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PEARLS OF SERBIA (10 DAYS)

PEARLS OF SERBIA (10 DAYS)

DAY 01: BELGRADE (SERBIA)
Arrival at Belgrade. Meet & greet followed by a transfer to your hotel. There will be a panoramic and walking city tour of Belgrade. We will see the new Belgrade business district, the Arena venue, the residential district Dedinje with its numerous villas, House of Flowers, former Yugoslavian leader Josip Broz Tito`s memorial house, Royal Palace, St. Sava Temple, the biggest Orthodox temple in the Balkans, Slavija Square, Parliament building, Republic Square, Knez Mihajlova pedestrian zone, St. Michael`s Cathedral with the gold-plated carved iconostasis and magnificent Kalemegdan Fortress with a large park area. Optional dinner at a restaurant in the famous bohemian quarter named Skadarlija. Return to hotel.


DAY 02: BELGRADE-VOJVODINA-BELGRADE
Departure to northern part of the country called Vojvodina. We will visit the Krusedol and Grgeteg Monasteries settled on Fruska Gora Mountain. We will proceed to the little charming town named Sremski Karlovci where we will see the Patriarchy Residence, the most monumental building from the 19th century, which represents the seat of the Orthodox bishop of Srem, the Seminary, boarding school, orthodox cathedral, baroque church dedicated to St. Nicolas, catholic church dedicated to the Holy Trinity, fountain ’’The Four Lions’’ and the town hall. Return to hotel in Belgrade.

DAY 03: BELGRADE-TOPOLA-KRAGUJEVAC-KRALJEVO
Departure to city of Topola, residential city of Serbian medieval ruler`s dynasty – Karadjordjevic, and the place where the modern Serbian state was founded. During our visit, we will see the Church of St. George situated on the peak of Oplenac hill. Furthermore, within King Peter`s endowment, we will also see Peter`s House which is now a museum with numerous personal things, relics, crowns and portraits of the royal dynasty Karadjordjevic. Departure to the city of Kragujevac, which was once the capital of Serbia. There we will see Amidza Residence which was a part of a huge Prince Milos Obrenovic`s Court. After that we will proceed to Kraljevo city. Overnight stay.

DAY 04 : KRALJEVO-MONASTERY TOUR-NOVI PAZAR
The vicinity of Kraljevo is full of great medieval monasteries. First of all, we will visit Zica, a Monastery from the 13th century. The great significance this monastery has is that the first Serbian archbishop St. Sava established the seat of the Serbian Church here in 1219. The next Monastery important for Serbian history is the Studenica Monastery, the endowment of Grand Prince Stefan Nemanja, founder of the independent Serbian state and of a dynasty, which would rule Serbia for a full two centuries. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. We will proceed further to the Monastery Gradac, a lovely small monastery where friendly sisters will welcome each passenger with a cup of coffee and a chat. Next on the list is a short visit to Petrova Church and the Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery. Transfer to the hotel in Novi Pazar. Overnight stay.

DAY 05: NOVI PAZAR-RADAN MOUNTAINS (PROLOM SPA)
We will drive to the so called “Devil`s Town”, one of the most attractive natural phenomena in the world. It is a place of strange forms with a strange name, a complex of stone-capped, spindle-shaped pillars, in science referred to as soil pyramids. It consists of 220 soil figures created by soil erosion. It got its name “Devil`s Town” by a legend. Next we will arrive in Prolom Spa, where you can definitely replenish your energy in the hotel`s wellness centre. Prolom Spa is considered to be a health resort not just because of its mineral waters but because of its climate too. Accommodation in hotel. Overnight.

DAY 06: PROLOM SPA-NIS-RTANJ
On this day we are making our way across the South Morava River to the birth city of the famous Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, the city of Nis. First of all, we will visit The Nis Fortress. It assumed its final shape in 1723, when the Turks built it. We will also visit the Banovina Building, the Nis liberators monument at King Milan square, Mediana Archeological Site, which was built in the early 4th century AD during the time of Constantine the Great, as a residence for Roman emperors when visiting Naissus (Nis). Another site we will observe will be Skull Tower, a monument unique in the world. Turks prepared the construction of the tower made of skulls. Departure further to Mountain Rtanj. Accommodation. Overnight stay.

DAY 07: RTANJ-KLAVDOVO
We will proceed in exploring Serbian culture taking a peek at each aspect that made it the way we know it today. Visit Gamzigrad, in the vicinity of Zajecar city, which was an imperial palace built on orders of Galerius Maximianus, another Roman Emperor. We will make our way to the unique complex Rajacke Pimnice near the town of Negotin, where we will have a nice welcome, lunch and an original Serbian wine tasting. Rajacke Pimnice are a unique architectural complex of wine cellars, 270 of them, half of them dating back to the 18th century, all the way to the thirties of the last century. They are buried two feet into the ground because there the temperature varies little during the year. Departure to Kladovo. Accommodation and overnight stay.

DAY 08: KLAVDOVO-DJERDAP
Get ready for a natural phenomenon! We are going to visit Vratna Gates. The River Vratna is a tributary of the Danube. Due to the unique interplay of geological features in its basin, a composite valley has arisen with gorges and canyons carved out of the carbonate rock. There are three large ‘gates’ – natural stone bridges – over the Vratna, each of which has come about through a different process. They are a unique phenomenon. After almost half a day in nature, we are taking our bus to the nearby Donji Milanovac. We will take a transfer to the archaeological site Lepenski Vir. It is an important Mesolithic archaeological site, which consists of one large settlement with around ten satellite villages. We will go further to the Golubac Fortress, a 9 towers fortress dating back to the 14th century perched high on the cliffs overlooking the magnificent Djerdap George. Overnight stay at Silver Lake.

DAY 09: DJERDAP- BELGRADE
Departure toward the Serbian capital of Belgrade. Before we reach our hotel, we want to show you Zemun, which is considered to be the northern part of Belgrade, but is in fact totally different in nature. We will take a stroll down the Zemun quay, the home of many of Belgrade’s boats that sail the Sava and the Danube. There we will reach the old town of Zemun with its cobbled, hilly streets and an old quarter charm with Austro-Hungarian style houses. A complete change to the heart of Belgrade, old Zemun feels as though you have stepped back in time, full of small cafes and a number of churches. Accommodation. Overnight stay.

DAY 10: BELGRADE
Transfer to the airport/end of services.

 

 

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