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Essence of Northern Serbia (with the Iron Gate Cruise) – 10 days/9 nights

Take this unique tour and have the time of your life.  In these unforgettable ten days, you’ll visit the very best of the north of Serbia, all the way to the magnificent east where you’ll to explore the Iron Gate, the fourth beautiful gorge in the World!

 

Day 1

Nikola Tesla Airport – Novi Sad (D) approx. 100 km

Upon arrival in Belgrade, you’ll be met with your tour guide. Transfer to Novi Sad, a beautiful city on the Danube river, declared for the European Capital of Culture for 2021. Upon arrival, we’ll take you for a walking sightseeing tour of this amazing multicultural city. We’ll start from the main square, The Liberty Square surrounded by the City Hall and The Name of Mary Church, to the main pedestrian area Zmaj Jovina Street, Patriarch’s Palace all the way to Dunavska Street and Dunavski Park. Check-in at the hotel in the center of the city. Time at leisure until dinner in a cozy restaurant. Overnight.

 

Day 2

Novi Sad – Krušedol Monastery – Sremski Karlovci – Petrovaradin – Novi Sad (BL) approx. 65 km

After breakfast, enjoy the full day of activities. First, we’ll take you to Fruška Gora National Park, known as „The Serbian Athos“  owing to numerous medieval monasteries scattered on its slopes. The most famous among them is the Krušedol Monastery, dedicated to the Annunciation of the Holy Virgin. Due to its wealthy historical treasury, famous iconostasis, and many other relics, the monastery is considered the most remarkable. After the visit, we depart to Sremski Karlovci, a small baroque town sitting on the riverbank of the Danube, one of the most important spiritual and cultural centers of Serbia. Sightseeing of the city: Patriarchy Residence, Orthodox Cathedral, Theological School, and the famous The Chapel of Peace, where the history of modern Europe was shaped. Also, you’ll visit one of the most famous wineries in Sremski Karlovci, where you will enjoy quality wines from this area and have a delicious snack. Some time at leisure until we head to the magnificent Petrovaradin Fortress, located on the Petrovaradin cliff, above the right bank of the Danube River. Petrovaradin Fortress is symbol of Novi Sad and one of the best preserved fortifications, and also, the second largest in Europe. After this visit, during which you’ll hear the story about the fortress and enjoy the view, we’ll take you to one of the most popular restaurants at the Danube shore for a late lunch. We’ll finish the day with a walk across the bridge and getting to the city center where we’ll have time at leisure to relax and explore the city. Overnight.

Optional: Underground military galleries tour with lunch at the Petrovaradin fortress or visit the Matica Srpska Gallery (Serbian national art from the 16th to the 20th century) or Museum of Vojvodina visit.

 

Day 3

Novi Sad – Banoštor – Rakovac Monastery – Neštin – Novi Sad (BL) approx. 55 km

After breakfast, we’ll take a nice ride along Fruška Gora to the small village called Banoštor, where we’ll visit a popular family winery with a long tradition and beautiful vineyard surface. After tasting their amazing Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bermet, we’ll visit a nunnery of the Rakovac monastery, which was regarded as one of the most beautiful churches from the 16th century. We’ll spend the afternoon in an authentic village where you’ll have a chance to learn how to prepare, knead and bake traditional bread, and also have a unique lunch. In the evening, we’ll return to Novi Sad and enjoy the rest of the evening. Overnight.

Optional  – for closed groups we can organize a light hiking tour on Fruška Gora

 

Day 4

Novi Sad – Kelebija – Subotica – Palić – Novi Sad (BL) approx. 250 km

After breakfast, we depart to the very north of the country. Our first stop will be the Kelebija Horse Farm. This is a modern stable with a museum of carriages, racetracks, an artificial lake, and a beautiful park, where you’ll have a chance to ride a horse or to have a nice carriage ride. The next stop is a beautiful secession city, Subotica, also called the Pannonian Barcelona for its relaxed atmosphere, good food, and quality wines. Rich cultural heritage assets, lavishly decorated buildings, multicultural spirit and European charm – these are the features that make this city distinctive. Sightseeing tour of the city – starts from the main square where you’ll see the most important sights of secession in this town, such as The City Hall which is a true symbol of the city, as well as the baroque Cathedral, Subotica Synagogue, Rajhl Palace (Art Gallery), etc. After the sightseeing, we’ll take lunch at a rural farm where you’ll enjoy an on-site restaurant and a large outdoor area. Our next stop is a wonderful  Palić Lake, where we’ll walk around the lake so you can see the Water Tower, the Grand Terrace, the Women’s Lido and the Music Pavilion. Here, we’ll stop to enjoy a traditional dessert in a modern pastry shop followed by the visit of the most famous winery in the area for a wine tasting. Upon arrival at Novi Sad, you’ll have a free evening for individual activities and exploring the streets of Novi Sad. Overnight.

 

Day 5

Novi Sad – Zemun –  Belgrade (BD) approx. 110 km

We leave this beautiful city and head to the capital of Serbia, Belgrade. On our way to this amazing city, we will stop to visit in Zemun, the most southern point of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Visit the Gardoš Tower which rises on the right bank of the Danube and is the natural lookout to the area across the river. Located on the slopes of the hill with its tower and preserved the old architecture, Gardoš is the major historical landmark of Zemun and one of the puzzle part of Belgrade tour.  Upon arrival in the „White City“ (Serbian translation of the city name), we set off for the sightseeing tour, commencing with the leisurely walk along Knez Mihailova street, the main pedestrianized area containing numerous boutiques and cafes. We continue into the leafy area of Kalemegdan park and fortress, which affords us an opportunity to enjoy some of the best views of the city and the river Sava and Danube confluence. The fortress is home to many monuments such as numerous gates, towers, walls from Roman and medieval times, as well as Turkish and Austrian. Some time at leisure to have a break and take lunch in one of the restaurants in the park and fortress area. By bus, we continue to explore rich art-deco style state buildings within the city center and the very masterpiece of Serbian-Byzantine architecture, Saint Sava Temple, the second-largest Orthodox temple in the world. We finish this tour at the resting place of the former Yugoslav president, Josip Broz Tito, the famous House of Flowers. Time at leisure until the evening, when we will have dinner in an old, bohemian part of the city, Skadarlija and enjoy in great traditional cuisine in a national restaurant.

Optional: Visit the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Karađorđević royal family.

Day 6

Belgrade – Smederevo – Ram – Veliko Gradište – Golubac – The Iron Gate – Donji Milanovac – Kladovo (cruising day) (BD)

After an early breakfast, the group will depart to the Port of Belgrade and start a three-day cruise to the Iron Gate. This cruise will start from the famous Kalemegdan Fortress towards Kladovo, passing by Smederevo Fortress, at the confluence of the Morava and Danube Rivers, to the medieval fortress Ram, in the area where the Danube is the widest in Serbia. The cruise continues then to the Silver Lake and Veliko Gradište. Passing by the Golubac Fortress,  we’ll enter the National Park Đerdap area, also known as the Iron Gate. We cruise through the longest and the deepest gorge in Europe where Danube River is the most beautiful. After approximately 7,5 hours of cruising, we will arrive in Donji Milanovac, where the bus will take us to Kladovo at the 4* hotel. Dinner in a hotel restaurant. Overnight.

 

Day 7

Kladovo – Trajan’s Bridge – Hydroelectric Power Plant Iron Gate I – Kladovo (BD) approx 45 km

After breakfast and some time at leisure, we’ll visit the Archaeological Museum of the Iron Gate the youngest specialized institution in the field of integral protection of heritage in the region of Iron Gate and is in charge of the archaeological collection of the Iron Gate, as well as the cultural and natural heritage on the right bank of the Danube in the region. After the visit, we will go to visit the Trajan’s Bridge, which was a Roman segmental arch bridge, the first bridge to be built over the lower Danube. Following the Hydroelectric Power Plant Iron Gate I, the largest dam on the Danube river and one of the largest hydropower plants in Europe. It is located on the Iron Gate gorge, between Romania and Serbia. We will end this beautiful day in an amazing winery in this area, enjoying quality wines and a snack. Back to the hotel. Dinner in a hotel restaurant. Overnight.

Optional: Hiking to one of the most beautiful vantage points in the Iron Gate or visit the 14th-century Vratna Monastery, surrounded by rivers and forest representing one of the most significant attractions in this area with winetasting in one of the many wineries.

 

Day 8

Kladovo – HP Iron Gate’s Ship lock – Tabula Traiana – Decebal – Mali and Veliki Kazan – Donji Milanovac – Lepenski Vir – Viminacium – Belgarde (cruising) (BL)

After breakfast, we’ll check out from the hotel and board at the Kladovo Port, sailing through the biggest Ship locks in Europe. Passing Tekija, we’ll have an opportunity to visit the place where the Roman Emperor Trajan left a permanent imprint on the rock, known as Tabula Traiana. Disembark at Donji Milanovac Port from where our journey continues by bus. Arriving at the archaeological site Lepenski Vir, which was known as one of the oldest European and world urban settlements. The journey continues towards Belgrade, with a short stop at the Golubac Fortress,  built up in the 14th century,  many times demolished and rebuilt as a border fortress between Serbia, Hungary and Turkey. Our next stop is Viminacium, an ancient Roman city from the 1st century. Here we’ll have a special “Roman lunch”. This is where the official sightseeing and program ends and after a short drive, we’ll arrive in Belgrade in the early evening. Check-in at the hotel. Free evening for individual activities. Overnight.

 

Optional: Overnight in Aranđelovac  5* Spa Resort (approx. 120 km from Viminacium). Spa facilities.

 

Day 9

Belgrade – Topola Oplenac – Belgrade (BL) approx. 175 km

After breakfast, departure to Topola, the place where Karađorđe, a Serbian revolutionary, was chosen as the leader of the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1804. You’ll visit a Memorial Collection of King Peter the First, including Saint George’s Church and the Mausoleum od Karađorđević dynasty located on top of Oplenac Hill, in town of Topola. Also, you’ll visit King Peter’s House – that was turned into a museum. Later,  we’ll visit the Town of Karadjordje (built between 1911 – 1913 with personal goods and authentical weapons from the First Serbian Uprising era) and the Royal wine cellar. Lunch will be served in a quiet environment in a traditional village. You’ll enjoy the national food in typical rural home economics with a beautiful view. After lunch, we’re heading back to Belgrade. Free evening for individual activities. Overnight.

Optional: Traditional Serbian night with dinner and folklore (supplement price – 30€ including dinner, folklore music and dance performance, welcome drinks, and snacks)

 

Day 10

Belgrade – Airport Nikola Tesla (B) approx. 25 km

After breakfast, time at leisure until departure to the airport.

END OF THE PROGRAM

*This tour can be customized to your needs on request*

 

Number of persons 10 15 20 25
Price in EUR 1125 992 904 853

Supplement for single room: 145 EUR

 

What’s included:

  • Transfer according to the program
  • Licensed English  speaking guide during the whole tour
  • 1 FOC for Tour Leader
  • Accommodation in Novi Sad (4 BB in 4* hotel), Belgrade (2 BB in 4* hotel) and in Kladovo (2 BB in 4* hotel)
  • Cruising the Danube by the program from Belgrade to Donji Milanovac and from Kladovo and Donji Milanovac
  • Breakfast and 2 lunches onboard during the cruise
  • Lunches on 3rd, 4th and 9th day
  • Dinners on 1st, 2nd and 5th day
  • Wine tastings on 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 9th day)
  • Entrance fees (The Patriarchy’s Palace and the Chapel of Piece on 2nd day, Kelebija on 4th day, The House of Flowers on 5th day, Viminacium and Lepenski Vir on 8th day and The Royal Residence on 9th day)

What’s excluded:

  • Flight costs
  • Drinks during meals
  • Other costs not mentioned in the program

 

Abbreviations:

B – breakfast

L – lunch

D – dinner