This morning meet your guide in the hotel for your private panoramic tour of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Throughout the centuries, numerous influences made Sarajevo the city with of the most diverse cultures in Europe. 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.
A walk through Sarajevo is a walk through its past. With your guide, you will explore Baščaršija, the most famous market-place, known for the various authentic shops and workshops where craftsmen make handmade pottery, metalwork and jewelry. 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, which became the cause of the World War l.
Then your guide and driver will take you to visit Sarajevo War Tunnel - the best kept secret of the war in Bosnia. In March 1992, the 800 m of the tunnel were built under the airport runway. Through this tunnel people in Sarajevo got their food, army help, oil, electricity, even telephone line. Despite the constant daily bombing by the Serbian army, thousands of people went through the tunnel from Dobrinja to Butmir where they could get food that came in from Croatia. Many people were killed going in or out of the tunnel. The tunnel represents a symbol of a four-year-long resistance to the siege of the City and its citizens, a resistance against genocide conducted on the City by the Serbian Army aggressor from 1992 to 1995. The tunnel is also unique in the world because it represents the survival by a resilient people of the longest siege of a city in modern history.