Step into the past and get to know the history of the Karadjordjevic family and the first Serbian uprising, discover the secrets of royal wines, explore the cave and enjoy the Sumadija’s specialities.
visit to Topola (Karadjordjev grad fort and mausoleum church)
visit to the Church of St George on Oplenac Hill
visit to the Royal Compound
Wine tasting at the Royal Winery
Visit to the cave of Risovača
Lunch at Karadjordjev vajat
Maricevica Jaruga and the memorial complex Orašac
The tour starts from Novi Sad at 8 am from the parking lot in front of Hotel Sajam, while we will pick up our guests from Belgrade at 9.30.
Arriving to the town of Topola we first visit the Karadjordjev Grad fort where the museum and the modest old church are situated. Here we will learn about the town’s importance in Serbian history and see the remains from the time of the First Serbian Insurrection against the Ottomans (1804-13). In the church we will see the splendid iconostasis with its meticulous carvings.
Atop the forested Oplenac hill sits one of the nicest sights in the whole of Serbia – the mausoleum church of the Karadjordjević royal house. From the outside the five-domed church is covered in shiny white marble while inside of it visitors admire hundreds of scenes done in mosaics, all of them copies from medieval Serbian monasteries. In its crypt we will see more mosaics as well as graves of 25 members of the Karadjordjević dynasty.
Next door is the house of king Petar I, today a part of the museum with royal portraits and interesting historical items.
After that we will have wine tasting at the Royal Winery. The equipment from the royal time became part of the museum setting. A special museum attraction is the oldest barrels from this cellar, personal gifts to King Petar from 1906 and barrels from 1922, wedding gifts to King Aleksandar I and Queen Marija. In the museum setting is the oldest Serbian wine cellar with a quantity of preserved archive wines, in the original package in three sizes (with a recessed bottom and royal coat of arms) from 1931 to 1957.
After wine tasting we will visit the cave of Risovaca. Long years of research in the Risovaca cave revealed a large number of fossilized bones and teeth of numerous animal species that during the last ice age lived on the steps around Risovaca.
After this we head for our lunch. Karadjordjev Vajat is an ethno-restaurant located in the historic village of Orašac, where the 1804 insurrection started. Standing at 380m above sea level, the wood and brick complex enjoys beautiful views of Sumadija’s rolling hills. After our lunch we will visit Karadjordje’s monument, see the memorial village school as well as the Marićevićа Jaruga gully where the insurrectionists gathered.
We will return to Belgrade and then to Novi Sad in the evening hours.
Conditions for free cancellation
Free cancelation minimum 7 days before the tour starts. In case of changes on the monetary market or a smaller number of passengers the organizer reserves the right to change the price, change the program or cancel the trip at latest 3 days before the departure.
English, other languages on a request
Notes for transport
The tour is organized with 30 seats bus with minimum 25 persons in the group. The tour can be done as a private tour, on a request. Supplement for departure from Novi Sad – 8€ per person.
Included in price
Transfer according to the program
A licensed tourist guide
Royal complex entrance fee 4€
Wine tasting at Royal winery 2,5€
Entrance fee to cave of Risovaca 2€
Entrance fee to Orašac 1,5€
Travel agency organization fees
Not included in price
Lunch in Karadjordjev vajat restaurant 8€
Drinks during lunch
Notes about children
Children younger than 7 travel for free if they are accompanied by two adults. Children aged 7 to 12 need to pay 25 EUR.
Notes on benefits
The promotional price is valid up to 10 days prior to departure. The minimal number of passengers needed is 25.
Terms of payment
Advanced payment of 30% of the total ammount while booking, the rest no longer than 7 days before the departure.