Churches and monasteries in Serbia and Macedonia are among their most precious treasures, where the spiritual and artistic heritage of the Byzantine Orthodox tradition is magnificently preserved.
Day 1: Belgrade (D)
Arrival to Belgrade. Transfer to hotel. Sightseeing tour of the city, visit to the Kalemegdan fortress, primary built by Celts in the third century. Square of Republic, Knaz Mihajilova Street, Belgrade’s main pedestrian zone, Terazije, Parliament, St. Marko church and St. Sava Temple. Dinner in a traditional restaurant on Skadarlija Street, bohemian quarter of Belgrade and unavoidable place to taste local specialties. Overnight.
Day 2: Belgrade – Monastery Manasija – Monastery Kalenic – Monastery Zica – Kraljevo (BL)
After breakfast departure to Monastery Manasija also known as Resava, founded by Despot Stefan Lazarevic in 15th century. After visit to monasteries, break for lunch at restaurant placed in relaxing atmosphere by the waterfall, where you can try domestic cuisine. Tour continues to Monastery Kalenic built at the beginning of the 15th century. Kalenić was declared Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1979, and it is protected by Republic of Serbia. Visit to Monastery Žiča, an early 13th century monastery built by the first King of Serbia, Stefan the First-Crowned and the first Head of the Serbian Church, Saint Sava. Following you will arrive in Kraljevo where you will be accommodated. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Kraljevo – Monastery Studenica – Monastery Sopocani – Monastery Mileseva (BD)
After breakfast visit to Monastery Studenica, dedicated to the Presentation of the Holy Virgin, presents the mother-church of all Serbian temples. Follows visit to monastery Sopocani, which was built by Uros I Nemanjic and is famous for its numerous frescoes. Departure to Monastery Mileševa. The monastery church is dedicated to the Ascension of the Lord and it was founded by Serbian King Vladislav in 13th century. The monastery is the most famous by its fresco the White Angel. Accommodation and dinner at the Monastery complex. Overnight.
Day 4: Patriarchy of Pec – Monastery Decani – Gracanica – Priština (BD)
Breakfast. Departure to the border with Montenegro through which you will enter the Kosovo. Upon arrival on Kosovo follows visit to Patriarchy of Pec, UNESCO. The complex has four churches build from 1220 to 1330. The oldest, dedicated to the Holy Apostles, was built in the mid-13th century, while the last one, devoted to St. Nicholas, dates back to the first half of the 14th century. The Patriarchate of Pec plays a major role in the Church and State history of Serbia. The nuns returned to the Patriarchate in 1957 to maintain and care for it. There are currently twenty-five nuns residing here at this time. Continue to Monastery Decani. Visoki Dečani is a major Serbian Orthodox Christian monastery 12 km south of the town of Peć. The monastic katholikon is the largest medieval church in the Balkans containing the most extensive preserved fresco decoration. Tour goes forward to Gracanica monastery, founded by the Serbian king Stefan Milutin in 1321. Gračanica Monastery was declared Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance and it is protected by Republic of Serbia, and placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List under the name of Medieval Monuments in Kosovo as an extension of the Visoki Dečani site which was overall placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. After tour of monasteries for this day, accommodation and dinner in a hotel in Pristina.
Day 5: Mileseva – Priština – Prizren (Bogorodica Ljeviska) – Skopje (BD)
After breakfast departure to Prizren and visit to Church Bogorodica LJeviska (Our Lady of Ljeviš). Continue to Macedonia. Upon arrival in Macedonia we will first visit the Church of St. George in Staro Nagoricane which occupies one of the most important places in the history of medieval Byzantine art. The original church of Roman IV Diogenes from 11th century are preserved only walls of the façade. Today’s church was built by Serbian King Stefan the 2nd in 1313. Continue to Skopje and visit to Monastery Nerezi dedicated to Saint Panteleimon, built in the 12th century and which represents an important monument from the Byzantine period built on the slopes of the Mountain Vodno, decorated with very well preserved frescoes among which is the fresco the Lamentation of Christ. After that visit to Monastery Andrea Skopski. Accommodation and dinner in a hotel in Skopje. Overnight.
Day 6: Skopje – Ohrid (BD)
In the morning the tour will start with visit to the Cathedral of St. Clement of Ohrid in the center of Skopje. Following you will visit the St. Nikita Monastery. The church and a chapel dedicated to St. Jovan the Baptists were erected by the Serbian King Milutin in 1307-1308. This church is well known for its frescoes – the work of the famous painters Michael and Eutihie. Departure to Ohrid, town museum and UNESCO protected heritage. Some free time before leaving for Ohrid. Upon arrival in Ohrid visit of St. Sophia Church, one of the largest medieval churches on this territory, which was probably built in 11th century. Tour will continue to visit one of the oldest churches in Ohrid, the Church of Mother of God – Peribleptos (St. Bogorodica Perivpleta) built in 1295. This church is famous for its unique fresco-paintings from 11th and 12th century. Accommodation in hotel. Dinner in local restaurant at the coast of Lake Ohrid. Overnight.
Day 7: Ohrid – Kurbanovo – Strumica – Skopje (very hard day) (BD)
Early breakfast after which you will visit the St. Clement (St. Panteleimon) at Plaosnik archeological site in Ohrid. St. Clement built his temple in the 9th century in 863 AD, on the bases of an early Christian church from 5th or 6th century AD. After this visit you will continue to Prespa region and village Kurbinovo where will be visited Church of St. George. This village is located on the slopes of the beautiful mountain Pelister, near the blue waters of the Lake Prespa. The monastery church is built by unknown man in 1191. and it is famous for its very well preserved frescoes. Heading to village Vodocha, near Strumica, for a visit of the church St. Leonitie – the former bishop’s basilica – the head office of the Strumica bishopry. It is presumed that this church dates from the period of the time of Zar Samuel and the the village Vodocha got this name when 14000 Samuel’s soldiers had went blind here after the battle on Balasica Mountain. Vodocha (“vadiochi”) means “taking eyes out”. Tour goes forward back to Skopje where you will be accommodated and have dinner. Overnight.
Day 8: Skopje (B)
After breakfast departure to airport. End of the tour.
Price on request
- Professional licensed guide during the tour
- Bus transport as per program
- Accommodation in 4* hotels in Belgrade, Kraljevo, Priština, Skopje, Ohrid, konaks in Monastery Mileševa
- Halfboard service
- All tickets according to the program
The price does not include
- Flights to Belgrade/from Skopje
- Drinks during meals
- Other costs that are not mentioned in the program