Introducing something a little different for 2019, this short group tour focuses on the Autonomous province of Vojvodina, located in the north-west of Serbia. The only autonomous region in the Balkans, Vojvodina is a melting pot of 25 different ethnicities predominately from Serbia and the bordering countries of Hungary, Croatia and Slovakia. Spend time in the region’s largest city, Novi Sad, and find out why it is set to become the European Capital of Culture in 2021.
Arrive in Belgrade, meet your guide and transfer to Novi Sad, the main city in Vojvodina, located on the banks of the Danube River and presided over by the imposing Petrovaradin Fortress. Take a short walk through the city before enjoying a welcome dinner at a restaurant with views over the Danube. (D)
After breakfast, drive towards the Hungarian border to visit Subotica, a quaint town boasting some lavish examples of art-nouveau architecture. Embark on a tour of this picturesque town visiting the City Hall, Raichle Palace and the National Theatre. Continue to the Palic Lake wine region and visit the famous Zvonko Bogdan Winery, surrounded by beautiful vineyards. Learn about the wine making technology, visit the old wine cellar and taste the ‘wines of the sands’ – a selection of white and red wines specially selected from the Vojvodina region. On the way back to Novi Sad stop at Backi Petrovac and visit the Ahoj Gallery and some old craft workshops where it is possible to sample some famous smoked sausage. (B,L)
Spend the day exploring the Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve, a large protected area of wetland in Vojvodina province. Be greeted by locals dressed in colourful traditional costumes before taking on a boat ride through the marshes of the reserve. Enjoy freshly caught fish for lunch and visit the workshops of who local producers of honey, wooden shoes and fishing boats. Return to Novi Sad and spend the evening at leisure. (B,L)
After breakfast, drive to nearby Sremski Karlovci, a pretty town featuring many Baroque and Neo-Classical buildings. Enjoy a walking tour of it’s beautiful baroque centre including the Patriarch’s Palace, Saint Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, Gymnasium and the Four Lions Fountain. Visit the Sremski Karlovci winery to taste an Italian Riesling and a special ‘Bermet’ dessert wine. Continue along the beautiful slopes of Fruska Gora National Park and visit a rustic farmhouse and tuck into an organic homemade lunch. Continue to the capital, Belgrade, and spend the evening at leisure. (B,L)
This morning, embark on a half-day city tour of Belgrade; one of the most lively and vibrant capitals in Europe. Visit the impressive St Sava Orthodox Cathedral, Kalemegdan Fortress and the city's main shopping area along Knez Mihailova Street, where many impressive historical buildings stand beside buzzing cafes and cultural institutions. Spend the afternoon exploring the city at leisure. You could make the most of the afternoon and visit the Museum of Yugoslavia which as well as chronicling the history of the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia is also the resting place of the former President Tito. Alternatively, while away the hours on a river boat in the Savamala district. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner with some live music. (B,D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)