Day 1 – Welcome to SarajevoA city like no other. Where East meets West. Split into three cultures, three religions, with war scars still painfully visible from the the siege in the 1990s, the longest in modern European history. It was once renowned as a religious melting pot, earning it the epithet ‘the Jerusalem of Europe’. As intriguing as it gets. Nevertheless, its enticing atmosphere and vibrant streets will make you feel very, very welcome. Most of all, this city is about its people. Passionate, friendly and warm-hearted. In the lively alleys of the famous quarter ‘Baš Čaršija’, you will try the arguably most finger-licking (and the heaviest) food in Europe including authentic ‘ćevapi’ and ‘sirnica’. Sarajevo is a place to be, and to remember. Led by our official local host, you will experience all of its hidden gems and its football culture.
Speaking of football culture, the one in Sarajevo is one of the fiercest. FK Sarajevo and FK Željezničar, two local giants whose rivalry began back in the days of the former Yugoslavia, have ever since the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina fought even harder for the football throne in the capital. Explore the vintage Koševo and Grbavica stadiums and learn about the turbulent history of this rivalry with our local host – an expert in Bosnian football. Immerse yourself in the local football culture, and get familiar with the tiniest bits of the Maniacs of FK Sarajevo and the Hordes of Evil of FK Željezničar. The warm-up before the derby among the fans including delicious and cheap local beer will give you the ultimate football experience with an underground and spontaneous flavour. Welcome to Sarajevo Derby with Homefans!
After you arrive safely to the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina, get ready for a cultural blast! The variety and vintage vibe of this place will already start enticing you while you're on your way to the hotel, and our official local host will meet you there. Count on a couple of intriguing intros about Sarajevo, its history, and football culture, to fire you up while the group is gathering. In the night, get a first glimpse or two around the city, and let our local host take you to the best beer houses in town.
It's time to explore this unique place!
After a tasty breakfast, our local host will guide you through historic and monumental places and quarters like 'Baš Čaršija', hidden bazaars of Sarajevo, narrow alleys with buildings still scarred from the siege in the 90's.
Next stop - stadiums! Get familiar with the homes of arch-rivals - Koševo and Grbavica stadiums. Learn more about the history of both clubs and their significance in the old days of former Yugoslavia. Don't worry, you'll have an expert subject - our local host.
Get ready for more sports related stuff - catch a cable car to Trebević Hill, fro where you can see the whole city panorama and the famous bobsled track used for the Winter Olympics in 1984. You will also learn about Sarajevo through its Olympic prism. After that, you'll have a chance to taste some local beers in a pub reminiscent of the 1984 Olympics.
Don't forget, this is the day you'll try the most finger-licking food in your life!
Wake up and be proud of yourself. You're about to witness one of the most authentic derby clashes in Europe!
After some free time, our local will meet you and go where the action happens. Let yourself go. You'll experience an authentic warmup and meet local fans to share football stories and expectations with. Enjoy the vintage sights of the stadium from outside, and then get inside to check out the 'Hordes of Evil' and the 'Maniacs' preparing their performance including some pyro and tifo!
Witness the derby of Sarajevo, a hot-blooded game which polarises this wonderful city.
After the game, you will be escorted with the rest of the group either to the downtown for more action, or to your accommodation to have some well deserved rest.
Every great story comes to an end. Last day. Maybe a bit of time tick some small boxes off your Sarajevo list. Make sure you exchange contacts and keep in touch with your new friends. Sarajevo and Homefans will always be open to provide you with a first-class experience. Can't wait to see you again in this magical city or elsewhere with Homefans!