BELGRADE - ZLATIBOR - 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS
Belgrade is the only European capital that lies on confluence of 2 great rivers, Sava and Danube. It is also one of the oldest capitals in Europe and one of the oldest cities in the world with rich, long and turbulent history. Built around the fortress that was raised in 1st century, the city was thorough history main goal of many biggest forces mainly because of its perfect geostrategic position which presents kind of a bridge, the crossroad between east and west. Having that in mind, as British encyclopedia tells us, Belgrade is the most ruined city in the world. 44 times it was demolished to the dust and 137 fights were fought for the fortress. Today, this capital offers a lot of different things to visit, from the Belgrade fortress to Nikola Tesla and Josip Broz Tito museum, to one of the biggest orthodox temple in the world St Sava. Also, it is famous by its nightlife. Many tourist organizations and travel magazines choose Belgrade to be the number 1 destination in Europe for best night life. Let’s not forget amazing Serbian cuisine!
Day 1 - City tour (panoramic + by walk) with airport transfer
Tour begins with panoramic sightseeing and visit to main sites and squares of Belgrade: Belgrade City Hall, Serbian Parliament, the main pedestrian zone of Knez Mihailova Street, Belgrade University, National Theatre, National Museum, the oldest restaurant in Belgrade named "?", Orthodox Cathedral church. Tour continues to Kalemegdan Park and Belgrade Fortress with magnificent view on confluence of Sava to Danube River and Zemun Town, and much more. We will have lunch in Kalemegdanska terasa restaurant which is one of the best restaurants in Belgrade with a beautiful view. After lunch departure to hotel. Overnight..
Day 2 - Novi Sad, Petrovaradin, Sremski Karlovci
On the 80th kilometer north from Belgrade, over the E-75 highway is Novi Sad, the capital city of Autonomous Region Vojvodina. Thanks to its position on the coast of the river Danube, once was the border between two empires, Austro-Hungary on the north and Ottoman on the south and with the charter of Queen Marija Terezeja, it gets the status of free royal city Neoplanta in 1748. Thanks to the mixing of different nations and ethnic groups, Novi Sad with the population of 250 000 is a true multicultural environment and is the example of a true modern European city.
The tour of Novi Sad includes the walk through the center of the city. We will walk through: Dunavska (Danube) and Zmaj Jovina street, which are the main walking zones of the city, City Hall, Freedom Square (Trg Slobode), The Name of Mary Church, Catholic port, the house of Mileva Einstein – the wife of Albert Einstein, The Synagogue in Jevrejska street, Matica Srpska – the oldest cultural institution of Serbia, and the city beach Štrand.
Next we cross to the right side of the Danube cost and go to Petrovaradin Fortress. Founded on the grounds of a medieval edifice, the fortress was built by the Austrians in the 17th century as pillar of defense against the invasion of the Turks. They call it the “Gibraltar of Danube”, because of its position. Today the fortress is famous for the most prestigious European music festival “Exit”. At the fortress we are going to have a lunch in restaurant with beautiful view of city of Novi sad and Danube river.
Sremski Karlovci, positioned on the slopes of Fruška gora, represents the true gem stone of Serbian culture and spirituality. With its baroque town lake, Patriarchy Palace, Congregational church of Saint Nikola and Catholic Church of Trinity, first Serbian gymnasium form 1881 and the library of the gymnasium of Karlovci, this is the town that earned its name “museum town”. Also worth mentioning is manifestation that celebrates wine and grapes “Grožđenbal”.
When the tour finishes we are coming back in Belgrade. Overnight.
Day 3 - Western Serbia, Zlatibor mountain
Western Serbia, so called Serbian highlands, and Zlatibor mountain as its pearl is 200 kilometers away from Belgrade. Intact nature, hospitality and a lot of food is the things that you can find here. Zlatibor (literally "golden pine") is one of the top tourist destination in Serbia after Belgrade and it is also Serbia’s most visited mountain, with a wide range of opportunities for active holiday pursuits such as walking, riding bike, horseback riding, quad safari or taking part in the special slimming and healthy life programs. A mountain of exceptional beauty with a mild climate, woodland valleys, grasslands, brooks and pines.
On the way to Zlatibor first place that we are passing is Divcibare mountain. After short coffee break we are continuing to ethno house so called Terzica avlija, place known for its handmade pottery and indoor and outdoor museum. We will have a lunch in village Potpec in restaurant by river and a cave. Our trip will continue to Stopica cave, it is river cave which consists of three speleological and hydro horizons: the occasionally flooded, the river horizon and the youngest one, the horizon of cracks. Without its youngest system Stopica Cave is 1.691,5 m long, it covers the area of 7.911,5 m2 and has the volume of more than 120.000 m3 . Next stop is going to be center of Zlatibor mountain where we will stay for overnight. You will have a chance to do some activities such horseback riding, adventure park, driving quads or just a walking.
Overnight in hotel 4* (Hotel Mona or similar Hotel).
Day 4 - Still Western Serbia
After breakfast our gusest will have more time to enjoy Zlatibor mountain through activities, walking around or just chilling in some of local places. Zlatibor mountain is also well known as air spa because of its climate. Namely, there is a some climate phenomenon called Wind rose, the place where three different climate interbreed to one which is very helpful for people who suffer of astma and respiratory ilnesses. After pleasant time in Zlatibor center we are going to visit ethno village Sirogojno, authentic serbian village from 18th century. After visting village you will have a chance to buy handmade sweaters which is traditionaly made by local women. Next stop will be Gostilje waterfalls, 20 meters high, consists of few cascades which makes it unique for this part of country. After visting waterfalls we are going to have a lunch in national restaurant called Bajo, where we will have a chance to eat a roasted lamb made in traditional way. After lunch we will continue to Belgrade. On the way back we will pass Kablar gorge where many of our old monasteries from 12th, 13th and 14th century are settled. We will have a chance to visit one of them called Preobrazenje.
In the evening hours we will be in Belgrade again. Overnight.
Day 5 - Belgrade
This day in Belgrade we will use to sleep well, take a rest and visit museums and places which are unjustly neglected by travelers. First we are going to visit Nikola Tesla Museum, where we will stay about one hour for performance. Nikola Tesla is Serbian biggest and one of the greatest world’s scientist and inventor with hundrads of inventions. We will have a chance to see how some of them work, but to interact in them also. After museum our trip will continue to Ada Ciganlija, famous lake and picnic place. You will have a chance to enjoy in train tour around 8km lake beaches, do wake board (depends of weather conditions), or just walk around and enjoy in greenary of this island. After this place we will move to other side of Sava river where we are going to have lunch in Souvenir restaurant and after that visit Ada Medjica if weather conditions allow us, small island in the middle of Sava river where we will have short walking tour and enjoy the ambient. After visiting this part of Belgrade we are moving to Zemun which is part by Danube river, so you will have a chance to enjoy both rivers in one day. It will be enough for one day so after Zemun we are going back to hotel. Overnight in Belgrade.