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Sarajevo Total Siege Tour (War Tunnel Included) – Half Day Tour

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Tour Overview

Sarajevo Total Siege Tour, with visit to the War Tunnel Museum, Jewish Cemetery, Yellow Bastion, Olympic mountain of Trebević (with its most famous symbol – Olympic Bobsled track), and other locations important for better understanding of modern World longest siege – Siege of Sarajevo, is by far the most interesting half day tour you can conduct when visiting 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.

Highlights

  • Save your money and totally optimise your time by joining the Sarajevo Siege 4-hour tour.
  • Walk the narrow man-made tunnel and understand why is it popularly called the “Tunnel of Hope”.
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of the Olympic Mt. Trebevic and explore the abandoned bobsled. 
  • Visit one of the oldest and largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe.
  • Join a tour guided by a Sarajevo Siege survivor and get the first-hand story on personal experiences.
  • Combine our Siege Tour with your inbound or outbound flight and save money.
  • Indulge in mind provoking history puzzles and understand the story of Death of Yugoslavia.

What's Included

INCLUDED

Guide
English speaking local-expert guide and driver.
Free pickup on request
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.
All Transfers
All tour transfers are provided by Funky Tours.
Entrance Fee, Taxes & Flexible Cancellation Policy
War Tunnel ticket (5 EUR per person) included. 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
This tour does not include food or drinks.

Starting Point & Departure Times

Logistics

Tour departs twice a day from Funky Tours office. If you need pickup please let us know in advance.
Departure Times: Twice a day: March – October 9 AM / 2 PM, November – February 9 AM / 1 PM.

Itinerary

In the old town of Sarajevo (our office or your pickup address), meet your Sarajevo Siege survivor guide and begin your 4-hour small-group tour.

  • STOP 1: Ex Hotel Holiday Inn & Sniper Alley (20min)
Hotel Holiday Inn during the Sarajevo Siege and After
Hotel Holiday Inn during the Sarajevo Siege and After

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.

We pass by:

    • Markale Markets (largest massacre sites in Sarajevo during the 1992-1995)
    • Eternal Flame (memorial dedicated to the victims of the WW2)
    • Children Memorial (memorial dedicated to 1601 children murdered in Sarajevo during the 1992-1995)
    • Presidency (Bosnian Presidency house)
    • Parliament (Bosnian Parliament building)
    • Holiday Inn Hotel (Built for the 1984 Olympics, used by journalists and reporters during the Siege)
    • Hotel Holiday Inn during the Sarajevo Siege and After
    • Hotel Holiday Inn during the Sarajevo Siege and After
  • STOP 2: Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum (1.30h)
Sarajevo War Tunnel was dug in July 1993 and used to be main supply route to Sarajevo during the Siege
Sarajevo War Tunnel

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.

We pass by:

    • National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina (among many other wonderful exhibits, home to famous Haggadah)
    • US Embassy
    • Ex Marshall Tito Military Barracks (home to JNA troops at the beginning of the Siege)
    • Neighbourhoods of Pofalići, Grbavica, Nedžarići, Alipašino Polje, Stup, Ilidža and Butmir

Read more about the Sarajevo War Tunnel: A Crude 1,000-Yard Tunnel Is Sarajevo’s Secret Lifeline (NY Times)

  • STOP 3: Trebević Olympic Mountain (30min)
 

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.

  • STOP 4: Olympic Bobsled (30min)
Sarajevo Olympic boblseigh and luge
Sarajevo Olympic bobsled and luge

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.

We pass by:

    • East Sarajevo & Lukavica (today Serbian majority part of Sarajevo)
    • Zlatište and Osmice (infamous Serbian army sniper positions overlooking central Sarajevo)
    • Trebević Viewpoint (Cable car final station and Serbian Army controlled positions during the Siege)

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.

  • STOP 5: Jewish Cemetery (30min)
Jewish Cemetery Sarajevo
Jewish Cemetery – Sarajevo

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.

We pass by:

    • Vraca neighbourhood (first neighbourhood that was controlled by Army of Republic of Srpska (VRS)
    • Sniper Alley (we will understand where VRS snipers used to fire from)
    • Grbavica Neighbourhood (VRS controlled part of Sarajevo during the 1992-1995)
  • STOP 6: Yellow Bastion (20min)
Yellow Bastion view on Sarajevo, overlooking Sarajevo Old Town and Vijecnica - City Hall
Yellow Bastion view on Sarajevo

Last stop is made on the Yellow bastion – built in the early 18th century, the fort above the old town of Sarajevo and Bosnian Army military cemetery of Kovači was made for purpose of defence of the city during the Ottoman era. Today serves as great viewpoint above Sarajevo and offers insight into better understanding of Siege of Sarajevo.

Tour ends in the old town of Sarajevo.

We pass by: 

    • Kovači Army Cemetery (Bosnian soldiers cemetery from 1992-1995)
    • Vijećnica – Sarajevo City Hall (built during the Austria-Hungarian era, destroyed in 1992, reconstructed in 2014)
    • Latin Bridge – Princip’s Bridge (assassination point of Franz Ferdinand)

Sarajevo Siege Tour Timeline

What you will learn during the Sarajevo Siege Tour?

  • 1945-1990
    • Creation and Life of Yugoslavia
    • Understand Tito’s Yugoslavia. Who Tito was? Hero or a Dictator? Communism or Socialism?
  • 1990-1992
    • Ideas of Greater Serbia
    • Slobodan Milošević and Wars in Slovenia and Croatia
  • 1992-1995
    • Siege of Sarajevo & Bosnian War
    • Learn first-hand detailed story about Siege of Sarajevo & understand Bosnian War
  • 1995 July
    • Srebrenica Genocide
    • Understand Srebrenica Genocide and UN involvement
  • 1998-1999
    • Kosovo War
    • Final phase of War and NATO bombings
  • 1996-present
    • Dayton Peace Accord & Present-day Bosnia
      Learn about War aftermath and life today

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water bottle

Optional Extras

  • In case you prefer to have an actual Siege of Sarajevo frontlines understanding, book a private tour with ex Sarajevo Siege soldier and learn about the first-hand experiences during the Bosnian war. Please do it via custom made inquiry.
  • Book a traditional Bosnian dinner with Funky Tours, and get hosted on a study tour type of dinner with local Sarajevo Siege survivor.
  • For study tour groups – Book a round table for Q&A session about times during the Siege in Sarajevo with local survivors.
  • Combine our Sarajevo Siege tour with your arriving or departing flight to Sarajevo International Airport.
    • If you are arriving to Sarajevo we can pick you up before the tour, head directly for the tour and in the end of the tour drop you off at your hotel in Sarajevo for the costs of the tour only.
    • If you are departing from Sarajevo, we can pick you up at your hotel with you luggage, head for the tour, and in the end of the tour drop you off at the Sarajevo International Airport for the costs of the tour alone.

Map

Trip Photos

Sarajevo War Tunnel was dug in July 1993 and used to be main supply route to Sarajevo during the Siege
Sarajevo War Tunnel
Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled Graffiti
Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled Graffiti
Hotel Holiday Inn during the Sarajevo Siege and After
Hotel Holiday Inn during the Sarajevo Siege and After
Jewish Cemetery in Sarajevo. Sarajevo Siege Tour by Funky Tours.
Jewish Cemetery in Sarajevo. Sarajevo Siege Tour by Funky Tours.
Jewish Cemetery Sarajevo
Jewish Cemetery – Sarajevo

Frequently Asked Questions

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: info@tunelspasa.ba.

485 Reviews
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Teun B

Solo Traveller

A must when in Sarajevo

A perfect tour to visit the most important sites of the siege.

Our guide could tell us everything about the siege. You can’t go wrong when doing a Funky tour!

September 19, 2021

Kelly M

Solo Traveller

Excellent tours in an amazing city!

I did a few tours with Funky Tours during my trip to Sarajevo and they were all excellent. The team really went above and beyond to help me plan my time there and get the most out of my trip. The guides were fantastic, knew a ton about the history and included their own personal stories which really enhanced the tour.

Sarajevo is such an interesting city and I hope to come back soon. I would highly recommend a trip to Bosnia and when you go definitely do a tour with Funky Tours!

September 13, 2021

Kaushik Keshava Ramanuja

Family Traveller

What we expected to be a recreational visit was also very informative about the history of Bosnia as a part of Yugoslavia. I have an image of the picturesque country in my head for every experience and story we heard about Bosnia.

August 25, 2021

Vanja K

Couple Traveller

Amazing tour with the kindest guide ever!

The tour was one of the best experiences my boyfriend and I made during our two week stay in Bosnia/Croatia!

I was born and raised in Bosnia and wanted to”refresh” my memory a bit, witness my culture from an objective angle, and also for my Austrian boyfriend to have things explained to him by someone else than me 🙂
The communication with Funky Tours was uncomplicated and quick. Thank you Edna! The price is really reasonable, 50 BAM pro person (around 25€). Regarding the content and the duration of the tour, it really isn’t expensive at all!

Adis was our guide and we could not have wished for a kinder, funnier, more competent, educated guy in Sarajevo. He spoke (in excellent German!) to us but also with us while he drove around, minding to ask questions or to check if we had something to ask. At one point, up in the Olympic Village, I needed to go to the toilet, and he took me to a nearby hotel with the van, where he patiently waited for me and drove me back to the rest of the group. I felt safe, as if I was with a family member. I thought it’s ok if I mention this small detail, an act of kindness you don’t really expect 🙂
We saw and learned a lot, we still talk about the tour with friends and family. When we go back to Sarajevo, I am booking at least one more tour with them!

Hugs and greetings from Vienna!
Vanja & Florian

August 23, 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 14, 2021
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