Fall of Yugoslavia | Sarajevo Siege Tour is the most popular tour provided by Meet Bosnia Travel agency. With our experienced Sarajevo local guides, you will be able to understand better the rich and sometimes violent history of this city and the whole Balkan region.
The facts presented in this war tour are delivered from an intellectual perspective, greatly insightful if you want to learn about what it was like to live in the former Yugoslavia and to have been affected by the war, as well as the big picture of these tragic events.
In the last hundred years, three times Sarajevo was the centre of the world. The first time was in 1914 when the Assassination that caused the First World War happened here. The second time was in 1984 when Sarajevo hosted XIV Winter Olympic Games in communist Yugoslavia.
And the third time was just 8 years later when the war started in Bosnia and Herzegovina which brought the world the longest siege in modern warfare i.e. the Siege of Sarajevo, and hence the name Sarajevo siege tour.
On this Sarajevo siege tour, you will hear the stories of survival in the war zone. Starting from the old town we are heading to the Yellow Fortress where you will have a small introduction to the geographical landscape of Sarajevo.
Yellow Fortress is a perfect place for that since there is a beautiful panoramic view of Sarajevo from there. During the Sarajevo siege tour, the guide will describe the living conditions in the city without electricity, food or water. If you were asking yourself why there are so many cemeteries in Sarajevo this tour will provide you with an answer. You will see Kovači, the final resting place of many Sarajevo defenders.
Almost three decades after the war Sarajevo still has visible scars from the siege. This War Tour will show you some of the more meaningful ruins. You will see the Markale market – a place where happened terrible massacre, a Memorial for the children killed in Sarajevo and other important monuments.
Later on, we are going back to the ’80s. We are talking about the Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo and visiting Olympic Complex – Olympic Hall and Olympic Stadium.
Your guide will not miss on the tour to tell you more about life in the former Yugoslavia and compare it to life during the siege. Nearby the complex, you will see destroyed hospitals from the war, Defender’s Cemetery, graves of Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo, St. Vitus heroes Chapel and others.
On the way to the Tunnel of Hope, we will take you through the street once known as the Sniper Alley – the most dangerous street in Sarajevo during the siege. One of the attractions you will see on that street is the Hotel Holiday Inn where all the international journalists used to stay during the war. Also, we will not miss showing you Old Yugoslav Military Barracks.
The most important site on Sarajevo Siege Tour is the War Tunnel (Tunnel of Hope) Museum where the original war videos made during the Sarajevo Siege are being displayed.
Our guide will explain to you in detail how important the Tunnel was for people who were living in Sarajevo during the siege. There you can pass through a small part of the original Tunnel of Hope, a passage that once brought hope both to the local Sarajevan’s and other Bosnians alike.
The Dayton Peace Agreement ended the war but also legitimized the division of Bosnia into its two political entities. We will take you through both of them as our guide explains their significance.
Afterwards, you will visit the famous Bob Sleigh Track located on the Olympic Mountain Trebević. You will proceed to one of the vantage points from which tanks and artillery were wreaking havoc upon Sarajevo.
Besides the historic sights and monuments on this Sarajevo siege tour, you will be able to hear local stories of love in the war-torn city, art under the bullet rain, the meaning of symbolic red shapes in the Sarajevo asphalt and above all the triumph of the human will to survive.
This was our second tour with Ejub (we did the Travnik/Jajce tour with him the day before and liked him so much that we did the Fall of Yugoslavia tour with him the next day), and he was absolutely fantastic. He adjusted the itinerary slightly so we could drive through the neighborhood of Grbavica, which was one of the hardest hit during the siege. He pointed out shrapnel and bullet holes in the buildings and gave us in-depth history. His passion for giving tours and sharing the history of his country is clear, and he’s a funny guy! If you have the chance to go on a tour with Ejub, take it! He’s wonderful!
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Sarajevo. If, like most people who travel here, you’ve watched video from the war, either at the time or in the years since, you won’t understand what happened here until you’re on the ground, in the tunnel, around the airport, up in the hills, rolling through parts of Republika Srpska and looking down on the city as the aggressors must have. It’s heavy stuff, for sure, but you will come away with greater appreciation of the human spirit, and of the spirit of these particular humans.
Our guide, Ago, was incredibly knowledgeable, communicative, responsive, and a more skilled and courageous driver of an automobile than we’ve met in a long time. He shared freely of his own experiences as a child during the war and his knowledge of facts on the ground — before, during, and after the war.
A highlight is the closing stop at the Olympic bobsled track, the breathtaking view over the city, and the ride down. You won’t be disappointed!
Lela guided this tour. As a local, whose family experienced this situation, she was not only knowledgeable, but also passionate about the subject matter. This was one of the best paid tours that I’ve done in a while!
This was a very informative and well put together tour. The Tunnel of Hope is absolutely worth seeing. Ahmed was our guide and he had a wealth of information on the war in Sarajevo. There were so many questions from the group and he did a great job of addressing all of them. I was afraid this tour would be incredibly depressing and the information would be focused on blaming one group. But that wasn’t the case at all. I walked away feeling like I had a better understanding of the war and the experience of the people living through it. I’m very grateful to have had this experience.
An extremely knowledgeable guide – not just a walk but a full half day tour as it states – great facts on history, culture and local lifestyle – very thought provoking at times. Held everyone’s attention throughout the extended 4hr tour. Very glad we booked this and enjoyed it so much