SERBIA

 

Day 1

Arrival at the airport. Transfer to the hotel.

 

Day 2

Belgrade - Ovcar Kablar Gorge  – Guca – Ivanjica

The tour goes to Ovcar Kablar Gorge, part of the composite valley of the West Morava river with over 300 monasteries built in the gorge since the 14th century, it is known as the \"Serbian Mount Athos\". Explore the small town of Guca, where to taste Serbian wine and rakia accompanied by the sounds of trumpets. Experience the Balkan bohemian atmosphere. Continue to Ivanjica. The landscapes and panoramas of endless floral meadows and immense deep forests with villages scattered on every hillside are unforgettable and incomparable. Visit the townlet of Ivanjica and the old Ivanjica hydro-powered electric plant that was turned into the Museum of movements of the Yugoslav Royal Army in the 2nd World War.

 

Day 3

Ivanjica – Stitkovo – Sjenica – Prijepolje – Ivanjica 

Visit the ethno-village Stitkovo. Drive to the Uvac special nature reserve, situated at the Uvac canyon. It is a protected natural asset of great importance. Special Nature Reserve Uvac is a heavenly place where live 104 species of birds. The most famous and the largest among them is the griffon vulture, protected by law. Enjoy a boat cruise the river (Uvac Gorge). Enter the Ice Cave and see the Ice Cave Arch over the entrance to a cave in which ice and snow are present all year round. Continue to the White Headed Vulture habitat, where is preserved one of the two remaining sorts of vultures. Visit the Mileseva Monastery, one of the most important sanctuaries and spiritual centers in Serbia.  See the most beautiful and the most valuable fresco , the White Angel. Back to Ivanjica.

 

Day 4

Ivanjica – Studenica – Kraljevo  – Nis Spa

The tour starts with a visit of Studenica Monastery, one of the largest and richest Serb Orthodox monasteries. It is well-known for its frescoes collection from the 13th and the 14th century. It is also in the UNESCO List of the World Cultural Heritage. Continue on to the Maglic Fortress. A beautiful naturalistic landscapes start to enfold in front of you. It is one of the best preserved Serbian medieval towns. Enjoy the scenery of the Lilac Valley. Visit Zica Monastery, site of coronation of seven Serbian kings, symbol of Serbian state foundation, autonomy of Serbian church and national identity. It is built at the outset of the 13th century by the first Serbian king. Enjoy the wine degustation in the ethno-village. Continue to the city of Nis, a major city in Serbia with a rich Balkan history. Visit to Nisville jazz festival. Departure to Niska banja (Nis Spa).

 

Day 5

Niska Banja – Djavolja Varos – Iustiniana Prima – Nis – Niska Banja

The tour starts with a visit of Djavolja Varos (Devil’s Town), a group of earth pyramids in the Radan Mountains.  They are 2-15 m tall and 4-6 m wide at the base. Continue to the Roman imperial complex Iustiniana Prima, famous for its ecclesiastical and military architecture, urban planning, housing and material civilisation and considered as one of the most significant Proto Byzantine sites in the Balkans. It is built by the last great Roman and the first Byzantine Emperor Justinian. Departure to Nis. Visit Kazandzijsko sokace (Coppersmiths’ Alley), an old urban quarter built in the first half of 18th century. See the Nis Fortress, a complex and very important cultural and historical monument. It rises on the right bank of the Nišava River, and is over two millennia old. Continue to Cele Kula (“Skull Tower”), a monument to 19th century Serbian rebels. The tower was built with the skulls of the Serbs killed during the 1809 Battle of ?egar by the order of Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II. Visit Mediana palace complex, built for the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, who earned a place in history as the first Christian emperor.  Enjoy the Nisville jazz festival for the second time. Back to Niska banja (Nis Spa).

 

Day 6

Niska banja – Gamzigrad – Negotin Rajac  – Kladovo 

Visit the Archeological site Felix Romuliana that represents the residence of a roman imperator Gay Galeri Valeri Maxima. It is one of the best preserved Roman royal palaces in the world and on UNESCO List of the World Cultural Heritage. Continue to Rajacke Pimnice, a separate village just for wine cellars Pimnice. These settlements are built using stones and wood and there are about 270 wine cellars and most of then date back to 18th century. Enjoy the local wine. Walk to the natural stone bridges on the river Vratna, created by collapsed cave . Arrival to Kladovo city. Enjoy the sightseeing on Danube by boat. See Tabula Traiana, a Roman memorial plaque, commemorating the completion of Trajan\'s military road. Continue to remnants of the Traian Bridge, a Roman segmental arch bridge, the first to be built over the lower Danube.  See the hydro-electric power station Djerdap.

 

Day 7

Kladovo – Lepenski Vir – Golubac – Viminacium  – Smederevo – Belgrade

Visit Diana Fortress that represents the hugest and best preserved Roman Fortification on the Danube. Continue to the Djerdap Gorge (Iron Gate), the largest gorge in Europe. Visit Lepenski Vir, a series of Mesolithic villages, the oldest monolith sculptures in the world located on a high sandy terrace of the Danube River. Next is Golubac Fortress, one of the finest fortresses in Serbia from medieval origins, largely due to how well preserved it is. See Viminacium, only large Roman settlement in the world that never served as a foundation for a subsequent one, the oldest Christ monogram in the world was found there. Enjoy a boat cruise on Danube river from Viminacium to Smederevo town. See Smederevo Fortress, a medieval fortified city and temporary capital of Serbia. Arrival to Belgrade.

 

Day 8

Belgrade

The tour starts with a visit of the beautiful historic sites in Belgrade. See the the buildings of the City Hall, National Parliament. Go to the Old Palace, the Royal Palace of the Obrenovi? dynasty of Serbia, presently housing the City Assembly of Belgrade. It was built between 1882 and 1884, in the style of academism of the XIX century, with intention to surpass all existing residences of the Serbian rulers. Go to the most famous square in Belgrade, Terazije Square, where the main pedestrian zone begins. Walk through the beautiful Kalemegdan Park, a former fortress built during the time of the Ottoman empire. It now serves as a park and zoo as well as a beautiful and convenient way to see the city and to experience the culture. Enjoy the unforgettable view on the confluence of two big European rivers from the Belgrade fortress. Enjoy the cruise on the Danube and the Sava River. Visit to Belgrade beer fest.

 

Day 9

Transfer to the airport.