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Ramadan tour in Sarajevo | March – April 2024 package

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  • Duration: 8 days
  • Max people: 12
  • Pickup: Sarajevo Airport
  • Small groups
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Drop-off: Sarajevo Airport

Ramadan tour in Sarajevo is a unique and meaningful experience, blending visits to mosques, most beautiful places in Bosnia with a warm, local atmosphere.

Discover a taste of Ramadan in beautiful Sarajevo

Join us on an immersive Ramadan tour in Sarajevo, where cultural experiences and spiritual enrichment seamlessly unfold over 8 days of this tour package.

We begin this experience by picking you up from Sarajevo International Airport to the hotel, ushering you into the heart of this historically rich Old town where you will be accommodated.

Feel the genuine warmth of Bosnian hospitality as you initiate the tour with a memorable welcoming Iftar at the hotel, setting the stage for the days ahead. Explore the historical significance of Hadži Sinan’s tekke and engage in soul-enriching Zikr sessions.

As the nights unfold, enjoy the Iftars we prepared for you and later on, sit and relax with a cup of coffee underneath Sarajevo’s night sky

In the following days, delve into Sarajevo’s history with comprehensive walking tours, visiting iconic landmarks such as Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque—a testament to centuries of tradition.

Join locals for prayers in bustling mosques in the heart of Sarajevo’s spiritual life. In our Ramadan tour we also add a touch of adventure with visits to the Olympic Bjelašnica mountain and, for those seeking an extra thrill, consider the optional snowshoeing experience.

Experience the authenticity of Sarajevo with Iftars hosted by Bosnian family, creating cherished memories around dinner tables. This package also includes full-day Travnik sightseeing excursion, unveiling historical gems in this charming town.

Throughout this 8-day Ramadan tour, each highlight weaves together moments of reflection, connection, and exploration, creating a rich tapestry of Sarajevo’s cultural and spiritual legacy.

Extend your trip

If you’d like to prolong your stay by more days when booking a tour, please reach out to us. We’ll be happy to tailor your extended stay. Contact us at info@meetbosnia.com

Tour highlights

  • Airport transfer
  • Welcoming Iftar at the hotel
  • Hadži Sinan’s tekke visit
  • Soul-enriching Zikr session
  • Suhoor muqabala
  • Sarajevo walking tour
  • Gazi Husrev Beg's Mosque visit
  • Prayer in a local mosque
  • A visit to Olympic Bjelašnica mountain
  • Snowshoeing experience (optional)
  • Iftar with Bosnian family
  • Whole day Travnik sightseeing

Tour departure date

Available March 28 – April 04 2024 

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Tour information

  • Departure & return locationSarajevo International Airport
  • Tour duration8 days
  • What's included✔ Airport shuttles
    ✔ 7 nights accommodation at Hotel Aziza 4* / double room
    ✔ Private tours
    ✔ Professional tour guide/driver
    ✔ Modern vehicle
    ✔ Taxes
    ✔ Fuel
    ✔ 7x Iftar; 7x suhoor; 7x coffee/tea
    ✔ Entrance fees ( Tunnel of hope and Spring of river Bosna)
    ✔ Customer support 24/7
  • What's NOT included⊗ Flight tickets
    ⊗ Any private expenses

What to bring?

  • Layered ClothingSarajevo's spring can be also chilly or warm, so pack layers for versatility. Bring sweaters, wind jackets...
  • Modest clothingAs a mark of respect when visiting mosques during Ramadan, it's advisable to pack modest clothing, including long sleeves and pants for both men and women. For women we suggest packing a headscarf.
  • Comfortable footwearSarajevo offers a mix of historic sites and vibrant markets, so comfortable shoes are essential for exploring the city's diverse landscapes.
  • Camera / smartphoneCamera/Smartphone: Capture the beauty of Sarajevo, its mosques, and the special Ramadan atmosphere with a camera or smartphone. Just be mindful of photography rules, especially in religious sites.

Itinerary

Thursday - 28 March

  • Arrival 11:05
  • Free time iftar 18:00 8 (Hotel Aziza)
  • Hadži sinanova zikr i Teravija

Iftar: 18:14

Our dedicated guide will personally extend a warm welcome to you at the airport, ensuring the beginning of your journey is marked with genuine hospitality. Before personally accompanying you to the hotel, your guide will drive you to our agency where we will organize a brief meet-up session with the agency and the team with whom you will communicate throughout the journey. Afterwards, we are heading to the hotel, providing you with the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate after your travels. 

Iftar: 18:14:  To add a personal touch, we’ve arranged a special welcome iftar at the hotel, creating an experience tailored just for you, and making your stay even more memorable.

As we continue, the historical journey to Hadži Sinan’s tekke unfolds. This spiritual haven, built by the hands of Hadži Sinan-aga or his son Mustafa-pasha, carries centuries of teachings and a rich connection to ZIKR, a practice embodying the remembrance of Allah the Exalted. 

After the soul-enriching Zikr session, we’ll proceed to tarawih (night prayer), a serene experience heightened by the unique beauty of Sarajevo’s tranquil nights. Following Tarawih, let’s unwind further with a coffee at a local café, soaking in the city’s charm under the moonlit sky. We’re excited to share these personalized moments, creating a journey filled with joy, spirituality, and cultural richness.

Friday - 29 March

Sehur: 03:48

  • Fajr mukabela i suhoor
  • Sarajevo walking tour, Gazi Husrev Bey’s library
  • Free time and iftar with Bosnian family

Iftar: 18:15


Suhoor will be served at the hotel, and as the sun begins to rise, we will descend through the charming Sarajevo neighbourhoods because our hotel is situated in the heart of the old city. Our journey will lead us to the Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque, where we will witness the Sabah prayer congregation – Muqabala

As we immerse ourselves in the tradition of Muqabala, a collective recitation of the entire Quran by a group of individuals, we draw inspiration from the timeless practice initiated by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) during this sacred month.

This custom, woven into the fabric of Ramadan, holds a special significance in the hearts of Bosnians, creating a unique and spiritually charged atmosphere that defines this blessed time in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The morning unfolds with a truly personal touch as we embark on a tranquil walking tour through the city’s historic heart. In the early dawn, while the city is still wrapped in slumber and the streets echo with quietude, we explore iconic landmarks like Gazi Husrev Beg’s Mosque, the enchanting old Coppersmith Street, City Hall, and the Sebilj Fountain. The serenity of the empty streets adds a magical charm to our exploration, making it a moment of personal connection with the city’s history.

Our journey continues to the revered Faculty, a bastion of higher Islamic education in Southeast Europe. Steeped in centuries-old traditions dating back to the construction of the first mosques and schools, it stands as a testament to the enduring commitment to knowledge and spirituality.

The visit to the Faculty is not just an exploration of history but a personal connection to the rich heritage that has shaped the spiritual landscape of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Pro tip: We advise you to visit any local mosques for the noon prayer and to experience an authentic local experience. 

After this enlightening experience, take a well-deserved break and enjoy your free time until iftar, savouring the memories and personal reflections gathered throughout this meaningful day.

Iftar: Before the iftar time, our guide will pick you up from the hotel, and we’ll head to the old neighbourhood of Vratnik, home to one of the oldest settlements in the city. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a Bosnian family and witness how iftar is traditionally observed in Sarajevo.

Immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere as we experience iftar, and perform the evening prayer in a local mosque situated just steps away from our hosts’ home. This traditional approach to breaking fast offers a genuine insight into the rich cultural and religious practices that have been preserved for generations.

As the day concludes with this heartfelt cultural exchange and spiritual observance, you’ll have a deeper understanding of Bosnian traditions and the significance of iftar in the local community. It marks not only the end of our day but also a memorable connection with the warmth and traditions of Sarajevo.

Saturday - 30 March

Sehur: 03:47

  • Tunnel of Hope
  • The spring of River Bosna
  • Trebević mountain
  • Having a rest in Divan – a traditional Bosnian cafe, after tarawih prayer

Iftar: 18:16


Suhoor – will be served at the hotel. Following that, we will attend the Sabah prayer at a nearby mosque and return to the hotel for a brief rest. Afterwards, our panoramic tour begins, providing you with comprehensive insights into the events during the war in 1992-1995. One of the key stops is the Tunnel of Hope – a crucial lifeline during the Siege of Sarajevo.

This underground passage was a secret link that connected the city with the free territory, enabling the transport of essential supplies and the movement of people. The Tunnel of Hope holds immense historical significance, symbolizing the resilience and determination of the people during challenging times.

We’ll take a short break at Vrelo Bosne, the spring of the River Bosna. This protected natural area, a monument of nature, offers a serene setting with numerous springs, streams, small lakes, and wooden bridges, making it an ideal spot for a stroll, run, or bike ride.

Next on our itinerary is Mount Trebević, where we’ll explore the remnants of the bobsled track and the main lines that once served as defence positions during the war provides as well a breathtaking view. Returning to the hotel, you’ll have some downtime for rest. 

Iftar  – will be organized in the city, and Teravih will take place at the  Careva Mosque the oldest mosque in Sarajevo and one of the oldest in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which holds a rich history dating back to the founding of Sarajevo in 1462. According to assumptions, the city’s founder, Isa-beg Ishaković, erected it a few years after the establishment, in honor of Sultan Mehmed II the Conqueror.

Followed by coffee at a local café Divan, a popular gathering spot for locals after Tarawih prayers. This café is considered a cultural hub, offering a delightful atmosphere to unwind and connect with fellow residents.

Sunday - 31 March

Sehur: 04:45

  • Mostar, Blagaj, Počitelj visit
  • Iftar in Jablanica  (roasted lamb)
  • Terawih in Konjicu
  • Mukabela in Mostaru

Iftar: 19:18


Suhoor: will be served at the hotel. At 09:00, our guide will pick you up for a day trip to the southern part of our country, Herzegovina. 

The first stop is Počitelj – a picturesque village nestled along the Neretva River is a captivating destination with a rich history and architectural charm. This historic settlement dates back to the Middle Ages, characterized by its well-preserved Ottoman architecture. The town’s centrepiece is the iconic Gavrankapetanović house, a traditional Bosnian house showcasing the elegance of Ottoman design. 

Then we continue to Blagaj a charming village located at the source of the Buna River. The village is renowned for its serene natural setting and historical significance. Is best known for the Blagaj Tekija, a Dervish monastery perched at the base of a cliff and overlooking the turquoise waters of the Buna River. The Tekija was built around 1520 and continues to be a place of spiritual significance. It represents a unique blend of Ottoman and Mediterranean architectural styles.

Mostar – a unique blend of Ottoman, Mediterranean, and Western influences, coupled with its turbulent history, creates a city that is both enchanting and deeply significant. Mostar’s most famous landmark, the Stari Most, was originally built in the 16th century during the Ottoman era. Adjacent to the Old Bridge is a vibrant market area filled with shops, stalls, and cafes.

It’s a perfect place to explore and experience the local atmosphere. As the afternoon sun bathes Mostar in a warm glow, we’ll immerse ourselves in the soulful atmosphere of the Mukabela, a serene and spiritual experience in this historic city. Following this, you’ll have some free time to explore the cobbled streets, perhaps discovering hidden gems or enjoying the lively ambience of the Old Bazaar.

Iftar: As the call to iftar echoes, we’ll embark on a journey towards a secluded spot Jablanica, a place that unveils a breathtaking panorama of the Neretva River. Here, amidst the tranquillity of nature, you’ll indulge in the rich flavours of a traditional roasted lamb dish, a culinary delight that embodies the essence of Bosnian hospitality.

* Alternatively, we can organize a vegan menu as well. In case you are interested in having a vegan meal, we kindly ask you to notify us, so we can act accordingly and prepare a special menu for you.

Tarawih prayer will be observed in Konjic, adding a special touch to the evening in this charming town – known for its beautiful 16th-century bridge. After Teravih prayer, we’ll return to Sarajevo.

Monday - 01 April

Sehur: 04:43

  • Bjelašnica mountain visit
  • Snowshoeing (optional)
  • Free time

Iftar: 19:19


Suhoor  – will be organized in the hotel. The guide will pick you up at 10:00, ensuring a warm and personalized start to your day. Today’s schedule promises a rare treat – a day to relax and enjoy the crisp mountain air of Bješanica and Igman. 

Just 50 minutes from Sarajevo, you’ll discover our initial Olympic marvel, Bjelašnica. Olympic Legacy: This mountain gained international acclaim as one of the key venues for the 1984 Winter Olympics hosted in Sarajevo. Its slopes bore witness to the Olympic skiing events, embedding a historic dimension into the mountain’s identity. 

*Optionally, we can arrange a two-hour snowshoeing adventure, allowing you to intimately explore this Olympic legacy

Bjelašnica is more than just an Olympic site; it’s a natural wonder. Known for its pristine beauty, this mountain in the Dinaric Alps offers captivating landscapes. Whether blanketed in snow or adorned with lush greenery, Bjelašnica’s rolling hills and dense forests create a scenic panorama for nature enthusiasts.

Our next destination is Igman. This region holds the record for the lowest temperature in the area, a staggering -43°C. Its remarkable concentration of ozone designates Igman as an atmospheric spa, making it an ideal haven for relaxation and recreation. In the years leading up to the 1984 Winter Olympics, the Igman area served as a cherished cross-country skiing locale for locals.

The development of the Igman Olympic Jumps commenced in 1979, involving the construction of a new road, the establishment of two jump chutes, the creation of a judges’ tower, and the installation of lifts in subsequent years.

These joyous times were cut short during the Siege of Sarajevo (1992-1995), where the Igman area bore witness to intense fighting, reminiscent of the struggles around the bobsled tracks from the same Olympics. Returning to Sarajevo, you’ll have some well-deserved free time.

Iftar: This will be thoughtfully arranged for you in the comfort of the hotel. Following this shared moment of breaking fast, the remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy as you please. Whether you prefer to unwind in the cosy ambience of the hotel, explore the local surroundings, or simply take a stroll.  

Tuesday - 02 April

Sehur: 04:40

Iftar: 19:20

  • Free time in the morning
  • Workshop – cooking for Iftar
  • Coffee after Iftar at Bosnian family

Suhoor  – will be organized in the hotel. Beginning with the Muqabala gathering at Begova Mosque, the day unfolds into a unique blend of leisure, culinary exploration, and community connection. Today promises to be a captivating experience as we immerse ourselves in the rich cultural tapestry of Sarajevo.

This day is dedicated to Srebrenica. The Srebrenica tour begins with a visit to the Potocari Memorial
complex, which is part of a study and research centre that allows you to learn about the worst atrocity in Europe since the end of World War II, generally considered an act of genocide. You will see authentic exhibitions created by survivors at the former Dutch Battalion Base.

During this tour, you will have the opportunity to meet genocide survivors, listen to their stories and see what life was like in Srebrenica after the genocide. We will be visiting the organization Mothers of Srebrenica, and after the visit and meeting, we will be heading back to Sarajevo.

Iftar: The day reaches its peak in the warm embrace of a Bosnian family’s home, where the iftar meal marks the zenith of our collective culinary journey. More than just savouring Bosnian cuisine, it becomes a jubilant celebration of the varied cultural elements intertwining in the fabric of Sarajevo. Following this delightful experience, we’ll come together for the Tarawih prayer at a local mosque.

Wednesday - 03 April

Sehur: 04:38

  • Travnik sightseeing and Muqabala at the Colorful Mosque
  • Open-air iftar at the Yellow Bastion

Iftar:19:21

Sehur: will be organized in the hotel. Today we are travelling towards central Bosnia – to the city of Travnik. bears significant historical importance in Ottoman history as it served as the residence of Ottoman viziers during the 19th century. 

The first stop would – the Travnik Fortress, also known as the Old Fort or Stari Grad, is a medieval fortress. The fortress reflects architectural styles from different periods, including medieval and Ottoman influences. Its structures have witnessed centuries of history, contributing to the visual tapestry of Travnik. Positioned at an elevated vantage point, the fortress offers breathtaking panoramic views of Travnik and its surroundings.

The next stop would be Elči Ibrahim-paša Medresa, founded in 1705 during the period of Ottoman rule over Bosnia and Herzegovina, which stands as a precious monument of religious and cultural heritage in Travnik.   region. After we are going to visit the Sulejmanija, also known as the Colorful Mosque, which is a prominent mosque in the Travnik region.

This mosque is the second iteration of the initial wooden mosque constructed by Gazi Aga. Notably, the minaret is positioned on the left side, deviating from the conventional practice in mosque construction, where it is typically on the right. It is believed that the minaret predates the mosque and has its origins in the previous mosque that once stood at the same location. – Here, we will have a Mukabela. After the completion of the Mukabela, we will proceed to Sarajevo.

Iftar: At the end of our gathering, we’ll curate a delightful experience for an open-air iftar at the Yellow Bastion, where a cannon is fired at iftar time, signifying the end. This is a popular tradition among the locals, adding a special touch to the city skyline. 

Thursday - 04 April

Sehur: 04:35

  • Departure at 11:05

Sehur will be organized in the hotel. Free time and departure from the hotel at 08:30.

Thank you for being a part of this journey with us.

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