Best of Serbia and Bosnia – 10 days
Felix Romuliana, UNESCO World Heritage
Andricgrad, Touristic Site
Danube River, Djerdap Gorge
Arrival to Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, capital of Serbia. Transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner in Skadarlija bohemian street, with live Balkan national music. Overnight in Belgrade.
Belgrade City tour, panoramic and walking sightseeing: Belgrade Fortress on the confluence of Sava and Danube River, with tennis courts where Belgrade-born tennis player Novak Djokovic used to train as a youngster. Visit Saint Sava’s Temple, biggest Orthodox Christian church in the world by volume. Visit Yugoslavia History Museum and Mausoleum of Tito, president of Yugoslavia and leader of Movement of Non-Aligned Countries during Cold War. Lunch in a national restaurant in downtown. Visit Nikola Tesla Museum, that keeps more than 160000 original documents, devices, and other personal items as the original legacy of this Serbian – American inventor. Cruise on Sava and Danube River. Overnight in Belgrade.
Drive to Sremski Karlovci, a small baroque town in Vojvodina province, with sightseeing of downtown, visit Bee-keeping Museum and wine tasting in one of the wine cellars that are very common in this area. Continue to Petrovaradin Fortress that is a second biggest fortress in Europe, known as “Gibraltar on the Danube”, built early 17th century. We will enter the tunnel network beneath Petrovaradin fortress, some 1000 meters of more than 20 kilometers of tunnels. Lunch in a restaurant on Danube River bank. Follows sightseeing of Novi Sad City, the second biggest city in Serbia. Transfer back to Belgrade. Overnight in Belgrade.
Visit Viminacium archaeological site, one of the biggest Roman cities from the 1st century, now one of biggest European archaeological parks with rebuilt conceptual Roman army camp, Roman army polygon, adrenaline park, sports fields, mammoth park. Visit Golubac Fortress from the 14th century, one of the most beautiful medieval fortresses on the Danube River, where the Danube is widest (6,5 km) and that’s just before Djerdap Gorge. Lunch on Danube River bank. Visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site, an oldest urban settlement in Europe (7000 years BC). Overnight in Donji Milanovac Town, on Danube River.
Cruise on Danube River along Djerdap Gorge, the longest (100 kilometers long) and deepest (92 meters) gorge in Europe, where Danube River is the most beautiful. The oldest European urban settlements dated 10.000 years ago were spread around Djerdap Gorge and Djerdap National Park that was established to protect this cultural and natural pearl of Europe. During the cruise we see the remains of Trajan’s Bridge (1127 meter long stone bridge that Roman Emperor Trajan built at beginning of 2nd century), and the place where he left a permanent imprint on the rock, known as Tabula Traiana, follows the largest European 55 meter high rock sculpture depicting Decebal the last king of Dacia in early 2nd century. Visit Djerdap 1 Hydroelectric Power Plant (also known as the Iron Gate), built at the 1970s as the largest dam on the Danube River and one of the largest hydropower plants in Europe. Overnight in Donji Milanovac Town.
Drive to Svilajnac City and visit Natural History Center of Serbia with an exhibition dedicated to dinosaurs, Ice Age animals, world wildlife and geology. Follows a visit to Manasija Monastery, fortified medieval monastery and one of the most important monuments of Serbian medieval art from the beginning of the 15th century. Lunch. Follows a visit to Felix Romuliana Roman archaeological site on the UNESCO list, that keeps remains of one of best preserved Roman Imperial Palaces in the world, built in the 3rd century, that is the place of the last Apotheosis (glorification to divine status) of Roman Emperor, Galerius in 311AD. Overnight in Rtanj Mountain area.
Visit Zica Monastery founded by Stefan, the first king of Serbia at the early 13th century, that was the first seat of the Serbian Archbishopric, and place of coronation of 7 Serbian kings. Lunch in Guca village where is held an annual brass band festival with up to 1 million visitors from all around the world. Visit WW2 Partizan gun and ammunition factory in tunnels beneath Museum dedicated to the Uzice Republic that was the first liberated territory in Europe in the middle of Nazi-conquered Europe in 1941. Visit memorial complex Kadinjaca, dedicated to WW2 partizans from this area that died in WW2. Overnight on Zlatibor Mountain.
Train ride through Sargan Eight old touristic railway from 1925. It is a narrow-gauge railway that passes through 22 tunnels, over 5 bridges and overcomes the altitude difference of 300 meters. Visit ethno village Drvengrad (wooden city), built on Mecavnik hill by Serbian film director Emir Kusturica, who won twice Palm d’Or on Cannes film festival. Lunch. Visit to Visegrad Town, located on confluence of Rzav and Drina River, with Turkish Ottoman-era bridge over Drina River, built at 16th century, now on UNESCO list, and touristic site Andricgrad, built in memory of Nobel Prize-winning writer Ivo Andric, for a novel about this bridge and story about Bosnian history, mentality and causes of all the problems. Visit Tjentiste memorial monument of Sutjeska Battle in WW2, 20 meter high carved megalith sculptures. Overnight in Trebinje.
Sightseeing of beautiful small Town of Trebinje with the small fortified old town. Sightseeing of Pocitelj Town, a small fortified medieval town from 16th century, with elements of Ottoman and Mediterranean architecture, located on Neretva River. Lunch. Sightseeing of Mostar City, named after the bridge built on Neretva River by the Turkish Ottomans in the 16th century, on UNESCO list. Farewell dinner in Skadarlija bohemian street, with live Balkan national music. Overnight in Sarajevo.
Sightseeing of Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, founded in the 15th century. Because of its cultural and religious diversity, with Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Judaism coexisting there for centuries, called the “Jerusalem of the Balkans”. Airport transfer. End of program. Departure from Sarajevo.
– 9 BB accommodation in selected hotels (or selected guesthouses), according to the program
– 10 days of transfers, comfortable vehicles with air condition, adjustable seats, safety belts with included all tolls, parking, and all other costs
– 10 days of services of professional experienced licensed English tour guide/ group leader/ driver, with all meals and accommodation for him included
– services of professional licensed local English tour guides
– 8 lunches during the tours (diverse and selected national specialties characteristic for countries and regions you are visiting)
– 2 dinners(welcome and farewell) in selected restaurant
– All entrances, cruises, wine tasting, and other services according to the program (underlined)
– Wi-Fi in the van during transfers, in all countries
– Water(0.5 litres per day), total of 15 bottles
– Dinners (except 2 mentioned… it is best to book dinners in consultation with tour guide)
– Tips for tour guide/ group leader/ driver, local tour guides, hotel staff, and waiters
– Donations for churches that have free entrance
– Airplane tickets
– Visa for any mentioned country