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Studenica Monastery

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BEST OF SERBIA – 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS

 

Day 1: Belgrade
Belgrade. Arrival, transfer to your hotel and orientation. Dinner with “tamburasi” music in a restaurant in the famous Skadarlija quarter Overnight in Belgrade.

Day 2: Belgrade – Fruska Gora Monasteries – Novi Sad – Belgrade
Visit Vojvodina autonomous region, a diverse area with mixed populations, cultures, religions. City tour of Novi Sad, the region’s capital, with a walk in the town center and a visit to Petrovaradin Fortress, dubbed “The Gibraltar of the Danube”. Also short stop in Sremski Karlovci, a nice Baroque town on the Danube shores where the Karlowitz Peace treaty was signed at the end of the 17th century.  More importantly, visit one of the famous monasteries of Fruska Gora Mountain – Krusedol monastery, dating back to the 16th century. Return to Belgrade for overnight.

Day  3: Belgrade – Topola – Gornji Milanovac
After breakfast, drive to Topola. Tour Karadjordje´s Memorial Complex and St. George Church (beautifully decorated with mosaics, the church is also Karadjordjevic´s family Mausoleum). Short break for lunch is possible on Rudnik mountain which dominates over Sumadija region. Visit to Vracevsnica Monastery from the 15th century. Continue towards Gornji Milanovac area. Dinner and accommodation in rural household of traditional Sumadija style.

Day 4: Gornji Milanovac – Zlatibor
Breakfast. Drive through magnificent mountain scenery to Ovcar – Kablar gorge. While walking through intact nature, tour Nikolje (St Nicholas) Monastery, one of the most spiritual sites amongst the “Saint Serbian Athos” on Zapadna Morava River. Visit to Zlakusa rural settlement with Terzica Avlija traditional exhibition of hand-knitted sweaters and ceramic handwork. Here - traditional lunch. Trip continues to Zlatibor Mountain for overnight.

Day 5: Zlatibor Mountain – Mokra Gora – Raca Monastery – Valjevo
Drive to Mokra Gora. Here, well known Hollywood director Emir Kusturica has built ethno-village Drvengrad and holds his annual film festival Kustendorf. Visit of ethno village and ride on narrow gauge train Sargan 8 – with spectacular mountain views of Tara Mountain. In the afternoon, visit Raca monastery (13th century) – one of the best known Serbian medieval monasteries and centers of culture. Dinner and overnight in Valjevo.

Day 6: Valjevo – Pozarevac (Viminacijum) – Iron Gates region (Veliko Gradiste)
Drive across Central Serbia to Pozarevac area. Here visit ruins and museum of Viminacijum – ancient Roman city, former capital of the province of Moesia Superior. Dinner and overnight in Veliko Gradiste area, at one of the ends of the famous Iron Gates gorge.

Day 7: Iron Gates – Zajecar
Spend the entire morning driving along the Danube through the Iron Gates area, all the way to the Iron Gates Dam I (Kladovo). Spectacular picture opportunities. After lunch (included), drive to Zajecar for overnight.

Day 8: Zajecar – Nis (Mediana)
Morning visit to Felix Romuliana/Gamzigrad (UNESCO Heritage, ancient Roman complex of palaces built by Emperor Galerius). Continue to Nis, birth place of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great and visit the infamous Skull Tower, as well as the former medieval fortress of Nis, now a city recreational area. Dinner and overnight in Nis area.

Day 9: Nis – Kopaonik Mountain – Novi Pazar - Studenica Monastery
Drive from Nis over Kopaonik Mountain region, with spectacular scenery along the way. Then visit the famous sites in Novi Pazar area: St Peter and Paul’s Church (9th century, considered to be the oldest church on Serbian territory), Djurdjevi Stupovi (12th century Serbian monastery, UNESCO heritage site) and also Sopocani monastery (UNESCO heritage site dating to 13th century, famous for its beautiful original fresco art). Dinner and overnight in the dormitory of Studenica Monastery.

Day 10: Studenica Monastery - Zica Monastery - Belgrade
Start the day with a visit to Studenica Monastery – UNESCO heritage site dating back to the 12th century, burial place of its founder Stephan Nemanja and part of his family (first king of Serbia’s most significant medieval royal dynasty). On the way back to Belgrade, visit also Zica Monastery - originally dating back to the 13th century and the first seat of the Serbian Archbishopric in the times of St Sava. End of services in Belgrade.


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