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Sarajevo War Tunnel Tour – Tunnel of Hope – Half Day Tour

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

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.

Departure & Return Location

Funky Tours office: Besarina Čikma 5, Old Town, Sarajevo (Google Map). Pickups available on request.

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

  • 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
  • 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
Lav Cemetery & Olympic Stadium Koševo
Visit the most diverse cemetery in the Balkans
Stop 2
Holiday Inn Hotel & Sniper Alley
Understand what was infamous Sniper Alley
Stop 3
War Tunnel Museum
In-depth story
Stop 4
Jewish Cemetery
War time frontline and one of the oldest European Jewish cemeteries
Stop 5
Yellow Bastion (Žuta Tabija) Fortress
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: Lav Cemetery and Olympic Stadium Koševo (30min)

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.

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 killed child in Sarajevo during the 1992-1995)
  • Presidency (Bosnian Presidency house)
Vedran Smalovic, a cellist, playing a requiem for the for the victims of Siege of Sarajevo at Lav Cemetery
Cellist of Sarajevo playing requiem at Lav Cemetery during the Siege
STOP 2: Ex Hotel Holiday Inn & Sniper Alley (20min)

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.

We pass by:

  • Parliament (Bosnian Parliament building)
  • National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Home to famous  for Sarajevo Haggadah among other exhibits)
  • US Embassy
Hotel Holiday Inn during the Sarajevo Siege and After
Hotel Holiday Inn during the Sarajevo Siege and After
STOP 3: War Tunnel Museum (1.30h)

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.

We pass by:

  • 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 4: Jewish Cemetery overlooking Sniper Alley (20min)

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. 

We pass by:

  • Vraca neighbourhood (First neighbourhood that was controlled by Army of Republic of Srpska (VRS)
  • Sniper Alley (We 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

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)
Yellow Bastion view on Sarajevo, overlooking Sarajevo Old Town and Vijecnica - City Hall
Yellow Bastion view on Sarajevo
Timeline: "Death of Yugoslavia" and Siege of Sarajevo
What you will learn and understand during the War Tunnel 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
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Milonga

Group Traveller

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.

May 29, 2019

Mosel T

Solo Traveller

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

April 4, 2019

euro3319

Solo Traveller

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.

March 3, 2019

XiaoyanZ10

Solo Traveller

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.

February 20, 2019

Bojana J

Solo Traveller

War tour
Very well guided tour. Interesting information and good tourist guide Who was so interested in that cold, snowy Morning. I recommend.

January 9, 2019
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