Sargan Eight Rail Tour with Visegrad and Drvengrad

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Duration

12 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

About this tour

Join us for an adventure through Eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina and the captivating landscapes of West Serbia. Explore the Ottoman charm of Visegrad, home to the UNESCO-protected bridge. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge immortalized by Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric. Take a boat ride on Drina river and walk through the stone streets of Andricgrad. Step aboard the Sargan Eight train, a journey through time and nature’s finest work. Uncover the enchanting ethno-village of Drvengrad.

IMPORTANT: Tour includes border passing from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Serbia. Please check visa requirements and have your passport with you.

Highlights

  • Visegrad Bridge: Explore the UNESCO-protected Visegrad Bridge and learn about its historical and literary significance.
  • Andricgrad: Immerse yourself in the stone streets of Andricgrad, a cultural hub inspired by Nobel laureate Ivo Andric.
  • Dobrun Monastery: Visit the centuries-old Dobrun Monastery, a symbol of faith and resilience.
  • Sargan 8 Train Ride: Enjoy a nostalgic train ride through stunning landscapes aboard the Sargan 8.
  • Drvengrad: Experience the authentic atmosphere of Drvengrad, an ethno-village frozen in tim

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Informative and professional local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bosnian Homemade Sandwich (vegetarian option available)
  • Train ride ticket (10€)
  • Boat ride ticket (5€)
  • Drvengrad entrance fee (3€)
  • Tour is shared (unless specified)
  • Standard tours are in English (unless specified)
  • Tips - Always Appreciated

Itinerary

Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge and Drina River

In the heart of Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge extends its arches across the waters of the Drina River. Built in the 16th century, this architectural gem, funded by Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic. It defied the fierce currents of the Drina, but also withstood the test of numerous wars throughout the centuries. The bridge's legacy extends beyond its impressive arches. Renowned writer Ivo Andric found inspiration here, writing  "The Bridge on the Drina". Through the pages of his work, the bridge became a symbol of both unity and division, witnessing the rise and fall of empires. But the true magic comes when you take a short boat ride on the Drina River, passing beneath the bridge's arches. The view from below unveils a different perspective, allowing you to fully appreciate the bridge's grandeur as it towers above. UNESCO recognized its historical significance, granting it World Heritage status.

Andricgrad

Andricgrad was not born from the pages of a book but from the fertile imagination of renowned filmmaker Emir Kusturica (name you will hear on multiple ocasions on this tour). The result is nothing short of remarkable! Andricgrad is a cultural and historical complex that transports you back in time of different eras of the country. Its stone streets wind their way through a maze of buildings, each one designed to reflect the architectural aesthetics of the period. Here, you'll find a blend of history, art, and culture.

Dobrun Orthodox Monastery

Located 12 kilometers from Višegrad, Dobrun Monastery, also known as Kruševo, stands as a testament to history's challenges and faith's resilience. Built in 1343 by Prefect Pribil and later expanded by Prefect Petar (Jovan), the monastery saw periods of growth and destruction, especially during the Ottoman era. Despite repeated demolitions and reconstructions, it remained a refuge for monks. In 1884, thanks to local support and Baroness Vilhelmina Nikolić, the monastery was revitalized. However, it suffered damage in both World Wars. During World War II, the Germans used the church as a mine warehouse, destroying it in 1945. The community rallied to rebuild in 1946, preserving the narthex and bell tower. Though many frescoes were lost, significant ones remain, such as Emperor Dušan and founder Prefect Pribil with his sons and son-in-law. In 1993, monastic life returned, bringing renewed spirituality to this ancient place. Marking the 200th anniversary of the First Serbian Uprising in 2004, the monastery complex expanded to include Karađorđe's inn, housing historical museums and a monument to Karađorđe himself, reminding all of the enduring spirit of Dobrun Monastery.

Šargan Eight Heritage Train Ride - Tour Highlight

Šargan Eight proudly claims its place as Europe's premier tourist-museum railway. Over its 22.8 km length, this railway overcame a 354 m height difference, featuring 5 bridges and 22 tunnels, including the impressive 1,666 m Šargan tunnel.

For years, this railway served as a vital route connecting Belgrade with Sarajevo and Dubrovnik.

After decades of passenger service, Šargan welcomed its last passenger train in 1974. But in 1999, it was revived for tourism, offering a scenic journey through enchanting landscapes.

Durations

Full-Day (8+ hours)

Languages

English

City

Drvengrad
Mokra Gora
Visegrad

Tour's Location

Sarajevo

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