Discover the cultural landscapes of Serbia on this this tailor-made tour, travelling by private car with a driver-guide. Explore the incredible mediaeval monasteries of Fruska Gora National Park, admire the well-preserved mosaic floors of Felix Romuliana and travel on a unique scenic railway - the historic Sargan Eight - which cuts through the beautiful mountain landscape in a figure of eight.
Depart Belgrade and head east towards Serbia’s ‘Iron Gate’ on the Danube river. Visits today include ‘Smederevo Fortress’, Serbia’s temporary capitol from the Middle Ages, ‘Viminacium’, one of the most important Roman cities and military camps from the 1st to 4th centuries, ‘Lepesnki Vir’, an important Mesolithic archaeological site dating from between 6700-5500 BC. Along the way drive through the Djerdap Gorge, the longest and deepest gorge in Europe, with the mighty Danube running alongside. Arrive in the riverside town of Kladovo for an overnight stay. (B,D)
Spend the day visiting Serbia’s most treasured monasteries, both UNESCO protected. First stop is Sopocani Monastery, famed for its colourful wall frescos from the 13-14th Century. Afterwards, head on to the magnificent Studenica Monastery, the largest and richest Orthodox monastery in Serbia, with its impressive collection of Byzantine-style frescoes. Also pay a visit to Gradac Nunnery, built in the 13th Century by the Serbian Queen Helen of Anjou. Continue Return to Vrnjacka Banja. (B,D)
Drive towards Zlatibor, making various stops en-route. Visit ‘Sirogojno’ an open-air museum which depicts the life of a traditional family from the region. Travel on to Mokra Gora for a train journey on the unique mountain railway. The Sargan Eight is an old-fashioned narrow-gauge railway which cuts through the picturesque mountain landscape. Continue to the ethnic village of Drvengrad, built by film director Emir Kusturica for his film 'Life is a Miracle', before arriving in Zlatibor for a 2 night stay. (B,D)
Take a boat ride through the Uvac Nature Reserve to try and catch a glimpse of the one of the 60-65 pairs of Griffon Vultures that nest around Zlatar mountain. There will be an option to take a jeep up to the ’Prayer’ look-out point, for breath-taking views of the canyon below. Return to Zlatibor via Mileseva Monastery, known for one of the most famous frescos in Serbian culture, the ’White Angel’. Return to Zlatibor. (B,D)
Single room supplement: £365