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

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Max People : 8 persons
Tour Overview

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, 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.

Sarajevo Olympic bobsled and luge
Sarajevo War Tunnel was dug in July 1993 and used to be main supply route to Sarajevo during the Siege

Highlights

PEACE OF MIND by Funky Tours

PEACE OF MIND by Funky Tours policy ensures 100% guest’ satisfaction and hassle-free experiences when booking and conducting tours and holidays with us. You can learn more about our Peace of Mind policy.

  • For this particular Sarajevo War Tour, we take pride in guaranteeing a tour guide who is a Sarajevo Siege War Veteran or a person who lived during the Siege in Sarajevo. We believe in the power of first-hand storytelling.
  • This tour includes admissions such as the Sarajevo War Tunnel entrance fee (7.5 EUR adult), ensuring you optimize costs and pay the best price. Avoid paying cash in the local currency on the spot (Tunnel Museum does not accept credit card payments or foreign currency).
  • Combine your tour with an inbound/outbound flight to/from Sarajevo International Airport.
    • If your flight arrives in Sarajevo Airport around 2 pm or leaves around 3 pm, the 9 AM or 2 PM tour is a perfect choice instead of the classic airport transfer. In this way, you get the airport transfer and full tour for the price of the tour only.
  • Pay safely online with credit care.
  • We include all essential entrance fees in the tour costs. Our policy steadfastly avoids requiring travelers to pay essential entrance fees on-site, typically in cash, a practice often used deceitfully to show a lower advertised tour price. We are committed to transparency in pricing, ensuring our guests do not face the inconvenience of surprise additional costs for essential entrance fees.

What's Included

INCLUDED
  • English-speaking local expert guide and driver.
  • Free of charge pickup.
  • Funky Tours provides all tour transfers.
  • War Tunnel ticket (7.5 EUR per person) included. VAT 17% is included in the price.
  • No hidden costs. All government taxes & entrance fees.
  • Cancellation Flexibility.
  • Tour is available throughout the year.
  • Pay safely online with a credit card. We accept payments for all types of credit cards.
NOT INCLUDED
  • Personal travel insurance is not included. Please buy it at home country.
  • Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.
  • All tours are shared, unless specifically booked as private.
  • This tour does not include food or drinks.

Departure Times & Starting Points

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. Please let us know if you are a bit away from us, and we can organize advance pickup.

Itinerary

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 & Greet

Meet our team at the office or at your preferred pickup location. Your guide is a Sarajevo Siege survivor who will introduce you to the story of the Breakup of Yugoslavia and the Siege of Sarajevo and will make sure no questions remain unanswered, even of a personal nature, so don’t refrain from sharing your thoughts and opinions at any moment.

Hotel Holiday Inn & Sniper Alley

The day’s first stop is the Ex Hotel Holiday Inn a story about the infamous Sarajevo Sniper Alley. Built for the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics, today called Hotel Holiday, during the Siege, was home to various foreign journalists and reporters reporting on the Bosnian war and the Siege of Sarajevo. A short walk along the infamous Sniper Alley and a few exciting stories related to this place are planned.

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

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Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum

The next stop of the day will be the War Tunnel Museum – Tunnel of Hope, which was the major “blood vessel” for the 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 and inside the tunnel is covered with an authentic first-person experience of a classy guide, a survivor of the Siege of Sarajevo, who is always willing to answer questions (no matter what they are). We will learn about the origins of the War on the Balkans and the Death of Yugoslavia, the dreams Serbian leaders had, and how they succeeded in seducing a large number of Serbian nationalists throughout the whole Balkans and making them go to war.

We pass by:

    • National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina (among many other wonderful exhibits, home to the 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)

Sarajevo War Tunnel was dug in July 1993 and used to be main supply route to Sarajevo during the Siege

Trebević Olympic Mountain

After the Tunnel, we head toward the mountain Trebević, which, by the vast majority of its length, was a first line during the Siege and place of many battles on many battlefields.

We can see where the actual destruction appeared at the site, 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 exciting sites of destruction, which today, at present, haven’t yet been repaired or restored. They stand there like two decades later; the war hasn’t ended yet.

Sarajevo Cable Car

Olympic Bobsled

Sarajevo Bobsleigh, initially built for the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, is one of the main highlights of the tour. Once there, we can admire the Yugoslavian brutalist architecture and learn more about the unfortunate events that 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 world’s most beautiful abandoned places lists. It holds a fantastic amount of graffiti by artists from 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 enriched with fantastic panorama views, especially from the top of Trebević mountain. There, you will get the natural feeling of how 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

Jewish Cemetery

Upon return to the city, the day’s last stop will be the 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 Republic of Srpska army’s main front line and sniper nest, overlooking the infamous Sniper Alley.

We pass by:

    • Vraca neighborhood (first neighborhood that was controlled by the Army of the 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)

Jewish Cemetery Sarajevo

Return to Sarajevo

The 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

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.

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hannahdM2508VC

Solo Traveller

Well worth an afternoon

Went on this tour with Mustafa. What an interesting man and what an informative tour it was. Definitely recommended. And great value for money too.

November 23, 2023

Pascal T

Couple Traveller

We learned a lot about Sarajevo and the Bosnian war

We learned a lot about the siege of Sarajevo and the Bosnian war in this tour. Almir was a great guide and we recommend this tour!

November 4, 2023

Graham A

Solo Traveller

A m a z i n g

It was a very personal tour, which we loved. Mustafá was a great guide. He was informative, passionate and took you back in time. 4hrs was short for us and we could’ve spent all day on tour – that’s how enjoyable it was.
Do not miss this!!! This is a must!

October 31, 2023

Jan M

Group Traveller

A thought provoking tour

Mustafá picked us up promptly from our hotel, He was warm and friendly and we really enjoyed out tour with him.

We learnt so much about the conflict and the way he described all the general issues faced during the war, it was made more real because of his personal experiences. He answered all my questions very thoughtfully and I learnt so much.

We only had a few hours in Sarajevo but this tour made perfect use of our limited time.

October 18, 2023

K7721S

Group Traveller

Brilliant tour

Absolutely fantastic tour – easy booking and transport. Our guide was exceptional – very friendly and pitched the stories (both personal and general history) at just the right level and very friendly too!

October 17, 2023
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