DISCOVER SERBIA 7 days
7 days / 6 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: (1 night) (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 – River Drina Cruise – Ethno Village Mecavnik
(Total distance for this day 220 km – total drive only 4h 30 min)
After breakfast, before leaving Belgrade, we will visit new St. Sava Church. This is the third largest Orthodox Church in Europe, built at the place where in 1594 Sinnan Pasha had the holy relics of St. Sava burned. We will take a beautiful scenic road, following river Drina, which forms the border between Serbia and Bosnia. We will take a short cruise (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 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 bluff above a beautiful valley. This village will be our home for tonight.
Overnight in Mecavnik: Hotel (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 4: Mecavnik – Sargan Eight Train – Sirogojno Ethno Village Village
(Total distance for this day 60 KM – total drive only 1h 30 min )
This morning 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, aectionately 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. 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 ‑nd 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 5: Sirogojno – Uvac National Reserve – Studenica (UNESCO)
(Total distance for this day 220 KM – total drive only 5h )
This morning we will take a drive south to wonderful “Uvac” Special Nature Reserve, www.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 trough meanders before having lunch with the local family. Latter, we will take a drive trough beautiful countryside to the Monastery Studenica (UNESCO site) where we will spend a night. Dinner in the monastery.
Overnight in Monastery Studenica Compound (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 6: Monastery Studenica – Belgrade
(Total distance for this day 230 KM – total drive only 4h)
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 monastir 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 reected in these monuments. Lunch. We will take a drive trough beautiful Canyon of river Ibar back to Belgrade. The rest of the day is free.
Overnight in Belgrade: (1 night) (B, L)
Day 7: Belgrade departure
(Total distance for this day 20 KM – total drive only 30 min)
Free time before transfer to the airport of Belgrade 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.
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