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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.
50 Reviews
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Rodolfo O

Couple Traveller

Awesome walking tour

Adnan and Edna were awesome in the walk in tour of Sarajevo.
Learned to taste Bosnian Coffee and were very helpful.

May 30, 2021

Andrew

Solo Traveller

First class tour from start to finish.

Review of: Full Day Tour from Sarajevo to Herzegovina

Funky Tours arranged several excellent tours while I was based in Bosnia (one or two which were free of charge) between October 2020 and March 2021. This included a food and drink tasting tour, the siege of Sarajevo tour, a day trip to Jajce and Travnik, a day trip to the Srebrenica genocide memorial centre, as well as one to Herzegovina which included stops in Mostar, Medugorje and Pocitelj.

Each tour was outstanding and the tour guides, having lived through the events you learn about on the tours, are fascinating people to spend a day with (a big thanks in particular to Taib). I learned so much about Bosnia, past and present, from them.

Booking the tours was always made easy and they even arranged a customised tour of the famous Sarajevo City Hall which included a visit to a replica ICTY courtroom (a big thanks in particular to Ema). I learned so much about Bosnia on each tour – from what it was like living through the war to finding out about the Bosnia of today.

Even although some of the events they cover are difficult for a visitor to comprehend (partly because the country has been largely rebuilt), you come away from it realising how relevant Bosnia’s history is to the world we live in today.

I was lucky enough to see first hand so many of the great things about the country – its diverse landscapes and stunning views across several towns and cities (especially Sarajevo), how much the country has been rebuilt in the last 20 years (it would not be fair to class Bosnia as ‘war torn’ any longer), the wonderful mix of architecture and traditions, its excellent local cuisine and of course the down to earth and wonderfully hospitable Bosnian people who are always welcoming of visitors. Bosnians are rightfully keen to show that their country has so much more to it than the war that ended there more than 25 years ago.

Having been on several tours I feel like I am just about an expert on all things Bosnia and Herzegovina. I absolutely recommend Funky Tours – in fact I cannot recommend them highly enough. Bosnia is a great country to explore and because of its offering which includes Olympic ski slopes near Sarajevo and vineyards in Herzegovina it can be considered as both a winter and summer destination. The main thing is to make sure you go there at some point – and use Funky Tours to show you around!

(the tours I went on were always carried out within covid restrictions, in a small group or one to one)

April 30, 2021

Sávio

Solo Traveller

Amazing and flawless

Amazing tour. I already did other similar tours in other countries and FunkyTours provided me the best experience by far. The booking process was very straightforward and the contacts with FunkyTours office were always very efficient, as they replied my enquiries quickly. The tour was fantastic, very instructive and enjoyable. The guide, Almir, is specially kind, intelligent, welcoming and an excellent company. He explained to me in detail many aspects of the country and we were able to share a lot of experience. Almir certainly made this experience even more special. The following day I took a Free Walking tour with Funky Tours and it was also an amazing experience, very instructive, with a very good guide. At the end, the Bosnian coffee tasting was a good and enjoyable surprise. I would say FunkyTours really made me want to come more times to Bosnia and when I do so in the future, for sure I will chose them again. I really recommend. Flawless.

February 29, 2020

giappone nana

Solo Traveller

ガイドの方曰くこじんまりとしたアトホームな会社だそうです。そのためか、ガイドの方はとてもフレンドリーで、快適に過ごせました。

February 19, 2020

Goodtraveler_in

Couple Traveller

Friendly staff and good tours 🙂

I definitely recommend this tour agency. The tour was interesting and we hear lots of great things about Sarajevo. ❤️

January 17, 2020
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