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Walking and cultural tour - Fruška Gora and surrounding (6 days / 5 nights)

newThe oldest national park in Serbia is Fruška Gora, proclaimed in 1960. 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. Fruska gora is 80 km away from Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and around 25 km from Novi Sad, the second most important city in Serbia.


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. Due to its outstanding natural resources, wonderful landscapes and exceptional charm and beauty that will bring you closer to nature, Fruška Gora is the ideal place for rest and recreation. During this tour you will be accommodated in the spa town of Vrdnik This town is at 240 m above sea level and boasts several 32.5°C water springs that are used by the spa. Besides the thermal springs, the air with its high ozone content is just one other reason to visit this spa.


This program is suitable for people with some experience in nature hiking. Paths are moderately challenging with some moderately steep climbs and minor obstacles.


Day 1: Belgrade – Fruška Gora – transfer by minivan (approx. 90 km) (BD)
Arrival at Belgrade Airport and short tour of Belgrade. You will have the opportunity to see St Sava’s Orthodox Cathedral – the biggest church on the Balkan peninsula, Republic Square and Kalemegdan fortress and park. Transfer by mini-bus to Vrdnik on the slopes of Fruška Gora. Accommodation in centrally located double and three-bed apartments. Traditional dinner, overnight stay.


Day 2: Vrdnik – Fruška gora – walking tour (around 20 km) (BD)
After breakfast half-day trekking – an invigorating excursion along nature trails to Zmajevac peak and Vrdnik Tower with introductory talks on the medicinal herbs and rare flora and mushrooms of Fruška Gora National Park accompanied by a local guide. In the afternoon we return to our apartments. If you like you can visit Vrdnik spa and enjoy swimming or a wellness treatment. Traditional dinner, overnight stay.


Day 3: Fruška Gora – walking tour + return transfer by minivan (20 km) (BD)
After breakfast, a half day walking tour to monastery excursion, with visits to the mediaeval monasteries of Jazak and Mala Remeta, passing through the beautiful nature of Fruška Gora. Afternoon, return to Vrdnik and free time for leisure or nature walking. Traditional dinner, overnight stay.


Day 4: Vrdnik-Monastery Grgeteg - Čortanovci - Vrdnik (25km) (BL)
On this day you can choose whether you would like to go after breakfast on a half day excursion or to stay in Vrdnik and go on a forest picnic. The excursion will start in Vrdnik, and through great forest you will go to Monastery Grgeteg from 15th century. In front of the moastery you will jump into jeeps from Second World War and take off road tour along Fruska gora slopes. We will continue to monastery Velika Remeta, following visit to water spring Ubavac through orchards and vineyards. Arrival in Čortanovci. On the Danube shore we will prepare for you fish lunch. Enjoy it. In the late afternoon hours, return to Vrdnik. Overnight stay.


Day 5: Vrdnik – Sremski Karlovci – Vrdnik – walking tour + return transfer by minivan (approx. 35 km) (BL) – optional excursion
After breakfast we begin a half-day excursion to Sremski Karlovci, a picturesque town which is a cultural, educational and spiritual center of the Serbs. Walk round the beautiful baroque centre and sightseeing of the Patriarchal Residence, Four Lions Fountain, Gymnasium and St Nicholas' Church. Visit the Honey Museum and wine cellar where you will have the opportunity to taste two types of honey and up to five wines from the slopes of Fruška Gora. We then organize lunch for you on the shores of the Danube. In the afternoon hours, return to Vrdnik. Overnight stay.


Day 6: Vrdnik – Rakovac monastery – Banoštor – Vrdnik – transfer by minivan + nature walk along the Danube river (around 50 km) (BL) – optional excursion Danube river (around 50 km) (BL) – optional excursion
After breakfast, you will be transferred north to the Danube. Traveling through the forest, your first stop will be Rakovac monastery, the first written mention of which dates from the early 16th century. Visit to the monastery. Continue to Banoštor, a small village on the banks of the Danube. Lunch in natural surroundings. In this village you can taste wines from the slopes of Fruška Gora. After lunch, you can take a short walking tour along the banks of the Danube. In the evening, return to Vrdnik. Overnight stay.


Day 7: Vrdnik – Belgrade (approx. 90 km) (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport. Program ends.

Optional excursion (Minimum group size 10 persons):


Vrdnik-Čortanovci-Vrdnik, price per person 45 eur (transfer by jeep, local guide, lunch with one drink on Danube shore)


Vrdnik-Sremski Karlovci-Vrdnik
, price per person 45 EUR (transfer by minivan, local guide, lunch in restaurant – 3-course menu and one drink – home made juice or beer and wine tasting)


Vrdnik-Rakovac monastery-Banoštor-Vrdnik, price per person 45 EUR (transfer by minivan, local guide, lunch in restaurant – 3-course menu and one drink – home made juice or beer and wine tasting).

 

Price is in EUR per person in double room:

Group size
10
15
20

Price per person 

 285
250
230

Supplement for single room: 50 Eur per person

 

Price includes:
- Transfer by minivan on first and last day
- Local tourist guide
- Accommodation in private apartments in Vrdnik
- 1 FOC per group of 10 persons

 

Price does not include:
- Flight ticket to/from Belgrade
- Other costs not mentioned in program.

 

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

 

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