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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: Bosnian War & Fall of Yugoslavia Tour

3. Sarajevo: Bosnian War & Fall of Yugoslavia Tour

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.

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.

From Sarajevo: Srebrenica Genocide Study Tour

5. 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.

From Sarajevo: Day Tour to Jajce and Travnik

6. 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.

Sarajevo: Under the Siege - Times of Misfortune War Tour

7. Sarajevo: Under the Siege - 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: Mostar, Dervish House, Pocitelj and Waterfall

8. 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 of Hope Siege Tour

9. Sarajevo: Tunnel of Hope Siege 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.

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

10. 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, Medieval Cathacombs, 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. Your guide will keep you informed with facts and stories about the regional culture, history, and geography. Enjoy the gorgeous scenary and culture.

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based on 1,327 reviews

It was really amazing! The 2 guides Vico and Haris were amazing. They explained the full history of the places an we had enough time for every place. It was beautiful and we also had good weather.

The tour was very interesting&effective considering the time we spent&things we saw and learnee. Our guide Haris gave us very to-the-point information during the tour, with real historic facts.

Very interesting tour with a knowledgeable guide. We paid for a one to one tour and had an enjoyable morning walking around central Sarajevo.

Amazing activity, would recommend this activity to everyone looking to learn more about Bosnian history especially in the 1990s

Incredible and informative tour with lots of yummy and local snacks/drinks - thank you Bojan!