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How to Spend 3 Days in Sarajevo

How to Spend 3 Days in Sarajevo

With three days to spend in Sarajevo, you can delve into history, sample local cuisine, and take a day trip. Along the way, you’ll have time to soak up the city’s unique east-meets-west culture, whether you’re sipping Turkish coffee in the Old Town or tasting locally distilled rakija. Here’s how to plan your time.

 

Day 1: Sarajevo History and Culture

Many of Sarajevo’s key sites are packed into the Old Town—also called Baščaršija—where you can find churches, mosques, and the city’s old synagogue. Spend your first day exploring the narrow streets of this bazaar turned neighborhood on your own or with a guide. In between the landmarks, there’s great souvenir shopping, local restaurants, and cafés serving demitasses of Turkish-style coffee. Get to know Sarajevo’s distinctive cuisine, which blends influences from the east and west, on gourmet tours that focus on everything from Sarajevo-style barbecue to rakija fruit brandy, or opt for a hands-on cooking class.

Day 2: Make It to Mostar

Spend your second day exploring one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most charming towns, Mostar, whose Old Bridge is irresistible to photographers. There’s plenty to see along the road from Sarajevo, as well. Some tours offer stops in historic Konjic, the Ottoman village of Počitelj, and the riverside community of Blagaj. Once you’re in Mostar, be sure to explore the Old City, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While much of Mostar was destroyed during the war in the 1990s, the town has been extensively rebuilt, complete with architectural influences that reflect the area’s diverse cultural history.

 

Day 3: Sarajevo Under Siege

You might see craters and bullet holes as you’re exploring Sarajevo, and there are plenty of stories behind the scars. Siege- and war-themed tours of Sarajevo will give you some historic background as you visit local landmarks. Among the most interesting war sites is the Sarajevo War Tunnel—sometimes called the Tunnel of Hope—which was used by the Bosnian army to smuggle supplies into the city during the siege. A number of excellent museums also cover the war. The War Childhood Museum looks at growing up during the conflict, while the Museum of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide is a memorial to some of the country’s most tragic events. Lined with black-and-white photographs of faces, Galerija 11/07/95 focuses on the horrors of Srebrenica, complete with personal stories from survivors.

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Old Bridge of Mostar and Four Pearls of Herzegovina Tour from Sarajevo

Old Bridge of Mostar and Four Pearls of Herzegovina Tour from Sarajevo

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Konjic, Kravice Waterfall, Pocitelj, Blagaj, and Mostar and some of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highlights, but seeing all of them in a day can be tricky without a car. On this full-day tour, tick off all of them in the company of a guide. Depart from your hotel and make your way by vehicle to the Old Bridge of Mostar, before continuing on to the other sights.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.90
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$79.90

Mostar and Herzegovina Cities Day Tour from Sarajevo

Mostar and Herzegovina Cities Day Tour from Sarajevo

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Mostar, Konjic, Blagaj, and Pocitelj are all highlights of Herzegovina, but seeing all of them from Sarajevo can be tricky without hiring a car. On this full-day tour, make your way to all four in an air-conditioned minivan or car. Learn about the area from a guide and enjoy a traditional Bosnian breakfast in the morning.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.75
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$73.75

Modern World Longest Siege - Siege of Sarajevo Half-day Tour

Modern World Longest Siege - Siege of Sarajevo Half-day Tour

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Gain fascinating insight into the intriguing military history of Sarajevo during a tour of the War Tunnel Museum and sites associated with the Siege of Sarajevo. With an expert historian guide, see soul-stirring sites of violent massacres like Sniper Alley, and then descend to the Tunnel of Hope to receive an introduction to the longest siege in history. Next, visit the history-shrouded mountain of Trebević, and enjoy panoramic city views from the summit, as well as the Yellow Bastion and Jewish Cemetery.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.74
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$30.74

Sarajevo Gourmet Food & City Tour

Sarajevo Gourmet Food & City Tour

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Taste your way through Sarajevo on this culinary walking tour. In the company of a guide, stroll the city’s scenic streets and learn about Bosnian culture through food. Visit a local market and sample cheeses, cured meats, and more. Stop by a restaurant and try Bosnian pie, and sip homemade brandy. As you walk, admire historic cathedrals, squares, museums, war memorials, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.71
Price varies by group size
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$46.71
Price varies by group size

Fall of Yugoslavia Sarajevo War Tour

Fall of Yugoslavia Sarajevo War Tour

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Gain an in-depth understanding of Sarajevo on this tour. Learn about the last century of Sarajevo’s history from a guide and hear stories of life in Yugoslavia and during the war. Visit highlights that include the Yellow Fortress, City Hall of Sarajevo, the Defenders’ Cemetery, Olympic Stadium Kosevo, Sniper Alley, the Tunnel of Hope (entry fee not included,) and more.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.74
Price varies by group size
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$30.74
Price varies by group size

Eat, Pray, Love Tour

Eat, Pray, Love Tour

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Get to know Sarajevo better on this guided walking tour. Learn about the history, culture and food of Sarajevo from your guide and listen to the story of the Spite House. Stroll through streets where you can learn about traditional crafts. Taste local food like baklava and sip a cup of dark Bosnian coffee. Visit Bascarsija, the Jewish Quarter, Sarajevo Cathedral, Synod Orthodox Church, and more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.88
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$36.88

Private tour: Balkans dark side - Tunnel of Hope

Private tour: Balkans dark side - Tunnel of Hope

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Learn about the Siege of Sarajevo and visit the Sarajevo Tunnel museum on this guided tour. Depart from Sarajevo and travel in a vehicle to the Sarajevo Tunnel. On the way, listen to your guide explain the recent history of Sarajevo. After time in the museum, visit the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Zetra Olympic Complex, site of the 1984 Winter Olympic Games.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.34
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$44.34
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War Tunnel Tour in Sarajevo

War Tunnel Tour in Sarajevo

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Explore Sarajevo’s wartime history on a tour of the city’s key sites, including siege-era cemeteries, the Tunnel Museum, and buildings scarred by heavy shelling. Hear firsthand stories about life during the Siege of Sarajevo, then learn how the region has redrawn borders and recovered from the conflict.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.36
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$23.36

Balkan Grill & Beer City Tour

Balkan Grill & Beer City Tour

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Get to know Sarajevo through its food on this city tour. Taste all kinds of grilled Bosnian foods, including cevapi, grilled entrails, and flatbread. Wander through the Old Town to sample local cuisine and learn about the city’s history from your guide. Sip Sarajevo beer in a famous brewery. Guests can opt for hotel pickup or meet at a centrally located starting point.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.86
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$52.86
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Sarajevo Jewish Tour

Sarajevo Jewish Tour

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Delve into the Jewish heritage of Sarajevo on this walking tour. In the company of a guide, stroll through Sarajevo’s scenic streets and learn about the arrival of the Jews in the Ottoman Empire during the Spanish Inquisition. Visit the Ashkenazi Synagogue, Jewish cemeteries, the National Museum, the Jewish Museum, and more.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.44
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$18.44
Price varies by group size