Experience the warm welcome and the slow pace of rural life in Southeastern Serbia by hiking and cycling through its stunning valleys and gorges. Discover the ghoulish skull tower of Nis, visit a 200 year old water mill and stop off to rejuvenate your muscles in a Turkish bath. Overnight in small lodges and discover true hospitality in a traditional rural homestay.
- Experience the cosmopolitan café culture of modern Belgrade
- Cycle through stunning landscapes
- Hike in a remote region of Serbia, explored by few
- Marvel at the ghoulish skull tower
- Sample local wines, brandies, breads, meats and cheeses.
- 22 Apr. - 29 Apr.
- 16 Sep. - 23 Sep.
Day 1: You will be met by one of our representatives on arrival at Belgrade airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in 3 star hotel in the city centre next to the main pedestrian street Kneza Mihaila. Meals: N/A.
Day 2: Morning tour of Belgrade's highlights. Drive to Sokobanja (250 km and 2h30 long). Afternoon relaxing walk to the ruins of Soko Grad. Terrain is gently rolling. Soko Grad was originally founded by the Romans in 1st century though there is little left from Roman town anymore. The more interesting ruins in Soko Grad are of a typical Serbian medieval fortress. Night in simple lodge in Sokobanja. Meals: B, D.
Day 3: Set off in the morning on your first bike ride; cycle the short distance to the village of Resnik, where we stop and visit the 200 year-old water mill. There may be the chance whilst we are here to sample some of the local produce made in the village - fresh bread, cheese and delicious juice. From here we head to Josanica spa, where we will stop for a picnic lunch, after which you will continue along dirt tracks to the village of Vrmdza. The rest of the afternoon is a leisurely cycle downhill across open terrain back to the lodge where we can avail ourselves of a Turkish bath and relax as the heat washes away any stiffness in our legs. Total cycling distance approx. 38 km rolling terrain with 6km unpaved. Meals: B, L, D.
Day 4: After breakfast transfer by bus up to `the saddle` between the mounts Ozren and Devica. Then it is a downhill cycle, through forest and farmland, passing through the villages of Jezero, Vrelo, Velepolje and Miljkovac en-route to Nis. Stopping off wherever we like to enjoy our picnic amidst the splendour of this rural landscape. After lunch we then set off across the fertile lands of the South Morava Valley, on our way to the town of Nis. An important trading settlement during Roman times, the town’s strategic position on the road to Byzantium has seen numerous armies pass through its streets; Goths and Romans, Huns and Crusaders have all passed this way. Visit the Turkish citadel and the ghoulish skull tower. Transfer to Niska Banja for overnight in a lodge. Meals: B, L.
Day 5: Transfer to the Sicevo village (10 km). Loop hike in the Sicevo Gorge passing through vineyards and orchards of the Sicevo area and narrow walking path on the side of the gorge. Hiking lasts about 2.5 hours on rolling terrain. Return to the lodge in Niska Banja. Afternoon free. Meals: B, L.
Day 6: Transfer to Sicevo village. Hike to lhe summit of Gradac (1,052 m above the sea level) on Mt. Svrljig. Picnic lunch at the summit. Hike starts on elevation of 300 m above the sea level. Hike duration: approx. 4h30. Overnight in lodge in Niska Banja. Meals: B, L.
Day 7: Short transfer to Bojanine Vode on the slopes of Dry Mt. (860 m). Hike to the highest summit of Dry Mountain Trem (1.810 m). The Trem summit is easily accessible from its southern side but the northern side is very steep and at the summit one can enjoy a beautiful view while standing at the edge of a steep cliff. Hiking duration: approx. 6 h. Transfer to Sicevo Gorge. Traditional rural homestay in the Sicevo Gorge. Meals: B, L.
Day 8: Breakfast. Transfer to Belgrade airport. Meals: B.
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