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Break of Yugoslavia & War in Mostar: Life Under Siege

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Mostar was sieged for more than three years during the Bosnian War of 1992-1995, and left a devastated city afterward. This guided tour takes visitors to bunkers, ruins, and other significant sites to help tell the difficult stories of what happened in the city during the war. A guide concludes the tour by sharing personal experiences of the war.
  • Learn about the history of Mostar during the Bosnian War of 1992-1995
  • See how the recent past has affected the contemporary city and region
  • Travel with a guide who shares personal stories about the siege of Mostar
  • Pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Mostar

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Mostar War Museum Entrance Fee
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Mostar
    Mostar, Mostar, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pickup details

If your accommodation is not listed, please let us know address of your accommodation in Mostar.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Operated by Mostar Travel Agency

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Q:What is the policy on sanitisation during Break of Yugoslavia & War in Mostar: Life Under Siege?

A:The policies on sanitisation are:
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

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It is essential for any trip to Mostar in order to truly appreciate the strength of the people and the place.
I couldn't recommend this tour enough, a definite must for anyone interested in the history of the war.
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Amazing tour!!!
Alec_B, Aug 2022
Incredible tour. Esmer was informative, kind, and gave us a detailed tour about the war in Mostar. Couldn't of asked for anything better!
An exceptional learning experience and knowledgeable guide.
Patrick_O, Aug 2022
You won't hear first hand knowledge of the war, as the guide was a boy at the time, but he has an exceptional knowledge of the history of everything leading up to the war and during the war, and it's clear that he's very passionate about sharing this with guests and discussing it in detail. It was very eye opening and really helped understand Bosnia and what the people of Mostar went through during the war. I left with a far greater understanding of the war and what took place and why, so that I can now help explain it to others. If you have the time while in Mostar it is very educationational
Break of Yugoslavia & War in Mostar: Life Under Siege Tour
Paul_H, Jul 2022
Excellent tour. Esmer is one of the best guides we’ve ever had. Passionate and objective. It was a privilege to go on the tour. The things we were shown and the stories behind them were amazing. I would recommend highly anyone in Mostar should do this tour.
First rate tour
ClaireTaylor, Jun 2022
Our guide Harun was extremely knowledgeable and managed to explain the complex history of the Balkan War in a clear, easy to understand way. Harun answered all our questions, and he was also charming and very good company. A perfect host. Very highly recommended.
Great tour!
Tami_N, Jun 2022
The tour was very personal and intense. Our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter. We left with a deeper understanding of the pain and complexity of the history of Mostar.
Mostar War Tour
Gerard_O, Sept 2021
Very personal & insightful tour of Mostar & what lead to the devastating war in the 90’s, as well as the impact & fallout to this day.
Awesome tour!
Aimee_S, Sept 2021
I recommend this tour if you have just a few hours and want great views of the city as well as an in depth history of Mostar. The guide was able to convey so much passion in the tour that you'll leave loving Mostar and it's citizens as much as he does. Highly recommend!
Excellent guide
Angie_C, Sept 2021
This tour provided insight into the incredibly complex war in the 90s and the recovery that followed. Vedad was an excellent teacher and very knowledgeable. I appreciated being able to view the city of Mostar from the nearby mountain at the end. It provided great perspective. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Mostar wanting to learn more about the recent past.
A history class you won’t forget
Lesley_B, Sept 2021
We had the pleasure of taking this tour with our amazing guide, Esmer. In two hours and thirty minutes he was able to tell us the entire history of the wars of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This was hands down the most informative and personal tour we have ever experienced. He gave us all the information, took his time to explain and answer our questions and showed different locations in the city of Mostar where you can still find some remains of the horror that took place during that time. Esmer is an excellent storyteller and what make this tour so unbelievably good is that he is an actual war survivor (how this may sound, it makes him a true expert). He told about his youth and everything he had been through. If you decide to take this tour (which we highly recommend) be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster and lots of information.
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Mostar war tour with Esmer
Brian_C, Nov 2019
Excellent tour with tour guide Esmer. He was professional but friendly and he gave a fascinating insight into the history and origin of the people in the area and the causes of the war in the region and finally what really happened in Mostar
1 traveler found this review helpful
Informative, essential to appreciate Mostar
Cynthia_H, Oct 2019
Had a memorable experience on this tour . I can't say enough great things about our guide Esmer. His presentation of the complex history of the city and the region was so helpful to better understand this lovely city. I very much appreciated the care he took to present all sides of the story, and his deep understanding of the geopolitics of the region. Loved this tour! It is essential for any trip to Mostar in order to truly appreciate the strength of the people and the place.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Dina D, Jul 2019
The tour gave an in depth look into a war that not many know about. He was very detailed and easy to speak with and provided numerous amounts of helpful links to learn more about Bosnia after the tour was over. Fantastic all around and would highly recommend!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent Tour
Pat K, May 2019
Our guide was fantastic, he told us so much about the war and brought us around to several places to show us the ruins that still remain today. This was one of the best tours we were ever on, guide was so friendly and knowledgeable, he answered every question we asked and kindly gave us a little magnet as a gift at the end of the tour. I couldn't recommend this tour enough, a definite must for anyone interested in the history of the war. Just wish we could remember the guides name to personally mention him here.
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