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Balkan’s dark side

Balkan’s dark side

30€ per person

Find out more about the horrors that occurred during the war in Bosnia. Sarajevo was the city that held the longest siege in human history. This tour will definitely leave you speechless. A must do for every visitor to Sarajevo!

 

Balkan’s Dark Side – a Sarajevo War Tour

 

Our Sarajevo War Tour is the best example of the horrible things that Bosnia was  going through from 1992-1995. On the tour you will have the closest experience to the latest war that affected Europe. While driving through the whole Sarajevo, pay attention to the buildings because there are ”scars of war” everywhere. Bullet and shrapnel holes are still visible everywhere as a witness of death, blood and tears of the innocent.

 

Tour includes a visit to the Tunnel of hope, a Sarajevo museum and the most important building during the war. There you will learn more about its significance of salvation of Sarajevo. You will also be shown a documentary movie about the construction of the Tunnel and the destruction of Sarajevo during the siege. You will surely recognize many of Sarajevo buildings through the flames and destruction.

 

There are many points of interest on the tour where Sarajevo civilians were surviving, such as market place Markale, a place of two massacres. Apart from Markale market, you will also visit places from where sniper nest were situated that terrorized Sarajevo citizens.

 

For the end of the tour we always talk more about positive times of Sarajevo history.Sarajevo Winter Olympics in 1984 represent the time when Sarajevo was the center of the world so a visit to the Olympic stadium or Trebevic mountain will take you back in time.

 

Not included:

– Entrance fee to the Tunnel Museum – 5€

 

We are proud to say that we are the first and the only tour & travel agency in Bosnia and Herzegovina that offers online bookings and credit card payments. We highly value your precious time so to fully book the tour with us will take just a few minutes.

 

Book our Sarajevo War Tour on a link below

 

 

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Pick up and drop off is provided at your place of stay in Sarajevo area
  • Departure Time
    Tour starts every day at 10 AM
  • Return Time
    1 PM
  • Dress Code
    Casual - In summer light - In winter warm according to weather conditions
  • Included
    Hotel pickup and drop off
    Private transport
    Professional guide
  • Not Included
    Entrance fees
    Free admission
    Hotel accommodation
    Meals and drinks
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Sarajevo
Pickup is provided at clients place of stay in Sarajevo area
2
Markale marketplace
The Markale market shelling or Markale massacres were two separate bombardments carried out by the Army of Republika Srpska targeting civilians during the Siege of Sarajevo in the Bosnian War. They occurred at the Markale (marketplace) located in the historic core of Sarajevo. The first occurred on 5 February 1994 when 68 people were killed and 144 more were wounded and the second occurred on 28 August 1995 when five mortar shells killed 43 people and wounded 75 others. 
3
Sarajevo Tunnel Museum - Tunnel of Hope
Visit Tunnel of hope and feel how it was like to pass through the only exit during Sarajevo siege. Here you will watch a short documentary and hear stories from people who survived it all.
4
Jewish cemetery
Visit the Jewish Cemetery, a place that was held by Serbian army and from which they terrorized Sarajevo civilians with snipers and mortar shells.
5
Sarajevo Bobsleigh - Trebevic mountain
Visit the Olympic complex and hear the story about the 1984 Olympic Games. This is the part of the tour where we remember the golden times of Sarajevo and when it was the center of the world.
Tours Reviews
  • Mellisa - UK
    Great Tours; Helpful Workers

    My boyfriend and I took a 3-hour private city tour, which included the Tunnel of Hope, the Old Jewish Cemetery, other important war sites, and panoramas of the city. Our guide, Edin, was very knowledgable and kind. He and his manager also helped us with questions we had just about every day. I just wish we’d taken their Mostar/Herzegovina tour, because I think we’d have gotten more out of the experience than travelling their ourselves. Thanks, guys.

  • Helgi - Norway
    Good tour with a pleasant and knowledgeable guide

    We took the Sarajevo: 3-Hour Balkans Dark Side & War Tour. This is a tour everyone who comes to Sarajevo should take to learn about our species; how it can be cruel and evil but also resourceful, kind and resilient. The guide was very good and delivered this difficult subject very well.

  • Michael - Germany
    Jeder Besucher Sarajevos sollte diese Tour machen!!!

    Ich wurde von Guide Edin am Hotel abgeholt und mußte nicht erst in die Stadt zum Treffpunkt fahren. Edin war sehr höflich und gestaltete die Tour äußerst informativ. Sein Englisch war perfekt und alles, was er erzählen konnte, brachte er spannend und mit viel Leidenschaft rüber. Die Tour dauerte statt 3 sogar 4 Stunden, weil es soviel zu sehen gab. Nachher geht man mit ganz anderen Augen durch Sarajevo und auch politisch Interessierte werden noch viel Neues über den Krieg in den 90er erfahren! Ich kann jedem nur empfehlen, trotz des etwas schaurigen Titels der Tour, diese zu machen. Es ist eine erstklassige Lektion über den Schrecken des Krieges, ohne dabei blutrünstige, reißerische Bilder sehen zu müssen.

  • Jorge - Belgium
    Perfect, surprising

    We wanted to do an alternative tour in Sarajevo and know more about the conflict, and we ended up booking this tour which we are completely glad we’ve done. Our guide was super kind, interesting, objective and mature, he lived personally the war, he took us to many important places without a problem, and even enlarged the tour duration without hesitation.
    We totally recommend it if you want to dig in the insides of the conflict, war, but history too and good panoramas and info about the city

  • Igor - Switzerland
    Great tour!

    Our guide was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of Sarajevo. Visiting important sites by car, we not only learnt about the recent war history, but also got a nice tour of the city with spectacular views from the hills. Highly recommended!

  • Yentl - Belgium
    Great tour!! Superb guide!

    We did a big tour of the Balkan and although we actually wanted to have two days in the Sarajevo-area … in the end we only had one day to visit the city. With two small children it is not easy to do alot of sightseeing. Since both my husband and I have a big interest in history we decided to go on the balkan war tour so we would at least have a better insight in the most recent war.
    Dzenana took us on the tour and she was great! She gave facts and shared personal feelings and experiences. She showed us the best places and made sure both of us, the two girls AND our dog felt at best.
    She is a great guide and a very genuine person!

  • Jurgen - Germany
    Sehr gute und informativne Tour!

    Edin, der junge Guide aus Sarajevo, hat eine unglaublich gute Tour für mich organisiert. Mit dem Auto wurde ich vom Apartment abgeholt, besucht haben wir den Tunnel des Lebens, das alte Jüdische Friedhof, den “Vidikovac” – die schöne Aussicht auf die Stadt und das Soldatenfriedhof. Die Tour hatte ein schweres Thema und Edin hat mir sehr sensibel alles vorgestellt und fundiertes Wissen der Ereignisse gehabt. Ich habe die Militärische Strategie der Belagerung von Sarajevo sehr gut erklärt bekommen und habe tief beeindruckt die Tour beendet. Sehr empfehlenswert!

  • Rachelle - US
    Fantastic tour with a knowledgeable guide!

    Safet was great, tailored the tour to my interests and provided a lot of information. Experiencing the tunnel was surreal and shouldn’t be missed!

  • Gilberto - Italy
    3 Hours full immersion in Sarajevo history

    3 Hours in the city learning the sad Sarajevo history.
    Remember is the first step to avoid that this terrible things happen again

  • Johannes - Germany
    Sehr gut

    auf dieser Tour erfährt man einiges über die Belagerung von Sarajevo. Wir besuchten das Tunnel-Museum, fuhren zu Plätzen von denen die Scharfschützen auf die Bewohner von Sarajevo geschossen haben und noch diverse andere Orte in Sarajevo. Man sieht noch immer an vielen Gebäuden die Kriegsschäden.
    Mein Guide konnte meine Fragen soweit alle beantworten. Es ist war eine sehr interessante Tour mit ihm.
    Für alle die das Thema Krieg weiter interessiert Empfehle ich das “War Childhood Museum”, die “Gallery 11/07/95” und das “Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

  • Menaga - Malaysia
    Great !

    Edin is a passionate and knowledgable young man who did an excellent job on the tour . He was very through and I am looking forward to my next tour with him later this week ! Job well done and highly recommend this tour agency to anyone who is looking for a good tour of Sarajevo .

  • Silvan - Switzerland
    Best way to get to know the city and its history! Great tour guide!

    Within almost four hours Safet showed us around his town – just the two of us! Focus of the tour was Sarajevos recent history. We could seek in this time and got to know everything we wanted. Safet proved himself as a great guide with great knowledge about pretty much everything. Thanks a lot for that! We highly recommend to book this tour. It is more than worth it!

  • Bas - Netherlands
    Interesting tour with friendly guide!

    Definetely would recommend this tour for a proper insight of the former Sarajevo war bit also current life. Jenna was a very friendly and experienced guide, we enjoyed the tour.

  • Natasha - UK
    Informative, passionate and engaging

    Thoroughly enjoyed the tour! Edin is very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. This made the tour very engaging. He treated it with a lot of respect and gave us his own personal story and opinions as well which made it more personal and was much appreciated. Would 100% recommend, especially with Edin and we would definitely consider doing another tour with him in the future

  • Sandra - Germany
    Great informations

    Knowledgable guide. Great Tour. Many informations.

  • Zara - Australia
    An incredible tour!

    We loved the tour, and being a private tour we were able to be totally flexible about what we wanted to see depending on what we’d already seen.
    Sarajevo has a very Tragic and extraordinary history and our guide explained it very well!

  • Debra - Australia
    Excellent tour

    The tour was fantastic due to our excellent guide, who provided us with a lot of information in an easy to understand fashion. Driving around Sarajevo she was able to point out significant places and the reason for their significance. The visit to the tunnel was a highlight, we liked the simple way it was presented. Her and her families experiences of the Siege were interwoven throughout the tour and this greatly enhanced our experience. We appreciated her honesty and the personal insights she gave us. Well done.

  • Jouko - Finland
    Loistava kierros

    Loistava kierros täynnä historiaa ja tietoa Sarajevosta. Suosittelen kaikille kaupungissa vieraileville. Nouto muuten tapahtuu hotellilta. Itse yritimme etsiä toimistoa huonolla menestyksellä ennenkuin soitin ja kysyin asiaa, jolloin selvisi että noutopailla on aina hotelli.

  • Rudy - Belgium
    Nagenoeg verplicht deze tour te boeken

    Elke persoon die Sarajevo bezoekt kan ik uitermate aanraden te genieten en versteld te staan van deze fantastische rondrit met Jenny. Ze is een rondlopende enceclopedy. Naast haar kennis van de laatste oorlog aldaar wist ze ook op elke gestelde vraag te antwoorden met veel passie en overgave Bedankt voor deze 3 uur durende heel interessante belevenis !!!

  • Annamarie - Netherlands
    Interessante ervaring

    We werden door Amina opgepikt in het hotel voor de Dark history & war tour. Amina was zelf 10,5 toen de oorlog begon. Ze had dus genoeg te vertellen. Mooie indrukwekkende verhalen. Tijdens de verschillende stopplekken kregen we ruim voldoende tijd om rond te kijken en vragen te stellen.
    Aan het eind van de tour vroeg ze ons waar ze ons af kon zetten, of ze nog iets voor ons kon doen. Ze wilde ook haar nummer geven voor het geval we nog vragen of problemen zouden hebben tijdens ons verblijf. Een hele goede gids en mooie tour. Geeft zeker diepgang aan een bezoek aan Sarajevo.

  • Carolina - Argentina
    Recomiendo 100 %

    Excelente y escapandose del tour tradicional. Una clase de historia y de sentimientos contados desde adentro. Lo volveria a hacer. Sin dudas recomiendo que hagan este tour. Mirza una genia. Simpatica y amable.

  • Jeanette - Belgium
    Outstanding tour with Safet

    This visit was made made 100% more meaningful by understanding the context of Bosnia and specifically, Sarajevo, through the ages. Thanks to my guide, Sefat, for his knowledge and passion about the subject!

  • Michael - US
    Perfect !

    Perfect Tour for all people that are interested in history.

  • Rebekka - Netherlands
    Veel info, mooie plekken

    Als je van heel veel informatie houdt, dan moet je voor deze tour gaan. Mij was het iets te veel; ik raakte de draad kwijt. Maar je bezoekt mooie plekken die zonder eigen vervoerd of gids niet te bereiken zijn.
    Wij hadden een groepje van 8 man.

  • Felix - Germany
    Very good tour

    Very good and authentic tour. Thanks a lot!

  • Esad - US
    Great tour of history

    We really enjoyed the experience as a whole. Having a tour guide that had actually lived through what was being told to us really made a difference. You absolutely must go on this tour and with Amina. It will be an experience you will never forget and one that will change your life.

  • Christel - France
    Très intéressant du fait de l' implication du guide

    Nous avons fait un tour dans le tunnel et tente de comprendre le pourquoi d un tel désastre dont nous n avons pas pris la mesure
    Résultat très convaincant tout en restant agréable et souriant
    Parfait

  • Hendrik - Germany
    Highlight of Sarajevo

    Emir was very knowledgeable and easy to be with, and regardless of the somewhat heavy topic of the trip, it contained entertaining qualities thanks to him. After doing the tour I feel very well informed and have a more profound perspective on Sarajevo, its inhabitants and the Bosnian people in general.

  • Guido - Italy
    Very good !

    This tour was one of the highlights on my recent trip to Sarajevo. Our tour guide, Edin, was so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly throughout the whole tour. We saw many different interesting things and heard lots of stories that only a local could know. Edin added a personal touch by talking about his family, his upbringing and their experiences during the war. Highly recommended!

  • Heather - UK
    Best part of our visit

    What made this tour stand out especially was our guide, Safet. He met my husband and I at our hotel and proceeded to give us a historical tour of the war, but also shared much of his personal experience growing up in Sarajevo during the siege. He encouraged us to ask him questions, and we felt that no subject was off-limits. This was the most interesting tour we took during our stay in Sarajevo. Not only did we learn much more about the war, saw the tunnels, and also the bobsled run — Safet showed us other parts of Sarajevo that were off the “beaten path.” I would highly recommend taking this tour.

  • Toni - Spain
    Wonderful Dzenana !

    Dzenana is a bubbly and chippy guide who made us feel very welcomed. The tour was informative and interactive as we get to ask questions that gave us answers from real life experiences. We’ve learnt so many things about Sarajevo’s rich culture and history through her sharing. The stories from the past have touched our hearts so deeply, and we wouldn’t have understand it better if not for Dzenana. She has her unique way in making us feel comfortable throughout the trip and it felt like she was more of a friend than a guide to us. Thank you, Dzenana and Invictatravel for making our trip to BiH a very memorable one!

  • Albert - Sweden
    Great experience

    I had a great time, especially because I had a private tour. She took all the time to show all the historical sites.

  • Helen - UK
    Great Tour

    This tour with private guide was a great way to see the area surrounding Sarajevo and learn a lot about life in the city during the war.

    Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly gave us a great deal of detail on the siege and the role of the tunnel during that time.

    This tour is highly recommended!

  • Abbie - Australia
    Fantastic !

    This was a fantastic tour and we so appreciated the information provided to us by our guide in a very easy to understand way. She drove us around pointing out locations and places of significance and their role/place in the Siege of Sarajevo. A highlight was the tunnel of hope and we appreciated the layout and organisation, simple and respectful. Our guide interwove her and her families experiences of the war into the tour and we appreciated this personal insight. Thank you for a great tour.

  • Mats - Denmark
    Fantastisk guide and tour

    Thank you Edin for this fantastic experience where we learned a lot about Sarajevo and its history and
    brave People. One of The best guide we ever had.

  • Matt - US
    Exccellent

    Highlight of the trip, our guide took us to a number of important sights around the city, something you
    wouldn’t get from one of the ‘free tours’. Can’t recommend enough.

  • Anna - Germany
    Sehr informative Tour, absolut zu empfehlen!

    Definitiv der interessanteste Teil unseres Besuches in Sarajevo! Unser Guide Safet holte uns im Hotel ab und beantwortete uns nicht nur alle Fragen zur Belagerung Sarajevos sondern liess auch seine privaten Erfahrungen des Krieges einfliessen. Die Informationen beschäftigten uns noch lange.
    Über die Tour hinaus gab uns Safet auch Tipps für Restaurants und zudem für eine tolle Kunstausstellung in der Nationalgalerie. Wir werden auf jeden Fall wiederkommen, vielen Dank!!

  • Arbie - UK
    Mighty Inclusive Tour

    This tour is five stars all the way. Amina was extremely passionate about the topic sharing her wartime experiences. We saw more than expected from the tunnel to the cemetery to a panorama of the city. Amina was great answering questions of everyone in the group and individuals at the various sites. She permitted us much time to walk the bobsled track from the 1984 Olympics and took pictures of us coming down. What a thoroughly enjoyable day.

  • Jenet - US
    Essential history lesson, for everyone

    The museum is small, but its importance is huge. Having a guide made the visit so, so meaningful. I will
    never forget it. Thank you to my guide, Safet, for his knowledge and passion about Bosnian culture and
    history!

  • Kevin - US
    Incredible Tour

    The tour was insightful and interesting. Our guide, Jenna, collected us on time at our hotel and brought us around the city, pointing out various sights before reaching the tunnel itself. It’s difficult to believe that the siege happened such a short time ago. Jenna is from Sarajevo, her personal stories and those of her family made it all the more moving and emotional. Cannot recommend this tour enough. Afterwards, Jenna took us to a viewing point for coffee , a chat and to overlook the stunning city of Sarajevo. We will remember this forever.

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