Take a 75km bus ride to Topola – Small town in the heart of the Serbia, called Šumadia, meaning the forest is rich in history and famous for its wine production. We will hear 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. You’ll see a monument of Karađorđe in the center of the plateau, surrounded by the remains of Karađorđe fortress with 3-story towers built in the years 1811-1813. There are also 2 former residences on the site, now museums, and the Church of the Birth of the Virgin Mary. The Church is well known for the frescoes adorning its walls.
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.
We will visit next Aleksandrović Winery in Vinča (6km from Oplenac) where we will have a tour, wine tasting and snack or lunch. Family Aleksandrović has been involved in viticulture and winemaking for more than 100 years. Until the beginning of World War Two the family had 30,000 vines and it always maintained the close cooperation with winemakers of the royal cellars. In 1991 they received original recipe of “Trijumf” – the best wine of the royal cellars that was enjoyed before the World War Two on many royal courts of Europe.
Transfer back to Belgrade.
Duration: 7 – 8 hours