Tour type: Nature & Panorama, Religious
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We are dedicated to deliver greatest possible travel experience. That is why we prefer private trips whenever possible, hosting usually 4-8 travelers.
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Sarajevo Funky Tours is created to bring you greatest sightseeing experience, amazing activities & things to do in and around Sarajevo and rest of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
We aim to be: B&H EXPERIENCE!
Please Note: Prefered number of guests on our trips is between 4-8, because we strive to make our tours personal and flexible as much as we can.
If needed, we can accommodate much more (coach required tours).
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Tour type: Nature & Panorama, Religious
After departing Sarajevo in the morning 8 AM we’ll take beautiful 1.15 hours ride to reach Rogatica and first stop of the day, Borak Stećci necropolis near the Burati village. This hidden gem deep in the misty forrests of East Bosnia just recently inscribed as UNESCO World heritage, so we surely make a visit there. We ll discover unique history of Medieval Bosnian Kingdom and figure out why these block of limestone are scattered all around Bosnia and Herzegovina. The necropolis is bit hidden in the forest so bit of hiking is required to find them.
Later we contine for one more hour of ride through mountain parts of Bosnia before we meet up with turquoise Drina river canyon and arrive to Višegrad.
Višegrad is home to UNESCO heritage too, an Ottoman time bridge built in 1577. by the Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic. The UNESCO summary: “The unique elegance of proportion and monumental nobility of the property as a whole bear witness to the greatness of this style of architecture.” is definitely reason to visit such a beautiful place.
The book: “Bridge Over Drina” by Bosnian and Travnik born, World famous Nobel Prize winner, Yugoslav writer Ivo Andrić has given most of the glory to this amazing place and we surely recommend you to read this novel before coming to this region and for this tour, so you can better understand historical importance of this area in regard to a local but as well to a global aspect.
As soon as we see the Bridge and take the river cruise through amazingly green Drina river, we’ll explore stone town of Andrićgrad (eng.Andrić town). Small, stone made town, recently built, named and dedicated after novelist Ivo Andrić. Site also interpreting story of once glorious and very successful Yugoslavian cinematography from perspective of one of the best local directors - Emir Kusturica.
As soon as we finish story of Višegrad, we’ll continue driving towards east Bosnian border and on the way will pay visit to one of the most important Serbian Orthodox monasteries, Dobrun Monastery. Originally built in 1343 with frescoes preserved until today is ideal stop to learn more about local history and enjoy the amazing nature surrounding it.
First stop (for lunch possibly) will be ethno village of Drvengrad (eng.Timber Town) also know as Küstendorf and Mećavnik. Village-town designed by the movie director Emir Kusturica for his movie “Life is Miracle” and the design which won the "Philippe Rotthier European Architecture Award" from the Brussels Foundation for Architecture.
Why the place looks out of this world? Why it won one of the most prestigious awards in world of the architecture? The best is to come with us and see it for yourself.
As soon as finished at Drvengrad we are about to take train ride, but not just any train ride, we will do the famous “Šargan Eight”.
The Šargan Eight is narrow gauge (760mm) steam railway originally built in 1925., famously called Ćira (Chira). Once it used to connect Sarajevo and Belgrade, and the name “eight” origins from the pure shape of the track which if looked from the sky looks like number 8.
It was made famous for the impressive engineering which enabled it to rapidly climb height of 300m over the short distance 3.500m where total lenght is of the railway today is 15.440m. Stunningly, all of that was acheived by passing through 22 tunnels and 5 bridges. Quite amazing stuff even on the global scale of rail and train engineering at the time, but the most amazing for us is that we are going to experience this story. Today the train, after it was closed in 1974, is again reopen for primarily tourist reasons, but as well for true lovers of old school steam train engineering. Simply interesting and stunning.
Road later on will take us to explore amazing area of one of the most beautiful National Parks in Serbia - National Park Tara.
National Park Tara (declared in 1981.) with its biological diversity is one of the most amazing areas if whole Serbia, offering great nature experiences, stunning views, hiking and trekking opportunities, unique Picea Omorica, vast animal diversity, and many other way to fully enjoy life.
One of the most important stops will be stunning viewpoint of “Banjska Stena” which offers us amazing panorama of Perućac Lake on Drina river, which naturally borders Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
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PLEASE NOTE: If you are one person or you do not match our minimum number of persons on the tour criteria (3), feel free to pre-book this tour, and we shall somehow find you the way to combine a small group and confirm a tour or worst case scenario we shall offer private trip for you!
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