This morning meet your guide at the hotel for a private tour of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. With captivating charm, abundance of busy cafés and abiding tradition of hospitality, Sarajevo will make you feel like home. Throughout the centuries, numerous influences made Sarajevo the city with of the most diverse cultures in Europe. Here the Byzantine and Ottoman empires of the East and the Roman, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian empires of the West left an indelible mark through culture, traditions and religions.
A walk through Sarajevo is a walk through its past. With your guide, you will explore Baščaršija, the most famous market-place in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Formed in the 15th century, it was the center of the city during the centuries of Ottoman domination. Nowadays, it is known for the various souvenir shops and workshops where craftsmen make authentic handmade pottery, metalwork, jewelry, and other goods following centuries-old methods. You will also visit the Emperor's Mosque which was erected by the sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1560. Also in this neighborhood, there is the Gazi Husref Bey covered market (bezistan) that used to house 52 shops. You will also visit Morića Han - a caravanserai which once provided accommodation, meals and storage for merchants and travelers. You will stroll along the Miljacka River and see the bridges built during Ottoman times. One of these – the stone Latin Bridge, is where the Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip shot and killed Franz Ferdinand and his wife. This assassination became the cause of the World War l. You will find out that, from the oriental Ottoman quarters lined with cafés and handicraft workshops, to the cultural centre of Austro-Hungarian times; Sarajevo encompasses the very best of both worlds.