Sarajevo Total Siege Tour guided by a local survivor is by far the most interesting half day tour you can take when visiting Sarajevo. It will take you to the War Tunnel Museum, Jewish Cemetery, Yellow Bastion, Olympic mountain Trebević (with its most famous symbol – Olympic Bobsled track), and other locations crucial for better understanding of modern World longest siege – Siege of Sarajevo,
This 4 hour experience will ensure easy understanding, reasons and facts behind the breakup and death of Yugoslavia, Siege of Sarajevo, Genocide in Srebrenica and overall story of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In the same time, ideas we share are totally unbiased, fact based and first-hand experiences.
Departure Times Twice a day: March – October 9 AM / 2 PM, November – February 9 AM / 1 PM.
Pickup Locations If you are staying in the old town of Sarajevo meet us at our office. If you are bit away from us, please let us know and we can organise advance pickup.
Activity Note: The tour is adapted to all ages and is not physically demanding. Due to the distance of the locations, we use vehicles during the tour, but most of the tour is done on foot.
Meet our team at the office or your preferred pickup location. Your guide is Sarajevo Siege survivor, who will introduce your to the story of Breakup of Yugoslavia and Siege of Sarajevo, and will make sure no questions remain unanswered, even of personal nature, so don’t refrain from sharing your thoughts and opinions at any moment of time.
First stop of the day is ex Hotel Holiday Inn and story about infamous Sarajevo Sniper Alley. Built for the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics, today called Hotel Holiday, during the Siege used to be home to various foreign journalists and reporters who were reporting on Bosnian war and Siege of Sarajevo. Short walk along the infamous Sniper Alley and few interesting stories related to this place are planned in.
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>Sarajevo Holiday Inn Hotel and infamous Sniper Alley
Next stop of the day will be War Tunnel Museum – Tunnel of Hope, which was the major “blood vessel” for heavily sieged and destroyed city. At the Tunnel we shall see a short movie about the War in Sarajevo and Tunnel, followed by going through the Tunnel itself.
At the exhibition part of the museum we will have the opportunity to see many interesting exhibits directly connected with the Siege of Sarajevo.
The trip to the tunnel and all the way in the tunnel is covered with a true first person experience of classy guide, survivor of the Siege of Sarajevo, who is always willing to answer question (no matter what they are). We will learn about the origins of the War on Balkans and Death of Yugoslavia, the dreams Serbian leaders have had, and how they succeeded to seduce large number of Serbian nationalists throughout the whole Balkans, and made them go to war.
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Read more about the Sarajevo War Tunnel: A Crude 1,000-Yard Tunnel Is Sarajevo’s Secret Lifeline (NY Times)
>Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum
After the Tunnel we head toward the mountain Trebević which, by vast majority of its length, was a first line during the Siege and place of many battles on many battlefields.
At the site we have the opportunity to see where the real destruction appeared, such as Zlatište, Osmice, Trebević Vidikovac and many other destroyed facilities and sites.
Moreover, we will see the remains of bunkers, minefields, military tank caterpillar traces, tranches, bullets and grenade shrapnels and many many other interesting sites of destruction, which today, at the present time, haven’t yet being repaired or restored. They just stand there like two decades later, the war haven’t even ended yet.
>Trebević Olympic mountain viewpoint over the Sarajevo cable cars
Sarajevo Bobsleigh, originally built for the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, is one of the main highlights of the tour. Once there, we can admire Yugoslavian brutalist architecture, and learn more about the unfortunate events which took place at this location during the Siege of Sarajevo, since it used to stand on one of the main front lines. However, Bobsled is today featured at the top of the Worlds most beautiful abandoned places lists. It holds amazing amount of various graffiti by artists from all around the World, and you have a chance to see them all.
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The 33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World
The tour is very much enriched with great panorama views, especially from the very top of Trebević mountain. There you will get the real feeling what the great mice and cats game had been played, and how the Republic of Srpska forces (VRS) with such a great advantage never got the real chance to take over Sarajevo city.
>Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled Track at Trebevic Mountain built for Sarajevo Winter Olympics 1984
Upon return to the city, last stop of the day will be Jewish Cemetery, known for its historical importance as it is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe. However, during the Siege of Sarajevo it was the main front line and sniper nest of the Republic of Srpska army, overlooking the infamous Sniper Alley.
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>Sarajevo Jewish Cemetery
Tour ends in the old town of Sarajevo.
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What you will learn during the Sarajevo Siege Tour?
What Do I Need to Bring?
1. Does this tour itinerary includes visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum?
Yes, our Sarajevo Siege tour does include a visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum.
2. Does this tour include Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum entrance fee?
Yes it does.
3. How can I pay this tour?
You can pay this tour either in cash (EUR, BAM, USD, GBP) or by credit card (VISA and MasterCard).
4. Can this tour be combined with Sarajevo airport pickup or drop off?
This tour is the best way to combine Sarajevo airport pickup or drop off, and save the costs. Our tour departs at 9 AM and 2 PM every day. If your arrival flight is around 12 or 1 PM, it is ideal that we pick you up at 2 PM at the airport and go straight for the tour. The first stop of the tour is the Tunnel Museum, and being under the airport it is ideal. If your flight is leaving Sarajevo at 3 PM or later 7 PM or so, you can join our tour with you luggage and at the end of tour we drop you off at the airport.
In this way you only pay the costs of the tour and get transfer for free.
5. What time does Sarajevo War Tunnel open and close?
Opening times of the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum are:
1st April – 31st October
09:00 – 17:00 (last entrance 16:30)
1st November – 31st March
09:00 – 16:00 (last entrance 15:30)
6. How do I get to the War Tunnel Museum on my own?
The best way to get to the Sarajevo War Tunnel on your own is to take Tram number three from Sarajevo city centre to Ilidza (last station). Once off the train you have three options:
1) Take a TAXI (price around 6 BAM – cca.3 EUR)
2) Take a bus #32A which leaves from Ilidza bus station to Donji Kotorac
3) Take a 30-40 min walk to address Tuneli 1 at Donji Kotorac
Additional option is to use trolley bus #103 from Sarajevo city centre – Trg Austrije to Dobrinja. Once you get out on the last station at Dobrinja, find your way with Google Maps for another 25-30 min walk to the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum.
7. Do I need to book in advance my visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum?
Our Sarajevo War Tunnel tour is limited to maximum 8 travelers and two daily departures, meaning if you are traveling in the peak of the season from May to October, it might happen that tour is booked out on certain dates, so that is why we recommend booking War Tunnel Tour in advance if possible. Also make use of Funky Tours 24hrs free of charge cancellation and cancel tour anytime.
8. How far is Sarajevo War Tunnel from Sarajevo city centre?
Depending on the road you take, Sarajevo War Tunnel is between 11.5 and 13.5 km far away from the Sarajevo old town Bascarsija. Driving time is around 25 minutes.
The available routes to get to Sarajevo War Tunnel are via Ilidza or East Sarajevo – Lukavica.
9. Can children visit Sarajevo War Tunnel museum?
The story narrative, video and photo material at the Sarajevo War Tunnel is adjusted to any age and even young kids can visit without a fear that the story is too strong for them.
10. Is the Sarajevo War Tunnel wheelchair friendly to visit?
Sarajevo War Tunnel most of the open space video and photo exhibition is “relatively” wheelchair friendly. However you need to have someone to assist you.
The actual part of the tunnel, museum part in the house and basement part of the exhibition are not wheelchair or accessible friendly.
For more information please contact the Tunnel management directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of our favourite tours we have ever taken. Our guide lived through the civil war of 1992-1995 in Sarajevo. Mustapha gave his own personable experiences and showed his love for this beautiful city of Sarajevo. We would totally recommend Funky Tours from their customer service agent using WhatsApp to book to meeting them in their office. The van seated 8 and had large windows and was very comfortable. 5 Stars all around.
We had an apartment within about 1-2 min walk from the bridge were it all started WWI. It had onsite parking and wifi. Kamer who met us at the apartment also does tours Torus Tours. He was great very knowledgeable and spoke perfect English. You see and learn so much more with a local guide.
This was an amazing tour and for my girlfriend the highlight of a month through the Balkan. We got picked up in the morning by Almir, an extremely friendly, funny, but mostly interesting guide, who was at the Siege in the Army and sometimes living in Sarajevo. He could easily talk about extreme heavy periods in his life. He only had one emotional moment. For the rest we felt very comfortable to ask questions (of course with respect) and he was very open and relaxed. We first visited Sniper Alley, a Olympic hotel, a neighborhood with a lot of bullet shots and former flags of Bosnia shortly. Then our first big stop was at the Tunnel of Hope which was very interesting, especially with all the extra info. Afterwards we went to the mountain of Trabevic, where we saw an impressive and interesting view point and also the abandoned Olympic bobsleigh track (which was very cool as well, although not really connected with the Siege). Afterwards we went to a by UN bombed restaurant and that was very interesting to see and there was a great view as well. After that we visited the second largest Jewish cemetery of the world and the cool Yellow Fortress. Almir said that every tour is a bit different by we thought this tour showed the best sights outside the center of Sarajevo and it contained a lot of interesting information on the Siege. This was fantastic!
In July 2022, we used Funky Tours to do the Dubrovnik-Sarajevo Connecting Tour, the Siege Of Sarajevo Tour and the Sarajevo to Belgrade Tour. Booking these tours and communicating with the team was so simple and they were so friendly in their emails and in person at their office!
The Dubrovnik to Sarajevo tour was incredible, Adnan our guide was incredibly informative and made sure we had enough time at each place, taking into consideration what we wanted to experience! We loved every single stop, especially getting to swim in the Kravice Waterfalls and we just couldn’t get over the beauty of the country.
Our Siege tour was so informative and really gave us a good look into what the War meant for Bosnian’s and the people of Sarajevo. We really loved seeing all the historical attractions in the city and the stories that were attached to them. A special mention goes to our guide for this tour, Skender, who was so incredible to listen to. He clearly loved sharing his country and city’s history as his passion shone throughout. Couldn’t recommend this tour more if you’re in Sarajevo and looking to learn more.
The final tour we did was the transfer tour from Sarajevo to Belgrade. We were picked up from our Airbnb and picked up the other two couples on the way. Again this tour was superb. Enis (Guide) and Tarek (Driver) just like all the guides we had met, were very conscious of considering what we wanted to see/spend more time at, especially when showing us the best photo locations! Every location we were taken to was well explained and any question we had was answered. They also made sure to drop us off as close to our Airbnb in Belgrade as possible and even offered to walk us there.
We could not recommend Funky Tours more, they made our Balkans Trip just so much more than we could ever have imagined. If you’re thinking about booking with them, do it!
I took several day tours with Funky Tours and they were all memorable and very well planned. I particularly enjoyed the siege tour with Adnan (who brought to life very well what the siege years were like during our visits e.g., of the tunnel) and the Srebrenica tour with Almir (where Leila and Farid welcomed us in their home with a delicious meal and shared their experience openly with us). I would also recommend the Lukomir hike which is a perfect day out to explore the dinaric Alps.
Overall, the team was very helpful and prompt to find space for me on the tours. Communication was simple and departures were timely.
Some of the tours can be quite full days so if you are thinking of doing a few, you may want to plan for a day off in Sarajevo in the middle.