The Srebrenica tour offers you an insight into the Past as well as the Preset and the Future related to life in Srebrenica. In that regard, this can be considered a study tour which will educate every participant about Genocide and post-war life in the city.
It is a special tour created in hope of raising awareness of the horrors that happened in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Bosnian war (1992-1995). On this full-day tour, you should equip yourself with understanding and patience, as this is quite complex and still a painful matter to the locals, yet due to that it’s extremely important. Undeniably, Srebrenica is the place of the worst atrocity in Europe since the end of World War II.
This terrible act of ethnic cleansing, defined as an act of genocide and recognized as such by The American Congress and the European Parliament, will probably change your perception of the war you might have had before visiting this place.
Starting our study tour from Sarajevo, we will pass through beautiful mountain regions in East Bosnia, as the guide provides more information and context of a situation in the 90s. Visiting Potočari Memorial Complex as part of research and study is highly important not only to learn about the tragedy but also to learn about how people live in present as well as their intentions with the Complex in the future. You will be able to visit an enormous graveyard, as well as the memorial exhibitions made by Srebrenica victims and an authentic photo-video exhibition at the former Dutch Batallion base.
As part of the study, we will make sure to arrange meetings with some of the survivors at your request, so you will be able to learn directly from the people who were present at Srebrenica at the time, and who live with the consequences of the human-committed atrocities. We will also show you the town and springs of healthy water in Srebrenica.
We will also show you the town and springs of healthy water in Srebrenica. Additionally, there is National Park, along with two medieval towns in close proximity. Srebrenica has a highly rich history that was unfortunately tainted by human-committed atrocities. On this study tour, we will do our best to cover the entirety of history and not just recent years.
By definition, genocide is the intentional destruction of people, usually defined by ethnic, national, racial, or religious groups and that is exactly what happened on a horrific July 11th, 1995. Srebrenica fell. The place that was guaranteed safety by the UN, was a protected area.
The fall of Srebrenica became the symbol of pain and the stage of the worst committed crimes against humanity since the Second World War. Armed soldiers and paramilitary units, separated locals, and murdered men, women, and children, with a total of more than 8000 victims.
That was not the end of the course, since their remains were mutilated and dispatched to various mass graves. Many were later on discovered and buried properly but never in one piece, usually a bone or two were found. Some were never discovered and are still considered missing.
The High Representative Wolfgang Petritsch established the memorial and the museum in 2001 as a part of the Foundation “Srebrenica-Potocari”. Today, the complex serves as a warning and a memory for all the victims of the Srebrenica Genocide.
US President, Bill Clinton officially opened the memorial in 2003, and from that year onwards, surviving locals managed to discover several mass graves with their family’s remains. The scale of this atrocity is such large that identifying mass graves and victims is still active. Each year, we make small progress. Many are waiting for that.
You are going to see a lot of original photo and video exhibitions in the Memorial that will help you understand the level of crimes that happened there.
Besides the memorials, this tour covers many tragic stories from the 90s. Surely, after meeting the survivor of the Srebrenica genocide your perspective of this human tragedy will affect you and will probably change the perception you had before.
Later, our guide will show you live after the genocide since this tour will continue towards Srebrenica town. We will show you the springs of healthy water in the area around the city. This water contains two-valency fero, cobalt, nickel, copper, manganese etc. It is very healthy and has big potential in developing this area in the future.
At your request, we can provide more sources and literature for your own personal continued study. This is not included in the tour or tour pricing. Depending on the materials we can offer some free and/or paid content.
I did a couple of their tours and they were all pretty good. I particularly enjoyed the Srbrenica Tour which I consider to be the highlight of my vacation in the Balkans. Adnan was an amazing guide and was not only very knowledgeable on this tragic piece of (almost) forgotten human history but also managed to keep the whole tour entertaining – despite the tragic topic that drove tears in my eyes more then once. Highly recommended.
It’s a great tour. Well informed guide. Very eye opening. It’s a group day tour and they will make sure everyone is comfortable in the group.
A big thanks to Arna and Ismet for a very moving visit to Srebrenica on 18 November. They were fantastic guides, with huge knowledge and passion for telling the story of Bosnia-Herzegovina and it’s people.
The visit to Srebrenica was very thought provoking and I learned a lot. The pace was perfect, with enough time to take in the exhibitions and ask questions. A very important place to visit and take time to learn, remember and reflect.
If you are thinking of visiting Bosnia definitely make time to take this tour. This was a deeply emotional visit, growing up learning and hearing about the Srebrenica genocide to now witnessing where it actually took place was a heart wrenching experience. Adnan was a fantastic support, he guided us throughout our journey from leaving Sarajevo, entering Potcari at the memorial grounds, all the way to Srebrenica. Not only did he explain the political events of the past but also the current situation, answering all questions and welcoming all comments. Thank you Meet Bosnia Tours and Adnan for facilitating this visit ❤️
Hands down, the most important tour to take in Sarajevo, if you are interested in Sarajevo history. Our guide was absolutely amazing. She was incredibly knowledgeable and knew so many locals. Meeting survivors was one of the highlights. Pro tip: the exhibit in the second exhibit and the warehouse is definitely the highlight – I spent too much time in the first building and felt like I could have spent another two hours in the second and third one. My only complaint- I wish we had time to stay for hours more! I learned so much and while it was a difficult day, taking in all of that tragedy, I’m absolutely glad I did it. If you are on the fence – don’t be – it’s absolutely worth it.