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Sarajevo to/from Belgrade Full Day UNESCO Transfer Tour (via East Bosnia & West Serbia)

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12 Hours
Availability : Every Day
Min Age : 0+
Max People : 8 persons
Tour Overview

Sarajevo and Belgrade, once capitals of ex Yugoslav Republics, two cities which Funky Tours today has brought together much closer by developing a stunning full day connecting tour, which is logically connecting and covering regions of Eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina and West Serbia.

This is Sarajevo & Belgrade connecting door to door day tour, which covers 7 most amazing destinations in East Bosnia and West Serbia. 

This tour can go from Sarajevo to Belgrade or opposite way, but in this particular itinerary we will focus on direction from Sarajevo to Belgrade.

Highlights

  • Optimise your time and save money on public transportation by conveniently connecting Sarajevo and Belgrade by a full day off the beaten path tour.
  • Understand 2 countries in depth. 
  • Visit 6 amazing locations and see the best of East Bosnia and West Serbia.
  • Explore the 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Experience the best story telling while being surrounded with the intact nature and wild life.
  • Discover a hardly known UNESCO site of medieval necropolis hidden deep in the dense forest and learn about Bosnian Kingdom. 
  • Enjoy a river cruise over the emerald green Drina river and admire the unique elegance of old Ottoman bridge.
  • Witness the magnificence of one of the most important Serbian Orthodox monasteries – Dobrun.
  • Wander around the unique small wooden town built by famous Serbian film director Emir Kusturica.
  • Get a deeper picture of the old times by the unique 45min long Šargan Eight train ride.
  • Admire the incredible art-like view from Banjska Stena over the Perućac Lake.
  • Finally get to see the charming wooden House on Drina and take some amazing photos.

Important Notice

By far, per listed itinerary (7 stops), this is the most diverse connecting day tour between Sarajevo and Belgrade. Having tons of beautiful stops and outbound costs, always aiming at great travellers experiences, this tour in comparison to other means of travel, is the best optimised cost-benefit service you can get on the market. We guarantee it.

Among other outbound costs mentioned, such as Šargan Eight train ride or visit to Drvengrad village, we can’t pass by and skip beautiful Drina river cruise or visit National Park Tara.

Simply, perception of grandiosity of the UNESCO site of Mehmed Paša Sokolović bridge, can’t be experienced by just walking across it, and taking few photos from a side. You must go under it. In the same time, at Višegrad, we enjoy to help local boat businesses thrive.

National Park Tara’s most beautiful viewpoint is not accessible by asphalt road, part of it is macadam. We don’t mind detouring several tens of kilometre, and putting bit more amortization on our vehicles and gas costs, for our guests, to probably once in the lifetime, enjoy the amazing views from Banjska Stena.

If you ever get into situation where you are comparing products on the market, please don’t judge them by the price only, take a deeper look into what you get in return, aka: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

What's Included

INCLUDED

Guide
English speaking local-expert guide and driver. Guide in different language available on request.
Free pickup
We shall pick you up at your address either in Sarajevo or Belgrade and drop you off at your address too.
All Transfers
All tour transfers are provided by Funky Tours.
Entrance Fees, Taxes & Flexible Cancellation Policy
Drina river boat ride (winter time usually not available), Šargan Eight train (winter time usually not available), Drvengrad ticket. No hidden costs. VAT 17% included in the price. Cancel 1 day prior for full refund or change dates anytime.
Availability
Tour is available throughout the year.
Group Discounts
For bigger group bookings, discounts are available.
Online Payments
Pay safely online with a credit card. We accept payments for all types of credit cards.

NOT INCLUDED

Insurance
Travel insurance is not included. Please buy it at home country.
Guide Tipping
Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.
Private Tour
All tours are shared, unless specifically booked as private.
Food
Lunch break is planned at Drvengrad, and food costs are paid at the spot directly to the restaurant. Typical lunch cost is around 8-10 EUR per person.

Starting Point & Departure Times

Logistics

  • This is door to door tour-transfer so we pick you up at your address.
  • Departure Times: Daily at 8 AM.

Itinerary

  • STOP 1: Borak Stećci UNESCO Necropolis (30min)

After departing Sarajevo in the morning 7.45 AM we’ll take approx. 45min ride to reach Rogatica and first stop of the day, Borak Stećci necropolis near the Burati village. This hidden gem deep in the misty forests of East Bosnia just recently inscribed as UNESCO World heritage, so we surely make a visit there. We will discover unique history of Medieval Bosnian Kingdom and figure out why these block of limestone are scattered all around Bosnia and Herzegovina. The necropolis is bit hidden in the forest so bit of hiking is required to find them.

Borak Stecak UNESCO Necropolic near Rogatica
Borak – UNESCO Stećak Necropolis
  • STOP 2: Višegrad – UNESCO site of Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge & Andrićgrad (1.30h)

Later, we ride for one more hour, through mountain parts of Bosnia before we meet up with turquoise Drina river canyon, and arrive to Višegrad.

Višegrad is home to UNESCO heritage too, an Ottoman time bridge built in 1577. by the Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasa Sokolović. The UNESCO summary: “The unique elegance of proportion and monumental nobility of the property as a whole bear witness to the greatness of this style of architecture.” is definitely reason to visit such a beautiful place.

The book: “Bridge Over Drina” by Bosnian and Travnik born, World famous Nobel Prize winner, Yugoslav writer Ivo Andrić ,has given most of the glory to this amazing place and we surely recommend you to read this novel before coming to this region and for this tour. This way you can better understand historical importance of this area in regard to a local but as well to a global aspect.

As soon as we see the Bridge and take the river cruise through amazingly green Drina river, we’ll explore stone town of Andrićgrad (eng.Andrić town). Small, stone made town, recently built, named and dedicated after novelist Ivo Andrić. Site also interpreting story of once glorious and very successful Yugoslavian cinematography from perspective of one of the best local directors – Emir Kusturica.

Andricgrad at Visegrad with Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge
Andricgrad – stone town dedicated to Bosnian/Yugoslavian Nobel Prize Winner Ivo Andrić and UNESCO site of Mehmed pasa Sokolovic bridge
  • STOP 3: Dobrun Orthodox Monastery (30min)

As soon as we finish story of Višegrad, we’ll continue driving towards east Bosnian border and on the way will pay visit to one of the most important Serbian Orthodox monasteries, Dobrun Monastery. Originally built in 1343 with frescoes preserved until today is ideal stop to learn more about local history and enjoy the amazing nature surrounding it.

Ortodox (Serbian) Monastery at Dobrun - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ortodox (Serbian) Monastery at Dobrun – Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • STOP 4: Drvengrad & Lunch break (1.30h)

Later on, time to cross the Bosnia to Serbia border and as soon as we do, we will enter amazing area of nature park of “Šargan-Mokra Gora”. 

First stop (for lunch possibly) will be ethno village of 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 “Philippe Rotthier European Architecture Award” from the Brussels Foundation for Architecture.

Why the place looks out of this world? Why it won one of the most prestigious awards in world of the architecture? The best is to come with us and see it for yourself.

Drvengrad - Mecavnik - A wooden town in West Serbia
Drvengrad – Mecavnik – A wooden town in West Serbia
  • STOP 5: Šargan Eight Train Ride (45min)

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

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

It was made famous for the impressive engineering which enabled it to rapidly climb height of 300m over the short distance 3.500m where total length is of the railway today is 15.440m. Stunningly, all of that was achieved by passing through 22 tunnels and 5 bridges. Quite amazing stuff even on the global scale of rail and train engineering at the time, but the most amazing for us is that we are going to experience this story. Today the train, after it was closed in 1974, is again reopen for primarily tourist reasons, but as well for true lovers of old school steam train engineering. Simply interesting and stunning.

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

Sargan Eight Train at Mokra Gora Nature Park in Serbia
Šargan Eight Train
  • STOP 6: National Park Tara and Viewpoint Banjska Stena (1h)

As soon as we end amazing train ride we’ll continue towards Belgrade, and on the way we will stop to explore amazing region of one of the most beautiful National Parks in Serbia – National Park Tara.

National Park Tara (declared in 1981.) with its biological diversity is one of the most amazing areas in 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 stunning viewpoint of “Banjska Stena” which offers an amazing panorama of Perućac Lake on Drina river, which naturally borders Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.

Banjska Stena viewpoint at Tara National Park - Serbia
Banjska Stena viewpoint at Tara National Park – Serbia
  • STOP 7: House on Drina (15min)

Generally after Tara National Park explorations, rest of roughly three hours ride to Belgrade will take us through Bajina Bašta town with last short stop at “House on Drina“, where in the end of the day, we hope to be in Belgrade no later than 8 pm.

House on Drina at Bajina Bašta
Small fishing house on Drina river at Bajina Bašta – Serbia

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

Optional Extras

  • 2 Day Round Trip Tour from Belgrade to Sarajevo and back
    In case you want to travel to Sarajevo and have limited time to stay, at least one night, we can create custom made itinerary with maximum care to your limited time.
  • 2 Day One-way tour from Belgrade to Sarajevo via Vojvodina and Eastern Bosna
    Check up our 2 day connecting tour covering Fruska Gora National Park and Vojvodina region in Serbia with its capital Novi Sad and Srebrenica region in Eastern Bosnia.

Map

Trip Photos

Borak Stecak UNESCO Necropolic near Rogatica
Borak – UNESCO Stećak Necropolis
Andricgrad at Visegrad with Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge
Abundance of charming and off the beaten path places that are tucked away from the mass tourism impact.
Ortodox (Serbian) Monastery at Dobrun - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ortodox (Serbian) Monastery at Dobrun – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Orthodox Monastery at Dobrun - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Orthodox Monastery at Dobrun – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Drvengrad - wooden town in Serbia
Drvengrad – wooden town in Serbia
Drvengrad - Mecavnik - A wooden town in West Serbia
Drvengrad – Mecavnik in West Serbia
Sargan Eight Train at Mokra Gora Nature Park in Serbia
Šargan Eight Train
Jatare train station on the Sargan 8 (Sargan Eight - Sagarnska Osmica) narrow gauge railway commencing in Mokra Gora, Serbia
Jatare train station on the Sargan 8 (Sargan Eight – Šarganska Osmica) narrow gauge railway commencing in Mokra Gora, Serbia
Steam engine locomotive part of sargan eight narrow-gauge railway in Serbia
Steam engine locomotive part of Šargan eight narrow-gauge railway in Serbia
Drina river lake bordering Bosnia and Serbia
Drina river lake bordering Bosnia and Serbia
Zaovine Lake landscape - Tara National Park in Serbia during fall
Zaovine Lake landscape – Tara National Park in Serbia during fall

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much luggage can I carry?
    We usually don’t have luggage limitations on our connecting tours, meaning you can carry as much as you have as long as that is considered “normal” amount.
  2. Is this a round trip from and to Sarajevo?
    No, this is a connecting tour between Sarajevo and Belgrade. For our round trip full day tour we suggest you to check out our East Bosnia and West Serbia Off the beaten path tour.
  3. Can I end this tour in Novi Sad instead of Belgrade?
    Yes, we can easily arranged the drop off in Novi Sad. Please contact our team for further assistance.
  4. Is lunch included in costs of the tour?
    Lunch is not included in costs. Costs of a really good and tasty lunch is usually between 7-10 EUR.
  5. Is this tour for me?
    This tour is suitable for anyone regardless on their age or fitness level.
  6. Can I book as a solo traveller?
    Yes you can. Significant number of our fellow travelers are solo.
  7. How much should I tip?
    Tips are not included in the tour costs, nor they are heavily expected in Bosnian culture. However when you receive excellent service, we recommend tipping.
  8. 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.
  9. How much in advance do 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.
  10. Can I pay for the tour with credit card?
    Yes, we accept VISA and Maestro. Please note that, in case you would like to make a credit card payment, you will need to do it at our office or by prepayment via credit card authorisation form. Our guides can NOT accept credit cards.
  11. Which currency is accepted for cash payment?
    We are fans of our local currency (BAM), but you can also pay in EUR, HRK, USD, GBP or even combined.
38 Reviews
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Giulia Lenzi

Solo Traveller

Guida preparatissima, di una gentilezza sconfinata. Sono davvero bravi, disponibili ad ogni esigenza e soprattutto pieni di passione.
Validissimi!

February 20, 2020

otherachel

Couple Traveller

Amazing trip with a fantastic guide!

We had a fantastic time on this transfer. For one, it was so much easier than flying or taking a normal bus. Sarajevo Funky Tours were super helpful in helping us organise it all via email in advance and the hotel pickup all ran smoothly – all you had to do was wake up!

Our guide on the day was also great, he could tell when to say “ok, I’ll stop talking now, looks like you guys need a nap!” which was what we needed at some points… He was also great and talking about local history and Bosnian culture when we were a bit more awake! We seriously learnt more from him than at the museums.

I loved the medieval graves (though make sure you wear proper shoes – it involved hiking through the snow so our shoes were wet all day) and the towns we visited. But the real winner were the mountain views we got to see along way – absolutely amazing!

This company (we also recommend the walking tour) and transfer service are a must-do! 🙂

January 16, 2020

hannatjh

Couple Traveller

Last day of 2019 well spent!

Thanks for making the last day of 2019 so wonderful! After comparing several transportations from Belgrade to Sarajevo, we finally decided on this tour – this was my first time with Funky and had become a loyal follower ever since.

My guide is Hamza and the driver is Jasmin. They are really welcoming and helpful! Hamza literally can answer every question I asked patiently and insightfully. Jasmin is really responsible and makes the journey safe and enjoyable.

I highly recommend you guys choose this day trip instead of sitting in the normal coach for 7 hours if you wanna transit between these two cities. They pick up and drop off in front of your accommodation and 8 people in the van maximum, so the convenience and comfortability can be guaranteed. Plus, we had the chance to take the steam train and this was my first experience standing outside of the carriage and immersing myself in the incredible snow scenes. What a nice ending of the year!

January 7, 2020

Geoff Styles

Solo Traveller

The best tour with great info.

November 28, 2019

Jon B

Family Traveller

SARAJEVO FUNKY TOURS IS TRULY AWESOME!

My sister and I spent four days in Sarajevo and prior to leaving had booked 4 tours with them. We did the Transfer Day Trip from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Sarajevo, Utopia of Tito’s Yugoslavia Siege of Sarajevo full day tour, Lukomir Nomadic Village Hiking Day, and Transfer and Day Tour from Sarajevo to Belgrade, Serbia.

Every tour was just incredible. From the moment of booking Ema reaching out and confirming and organizing your trips with fantastic communication right down to the very on time pick ups by the guides.

The Guides and drivers we had… Adnan, Dimir, Arna, Elvira, and Faris were all people I wont ever forget and I truly hope to see again! The best guides I have had on any day tour across the world. They were so personable and knowledgeable and hard working and all truly loved their jobs and made sure we saw everything on the itineraries.

My favorite day was the Utopia of Tito’s tour, hearing Arna’s personal families story during the siege brought tears to my eyes and was very touching.

Bosnia is an incredible country with beautiful and resilient people, beautiful landscapes and mountains, delicious food, and a fantastic culture.

Book your day tours now with Sarajevo funky tours it will be the best decision you will make!

November 7, 2019
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