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Sarajevo to/from Belgrade 2-Day Transfer Tour via East Bosnia and West Serbia (1-Night stay at Mokra Gora)

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2 Days
Availability : Jan-Dec
Min Age : 0+
Max People : 8
Tour Overview

Join us on a comprehensive 2-day, door-to-door tour from Sarajevo to Belgrade (or vice versa), highlighting East Bosnia and West Serbia’s gems.

The itinerary includes two UNESCO sites, Burati necropolis and Višegrad with its UNESCO-listed Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic bridge, the Šargan Eight train and Drvengrad in Mokra Gora, and the breathtaking Banjska Stena viewpoint in National Park Tara, with an overnight stay at Drvengrad Village.

The second day features the Kadinjača memorial, cultural exploration in Sirogojno Village, the natural beauty of Stopića Cave, Gostilje Waterfall, and concludes with a transfer to Belgrade.

This tour offers a cost-effective and enriching travel experience, surpassing traditional transport options like buses or rental cars.

Highlights

What's Included

INCLUDED
  • English speaking local-expert guide and driver.
  • Accommodation in Mokra Gora Nature Park (1 night)
  • Ground transfers.
  • All Entrance Fees, Taxes & Flexible Cancellation Policy.
  • No hidden costs. VAT 17% included in the price. Cancel 14 days prior for full refund or change dates anytime.
  • Tour is available throughout the year.
  • Pay safely online with a credit card. We accept payments for all types of credit cards.
NOT INCLUDED
  • Personal travel insurance is not included. Please buy it at home country.
  • Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.
  • All tours are shared, unless specifically booked as private.
  • Dinner

Getting There

Departure Tour departs at 7.30 am either from Sarajevo or Belgrade.

Itinerary


DAY 1: East Bosnia

Destination: Mokra Gora, Serbia
Accommodation: Mokra Gora Private Accommodation 3* | Upgrade to Mećavnik Resort 4*
Driving Time:4.30hrs | Private Vehicle

Borak UNESCO Necropolis:After departing Sarajevo in the morning, we’ll take approx.45-minute ride to reach Rogatica and the first stop of the day, Borak Stećci necropolis near the Burati village. This hidden gem deep in the misty forests of East Bosnia was recently inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage. We will discover the unique history of the Medieval Bosnian Kingdom and figure out why these blocks of limestone are scattered all around Bosnia and Herzegovina. The cemetery is hidden in the forest, so hiking is required to find them. Read more about the Stećci phenomenon in a BBC article.

Borak Stecak UNESCO Necropolic near Rogatica

Višegrad – UNESCO site of Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge & Andrićgrad:Višegrad, with its Ottoman-era Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a testament to architectural grandeur and historical significance. The bridge, built in 1577, is celebrated for its harmonious proportions and monumental elegance.

The town gained fame through the Nobel Prize-winning novel “Bridge Over Drina” by Ivo Andrić, a recommendation for understanding the region’s rich history. On this tour, you’ll marvel at the bridge, enjoy a river cruise on the verdant Drina, and explore Andrićgrad, a stone town honoring Andrić’s legacy and Yugoslavian cinema, envisioned by filmmaker Emir Kusturica.

Andricgrad at Visegrad with Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge

Dobrun Orthodox Monastery:As soon as we finish the story of Višegrad, we’ll continue driving towards the east Bosnian border and, on the way, will pay a visit to one of the most important Serbian Orthodox monasteries, Dobrun Monastery.

Initially built in 1343 with frescoes preserved until today, it is the ideal stop to learn more about local history and enjoy the fantastic nature surrounding it.

Ortodox (Serbian) Monastery at Dobrun - Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mećavnik / Drvengrad:Later on, it is time to cross the Bosnia to Serbia border, and as soon as we do, we will enter the fantastic area of the nature park of “Šargan-Mokra Gora.”
The first stop (for lunch possibly) will be the ethno village of Drvengrad (eng. Timber Town), also known as Küstendorf and Mećavnik. Director Emir Kusturica designed a village-town for his movie “Life is Miracle” The design won the “Philippe Rotthier European Architecture Award” from the Brussels Foundation for Architecture.
Why does the place look out of this world? Why has it won one of the most prestigious awards in architecture? The best is to come with us and see it for yourself.

Šargan Eight Train:After lunch, at Drvengrad, we are about to take a train ride, but not just any train ride; we will do the famous “Šargan Eight.

The Šargan Eight is a narrow gauge (760mm) steam railway built in 1925., famously called Ćira (Chira). Once, it was used to connect Sarajevo and Belgrade, and the name “eight” originates from the pure shape of the track, which, if looked at from the sky, looks like the number 8.

It was famous for its impressive engineering, which enabled it to rapidly climb a height of 300m over a short distance of 3.500m, whereas the total length of the railway today is 15.440m. Stunningly, all of that was achieved by passing through 22 tunnels and five bridges. It was pretty fantastic stuff, even on the global scale of rail and train engineering at the time, but the most amazing for us is that we will experience this story. Today, after it was closed in 1974, the train is again reopened for tourist reasons and faithful lovers of old-school steam train engineering. It’s simply exciting and stunning.

Read more about Bosnian Gauge, or “Bosnaspur” or “Bosnische Spurweite”.

Jatare train station on the Sargan 8 (Sargan Eight - Sagarnska Osmica) narrow gauge railway commencing in Mokra Gora, Serbia

National Park Tara and Viewpoint Banjska Stena:As soon as we end the fantastic train ride, we’ll continue toward Belgrade. On the way, we will stop to explore the tremendous region of one of Serbia’s most beautiful National Parks – National Park Tara.

National Park Tara (declared in 1981.), with its biological diversity, is one of the most amazing areas in the whole of Serbia, offering great nature experiences, stunning views, hiking and trekking opportunities, unique Picea Omorica, vast animal diversity, and many other ways to fully enjoy life.

One of the most important stops will be the stunning viewpoint of “Banjska Stena,” which offers a fantastic panorama of Perućac Lake on the Drina River, which naturally borders Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Serbia.

Banjska Stena viewpoint at Tara National Park - Serbia

House on Drina:The house on the Drina at Bajina Bašta is a famous and picturesque attraction in Serbia. This tiny house, perched on a rock in the middle of the Drina River, has become a symbol of resilience and an iconic sight for photographers and travelers alike. It reflects a unique blend of natural beauty and human determination, creating a serene yet striking image against the backdrop of the river and surrounding landscape. Its unusual location and charming appearance make it a must-see for the region.

Belgrade to Sarajevo

Overnight at Mokra Gora:We plan to serve an overnight stay at Mokra Gora Nature Park. Our recommended stay style would be a private luxury 3* accommodation (Vacation Home Nana or similar) in the beautiful rural setting of Mokra Gora. For those interested in an upgrade to 4* accommodation, we recommend Mećavnik Resort.

There is free time in the evening, and dinner is at Drvengrad on your own.

Drvengrad (eng.Timber Town) also know as Küstendorf and Mećavnik. Village-town designed by the movie director Emir Kusturica for his movie “Life is Miracle” and the design which won the

DAY 2: West Serbia

Destination: Belgrade, Serbia
Meals Included: Breakfast
Driving Time:4.30hrs | Private Vehicle

Kadinjača Memorial:As soon as you grab your breakfast and soak up the beauty of Mokra Gora, it is time to continue our journey. The first stop of the day is Kadinjača Memorial.
The Kadinjača Memorial Complex, near Užice, Serbia, is a poignant tribute to the soldiers of the Workers’ Battalion who made a bold stand against German forces during World War II.

Erected on the site of their last battle in November 1941, this memorial commemorates their ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
It’s a stark reminder of the harsh realities of war and heroism. The complex, with its striking architecture and somber atmosphere, invites visitors to reflect on the costs of conflict and the bravery of those who resist oppression. It’s a significant site for understanding Serbia’s role and experiences in WWII.

Stopića Cave:Stopića Cave, a natural wonder near Sirogojno, is famed for its impressive geological formations, including large halls and unique features like the rare “bigrene kade” tubs – cascading pools formed by mineral deposits. The cave’s interior, with its mysterious and ancient ambiance, offers a fascinating journey through time and nature. Both locations are not just stops on a trip but immersive experiences into Serbia’s rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty.

Sirogojno Village:In Sirogojno Village, you’ll step back into an open-air museum that vividly recreates traditional Serbian rural life. The “Old Village Museum” features authentically reconstructed wooden houses with furnishings and tools from the 19th century, offering a unique window into historical lifestyle and customs.

Gostilje Waterfall:Gostilje Waterfall, located near the village of Gostilje in Western Serbia, is a picturesque natural attraction. The waterfall, part of the Gostilje River, is about 20 meters high and cascades beautifully over lush, green moss-covered rocks, creating a serene and photogenic landscape.
The area around the waterfall is peaceful and idyllic, making it an ideal spot for relaxation, picnics, and nature walks. The sound of the water and the cool, misty air provide a refreshing escape from the bustle of everyday life. This location is prevalent among nature photographers and those seeking a tranquil natural setting.

Gostilje Waterfall:The last part of the day would be a 3-hour transfer to Belgrade.


What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun protection (summer time)
  • Waterproof jacket in case of rains
  • Warm jacket (during the winter period)
  • Light-weight, breathable walking shirts and trousers
  • Warm hat and light gloves (during the winter period)
  • Water bottle

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this tour for me?
    This tour is suitable for anyone travelling from Sarajevo to Belgrade or the opposite direction.
  2. Are Bosnia and Serbia safe off the beaten path travels?
    The best destinations in Balkans are totally off the beaten path and surely it is safe to explore them.
  3. Can I book as solo traveller?
    Yes you can. Significant number of our fellow travelers are solo.
  4. What is the weather like?
    Balkans have extremely differentiated weather seasons, meaning in the winter, we have deep minus temperatures, and during the summer, high plus, so make sure to know what to expect before arrival.
  5. How much should I tip?
    Tips are not included in the tour costs, nor are they heavily expected in Bosnian culture. However when you receive excellent service, we recommend tipping.
  6. Can I start/end in Belgrade instead of Sarajevo?
    Yes, all of our tours and packages are customisable, so make sure to contact our team with any of your requests. 
  7. Can I book my own accommodation in Mokra Gora? 
    Yes, you can. In case you prefer booking your own accommodation we will deduct the costs of hotel service from the overall price. 
  8. What is the currency I should use while in Bosnia and Serbia? 
    While some places do accept EUR make sure to have small amount of local currencies (BiH: BAM; Serbia: Serbian Dinar)
  9. Can I book this tour in other than English language?
    Tours are possible to book in other than English languages in private option. Do contact our team for further information.
  10. How much in advance I need to book this tour?
    It is recommended to book at least 15 days in advance but our team will go above and beyond to confirm the trips even 24h before the supposed departure. 
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Heather Pollock Green

Couple Traveller

This tour exceeded our expectations in every way. We read every piece of material Funky Tours offered on their website, we were looking forward to being able to ask a guide our MANY questions about the Balkans, the Wars of the 1990s and to better understand this region. Adnan G took it to the next level – he was patient and generous, guiding both the travel itinerary, but also the process of moving more deeply into the understanding the history – with patience, generously sharing his own experiences from having lived with the war in Sarajevo and a kind of empathy that I am still seeking the words to articulate. We also had the pleasure of Elvir as the tour driver, from whom with Adnan, we learned more about the Bosnian humor. I will not ever forget the day to Srebrenica, made more potent by being invited into a local family’s home for a generous and delicious lunch and to hear her story. We were reminded that it is vital to bear witness and then make sure others understand what has been made invisible. We thank Funky Tours for their excellence in every way.

October 23, 2022

A TripAdvisor China Member

Solo Traveller

最好的旅行社

我在Sarajevo Funky Tours 预定了从Novi Sad 到Sarajevo的交通服务以及 从萨拉热窝回贝尔格莱德的一日游, 这真的是我参加过最好的行程,行程中包含了所有重要的景点,其中有Tara National Park,水上小屋等等。 导游非常的专业并且nice, 推荐给大家
如果你需要去萨拉热窝或者波黑一定要找他们!!!

October 2, 2019

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