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Šarganska Osmica, Mokra Gora – Two days tour

Šarganska Osmica, Mokra Gora – Two days tour
1st day: Belgrade – Pustinja and Rača monasteries – Vrelo site – Perućac lake – Bajina Bašta
08:00 – Departure from Belgrade; a ride on Ibar high – way in the direction of Valjevo [90km from Belgrade].
10:00 – Visit to Pustinja monastery.
12:00 – Continuing journey to Bajina Bašta and Perućac.
13:30 – Bajina Bašta – Arrival; accommodation in “Drina” 3* hotel
14:00 – Lunch.
16:00 – Visit to Rača monastery.
17:00 – Arrival to HE Bajina Bašta dam. Short walk by the lake and a visit to Vrelo site.
20:30 – Dinner.2nd day: Bajina Bašta – Kremna – Mokra Gora-a ride by famous “Šarganska osmica” train – return to Belgrade
07:00 – Breakfast in”Drina” hotel; leaving the hotel.
08:30 – Departure for Kremna over the Tara Mountain. Short stop by the place where once was the house of famous Kreman’s profets Tarabićs.
10:15 – Arrival to Mokra Gora, the leaving station of “Šarganska osmica“; refreshment.
A ride on a narrow railroad – ”ćira” – throught beautiful lanscapes.
13:00 – Lunch at the “Jatare” station.
15:00 – Visit to Kusturica’s ethnic village – Drvengrad.
17:30 – Departure for Belgrade, with short stop an refreshment in “Livade” motel – Preljina by the Čačak.
Arrival in Belgrade in the late evening hours.Price of the arrangement does not include: Reservation costs. In a case of cancellation of journey these costs will not be refunded.Price of the arrangement includes:
– Accommodation based on full service [classic menu]
– transportation by tourist bus [TV/CD player and air – condition]
– Lunch on “Jatare” station
– Visits to Pustinja and Rača monasteries
– Visit to Perućac and Vrelo site
– Visit to Tarabićs’ house site
– Ride on Šarganska osmica
– Visit to ethnic village – Drvengrad
– Excursion organization and guidance
– Services of the local tourist guide

Minimal number of passengers for the arrangement is 35.

Serbian Vineyards Tour with cruise

Serbian Vineyards Tour with cruise

It is not said without reason, that on the territory of present Serbia, throughout the history, a collision between the worlds and civilizations, the West Roman Catholic and East Orthodox religion, the Ottoman and Hungarian Empire is taking place. However, there are numerous paradoxes. From time immemorial, many people have visited us. Both invited and uninvited were coming. Legends were written and testimonies of their time were built.

Therefore, now Days in this ambiance you will find the most beautiful combination of old and contemporary – the East on the West and the West on the East

Duration of the program: 6 Days / 5 nights

Day 1th: Arrival in Belgrade and accommodation in the hotel. Our professional guide will acquaint you with the details of the program which will be fulfilled during your stay. Depending on the time of the arrival, lunch or dinner will be organized.

Day 2nd: Breakfast. Departure to Vršac. Vrsac is a beautiful city in Vojvodina, located on the very border with Romania, and known, above all, after its vineyards. Data inform us that the grapevine has been grown in this area for over twenty centuries. But before you “start flying up in the sky” on the wine way, Vršac should be discovered! Town of spiritual culture, theatre tradition, great writers and bohemians…

Route starts with visiting St. Nikolaj Church, Vladicanski dvor [Bishop Court], Magistrate, Cathedral, Vršac Museum, and significant “Pharmacy on the stairs”, the oldest pharmacy in the Balkans. Then its scheduled visit of the Monastery Mesic [15th century], located not far from Vršac. Afterwards its time for discovering cafés in Vršac! This enjoyable route starts with restaurant “St. Nikola”, exclusive for many things, which date back to 18th century. From there, we move spontaneously on the wine way, which directly leads into the cellars of “Vrsac vineyards“, wine producing company with up – to – date equipment for wine making. Passing throughout the wine plantations occupying area of 1700 hectares, we arrive in the old famous cellar in Gudurica village, where we can finally taste everything we have talked about. We prepared the best sorts for dear guests, and after being friends with the wine for a long time, we are going back to Belgrade – hotel.

Day 3rd: Breakfast. Departure to Banja Koviljaca [spa]. Wherever you go from Belgrade, you will discover that Serbia is luxurious and healing. Under the wooded Mountain Gučevo and in the middle of a hundred year old park, with lots of thermo mineral springs you will discover beautiful Banja Koviljaca, also known as the Royal spa. After leaving Belgrade, we will arrive in Ruma, where we will take direction Sabac – Loznica – Banja Koviljaca, located in Western Serbia. Relaxation with refreshment after few hours of drive will be in the restaurant on the terrace of comfortable “Villa Dalmacija”, and you will specially enjoy a hundred – year – old spa park. Or maybe you wish to try pearl bath, Royal bath, swimming in thermal water pool or at least try the effect of healing mud [peloid] on your body in the wellness center in Banja Koviljaca. Your muscles will relax, your blood will circulate, while your mind will clear up, and all the consequences of the stress will be in the past. Lunch is planned here, after which we return to Belgrade. On our way back we visit Trsic, a birth place and birth house of Vuk Karadzic and the Tronosa Monastery, foundation of the Nemanjics Royal Family. In the evening we arrive in Belgrade. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 4th: Breakfast. Departure to the Country Club hotel Babe. In Country Club hotel Babe we will spend a day and have lunch. The hotel offers two pools in the open, small football pitch, two professional tennis courts, basketball, handball and volleyball playing fields, volleyball sand terrain, trim track, walking paths, the lake for sport fishing, paddock, and marked paths for horse riding. The thoroughbred horse farm is a special attraction for the guests, where the team of experienced instructors will teach you the basics of riding, and show the paths through the beautiful nature of the hotel complex to the excellent horsemen. During the stay we will go to the nearby mountain Kosmaj and visit the Monastery Tresije. Return to Belgrade in the evening, dinner and overnight.

Day 5th: After the breakfast in the hotel we begin familiarizing with Belgrade. Belgrade should be first experienced from the rivers. Therefore we will start the cruising from the Danube quay. Sailing along the Danube to the confluence of the Sava into the Danube, then to Zemun, Big War Island, Sport Center “May 25th”, beneath Belgrade bridges, Cukarica branch, river islands Ada Ciganlija and Ada Medjica. The sailing is 18km long and it lasts 3 hours. The lunch of Serbian national cuisine will be served on the ship along with the tasting of several sorts of domestic brandy [rakija]. Spare time and possibility of choosing sport activities; walking and bicycling paths along the Sava banks are at your disposal. For those who enjoy watching the Sava and the life on water there are numerous boat – restaurants on water you can visit. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 6th: Breakfast. Checkout.

Eastern Serbia Program – 8 days

Eastern Serbia Program – 8 days
Experience the wild beauty of the unspoiled mountain regions of Eastern Serbia. Follow the trails where adventure awaits at every step. Have a unique experience on the mountain slopes of Eastern Serbia, as you admire the scenic views and routes of the region. Enrich yourselves with a taste of life in the Balkans. Take a piece of Serbia with You.Tour highlights:
– wonderful Mountainside of Suva and Stara Planina,
– Zavojsko and Smilevsko Lake,
– zaskoci Waterfalls,
– wild nature with phenomenal scenic routes,
– climb to the peak of Mt. Midžor,
– poganovo and St. George Monasteries,
– niška and Zvonačka Banja Spas, who specialize in the treatment of cardio, rheumatic and stress related diseases,
prolom Banja Spa with mineral springs which improve the digestive system,
Rajac breweries and wine cellars from 19th century,
Romuliana Residency of the Roman Emperor Maximilian,
– visit to the Roman Imperial City Naissus [Niš], where Emperor Constantine was born and a visit to the unique historical monument Ćele Kula,
– unforgettable Goodbye Party on one of the rafts in Belgrade.

Day 1: Friday
Arrival at the Belgrade Airport. Transfer to Niška Banja Spa. During the transfer panoramic sightseeing of Niš and a visit to “Ćele Kula”. Dinner in the famous restaurant “Amerikanac”. Rest.

Day 2: Saturday
Breakfast and sightseeing in Niška Banja. Departure for Kuršumlija. Visit to the unique natural phenomenon called “Devil’s City”. Lunch in Prolom Banja [Spa]. Departure for Zvonačka Banja [Spa] via Sićevačka Klisura and canyon of River Nišava. Visit to Ethno Center for Pirot Rugs and Souvenirs. Arrival at Zvonačka Banja via canyon of river Jerma. Dinner and rest.

Day 3: Sunday
Breakfast. Departure for Poganovo Monastery built in 1395. Hiking Tour. Bath and massage treatment in the Spa. Dinner and rest.

Day 4: Monday
Breakfast. Departure for Stara Planina. Sightseeing around Zavojsko Lake. Ethnic lunch in the village. Sightseeing of the canyon, waterfalls and undisturbed nature [optional bath]. Arrival at Babin Zub [1, 757m], accommodation, dinner and rest.

Day 5: Tuesday
Breakfast. Hiking tour to Midžor [2,170m] in total 12 kilometers. Lunch, rest and a free afternoon. Dinner and Rest.

Day 6: Wednesday
Breakfast. Departure for Knjaževac and Zaječar. Fresh fish lunch by the lake. Arrival at Rajac and tour of breweries and wine cellars. Return to Zaječar. Accommodation, dinner and rest.

Day 7: Thursday
Breakfast. Departure for Belgrade. Along the way a visit to roman ruins “Romuliana” from the Roman Emperor Maximilian [3rd century]. Lunch on the outskirts of Belgrade. Sightseeing tour of Belgrade and NATO bombing ruins with a local guide. Accommodation. Goodbye Party with dinner and music on one of the rafts in Belgrade. Rest.

Day 8: Friday
Early breakfast. Transfer to Belgrade Airport.

Option:
– Instead of Devil’s City we have an option for Duplex Paragliding from Koritnjak above Niška Banja Spa,
– Program is based on the minimum of 6 participants but the group should not exceed 15 persons,
– Program is available for booking from January 1st, 2006 but the tours start on April 21st 2006 and are executed every 7 Days.

What else:
– you will eat healthy ethnic food and as a souvenir you will take homemade wines from Rajac wine cellars,
– spend time on clean and fresh mountain air at high altitudes, which is of benefit for the people with respiratory problems,
– treatments for stress relief in the Zvonačka Banja Spa,
– have a relaxing holiday in Eastern Serbia where nature has remained unaffected by industrial development and
– surprise gift.

Tour details:
– 7 Nights with Half Board and
– 6 lunches.

A number of transfers:
Guide Service: 2 + 1.

Passes for all the sites that will be visited on the tour.
A unique Serbian experience awaits You. Unique tours offered by Outdoor open the doors to the hidden treasures of Serbian nature and culture. Visit the crossroads of Western and Eastern civilization and the region that forged much of the European history. Once You leave, take a piece of Serbia in Your heart.

Program is based on minimum 6 persons.

Following the trace of Serbian spirituality

Following the trace of Serbian spirituality
Day 1th: Arrival to Belgrade. Meeting of passengers and representatives of the agency at the airport Nikola Tesla – Belgrade. Transfer to the hotel. Spare time. Overnight.Day 2nd: Breakfast. Route: Belgrade – Vrnjačka Banja [spa]
Sanctum places of Serbian capital [St. Petka Chapel and Church Ružica, Orthodox Church and Patriarch’s residence, St. Sava’s Temple, the biggest Orthodox Temple in the Balkans]. Departure to Vrnajčka banja. Visit to the Monasteries Pokajnica, Manasija, and Ravanica; lunch in the monastery. Arrival to Vrnajčka banja. Accommodation. Overnight.Day 3rd: Breakfast. Route: Vrnajčka banja – Monasteries Žiča, Ljubostinja, KalenićVrnjačka Banja. Lunch is planned in Monastery Kalenić. Visit to the open – air Museum “Kalenić” and familiarizing with the old Serbian crafts: weaving, spinning, knitting, basket weaving. Presentation of the national architecture and traditional usable objects. Return to Vrnjačka Banja. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 4th: Breakfast. Spare time. Route: Vrnjačka BanjaMonastery Studenica.
Visit to Monasteries Djurdjevi Stupovi, Sopoćani. Arrival to Monastery Studenica. Lunch. Accommodation in the Monastery’s residential building and presence to the evening prayer. Overnight

Day 5th: Breakfast in the Monastery residential building. Route: Studenica – Ovčar banja [spa] – Ovčarsko – Kablarska Gorge – Valjevo

Visit to Monastery Gradac [long hiking tour] and St. Peter’s Church on the way to Ovčar Banja. Arrival to Ovčar banja. Lunch in the national restaurant. Visit to the Monasteries of Ovčarsko – Kablarska Gorge: Vavedenje [Presentation of the Virgin], Vaznesenje [Resurrection], Sretenje [Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple], Svete Trojice Blagovestenje [Annunciation of Holy Trinity], Ilinje, Savinje, Nikolje, Jovanje i Uspenje [Dormition]. Departure to Valjevo. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 6th: Breakfast. Route: Valjevo – village Sitarice – Valjevo.
Petnica cave, Research Center in Petnica. Visit to the old city center Tešnjar, Muselin’s konak [hist. castle, palace], the monument of the greatest Serbian army commander Živojin Mišić, and the monument of poetess Desanka Maksimović]. Visit of the Monasteries Ćelije and Lelić in which are the relics of the Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović, the Orthodox theologian and writer from 20th century. Visit to the Monastery Pustinja from 14th century, built during the rule of the Nemanjić royal family.

Visit to the village Sitarice on the hillsides of Medvednik Mountain. This is the place with traditional, old Serbian houses, outbuildings, folklore, customs and traditional dishes of Serbian cuisine are preserved and cherished. In the yard of an old authentic village house, Serbian dining table brimming with national dishes and drinks, traditional Serbian host, songs and dancing typical for this part of Serbia, welcomes guests. Return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 7th Breakfast. Route: Valjevo – Soko Grad – Monastery Tronoša – Tršić – Belgrade
Departure from Valjevo. Arrival to Soko Grad and visit to the Monastery Complex of “Soko Grad”. Short break. Departure to Monastery Tronoša and Trsić. Visit to the Monastery Tronoša and monastery residential building. Visit to the Ethnographic Commemorative Park and Commemorative House dedicated to the father of Serbian literacy Vuk Stefanović Karadžić in Tršić. Lunch break and individual activities. Departure to Belgrade in the evening. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.

Day 8th: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport; departure.

The Danube Secrets – National Park Djerdap

The Danube Secrets – National Park Djerdap
Day 1th: Meeting of passengers and representatives of the agency at the airport Nikola Tesla – Belgrade. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight.Day 2nd: Breakfast. Sightseeing of Belgrade by cruising the Danube and Sava Rivers. Along the 18 kilometres sail, enjoy the beauty of the city, lunch on a boat with Serbian wine and brandy [rakija].After compliancy tour continues with Belgrade panorama sightseeing which includes sites of City Parliament, Federal Parliament, Terazije Square, Republic Square, Students’ Square, Belgrade Fortress, City Gate [“Varoš kapija”], New Belgrade, Topčider Hill, Dedinje, Oslobodjenje Square, Slavija Square, Nikola Pašić Square. Return to the hotel. Overnight.Day 3rd: Breakfast. Departure to Eastern Serbia and Djerdap Gorge.
Short break is planned on the Srebrno jezero [Silver Lake]. Continuing voyage towards Golubac, a town where Danube is 6 kilometres wide and for that reason called “Serbian sea”. Danube is on its widest part decorated by Golubac Fortress, one of the most beautiful fortresses on its whole course. After visiting the fortress and break for taking photos, along the valley of Djerdap Gorge group arrives at the hotel “Lepenski Vir“. Spare time. Visit to the museum “Lepenski Vir” and going on Captains Miša Hill for dinner. From this hill there is the best view of the Danube in its entire course, and art lovers can enjoy seeing open – air wood gallery. Accommodation in the hotel on the Danube bank. Spare time in the afternoon and in the evening.Day 4th: Breakfast. Photo Safari tour in National Park with viewing the inhabitants and amazing natural sights. After hunting, lunch with music and party under the open sky is prepared. Those without these ambitions can visit the observation hills of the National Park and enjoy the unique Djerdap view. From there we move to Kladovo to visit the Archeological Museum of the town. Trip continues towards Vratna and visiting of its attractions: Monastery Vratna, farm of mouflons, and the unique wonder of nature, Vratanjske Kapije [Vratanjske Gates], rocks which made rare and odd forms hanging over the Gorge of the little Vratna River. Departure to Negotin. Visit of a birth house of a famous Serbian composer Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac. Accommodation in the hotel. Spare time. Overnight.Day 5th: Breakfast. Setting off from Negotin to the village Rajac along the narrow way, above which a village of wine cellars under the name “Rajačke pimnice” is rising. This is the small town built of trimmed stone and logs. After visiting wine cellars [“Pimnice”] and wine tasting, lunch is planned in the St. Trifun restaurant, and the specialties of the national cuisine of Negotin area are served. We leave “Pimnice” late in the afternoon, when return to Belgrade is planned.
Accommodation in the hotel in Belgrade. Spare time in the evening. Overnight.Day 6th: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport; Departure.Day 1th: Arrival to Belgrade. Meeting of passengers and representatives of the agency at the airport Nikola Tesla – Belgrade. Transfer to the hotel. Spare time. Overnight.

Day 2nd: Breakfast. Route: Belgrade – Vrnjačka Banja [spa]
Sanctum places of Serbian capital [St. Petka Chapel and Church Ružica, Orthodox Church and Patriarch’s residence, St. Sava’s Temple, the biggest Orthodox Temple in the Balkans]. Departure to Vrnajčka banja. Visit to the Monasteries Pokajnica, Manasija, and Ravanica; lunch in the monastery. Arrival to Vrnajčka banja. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 3rd: Breakfast. Route: Vrnajčka banja – Monasteries Žiča, Ljubostinja, KalenićVrnjačka Banja. Lunch is planned in Monastery Kalenić. Visit to the open – air Museum “Kalenić” and familiarizing with the old Serbian crafts: weaving, spinning, knitting, basket weaving. Presentation of the national architecture and traditional usable objects.
Return to Vrnjačka Banja. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 4th: Breakfast. Spare time. Route: Vrnjačka BanjaMonastery Studenica.
Visit to Monasteries Djurdjevi Stupovi, Sopoćani. Arrival to Monastery Studenica. Lunch. Accommodation in the Monastery’s residential building and presence to the evening prayer. Overnight

Day 5th: Breakfast in the Monastery residential building. Route: Studenica – Ovčar banja [spa] – Ovčarsko – Kablarska Gorge – Valjevo

Visit to Monastery Gradac [long hiking tour] and St. Peter’s Church on the way to Ovčar Banja. Arrival to Ovčar banja. Lunch in the national restaurant. Visit to the Monasteries of Ovčarsko – Kablarska Gorge: Vavedenje [Presentation of the Virgin], Vaznesenje [Resurrection], Sretenje [Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple], Svete Trojice Blagovestenje [Annunciation of Holy Trinity], Ilinje, Savinje, Nikolje, Jovanje i Uspenje [Dormition]. Departure to Valjevo. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 6th: Breakfast. Route: Valjevo – village Sitarice – Valjevo.
Petnica cave, Research Center in Petnica. Visit to the old city center Tešnjar, Muselin’s konak [hist. castle, palace], the monument of the greatest Serbian army commander Živojin Mišić, and the monument of poetess Desanka Maksimović]. Visit of the Monasteries Ćelije and Lelić in which are the relics of the Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović, the Orthodox theologian and writer from 20th century. Visit to the Monastery Pustinja from 14th century, built during the rule of the Nemanjić royal family.

Visit to the village Sitarice on the hillsides of Medvednik Mountain. This is the place with traditional, old Serbian houses, outbuildings, folklore, customs and traditional dishes of Serbian cuisine are preserved and cherished. In the yard of an old authentic village house, Serbian dining table brimming with national dishes and drinks, traditional Serbian host, songs and dancing typical for this part of Serbia, welcomes guests.
Return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 7th Breakfast. Route: Valjevo – Soko Grad – Monastery Tronoša – Tršić – Belgrade
Departure from Valjevo. Arrival to Soko Grad and visit to the Monastery Complex of “Soko Grad”. Short break. Departure to Monastery Tronoša and Trsić. Visit to the Monastery Tronoša and monastery residential building. Visit to the Ethnographic Commemorative Park and Commemorative House dedicated to the father of Serbian literacy Vuk Stefanović Karadžić in Tršić. Lunch break and individual activities.
Departure to Belgrade in the evening. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.

Day 8th: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport; departure.

Western Serbia – Zlatibor, Mećavnik, Šarganska Osmica

Western Serbia – Zlatibor, Mećavnik, Šarganska Osmica
Brace yourself for a unique Serbian experience! Visit the beautiful mountainside of Western Serbia and enjoy the renowned ethno villages and specialties. Enrich yourselves with a taste of life in the Balkans. Take a piece of Serbia with You.Tour highlights:
– scenic landscapes and gentle slopes of Zlatibor,
Zlatibor Lake,
– scenic hiking routes to Čigota filled with pinewoods, therapeutically for the people with thyroid gland problems,
– mountain and River Tara with its scenic views and crystal clear water,
– monastery and Pension Soko Grad,
– famous scenic railroad Šarganska Osmica,
– “Wooden City” Mećavnik built by Emir Kusturica,
– 200 – year old Ethno Village Sirogojno,
– handmade arts and crafts form Sirogojno, which are the latest fashion trend in the ethno styles,.
– stopića Cave,Day 1: Saturday
Arrival at Belgrade Airport. Departure for Zlatibor with quick stop for lunch. Arrival at Zlatibor. Accomodation in Villa “u Lugu”. Dinner and rest.

Day 2: Sunday
Breakfast. Sightseeing on Zlatibor with a shuttle with several stops. Lunch and rest. Hiking tour to Cigota. Dinner and rest.

Day 3: Monday [Field Trip 1]
Breakfast. Departure for Mokra Gora. Ride on the scenic railroad Sarganska Osmica, which was the location for the filming of Emir Kusturica movie Life is a Miracle. Arrival at Mecavnik, “Wooden City” which was designed and constructed by the famous director. Departure for Bajina Bašta with a stop for sightseeing of the lake. Return to Zlatibor. Dinner and rest.

Day 4: Tuesday [Field Trip 2]
Breakfast. Departure for Sirogojno. Tour of the Ethno – Village and the museum. Shopping for handmade arts and craft, for which this area is famous for. Ethnic lunch and return to Zlatibor with a stop for the tour of Stopica Cave. Dinner and rest.

Day 5: Wednesday [Field Trip 3]
Breakfast. Departure for Soko Grad near Ljubovija with a visit to the monastery. Lunch. Trip to Kozja Stena, the most scenic view from Mt. Tara. Return to Zlatibor. Dinner and rest.

Day 6: Thursday
Breakfast. Free time before lunch. After the luncha a scenic hiking tour. After the hiking tour some rest and dinner. Good Bye Party and rest.

Day 7: Friday
Return to Belgrade. Lunch in Belgrade. Dinner and Goodbye Party on one of the famous rafts in Belgrade. Rest.

Day 8: Saturday
Early breakfast. Transfer to Belgrade Airport

What else:
– you will eat healthy food and as a souvenir you will take some specialties with you,
– clean and fresh mountain air at high altitudes which is of benefit for the people with respiratory problems,
– participate in health and fitness program on Čigota,
– take a bath or drink water from crystal clear rivers on Tara and Zlatibor,
– have a relaxing holiday in the parts of Serbia where nature is unaffected by industrial development,
– surprise gift.

Tour details:
– 7 Nights with Half Board,
– 8 lunches,
– 2 Transfers,
– 3 Field Trips.

Guide Service: 2 persons, Tickets and Fees for all locations.

A unique Serbian experience awaits You. Unique tours offered by Outdoor open the doors to the hidden treasures of Serbian nature and culture. Visit the crossroads of Western and Eastern civilization and the region that forged much of the European history. Once You leave, take a piece of Serbia in Your heart. Program is based on minimum 6 persons.

Central Serbia

Central Serbia

Tour highlights: Visit to Mt. Kopaonik. Most visited mountain is Serbia and the largest skiing center.Rafting on River Ibar. A wild, but safe adventure. Visit to Mitrovo Polje and a bath in mineral springs. Visit to monasteries Studenica, Ljubostinja and Vraćevišnica. Visit to Vrnjačka and Bukovička Banja spas.

Reside on Goc, a mountian rich with forests and one of the most scenic places in Serbia:
– Visit to ethno village Kostunici and the plant for treatment and packing of forest fruits.
– Visit to historic monuments of the 1st and 2nd Rebelion Against the Turks.
– Visit to the hometown and residence of the serbian leader Karadjordje.
– Visit to the church and mausoleum of the Karadjordjevic Dinasty. Including the visit to royal wine cellars.
– Visit to Belgrade with sightseeing and an unforgetable night on one of the rafts.

Day 1: Friday
Arrival at Belgrade Airport. Transfer to Mt. Kopaonik. Dinner and rest.

Day 2: Saturday
Breakfast. Departure for Usce. From there a rafting trip downstream of River Ibar, 25km long. Visit to Monastery Studenica from 12th century. Lucnh in the monastery. Return to Kopanik. Dinner and rest.

Day 3: Sunday
Breakfast. Sightseeing of the ski resort [option is a hike to Pancicev Vrh 2, 016m]. Ride to Mitrovo Polje witha bath in the Mineral Springs. Quick stop for a visit to Monastery Ljubostinja from 14th century. Degustation of the famous wine at the monastery and brandy. Lunch and sightseeing in Vrnjačka Banja Spa. Departure for Mt. Goc. Accommodation in cottages, hotel Piramida. Dinner and rest.

Day 4: Monday
Breakfast. Hiking on the slopes of Mt. Goc to the Velike Livade and Kavgalija Peaks. On the return an outdoor lunch [roast lamb] in the nature. Afternoon rest and use of the sport facilities. Diner and rest.

Day 5: Tuesday
Breakfast. Departure for ethno – village Kostunici. Stop for a visit to Monastery Vracevsnica and Takovo along the way. Ethnil lunch in Savinac village. Arrival at Kostunici. Accommodation, dinner and rest.

Day 6: Wedresday
Breakfast. Visit to the plant for packaging of forrest fruit and shopping. Continuing to Topola over Mt. Rudnik. Visit to the monument from the First Rebellion Against the Turks in 1804. and a visit to Oplenac. Visit to St. George’s church and mausoleum of the Karadjordjevic Dinasty. Lunch in Oplenac with wine degustation from the royal cellars. Continuing to Bukovicka Banja Spa and a visit to the famous mineral springs in Arandjelovac. Accommodation, dinner and rest.

Day 7: Thursday
Breakfast. Departure for Belgrade by minibus. Lunch in Belgrade. Sightseeing tour of the city and NATO bombing ruins. Accommodation in hotel. Goodbye Party with dinner and music on one of the famous rafts in Belgrade. Rest.

Day 8: Friday
Early breakfast. Transfer to Belgrade Airport

What else:
– Eat healthy ethnic food and take kajmak from Kopaonik and forest fruits from Kostunici as souvenirs with you.
– Spend time in the fresh mountain air, beneficial for people with respiratory problems.
– Relax and enjoy nature the ancient way.
– Receive a surprise gift.

Tour details:
– 7 half boards
– 6 lunches
– A number of transfers
– Guide Service: 2 + 1
– Tickets for all locations

 

Grand Tour Vrnjačka Banja – Monastery Studenica – Djurdjevi Stupovi – Kopaonik

Grand Tour Vrnjačka BanjaMonastery StudenicaDjurdjevi StupoviKopaonik
Day 1th: Meeting of passengers and representatives of the agency at the Belgrade airport “Nikola Tesla“. Transfer to the hotel after which sightseeing of the city with a professional tour guide is planned.Walking tour route: Oldest Orthodox Church in Belgrade – Ružica [XVI century],St. Petka Chapel, old Belgrade core, Patriarch’s residence, Orthodox Cathedral.Sightseeing route by bus: The City Parliament, The Federal Parliament, Terazije Square, Republic Square, Students’ Square, New Belgrade, Slavija Square Nikola Pasic Square. In the evening, we will visit old bohemian quarter Skadarlija and have dinner in the national restaurant with program which includes actors and musician. With this experience you will feel the spirit of Belgrade from its old times.Day 2nd: Route: Belgrade – Topola [Oplenac] – Mountain Rudnik. Breakfast is in the hotel. Departure of a group to Southern Serbia.First we will visit St. Sava’s Temple in Belgrade, the largest Orthodox temple on the Balkans. It is located at the place where in 1594 the relics of great Serbian saint Sava had been burned.

The road leads us to the South, in the interior of Serbia. First to Oplenac and to the Museum and St. George’s Church, the charitable foundation of King Petar i Karadjordjevic, where there is also a family crypt of Serbian royal family Karadjordjevic. Here we will also visit king’s wine cellar with the wine tasting and gourmet offer.

Departure to Rudnik Mountain where we will be accommodated and have lunch or dinner, depending on arrival. The Rudnik Mountain, which dominates Serbia’s central region Sumadija was declared a climate spa in 1922 because of its superb climate conditions – great number of sunny Days per year, air currents, high level of air ionization, unspoiled nature… Overnight.

Day 3rd: Route: Rudnik Mountain – Kragujevac – Kraljevo – Monastery Zica – Monastery LjubostinjaVrnjačka Banja. Breakfast and departure towards Vrnjačka Banja. On the way to Vrnjačka Banja, you can’t overlook the monastery Zica [the 18th century], charitable foundation of Stefan Prvovencani, where in accordance with tradition the keeper of the Seal of old Serbian state is; then in the direction of Krusevac – female monastery Ljubostinja [the 15th century], charitable foundation of Empress Milica [the wife of Serbian prince Lazar] which is one of the most important monuments of the Morava school.

We will continue our trip to Vrnjačka Banja, spa where you will be accommodated in hotel. First, we will have lunch and in the evening you will have some spare time and time for rest. Vrnjačka Banja, well known Serbian tourist spot, is situated below Mountain Goc and nearby spa there are many natural beauties, cultural and historical heritage of old Serbia, from the regency of Dynasty Nemanjic. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 4th: Route: Vrnjačka BanjaMonastery Studenica – Monastery Djurdjevi Stupovi – Mountain Bjelasica [Montenegro]. After breakfast group leaves hotel and continues trip to Montenegro. On our way, we will visit one of the most important monasteries from 12th century – Monastery Studenica [80km]. This Monastery is one of the UNECO World Heritage Sites. Trustee of Monastery Studenica is Stefan Nemanja and Dynasty Nemanjic. Also, this is the birthplace of Serbian art and literature, and founder stone of Serbian culture. In Monastery compound there are Church of Our Blessed Lady, Church of St. Nikola, King’s Church, monastery treasury, and dinning room where you will take a brake and try monastery wine, honey and meals from monastery kitchen.

Since we chose this way, we will find ourselves in another fairy tale from Kopaonik area, named Stari Ras [Old Ras] which is made of jewels of Serbian spirituality. You can start meeting the temples of Nemanjic’s Serbia from the monastery Sopocani, the charitable foundation of king Uros i [the second half of the 13th century] which is located in the valley of the River Raska, by the ancient town Ras – the center of Serbian medieval state. Some members of the royal Nemanjic family found their eternal peace here. On a hill above Novi Pazar, there is a monastery Djurdjevi Stupovi, charitable foundation of Stefan Nemanja. The oldest building of this block is St Geogije’s Church.

Petar’s church in Novi Pazar is even older and it is one of the oldest Serbian Orthodox churches. It was built in the 11th century and is famous for being the oldest spiritual centre in Raska area. Sopocani and Petar’s church are the part of the world cultural heritage and they are under protection of UNESCO organization.

On our way to Montenegro, we will take a break and accommodated on Bjelasica Mountain in Mojkovac and have dinner. Overnight.

Day 5th: Route: Bjelasica Mountain – Monastery Moraca – Podgorica – Budva. Breakfast in hotel and departure to Montenegrin coast of Adriatic sea.

On our way we will visit monastery Moraca. The Moraca Monastery is one of the most majestic medieval monuments in Montenegro that is influenced in architecture and fresco painting by the Byzantine Empire.

We will pass by Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, and soon we will find ourselves on a beautiful coast of Adriatic sea. We will accommodated in hotel in Budva and have lunch in some of famous fish restaurants in Budva.

In the afternoon, we will visit Monastery Rezevici near Petrovac. The Monastery Rezevici is situated on a picturesque hillside not far from the sea, near Petrovac and in the immediate vicinity of the famous tourist complex Sveti Stefan. According to tradition pagan temples and ancient graves existed here, some of which can still be seen. The Serbian king Stefan the First – Crowned spent some time of his life in Rezevici. There we will also visit Sveti Stefan [St. Stefan] a former fishermen’s village, today a famous city – Hotel situated in the most beautiful part of the Montenegrin coast. Sveti Stefan hosted many celebrities, such as Sofia Loren, Monica Vitti, Willie Brandt, Bobby Fisher, Silvester Stallone, Claudia Schiffer, Ingemar Stenmark…
Return to Budva. Dinner. Spare time. Overnight.

Day 6th: Route: Budva – Kotor Bay – Monastery OstrogZabljak Mountain. Breakfast in hotel and departure to Kotor Bay. If you have not fallen in love at first sight with any town before, you will certainly fall in love with Kotor! This small medieval town on the beautiful Kotor Bay is both charming and seductive. Narrow streets, contiguous houses, bulwarks, churches, cathedrals, squares, carnivals and feasts, create an environment that one can not resist. After a short break in this beautiful area we will continue our trip to Monastery Ostrog.

The orthodox Monastery Ostrog is the most frequent visited one on the Balkans. It is visited by believers from all parts of the world, either individually or in groups. It represents the meeting place of all three confessions: the Orthodox, the Catholics and the Muslims because it is believed that the enshrined body of Saint Vasilije Ostroski makes miracles. According to the stories of pilgrims, by praying by his body many have been cured and helped in lessening the difficulties in their lives.

On our way back to Serbia, we will take a break on Zabljak Mountain and accommodated in hotel. Lunch. Spare time. Overnight.

Day 7th: Route: Zabljak Mountain – Prijepolje – Monastery MilesevaZlatar Mountain.
After breakfast group leaves hotel and continues trip back to Serbia. First treasury that we will find is famous known monastery Mileseva.

The Mileseva monastery was founded between 1234 and 1236 by Serbian King Vladislav. The monastery is situated in a valley of the Mileseva river, near Prijepolje. The church’s most famous fresco is the White Angel, now regarded as a symbol of Serbia and recently adopted as an emblem for the United Nations.

Further on, in beautiful nature of Mountain Zlatar, we will find unique ethno village and this will be an opportunity to meet Serbian old tradition, tasting real Serbian food and spending a night in old traditional houses of this village.

Day 8th: Route: Zlatar MountainZlatibor Mountainethno village SirogojnoMecavnikZlatibor. After breakfast, we will continue exploring Serbian tradition and values from its old times on Zlatibor Mountain in unique open – air museum “Old Village Sirogojno”.

This open – air museum represents the village dwelling culture on mountain Zlatibor. To save at least a part of this cultural heritage, a number of authentic objects and buildings have been transferred to the present site of the Museum and conserved in order to be used for further research and to be exhibited for the public.

We continue our trip towards Mokra Gora. Here you will enjoy in “Sarganska Osmica“, narrow – gage railroad, shaped in number eight, 15km long, with 22 tunnels, many viaducts and bridges which represents the greatest tourist attraction in Europe at the moment. You will board the old type train “Cira” and drive along spectacular places and views. Also, you will visit film village Drvengrad [Wooden town] where our famous film director Emir Kusturica made his film “Zivot je cudo” [Life is a miracle], and watch the projection of his latest documentary film. Lunch is planned in the ethno restaurant of this unique film village and maybe, during lunch, Emir Kusturica will personally come to welcomes you. In the evening, we will return to Zlatibor to be accommodated in hotel. Overnight.

Day 9th: Route: Zlatibor Mountain – Ovcarsko – kablarska Gorge – Kostunici village – Belgrade. Departure to Belgrade is planned after breakfast. Way leads us to Ovčarsko – Kablarska Gorge, Serbian Holy Mountain [66km].

Ovcarsko – Kablarska Gorge is recognized for its natural beauties as well as for its cultural – historical monuments. The monasteries played an important role, not only in spiritual sense, but also in development of the national conscience, in acquiring knowledge and in teaching illiterates how to read and write, throughout the history of Serbia and Serbian people who lived on this territory for centuries. Monasteries of Ovcarsko – Kablarska Gorge represent the evidence of the past times and each of these monasteries [there are 10 of them] has its own story related to the period of its foundation and existence on this territory.

Next stop is Kostunici village where we will visit the local museum and ethno gallery. Lunch is planned in an authentic national restaurant where you will taste Serbian cuisine followed by sljivovica [plum brandy]. Arrival in Belgrade in the evening hours. Accommodation in hotel. Spare time. Overnight.

Day 10th: Route: Belgrade – Fruska GoraSremski KarlovciNovi Sad – Belgrade. After breakfast in a hotel, you will be taken to one – day jaunt to Fruska Gora, Sremski Karlovci and Novi Sad.

Fruska Gora – Serbian Sacred hill with 12 monasteries among which the monastery Krusedol is the most famous [the 16th century] and it used to be the residence of Serbian archbishops. Further on, the road leads us to Sremski Karlovci where Patriarch’s Court is, as well as St. Nicola’s Church and lots of art monuments. All treasuries of this city are reasons for calling it Serbian St. Andreja on the Danube! Here, you can find famous known wine cellars and in one of the oldest, we will have wine tasting.

The great finale of this trip is in Novi Sad. Sightseeing of central area and Petrovaradin Fortress which has a good ‘memory’ and ‘knows’.

Spending a time in Serbia and not tasting fish specialties would be such a shame! We will have lunch in fish restaurant on the Danube coast with national music “tamburasi”, after which we will return to Belgrade. Spare  time. Overnight.

Day 11th: Route: Belgrade. Breakfast. Free time until transfer to the airport. Departure.

Arrangement includes:
– transfers by high tourist class bus / mini bus during the travel,
– accommodation & type of service,
– 3 nights in hotel “Majestic” 4**** Belgrade [BB],
– 1 night in hotel “Neda” 3*** Rudnik Mountain; [HB],
– 1 night in hotel “Fontana” 3*** Vrnjačka Banja [FB],
– 1 night in hotel “Palas” 3*** on Bjelasica Mountain [HB],
– 1 night in hotel “Obala” 3*** in Budva [HB],
– 1 night in hotel “Jezera “3***, Zabljak Mountain [HB],
– 1 night in ethno village3*** on Zlatar Mounatin [HB],
– 1 night in hotel ” Zelenkada “4**** on Zlatibor Mountain [BB],
– All meals included in program, no drink included during the travel,
– All tickets and sightseeing included in the program,
– A guide speaking native language of the group provided during the trip,
– Organization and running the trip.

Visit Serbian Monasteries

Visit Serbian Monasteries
Day 1th: Arrival to Belgrade. Meeting of passengers and representatives of the agency at the airport Nikola Tesla – Belgrade. Transfer to the hotel. Spare time. Overnight.Day 2nd: Breakfast. Route: Belgrade – Vrnjačka Banja [spa]. Sanctum places of Serbian capital [St. Petka Chapel and Church Ružica, Orthodox Church and Patriarch’s residence, St. Sava’s Temple, the biggest Orthodox Temple in the Balkans]. Departure to Vrnajčka banja. Visit to the Monasteries Pokajnica, Manasija, and Ravanica; lunch in the monastery. Arrival to Vrnajčka banja. Accommodation. Overnight.Day 3rd: Breakfast. Route: Vrnajčka banja – Monasteries Žiča, Ljubostinja, KalenićVrnjačka Banja. Lunch is planned in Monastery Kalenić. Visit to the open – air Museum “Kalenić” and familiarizing with the old Serbian crafts: weaving, spinning, knitting, basket weaving. Presentation of the national architecture and traditional usable objects.
Return to Vrnjačka Banja. Accommodation. Overnight.Day 4th: Breakfast. Spare time. Route: Vrnjačka BanjaMonastery Studenica.
Visit to Monasteries Djurdjevi Stupovi, Sopoćani. Arrival to Monastery Studenica. Lunch. Accommodation in the Monastery’s residential building and presence to the evening prayer. Overnight

Day 5th: Breakfast in the Monastery residential building. Route: Studenica – Ovčar banja [spa] – Ovčarsko – Kablarska Gorge – Valjevo

Visit to Monastery Gradac [long hiking tour] and St. Peter’s Church on the way to Ovčar Banja. Arrival to Ovčar banja. Lunch in the national restaurant. Visit to the Monasteries of Ovčarsko – Kablarska Gorge: Vavedenje [Presentation of the Virgin], Vaznesenje [Resurrection], Sretenje [Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple], Svete Trojice Blagovestenje [Annunciation of Holy Trinity], Ilinje, Savinje, Nikolje, Jovanje i Uspenje [Dormition]. Departure to Valjevo. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 6th: Breakfast. Route: Valjevo – village Sitarice – Valjevo.
Petnica cave, Research Center in Petnica. Visit to the old city center Tešnjar, Muselin’s konak [hist. castle, palace], the monument of the greatest Serbian army commander Živojin Mišić, and the monument of poetess Desanka Maksimović]. Visit of the Monasteries Ćelije and Lelić in which are the relics of the Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović, the Orthodox theologian and writer from 20th century. Visit to the Monastery Pustinja from 14th century, built during the rule of the Nemanjić royal family.

Visit to the village Sitarice on the hillsides of Medvednik Mountain. This is the place with traditional, old Serbian houses, outbuildings, folklore, customs and traditional dishes of Serbian cuisine are preserved and cherished. In the yard of an old authentic village house, Serbian dining table brimming with national dishes and drinks, traditional Serbian host, songs and dancing typical for this part of Serbia, welcomes guests. Return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 7th Breakfast. Route: Valjevo – Soko Grad – Monastery Tronoša – Tršić – Belgrade
Departure from Valjevo. Arrival to Soko Grad and visit to the Monastery Complex of “Soko Grad”. Short break. Departure to Monastery Tronoša and Trsić. Visit to the Monastery Tronoša and monastery residential building. Visit to the Ethnographic Commemorative Park and Commemorative House dedicated to the father of Serbian literacy Vuk Stefanović Karadžić in Tršić. Lunch break and individual activities. Departure to Belgrade in the evening. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.

Day 8th: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport; departure.

Central Serbia Tour 2 – 8 days

Central Serbia Tour 2 – 8 days

Tour highlights: Visit to Mt. Kopaonik. Most visited mountain is Serbia and the largest skiing center.Rafting on River Ibar. A wild, but safe adventure. Visit to Mitrovo Polje and a bath in mineral springs. Visit to monasteries Studenica, Ljubostinja and Vraćevišnica. Visit to Vrnjačka and Bukovička Banja spas.

Reside on Goc, a mountian rich with forests and one of the most scenic places in Serbia:
– Visit to ethno village Kostunici and the plant for treatment and packing of forest fruits.
– Visit to historic monuments of the 1st and 2nd Rebelion Against the Turks.
– Visit to the hometown and residence of the serbian leader Karadjordje.
– Visit to the church and mausoleum of the Karadjordjevic Dinasty. Including the visit to royal wine cellars.
– Visit to Belgrade with sightseeing and an unforgetable night on one of the rafts.

Day 1: Friday
Arrival at Belgrade Airport. Transfer to Mt. Kopaonik. Dinner and rest.

Day 2: Saturday
Breakfast. Departure for Usce. From there a rafting trip downstream of River Ibar, 25km long. Visit to Monastery Studenica from 12th century. Lucnh in the monastery. Return to Kopanik. Dinner and rest.

Day 3: Sunday
Breakfast. Sightseeing of the ski resort [option is a hike to Pancicev Vrh 2, 016m]. Ride to Mitrovo Polje witha bath in the Mineral Springs. Quick stop for a visit to Monastery Ljubostinja from 14th century. Degustation of the famous wine at the monastery and brandy. Lunch and sightseeing in Vrnjačka Banja Spa. Departure for Mt. Goc. Accommodation in cottages, hotel Piramida. Dinner and rest.

Day 4: Monday
Breakfast. Hiking on the slopes of Mt. Goc to the Velike Livade and Kavgalija Peaks. On the return an outdoor lunch [roast lamb] in the nature. Afternoon rest and use of the sport facilities. Diner and rest.

Day 5: Tuesday
Breakfast. Departure for ethno – village Kostunici. Stop for a visit to Monastery Vracevsnica and Takovo along the way. Ethnil lunch in Savinac village. Arrival at Kostunici. Accommodation, dinner and rest.

Day 6: Wedresday
Breakfast. Visit to the plant for packaging of forrest fruit and shopping. Continuing to Topola over Mt. Rudnik. Visit to the monument from the First Rebellion Against the Turks in 1804. and a visit to Oplenac. Visit to St. George’s church and mausoleum of the Karadjordjevic Dinasty. Lunch in Oplenac with wine degustation from the royal cellars. Continuing to Bukovicka Banja Spa and a visit to the famous mineral springs in Arandjelovac. Accommodation, dinner and rest.

Day 7: Thursday
Breakfast. Departure for Belgrade by minibus. Lunch in Belgrade. Sightseeing tour of the city and NATO bombing ruins. Accommodation in hotel. Goodbye Party with dinner and music on one of the famous rafts in Belgrade. Rest.

Day 8: Friday
Early breakfast. Transfer to Belgrade Airport

What else:
– Eat healthy ethnic food and take kajmak from Kopaonik and forest fruits from Kostunici as souvenirs with you.
– Spend time in the fresh mountain air, beneficial for people with respiratory problems.
– Relax and enjoy nature the ancient way.
– Receive a surprise gift.

Tour details:
– 7 half boards
– 6 lunches
– A number of transfers
– Guide Service: 2 + 1
– Tickets for all locations.

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Serbian Monasteries Tours

Serbian Monasteries Tours

Day 1th: Arrival to Belgrade. Meeting of passengers and representatives of the agency at the airport Nikola Tesla – Belgrade. Transfer to the hotel. Spare time. Overnight.

Day 2nd: Breakfast. Route: Belgrade – Vrnjačka Banja [spa]
Sanctum places of Serbian capital [St. Petka Chapel and Church Ružica, Orthodox Church and Patriarch’s residence, St. Sava’s Temple, the biggest Orthodox Temple in the Balkans]. Departure to Vrnajčka banja. Visit to the Monasteries Pokajnica, Manasija, and Ravanica; lunch in the monastery. Arrival to Vrnajčka banja. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 3rd: Breakfast. Route: Vrnajčka banja – Monasteries Žiča, Ljubostinja, KalenićVrnjačka Banja. Lunch is planned in Monastery Kalenić. Visit to the open – air Museum “Kalenić” and familiarizing with the old Serbian crafts: weaving, spinning, knitting, basket weaving. Presentation of the national architecture and traditional usable objects. Return to Vrnjačka Banja. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 4th: Breakfast. Spare time. Route: Vrnjačka BanjaMonastery Studenica.
Visit to Monasteries Djurdjevi Stupovi, Sopoćani. Arrival to Monastery Studenica. Lunch. Accommodation in the Monastery’s residential building and presence to the evening prayer. Overnight

Day 5th: Breakfast in the Monastery residential building. Route: Studenica – Ovčar banja [spa] – Ovčarsko – Kablarska Gorge – Valjevo

Visit to Monastery Gradac [long hiking tour] and St. Peter’s Church on the way to Ovčar Banja. Arrival to Ovčar banja. Lunch in the national restaurant. Visit to the Monasteries of Ovčarsko – Kablarska Gorge: Vavedenje [Presentation of the Virgin], Vaznesenje [Resurrection], Sretenje [Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple], Svete Trojice Blagovestenje [Annunciation of Holy Trinity], Ilinje, Savinje, Nikolje, Jovanje i Uspenje [Dormition]. Departure to Valjevo. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 6th: Breakfast. Route: Valjevo – village Sitarice – Valjevo.
Petnica cave, Research Center in Petnica. Visit to the old city center Tešnjar, Muselin’s konak [hist. castle, palace], the monument of the greatest Serbian army commander Živojin Mišić, and the monument of poetess Desanka Maksimović]. Visit of the Monasteries Ćelije and Lelić in which are the relics of the Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović, the Orthodox theologian and writer from 20th century. Visit to the Monastery Pustinja from 14th century, built during the rule of the Nemanjić royal family.

Visit to the village Sitarice on the hillsides of Medvednik Mountain. This is the place with traditional, old Serbian houses, outbuildings, folklore, customs and traditional dishes of Serbian cuisine are preserved and cherished. In the yard of an old authentic village house, Serbian dining table brimming with national dishes and drinks, traditional Serbian host, songs and dancing typical for this part of Serbia, welcomes guests. Return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 7th: Breakfast. Route: Valjevo – Soko Grad – Monastery Tronoša – Tršić – Belgrade
Departure from Valjevo. Arrival to Soko Grad and visit to the Monastery Complex of “Soko Grad”. Short break. Departure to Monastery Tronoša and Trsić. Visit to the Monastery Tronoša and monastery residential building. Visit to the Ethnographic Commemorative Park and Commemorative House dedicated to the father of Serbian literacy Vuk Stefanović Karadžić in Tršić. Lunch break and individual activities. Departure to Belgrade in the evening. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.

Day 8th: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport; departure.

Visit Nis

Visit Nis – Edict of Milan (Constantine the Great 313-2013) Mediana – Archaeological site and Roman imperial villa
The city covers an area of about 597 square kilometers  including the city of Nis itself, the Niska Banja spa and 68 suburbs. Nis Constantine the Great Airport is its international airport with the destination code INI. Nis is the administrative center of the Nisava District of Serbia.Situated at the crossroads of Balkan and European highways, connecting Asia Minor to Europe, Nis is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans, and has from ancient times been considered a gateway between the East and the West.

EDICT OF MILAN 2013

Constantine the Great  (lat. Gaius Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus), was born in ancient city Naissus (modern Nis) in 274. AD. He is an important historical figure in the world and in Nis, well known not only as an emperor and wise military leader, but also as a great visionary and defender of Christianity. His visions and dreams in which “labarum” or “The Christ Monogram” appeared, followed by the words of Christ: “With this sign you shall win” (In hoc signo vinces) led him to numerous battles, in which he defeated by far superior enemies. Such a chain of events logically led to the acknowledgment of christian religion in AD 313, by the famous “Edict of Milan”. The history of the world and of Christianity will forever remember him as the person who took Christianity from the catacombs and gladiator arenas and brought it to the light of day, paving the way for what is today one of the biggest world religions.

Exhibition “Constantine the Great and Edict of Milan 313. – The birth of Christianity in the Roman Provinces on the territory of Serbia” and Opera “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi on May 18th at Viminacium.
On the occasion of the celebration of the Anniversary “Edict of Milan 313-2013, Serbia”, on May 18th, 2013, at the archeological complex “Viminacium”, will be held two manifestations: Exhibition, organized by The National Museum of the Republic of Serbia “Constantine the Great and Edict of Milan 313. – The birth of Christianity in the Roman Provinces on the territory of Serbia” and Opera “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by Ensemble of the Belgrade Opera and two famous opera singers.
The exhibition consists from seven visual and thematic parts and includes exhibits which belong to the World Cultural Heritage (sculptures, fragments of architectural stone decoration; jewelry, cult items, ceremonial objects and items from gold, silver, ceramics and glass; parts of military and formal equipment; roman imperial money and imperial medallions). It will be presented about 128 artifacts from the end of II to VI and VII century A.D. The special attraction is a Portrait of the Constantine the Great in bronze, discovered in 1900, in Constantine birthplace Naissus (Nis). This collection is a part of the Collection family, saved in the most famous museums in the world.

Niš is a university center. There are about 28,000 university students at the University of Niš, which comprises 13 faculties. Niš is also one of the most important industrial centres in Serbia, a center of electronics industry (see Elektronska Industrija Niš), industry of mechanical engineering, textile industry and tobacco industry.

Historical Sites:
· Skull Tower (Ćele kula)
· Tvrđava – Turkish fortress in the city center.
· Mediana – archaeological site, Roman imperial villa.
· Kazandžisko Sokače – example of original architecture from Ottoman period.
· Crveni Krst concentration camp built by occupying German forces during WWII.

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