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Bike and monastery tour of Novi Sad and surrounding (6 days / 5 nights)

This tour is quite challenging and is for people with good cycle fitness.


Bicycles are not supplied.


The oldest national park in Serbia is Fruška Gora. It was proclaimed in 1960 and is around 80 km away from Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and around 25 km from Novi Sad, the second most important city in Serbia. It features gentle slopes, opulent fortresses and some very well-known vineyards. Its highest peak is Crveni Čot, 538 m above sea level, and the range lies along the bank of the Danube River. The flora of Fruška Gora mountain boasts around 15,000 plant species, 40 of which have the status of a natural rarity in Serbia and 30 species of orchid (18 of which have international importance). The animal life of this mountain includes 14 species of amphibians and reptiles that are on the IUCN Red List and around 211 species of birds. In this part of Serbia, the Eastern Imperial Eagle is nesting actively and is on the IUCN Red List. Along with exceptional natural beauty, this part of Serbia is unique in its cultural heritage: 16 Orthodox monasteries were built on this mountain in the period between the 15th and 18th century.


Day 1. Belgrade – Novi Sad (around 90 km)
After arrival at Belgrade airport, transfer to Novi Sad, from where our bike tour will start. Accommodation in private apartments. Free time. Overnight stay.
Day 2: Novi Sad – Petrovaradin Fortress – Sremski Karlovci – Novi Sad – bike tour + transfer by minivan (around 25 km) (BL)
After breakfast, we will start our bike tour in Novi Sad. Following the Danube shore, we will cross the bridge and visit the Old Town of Petrovaradin Fortress. Sightseeing of the fortress, visit to the Nature Museum and one of the art studios at the fortress. From the fortress we will continue to Tekije, where there is a church, after which we will go to Sremski Karlovci, a small baroque town by the banks of the Danube. Sightseeing of the town. Here we will have lunch at one of the taverns on the Danube River. Continue to Stražilovo, a beauty spot where you will visit the grave of our famous poet Branko Radičević. On this tour we will cycle mostly on main roads, through the city and just one small part in the forest. Transfer by mini van to Novi Sad. Overnight stay.


Day 3: Eastern part of Fruška Gora – bike tour + return transfer to Novi Sad (around 70 km) (BL)

After breakfast we will start our bike tour from Novi Sad, to Sremski Karlovci, then we will continue to Krušedol monastery using a road with a somewhat challenging climb. Following the Fruška Gora forest we will visit several monasteries: Krušedol – over 500 years old, Velika Remeta, Grgeteg, Staro Hopovo and Novo Hopovo. We will pass through beautiful forest, vineyards and finally arrival in Irig, where we will have lunch and wine tasting at a wine cellar. After lunch, the minivan will pick us up and transfer us to Novi Sad. Free time. Overnight stay.


Day 4: Western part of Fruška Gora – transfer by minivan + bike tour (around 100 km, bike tour around 60km) (BD)

After breakfast, transfer by minivan to Đipša monastery, near Neštin. Visit to the monastery, after which we will start our bike tour. From Đipša we will cycle to Kuveždin monastery, all the time surrounded by beautiful forest. At this monastery you can get water and refresh yourselves. We continue to Petkovica monastery, and after a tour we will continue to Manđelos. Stop off at Manđelos, tour and refreshment. Roads are good, surrounded by forest and agricultural fields. Through the village of Grgurevci, where you can stop and buy water, sweets etc in the shop. We then arrive in Bešenovo, where you will see the ruins of Bešenovo monastery. Continue to the village of Jazak, where you can visit Jazak monastery and water springs located deep in the forest. Continue to Vrdnik, a spa that lies close to several thermal springs. Accommodation in private apartments. Dinner and overnight stay.


Day 5: Along the Danube shore – bike tour + transfer by minivan (around 50 km) (BL)
After breakfast, you will take your bicycles and head north to the Danube. Riding through the forest, your first stop will be Rakovac monastery. The first written mention of this monastery dates from the early 16th century. Visit to the monastery. Continue to Banoštor, a small village on the Danube shore. Lunch in nature. You will be transferred by ferry to the other side of the Danube river, from where you will continue your bike tour to Novi Sad along the banks of the Danube, enjoying the beautiful sunset. Arrival in Novi Sad. Overnight stay.


Day 6: Novi Sad – Belgrade (around 90 km) (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight. Program ends.

 

Price per person in EUR in double room:

Group size
10
 15
20
Price per person
340
310
290

 

Supplement for single room: 50 EUR per person


Price includes:
- Transfer by mini van (from/to airport + return transfer to accommodation)
- Accommodation in private apartments in Novi Sad (4 nights) and in Vrdnik (1 night)
- 3 x lunch (one drink is included in price – home made juice or beer)
- 1 x dinner (one drink is included in price – home made juice or beer)
- Wine tasting in Irig
- Local English-speaking guide during the tour

 

Price does not include:
- Flight ticket to/from Belgrade
- Use of bicycle - 15 eur per bike/per day
- Other drinks during meals

 

Meals:
(B) = Breakfast
(L) = Lunch
(D) = Dinner

 

 

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