DISCOVER SERBIA and BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
9 days / 8 nights
Day 1: Arrival Belgrade, Serbia
(Total distance for this day 20 KM – total drive only 30 min)
Arrive to Nikola Tesla International Airport of Belgrade. Meeting at the airport with our representative and transfer to the hostel KARAVAN. Latter, we will enjoy dinner in the atmosphere of the local bohemian quarters of Skadarlija, with typical food and music.
Overnight in Belgrade: (2 nights) (D)
Day 2: Belgrade full day city tour
Enjoy today a city tour of Belgrade, capital of Serbia since 1403, when Despot Stefan, son of Prince Lazar, moved his palace here. We will start our day by a short walk to visit Museum of Nikola Tesla to learn more about live and achievements of this extraordinary scientist.
Latter we will continue our tour by walking to the elegant Republic Square, where we will make a close inspection of its architectonic monuments such as the National Theatre and the National Museum. We will stroll along unavoidable Knez Mihajlova Street – the main shopping and meeting place, in order to see a few other masterpieces of Belgrade’s architecture, such as the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. We will then visit the oldest quarters of the 19th century, including the ‘Question mark sign’ Inn, Princess Ljubica’s Residence (now housing a permanent exhibition of original furniture), as well as the Patriarchy and the Orthodox Cathedral. We will have quick lunch in one of many restaurants right on the main street.
Walking through the streets of the old part of town we will arrive to the fortress of Kalemegdan, which is the symbol of Belgrade, situated where the River Sava flows into the Danube. Our visit to the fort will start with the Upper fortress area.
It includes well-preserved artillery structures dating from the mid-18th century, as well as a medieval fortification – an acropolis with original or partly reconstructed ramparts, gateways, towers and the excavated ruins of a 15th century castle. A few Turkish monuments and some ancient Roman remains also lie in this area. In this section of the fortification complex we will see the elegant 18th century Baroque Clock Tower and the Roman Well. Our tour of the Eastern Ward includes the Rose Church of Our Lady, along with a panoramic view of the Lower fortress and its monuments – the Nebojsa Tower, the Baroque Gate of Karl VI, and the remains of the medieval metropolitan palace. In the evening you will have free time to enjoy Belgrade on your own.
Overnight in Belgrade. (B, L)
B- Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
Day 3: Belgrade – Viminacium – Golubac – Lepenski Vir – Kladovo
(Total distance for this day 270 km – total drive only 4h 30 min)
We will begin our day today by a voyage to the distant past. Viminacium, our stop, was a capital of Roman Province Moesia Superior. It was a very important military camp in I and II century housing Legio VII Claudia & IV Flavia. It has the status of “Municipium” in II century during the ruling of Imperator Hadrian and status of “Colony” in III century during the ruling of Imperator Septimius Severus. We will continue to follow the banks of the Danube and we will soon arrive in another fortified town – Golubac, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Serbia. It is located at the entry of Iron Gate Gorge on the Danube (the biggest gorge in Europe) and it is dated to 14th century. A short drive down the Danube will take us to Lepenski Vir. Dated to 6000 years BC, it is the settlement of one of the oldest Neolithic civilization in Europe, and a whole era was named after this site. As the myth says, it was founded by one of Noah’s sons after the deluge. We will visit the site where many houses of the village from that era can be seen together with famous and very unique sculptures in the shape of human heads. Dinner in the hotel.
Overnight in Kladovo: (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 4: Kladovo – Gamzigrad/Romuliana – Studenica UNESCO
(Total distance for this day 350km – total drive only 6 h)
We will continue our journey by leaving the Danube and going south, driving through the far eastern part of Serbia. Gamzigrad, our next stop today, was built by the Roman emperor Maximilianus Galerius – Diocletian’s son in law, who named it after his mother Romula, at the end of III century AD. We will witness the once wealthy palaces and villas, beautiful mosaics, and many churches and squares. There is a theory that this once was a very important town and residence of the emperor. Since 2007 this palace is listed as an UNESCO Word Heritage site. After lunch we will continue our drive through central Serbia ‑nishing our day in Monastery Studenica where we will have dinner and overnight.
Overnight in Monastery Studenica Compound (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 5: Studenica – Uvac National Reserve – Sirogojno
(Total distance for this day 220 KM – total drive only 5h)
After breakfast this morning we will learn more about the Monastery Studenica. It was founded by Stefan Nemanja. This is considered to be the crowning achievement of medieval culture and art in Serbia. The monastery complex consists of the fascinating Church of the Virgin (1183 – 1196), the Church of SS Joachim and Anne (also known as the King’s Church) and the Church of St. Nicholas, a simple single-nave building. The monastery circle contains monuments raised over a period of 130 years, and several Serbian rulers had a hand in their construction. At the start of this period, the young Serbian feudal state under Stefan Nemanja was consolidating its independence, and by King Milutin’s reign it had reached the height of its political, cultural and economic power. The strengthening of the medieval state and of its ruler’s might is naturally erected in these monuments. We will take a drive south to wonderful “Uvac” Special Nature Reserve, uvaclake.com protected natural asset of great importance. It’s situated in south-western Serbia, wedged between Mt. Zlatar massif in the Southwest and Mt. Javor in the Northeast. Major morphological feature of the reserve is the Uvac River canyon valley including the valleys of its tributaries. The special value of canyon parts of the river valley are curving meanders. Relative height of meander heads is 100m at places. We will take exiting boat ride through meanders before having lunch with the local family. Continuing our journey we will ascend to Mount Zlatibor, one of the most popular mountain resorts in Serbia, both in summer as well as winter. Zlatibor is a National Park famous for its beauty and intact nature. It is a mountain of golden pines, after which it got its name (Zlatan – golden, Bor – pine tree). A short drive through the beautiful countryside will take us into an area where the vegetation will change its look, giving you the impression that you are in a jungle. Here you can find unique ora and fauna, such as the Omorica, the rarest of the pine trees endemic to this area. We will pay a visit to the unique and very charming ethno village of Sirogojno. It is an open-air museum of traditional architecture, as well as an exhibition of handicrafts and world famous hand-knitted clothes.
Overnight: Ethno Village (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 6: Sirogojno Ethno Village – Sargan Eight Train – Mecavnik
(Total distance for this day 60 KM – total drive only 1h 30 min)
This morning we will spend enjoying few activities in the ethno village. Then, we will take a nostalgic journey by the old steam engine “Šarganska Osmica” for 15km, crossing breathtaking scenery through 20 tunnels, 10 bridges and across many viaducts. Once, this narrow gauge train, affectionately known as the Ćira (Chira), used to be the only traveling solution for the people of the area. The train cut its path through the astonishing landscapes of Serbia and Bosnia, on its way from Belgrade to Sarajevo, and further on to Dubrovnik. Now it is possible to ride a 15km part of it, famous for its curves in the shape of the number 8 that made it possible to climb the steep slopes of the mountains Šargan and Mokra Gora. The track was reconstructed in 1999. During the ride, the train makes a few stops, one of which lasts 20 minutes to let you take some fabulous photographs, enjoy the views, or have a refreshment in the cafe of a tiny and charming ‘railway station’. Lunch will be at the railway station. After a short drive we will arrive to the ethno village of Mecavnik, the ‘Wooden City’, built as a setting for the latest ‑lm of the very famous movie director Emir Kusturica. The amazing village was, until recently, merely a couple of salvaged traditional wooden houses on a blu above a beautiful valley. This village will be our home for tonight. Dinner will be in Mecavnik.
Overnight in Mecavnik: (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 7: Ethno Village Mecavnik – River Drina Cruise – Visegrad (Bosnia & Herzegovina) – Sarajevo
(Total distance for this day 220km – total drive only 4h 30 min)
We will take a beautiful scenic road, following river Drina, which forms the border between Serbia and Bosnia. We will take a short cruise (https://taratours.rs/en ) through the canyon and have a lunch on board. The beauty of the River Drina lies not only in its biological diversity and a rare scenic beauty. Everything is so close that you can almost reach out and touch the freezing water beneath you and steep rocks and dark forests along the river banks will surround you. Only the sky is far away from you. It shows up there among the grey rocks as a narrow pale blue stripe… After the boat ride, we will continue by crossing the border from Serbia to Bosnia & Herzegovina. First we will visit Višegrad, nestled here in the valley at a particularly beautiful point. Just like the well-known city of Mostar, Višegrad also has a famous stone bridge (UNESCO) that hails from the Ottoman era. The bridge in Višegrad was designed by the famous Ottoman architect Sinan and completed in 1571. It is an Ottoman structure of pumice stone, and was the inspiration for a novel by Ivo Andric, “The Bridge On The River Drina” which got him the 1961 Nobel Prize for Literature. We will finish our day in Sarajevo – a capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Overnight in Sarajevo: (2 nights) (B, L, D)
B- Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner
Day 8: Sarajevo – Mostar – Sarajevo
(Total distance for this day 270 KM – total drive only 5h)
After breakfast, we will enjoy walking tour of the city. This magical town with all its charms takes us instantly back to the Ottoman day as we visit beautiful Ottoman mosques, old quarters and the authentic Turkish “carsija”, with its oriental sweets shops, cafes and traditional Bosnian food. Sarajevo is also a town in which for more than 400 years mosques, orthodox churches, roman-catholic churches and synagogues have been standing together. Our drive south will take us along the river Neretva, through its breath taking canyon, where we will have a lunch in the local restaurant. No visit of Bosnia & Herzegovina is complete without a visit to Mostar. We tour Mostar, a picturesque town, more than 5 centuries old and made famous by the old Turkish bridge (UNESCO) that once was the only means uniting the city over the emerald waters of the Neretva River. The bridge always played a central role in lives of its inhabitants. The original bridge was wooden, built at the beginning of the 15th century, and it was a very important link of the two parts of Herzegovina, not only strategically but also in respect of trade linking the sea to the interior. This soon brought the urgent need to replace the old unsafe wooden chain bridge with a new which could meet the growing requirements. The construction of the bridge began in 1557 and continued for nine years making it the masterpiece of Hajrudin, and under the close observation of the Caliph, Suleyman the Magnificent (builder). We stroll through medieval style old bazaar with astounding Ottoman Islamic architecture.
In the evening we will return to Sarajevo. (B, L)
Day 9: Sarajevo departure
(Total distance for this day 10 KM – total drive only 20 min)
Free time before transfer to the airport of Sarajevo on time for your flight home.
ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE:
Our professional English speaking guide will accompany group at all time group is with us – so from arrival to the airport where tour begins till departure at the airport where tour finishes, except when group has free time.
OdlazakBelgrade / Budva