Museum of the Jews of Bosnia and Herzegovina Culture & history

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Sarajevo: Jewish Heritage Tour with Entry Tickets

1. Sarajevo: Jewish Heritage Tour with Entry Tickets

Discover the ancient and fascinating history of Jews in Bosnia and Herzegovina on a 4-hour guided, small-group tour including three main stops: the Old Jewish Temple, the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Old Jewish cemetery. Listen as a knowledgeable guide presents Sarajevo's history, and learn all about the rich culture and heritage of the Jewish community in the city and the nation. The tour visits the following monuments and highlights: • Old Jewish Temple • New Temple Gallery • Ashkenazi Synagogue • First hotel in Sarajevo • Grand Jewish Temple • First Jewish secondary school • First Jewish credit foundation • Jewish villa AMA in Sarajevo • Old Jewish cemetery • Ješua D. Salom Mansion • Second oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe • National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina • Sarajevo Haggadah

Mostar: Sarajevo Grand Tour with Tunnel of Hope Museum

2. Mostar: Sarajevo Grand Tour with Tunnel of Hope Museum

The first stop on your tour will be the city of Konjic, one of the oldest towns in the country with archaeological traces dating back 4,000 years. The written documents date way back from 14th century, but the appearance of the town as it stands today started to form once the Ottomans came onto the scene. Utilizing a well-maintained road, you will then weave through a landscape of beautiful Bosnian canyons, mountains, lakes, and historic towns to reach Sarajevo. Your second stop is the most famous museum: the Tunnel of Hope. There you will learn about the position of the museum and its famous mark in front of the entrance named "Sarajevo Rose". After seeing a short movie, a 1-hour long presentation starts which will explain the fall of Yugoslavia, the war in Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the creation and importance of the tunnel.  Following the tunnel, you'll advance towards the 1984 Olympics mountain of Trebević. It is the closest mountain to the center of Sarajevo and was part of the front line during the siege of Sarajevo. At this site you will have the opportunity to see and walk on the former bobsleigh and luge track, experiencing the most beautiful panoramic views of Sarajevo which unfortunately were also the main positions of the enemy army.   Just under the Trebevic Mountain lies the second-largest Jewish cemetery in Europe. The cemetery contains unique-shaped tombstones that can only be seen in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is believed their shape is influenced by medieval Bosnian tombstones named "Stecak". Once finished with the Jewish Cemetery, you will head to Sarajevo Old Town for a traditional Bosnian lunch. Following lunch the best way to explore the city is a walking tour. Your tour guide will accentuate to you a combination of Oriental, European, and Yugoslav influences, which create uniqueness and beauty seen nowhere else but Sarajevo. You'll see Muslim, Catholic Christian, Orthodox Christian, and Jewish architecture just a few minutes away from each other, whilst listening to Muslim calls to prayer at the same time as the sound of bells from nearby churches. You'll learn about the assassination that triggered World War I, as well as how Muslims and Jews protected each other through the different wars. At the conclusion of your scenic and education experience, it will be time to return to Mostar.

Sarajevo: Best of Sarajevo - All Inclusive Full Day Tour

3. Sarajevo: Best of Sarajevo - All Inclusive Full Day Tour

After meeting with your group and guide, you will begin your 3-part, best of Sarajevo tour. You will begin by admiring the symbols of the Austro-Hungarian rule, hearing the story of the Spite House. You will then move on to discover the heart of the Ottoman rule, Sarajevo’s Bascarsija, before drinking water from the Sebilj Fountain. Moving on, you can pray in one of the four big houses of God in Sarajevo, and find out why people call it a “European Jerusalem”. You will then learn about the local hospitality over a cup of Bosnian coffee, whilst sharing the importance and the meaning of its consumption. Next, you will learn about the 14th Olympic Winter Games which were held in Sarajevo from February 8th to 19th, 1984. It was the first Winter Olympics to be held in a communist country, and on this tour you can see the place where the opening ceremony took place whilst discovering what the Olympic Games meant for the people of Sarajevo. You will be taken to the breathtaking Olympic mountain Trebević and have a chance to walk down the ruined bobsled and enjoy the amazing views of Sarajevo. For the final stage of your tour, you will begin a war tour. You can find out what it was like to live without food, water, electricity and gas, as well as how the children were going to school and what the culture and sports scene was like throughout war. Upon arrival at the Tunnel Museum, you will pass through 20 meters of the original tunnel, before watching a movie about the war in Sarajevo upon which the guide will explain the role of the tunnel during the siege, its construction and its methods of use.

Sarajevo: Eat Pray Love Tour

4. Sarajevo: Eat Pray Love Tour

Enjoy your morning and early afternoon with a unique local experience. Treat your senses with traditional delicacies, learn about Bosnian hospitality, and the meaning behind a cup of Bosnian coffee. You can admire the symbol of the Austro-Hungarian rule, hear stories about the House of Spite, and walk through streets where you’ll learn more about different crafts which have existed in Sarajevo since the 15th century. You can discover the heart of Ottoman architecture, Sarajevo’s Baščaršija, before learning of the difference between “burek” and all other pies. Pray in four places of worship in Sarajevo, and find out why people call it a “European Jerusalem”. Later on, you will learn about the local hospitality over a cup of warm Bosnian coffee, as you share the importance and meaning of this special drink.

Sarajevo: Guided Walking History Tour

5. Sarajevo: Guided Walking History Tour

Sarajevo is often called the Jerusalem of Europe. Throughout this tour you will discover how different religions and empires shaped the history of this beautiful city. Join a group of other travelers or have your guide all to yourself in a private group. Your local guide will explain what caused the Sarajevo Assassination of 1914, as well as how this event changed the course of the world’s history. You'll learn how to make and drink Bosnian coffee, before discovering what to eat and where to party during your Sarajevo adventure. You will also find out the differences between the Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian languages, including whether or not the different countries actually need a translator when they speak to each other.

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What people are saying about Museum of the Jews of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The name of our guide was Arna. She really was the perfect guide! She told us so much about the situation and history of Jews, interreligious dialogue, the siege/war in the 90s and the current situation. She answered all of our questions and shared with us her intensely reflected, honest, broad and really insightful perspectives - and she did all of that in such a humble and caring manner. I definitely recommend doing this tour with her. The tour and what she shared was definitely one of the highlights of my stay in Sarajevo!

A great tour! I really enjoyed every minute. Since nobody but me seemed to have the courage to face the seven-hour tour in midsummer, I had a private tour. Elvis, the tour guide, was great: competent, friendly and attentive. I can really recommend him unreservedly. And the tour itself is awesome if you want to see more than just Bascarsija. Culture meets nature meets sport meets the city's recent history. For those who don't have much time but want to see more!

Denis was fantastic and full of energy despite us being a very small group on that particular day. It was great to see his genuine excitement to tell us about the city he loves and calls home. The tour is a great combination of history, religion, food, inspiring characters, and even some humour. It really encourages you to look past Sarajevo's war torn past to consider everything it is in the present and will be in the future. Highly recommended!

I went on such an amazing tour today! We walked to all these sites, and the guide gave some much amazing information. The Ashkenazi synagogue was closed, so instead we went to other interesting places which was fantastic! I recommend this tour if your looking for interesting information and great company!

Perfect day trip and transfer with a high quality and passionate guide, Ibrahim. This is probably one of the most memorable tours we have ever done - ibrahim was friendly, knowleadgeable and gave us so much information about the Bosnian culture and history. We can highly recommend it !