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Walking tour in National Parks of Serbia (15 days / 14 nights)

newEnjoy this undiscovered walking destination and ramble through meadows and among gently rolling hills, taking river tow-paths and ancient Roman roads past cultural and historic monuments many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 

Day 1: Belgrade
Fly to Belgrade Airport where you will be met by your walking guide and transferred to your hotel. On the way there, there will be a brief sightseeing tour followed by a welcome dinner in Skadarlija, a bohemian district of Belgrade. Overnight at 3* hotel in Belgrade.


Day 2: Viminacium – Lepenski Vir – Kapetan Mišin breg
We commence our tour to the east of the country with a walk to Viminacium, ramparts of an ancient Roman settlement. Continue to Golubac fortress for a brief photo stop, than follow onto Lepenski Vir, a settlement known for its significance in prehistoric times. This is close to the Danube's Iron Gate National Park and Kapetan Miša outdoor art gallery where we will savour an early dinner of traditional Serbian and local specialities while enjoying stunning views of the Danube. Overnight in local cabins or in private accommodation.


Day 3: Donji MIlanovac – Tekije – Donji Milanovac
Today we shall make an early start with packed breakfast/lunch in order to transfer to a vantage point at the Iron Gate from where we will ramble along the Danube whilst enjoying magnificent views of the river. We will continue through dense woodlands rich in birdlife. Your guide will arrange an open-air picnic venue after which we will transfer to Tekije for an optional boat trip back to Donji Milanovac. Dinner in local restaurant and overnight.


Day 4: Majdanpek – Rajko’s cave – Donji Milanovac
After an early start, we transfer to the gold mines of Majdanpek for a 2.5 kms hike to Rajko’s Cave – where a local Duke resided back in the 19th century. There will be time to admire the cave’s ornaments before we savour brunch prepared with organic ingredients and all-natural juices. Our guide will then lead us onto a local creek for a brief gold panning display – your chance to master this technique or even strike it lucky! We then carry on walking by the Stone Gate to see 'nature made wonders' and take in some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Serbia. There will be spare time for an optional snack in Majdanpek before returning to Donji Milanovac for time at leisure. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight.


Day 5: Crnajka – Zaječar
Today we will make our way to the town of Zaječar and nearby Crnajka village, at the foot of Deli Jovan and Stol mountains. This part of Serbia is well known for magic and superstition, hence plenty of opportunities to hear tales and legends of mighty Miloš’ tower built during the Turkish period, as well as seeing the local houses and handicrafts of the local village women. After a snack we will continue hiking to Deli Jovan summit, returning to Zaječar in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at 3* hotel in the centre of town.


Day 6: Gamzigrad – Kruševac - Kopaonik

After breakfast, we will make a short stop at the national museum in Zaječar to view artefact collections from Felix Romuliana and to visit an ancient, 10-acre Roman complex of palaces and temples built by Emperor Galerius before reaching the Emperor's tomb at the summit . A restful transfer will take us to Kruševac, the former Serbian capital from the middle ages, home to Lazarica church steeped in great Serbian history and the tragic 1389 Battle of Kosovo. We recommend the optional lunch-break barbecue at a local traditional grill house, after which we continue to Mt. Kopaonik, a National Park of outstanding beauty and Serbia's best known ski resort. Dinner and overnight at 4* hotel in Kopaonik.


Day 7: Kopaonik – mountain walk
The local mountain guide who will lead us to explore the tracks and paths of Kopaonik's densely pined forest, mottled with rare plant species, water springs and moss lands of Jankova bara. Our walk takes us through meadows and ridges at approx. 900m altitude offering breathtaking en route views. There is an optional homebound ride on a cable-car or return to resort late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight.


Day 8: Studenica Monastery – Raška - Novi Pazar
We move to the west of the country after breakfast, starting with a visit to Studenica, a 12th century monastery and the cradle of Serbian Orthodoxy. The monastery hosts an unrivalled collection of 13th and 14th century Byzantine fresco paintings for which it is a deservedly acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. We then continue to the town of Raska for a brief lunch and visit to St. Peter’s church, Serbia's oldest serving church. We end the journey in Novi Pazar to see notably contrasting oriental monuments and the opportunity to visit a mosque. Dinner and overnight at 3* hotel in centre of town.

 

Day 9: Pester Plateau - River Uvac - Sjenica
On the way from Novi Pazar, we traverse Pešter plateau famed for its Sjenica feta-style cheese, which we will have the chance to sample. On the accent, a narrow, windy mountain road will take us through magnificent scenery while hair-pin bends offer tremendous views below. Upon arrival into the local village we will walk along the most beautiful stretch of the river Uvac where it meanders through the mighty mountains. Bird enthusiasts will be able to spot the Griffon Vulture, one of Serbia’s rarest species and protected birds. Return to town late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at 3* hotel in Sjenica.


Day 10: Mileševa Monastery – Zlatibor – Šargan 8 Train – Tara National Pk
We start the day in another monastery south west Serbia – Mileševa, founded by King Vladislav between 1234-1236. Interior frescoes were completed here by the most skilful artists of that time, including one of the most famous in Serbian culture, the "White Angel" depicted on Christ's grave. We continue to Zlatibor, one of Serbia's most picturesque mountains, where we stop briefly to explore the local area famed for its handicrafts market. Our journey then continues to Šargan to experience the stunning landscapes of Tara and Zlatibor mountains from a vintage narrow-gauge train on a 2.5-hour ride. And, in order to make rapid accent, the train has to do a “figure-eight“, hence its name “Sarganska 8”. We end in Mećavnik, a wooden hamlet conceived by renowned international film director Emir Kusturica. We enjoy late lunch on the “Serbian Aspen“ site before reaching our final destination within Tara National Park. Dinner and overnight in private apartments.

 

Day 11: Tara National Park – Mountain Walk
In the morning we commence by traversing the forest and moss covered terrain that leads onto concealed Lake Jarinje. After a gentle hike there are breathtaking views on the edge of the forest overlooking weaving Drina river and valley below filled with grazing cattle. From here we transfer to Lake Perućac in the early afternoon for an optional 25kms picnic boat ride on the lake and through the gorge. Alternatively chill-out amidst magnificent scenery. Return to resort, followed by dinner in a famous local restaurant. Overnight.


Day 12: Tršić – Novi Sad
Our day starts journeying in the shadow of Tronoša mountain where a Serbian king and his queen built a monastery in 1317. A gentle 10 kms hike will take us to the Tršić ethno-complex, celebrated as the birthplace of the great reformer of the Serbian language, Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic. This 19th century open-air museum consists of 35 log cabins representing typical buildings from the period when the Serbian state was established. Here, local women proudly preserve handicraft traditions which are permanently displayed in village exhibition halls and shops. There is time for an optional lunch on-site, followed by the final leg of our journey to Novi Sad, capital of the Vojvodina province, arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight at 3* hotel in Novi Sad.


Day 13: Sremski Karlovci – Monastery Grgeteg – Belgrade
We commence with a sightseeing tour of Novi Sad where the Austria-Hungarian Empire established its outpost some 300 years ago. We will enjoy a leisurely stroll through the pedestrianised centre of Novi Sad visiting the main cathedral, Orthodox church and courthouses before continuing to Petrovaradin fortress for a 20 minute ascent from the foot of the fortification to the the top for rewarding views of the city and Danube. We then move on to Sremski Karlovci, a picturesque baroque riverside town for a short sightseeing tour of the centre and “Chapel of Peace“. There is wine tasting at one of town's well-known cellars before heading to Mt. Fruska Gora, the oldest National Park in Serbia, home of the Imperial Eagle! We descend from Stražilovo, a famous picnic venue, to Grgeteg monastery for an optional ride on an authentic WWII “Jeep“ to a Krčedin village farm for lunch. Depart for Belgrade for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 14: Belgrade (BD) (approx. 15 km)
Last leg of our tour is in Serbia's cosmopolitan capital. We start with a relaxed city sightseeing tour: Kalemegdan fortress, built by Celts in the 3rd century BC offering beautiful vistas of the Sava and Danube river confluence; stroll along Republic Square and pedestrianised Knez Mihailova Street, Terazije and Parliament Square, then finally on to St. Mark’s church before reaching. St. Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the Balkans. There is an optional visit to the “House of Flowers”, the grave of long standing president of former Yugoslavia – Marshall Tito, or a visit to the royal complex in the Dedinje district. Return to accommodation for time at leisure to prepare for cruising farewell Danube river boat dinner. For those willing to 'let loose' until the early hours, we recommend the famed 'floating clubs' of river Sava's bankside. Dinner and overnight at 3* hotel in Belgrade.


Day 15: Belgrade (B) (approx. 20 km)
Transfer to the airport for your homeward journey.

 

Price per person in GBP in double room:

Number of persons 10 pax 15 pax 20 pax
Price per person 1059 897 880

Supplement for single room: 85 GBP per person


What is Included:

• Accommodation for 14 nights on BB basis
• Lunches and evening meals as described
• Entrance fees and charges as listed
• Airport and luggage transfers
• Travel on comfortable, modern minibus or coach with air-conditioning
• Services of Magelan guide and local hosts

 

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