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Sarajevo: Tour to Mostar, Blagaj, Počitelj & Kravice Falls

1. Sarajevo: Tour to Mostar, Blagaj, Počitelj & Kravice Falls

Start with pickup from Sarajevo and be introduced to your guide for the day. Sit comfortably in your seat and enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside. Head to Mostar, enjoying the view on Jablanicko lake, and amazing nature. Head to Jablanica to see a piece of history where you see a ruined old train bridge which is a witness of the Battle of the Neretva, also known as the Battle for the Wounded. Mostar awaits with its warm climate, unique beauty, and amazing history. Your guide will take you to the Old Town where you can see the famous Old Bridge.  Hear the legends and stories about this amazing example of Ottoman architecture from the 16th century. You will also get an opportunity to see a short video in a local gallery about the bridge's destruction in 1993. After this tour through Mostar, your guide will suggest you have lunch either in Mostar’s local restaurants or go to Blagaj. The beautiful Blagaj is a small village built at the source of the crystal clear river Buna. It flows out of the 200m high mountain cliffs that overlook the area. The authentic 16th-century Ottoman town and open-air museum of Počitelj is next. Its amazing architecture and location will surely excite you.  Finally, begin the journey back to Sarajevo. Stop at the breathtaking Kravica Falls for a swim in the crystal-clear waters before getting dropped off at your hotel.

Sarajevo: Grand Walking Tour

2. Sarajevo: Grand Walking Tour

Join us on a journey through the past where the guide will reveal the small and big secrets of this city and introduce you to the mysticism of Sarajevo streets and alleys. The tour will take you to the main sights of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian architecture and will show you a unique line where East meets West. Discover more about the city that is commonly associated with a siege of the 1990s. Learn about how the First World War started as a result of events in the city, and where the first Winter Olympics were held. Enjoy the scent of fresh made coffee, flavors from hookah, the sound of church bells, and the call from the minarets. Learn about the assassination that triggered the First World War and discover why Sarajevo is called European Jerusalem.

Sarajevo: Tunnel War Tour

3. Sarajevo: Tunnel War Tour

Board a bus in Sarajevo and head out of the city. During the bus ride, find out how the war started, why the National Library of BH was destroyed, and how many people died. While driving to the Tunnel Museum along the Sniper Alley, listen to stories about what life was like during these years of darkness. After this introduction, discover the story of a vitally important 800 m long tunnel that connected the occupied and free Sarajevo territories. Upon arrival at the museum, pass through one part of the original tunnel and see the movie about the war in Sarajevo. Listen as your guide explains the role of the tunnel during the siege, its construction, use method and will happily answer all your questions. On the way back to the town, talk about Sarajevo and its future with your guide.

Sarajevo: Bosnian & Yugoslav Wars Tour with Tunnel Museum

4. Sarajevo: Bosnian & Yugoslav Wars Tour with Tunnel Museum

Start your tour with transportation to the War Tunnel Museum. On the way (25-30 minutes) receive a short introduction to the topics of the war and see important sites and buildings with your own eyes, which you will later hear about again in the museum. Arrive at the Tunnel of Hope, learn about the position of the museum and its famous mark in front of the entrance named "Sarajevo Rose". After seeing a short movie, a one-hour-long presentation starts, which will explain the fall of Yugoslavia, the war in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, and the creation and importance of the tunnel.  After the Tunnel, head toward the 1984 Olympic mountain Trebević, which is the closest mountain to the center of Sarajevo and was part of the front line during the siege of Sarajevo. At the site, you have the opportunity to see and walk in the destroyed hotel of Osmice. From there experience the most beautiful panoramic views of Sarajevo which unfortunately were also the main positions of the enemy army.     Just under the Trebevic Mountain lies the second largest Jewish cemetery in Europe. The cemetery contains unique shaped tombstones that can only be seen in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is believed their shape is influenced by medieval Bosnian tombstones that are named "Stecak". Head towards the old Ottoman part of the city to visit the Yellow Fortress. The last stop of the tour is the "Shehidi" (Martyr) cemetery, the resting place of the soldiers that gave their life for independent Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the heart of the cemetery lies the grave of the first Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic.

Sarajevo: Times of Misfortune War Tour

5. Sarajevo: Times of Misfortune War Tour

Join this popular 3-hour coach tour of Sarajevo to learn what Sarajevans lived through from 1992-1995 during the Balkan wars. Start the tour by visiting the Yellow fortress and the Maternity hospital. On your way to the war tunnel,  pass through the notorious sniper alley, the most dangerous street in the city. Visit the cemetery of the heroes who stood unarmed in defence of their city, and gave their lives for its freedom. Find out what life was like without food, water, electricity, and gas, how children kept up with their school work, and what the cultural and sports life was like in the middle of war. Many of the guides have personal experience of the war and will tell you about the collapse of Yugoslavia, the war’s aims, and the plans for the division of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Visit the Tunnel Museum via Sniper Alley, to learn about the tunnel’s role during the siege. Find out about the role of UN forces in Sarajevo, and the mistakes they committed during the conflict. To finish the tour, visit the famous Tunnel of Hope, a secret war passage that helped the citizens survive the four year long siege. Tour sights: • Old Town • Sehid Cemetery • White Fortress • Markale Market • FBH presidency • Olympic buildings - Kosevo Stadium and Zetra Sport Hall • Maternity • National Museum • Marshal Tito Barracks – Sarajevo University Campus • Sniper Alley • Grbavica • Radio-Television Building • Ali-pasino polje • Oslobodjenje - Dnevni avaz • Stup • Ilidza and Butmir • Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum • Sarajevo panorama

From Sarajevo: Srebrenica Genocide Study Tour

6. From Sarajevo: Srebrenica Genocide Study Tour

The tour starts at 8 AM in front of Info Bosnia Tourist Information Center located on main pedestrian street Ferhadija, just next to "Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures", but can be arranged from elsewhere, if requested. The city of Srebrenica is located around two and a half hours from the city of Sarajevo. The road takes you through a desolate, mountainous area with beautiful nature. While you are able to enjoy the scenery you will start learning about the history of Yugoslavia, so you can better understand the genocide of Srebrenica.  Your first stop is in front of the battery factory, used by UN forces during the war in Bosnia. Located in these previous headquarters of the Dutch battalion of the UN forces, is now one of the most modern museums in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the “Museum of Srebrenica Genocide”. There you will meet the curator and experience first-hand stories about the survival in the Srebrenica enclave. From the Museum of Srebrenica Genocide, continue to the Memorial room, where you will be able to hear the stories of the victims, which were recorded by a local journalist. A part of the Memorial room is also dedicated to the people responsible for the massacre. Victims that were found and identified are resting at the Memorial cemetery. Now the cemetery counts 6575 victims, but this number rises every year. Once you visited Potocari Memorial Center, continue your journey to the city of Srebrenica. Once the industrial leader in the area, and one of the oldest settlements of people is now a ghost city. Srebrenica is also the location for the lunch, as there are not a lot of restaurants nearby.  After Srebrenica, return to Sarajevo, where you will arrive around 6 PM and your tour ends.

Sarajevo: Old Town Walking Tour with Local Guide

7. Sarajevo: Old Town Walking Tour with Local Guide

The city of Sarajevo represents the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a place where different cultures meet and makes Sarajevo a unique multicultural center. It is also a city where great empires ruled and left marks all over the country like the Ottoman Empire, Austria-Hungarian Empire, Communist Yugoslavia, and the modern period of independence. Is there a better example of a multi-confessional society than four religious temples within a 100 meter radius? The sounds and prayers one can hear at the same time represent a feeling which cannot be described but has to be experienced. The scent of authentic coffee, the smell of a traditional kitchen, the historical appearance of the old part of the town, the friendly citizens, and the soul of the city itself will definitely guarantee an excellent vacation. Can you imagine that Sarajevo was the center of the world in 1984? It was the year of 14th Winter Olympic Games. Only eight years later, Sarajevo was a war field, with the longest siege in modern history.

From Sarajevo: Day Tour to Jajce and Travnik

8. From Sarajevo: Day Tour to Jajce and Travnik

Discover the natural beauty and history of Central Bosnia on this guided tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, begin the journey to Jajce. Pass through the Ottoman, Austrian-Hungarian and Yugoslav parts of the city to get an idea of how the city of Sarajevo developed. Upon arrival in Jajce, soak up the rich historical atmosphere of the town and see an array of national monuments. Pay a visit to an underground catacomb where the aristocratic Hrvatnić family are buried before heading back above ground to the citadel, where you can admire panoramic views of the surrounding area. Later, continue to the Jajce Waterfall and marvel at the beauty of this 21-meter high natural phenomena which joins 2 rivers. Pay a visit to the cluster of historical watermills located nearby and even purchase some freshly-milled flour from one of the mills which is still in operation. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to your final stop.  Finally, arrive at the 15th-century Old Town of Travnik. Admire the 2 imposing clock towers in the city center and pay a visit to the Travnik Fortress, which was once used by Ottomans Viziers (Governors) as their seat of power. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Sarajevo at the end of the day.

From Sarajevo: Mostar and Cities of Herzegovina Day Tour

9. From Sarajevo: Mostar and Cities of Herzegovina Day Tour

The starting point is usually in front of Info Bosnia Tourist Information Center located on main pedestrian street Ferhadija, just next to "Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures", but can be arranged from elsewhere, if requested. The first stop of the day is a short visit to Konjic, a unique, prehistorically inhabited place from which Herzegovina originates. It is famous for its 17th century 6-arch Old Bridge and a perfect introduction to the emerald-green Neretva river. Continue towards the beautiful medieval and Ottoman stone-constructed fortified village Počitelj. On your arrival, take an easy hike towards the Kula, a silo-shaped fort overlooking the village from the top of the hill. It was used to house watchmen and military as a guard against possible intrusions from the Neretva valley. After a short hike, continue your way to Blagaj. This city is situated at the source of the Buna river, Europe’s most powerful, clean and drinkable river spring. After Pocitelj enjoy lunch at the banks of river Buna just a few kilometers away from Blagaj. Under the shade of trees, listening to the sound of the river, enjoy a local trout with the traditional desert "smokvara". After a nice meal, it is time to visit the best part of your journey, the city of Mostar. Mostar has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge. The historic part of Mostar is a result of interaction between the natural phenomena and human creativity throughout a long historical period. The architecture here presents a symbol of tolerance: a shared life of Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Focus at Mostar’s Old Bridge, Old Bazaar, and Old Town, and hear stories of Mostar’s uniqueness and cosmopolitan heritage. After Mostar it is time to say goodbye to Herzegovina. Head back to your accommodation in Sarajevo in just over 2 hours.

Day Tour from Sarajevo: Full-Day Jajce and Travnik Tour

10. Day Tour from Sarajevo: Full-Day Jajce and Travnik Tour

Located a couple of hours away from Sarajevo, Travnik and Jajce both have long and rich histories and are surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. Check out some of their top sights with a private guided tour including transportation from Sarajevo. Sit back and relax with a professional driver and licensed guide. See Pliva Lakes, the watermills in Jajce, and an old castle in Travnik. Savor the taste of Travnik’s best ćevapi, the country's national dish, and enjoy the landscapes along the way. Jajce was the capital of the Bosnian Kingdom during the 14th century, while Travnik was the capital of the Ottoman Empire in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Travnik has almost the same appearance as during the Ottoman period with many mosques, houses, and fountains that date back to that time. Let your driver focus on the road while you check out the scenery and cultural sites. Your guide will keep you informed with facts and stories about the regional culture, history, and geography.

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based on 395 reviews

A great experience! A very nice afternoon spent following the tracks of the recent history of Sarajevo. Our Guide Enes Popara drived me and my girlfriend around the city explaining (in a perfect english!) about life during the siege, showing us the most representative places. I think this tour is one of the best way to understand what happened douring the war for two reasons: by one hand you are absorbed in the location where it all took place, by the other you can follow the sequence of historical hevents helped by a professional and experienced guide. Enes is a very nice guy and a good photographer too, take the chance and let him take some souvenir picture with your mobile or camera!!!!!!! STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!

Hidaja was an amazing and knowledgable tour guide, and the tour was everything we could have hoped for and more! The food was really good and the workshops were fascinating. We recommend not eating breakfast before though, because of the many dishes and big portions but you’ll often have the option to bring the leftovers home as take-away. Really amazing overall!

Perfect day trip and transfer with a high quality and passionate guide, Ibrahim. This is probably one of the most memorable tours we have ever done - ibrahim was friendly, knowleadgeable and gave us so much information about the Bosnian culture and history. We can highly recommend it !

MUST DO! Enes was an incredible guide who explained the war so well and could answer our every question. The tour was extremely personalised and ticked so many boxes for a visit to Sarajevo. Thank you such a wonderful afternoon!

Excellent guide - a lot of knowledge and would highly recommend