Herzegovina Culture & history

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Sarajevo: Bosnian & Yugoslav Wars Tour with Tunnel Museum

1. 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.

From Mostar: Herzegovina Full-Day Tour

2. From Mostar: Herzegovina Full-Day Tour

Discover the region of Herzegovina on a full-day tour from Mostar. Experience beautiful nature, extraordinary landscapes, historic sites, and charming towns. First, stop in the town of Blagaj where you will learn about its Ottoman culture and history. Visit the Buna river spring, the site of Vrelo Bune, which is a Sufi lodge built into the side of the cliff beside the source of the spring. Admire this marvel of Ottoman architecture and swim in the spring water. Next, travel to the town of Počitelj, a medieval town built next to River Neretva. Learn about the rich history of the town, meet locals, and taste fruits and vegetables that the little town is famous for. Take a short 15-minute hike to the fort overlooking the town for some fantastic 360-degree panoramic views of the region. Finally, travel to the Kravica Waterfall, located in the southwestern part of the region. Admire its 28-meter high waterfall and the beautiful natural swimming pools. Swim in the refreshing waters of River Trebižat, before being returned to Mostar.

Sarajevo: Bosnian War & Fall of Yugoslavia Tour with Tunnel

3. Sarajevo: Bosnian War & Fall of Yugoslavia Tour with Tunnel

Explore the war history of Sarajevo on this informative walking tour and learn about the 4 long years that the city and its people suffered under the constant threat of bombing. Visit the main locations from the 1992 to 1995 war following the Siege of Sarajevo. See remnants of monuments kept as a reminder that it should never happen again. Hear the story about the Tunnel of Hope and get a better understanding of this memorial by watching a short movie made during the war. Pause to reflect at the site of one of the largest massacres at Markale Market, and visit the Yellow fortress to see best panorama of Sarajevo where tour guide explains how Yugoslavia fall apart and how Sarajevo ended up in siege. Admire the view from the Vidikovac viewpoint. Visit the Olympic complex and its cemetery, and hear how it was host to the 1984 Olympic Games, just a few years before the Bosnian War.

From Sarajevo: Mostar, Dervish House, Pocitelj and Waterfall

4. From Sarajevo: Mostar, Dervish House, Pocitelj and Waterfall

Embark on a magical journey through the historic highlights of Herzegovina. Depart from Sarajevo on a guided tour and explore ancient towns, beautiful waterfalls, and the world-famous Old Bridge of Mostar. Learn about the country's rich history and taste some traditional food. Make your way to the first stop of the day: 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. From Konjic, continue towards Kravica Falls, a favorite Herzegovinian picnic area and summer swimming spot. Admire the biggest and most beautiful waterfall in the country. During the summertime, jump into the water for a refreshing swim. Move on to the medieval and Ottoman fortified village Počitelj. Take an easy hike towards the Kula, a silo-shaped fort overlooking the village from the top of the hill. Learn about the 15th-century tree that stands tall next to the minaret of the mosque. After a short hike, continue your way to Blagaj, situated at the source of the Buna river. Enter the Dervish House and be amazed at the number of details and craftsmanship. Built at the site of the earlier Bogumil sanctuary in the 16th century, discover Tekke, the perfect spot to learn about the Sufi order. Visit the city of Mostar, known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge. Gaze at the architecture, which presents a symbol of tolerance between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Focus on Mostar’s Old Bridge, Old Bazaar, and Old Town, and hear stories of their heritage. Enjoy an included meal of traditional Bosnian sandwiches, or a vegetarian alternative, before riding back to Sarajevo.

Sarajevo: Tunnel War Tour

5. 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.

Dubrovnik: Private Day-Trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina

6. Dubrovnik: Private Day-Trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Enjoy a day-trip in Bosnia and Herzegovina from Dubrovnik. Drive across the border, with picturesque views of the Adriatic Sea. Discover the cobbled streets of Počiteli, and the breathtaking Kravica Waterfall. Cross the Old Bridge between the two sides of Mostar. Get picked up from your accommodation in Dubrovnik and enjoy scenic sea views as you drive in style along the Adriatic coast. Cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina after 1.5-hours, reaching the city of Počitelj. Explore Počiteli, a beautifully well-preserved city with Mediterranean-inspired architecture and a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Take a stroll along the picturesque cobbled streets and admire the giant stone watchtowers.  Continue on to the river Trebižat, to discover the incredible Kravica Waterfall. Take the chance to capture stunning photos of the falls, before spending an hour driving to the city of Mostar.  Arrive in Mostar, a city connecting Muslims and Christians by the fairytale-like Old Bridge. Listen to your tour guide describe the political and historical events behind the construction of the bridge. Enjoy spending free time in Mostar. Choose to try Turkish style black coffee beside the river Neretva, or indulge in a lunch filled with traditional Bosnian and Herzegovinian specialties, like minced meat in pita bread with cream and onion. Finish your day-trip driving back to Dubrovnik. Take different roads on the way back, experiencing more of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian landscape.

Sarajevo: Times of Misfortune War Tour

7. 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

Sarajevo: Mystical Bosnian Pyramid Tour

8. Sarajevo: Mystical Bosnian Pyramid Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Sarajevo and travel to the town of Visoko. Arrive at the Ravne tunnel complex where you will meet your local guide and get equipped with your safety gear. Enter the mystical labyrinth underneath the pyramid structure outside the town. Due to the huge network of underground tunnels, intersections, chambers and water accumulations, it is not possible to explore without a local. Learn about the construction and purpose of the tunnels which wind underneath the pyramid. Learn about the theories behind the pyramid, and who may have constructed it. Afterwards, enjoy some free time in the Ravne tunnel complex, before being returned to your hotel.

From Sarajevo: Day Tour to Travnik, Jajce and Pliva lakes

9. From Sarajevo: Day Tour to Travnik, Jajce and Pliva lakes

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.

From Dubrovnik: Mostar, Kravica Waterfalls, and Kajtaz Tour

10. From Dubrovnik: Mostar, Kravica Waterfalls, and Kajtaz Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the city of Mostar on this day trip from Dubrovnik. Travel by air-conditioned car and stop to see the Kravica Waterfalls along the way. Step back in time with a ticket to the Turkish House in Mostar. Depart Dubrovnik and journey along the coast of the Adriatic Sea by luxury minibus. Stop for a coffee (at your own expense) in the seaside town of Neum, and then continue to the beautiful Kravica Waterfalls to marvel at the dramatic tufa cascades of the Trebižat River. Continue to the historic city of Mostar and take a guided walking tour on arrival to see sights such as the rebuilt 16th-century Stari Most (Old Bridge). Learn more about the city's cultural diversity and admire the minarets of the Cejvan Cehaj Mosque and Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque. Look inside the Turkish House (Kajtaz) to get an insight into what a traditional dwelling looked like and get some free time to explore and enjoy lunch at your own expense before the return journey to Dubrovnik.

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4.4 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Enes really knows his stuff. A credit to Bosnia which he is so passionate about. Please keep doing what you love Enes and educating people on what you and your people have endured. Best money I have ever spent. Please do yourselves a favour and go on the tour. Seriously. As Enes says: Giving never makes you poor". So give this a go to enrichen your knowledge on the best and worst of humanity. One things for sure, your tour guide represents the best.

Been to so many tours before but have never seen such passionate tour guide (Ahmed). He is so informative and told us many history stories of Bosnia. It was well told by him since he majored in history and is still studying at the University of Sarajevo. Best history experience ever.

Tour was easy to book and the communication with local agency was super pleasant. We had two guide, one driving and one talking. The tour was extra spicy because both of them were directly involved in war.

This was a great tour. I learned a lot that helped put my visit to Sarajevo in perspective. Haris knows a ton and can speak from his unique first-hand perspective.

Fantastic tour with a brilliant guide. Everyone visiting Sarajevo should do this tour as an important introduction to the city’s old and modern history.