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Highlights of Serbia Group Tour
       
From £1495 per person

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a city tour of Belgrade
  • Discover the town of Sremski Karlovci
  • Sample delicious Serbian wines
  • Visit the site of Felix Romuliana
  • Explore Studenica Monastery Complex
  • Tour the Grgeteg Monastery
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Gillian Leaning Belgrade is a great year-round destination but really comes alive during the festival season from May to August. In Vino, Belgrade's annual wine festival is held in May at the Sava Centre and was established in 2004 to celebrate the best of Serbian viticulture. The International Folk Dance and Song Festival will be held in Belgrade from 9 to 14 July 2013, and our favourite in August (14-18th Aug 2013) is the Belgrade Beer Fest, where you can taste over 30 different beers (Serbian and International), as well as listen to live music. Exit, one of Europe's largest music festivals, takes place in July in the Petrovaradin Fortress in Serbia's second city, Novi Sad, located about 85 kilometres from Belgrade.

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Highlights of Serbia Group Tour

We are pleased to re-introduce for 2015 our extended small group tour to Serbia, now incorporating a memorable ride on the Sargan 8 narrow-gauge railway. The tour aims to unearth a timeless land of national treasures from 6000 BC to medieval Serbia, where impressive monasteries and vivid frescoes flourish.

Travel though a stunning landscape of rivers, mountains, lakes and vineyards, uncovering colourful monasteries, imposing fortresses and traditional villages. Generous Serbian hospitality abounds, with many hearty traditional meals included.

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Day 1
Day 1
FLY TO BELGRADE
Fly to Belgrade and transfer to Novi Sad, Serbia’s second biggest city, for an overnight stay. Take a walk through the Old Town before sitting down to a hearty welcome dinner in a restaurant overlooking Petrovaradin Fortress and the Danube River, with live tamburitza music. (D)
Day 2
Day 2
NOVI SAD TO BELGRADE
Discover Sremski Karlovci, an attractive town on the banks of the Danube, and visit the baroque Orthodox Cathedral, Patriarch’s Palace and the Four Lions Fountain. Continue along the beautiful slopes of Fruska Gora National Park and enjoy a tour of medieval Grgeteg Monastery, dedicated to St. Nicholas. Visit a rustic farm and tuck in to an organic lunch with local wines from one of the centuries-old vineyards found in the park’s lower valley.

Arrive in Belgrade in the afternoon and embark on a city tour of Belgrade; with stops at the Parliament, St. Sava Orthodox Cathedral, Kalemegdan Fortress and Knez Mihajlova Street. (B,L)
Day 3
Day 3
BELGRADE TO KLADOVO
Drive to Viminacium, one of the most important Roman cities and military camps from the 1st to the 4th century, which today covers an area of over 450 hectares. Indulge in a Roman-style lunch before visiting Lepesnki Vir - an important Mesolithic archaeological site located on a high sandy terrace of the Danube River on the bank of the Iron Gates Gorge. Continue to Kladovo, a small town on the shores of the Danube surrounded by vineyards. This evening, enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Danube’s Iron Gate Gorge before dinner. Overnight in Kladovo. (B,L,D)
Day 4
Day 4
KLADOVO TO VRNJACKA BANJA
Pay a visit to Felix Romuliana this morning in Gamzigrad. With its beautiful frescoes and mosaic floors, this UNESCO-protected Roman complex is considered to be one of the finest preserved examples of Roman palace architecture. After an alfresco lunch, head to the remote Kalenic Monastery, a masterpiece of the Morava School of architecture. End the day in the spa town of Vrnjacka Banja. (B,L,D)
Day 5
Day 5
VRNJACKA BANJA TO STUDENICA MONASTERY
Visit Gradac Monastery this morning and its icon painting workshop before moving on to the Monastery of Sopoćani, built in 1260. Its extensive Byzantine frescoes, portraying the Gospels, are considered by many to be the finest from this period in Europe. After lunch, take a stroll around the fine Ottoman town of Novi Pazar. In the vicinity are Roman baths and the Church of St. Peter, one of the oldest churches in the former Yugoslavia, dating back to the 7th century. Continue on to the famous Studenica Monastery Complex, the largest and richest Orthodox monastery in Serbia.

Situated in the beautiful Studenica River Valley, the complex’s Holy Virgin Church, Kings Church, St. Nicholas Church and Treasury are a tour highlight. Enjoy a privileged overnight stay at the Studenica Monastery Dormitory, where a traditional monastic dinner is served. (B,L,D)
Day 6
Day 6
STUDENICA MONASTERY TO ZLATIBOR
Drive through the beautiful surroundings of the UNESCO listed Studenica-Golija Biosphere Reserve, listed due to the collection of different ecosystems such as forests, shrubs and lakes. Stop for lunch at a rural household in the Uvac Nature Reserve, which will be accompanied by a traditional brass orchestra performance. Continue on to the mountain region of Zlatibor, where you will spend the next two nights. (B,L)
Day 7
Day 7
ZLATIBOR REGION
One of the tour highlights is a ride on the narrow-gauge Sargan 8 railway, so named as it follows a figure of eight route which manages to incorporate a number of switchbacks, tunnels and bridges, all within a few kilometres of track. Afterwards visit the Sirogojno Open Air Museum which aims to depict a traditional 19th Century Zlatibor village.

Enjoy a traditional lunch with locally crafted wooden spoons before taking the opportunity to purchase the woolen textiles that the region is famous for producing and which it now exports around the world. Return to Zlatibor for overnight stay. (B,L)
Day 8
ZLATIBOR TO BELGRADE
You will head back to Belgrade this morning, stopping en-route at Terzica Avlija Ethno park. The park features many traditional Serbian buildings and aims to educate visitors on long-established Serbian ways of life. Watch a live pottery demonstration before lunch. Return to Belgrade for a farewell dinner this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 9
BELGRADE TO UK
You will have the majority of the day free in Belgrade today before the transfer to the airport. (B)
9 day tour, from £1495 per person
Departure date: 06 Jun 2015
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Price Includes
  • Return economy flights with Air Serbia direct from London Heathrow
  • All airport taxes
  • Accommodation in 3 & 4-star hotels
  • Meals as specified
  • Services of a local English speaking tour leader throughout
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing
Price Excludes
  • Meals not specified
  • Insurance
  • Tips & gratuities
Price Notes
Single room supplement £250
Itinerary Dates
06 Jun 2015
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14 Jun 2015
  •   Belgrade
  •   Novi Sad
  •   Belgrade
  •   Kladovo
  •   Brestovacka Banja
  •   Studenica Monastery
  •   Ivanjica
  •   Guca
  •   Belgrade
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