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Flavours of Serbia (A Multicultural Food & Wine Journey)

This is an unforgettable food and wine journey through the vineyards and sleepy towns of
Vojvodina province, savouring amazing culinary delights inspired by the multi-ethnic local
communities and unveiling some of Europe’s best-kept secret wines.

 

Day 1. Belgrade – Mt. Fruška Gora – Sremski Karlovci – Novi Sad 

Fly to Belgrade Airport where you will be met by your walking guide and transferred to Novi Sad. On the way there will be a brief visit to Mt. Fruška Gora and the Krušedol Monastery to sample local delicacies produced by the monks (brandy, honey, wine,…). Continue to Sremski Karlovci, the Danube’s small riverside baroque town nestled at the foot of Mt Fruska Gora. Here, there is more sightseeing, wine and honey tasting in a local cellar. Arrive into Novi Sad for an overnight stay in a 3* hotel.

 
Day 2. Rakovac Convent – Banoštor – Novi Sad

After the breakfast, we start our journey to the village of Banoštor, located at the base of Fruška Gora slopes. Here we visit the active Rakovac Convent. In the workshop, we will be introduced to the old art craft of “trukanje” – a fashion and handicrafts time machine where more than 1,000 old patterns and fashion journals are kept. We carry on to “Bononia” cellars where the skilful Šijački family introduce us to local wines from the region. We continue to the local bistro on the Danube for a cookery class to master the art of making “fish stew”… Enjoy lunch at leisure and return to Novi Sad in the early evening for an overnight stay.

Day 3. Čelarevo – Kulpin – Bački Petrovac – Novi Sad

Depart for Čelarevo brewery, operating since 1892. The visit includes beer and ale tasting. Afterward visit Dunđerski medieval castle in Kulpin, before finishing in the Slovakian enclave of Bački Petrovac, known for its  “Ahoj” centre – a complex of trade workshops to learn about their ancient trades with get the opportunity to purchase souvenirs. Return to our “Ethnic House” for lunch and Slovak specialities – “kulen” hot sausage, “nadlacke” sweet pasta and strudel of sausages with potato. Early evening return to Novi Sad and overnight.

Day 4. Kelebija – Subotica

On the way to Subotica we visit a traditional “Salaš” farm to experience true local hospitality. “Salaš” farms are unique to Vojvodina – built at the outskirts of town and consisting of main building with adjacent barns and a pation, home of the “summer kitchen”. Nowadays, farms are adapted to visiting guests and can include golfing, horse riding, wine tasting and gastronomy experiences. After a short break we carry on to the village of Kelebija, famed for its horse breeding stables and paddocks. We finish in Subotica, the ancient settlement of ethnic Hungarians who fled to these parts before the encroaching Turkish armies. There is a short stroll throught the town centre before we continue to a special wine cellar to taste the exquisite wines produced from local sand grapes. We complete our journey in another Salaš farm near Subotica and indulge in another outstanding dining experience. Overnight on-site.

Day 5. Velebit – Donji Tavankut – Subotica

Today we visit two villages that are quite unusual for their inhabitants, culture and traditions. Starting in the village of Velebit, this village is inhabited by settlers from Lika near the Adriatic Sea during WWI. Traditions of the original area have been merticulously preserved – folk dances, wool knitting and outstanding cuisine. We sevour local specialities: yoghurt dishes, sauerkraut with smoked meats and bacon, polenta with sour cream, baked potato with ham and cracklings, accompanied by traditionally distilled apricot brandy by our hosts. Continue to Donji Tavankut, a village famed for its amazing straw-souvenir art. Here the local population is Bunjevci, ethnic Catholics who settled from Herzegovina and who will share their rich heritage of singing and storytelling, knitting straw, folk dancing and village costumes. Return to Subotica for overnight.

Day 6. Subotica-Belgrade (BL) (approx. 200km)

On the way to Belgrade we will visit Fantast castle, then continue to Biserno ostrvo, where the famous Krokan Muskat wine is produced. Our tour continues on to Belo Blato, a compact village home to some 20 different nationalities who careful preserve their original languages and cuisine. Upon arrival at Idvor, birth place of world famous scientist Mihajlo Pupin and professor at Columbia University, we can see his achievements at a local museum. Afterwards we head to Kovačica, famed for its naive painters and motifs that often appear on UNICEF greeting cards. Early evening arrival to Belgrade and overnight in 3* hotel.

Day 7. Belgrade (BD) (approx. 20 km)

The last leg of our journey is spent in Serbia’s lively capital. We start with a relaxed sightseeing of the city centre: Kalemegdan fortress built by Celts in the 3rd cenutry BC offering beautiful visitas of Sava and Danube River confluence; stroll along Republic Square and pedetrianised Knez Mihailova Street, Terazije and Paliament Squre, before reaching St Mark’s church. We than move to St. Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox church in the Balkans. We return to Kalemegdan fortress for the secong half of our Belgrade tour – underground. Commencing at Roman hall which preserves the bases of original Roman fortress gates, we move onto a WWII bunker and gunpowder storage area. Here we have an opportunity to touch the walls that were built by Austrians as their last defence from the invading Turks. We examine Roman lapidarium with sarcophagus, tombstones and sacrificial altars from Serbian lands. Our final stop is at the wine cellars to be treated to a wine-bohemian cocktail. Time at leisure followed by visit to the “Rakia Bar” for schnapps tasting before reaching Skadarlija, a bohemian district of Belgrade for a farewell dinner with live traditional music. Overnight.

 Day 8: Belgrade

Transfer to Nikola Tesla Airport for your homeward journey.

 

Price includes:


•  Accommodation for 7 nights on BB basis
•  Lunches and evening meals as described
•  Entrance fees and charges as listed
•  Airport transfers
•  Travel on comfortable, modern minibus or coach with air-conditioning
•  Services of Magelan guide