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Fall of Yugoslavia | Sarajevo Siege Tour

(590 Reviews)
  • Duration: 4h
  • Max people: 8
  • Pickup: Sarajevo
  • Min age: 10
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Drop-off: Sarajevo

What to expect from Fall of Yugoslavia | Sarajevo siege tour

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.

Fall of Yugoslavia | Sarajevo siege tour highlights
  • Yellow Fortress (Stop at)
  • City Hall 
  • Defenders' Cemetery and  Sarajevo Romeo and Juliet grave
  • Olympic Stadium Kosevo
  • Olympic Hall Zetra 
  • St. Vitus heroes Chapel
  • Sniper Alley
  • Former Holiday Inn Hotel
  • Old Yugoslav Military Barracks
  • Tunnel of Hope
  • Republica Srpska, East Sarajevo
  • Trebević Mountain
  • Bobsleigh track
  • Front-lines

Fall of Yugoslavia | Sarajevo siege tour essential information

  • Departure & return locationGazi Husrev Begova 75 (Click to get directions)
  • Departure time09:00 AM & 02:00 PM
  • What's includedLicensed guide
    Transportation
    AC equipped vehicle
    Hotel pick-up
    Hotel drop-off
  • What's NOT includedTunnel Museum Entrance Fee (Adults: 15 BAM/7.5€; Students: 5 BAM/2.5€; Children under 6: Free entrance
    Private expenses
    Food & Beverages
  • Good to knowA private tour can be organized on request
    Tour can be customized on request
    Price depends on number of people
    Minimum required number of people for the tour is 2 - a private tour can be organized for 1 person

Fall of Yugoslavia | Sarajevo siege tour itinerary

About Sarajevo Siege

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.

Sarajevo siege tour speaks about longest Siege in the History of Modern Warfare

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.

With the Sarajevo siege tour, you will learn about Sniper Alley and Tunnel of Hope

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.

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Mikel F

Solo Traveller

On 04 July 2024 I went on a 4-hour minibus tour in Sarajevo about the war in former Yugoslavia.
The tour is totally recommendable. The best thing was the guide, I think his name is Armi and he was outstanding. Besides being very entertaining, he told us anecdotes that he knew from relatives and impressions of how it was lived and how it is remembered now that you can’t find in books.

July 10, 2024

Voyage

Couple Traveller

All around great tour agency. We did the free walking tour with Edin who gave us a deep dive of the meeting of cultures that occurred in Sarajevo. The Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian influences were truly fascinating. We even ended up eating at his father’s restaurant (called Nune – highly recommend for meat lovers). It was pouring rain after the tour, so the lovely lady at the reception allowed us to borrow an umbrella and give it back the next day. The quality of the service convinced us to take the fall of Yugoslavia paying tour with Almir. Almir, if you read this, thank you for sharing these personal stories. Almir fought during the siege of Sarajevo and was able to provide us with his unique and captivating first hand experiences. You cannot find these stories on the internet. Almir was able to make us laugh despite sharing some touching but tough stories. We are from Canada, so we were not at all aware of the Balkan wars. This made me want to learn more. Will definitely go back to Sarajevo. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

June 29, 2024

Voyage

Couple Traveller

All around great tour agency. We did the free walking tour with Edin who gave us a deep dive of the meeting of cultures that occurred in Sarajevo. The Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian influences were truly fascinating. We even ended up eating at his father’s restaurant (called Nune – highly recommend for meat lovers). It was pouring rain after the tour, so the lovely lady at the reception allowed us to borrow an umbrella and give it back the next day. The quality of the service convinced us to take the fall of Yugoslavia paying tour with Almir. Almir, if you read this, thank you for sharing these personal stories. Almir fought during the siege of Sarajevo and was able to provide us with his unique and captivating first hand experiences. You cannot find these stories on the internet. Almir was able to make us laugh despite sharing some touching but tough stories. We are from Canada, so we were not at all aware of the Balkan wars. This made me want to learn more. Will definitely go back to Sarajevo. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

June 29, 2024

Lorcan T

Group Traveller

It is very rare you get to experience a tour like this and I feel very privileged to spend time with our guide Almir.
Be prepared for a lot of information because the history is complex and long. However the personal the stories like of our guides (I won’t share here as I couldn’t do it justice and time it deserves) are something you can easily understand and really ground the story.
This is not just a serious tour though as there’s a nice mix of humour and enjoying the beautiful landscape.

Bosnia is a special place and I already want to come back!

June 28, 2024

Erin K

Solo Traveller

Generally, I am not a group tour person, but I am really happy I did the Fall of Yugaoslavia tour with Meet Bosnia. Our guide, Ejub, delivered a personal perspective on the subject having been born during the war and having lost many family members to it. He made sure everyone in our group felt included in making decisions and continually checked to make sure he was holding our attention when discussing a long and difficult subject. While at the Tunnel of Hope, maps were used to visually describe the war and different areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina, giving a better understanding of the divisions within the country. At the Bobsled track, a few people in my group and I wandered a little too far down the track, but Ejub was able to find us quickly and get us back to the city on time. I highly recommend this group tour for everyone, as having a such a passionate local guide, like Ejub, offers an invaluable perspective into the war.

June 28, 2024
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