Serbia has connected West with East for centuries – a land in which civilizations, cultures, faiths, climates and landscapes meet and mingle.
Day 1: BELGRADE
Arrive to the Belgrade Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Start with panoramic Belgrade sightseeing by bus followed by a walking tour of the city centre. The tour includes following sights: Kalemegdan fortress, Assembly of the City of Belgrade, National Assembly, Republic Square, Terazije Square, Old and New Court, Slavija Square, Temple of Saint Sava (largest Orthodox Church in the Balkans). Visit to the House of flowers. The House of Flowers is a resting place of former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito and it is a part of the Museum of Yugoslav History Complex. This is the most visited museum in Serbia, an important symbol of a time and ideology, which ruled in the region for almost 50 years. While visiting House of Flowers, we will see Tito’s tomb, collections of Tito’s army uniforms and batons used to transefer birthday greetings from all part of Yugoslavia as well as gifts that he received from all over the world during his rule. Dinner at Skadarlija, one of the rare quarters with the authentic ambiance and the center of bohemian life. It is known by the attractive national restaurants with live music. Overnight.
Day 2: BELGRADE – KRUŠEDOL MONASTERY – SREMSKI KARLOVCI – NOVI SAD – BELGRADE
After breakfast, start the full day tour to Vojvodina. Visit Fruška Gora mountain and monastery Krušedol – a XVI century monastery which is considered for most beautiful monastery of Fruška Gora, and certainly with most important role of its time. It was a seat of diocese of Srem, which was later transferred to Sremski Karlovci. Relics of members of holly family Branković are placed inside of the church and many important people are buried there as well, such as two Serbian patriarchs and King Milan Obrenović. Drive to Sremski Karlovci, the spiritual and cultural center of the Serbs during the Austria-Hungarian reign. Walk through beautiful baroque center and the pedestrian area of Sremski Karlovci – Patriarchal Residence, Saint Nicholas Church, the first Serbian grammar school, the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, the Roman Church of the Holy Trinity, the Four Lions Fountain. Visit the Peace Chapel, erected on the spot where the Treaty of Karlowitz was negotiated. Visit a wine cellar. Short lecture about wine, traditional snacks and tasting of world famous wines of Fruška Gora. Lunch in Novi Sad or in winery in Sremski Karlovci. Continue with sightseeing of Novi Sad-it is a city rich in tradition and culture (Novi Sad is named 2021 European Capital of Culture), where everything flourishes and everything is preserved, most of all, the relaxed nature of the people. Long a center of Serbian culture, and sometimes called the “Serbian Athens”, Novi Sad is a city of art, science and entertainment. Begin your tour at the Dunavski (Danube) Park and stroll through Zmaj Jovina street and Stari Grad, the old town center. Explore Liberty Square which is dominated by the Old Town Hall and the Catholic Church „Name of Mary“. Visit to the Petrovaradin Fortress – “the Danube Gibraltar”, the oldest preserved fortification on the Danube built during the reign of the Queen Maria Theresa, originally built to defend against the Ottoman Turks, but now home to summertime festivals and beautiful views of the Danube and city below. Optional visit to underground tunnels in Petrovaradin Fortress. Depart Novi Sad in the afternoon and drive back to Belgrade. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight.
Day 3: BELGRADE – VIMINACIUM – GOLUBAC – LEPENSKI VIR – KLADOVO
After breakfast drive 100 km to Viminacium which was a major city and a military camp in the Roman times. The city dates back to the 1st century AD, and is believed that it had 40.000 habitants and was one of the biggest cities of that time. Viminacium was devastated by Huns in the 5th century, but rebuilt by Justinian. It was completely destroyed with the arrival of Slavs in the 6th century. Visit the Amphitheatre, Roman baths, Mausoleum, Domuš (copy of a Roman villa, also science and research center), and Mamut park (skeleton of a mammoth was recently discovered in the site). Lunch. After lunch, drive to Lepenski Vir, archeological site located in the Đerdap Gorge. It is the location of one of the most important prehistoric cultures and archaeological discoveries that have changed our knowledge about the early Stone Age in Europe. There are remains of religious architecture dating from 6500 to 5500 BC that can be seen on the site. (on the way from Viminacium to Lepenski Vir we will see the Golubac fortress which is currently under reconstruction – photostop only). Drive to the city of Kladovo, check-in, dinner at the hotel. Overnight.
Day 4: KLADOVO – FELIX ROMULIANA – NIŠ
After breakfast, drive 120 km to Felix Romuliana – the ancient Roman complex of palaces and temples built by Emperor Galerius, a UNESCO Heritage Site, located near the city of Zaječar. Lunch on open air at the archeological site (in case of bad weather lunch in local restaurant or in Niš) After go to the city of Niš, the third largest city in Serbia-visit the Fortress located in the city core, on the bank of the Nisava river. Walking tour continues with the Obrenovićeva street-pedestrian area which ends with the old bohemian quarter called Kazandžijsko sokače (alley). Visit to the Skull tower (tower made of the skulls of Serbian fighters who rose up against Ottomans…and paid the ultimate price), Mediana (archaeological park which represents a luxurious and large 4th-century Roman residence with a highly organized economy) and Red cross concentration camp (one of the few fully preserved Nazi concentration camp in Europe). Check-in, dinner. Overnight.
Day 5: NIŠ – KRUŠEVAC – ŽIČA – STUDENICA – KOPAONIK
After breakfast, drive to the city of Kruševac. Made out of river stone, it was built by Prince Lazar and Princess Milica as their capitol city, whose remains together with church Lazarica in its center are forever imbedded as symbols of Kruševac. Visit Žiča monastery built in the XIII century by the first Serbian King-Stefan the First-Crowned and the First Serbian Archbishop Saint Sava. Visit Studenica monastery established in the XII by Stefan Nemanja, the founder of the medieval Serb state. It is the largest and richest of all Serbian Orthodox monasteries. Lunch in the monastery. Drive to Kopaonik, check-in, dinner. Overnight.
Day 6: KOPAONIK – SOPOĆANI – WOODEN TOWN – ŠARGAN EIGHT TRAIN RIDE – ZLATIBOR
After breakfast we drive to Sopoćani monastery and after the visit depart to Zlatibor mountain and Mokra Gora. Mokra Gora meaning the Wet Mountain, is a village in Serbia on the northern slopes of mountain Zlatibor. Village become popular after a reconstruction of a narrow gauge railway called Šargan Eight which is unique in the world. Railway that passes through 22 tunnels, over 5 bridges, and overcome the altitude difference of 300 meters, on a total distance of 15 kilometers, was once connecting Belgrade with Sarajevo. We will board the famous dinky train Nostalgia – created in old-time style, so you can feel that old atmosphere while sitting in its authentic cars with wooden seats, smelling fume from its wood burning stove and hearing the rumble of its wheels and go for a ride along the most exciting section of this narrow gauge line. During the ride, the train makes a few stops so you can take some fabulous photographs and enjoy the views.
After ride we will visit the ethno village “Wooden City” (also known as Drvengrad and Mećavnik) built as a setting for “Life is a Miracle”, Emir Kusturica’s film. The amazing village was until recently just a couple of salvaged traditional wooden houses on a bluff above a spectacularly beautiful valley, but has been transformed into a modern equivalent of the medieval great monastery or university made of natural materials, mostly from wood. In the newly built town you can find streets and squares, hotel, few restaurants and bars, congress center, library, Serbia’s most advanced cinema, church, large indoor swimming pool, saunas, gym, tennis court and an underground basketball arena. Once a year town hosts the annual “Küstendorf” Film and Music Festival with famous guests from all over the world (Johnny Depp, Monica Belucci, Jim Jarmusch and many others).
After visit we continue to Zlatibor mountain, check-in. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 7: ZLATIBOR – TOPOLA/OPLENAC – BELGRADE
After breakfast we depart Zlatibor and drive 150 km to the north, along beautiful slopes of central Serbia to Topola. Small town in the heart of the Serbia, called Šumadia (meaning the forest). Town rich in history and famous for its wine production, will tell us a tale about royal family Karađorđević, whose history began here. The town was established by Đorđe Petrović Karađorđe, the leader of the Serbs during the First Uprising.
On the hill of Oplenac, above Topola, you’ll visit a complex comprising of the Church of St. George, the Karađorđević Dynasty Mausoleum and a house built by the Royal Family Karađorđević. The interior of the Church is covered in mosaics, which required over 6 million pieces to complete, and represent best achievements of fresco painting in Serbia. The crypt contains the relics of members of the Karađorđević dynasty. The Mausoleum, built by King Petar I, is covered with white marble from nearby Vencac Mountain and from Carrara in Italy. The house of Petar Karađorđević stands opposite the Church, and was built in 1912. It served as the summer residence of the King.
After visit we drive to one of best Serbian wineries where we will have a visit and wine tasting with lunch. After lunch we continue to Belgrade. Departure flight.
Included in the price:
- Round trip and transfers with private A/C vehicle (motor coach/mini-bus/van) on entire trip;
- Professional English speaking guides;
- 6 night’s accommodation in hotels in double rooms as per itinerary;
- Full board services;
- Tickets and admissions for all sights;
- VAT and other government taxes.
Not included in the price:
- Air tickets to/from Serbia;
- Beverages and drinks during meals;
- Optional entrance tickets and visits;
- Tips for tour guides, drivers, porters and baggage handlers;
- Lunch on first and last day depend on arrival and departure times;
- In case of late/early flight on arrival/departure tour will be extend by one/two nights;
- Personal costs and everything that is not mentioned in the program.