MEETING, IRON GATE GORGE, GOLUBAC FORTRESS, LEPENSKI VIR, BOR LAKE (L, D)
First stop is town of Golubac, where the Danube river is widest on its whole flow – 7km from side to side. After a short stop we continue little further down the river, to the famous Golubac fortress which guards the gorge entrance. Next stop is prehistorical settlement Lepenski vir, dating from 8000 BC. It’s located in the heart of the Iron Gate gorge. Here you’ll experience how life looked like on the bank of Danube in prehistorical times. Lunch stop is on Captain Misa’s hill. It’s a household where local family runs small ethnic complex where you’ll try local food and learn something about their life in this part of Serbia. After lunch you’ll see the most attractive parts in the gorge, Mali and Veliki Kazan ravines. From viewpoints above Danube you’ll enjoy most iconic views over the gorge, together with sculpture of Dacian king Decebalus carved in rock on the Romanian side.
First night is planned on the Bor lake. Here you’ll have a chance to relax in hotel’s pool after exciting day or to enjoy a stroll around the lake.
Overnight: Bor Lake
Village Mala Vrbica
FELIX ROMULIANA, RAVANICA AND MANASIJA MONASTERIES, VELIKI BUK WATEFALL (B, L, D)
The second day of the trip starts right after the breakfast. First stop on the itinerary is Felix Romuliana. This UNESCO site is Roman palace from the IV century, built by Roman Emperor Galerius. From here we continue to the Monastery Ravanica. This XIV century monastery has great importance for Serbia’s national pride and identity. Midday stop for break and lunch is planned at the attractive waterfall Veliki buk, surrounded by intact nature (if you feel warm you can take a dip into cold mountain spring water). In a cozy small restaurant directly by the creek we’ll have local specialties for lunch. After a deserved break we’ll drive to Manasija Monastery from the XV century. Here you’ll learn why Serbian medieval rulers carried the title of Despot and who was Despot Stefan Lazarević. From Manasija we continue to West Serbia and its Šumadija region.
Here, in the village Mala Vrbica you’ll have a chance to meet locals from household House of Čolović. This rural guesthouse is a perfect representative of Serbian hospitality. Comfortable stay is combined with kind hosts and tasty local food.
Overnight: Village Mala Vrbica
TOPOLA, OPLENAC MAUSOLEUM, WINERIES, BELGRADE (B, L, D)
Third day will start with reach and tasty homemade breakfast. After you say goodbye to our hosts, the trip continues through Šumadija to nearby town of Topola. Renewal of modern Serbian state started there in 1804. On the tip of Oplenac hill you’ll visit the Royal mausoleum, church where 27 members of royal family are buried. It is decorated with mosaics: 40 million pieces in 15.000 shades of colour. From this point onward you are only enjoying Šumadija wine. First, we’ll stop by Royal wine cellar, established in 1930s by Serbian king. After this one we’ll visit most prominent Serbian winery Aleksandrović. As a grand finale of the day we’ll have a local lunch with wine tasting at young family owned winery.
After lunch we are leaving Šumadija and heading to Belgrade for the rest of the day. After check-in in the city center close to all main attractions, you have free time for your self.
BELGRADE FORTRESS, TITO'S TOMB, ST. SAVA CHRUCH, ZEMUN, DEPARTURE (B, L)
We’ll take you first to Belgrade fortress, the most iconic Belgrade landmark. Then from the fortress we move to other part of the city, posh Dedinje. You’ll visit House of flowers, which is eternal home of former Yugoslavian president Tito. Your Serbian Expert will explain how Tito’s cult was nurtured during his life, but also long after he was gone. From controversial Yugoslavian dictator’s tomb we’ll take you to a holy place, to St. Sava church. This the biggest Orthodox temple in the Balkans is dedicated to true saint who was born in the XII and who brought autonomy to Serbian Orthodox Church in the XIII century.
When we finish this part of exploration we’ll take you to a restaurant in the neighborhood, where local food is prepared in modern manner. After lunch we’ll switch to the other side of the river, to Zemun. This old part of the city was actually separate town till 1934. Stroll along Danube promenade or walk to the Gardoš hill and drink in one of the local cafe’s will make you fill like a local.
This is where the four day Serbia tour package ends and where we say doviđenja (farewell) to each other. At the end of the tour you’ll be dropped off to airport/train/bus station or wherever we agree.