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)