Sarajevo Olympic Tour is created to let you experience the spirit of the Olympics and a flashback to the 1980’s.
Among other Sarajevo tours, this one will give you perspective into the Communist period when various nations from Yugoslavia worked together in order to host first successful Winter Olympic Games in a Communist country.
Sarajevo hosted XIV Winter Olympic Games 1984 and the facilities used for this event are still representing the pride of Sarajevo.
In our half-day Olympic Tour in Sarajevo we will visit Olympic Stadium Kosevo and Olympic Hall Zetra where the Olympic Museum is also located. After that, we continue to our three beautiful Olympic mountains – Bjelasnica, Igman and Trebevic.
We invite you to join this tour and find out why Sarajevo has been declared as the best host of Winter Olympic Games of the time.
Sarajevo Olympic tour starts with a visit to the Olympic Stadium where the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Winter Olympics took place. This event was thoroughly renovated and expanded. It’s a multi-purpose stadium which was built in 1947 in the period after World War II.
Former Youth Work Brigades from all parts of the country participated in the construction of the stadium. The stadium hosted major soccer teams such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Inter, etc. Also, it hosted celebrating mass twice. First time in 1997 by Pope John Paul II and the second time in 2015 by Pope Francis.
Now the stadium is home to football club FK Sarajevo and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team. The club proposed the new name Asim Ferhatovic – Hase in honour of its former footballer and club’s legend.
Olympic Hall Zetra was constructed for the 1984 Winter Olympics. Described as an “ultramodern” facility, it hosted ice hockey games and speed skating events in the Olympics.
The complex went up in flames when it was hit by grenade fire in 1992 just like the rest of the facilities was also badly damaged during the last war. With the help of the International Olympic Committee, Zetra was reconstructed at the end of the 1990s.
Since that time, it has been named Juan Antonio Samaranch, in memory of the long-term President of the IOC and a great friend of Sarajevo. It served as the venue for several international speed skating events. Several world records were broken here.
It was the main venue of the 2019 European Youth Winter Olympic Festival, but we will all remember it by breath-taking performance in ice skating – a bolero danced by Jane Torvill and Cristopher Deen.
Even more than thirty-five years after the Olympics You can still see Vučko, the Olympic mascot, and the Olympic logo standing on a tower. Vučko came in the guise of a wolf.
An animal is typically found in the forests of the Dinaric Alps region. Through his smiling, frightened or serious facial expressions, Vučko gave the wolf a rather friendly appearance. It changed the usually ferocious image of this animal.
Vučko embodies courage and strength and was a symbol of winter and the triumph of good over evil. The happy Vučko is also the symbol of man’s centuries-old efforts to conquer nature, to gain friendship from a beast, to make a wolf become Vučko. We will see the mascot Vučko at Olympic Village Mojmilo.
After a panorama of Sarajevo and stories related to the Olympics, our Olympic tour goes on from Sarajevo, and our guide will take you to three beautiful mountains.
First on our way is mountain Bjelasnica which is the highest part of the Dinaric Mountains. It is also the best ski centre in Bosnia and Herzegovina today. Alpine skiing disciplines of the Olympic Games were held on this mountain where you can take a cable car and enjoy the fresh mountain air. In a beautiful mountain house, we can enjoy hot tea.
After Bjelasnica, Olympic Tour in Sarajevo continues to mountain Igman. This mountain competition was held in Nordic skiing, biathlon, and leaps took place. You can see jumping slopes still standing there.
After Igman we will proceed to the Olympic mountain Trebevic – a beautiful mountain connected with Sarajevo by cable car. From the top of Trebevic, you can enjoy the most beautiful panoramic view of Sarajevo. The mountain is known for competition in bob and sledging.
For that purpose, huge concrete construction has been built in the middle of the mountain. During your walk on top of the bobsleigh track that became one of the most recognizing landmarks of Sarajevo. you can take amazing photos.
Edin junto con Amina y Adnan son unos excelentes guías que tuve durante mi estadia en Bosnia. Altamente capacitados tanto sus conocimientos históricos como geográficos y urbanos. Disfrute mucho de su compañia. los recomendo
My family did this tour with Adnan as our guide.
From the very beginning everyone with this company was extremely helpful and friendly – so accommodating.
Our tour guide, Adnan, was amazing! So knowledgeable and had a great understanding of the history beyond just the fact. He made the tour so interesting, joyful and relaxing.
If you want to get a sense of Sarajevo I would 100% recommend this company and tour!
We did the tour without any deeper knowledge about the 1984 Olympics and we were surprised what impact it had for the people and the city – until these days. Our guide was super friendly and tried to give us all the answers to our questions. We visited the Olympic hall, the skiing mountain, the destroyed Olympic hotel, the remains of the ski jump venue and the bobsleigh in a mountain with a perfect view over Sarajevo
The tour was very, very good. Hidaya is a very intelligent, charismatic and friendly guide. She put a lot of effort in explaining things and making us understand everything. We weren’t rushed at all, what you see sometimes at tours. Also driver Damir was friendly and dropped us off somewhere after the tour. Highly recommended.
This was excellent tour, and we must commend our guide Adnan. We suggest everyone to visit this town!