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Tito’s Bunker Tour (Combo: Utopia of Yugoslavia and Siege of Sarajevo) – Day Tour from Sarajevo

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19099
10 Hours
Availability : Every Day
Min Age : 0+
Max People : 8 persons
Tour Overview

Get a firsthand account of the atmosphere of Yugoslavian social-communism by visiting Tito’s Nuclear Bunker in the nearby town Konjic, highlights of the Yugoslavian golden age and its downfall with the story of the Siege of Sarajevo from a guide who survived it.

Travel to Konjic town, and visit the Tito’s Nuclear Bunker, explore the Olympic Village and a War Tunnel Museum in an air-conditioned minivan with a small group and learn about „soft communism“ golden era of Yugoslavia, the breakup of Yugoslavia and the years-long siege of Sarajevo.

See the Igman mountain and explore famous sights of Olympic Ski Jumps and Hotel Igman followed by a visit Trebević Mountain and famous Olympic Bobsled.

Important NoticeIn 9 to 10 hours for fair costs, visit the Tito’s Bunker and many other interesting sites (War Tunnel Museum), crucial for better understanding the period of Yugoslavia and Siege of Sarajevo. Why do two or even separate tours and have unnecessary costs, in aim to see these beautiful places, when you can do all in one unique tour experience.

Highlights

What's Included

INCLUDED
  • English speaking local-expert guide and driver.
  • Free of charge pickup.
  • All tour transfers are provided by Funky Tours.
  • Tito’s Bunker (20 BAM ~ 10 EUR) and Sarajevo War Tunnel (10 BAM ~ 5 EUR) ticket included. No hidden costs. VAT 17% included in the price.
  • All government taxes & entrance fees.
  • Cancellation Flexibility. Cancel 24hrs before departure for full refund or change dates.
  • 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 Daily at 8 AM.
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.

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.

Meet & Greet

Meet your guide at our office, or be picked up directly at your address in the morning hours. Your guide is experienced, knowledgeable and open-minded person who is a direct siege survivor so, along the way, be sure you will hear some intriguing stories and personal experiences while involving some mind provoking and interesting debate with a small group of like-minded people.

Konjic Old Town

On the way to Tito’s Nuclear Bunker in nearby town of Konjic, we will observe the Markale Massacre sites, the Bosnian Presidency building, Sniper Alley, Marshall Tito Barracks, the Bosnian Parliament and some other sites crucial for understanding the irreversible crash of Yugoslavia and Sarajevo under the siege.

Drive will continue the ride through suburbs of Sarajevo and areas of central Bosnia until we pass Ivan Mt. and enter the region of Herzegovina. As soon as in Herzegovina, we’ll start descending as region of Herzegovina is generally on lower altitudes and is totally different climate, so you’ll notice dramatic natural, environmental and usually climate change.

First stop of the day is a short visit to old part of unique, prehistorically inhabited Konjic, town famous for its 17th century 6-arch Old Bridge, looming over turquoise Neretva river, usually very sunny place and a home to one of the most expensive Yugoslavian projects – Tito’s Nuclear Bunker, or also called: Facility D-0, Atomic War Command (ARK).

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 killed child in Sarajevo during the 1992-1995)
  • Presidency (Bosnian Presidency house)
  • Parliament (Bosnian Parliament building)
  • Holiday Inn Hotel (Built for the 1984 Olympics, and used by journalists and reporters during the Siege)
  • National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Home to famous  for Sarajevo Haggadah among other exhibits)
  • 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
    Suburbs of Sarajevo such as Hadžići, Pazarić, Tarčin and Bradina

reasons to visit sarajevo

Tito’s Nuclear Bunker

It took 26 years to build this 6500 m2 miracle of construction with a purpose of withstanding a possible nuclear war and providing a shelter to over 350 Yugoslav leaders and army generals.

We will wander around this amazing structure and venue for a biennial of contemporary art while discovering the labyrinth of Yugoslavia mysteries, cold war fanaticism and communists paranoia while discussing the possible reasons of fall of Yugoslavia and it’s rigid consequences.

As a third most expensive JNA military project with spendings of cca. 4.6 billion USD, facility D-0, Tito’s atomic war command (ARK), was built to accept, accommodate and protect 350 people and enable successful management and command over the armed forces in case of nuclear warfare.

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

Igman Olympic Mountain with Ski Jumps and Igman Hotel

Later we will head towards Sarajevo and follow up the story of besieged city and harsh position its citizens went through in a barbaric bargain for life. Initial visit will be Igman Olympic mountain and its Olympic heritage in shape of Olympic Ski Jumps. Take photos at Olympic podium or climb the ski jumps and imagine the atmosphere from 1984 Olympics.

Also structure we can not miss at Igman mountain is, Igman Olympic hotel. As Yahoo Travel wrote: “Built in a spirit of optimism, unity, and teamwork for the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, the 162-room Igman Hotel was a showplace for mountain luxury but was brutally torn apart, along with the rest of the city, during the Balkan War and siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s.”

Surely place not to miss.

Sarajevo Cable Car

Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum

Later we will visit the Sarajevo War Tunnel where we will explore the museum exhibition and see many interesting exhibits directly associated with Siege of Sarajevo, watch a short movie about the urgent need for building this essential underpass, followed by going through the Tunnel itself.

Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled Track at Trebevic Mountain

Trebević Mountain & Olympic Bobsled

After the Tunnel museum, we will head towards the famous Olympic Mt. Trebevic while passing through the Olympic Village Dobrinja. We will hear additional stories about 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games and visit Olympic Village Dobrinja with its Olympic story and its painful but heroic war story. Learn about besieged neighbourhood in a besieged city.
Our next location will be Trebević, Olympic Mt. 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, Sarajevo Bobsleigh from the period of 1984 Winter Olympics (today featured at the top of the Worlds most beautiful abandoned places lists), Trebević Vidikovac and many other destroyed facilities and sites.
 
We shall see the remains of bunkers, minefields, tank caterpillar traces, tranches, bullet and grenade shrapnel 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 the 22 years after the war haven’t even passed already.

Jewish Cemetery Sarajevo

The tour is very much enriched with great panorama views, especially from the very top of Trebević mountain where you 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.
 
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, but during the Siege of Sarajevo was the main front line and sniper nest of the Republic of Srpska army.
 
Drop off at any place in Sarajevo you want with a high recommendation of having a cold beer or warm coffee at famous Tito caffe.

Important Notice

If you only plan to visit Tito’s Nuclear Bunker at Konjic, without other stops in our itinerary, that is fine and we can easily modify this tour for you.

However, most of the tour offer on the market does cover Tito’s Bunker, but usually as solo visit from and back to Sarajevo. Funky Tours alternatively, offers several other stops which are on the way, and which crucially maximise your time, understanding of the topic and your money.

Why visiting Sarajevo War Tunnel, Olympic Bobsled, Igman hotel, Olympic ski jumps or Tito’s Nuclear Bunker in two or even three different days, when you can put everything easily into one day, and still get much more.

We believe that mix of stories covering utopia and breakup of Yugoslavia, in combination with Siege of Sarajevo chronology is the best way to spend a day.

History Timeline

1945-1980

  • Utopia of Yugoslavia
  • Understand Tito’s Yugoslavia. Who Tito was, Hero or a Dictator? Communism or Socialism? Golden Era of Yugoslavia.

February 1984

  • 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo
  • The brightest moment of history of Sarajevo and pride of Yugoslavia

1980-1991

  • Downfall of Yugoslavia. Death of Tito, economic breakdown, nationalism and Milošević ideas of Greater Serbia. Wars in Slovenia and Croatia.

1992-1995

  • Siege of Sarajevo & Bosnian War
  • Learn first-hand detailed story about Siege of Sarajevo & understand Bosnian War

1995-1996

  • End of Bosnian War and Dayton Peace Accord
  • Srebrenica Genocide, NATO bombings and role of US / International Community

1996 – Present

  • Balkans and Bosnia Today
  • Aftermath of wars and life today

Learn more among our carefully chosen articles about Yugoslavia and story of Siege of Sarajevo.

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water bottle

Map

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does this tour include entrance fee to Titos Bunker and Sarajevo War Tunnel?
    Yes, the tour covers the costs of the entrance fees.
  2. Can I start this tour from some other point rather than Sarajevo? 
    Yes, in case you are staying somewhere else besides Sarajevo please contact out team and we will go above and beyond to find a convenient option.
  3. Can I book as solo traveller?
    Yes you can. Significant number of our fellow travelers are solo.
  4. How much should I tip?
    Tips are not included in the tour costs, nor they are heavily expected in Balkan culture. However when you receive excellent service, we recommend tipping.
  5. Can I book a private customised trip based on this one? 
    Yes, you can. Custom-tailored trips are our speciality. Please contact our team with your preferences and we will be happy to work on it accordingly and suggest some amazing options. 
  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 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 24 hrs before the supposed departure. 
  8. Is the prepayment necessary? 
    Prepayment is not obligatory. You can easily pay on a day of departure.
  9. 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. 
  10. 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.
29 Reviews
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Paul O

Couple Traveller

A great day of history and natural beauty

Fascinating and painful history but well worth the day we spent. Our guide Mustafa, who also does walking tours and his wife, Mersiha, who does a marvelous Bosnian cooking class – they a power couple of travel in Bosnia!

Mustafa is very knowledgeable and exceptionally interested in seeing that his guests both learn and enjoy themselves…don’t miss this day immersed in Bosnian and Yugoslavian history!

December 17, 2023

Dawn B

Solo Traveller

4 Tours: Srebrenica, Jewish Sarajevo, Seige Tunnel and Bunker, Franz Ferdinand

Funky Tours made our Bosnia experience absolutely outstanding. We took 4 tours in all, with the company. All perfectly done and memorable.
Srebrenica genocide tour, with Almir, was beyond excellent. Almir deftly balanced conveying the gravity of the tragic events in an understandable way, with lighter moments when we were able to connect as people. He has a great personality and is very charismatic, as well as kind and compassionate. His willingness to be vulnerable in sharing his personal experiences left a memorable impression on us. We spent the entire day together and were sad to say goodbye.
On the Jewish Sarajevo tour, we had the pleasure of Lejla’s company. Her deep knowledge of not only Jewish Sarajevo history but broader history made for a rich experience. Lejla’s warm personality and frequent check-in’s about our needs and preferences made for an excellent tour.

For the seige tour we had the lovely Mustafa as our guide. Mustafa is a top notch communicator, a keen observer of meaningful details, and possesses a wonderful sense of humor. His willingness to share his personal experiences of living in Sarajevo both before and after the war was invaluable in enriching our understanding of what daily life is & was like. As a tourist looking in from the outside, this is what I always hope.
Funky Tours was is super professional and prompt in all aspects of the business. Can’t say enough good things about this company.

December 13, 2023

melodyong1

Solo Traveller

A must-do tour for those interested in war history, politics and abandoned buildings & structures

I did this tour as a solo traveller in 2023. My tour guide was Almir, a Bosnia War veteran. Almir was an excellent guide. He is very personable and knowledgeable. He shared his personal experiences of his time during the war, and it was through his stories that we could really feel and understand the horror and tragedies that him, his family and Bosnians went through. Almir went above and beyond, and even took us ‘off-the-beaten’ path by taking us up to the Olympic Ski Jump slope, and to a couple of other abandoned buildings not mentioned in the itinerary.

This tour combines Konjic, Tito’s Bunker, War Tunnel Museum, Igman Ski Jump & Hotel, Old Jewish Cemetery, and the Olympic Bobsled.

The Siege of Sarajevo Tour doesn’t include Igman Ski Jump & Hotel, and so if you are interested in abandoned buildings and structures, I recommend doing this tour because you visit both the abandoned Olympic Ski Jump and Bobsled venues.

It does make for a long day, but if you are lucky and have Almir as your tour guide, time passes by very quickly.

September 13, 2023

Martin P

Solo Traveller

Great tour with excellent tour guide.

Great tour with an excellent tour guide, who really had fun sharing a lot of knowledge about the history of Jugoslavia and Bosnia as well as personal experiences during the Siege of Sarajevo.

Plus you get to see the beautiful countryside of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Highly recommended.

September 12, 2023

ricky s

Solo Traveller

solo traveler

a visit to titos bunker and olympic sites was breathtaking. mustafa is a great guide and lots of knkwledge talking about his experiences during the war.

August 1, 2023
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