrepreneurs!1
Tunnel of Hope and Mostar Tours – Incredible Experiences
Travelling with a friend in Bosnia. We didn’t have the option of renting a car so we thought these tours would be a good option to see more of Sarajevo and Bosnia. We did the Tunnel of Hope half-day tour and the day-long Mostar and Herzegovina tour. The booking process was simple and both secretaries were very friendly and welcoming. The tours are incredibly well-planned and comprehensive – you see a lot but aren’t rushed at all. Our guides, Damir and Ejub, were absolutely fantastic – they are clearly passionate about their country, and skillfully cater their tours to their audience. Hearing their personal experiences humanized the place, and we learned so much more than we would have had we visited on our own.
In sum, our trip would not have been the same without Sarajevo Funky Tours. They gave us the experience of a lifetime without a big price tag. We are so happy we chose to travel with them.
A final note – the company offers multiple options to see the tunnel. We chose the Tunnel of Hope tour as it balanced out the war stories with some natural and historical sites. The tour was excellent, we would recommend it for people looking for something a bit less intense but still just as rich.
Super tour guide and organization
I have signed up 3 rours with Funky tour, War tunel, Mostar and walking tour sarajevo. I had really great time with Taijp, Damir and Armina. They are really informative and open to share also their experiences.
Sarajevo and Bosina are definitely worth to visit with some really good tour guide to explain to history and background. The tours are all very well organized and they manage with small groups. Dont hesitate to choose Funky tour
Thanks for the great organization again.
Very well guided tour. Interesting information and good tourist guide Who was so interested in that cold, snowy Morning. I recommend.