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Transfer from Sarajevo to Belgrade with visits to Visegrad, Andricgrad and Drvengrad offers you not only a cozy transfer between the two places, but also the opportunity to explore interesting places in East Bosnia and Serbia.
In this full-day connecting transfer from Sarajevo to Belgrade you will see UNESCO protected Old Bridge of Visegrad and an amazing architectural and cultural complex – Visegrad. You will visit one of the oldest monestreries in Bosnia – Dobrun Monestery and enjoy discovering an amazing ethno village – Drvengrad. For the end, you will have an unforgettable experience – Saragan Eight Train ride.
First, after a 2-hour ride from Sarajevo, we arrive at Visegrad – a small town in the eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located in the valley of Drina River, in the hilly slopes gently rising high into the mountains, over 1000 meters in height. This town is full of pretty streets but we will dedicate our visit to The Old Stone Bridge, the endowment of Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasha Sokolovic. He is one of the great Ottoman military leaders of Bosnian origin.
At the peak of his power, he becomes Grand Vizier or the Prime Minister by today’s standards. In the ascendant of his powers, he ordered that the most beautiful bridge must be built in Visegrad on the Drina river. The main architect of the bridge was Mimar Sinan, the greatest architect of the Ottoman empire. Mimar Sinan built the bridge in 1577.
Interestingly, the bridge has 11 stone arches, a big stone portal and a sofa in the middle. It is a masterpiece of architecture of that era. The Bridge is one of the most important national monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2007 it has entered the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Ivo Andric described this bridge and its amazing history in the book “The Bridge on the Drina”. In 1961 Ivo Andric won the Nobel Prize for Literature. This famous bridge symbolizes strength, permanence, and stability in spite of all disasters that happened in this region. Leaders come and go, war rages, natural catastrophes, happen, but the bridge still stands and watches over the lives of the people who cross the river – that is something and Andric describes in his novel in a majestic way.
Secondly, just nearby this famous bridge is another tourist attraction – Andricgrad (Andrictown) also known as Kamengrad (Stonetown). Andricgrad is a project of a famous film director Emir Kusturica. He was inspired by events and characters of mentioned famous writer, Nobel prize winner, Ivo Andric. It is a tourist, cultural, administrative and educational complex, situated on a peninsula between the rivers Drina and Rzav in Visegrad.
In architectural terms, the city itself is a mix of different eras and styles that have changed through the history of this area. For instance, you can see the Byzantine style, the Ottoman period, the Renaissance and Classicism. Some of the main objects of Andricgrad are Ivo Andric Institute, Memorial House, Centre for Slavic languages, Fine arts Academy, Townhall, Renaissance theatre, multiplex cinema, souvenir shops, coffee bars and much more. Finally, Andrictown was officially opened for visits in June 2014.
Then, before we cross the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia we will visit Dobrun monastery. Dobrun Monastery is located in the picturesque mountainous region. Rocky hills and the gorge of the mountain stream surround this monastery. Duke Pribil and his sons Stefan and Petar have built it in 1343 and dedicated it to the Annunciation. Frescoes docrate the entirety of its interior. The most important frescoes preserved up to today are scenes of Tsar Dusan and his wife Jelena and their son Uros. Also the composition of Duke Pribil and his sons and son in law Stano.
Unfortunately there are not reliable records concerning the building and the early history of the Dobrun Monastery. We only know that Dobrun Monastery was the Metropolitan seat. Despot Stefan Lazarević and Princess Milica have restored the Dobrun monastery. On the turn of the 18th and the 19th-century the locals have deserted the Monastery. During its history, Dobrun Monastery was several times destroyed and rebuilt. Surely, Dobrun Monastery experienced its worst destruction during the Second World War. The Germans used it as ammunition storage and blown up in 1945 on their withdrawal. The local authorities restored the Dobrun Monastery in 1946.
Next stop will be Ethno Village Drvengrad. Drvengrad means wooden town and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. Everything is made of timber from conifer trees. Interestingly, the village is also known by name Kustendorf, which means “a coastal village”. It is located in the Zlatibor region in a nature park Mokra Gora, in Serbia. It’s a traditional village, built by the mentioned film director Emir Kusturica.
Interestingly, Kusturica started this project started with few houses built as scenery for shooting his movie “Life is a Miracle”. Soon afterward, a concept of making something “unordinary” gained traction and the few initial wooden-huts mushroomed into a sophisticated ethno-village complex. Also, Drvengrad is a traditional village by its shape and structure. It is of rectangular shape, completely surrounded by a wooden fence, with the entrance gate placed at one end of its longer axis and the main street extending to the other end.
Moreover, Drvengrad was inaugurated in 2004. After receiving the Philippe Rotthier European Architecture award in 2005 Drvengrad has pronounced the best architectural achievement in Europe in the previous 3 years. The village gained a status of a 4-star town hotel complex. Since 2008, every year the village hosts Kustendorf Film and Music Festival. With so many attractions in this small village, it is difficult to leave disappointed. Certainly, Kusturica has built a cozy little piece of heaven where everyone can find some relaxing distractions from their everyday life.
Nearby Drvengrad, you can enjoy the train Nostalgia. Sargan Eight is an old-fashioned narrow-gauge railway. Its construction was finished in 1925. Unfortunately, the narrow-gauge railways are no longer used from the ’70s in Yugoslavia. Accordingly, this part on the railways in Mokra Gora and Nostalgia Train that we have preserved today represent a major tourist attraction. Certainly, you are going to enjoy the beautiful scenery on this ride that you will remember.
Finally, after Sargan Train ride, we proceed to Belgrade. We will take you to your hotel/apartment in Belgrade.
Aamir was our tour guide for this tour and we started the tour from Belgrade to Sarajevo. Aamir took quite alot of trouble to find our location as we had changed it in Belgrade and forgot to update the tour company but they were quite helpful and welcoming to attend to any of our issues. The Drvengrad and Viscegrad were beautiful spots. However at Viscegrad due to locals lighting up crop fires it may get a little smoky and at night clicking photos thus may have some issues but the view is just beautiful and cannot be avoided. Aamir is a well informed and a really friendly tour guide
ur guide Adnan was very knowledgeable, covering many different topics and answering to all of our questions, I learned so much! He was very accommodating in adapting to our preferences. Last but not least: he’s also a good driver and felt safe
I super recommend!
Good and reliable tour agency! I booked a transfer from Sarajevo to Belgrade with them and thoroughly enjoyed the scenic and interesting stops along the way. Višegra and Šargan Eight Railway were simply amazing. Tour guide/driver was nice and provided personable service, such as finding me an English copy of Ivo Andrić’s The Bridge on the Drina and taking me to try Bosnian pies.
Excellent way to travel door to door between Sarajevo and Belgrade. On the journey we visited Visegrad, Andricgrad, Dobrun Monastry, Drvengrad, Sargan 8 train trip and several view points. Journey went very quickly. Adnan was an amazing guide and spoke excellent english . He was very informative about the sights and told us a lot of bosnian life. Also good, safe driving skills
We had decided to take this transfer because we really wanted to visit Visegrad, and also since Belgrade was the next stop on our itinerary. But we were blown away with the beauty of some of the other towns and vilages we passed through! An extremely well planned transfer by Meet Bosnia – they happened to be the only one ones providing this option – in which we were provided with dedicated transfer services. The best part, though, was our guide and driver, Muammar, who was extremely well informed and patient during the trip, giving us ample time to explore places during our stops, and answering all our questions about the history of Bosnia! Definitely, a way better option than taking a bus or flight out of the city. Kudos to the team!