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Arrival at Belgrade, Serbia
Welcome to Belgrade! Belgrade is the capital of the southeast European country of Serbia. Its most significant landmark is the Beogradska Tvrdava, an imposing fortress at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava rivers. The fort is a testament to the city’s strategic importance to the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Serbian and Austrian empires, and it's now the site of several museums as well as Kalemegdan, a vast park. Depending the arrival flight timing, you can opt to enjoy River Cruise in Belgrade. Belgrade is the only capital in Europe that lies on the confluence of two major rivers, the Danube and the Sava. The best way to discover this city is magnificent ride on the water. Distanced from city crowd you will enjoy its colorful contours. (Optional cost will be approx EUR 25 per person)
Breakfast at the hotel and later you can opt to visit Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci
Depart from Belgrade at 9 am and proceed to picturesque Fruska Gora, which represents a natural reserve and a sacred area that hosts 17 functioning monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Fruska Gora was a shelter for Serbian people during the Ottoman rule over Serbia, preserving heritage and historical legacy of the nation. The tour will then continue in Sremski Karlovci which is located at the bottom of Fruska Gora, and presents a real gem of Serbian culture and spirituality. It's a real 'museum town' featuring sites such as a Baroque city center, Patriarchy, Cathedral of Saint Nicolas and Catholic Church of Saint Trinity, also the first Serbian gymnasium built in 1881, and the Library of Karlovac gymnasium. It's also famous for wine production and the annual festival 'Wineball'. Next visit one of the traditional wineries and try locally produced wine made of traditional sorts of grape! Our next stop is Petrovaradin, where the Fortress is located. It was built of medieval fortification foundation by Austrians in the 17th and 18th century in order to defend themselves from Turks. The Fortress is sometimes called 'Danube's Gibraltar' for its strategic position. Nowadays the Fortress is famous for one of the most prestigious music festivals EXIT. You then proceed to the left bank of Novi Sad, capital of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. Thanks to its geographical position, Novi Sad used to border between two Empires – Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman -- and in 1748 Queen Maria Theresa proclaimed Novi Sad 'free royal city' Neoplanta. Melting pot of different nations and ethnic groups, Novi Sad with its 250,000 population is a real multicultural ambient and an example of true modern European metropolis. Tour in Novi Sad is a walking tour in the center of the city. You'll see Dunavska and Zmaj Jovina Street that compose city's pedestrian zone, the City Hall, Catholic Church, old city center, house of Albert Einstein's wife Mileva, cultural foundation Matica Srpska, Synagogue and city beach Strand. Upon the sightseeing seize the free time in the city and try local cuisine in a traditional Vojvodina restaurant (optional).After discovering Novi Sad, you will be driven back to Belgrade. (Minimum drinking age is 18 years and above)
Breakfast at the hotel and you will have the opportunity explore Belgrade in a unique manner.
We'll start at the Belgrade Cathedral, St Michael's Church which holds relics of some of the most important Serbian leaders in history. Across the street are the Patriarchate Building and the Princess Ljubica's Residence where you'll learn more about 19th-century life in Serbia. Nearby you'll find the oldest traditional tavern in the city, built back in 1823. We'll have a coffee break here and even indulge in some morning rakia (schnapps) as you listen to stories about Serbia's fight for freedom. You can pick up a bit of the local language as we'll also have a mini class on the Serbian alphabet. We'll continue through the city's main walking area, Knez Mihailova Street and see the Belgrade library, Republic Square, Serbia's Academy of Science and Art and learn about unique local architecture. As we continue through the narrow streets of the Dorcol neighbourhood we'll reach a green market where locals sell homemade dairy and meat products and fresh produce directly from their farms outside the city. White cheese, kaymak (similar to clotted cream), and cvarci (fried or roasted pork rind and fat) are some of the typical Balkan products that you'll find in this market. From there, we'll go for a walk through Belgrade's bohemian quarter, Skadarlija street. This cobblestone street is a pedestrian zone filled with restaurants, bars, and traditional taverns. Here, we'll stop for a street food-style lunch at one of the best sausage joints in the city.
Free Day for Shopping or optional activities
Begin our tour from Avijaticarski Trg, where the old city of Zemun begins. This square, with the large monument to WWII heroes, is surrounded by Zemun’s oldest elementary school building and the construction of Air Force Ministry, one of the finest examples of modernism in Yugoslav pre-war architecture. Your ride continues through the main street called Gospodska Street, where you have a chance to see some excellent examples of Zemun architecture: the Post Office, Hotel Central, Town’s Museum, the House with a Sundial, etc.
Breakfast at the hotel and rest of the day at leisure till your departure time, later you will have a private transfer for Belgrade airport and proceed for your return / onward flight to the next destination.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation Belgrade - Hotel Holiday Inn Express / Similar
- Belgrade Mash up-Small group tour on seat in coach basis
- Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci Day Trip from Belgrade on seat in coach basis
- One-way arrival airport transfer on private basis
- One way departure airport transfer on private basis
What is NOT included in the tour
- Visa Fees and Travel Insurance
- City Tax/Tourist Tax (this is to be paid directly at the hotel in EUR)
- Tips and porterage
- Surcharges as applicable due to peak season, surcharge dates, trade fair dates.
- Any services not mentioned in the inclusions list
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