This is an unforgettable food and wine journey through the vineyards and sleepy towns of
Vojvodina province, savoring amazing culinary delights inspired by the multi-ethnic local
communities and unveiling some of Europe’s best-kept secret wines.
Belgrade – Mt. Fruška Gora – Sremski Karlovci – Novi Sad
Upon arrival at the Belgrade Airport, you’ll be met by your tour guide and transferred to Novi Sad. On the way, there will be a brief visit to Mt. Fruška Gora and the Krušedol Monastery to taste 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.
Rakovac Convent – Banoštor – Novi Sad
After breakfast, we’ll start our journey to the village of Banoštor, located at the base of Fruška Gora slopes. Here, we’ll visit the Rakovac Convent. In the workshop, we’ll be introduced to the old art craft of loom-weaving and see more than 1,000 old patterns and fashion designs. We’ll carry on to “Bononia” cellars where the Šijački family introduces us to local wines from the region. We’ll continue to the local bistro on the Danube shore 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.
Čelarevo – Kulpin – Bački Petrovac – Novi Sad
Depart for Čelarevo brewery, operating since 1892. The visit includes beer and ale tasting. Afterward, we’ll visit the Dunđerski medieval castle in Kulpin, before finishing in the Slovakian enclave of Bački Petrovac, known for its “Ahoj” center – a complex of trade workshops to learn about their ancient trades. Return to the “Ethnic House” for lunch and Slovak specialties – “Kulen” hot sausage, “Nadlacke” sweet dough nuddle, and cooked pasta with sausages and potato. Early evening return to Novi Sad and overnight.
Kelebija – Subotica
On the way to Subotica, we’ll visit a traditional Vojvodinian farm to experience true local hospitality. “Salaš” farms are unique to Vojvodina – built on the outskirts and consisting mainly of a central building, adjacent barns, patio, and a summer kitchen. Nowadays, many of the farms are adapted to welcoming guests and can include golfing, horseback riding, wine tasting, and gastronomy experiences. After a short break, we’ll carry on to the village of Kelebija, famed for its horse breeding stables and paddocks. We’ll finish the day in Subotica, the ancient settlement of ethnic Hungarians who fled to these parts before the Ottoman invasion. We’ll take a short stroll through the town center before we continue to a special wine cellar to taste the exquisite wines produced from local kinds of grapes. We’ll complete our journey in another Salaš farm near Subotica and indulge in another outstanding dining experience. Overnight.
Velebit – Donji Tavankut – Subotica
Today, we’ll 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 WW1. Traditions of the original area have been meticulously preserved – folk dances, wool knitting, and outstanding cuisine. We’ll savor local specialties: yogurt dishes, sauerkraut with smoked meats and bacon, polenta with sour cream, baked potato with ham and cracklings, accompanied by traditionally distilled apricot brandy made 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’ll share their rich heritage of singing and storytelling, knitting straw, folk dancing and making of village costumes. Return to Subotica for overnight.
Subotica – Belgrade (BL) (approx. 200 km)
On the way to Belgrade, we’ll stop for a visit of the Fantast castle, then continue to the Pearl Island, where the famous Krokan Muskat wine is produced. Our tour continues on to Belo Blato, a compact village home to 20 different nationalities who carefully 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. Afterward, we’ll head to Kovačica, famed for its naive painters and motifs that often appear on the UNICEF greeting cards. Early evening arrival to Belgrade and overnight in 3* hotel.
The last leg of our journey is spent in Serbia’s lively capital. We’ll start with relaxed sightseeing of the city center: Kalemegdan Fortress built by Celts in the 3rd century BC offering beautiful vistas of the Sava and Danube River confluence; stroll along the Republic Square and pedestrianized Knez Mihailova Street, Terazije and Parliament Square, before reaching St Marko’s Church. We’ll then move to St. Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox church in the Balkans. We’ll return to Kalemegdan fortress for the second half of our Belgrade tour – but this time we’ll go underground. Commencing at the Roman Hall which preserves the bases of original Roman fortress gates, we move onto a WW2 bunker and gunpowder storage area. Here, we can touch the walls that were built by Austrians as their last defense from the invading Ottomans. We’ll examine Roman collection 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.
Transfer to Nikola Tesla Airport for your homeward flight.
• Accommodation for 7 nights on BB basis
• Lunches and evening meals as described
• Entrance fees and charges as listed
• Airport transfers
• Transfers in a comfortable, modern minibus or coach with air-conditioning
• Services of Magellan tour guide