Diverse, welcoming and a hell of a lot of fun – everything you never heard about Serbia is true. Best of all, this landlocked country in the heart of the Balkans is still delightfully off the tourist trail. While the feisty Serbian spirit is embodied in Belgrade’s world-class nightlife and Novi Sad’s epic EXIT festival, look beyond these historic metropolises and you’ll discover a crucible of cultures and unsullied outdoors ripe for exploration.
7 Nights / 8 Days
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Today morning, arrive at Belgrade airport. Transfer to the hotel and check in. Panoramic tour of Belgrade: visit to St. Sava Church – largest Orthodox temple on the Balkan Peninsula, built on the exact spot, where in 1594 the Turks have burned the relics of the most popular Serbian saint. Drive through the Old town, New Belgrade, built after the Second World War, Dedinje with the old palaces of the families Obrenovich and Karadjordjevich. Return to the hotel. Upon request, dinner at traditional Serbian restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Belgrade.
After breakfast proceed for a walking tour of Belgrade from the Republic Square along the main pedestrian street (Knez Mihaylova) to Kalemegdan Park and the Belgrade Fortress with its picturesque panorama to the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers. In the afternoon, proceed for tour of Sremski Karlovci and Novi Sad. Sremski Karlovci was important cultural center of Serbs under the rule of the Habsburg Empire, seat of the Serbian Archbishop and home of famous wineries. Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia, known as the Serbian Athens for its great role in the Revival of the Serbian people – here is the seat of some of the most important Serbian cultural institutions, including Matica Srpska. Here, on the shore of Danube River, you can witness one of the most impressive fortresses in Europe – Petrovaradin, called “Gibraltar on Danube” – masterpiece of the fortification construction of the 18th century. Return to Belgrade in the evening. Overnight at hotel in Belgrade.
After breakfast, visit the large Smederevo Fortress built in XV c. In 1459, the fortress was conquered by the Ottoman Empire which marked the end of the Serbian Medieval state. Viminacium is one of the most important Roman border cities and military camps from the 1st to 4th century. Departure to Golubac fortress, built in the mid-14th century by the Danube river shore. The route continues through the Djerdap Gorge - Iron Gate - the longest and deepest gorge in Europe, an area of unique flora and fauna, where the remains of one of the oldest European settlements can be seen - Lepenski Vir - center of significant prehistoric culture from around 7 millennia BC. Finally reach Kladovo – town with one of the most beautiful views of the Danube river. Overnight at hotel in Kladovo
After breakfast, visit the remains of Roman emperor Trajan’s bridge built at the beginning of the 2nd c. over the Danube river. Arrival at Rajac known for the local wineries. Continue to Zajecar and visit of archeological site Felix Romuliana, one of the best preserved Roman royal palaces in the world. It is under protection of UNESCO. Drive to Nis – the third largest city in Serbia. Overnight at hotel in Nis
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of the town birthplace of the Roman emperor – Constantine the Great. Nis fortress now a park keeping remains from ancient and middle age times, central square and main walking street, monument of Stevan Sremac. In the afternoon – drive to Devil's town – natural phenomena which consists of 202 rocky pyramids. Overnight at hotel in Nis.
After breakfast, drive to Vrnjacka banja, one of the most beautiful spas in Serbia and at the same time well known tourist center. Walk around the beautiful park by the small river. After that visit to the 13th c. monastery Zica, founded by the most important local Saint Sava and host of the royal coronations. Drive to Pozega. Overnight at hotel in Pozega.
After breakfast, drive to the Mokra Gora mountain area for a ride with the Sargan Eight steam train along rocky gorges and narrow passages. Visit to the ethno village Drvengrad (Wooden town) at Mećavnik hill that was built by a famous movie director Emir Kusturica. Drive and overnight at hotel in Belgrade.
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Belgrade airport for departure flight.