|20 Sep - 25 Sep|
Discover some of south west Serbia’s most famous sights and some lesser-explored corners on this new small group tour. Take a memorable ride on the Sargan 8 narrow-gauge railway, track the largest population of Griffon Vultures in the Balkans and hop over the border into Bosnia-Herzegovina to see the famous Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge in Visegrad. Generous Serbian hospitality abounds, with many hearty traditional meals included.
After breakfast, head further south to Sjenica. Here head out for an adventure ride in 4x4 vehicles to explore the unique landscape. On the banks of the Sjenica river lies the biggest habitat of Griffon Vultures in the Balkans. The ride ends with a picnic lunch and cheese tasting in the stunning countryside around Sjenica. Later in the day, visit the viewpoint over magnificent Uvac Lake and then take a boat ride on the lake itself to experience the stunning scenery at close range. Dinner and overnight in Sjenica. (B,L,D)
Make the pretty drive out of Sjenica through the Serbian countryside to the Zlatibor region and visit Sirogojno. Start the sightseeing at Staro Selo Sirogojno open air museum, also known as the “Old Village Museum”. The site is nearly five hectares total and includes a collection of wooden buildings from all over the Zlatibor region dating back to the 19th century when the Dinaric population dominated here. Enjoy a large, traditional lunch with the chance to sample local delicacies. After lunch, there will be a presentation of Sirogojno-style handicrafts and the option to try the exceptional dried raspberries, blackberries and cranberries that the area produces. Learn about the drying process before heading on to Zlatibor. If time permits, there will be the chance to take a short hike in the surrounding hills. Alternatively, you can remain behind to take advantage of the hotel’s spa facilities. (B,L)
Venture out this morning for a memorable two-hour ride on the Sargan 8 Narrow Gauge Railway. The railway got its name from the figure-of-eight route it follows around the Mokra Gora mountain. The route manages to incorporate a number of switchbacks, tunnels and bridges, all within a few kilometres of track. If you don’t mind tunnels or a few drops of water on your head, we recommend standing between carriages to get the best view of the scenery. Continue by road over the border into Bosnia-Herzegovina for a look around the town of Visegrad, where the novel Bridge over the River Drina by Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric is set. The town suffered a lot during the Balkan war and has a sad but fascinating history. The major highlight is the Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge over the River Drina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built between 1571-1577 by Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. Once you have had your fill of the bridge, set out on a one-hour boat ride on the River Drina. Back on land, return to Zlatibor for dinner at the hotel. (B,D)
After breakfast, leave Zlatibor and make the four-hour journey back to Belgrade. Gear up for an afternoon of sightseeing in this buzzing metropolis. Start at the Republic Square and move on to the National Theatre and St Sava Orthodox Cathedral, which is the second largest Orthodox cathedral in the world. Other stops on the tour include the Ethnographic Museum, the Fresco Gallery, Ruzica Church and the Kalemegdan Fortress, where below the Sava flows into the mighty Danube. This evening, make the most of your final night in Serbia with a big farewell dinner on famous Skadarlija Street, complete with live tamburitza music. (B,D)
Transfer to the airport for the flight home this morning, or opt to spend additional time in Belgrade. (B)
There is the possibility to extend this tour with extra days in Belgrade. Please speak to a Regent Serbia specialist for more information.
|Itinerary Dates||From Price||Single Room Supp.|
20 Sep 2020
25 Sep 2020