Flight to Belgrade. Pick up from the airport in Belgrade and transfer to the hotel in Belgrade. Free time in Belgrade. Overnight in Belgrade.
Day 2 Belgrade city tour
Today our driver will take you to Belgrade sightseeing by car and after that you can have a walking tour of the city center. We recommend visiting the following sights: Assembly of the City of Belgrade, National Assembly, Republic Square, Terazije Square, Old and New Court, Slavija Square, Temple of Saint Sava (largest Orthodox church in the Balkans). Free time for lunch on Knez Mihajlova street. Also you can walk through Kalemegdan fortress and you can see where river Danube meets river Sava. You can the House of flowers. The House of Flowers is the resting place of former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito and it is a part of the Museum of Yugoslav History Complex. While visiting the House of Flowers, you will see Tito’s tomb, collections of Tito’s army uniforms and batons used to transfer birthday greetings from all parts of Yugoslavia, as well as gifts he received from all over the world during his rule. Free time for dinner, we recommend restaurants in Skaradlia street. Overnight in Belgrade.
Day 3 Belgrade – Viminacium – Lepenski Vir - Belgrade
After breakfast, we drive 100 km to Viminacium which was a major city and a military camp in the Roman times. The city dates back to the 1st century AD and is believed it had 40.000 inhabitants and was one of the biggest cities of that time. Viminacium was devastated by the Huns in the 5th century, but rebuilt by Justinian. It was completely destroyed with the arrival of Slavs in the 6th century. Here you can visit the Amphitheatre, Roman Baths, Mausoleum, Domuš (copy of a Roman villa, also a science and research center) and Mamut park (skeleton of a mammoth was recently discovered on the site). Free time for lunch. After visiting Vininacium we drive to Lepenski Vir (90 km), archeological site located in the Đerdap Gorge. It is the location of one of the most important prehistoric cultures and archaeological discoveries that have changed our knowledge about the early Stone Age in Europe. There are remains of religious architecture dating from 6500 to 5500 BC that may be seen on the site. Drive back to Belgrade. Overnight in Belgrade.
Day 4 Belgrade – Fruska Gora – Sremski Karlovci – Novi Sad
We are driving to Fruska Gora and you can visit the most famous monastery there – Krusedol, a XVI century monastery which is considered the most beautiful monastery of Fruška Gora. This was a seat of diocese of Srem, which was later transferred to Sremski Karlovci. Relics of members of holly family Branković are placed inside of the church and many important people are buried there as well, such as two Serbian patriarchs and King Milan Obrenović. Later, we wil drivel to a small and very beautiful town, Sremski Karlovci the spiritual and cultural center of the Serbs during the Austria-Hungarian reign. Here you can walk through beautiful baroque center and the pedestrian area of Sremski Karlovci - Patriarchal Residence, Saint Nicholas Church, the first Serbian grammar school, the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, the Roman Church of the Holy Trinity, the Four Lions Fountain, the Peace Chapel, erected on the spot where the Treaty of Karlowitz was negotiated. Afterwards we drive to Novi Sad and check in in the hotel. Free time for leisure activities. Overnight in Novi Sad.
Day 5Novi Sad city tour
Today you could take a sightseeing tour of Novi Sad - a city rich in tradition and culture, where everything flourishes and everything is preserved, most of all, the relaxed nature of the people. For a long time, a center of Serbian culture, and sometimes called the “Serbian Athens”, Novi Sad is a city of art, science and entertainment. You can visit the Dunavski (Danube) Park and stroll through Zmaj Jovina street and Stari Grad, the old town center. You can explore Liberty Square which is dominated by the Old Town Hall and the Catholic Church „Name of Mary“. In the afternoon the driver can take you to Petrovaradin fortress, where you can admire on the city. Overnight in Novi Sad.
Day 6 Novi Sad – Subotica – Lake Palic - Novi Sad
Today, our driver will drive you to the city of Subotica, it is also known as the "Gate of Serbia toward Europe". We can easily say that this is the central European city on the Balkan Peninsula. The city with more than 200 names is inseparable from building style Art-Nouvo, typically represented in the city center. Rajhl palace, Synagogue, Blue fountain and promenade are places where you can see, taste and feel how this town really breathes. Subotica is becoming one of most popular tourist destinations in northern part of Serbia, with characteristic Hungarian style of restaurants so-called "Charda". Transfer to the lake Palic (8 km). The lake’s healing waters have attracted visitors since the 19th century, when its first spa was built.Secrecy of its landscape has always been locked deep in the heart of visitors. Lake, luxurious parks, eccentric buildings from the early 20th century, an unusual peace and quiet. After this nice visit, we back for Novi Sad (105 km). Overnight in Novi Sad.
Day 7 Novi Sad – Topola – Zlatibor
Transfer to Topola (170 km), and there you can will visit the church St. George, where is a mausoleum of Serbian royal dynasty, Karadjordjevikji. The interior of the Church is covered in mosaics, which required over 6 million pieces to complete, and represent best achievements of fresco painting in Serbia. The crypt contains the relics of members of the Karađorđević dynasty. The Mausoleum, built by King Petar I, is covered with white marble from nearby Vencac Mountain and from Carrara in Italy. The house of Petar Karađorđević stands opposite the Church, and was built in 1912. It served as the summer residence of the King. After that, we will drive to Zlatibor. We will check-in in the hotel. Free time for walking through Zlatibor. Optional dinner in a restaurant. Overnight
Day 8Zlatibor – Mokra Gora – Sargan eight train ride – Drvengrad – Sirgojno - Zlatibor
After breakfast, we go to Mokra Gora (35 km), i.e. “the Wet Mountain”, a village in Serbia on the northern slopes of mountain Zlatibor. The village becomes popular after a reconstruction of a narrow gauge railway called Shargan Eight which is unique in the world. The railway that passes through 22 tunnels, over 5 bridges, and overcomes the altitude difference of 300 meters, on a total distance of 15 kilometers, once connected Belgrade with Sarajevo. We will board the famous dinky train Nostalgia - created in old-time style, so you can feel that old atmosphere while sitting in its authentic cars with wooden seats, smelling fume from its wood burning stove and hearing the rumble of its wheels and go for a ride along the most exciting section of this narrow gauge line. During the ride, the train makes a few stops so you can take some fabulous photographs and enjoy the views. After the ride, we will visit the Ethno Village “Wooden City” (also known as Drvengrad and Mechavnik) built as a setting for “Life is a Miracle”, Emir Kusturica’s film. The amazing village was until recently just a couple of salvaged traditional wooden houses on a bluff above a spectacularly beautiful valley but has been transformed into a modern equivalent of the medieval great monastery or university made of natural materials, mostly wood. In the newly-built town, you can find streets and squares, a hotel, few restaurants and bars, a congress center, a library, Serbia's most advanced cinema, church, large indoor swimming pool, saunas, gym, tennis court, and an underground basketball arena. Once a year, the town hosts the annual “Küstendorf” Film and Music Festival with famous guests from all over the world. After Drvengrad, we will visit Sirogojno (60 km), ”Old Village“, a unique and very charming ethno village famous for its open-air museum of traditional architecture and well-known for its exhibition of handicrafts and world-famous hand-knitted clothes. After the visit, we return to the hotel in Zlatibor (25 km). Overnight.
Day 9Zlatibor – Studenica monastery – Zica monastery – Vrnjacka Banja
After breakfast in the hotel in Zlatibor, we are going to see two great medieval monasteries. First of all, we will visit Studenica Monastery (130 km), first Serbian cultural site under the protection of UNESCO. Not only is the largest medieval complex in Serbia, but is one of the oldest preserved and still functioning monasteries in Southwest Balkan. Erected in 12th century by the father of Royal Nemanjić dinasty – Stefan Nemanja – this monastery is considered to be one of the corner-stones of European Renaissance movement long before the Renaissance became popular in Italy. Next monastery important for Serbian history is Zica (55 km) Monastery an early 13th-century Serbian monastery, in which the 7 medieval Serbian kings were crowned. It was built by the first King of Serbia, Stefan the First-Crowned and the first Head of independent Serbian Church, Saint Sava. Its beautiful architecture is considered to be a true gem of Balkan. After the visit of two monasteries, we go to Vrnjacka Banja (25 km), the oldest tourist place in Serbia. Check-in at hotel. You will have free time for exploring this city. Overnight in Vrnjacka Banja.
Day 10 Vrnjacka Banja - Nis city tour
We will have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the city of Nis (125 km). This day is reserved for the born city of famous Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, city of Nis. First of all, we will visit the Nis Fortress, lying on the bank of Nišava River. Its assumed its final shape in 1.723, when the Turks built it, facing the end of their reign in this area. Its construction required that over 40 stonecutters from Constantinople and around 400 bricklayers from Niš and around to be hired; Banovina Building; Niš Liberators Monument at King Milan Square, which presents the period of wars for liberation waged against the Turks, Bulgarians, and Germans; The Monument of well-known Serbian writer Stevan Sremac; Mediana Archeological Site, which was built in the early 4th century AD, during the time of Constantine the Great, as a residence for use by Roman emperors when visiting Naissus (Nis); Skull Tower, the monument, unique in the world, which was built after the Battle of Cegar, Turks prepared the construction of the tower made of skulls; Tinkers Alley – the only part of the commercial district of old Niš that has been preserved. In the age of the Turks this part of Nis was a craftsman’s quarter, but today is a home of numerous restaurants and cafes. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, free time for individual activities in Nis. Overnight in Nis.
Day 11 Nis – Prishtina
At morning we drive to the capital of Kosovo, Prishtina thru Merdare cross border point. After accommodation in the hotel you will have chance to explore the capital. In Prishtina you can visit the Kosova National Library (of modern architectural design), Mother Theresa Statue, George Kastrioti Skanderbeg Statue, Kosova Museum (built by Austrians for the Turkish army in 1898, has an extensive collection of archaeological and ethnological artifacts, including the Neolithic Goddess on a Throne terracotta (4.000 B.C.), Çarshi Mosque, the Clock Tower (26-meter high built by Jashar Pasha in 1764), the Fatih Mosque or Imperial Mosque, The Great Hammam, Emin Gjiku Ethnographic Museum (the complex is an extremely well-preserved building from the 18th century) and the new-born monument. Overnight in Prishtina
Visit the famous monastery of Saint Naum, and further drive throughout the Drive to the first Tomb of Sultan Murat built by Sultan Bayezid I, the place where the Turkish Sultan Murat was killed during the Kosova Battle of 1389 and the Monument to the Kosova Heroes (in memory of 1389 battle). Latter we can drive to Gracanica Monastery, a UNESCO site and an orthodox church completed in 1321. Our trip continues to Ulpiana (15 km), an ancient city built in the 2nd century at the time of Trojan King's rule (the most beautiful city of Illyrian Dardania). The last place where we can stopand we highly recommended, will be Gadime Marble Cave. It contains natural treasures made of stalactite and stalagmites with particular crystals and layers of multi-colored marble. Drive back to Prishtina (25km). Free time and overnight
Day 13 Prishtina – Prizren - Prishtina
At morning drive to Prizren. After check in you can explore Prizren, we recommend visiting some of the most important sightseeing points as Stone Bridge (symbol of ottoman Prizren, built 1534 by Ali Bag), The Hammam of Gazi Mehmet Pasha, Sinan Pasha Mosque (Prizren's most prominent mosque, built 1615 by Sinan Pasha), League of Prizren (the place where Albanian patriots gathered on 10 June, 1878, to start the political, military and cultural struggle against the Ottoman Empire), Fortress of Prizren (ancient fortress, estimated from VI century, which has been a place for defense refuge since prehistoric times, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, Our Lady of Ljevish (dates back to the 9th-11th century as a Byzantine church, unique architectural design and UNESCO World Heritage protected). The trip continues to Gjakova city (35km). During a driving visit of Tailors’ Bridge (1720), a grand stone bridge of eleven arches said to have been built 300 years ago by the artisans of Djakova and Prizren. The visit continues followed by visiting a traditional old shopping center - the Grand Bazaar in the downtown of Gjakova, Hadum Mosque and BektashiTekke (1790). Overnight in Prizren.
Day 14Prishtina – Prishtina airport
After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to Prishtina airport.