Sarajevo Guided Tour with Salvation Tunnel and Free Time
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
- Driving tour: Beginning from the city center, you'll see churches, historic homes, and the Miljacka River on the way to Trebevic Mountain, while learning about the three-and-a-half-year Bosnian War siege that killed 100,000 and displaced millions.
- Tunnel of Hope: Walk through part of the three-foot-wide makeshift tunnel that was the city's lifeline during the siege, and see photos, videos, and maps in the battered home that hid the tunnel's secret entrance.
- Walking tour: Sarajevo is a vibrant living museum with over 500 years of history to uncover at places like the Ottoman Morica Han inn, the old clock tower, a mosque built for a famous general, and more.
- Free time: Hang out at a cafe in the Bascarsija bazaar area, barter with craft vendors on Saraci Street, or simply stroll around and drink in hundreds of years of history in the city's architecture.
About This Sarajevo Tour
On April 5, 1992, a group of Bosnian Serbs attacked a police station and municipal training school, killing two Bosniak women and beginning one of the deadliest chapters in the bloodiest European conflict since World War II: the Siege of Sarajevo.
It still holds the morbid distinction of being the longest siege of a capital city in modern warfare. The gorgeous view from the nearby Trebevic Mountain was used as a strategic vantage point for snipers and artillery, which pounded the city for over three years.
Sarajevo was locked down so tightly by the Serbs that the only way to funnel supplies in – and people out – was through a dark, cramped tunnel lined by wooden planks and a makeshift railway. Nicknamed the Tunnel of Hope, this secret passageway was the only connection between Sarajevo and the neighboring suburbs of Dobrinja and Butmir.
Today, Sarajevo is a city in recovery. While the legacy of violence is still obvious – from the bullet-riddled home that served as the tunnel's entrance to the visible damage to 16th-century Ottoman buildings, Sarajevo's ethnic Serbs, Bosniaks, and Croats have united to push the city into a new era while preserving and memorializing the nightmares of the past.
Stuck in the middle with ... who?
Sarajevo's strategic location between Eastern and Western Europe has a lot to do with its long, painful history of conflict. During the Middle Ages, the city served as the unofficial dividing line between the Eastern and Western Roman empires. Many centuries later, it was near the border between the contentious Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires. Since 1900, Sarajevo has been a part of six different nations or empires.
Please make your way to the front of Sarajevo City Hall: Obala Kulina bana 1, 71000 Sarajevo. Look for our guide with our logo sign.
Walking through Tunnel of Hope includes visiting small closed spaces.
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking (greater than one mile), with small closed spaces in the tunnel. It is not wheelchair accessible. Travelers with limited mobility may not see all sites fully but can participate at their discretion.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour
English, Spanish, Italian, French, German
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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