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 center of the world; the first time 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 ie. the Siege of Sarajevo.
On this War 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. 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, Memorial for the children killed in Sarajevo and other important monuments.
Later on, we are going back to the 80’s – 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 to show you Old Yugoslav Military Barracks.
The most important site we are visiting is the War Tunnel (Tunnel of Hope) Museum where the original war videos made during the Sarajevo Siege are being displayed and where 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 Sarajevans 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 the Bosnian capital. Besides the historic sights and monuments on this War 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.
The entrance fee for the Tunnel of Hope is 5.00 KM for students and 10.00 KM for adults.
Yellow Fortress, The
Yellow Fortress – City Hall – Defenders’ Cemetery – Olympic Stadium Kosevo – Olympic Hall Zetra – Sarajevo Romeo and Juliet grave – St. Vitus heroes Chapel – Sniper Alley -Former Holiday Inn Hotel – Old Yugoslav Military Barracks – Sarajevo Roses – Tunnel of Hope – Bob sleigh track – Front-lines
|Period||all year round|
|Days||Every day at 09:30 and 14:00|
|Departure||Every day at 09:30 and 14:00|
|Included||Private car, English speaking guide|
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