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Sarajevo: Grand Walking Tour

1. 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: Old Town Walking Tour with Local Guide

2. 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: Mostar and Cities of Herzegovina Day Tour

3. 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.

Sarajevo: Visegrad, Sarkan Eight Railway & Kurstendorf Tour

4. Sarajevo: Visegrad, Sarkan Eight Railway & Kurstendorf Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Sarajevo. Begin the journey towards the eastern region of Bosnia, taking in views of beautiful mountains and small villages throughout the journey. First, stop at the town of Visegrad and walk across the Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Drina River, with exceptional views of the bridge and the surrounding landscapes.  Continue towards the nearby town of Andric, recently built in honor of Nobel Prize winner and writer, Ivo Andric. Cross the border into Serbia and discover Sargan Eight, a narrow-gauge heritage railway line built shortly after WWI. Ride the Ciro locomotive along this scenic route through 22 tunnels, and capture panoramic views of a picturesque region.  After the train ride, travel to Kurstendorf. Also known as Drvengrad, discover a village that was purpose-built for the 2004 film "Life is a Miracle" directed by Emir Kusturica. Explore this charming replica of a traditional Serbian village, which has a hotel, cinema, chapel gallery, and restaurants. Enjoy some time for lunch, at your own expense, before returning to Sarajevo.

Private Tour from Sarajevo: Vranduk & Tešanj Medieval Tour

5. Private Tour from Sarajevo: Vranduk & Tešanj Medieval Tour

In the 10th century, Bosnia was mentioned as a state for a very first time. During the rule of King Tvrtko, Bosnia had the largest territory. Marks of King’s lifestyle still can be seen and are perfectly preserved and worth seeing. Remarkable architecture left in wild nature point, untamed rivers, breathtaking sightseeing will make You travel back through the time and feel the note of medieval life! Old fortress in Tesanj, the biggest one in country, is left to us as national treasure, heritage, historical monument, the pearl of Bosnia toursim and you are strongly recommended this for a day trip! Vranduk fortress represents the second part of this medieval story. You will have complete image and great end of medieval Bosnia day! To this day this walled medieval village is still inhabited. With the newly completed restoration almost complete Vranduk has become one of BiH’s best preserved medieval fortress, with access to the main castle, information readily available and a café or two to serve you Bosnian coffee or a refreshing drink.

Sarajevo Private Full-Day Excursion from Dubrovnik

6. Sarajevo Private Full-Day Excursion from Dubrovnik

Get picked up from your accommodation in Dubrovnik and begin this exciting private day trip to Sarajevo. Taking a ride in an air-conditioned and comfortable vehicle, learn about the history of Sarajevo, as well as the places you pass by from your private driver. Cross the border from Croatia to Bosnia and Herzegovina and enjoy the historically important and beautiful town of Pocitelj, with its Turkish-style architecture. By the early afternoon, arrive in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. Admire the eclectic mix of architectural styles: Ottoman-era mosques hugging up to Austrian Habsburg-style neo-classical buildings. Enjoy free time to explore attractions such as the Bascarsija Baazar, Latin Bridge the City Hall, and many more.

Sarajevo: 2.5-Hour Grand Walking Tour

7. Sarajevo: 2.5-Hour Grand Walking Tour

Discover Sarajevo, a relatively young city founded in the middle of the 15th century, with a turbulent history. Experience a combination of Oriental, European and Yugoslav influences, which creates uniqueness and beauty seen nowhere else but in Sarajevo. This city embraced all different nationalities, but unfortunately faced destruction at the end of the 20th century.   On this tour, you will be able to see Muslim, Catholic Christian, Orthodox Christian, and Jewish architecture just a few minutes away from each other. Hear Muslim calls to prayer, and at the same time hear the sound of bells from nearby churches. Try some traditional dishes and see traditional crafts. Learn about the assassination that triggered the First World War, and how Muslims and Jews protected each other through the different wars. Understand how a city that suffered so much can be so pleasant. In just three hours, get to feel the soul of Sarajevo.

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

8. 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.

Mostar: Sarajevo Grand Tour with Tunnel of Hope Museum

9. Mostar: Sarajevo Grand Tour with Tunnel of Hope Museum

The first stop on your tour will be the city of Konjic, one of the oldest towns in the country with archaeological traces dating back 4,000 years. The written documents date way back from 14th century, but the appearance of the town as it stands today started to form once the Ottomans came onto the scene. Utilizing a well-maintained road, you will then weave through a landscape of beautiful Bosnian canyons, mountains, lakes, and historic towns to reach Sarajevo. Your second stop is the most famous museum: the Tunnel of Hope. There you will 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 1-hour long presentation starts which will explain the fall of Yugoslavia, the war in Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the creation and importance of the tunnel.  Following the tunnel, you'll advance towards the 1984 Olympics mountain of Trebević. It is the closest mountain to the center of Sarajevo and was part of the front line during the siege of Sarajevo. At this site you will have the opportunity to see and walk on the former bobsleigh and luge track, experiencing 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 named "Stecak". Once finished with the Jewish Cemetery, you will head to Sarajevo Old Town for a traditional Bosnian lunch. Following lunch the best way to explore the city is a walking tour. Your tour guide will accentuate to you a combination of Oriental, European, and Yugoslav influences, which create uniqueness and beauty seen nowhere else but Sarajevo. You'll see Muslim, Catholic Christian, Orthodox Christian, and Jewish architecture just a few minutes away from each other, whilst listening to Muslim calls to prayer at the same time as the sound of bells from nearby churches. You'll learn about the assassination that triggered World War I, as well as how Muslims and Jews protected each other through the different wars. At the conclusion of your scenic and education experience, it will be time to return to Mostar.

From Sarajevo: Guided Day Trip to Mostar and Herzegovina

10. From Sarajevo: Guided Day Trip to Mostar and Herzegovina

Visit the heartland of Herzegovina on a full-day trip with a local guide. Explore popular locations and learn about the history and traditions of the region. From Sarajevo, your first stop is Konjic, a small town known as the gateway into Herzegovina. Visit the old town and pass by the Ottoman Bridge, which will lead you to your next destination, Jablanica. There, marvel the man-made lake of Jablanicko Jazero and learn about the Neretva Battle from World War II. Then, head over to the stunning uphill town of Pocitelj, which had a strategic fort during the Ottoman period. Afterwards, discover Blagaj and have the opportunity to spiritually enlighten yourself with the presence of the mystic dervish orders that Herzegovina is famous for. The mineral-enriched Buna river also awaits you. Finally, arrive at the town of Mostar, known as the gem of Herzegovina. Admire its famous UNESCO-protected bridge, the Stari Most, and then have the chance to bargain with local vendors at the old market. Throughout your journey, you can also see the emerald green river of Neretva, which prides itself as the coldest river on the planet.

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What people are saying about Sarajevo

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Meet Bosnia is the best tour company you will ever find! I have traveled a lot and I have never before experienced a company that will go the extra mile to make sure that you have a pleasant time, but Meet Bosnia will do this on all tours! The Jajce and Travnik medieval tour is a great combination of interesting history and beautiful nature. You get to explore ancient fortresses and see the most beautiful waterfall, and you get a good explanation of the history by your guide. I went on the Jajce and Travnik tour with driver Admir and guide Agan. Agan is a very friendly guide and he is very knowledgeable. Agan speaks excellent English and has a great sense of humor and along with professional driver Admir, getting you safely to the destinations, they make the car ride between stops a very pleasant and fun experience. I had the best time with them and the other tourists on this tour. They were very patient. I highly recommend Meet Bosnia and this tour! Do not miss out on this day trip!

Our walking tour with Hidaya at Meet Bosnia Tours was fantastic! She was extremely knowledgeable, very passionate which we love and her English was perfect. And because we opted for the paid version we got lucky and we’re the only ones so we had the opportunity to have some great conversations. We are now planning a few more tours in Sarajevo and plan to use Meet Bosnia tours for all of them.

We will warmly recommend this tour. We learned so much more about the city and its very interesting, long and important history. Our guide was super lovely, enthusiastic and engaging. We got also very useful tips for restaurants and other interesting places to visit. Absolut must for everybody visiting the city!

Selma was the best tour guide I have had unitl now. Thank you so much for the wonderful walking tour in Sarajevo

The tour was great. The guide, had a lot of informations and was also a very enjoyable company.