Arrive at the Belgrade Nikola Tesla airport, named after the famous Serbian scientist. After check-in at your hotel, step out to visit some of the most famous landmarks of the city. We begin at Republic Square, which houses the National Museum and National Theatre; and then walk less than 100 meters to the city centre at Terazije Square, home to the iconic Hotel Moskva, often voted as one of the most beautiful buildings in Belgrade. Next, visit Nikola Pašić Square, overlooking the monumental House of the National Assembly and then walk southwards to Tashmajdan park, featuring St. Mark’s Church, one of the largest in the country. And end at Slavija Square, one of the busiest junctions of the city.
Historic Sights (Belgrade – Avala – Belgrade)
After breakfast, leave for a walking exploration of Belgrade, with a local guide. We will visit the impressive Belgrade fortress, standing tall above the confluence of the Sava and the Danube. Visit the Military Museum and see the towering Victor (or Pobednik) – the most recognizable symbol of Belgrade. Continue through Knez Mihailova, the most famous street of the city, to the Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel and on to the beautifully well-preserved Residence of Princess Ljubica. Drive outside the city to Avala mountain, where we will visit the Monument to the Unknown Hero, a World War I memorial to an unidentified soldier. Walk to the 204-metre high Avala tower and take the elevator up for panoramic views of the city below. Before we head back, don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs from the area.
Countryside Views (Belgrade – Fruška Gora – Sremski Karlovci – Novi Sad – Belgrade)
Today, we drive into the Serbian countryside. Our first stop will be Fruška Gora, a little over an hour outside the city. The mountain is a geological marvel that used to be an island, millions of years ago. Here, we will visit the Krušedol monastery, one of the only surviving orthodox monasteries hidden in the valley. Next, we drive down to Sremski Karlovci, a charming baroque town, to enjoy a degustation of carefully-selected Bernet wine and honey in the city’s oldest wine cellar. Continue to Novi Sad, where we stop at Petrovaradin Fortress, situated on the banks of the Danube river, with magnificent views of Novi Sad and Frushka Gora mountain. After lunch at the fortress, explore the city which is charmingly called “Serbia’s Athens”. Take a walking tour on Dunavska and Zmaj Jovina, the main walking zones of the city, featuring the City Hall, Freedom Square, The Name of Mary Church, the house of Mileva Einstein – the wife of Albert Einstein, and Matica Srpska – the oldest cultural institution of Serbia. End your day with some leisure time at the Strand Beach, before heading back to Belgrade.
Natural Wonders (Belgrade – Sirogojno – Stopica – Gostilje – Mount Zlatibor)
Check out from the hotel and make your way to Mount Zlatibor, visiting the “ethno village” of Sirogojno – a unique open-air museum, displaying life in the region inside traditional 19th-century buildings, including a bakery, a dairy, and an inn. Continue to the magical Stopica cave, through which the Trnava brook flows. Drive further to the Gostilje waterfall, with gushing cascades surrounded by lush greenery. After our road trip through the region, reach the hotel for check-in and overnight stay.
Traditional Towns (Mount Zlatibor – Woodentown – Shargan Eight – Mount Zlatibor)
After breakfast, drive down to Drvengrad or Wooden Town, a traditional village at the confluence of two stunning Serbian mountains – Tara and Zlatibor. The village was built by Serbian film director Emir Kusturica for his film “Life Is a Miracle”. Next, we visit Mokra Gora, a charming town of only 605 residents, and board the Šargan Eight railway, which travels through picturesque mountainside on a remarkable route in the shape of the number 8. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Serbian Legends (Mount Zlatibor – Devil’s Town – Prolom Banja)
After breakfast, check out and depart for the Djavolja Varoš or Devil’s Town in Southern Serbia. These peculiar rock formations on the southern slopes of Radan mountain are known for their spooky characteristics and are surrounded in mystic legends. End your day at Prolom Banja, a spa known for its healing water, which is today bottled and sold worldwide. The climate and natural beauty of the area are perfect for a short respite. Check in to your hotel here and enjoy some free time this evening.
On the Road (Prolom Banja – Žiča Monastery – Belgrade)
Check out and depart for Belgrade. On route, visit the monastery of Žiča, an early 13th-century Serbian Orthodox monastery near the town of Kraljevo. As the seat of the Archbishop, the church was the traditional place for anointment of Serbian kings in the early 1200s. Arrive in Belgrade by the evening and check in to your hotel for the night.
Farewell Serbia (Belgrade)
After breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.