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Free Walking Tour & Local Food Tasting – Half Day Tour in Sarajevo

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3 Hours
Availability : Every Day
Min Age : 0 (suitable for anyone)
Max People : 15
Tour Overview

We believe that the most beautiful way to explore place is to combine rich history and culture with tasting of the authentic food and beverages.

Our Sarajevo Funky Free Walking Tour is carefully created to offer our guests a unique experience with maximum attention to every detail. Tour will focus on the old part and city centre of Sarajevo, covering Sarajevo’s detailed history, with sampling some of the most famous local products.

Please note that this tour is not aimed to sell any other product of ours, but to offer amazing and unrivalled walking experience of Sarajevo.

Highlights

  • Discover Sarajevo Old town and City Centre in depth during a FREE OF CHARGE 3h walking tour.
  • Avoid crowded group tours and optimise your time by joining a small group with Funky Tours and instead of doing just another ordinary city tour, have a life-changing experience.
  • Enjoy the time with a local expert who will make sure to provide not only a raw guidance but an incredible insight in the city, from its culture, history, religion and people all the way to jaw dropping food.
  • Take a stroll in cobblestone streets of Bascarsija, meet and chat with the locals, become less of an observer and adopt the spirit of Sarajevans. 
  • Understand the Bosnian sense of humour and the way it kept them overcoming the toughest life situations. 
  • Indulge into the world of past and learn about Ottoman Empire, Austria-Hungraian Rule, WWI & WII, raise and fall of Yugoslavia, Sarajevo Siege and understand why is Sarajevo popularly called European Jerusalem.
  • Get a unique experience of FREE OF CHARGE food tasting and threat your buds with traditional local specialities.

What's Included

INCLUDED
  • Guide
    English speaking local-expert guide. 
  • Availability
    Tour is available throughout the year.
  • Food & Drinks
    This tour include small quantities of traditional Bosnian food and drinks.
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.
  • Shared Tour
    All tours are shared, unless specifically booked as private.

Starting Point & Departure Times

Logistics

  • Tour departs once a day from Funky Tour office. Please make advance booking, and cancellation if needed.
  • Departure Times: 10 AM.

Itinerary

In the old town of Sarajevo, at our office, meet your guide and we are good to go.

  • SARAJEVO OLD TOWN

As soon as we leave our starting point, our office at Besarina Čikma 5 in the heart of the old town of Sarajevo, first stop of the walk is Baščaršija square and its most interesting symbol, fountain, Sebilj.

Next stop is Kazandžiluk street and story of origins of copper and tin industry in Sarajevo.

Bravadžiluk street in 16th century used to be heart of production of locks and padlocks and that is how it got the name (brava = lock). Today however is home to some of the finest Bosnian food places – Ćevabdžinicas and Buregdžinicas which are awaiting us to try their best specialties such as Ćevapi and Pita.

After successfully trying some great food it is time to burn some calories and we continue towards Vijećnica (Sarajevo city hall). Walk will continue over Šeher-ćehaja bridge with stories about Yellow and White Bastion and photo stop at Inat Kuća (House of Spite).

In the very vicinity of Vijećnica is Sarajevo Brewery which was founded on May 24th, 1864, and historians consider it to be the oldest industrial plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Time to taste some Sarajevsko beer. We will make a short stop at the famous Franciscan monastery afterwards.

Our next stop will be the oldest mosque in Sarajevo, Imperial mosque which will provide a unique  insight into traditions of Islam in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Just bridge further down the Miljacka river, we shall arrive to Atmejdan park, Latin bridge and assassination point of Franz Ferdinand where we will learn the inevitable story of the WWI.

After WII it is time for a bit older history and a stroll in Gazihusref-beys covered market-bazaar (Gazi Husref-beys bezistan) which was built in early 16th century for trading reasons still today serves the original purpose. 

History of Jewish people in Sarajevo and visit to Jewish Synagogue is unmissable part of the tour. Once expelled from Spain in 1492 majority of Sephardic Jews settled regions of the Ottoman Empire, amongst which Sarajevo and Bosnia have hosted large numbers. 

  • SARAJEVO CITY CENTRE & OLD TOWN

Next in line of religions who have dominated life and culture of Sarajevo, are Bosnian catholics, and next site on the visit is their greatest temple in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cathedral of Sacred Jesus Hearth.

Just at the square, if you look around, you will notice red stains on the ground. Those are the worldwide known Sarajevo Roses.

Couple of minutes away from pedestrian zone we will be welcomed by local farmers at green “Markale Pijaca“. Markale was on front page two times during the 1990ies, due to massacres that took place during the siege of Sarajevo. Tasting some local products there is a must.

Few steps away will take us to the junction of Mula Mustafa Bašeskija, Titova and Ferhadija street where we we will make a short stop at the Eternal flame (Vječna vatra), favourite meeting place of locals which will give us a chance to soak up some good local atmosphere.

As we continue with the amazing European Jerusalem experience, our next stop will be just a perfect way to display the rich history of religious and cultural diversity that is simply breathtaking – The Orthodox Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos.

Afterwards, we will admire the Hotel Europe which is both andhotel and historic building. Built and opened in the early days of what turned out to be a 40-year Austro-Hungarian occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Summer garden of this Austro-Hungarian building actually was built on top of the remains of Tašlihan, place constructed in Ottoman period. Two historical places on one sight. Tašlihan was one of three caravanserais in Sarajevo, which served both travelers and horses.

We will go through endowment of Gazi Husref bey, by visiting the Gazi Husref beys mosque, Clock tower famously called Sahat Kula and its belonging building Muvekithana, Madrassa, Khanikah and Library, first public toilette in Sarajevo, Imaret kitchen (once serving only poor), burial place of Gazi Husrev-bey and few other locations important for understanding this complex which is biggest in the Balkans.

Morića Han will be our next stop and this is certainly one of those corners where you can imagine yourself being in a tale from 1001 Nights Middle Eastern Book . This inn is Sarajevo’s only remaining caravanserai, a place where merchant caravans could find accommodation during the Ottoman period.

Old Orthodox Church, the oldest religious structure in the city will be our last stop for a day and will offer you a shocking experience of “time travel” as soon as you place your foot in its stunning garden.

Walking Tour History Timeline

What you will learn during the our Free Walking Tour?

1457-1878

  • Ottoman Conquest of Bosnian Kingdom, Creation and Rise of Sarajevo during the Ottoman Rule

1878-1918

  • Austria-Hungarian Rule & WW1

1918-1945

  • Kingdom of Yugoslavia & WW2

1945-1991

  • Tito’s Yugoslavia

1992-1995

  • Siege of Sarajevo & Downfall of Yugoslavia

1996-Present

  • Modern Sarajevo & Bosnia & Herzegovina

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water bottle

Optional Extras

  • How to optimise one full day in Sarajevo?

If you are on short time in Sarajevo or prefer to maximise your stay in Sarajevo, our long term experience tells us that the best way to optimise one day in Sarajevo is to take our Sarajevo Free Walking Tour with food tasting and Bosnian coffee in the morning at 10 AM, be finished latest by 1.30 PM, just in time to get some rest (or lunch break), and join our Sarajevo Siege Tour with War Tunnel at 2 PM.

  • Private Walking + Tasting Food 

Costs of the private walking tour are 20 EUR per adult. Minimum number of people on a private tour are 2. For groups of 4+ people we approve 15% discount.

Map

Trip Photos

Sebilj Worldwide known Sebilj

Sarajevo old town Bascarsija coppersmith street - Kazandziluk Sarajevo old town Bascarsija coppersmith street – Kazandziluk

Sarajevo Gazi Husref Bey Mosque Built in 1531. and the Old Town Sarajevo Gazi Husref Bey Mosque Built in 1531. and the Old Town

Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of the symbols of Sarajevo European Jerusalem. Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of the symbols of Sarajevo European Jerusalem

The Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos The Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos

The Emperor's Mosque The Emperor’s Mosque is the oldest Sarajevo’s mosque

Sarajevo City Hall Sarajevo City Hall

Latin Bridge Latin Bridge

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this tour free of charge?
    Yes it is.
  2. Does the tour also include free of charge food tasting?
    Yes, food samples during the walking tour are free of charge.
  3. Is this tour only in English language?
    Yes. Free of charge walking tour is available currently only in English language. Tour in other than English language is possible to book in a private walking tour option.
  4. Does this tour include entrance fees?
    Entrance fees are not included but the walking tour, due to the time limitation, does not include guidance from the inside except of the market places and free of charge possible to enter locations.
  5. What is the fitness level required for this tour?
    This tour is suitable for anyone regardless the age or fitness level.
  6. Is the tour cancelled in case of rain/snow?
    Unless dealing with a heavily bad weather we never cancel any of our tours.
  7. How much in advance I should book this tour? 
    Funky Tours always tends to focus on quality rather than quality. This is why we have limited the number of people per tour. Please book this tour at least 5 days in advance. However, do note that we will go above and beyond to confirm even the last minute bookings.
  8. How much should I tip?
    Tips are not obligatory in Bosnian culture but are recommendable when you receive excellent service. The amount of tip is absolutely up to you.
56 Reviews
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R Langestr

Solo Traveller

I did the free walking and food tasting tour and it was absolutely amazing.

People from the office are super friendly and my guide was excellent! One of the best guides I’ve ever had for a tour. Sometimes guides can sound like they play a recorded tape and read a script… but Ahmet really explained everything in his own words which made it super interesting to listen to. All the important buildings now really got a meaning when I walked past them after the tour.

Wish I had a chance to do some of their other tours too as they look amazing.

August 24, 2021

ishmael78

Solo Traveller

Amazing tour with tasting of the best bosnian food

Great free tour (you pay what you feel like, at the end), with a very good guide, Emin: we walked for more than 3 hours in the center of Sarajevo, and Emin explained a lot and make us drinking bosnian coffee (showing us the proper way to drink it) and eat burek and cevapi, the most common and tasty food you eat in Sarajevo restaurants.

Very recommended!

August 20, 2021

Simon Day

Solo Traveller

I took funky tours a couple of years back. Absolutely fantastic. They will show you Sarajevo you would not otherwise see. Highly recommended.

August 15, 2021

Imran Qureshi

Couple Traveller

Fantastic tour group. Took care of our every request. Highly recommended, friendly service, great tours!

August 14, 2021

Hannah K

Group Traveller

Did a 3D/2N tour from Dubrovnik to Split via Sarajevo with Funky. They organized everything and made it easy to understand Bosnia’s long history and complicated present without worrying about the logistics since they were very responsive and took care of everything, even for our more complicated itinerary.

We did 1 day tour through Herzegovina to Sarajevo, 1 day in Sarajevo including a walking tour and Siege tour, then a 1 day tour to Split. The travel days were long but the driving time was made much richer by getting to interact so much with our amazing guides and ask them all of our questions in between the multiple stops. We also saw and learned about so much Bosnian history we would not have seen otherwise, plus got to see some beautiful parts of the country, including some amazing waterfalls and beautiful green hills.

The food was amazing-probably the best meals of a 2 week trip through the region. Funky Tours and our guides made the visit so much richer and I would highly recommend using them and visiting Bosnia.

July 30, 2021
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