Understanding Srebrenica Genocide Study Tour + Homemade Lunch with Local Family Included

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10 Hours
Availability : Every Day
Min Age : 5+
Max People : 8 persons
Tour Overview

To fully understand the 1990ies Bosnian Genocide and in the same time Srebrenica Genocide, there is no better way but to visit Eastern Bosnia, Srebrenica and Potočari Memorial Centre. In the same time, we can not only talk about Genocide events at just one micro-location (Srebrenica), but we have to put the whole Eastern Bosnia into the context of the story.

Also, the tour will uncover the reasons behind the breakup of Yugoslavia with a detailed story of the worst Genocide in Europe since WW2.

During the tour, you will be honored to visit local families and have lunch at their homes while getting insight into how local communities live today.

At the same time, it will answer what Srebrenica is today, what it had been yesterday and the day before, but most of all, what Srebrenica could become in the future if denial as the last phase of Genocide continues to happen.

Please Note On every 11th of July, Funky Tours commemorates Srebrenica Genocide by offering a free-of-charge departure to the Srebrenica Genocide commemoration. With the aim of raising awareness of the Srebrenica Genocide, we invite everyone to attend the Srebrenica funeral. Please note that the number of available seats is limited. Due to the complexity of the date itself (July 11), this tour has a different itinerary and does not include a home-hosted lunch (like our standard tour on any other date during the year).


What's Included

  • English speaking local-expert guide and driver.
  • We shall have fantastic homemade lunch with the local family in Srebrenica. This way, we empower local communities to participate actively in sustainable tourism. Vegetarian options are available.
  • Free of charge pickup.
  • Group discounts (for groups of 3 or more). Check the booking form for your exact group discount.
  • Booking for 7 or 8 persons, you get a private tour!
  • Funky Tours provides all tour transfers.
  • No hidden costs. All government taxes and VAT 17% are included in the price.
  • Pay online without any additional fees. We use the world’s most secure payment gateway processor (Stripe).
  • Cancellation Flexibility.
  • Tour is available throughout the year.
  • Pay safely online with a credit card. We accept payments for all types of credit cards.
  • Personal travel insurance is not included. Please buy it in 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.

Departure Times & Starting Points

Departure Times Daily at 8 AM.
Pickup Locations If you are staying in the old town of Sarajevo, meet us at our office. If you are staying a bit away from our office, please let us know, and we can organize 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.

Meet & Greet

Meet our team at the office or your preferred pickup location. Your guide will give you a personal, firsthand, experience of sorrowful past events and introduce your to the local people of Srebrenica to complete the whole picture. They 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.

Eastern Bosnian region

After the morning pickup around 8 am, you’ll spend two and a half hours on the road towards Srebrenica, where you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery of Eastern Bosnian mountain regions, spiced up with detailed stories and important explanations behind the reasons of “Death of Yugoslavia”.

Understanding the role of Bosnia in the storm of 90’s is crucial for better understanding of Genocide in Srebrenica.

Genocide in Srebrenica is not an event which just took place in one narrow region or one town, in fact, it is an overall story of aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina, meaning Genocide events took place in wider area of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and especially of the region of East Bosnia, famously called Podrinje.

During your ride you will pass through several small towns and village where similar events have occurred, so chronological introduction and context is very important to fully understand the story that you’ll be exploring together that day.

The most important towns we are passing by, and which are related to the story of Srebrenica Genocide and 1990s ethnic cleansing:

  1. Sokolac (Learn about 1992 ethnic cleansing against the Bosniaks by the Serbian paramilitaries and Army of Republic of Srpska (VRS)
  2. Vlasenica (Learn about Sušica Concentration Camp)
  3. Milići and Zaklopača Massacre (Learn about whole village being killed, 59 people including 12 children)
  4. Kravica (Learn about mass execution of nearly 1200 man in Kravica warehouse)
  5. Nova Kasaba (Learn where many Bosniaks were held at football area before later were all executed)
  6. Bratunac (Learn where Srebrenica Genocide Bosniaks victims were held first before later killed during the July 1995).

Aljazzera America story on Srebrenica Genocide tour by Sarajevo Funky Tours

Memorial Centre Potočari

As soon you arrive to Memorial Centre at Potočari, you will have a chance to participate at locally guided tour and history class at Memorial Centre with official guide. Local guide in charge is survivor of those events and person whose experiences and stories are extremely important part of the tour. Memorial Cemetery where over 6500 people, in past years have been buried, before exhumed and identified, while some over 1500 victims are still missing, will be the most striking and mind blowing part of the visit.

Other important elements of the visit will take place at former Dutchbat UN base, where you’ll get a chance to see amazing newly open (Feb 2017) Museum of “Srebrenica Genocide – failure of international community”, understand importance of Memorial Room, see number of documentary movies, study chronological photo exhibitions, get stunned by graffiti remains, learn personal stories and stories of in-base mass grave and other elements of importance related to overall story of Srebrenica Genocide.

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

>Srebrenica Genocide Memorial at Potočari

Srebrenica Town

After some three hours of visiting Potočari Memorial Centre, it’s time for a short, 6 km ride to Srebrenica town. Visiting this small, historically rich, ‘silver town’ (Bosnian for silver is ‘Srebro’) will give better insight in the meaning of the “Worlds largest concentration camp during the 90’s”. Short walking tour for interesting photography and understanding what Srebrenica as small town really is.

Sarajevo Cable Car

>View of the valley with the town of Srebrenica – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lunch with the local family – highlight of the tour

The day’s highlight is full-course home-hosted lunch with the local family in Srebrenica.

As the unemployment rate, Genocide denial, and severe discrimination of predominantly Bosniak people in Srebrenica are frequent, Funky Tours has dedicated its work to empowering local communities to participate actively in sustainable tourism.

The home-hosted full-course lunch you will be served is always made from scratch with organically grown ingredients from local farms of resilient Srebrenica Genocide survivors. Joining us for this lunch means you are not only treating your taste buds with once-in-a-lifetime flavors but also helping us to support the small local community in striving towards a better and sustainable future.

People of Srebrenica love to share their personal stories, those beautiful ones, equally as the terrible ones. Don’t be afraid to listen, understand, and actively support the sustainability of life in Srebrenica today.

Experience the rich cultural heritage of the region as you savor traditional recipes passed down through generations. This extraordinary meal not only offers a taste of Bosnia and Herzegovina but also serves as a testament to the resilience and strength of the survivors.

Join us and participate in their remarkable journey of healing and hope.

Srebrenica Family Home Hosted Lunch
Srebrenica Family Home Hosted Lunch
Lunch in Srebrenica
Traditional Bosnian food served in Srebrenica

Finally today, facts are known, as what exactly happened in Srebrenica is beyond any reasonable doubt. Simply, numerous trials at ICTY have proven it, but true reasons and role of the Dutchbat UN forces at Srebrenica, and overall UN role, is still very hard to fully uncover. The mission of this tour is to clear it out.

Denial, as last phase of Genocide and ethnic cleansing in Easter Bosnia still continues.

Srebrenica Genocide Judicial Aftermath

Srebrenica Genocide Overview

The Srebrenica massacre, also known as the Srebrenica genocide, refers to the July 1995 killing of more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys, as well as the ethnic cleansing of another 25,000–30,000 refugees, in and around the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina, by units of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of General Ratko Mladić during the Bosnian War. A paramilitary unit from Serbia known as the Scorpions, officially part of the Serbian Interior Ministry until 1991, participated in the massacre. It is alleged that foreign volunteers including the Greek Volunteer Guard also participated.

In April 1993 the United Nations had declared the besieged enclave of Srebrenica in the Drina Valley of north-eastern Bosnia a “safe area” under UN protection. However in July 1995 the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), represented on the ground by a 400-strong contingent of armed Dutch peacekeepers, failed to prevent the town’s capture by the VRS and the subsequent massacre by the Bosnian Serbs of more than 8,000 civilians and prisoners, mostly men and boys.

Srebrenica Genocide Intentions

The Srebrenica massacre is the largest mass murder in Europe since World War II. In 2004, in a unanimous ruling on the “Prosecutor v. Krstić” case, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), located in The Hague, ruled that the massacre of the enclave’s male inhabitants, accompanied by the forcible transfer of all of the women, children and elderly, constituted a crime of genocide. Theodor Meron, the presiding judge, stated:

By seeking to eliminate a part of the Bosnian Muslims, the Bosnian Serb forces committed genocide. They targeted for extinction the 40,000 Bosnian Muslims living in Srebrenica, a group which was emblematic of the Bosnian Muslims in general. They stripped all the male Muslim prisoners, military and civilian, elderly and young, of their personal belongings and identification, and deliberately and methodically killed them solely on the basis of their identity.

In February 2007 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concurred with the ICTY judgement that the atrocities committed at Srebrenica constituted a genocide, stating:

The Court concludes that the acts committed at Srebrenica falling within Article II (a) and (b) of the Convention were committed with the specific intent to destroy in part the group of the Muslims of Bosnia and Herzegovina as such; and accordingly that these were acts of genocide, committed by members of the VRS in and around Srebrenica from about 13 July 1995.

The ICJ also ruled that Serbia “has violated the obligation to prevent genocide”, and that Serbia was to cooperate fully with the ICTY including the transfer of individuals accused of genocide to the ICTY. Ratko Mladić has been accused by the ICTY but still remains at large and is suspected of hiding in Serbia or in the entity within Bosnia and Herzegovina called the Republic of Srpska.

Scale of Killings

The majority of those killed were adult men and teenage boys but the victims included boys aged under 15, men over the age of 65 and even reportedly babies. The Preliminary List of People Missing or Killed in Srebrenica compiled by the Bosnian Federal Commission of Missing Persons contains 8,373 names, some 500 of them under 18, and includes several dozen women and girls. As of March 2010, 6414 genocide victims have been identified through DNA analysis of body parts recovered from mass graves and 3,647 victims have been buried at the Memorial Centre of Potočari.

In 2005, in a message to the tenth anniversary commemoration of the genocide, the Secretary-General of the United Nations described Srebrenica as the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War, and while noting that great nations had failed to respond and that blame lay first and foremost with those who planned and carried out the massacre and those who assisted and harboured them, acknowledged that the UN itself had made serious errors of judgement and the tragedy of Srebrenica would haunt the UN’s history forever.

Serbia and Montenegro was cleared of direct responsibility for or complicity in the massacre, but was found responsible for not doing enough to prevent the massacre and not prosecuting the responsible, in breach of the Genocide Convention. The Preliminary List of People Missing or Killed in Srebrenica compiled by the Bosnian Federal Commission of Missing Persons contains 8,373 names. As of July 2012, 6,838 genocide victims have been identified through DNA analysis of body parts recovered from mass graves; as of July 2013, 6,066 victims have been buried at the Memorial Centre of Potočari. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić officially apologized for the massacre, although he stopped short of calling it genocide.

UN Involvement

In 2013 and 2014, the Netherlands was found liable in its own supreme court and in the Hague district court of failing in its duty to prevent more than 300 of the deaths.

On 8 July 2015, Russia, at the request of the Republika Srpska and Serbia, vetoed a UN resolution condemning the Srebrenica massacre as genocide. Serbia called the resolution “anti-Serb”, while European and U.S. governments affirmed that the crimes were genocide. On 9 July 2015, both the European Parliament (EP) and the U.S. Congress adopted resolutions reaffirming the description of the crime as genocide.

Srebrenica Genocide Timeline

  • 6 – 10 July 1995
    The Bosnian Serb Army attacks Srebrenica – within a UN safe area previously held by the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Civilians taking refuge there are under the protection of Dutch forces.
  • 11 July
    Thousands of refugees and Srebrenica residents – mostly women, children and the infirm – flee to the Dutch UN peacekeeping base in Potocari. Bosnian Serb commanders demand Bosniak Muslims hand over their weapons.
  • 12 July
    Bosnian Muslim men of military age begin to move north after gathering in Susnjari. They are shelled as they flee through the mountains. Some are also gunned down en route, while others are killed after surrendering.
  • 12 July
    Male and female refugees are separated by the Bosnian Serb Army. Thousands of women, children and the elderly are deported by bus to Bosniak Muslim territory. The men are held in trucks and warehouses.
  • 13 – 17 July
    Up to 8,000 Bosniak men and boys are killed at a number of execution sites around Srebrenica. Reports of the atrocities begin to surface on 16 July. Source: UN, ICTY.

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Smart casual dressing code

Free Tour on 11th of July

As part of the vision of raising awareness about the Genocide, Funky Tours offers a Srebrenica tour on the 11th of July symbolically for 1 EUR.

Book your place in advance because the number of free places is limited. Due to the commemoration day and the special nature of the tour, on July 11th the tour has a modified program and does not include a home-hosted lunch.

Trip Photos

11th of July Srebrenica Memorial funeral
Denial, as last phase of Genocide and ethnic cleansing in Easter Bosnia still continues.
Funky Tours
Mothers of Srebrenica
11th of July Srebrenica
11th of July Srebrenica – Memorial funeral is when families of the Genocide victims come to bury their relatives
Srebrenica Genocide tour and lunch with a local family
Srebrenica Genocide tour and lunch with a local family
Srebrenica Genocide tour and lunch with a local family
Srebrenica Genocide tour and lunch with a local family
Srebrenica local population who returned to Srebrenica region after the war
Srebrenica local population who returned to Srebrenica region after the war
Srebrenica Memorial Center Potocari Cemetery
Memorial Center Cemetery at Potočari / Srebrenica Genocide
Srebrenica Genocide - exhumed bodies awaiting funeral on 11th of July
Srebrenica Genocide – exhumed bodies awaiting funeral on 11th of July
Study Tour in Srebrenica


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is it possible to include Visegrad and/or other parts of eastern Bosnia in this tour?
    In case you are interested in visiting some other amazing places in and around East Bosnia do feel free to contact our team so we could customise the trip according to your preferences.
  2. Is lunch included in costs of the tour?
    Lunch is included in costs.
  3. Is this tour for me?
    This tour is suitable for anyone regardless of their age or fitness level.
  4. Can I book as a solo traveller?
    Yes you can. Significant number of our fellow travelers are solo.
  5. How much should I tip?
    Tips are not included in the tour costs, nor they are heavily expected in Bosnian culture. However when you receive excellent service, we recommend tipping.
  6. Can I book this tour in other than English language?
    Tours are possible to book in other than English languages in private option. Do contact our team for further information.
  7. How much in advance do I need to book this tour?
    It is recommended to book at least 15 days in advance but our team will go above and beyond to confirm the trips even 24h before the supposed departure.
  8. Can I pay for the tour with credit card?
    Yes, we accept VISA and Maestro. Please note that, in case you would like to make a credit card payment, you will need to do it at our office or by prepayment via credit card authorisation form. Our guides can NOT accept credit cards. 
  9. Which currency is accepted for cash payment?
    We are fans of our local currency (BAM), but you can also pay in EUR, HRK, USD, GBP or even combined.
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Laurel E.

Solo Traveller

I try not to just be a “tourist” and do the stereotypical things tourists do. I want to embark down the path of experiential learning; seek something that will have high impact and help me better understand the human soul. I have been to some top-notch powerful tours during my lifetime, in many corners of the word. The Srebrenica Tour ranks as my #1 travel experience, that fortunately granted me clarity on how to “be the change I want to see in the world.”

There are no words which can describe my gratitude for all of this. I am thankful that Lejla shared her story with us; recounting one of her most traumatic times in life, but also reflecting on her recovery and hope. Almir, my guide, exceeded expectations. He spoke from the heart, told his story, and in doing so, served as the most perfect of teachers, helping his “students” comprehend complex matters much better than what we could ever read from a book. I cannot recommend this tour enough. It changed me for the better. Be prepared to not be the same person as you were when you entered – and that, is a beautiful thing. Masha’Allah

P.S. I suppose I do not write reviews on here frequently. But, I am kind of fussy, lol. I don’t really rave about tours or experiences that much. I was also supposed to be hiking in Switzerland and changed my plans at the last minute. I believe I was meant to be in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Something was calling me. The universe wanted me to be in BiH and I’m so glad I paid attention to the detour signs.

April 12, 2023

Rebecca Heggs

Solo Traveller

An important tour to do if you want to understand more about the war and it’s continuing effects. Although I had read books and listened to documentaries about Srebenica before, this tour really helped me understand completely. The homemade lunch and coffee with a local family was so delicious and it was so touching to hear their personal stories.

April 8, 2023

Alexander D

Solo Traveller

It was great, I was the only person in the car with the guide and it felt a lot more like a roadtrip with a friend than anything else. Enis, the guide, told me everything I wanted to know about history, culture, politics and life overall in Bosnia. He is obviously very knowledgeable about the war history and genocide and taught me a lot about that. The lunch with the family was also fantastic. It was like visiting my grandmas, the house lady gave me an infinite amount of food and promised to find a wife if I come back. Very warm and welcoming people. It really was the best tour I’ve ever done and although an important part, Srebrenica history was from being the only thing I’ve learned. A must for everyone!

March 2, 2023

Seany O

Solo Traveller

Okay let me tell you this. I’ve been all around the world and I’ve been on countless tours – the best way to see and learn about new cities when I arrive.

This was by far THE BEST tour I’ve ever been on. The tour guide Almir was so incredibly awesome, that when I went on the first tour of the Siege of Sarajevo, I was due to leave the next day for Serbia – I cancelled my trip and stayed longer so I could go on another tour with him! It was worth it.

As a foreigner, trying to grapple with the past of Bosnia and the impact the war has had on its people – this learning experience has helped broaden my understanding in such a monumental way. Having the 1:1 experience of meeting a mother who has lost loved ones in the genocide (I wasn’t even aware of the genocide before coming here – something I am ashamed to admit), was very moving and I am so grateful for such an experience. The home cooked Bosnian food was just delicious and exactly what I had been searching for on this trip.

Thanks Funky Tours and to Almir – your stories, insight, wisdom and first had accounts of war will remain with me forever, and I hope to use the knowledge to educate and inspire others in the future and along my own journey in my travels.

I’ll be back again – I assure you! Love to Sarajevo.

January 29, 2023

Daniel L

Solo Traveller

It’s a long drive out to Srebrenica from Sarajevo, but with Almir it never for a moment feels boring. Any questions you have about Bosnia and even the Balkans in general, he can surely have the answer.

Beautiful scenery juxtaposed against a hard topic, handled excellently. Absolutely 100% recommend.

January 9, 2023
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