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Utopia of Tito’s Yugoslavia, Tito’s Bunker & Siege of Sarajevo – Full Day Tour

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3040
10 Hours
Availability : Every Day
Min Age : 0+
Max People : 8
Tour Overview

Get a firsthand account of the atmosphere of Yugoslavian social-communism by visiting Tito’s Nuclear Bunker in the nearby town Konjic, highlights of the Yugoslavian golden age and its downfall with the story of the Siege of Sarajevo from a guide who survived it.

Travel to Konjic town, and visit the Tito’s Nuclear Bunker, Olympic Village, War Tunnel Museum in an air-conditioned minivan with a small group and learn about „soft communism“, golden era of Yugoslavia, the breakup of Yugoslavia and the years-long siege of Sarajevo.

After Konjic, drive to Igman mountain and explore it’s famous sights of Olympic Ski Jumps and Hotel Igman. Later visit Trebevic Mountain and famous Olympic Bobsled and before the end visit Jewish Cemetery, site heavily interesting from perspective of Jewish history in the Balkans and story of Siege of Sarajevo.

Departure & Return Location

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

Departure Time

Every day at 8 AM

Inclusions

  • Experienced Tour Guide and Driver Our guides are Siege survivors telling first-hand experiences
  • All Transportation in 8 seater AC vansOpel Vivaro or Mercedes Vito vans
  • Free PickupsAvailable on request
  • No Tour MinimumsTour is available for booking regardless of number of travellers. Subject to availability.
  • 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
  • Tito's Bunker Entrance FeePaid at the spot: 20 BAM - 10.5 EUR
  • 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

  • Infant Seats AvailableAvailable on request. Limited availability.
  • Low Amount of WalkingTour is suitable for anyone of almost any fitness level
  • Amazing Sarajevo Panorama ViewsBest of Sarajevo city
  • Walking Shoes RecommendedSome parts of the tour require walking on uneven terrain
  • Bottled Water Recommended to BringPossible to refill
  • 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
Konjic & Tito's Nuclear Bunker Tour
See the beautiful town on Neretva river and explore the wonder of Yugoslavian military architecture
Stop 2
Igman Olympic Ski Jupms and Igman Hotel
Story of Olympic Games and Siege of Sarajevo

Lunch Break

Stop 3
Visit Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum
In-depth story
Stop 4
Trebević Olympic Mountain and Olympic Bobsled
Enjoy beautiful Sarajevo panoramas and walk the bobsled
Stop 5
Jewish Cemetery
War time frontline and one of the oldest European Jewish cemeteries

Why we include so many stops on Tito's Bunker tour?

If you only plan to visit Tito’s Nuclear Bunker at Konjic, without other stops in our itinerary, that is fine and we can easily modify this tour for you.

However, most of the tour offer on the market does cover Tito’s Bunker, but usually as solo visit from and back to Sarajevo. Funky Tours alternatively, offers several other stops which are on the way, and which crucially maximise your time, understanding of the topic and your money.

Why visiting Sarajevo War Tunnel, Olympic Bobsled, Igman hotel, Olympic ski jumps or Tito’s Nuclear Bunker in two or even three different days, when you can put everything easily into one day, and still get much more.

We believe that mix of stories covering utopia and breakup of Yugoslavia, in combination with Siege of Sarajevo chronology is the best way to spend a day.

What to Expect

Meet your guide at our office, or be picked up directly at your address in the morning hours. Your guide is experienced, knowledgeable and open-minded person who is a direct siege survivor so, along the way, be sure you will hear some intriguing stories and personal experiences while involving some mind provoking and interesting debate with a small group of like-minded people. 

STOP 1: Konjic Old Town (30min) 

On the way to Tito’s Nuclear Bunker in nearby town of Konjic, we will observe the Markale Massacre sites, the Bosnian Presidency building, Sniper Alley, Marshall Tito Barracks, the Bosnian Parliament and some other sites crucial for understanding the irreversible crash of Yugoslavia and Sarajevo under the siege.

Drive will continue the ride through suburbs of Sarajevo and areas of central Bosnia until we pass Ivan mountain and enter Herzegovina region. As soon as in Herzegovina, we’ll start descending, as region of Herzegovina is generally on lower altitudes and is totally different climate, so you’ll notice dramatic natural, environmental and usually climate change.

First stop of the day is a short visit to old part of unique, prehistorically inhabited Konjic, town famous for its 17th century 6-arch Old Bridge, looming over turquoise Neretva river, usually very sunny place and a home to one of the most expensive Yugoslavian projects – Tito’s Nuclear Bunker, or also called: Facility D-0, Atomic War Command (ARK).

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)
  • Parliament (Bosnian Parliament building)
  • Holiday Inn Hotel (Built for the 1984 Olympics, and used by journalists and reporters during the Siege)
  • National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Home to famous  for Sarajevo Haggadah among other exhibits)
  • 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
  • Suburbs of Sarajevo such as Hadžići, Pazarić, Tarćin and Bradina
Konjic Old Bridge with Green Neretva River and Old Town of Konjic
Konjic Old Bridge
STOP 2: Tito’s Nuclear Bunker (1.30h)
It took 26 years to build this 6500 m2 miracle of construction with a purpose of withstanding a possible nuclear war and providing a shelter to over 350 Yugoslav leaders and army generals. 
 
We will wander around this amazing structure and venue for a biennial of contemporary art while discovering the labyrinth of Yugoslavia mysteries, cold war fanaticism and communists paranoia while discussing the possible reasons of fall of Yugoslavia and it’s rigid consequences.
 
As a third most expensive JNA military project with spendings of cca. 4.6 billion USD, facility D-0, Tito’s atomic war command (ARK), was built to accept, accommodate and protect 350 people and enable successful management and command over the armed forces in case of nuclear warfare.
 
Titos Nuclear Bunker Konjic
Titos Nuclear Bunker Konjic
STOP 3: Igman Olympic Mountain with Ski Jumps and Igman Hotel (1.30h)

Later we will head towards Sarajevo and follow up the story of besieged city and harsh position its citizens went through in a barbaric bargain for life. Initial visit will be Igman Olympic mountain and its Olympic heritage in shape of Olympic Ski Jumps. Take photos at Olympic podium or climb the ski jumps and imagine the atmosphere from 1984 Olympics.

Igman Ski Jumps near Sarajevo
Igman Ski Jumps

Also structure we can not miss at Igman mountain is, Igman Olympic hotel. As Yahoo Travel wrote: “Built in a spirit of optimism, unity, and teamwork for the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, the 162-room Igman Hotel was a showplace for mountain luxury but was brutally torn apart, along with the rest of the city, during the Balkan War and siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s.”

Surely place not to miss.

Hotel Igman near Sarajevo
Hotel Igman
STOP 4: Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum (1.30h)

Later we will visit the Sarajevo War Tunnel where we will explore the museum exhibition and see many interesting exhibits directly associated with Siege of Sarajevo, watch a short movie about the urgent need for building this essential underpass, followed by going through the Tunnel itself.

Sarajevo War Tunnel was dug in July 1993 and used to be main supply route to Sarajevo during the Siege
Sarajevo War Tunnel
STOP 5: Trebević Mountain & Olympic Bobsled (1.30h)
After the Tunnel museum, we will head towards the famous Olympic Mt. Trebevic while passing through the Olympic Village Dobrinja. We will hear additional stories about 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games and visit Olympic Village Dobrinja with its Olympic story and its painful but heroic war story. Learn about besieged neighbourhood in a besieged city.
 
Our next location will be Trebević, Olympic Mt. 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 ZlatišteOsmiceSarajevo Bobsleigh from the period of 1984 Winter Olympics (today featured at the top of the Worlds most beautiful abandoned places lists), Trebević Vidikovac and many other destroyed facilities and sites. 
Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled
Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled
We shall see the remains of bunkers, minefields, tank caterpillar traces, tranches, bullet and grenade shrapnel 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 the 22 years after the war haven’t even passed already.
 
The tour is very much enriched with great panorama views, especially from the very top of Trebević mountain where you 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, but during the Siege of Sarajevo was the main front line and sniper nest of the Republic of Srpska army.
 
Drop off at any place in Sarajevo you want with a high recommendation of having a cold beer or warm coffee at famous Tito caffe.
Timeline: Utopia of Yugoslavia, its Downfall and Present Day
What you will learn and understand during the Utopia of Yugoslavia Tour
1945-1980
Utopia of Yugoslavia
Understand Tito's Yugoslavia. Who Tito was, Hero or a Dictator? Communism or Socialism? Golden Era of Yugoslavia.
February 1984
1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo
The brightest moment of history of Sarajevo and pride of Yugoslavia
1980-1991
Downfall of Yugoslavia
Death of Tito, economic breakdown, nationalism and Milošević ideas of Greater Serbia. Wars in Slovenia and Croatia.
1992-1995
Siege of Sarajevo & Bosnian War
Learn first-hand detailed story about Siege of Sarajevo & understand Bosnian War
1995-1996
End of Bosnian War and Dayton Peace Accord
Srebrenica Genocide, NATO bombings and role of US / International Community
1996 - Present
Balkans and Bosnia Today
Aftermath of wars and life today
Map
Travellers Photos
Unedited photos
3 Reviews
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Antti E

Solo Traveller

10 hour trip to Tito’s bunker, tunnel museum, olympic sights etc.

My guide Damir picked me up at my hotel and we spent a day seeing the sights and discussing topics relating to history of the region. Damir gave great and insightful information and was eager to discuss the topics further. I had an exciting day and feel like I now know a whole lot more about Sarajevo and BiH.

July 15, 2019

Erly070

Couple Traveller

Diep onder de indruk van de Utopia of Tito’s Yuguslavia Tour

Wij deden de utopia of Tito’s Yugoslavia tour. Zeer indrukwekkend door wat er allemaal in het programma is opgenomen. Beginnend bij de bunker die Tito liet bouwen in geval van een kernoorlog. Zeer ingenieus gebouwd en nu voorzien van kunstwerken. De omsingeling van Sarajevo tijdens de recente oorlog wordt in de rest van het programma heel voelbaar. Door bezoek aan belangrijke plekken als de war tunnel onder het vliegveld, de bergen waarin troepen gelegerd waren en de restanten van de olympische bobsleebaan. Maar bovenal door de gids en chauffeur die de omsingeling aan levende lijve meemaakten. Het was een voorrecht hun verhaal te mogen horen, waarbij zij ook aangaven dat verhalen altijd meerdere kanten hebben. Het maakte ook nogmaals duidelijk het voorrecht opgegroeid te zijn in een vredig land.

June 28, 2019

Nicole

Couple Traveller

Utopia of Yugoslavia

By far the most convenient tour which combines visit to Titos Bunker and Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum with tons of other interesting places. If you want to learn about Yugoslavia and its downfall, and have one full day to do it, then this tour is the best option you can find.

April 13, 2019
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