East Bosnia & West Serbia UNESCO heritage day tour from Sarajevo

East Bosnia & West Serbia UNESCO heritage day tour from Sarajevo
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$105.88
Duration: 11 hours
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Imagine a daytour where you could see two UNESCO sites (Borak stećak necropolis and Mehmed-pasha Sokolović bridge over Drina), one 100+ year old narrow-gauge rail system (Šargan Eight) in a perfect - still in use condition, one Nature Park (Mokra Gora), one National Park (Tara) and one of its most amazing viewpoints (Banjska Stena), one traditional Serbian style village (Drvengrad), one amazing town dedicated to the most famous Bosnian born and raised, Yugoslavian writer Ivo Andrić (Andrićgrad), get to hear great stories, taste local food and all that in one day, either on round trip from Sarajevo and back, or on a connecting tour from Sarajevo to Belgrade and vice versa. Hard to imagine, isn’t it?

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 forests of East Bosnia just recently inscribed as UNESCO  World heritage, so we surely make a visit there. 

Road continues along turquoise Drina river canyon and next stop of the day is town of Višegrad.
Višegrad is home to UNESCO heritage too, an Ottoman time bridge built in 1577. by the Grand Vizier Mehmed Paša Sokolović. 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-born in Travnik, 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.

As soon as we see the Bridge and take the Drina river cruise, we’ll explore stone town of Andrićgrad (eng. Andrić town). Small, stone made town, recently built, named and dedicated after novelist Ivo Andrić.

As we continue, roadž will late take us 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.

Next stop will be ethno-village of Drvengrad (eng.Timber Town) also know as Küstendorf and Mećavnik, our usual stop for lunch or coffee break.

One of the highlights of the day is 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. Get ready to back to the past while doing this amazing train ride.

Last stop of the day is 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 much more.

One of the most important stops of the day 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.

Return to Sarajevo is planned in the later afternoon hours after we are finished exploring Tara.

Imagine a daytour where you could see two UNESCO sites (Borak stećak necropolis and Mehmed-pasha Sokolović bridge over Drina), one 100+ year old narrow-gauge rail system (Šargan Eight) in a perfect - still in use condition, one Nature Park (Mokra Gora), one National Park (Tara) and one of its most amazing viewpoints (Banjska Stena), one traditional Serbian style village (Drvengrad), one amazing town dedicated to the most famous Bosnian born and raised, Yugoslavian writer Ivo Andrić (Andrićgrad), get to hear great stories, taste local food and all that in one day, either on round trip from Sarajevo and back, or on a connecting tour from Sarajevo to Belgrade and vice versa. Hard to imagine, isn’t it?