Day 1: Belgrade
Belgrade. Arrival, transfer to your hotel with city tour and orientation. Dinner with traditional tamburashi music. Overnight in Belgrade.
Day 2: Belgrade – Fruska Gora Monasteries – Novi Sad – Belgrade
Visit Vojvodina autonomous region, a diverse area with mixed populations, cultures, religions. City tour of Novi Sad, the region’s capital, with a walk in the town center and a visit to Petrovaradin Fortress, dubbed “The Gibraltar of the Danube”.
Also short stop in Sremski Karlovci, a nice Baroque town on the Danube shores where the Karlowitz Peace treaty was signed at the end of the 17th century. More importantly, visit two of the famous monasteries of Fruska Gora Mountain – Krusedol and Grgeteg (both from the 16th century). Return to Belgrade for overnight at a local hotel.
Day 3: Belgrade – Topola – Klaticevo/Gornji Milanovac
After breakfast, drive to Topola. Tour of Karadjordje´s Memorial Complex and St. George Church (beautifully decorated with mosaics, the church is also Karadjordjevic´s family Mausoleum). Continue towards Gornji Milanovac area. Short brake for lunch is possible on Rudnik mountain which dominates over Sumadija region. Visit to Vracevsnica Monastery from the 15th century. The trip continues to Klaticevo village to the authentic ethno-settlement providing tourist services. Accommodation in luxurious rural household of traditional Sumadija style. Dinner made under iron pots, traditional organic food. Overnight in ethno-house.
Day 4: Gornji Milanovac – Zlatibor
Breakfast. Drive through magnificent mountain scenery to Ovcar – Kablar gorge. While walking through intact nature, tour Nikolje (St. Nicholas) Monastery, one of the most spiritual sites amongst the “Saint Serbian Athos” on Zapadna Morava River. Visit to Zlakusa rural settlement with Terzica Avlija traditional exhibition of hand-knitted sweaters and ceramic handwork. Here - traditional lunch. Trip continues to Zlatibor Mountain for overnight at local hotel.
Day 5: Zlatibor Mountain – Mokra Gora – Raca Monastery – Valjevo
Drive to Mokra Gora. Here, well known Hollywood director Emir Kusturica has built ethno-village Drvengrad and holds his annual film festival Kustendorf. Visit of ethno village and ride on narrow gauge train Sargan 8 – with spectacular mountain views of Tara Mountain. In the afternoon, visit Raca monastery (13th century) – one of the best known Serbian medieval monasteries and cultural centers. Dinner and overnight in Valjevo (local hotel).
Day 6: Valjevo – Pozarevac (Viminacijum) – Iron Gates region (Veliki Gradiste)
Drive across Central Serbia to Pozarevac area. Here visit ruins and museum of Viminacijum – ancient Roman city, former capital of the province of Moesia Superior. Dinner and overnight in Veliki Gradiste area, at one of the ends of the famous Iron Gates gorge.
Day 7: Iron Gates – Zajecar
Spend the entire morning driving along the Danube through the Iron Gates area, all the way to the Iron Gates Dam I (Kladovo). Spectacular picture opportunities. After lunch (included), drive to Zajecar for overnight at local hotel.
Day 8: Zajecar – Nis (Mediana)
Morning visit to Felix Romuliana/Gamzigrad (UNESCO Heritage, ancient Roman complex of palaces built by Emperor Galerius). Continue to Nis, birth place of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great and visit Mediana – Roman archaeological site and former imperial residence. Dinner and overnight in Nis area, at local hotel.
Day 9: Nis – Kopaonik Mountain – Novi Pazar - Studenica Monastery
Drive from Nis over Kopaonik Mountain region, with spectacular scenery along the way. Then visit the famous sites in Novi Pazar area: St Peter and Paul’s Church (9th century, considered to be the oldest church on Serbian territory), Djurdjevi Stupovi (12th century Serbian monastery, UNESCO heritage site) and also Sopocani monastery (UNESCO heritage site dating to 13th century, famous for its beautiful original fresco art). Dinner and overnight in the dormitory of Studenica Monastery.
Day 10: Studenica Monastery - Zica Monastery - Pokajnica Monastery – Koporin Monastery – Belgrade
Start the day with a visit to Studenica Monastery – UNESCO heritage site dating back to the 12th century, burial place of its founder Stephan Nemanja and part of his family (first king of Serbia’s most significant medieval royal dynasty). On the way back to Belgrade, visit also Zica Monastery - originally dating back to the 13th century and the first seat of the Serbian Archbishopric in the times of St Sava. Two more stops in Velika Plana area: Pokajnica monastery (built in remorse by the killer of Karadjordje) and Koporin Monastery - resting place of great Serbian Depot Stephan Lazarevic. Overnight in Belgrade, at a local hotel. End of services.
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