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10 days
Serbia
Min Age : 18+
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Welcome to Serbia and its beauties. We will show you some of the prettiest parts and places of Western Serbia and its capital – Belgrade. Never thought about visiting this part of the world? Serbia is all in nature, raw beauty and heritage from rich and tempestuous history. There is so much to experience and explore around here. Beside beautiful landscapes, mountainous countryside, you will find very hospitable, humble people with unique sense of humor and at the end of the tour you will ask yourself – how didn’t I know about this hidden gem before.

On this tour we will start from capital of Serbia – Belgrade and will go southwest to see many beautiful nature scenery, rivers, mountains, lakes, monasteries, cities and then return to Belgrade (“White city”).

In this country, history is everywhere. You will learn and experience a lot and will come back home really enriched.

What to Expect

The highlights of the tour.
  • Explore capital of Serbia - Belgrade
  • Visit Valjevo, one of the prettiest cities in this country and beautiful Gradac river and its surrounding
  • Enjoy in NP Tara and take some of the breathtaking photos here
  • Experience kayaking on Drina river and enjoy on Perućac lake
  • Visit Zlatibor mountain, taste home made food like prosciutto, rakija (brandy), pancetta
  • Go inside the beautiful Stopića cave and visit an ope air-musem of Sirogojno and learn about serbian tradition
  • Explore Gostilje waterfall and its untouched nature that surround it
  • Ride in historic train in Mokra Gora and find out why is this train route so unique in Europe
  • Discover ethno complex Drvengrad built by famous Serbian film director Emir Kusturica
  • Visit Ovčar Spa and relax

Price Includes

  • • Hotels/apartments stays with breakfast included : 3 nights in Belgrade hotel***, 1 night in “Vila Bubica” apartments or similar in Valjevo, 2 nights in the apartments or similar in Mitrovac (inside the National Park of Tara), 1 night in the hotel Turist in Bajina Basta, 1 night in “Konaciste osmica” apartments in Mokra gora, 1 night in the hotel Dunav in Zlatibor.
  • Transfers: Airport – Hotel - Airport
  • Entrance Tickets to the museums and National Parks
  • English spoken Tour Leader during the whole trip
  • Private Tour Transportation during the whole trip
  • City tour in Belgrade with a private local guide included
  • All tours and excursions mentioned in the tour itinerary
  • From Valjevo to Belgrade (from 3rd to 9th day) all the way lunch at the local restaurants included

Price Excludes

  • International flight
  • Tips
  • Personal costs
  • Meals and beverages, if it is not mentioned different in the tour itinerary
  • Kayak/ Rafting

Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVING IN BELGRADE, SERBIA

Pick up at Nikola Tesla airport. transport to hotel, free time.

Day 2BELGRADE CITY TOUR

Breakfast. At agreed time pick up from the hotel for a private city tour. Duration of this tour is 4hrs. Panoramic sightseeing and visit to City Hall, National Parliament, Pioneers park, Kneza Milosa street, Government Palace, Nato ruins from 1999-headquarters of Yugoslav army, Yugoslav museum, Partizan football stadium, Freedom Square, visit to Saint Sava temple and its crypt. Then we continue to Slavija square, Kralja Milana street, Flowers square, Student cultural center, Presidency, Terazije Square, the Palace of Albania, drop of on the Republic square with the National museum, Theater and prince Mihailo monument and walk trough pedestrian zone to Kalemegdan park and beautiful Belgrade fortress with the view of New Belgrade and confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers, with stories about history and nature, and old town of Zemun. After city tour recommendation to visit Belgrade on your own. Return back to the hotel. Free activities in the afternoon. Overnight stay.

Day 3VALJEVO CITY TOUR

8.00h. Departure from Belgrade to Valjevo.
10.00h.Traditional Serbian breakfast in Valjevo at the restaurant “Šmeker”.
11.00h. Organized city sightseeing. Walk through Tešnjar– authentic quarter from Turkish period, visiting National museum of Valjevo and Muselimov konak– the oldest house in Valjevo. Visit to to Petnićka cave.
15.00h. Lunch at the restaurant “Lovački dom”.
16.30h. Transfer to the “Vila Bubica” apartments in the downtown of Valjevo. Free time for individual activities and getting to know the city with the recommendation of the guide. Recommendation is to visit the bar “Haustor” where you can taste local beer “Medved”. Overnight stay.
Accommodation: Vila Bubica, http://www.bubica.co.rs/
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* Tešnjar – Old quarter in Valjevo, known as Tešnjar is one of the few, unique and completely authentic and preserved quarters in Serbia. Formed in Turkish period, retained its appearance till these days.
* National museum Valjevo –offering permanent settings “The third dimension of the past – view from the future”, which will take visitors through centuries and show us the turbulent past of Valjevo region.
*Muselomov konak – is the oldest building in Valjevo. The main history significance of “konak” is reflected in the fact that it is the only building connected with “seča knezova” and indirect couse for the I. Serbian uprising.

Day 4RIVER GRADAC - MONASTERY ĆELIJE - NP TARA

8.00h. Breakfast .
9.00h. Visiting viewpoint “Marko`s chair”, which offers an amazing view of the whole city. Transfer to the trail, from where the hike of 20 minutes begins and goes to the “natural viewpoint” From here we can see incredible view of the impressive gorge of the river Gradac. The trail belongs to easy level. We are going around 15 minutes downhill to the Monastery Ćelije. Visiting the monastery. Hiking by the river (4km) to the plateau “Šareno platno” where we will have a rest, enjoy by the river.
14.30h. Lunch in the ethno restaurant “Skok po Skok”.
16.00h. Hiking back the same trail to our minibus (the last kilometer we are going uphill using the stairs).
19.00h. Transfer to the apartments “Mitrovački san” in Mitrovac, in National Park Tara. Free time for individual activities. Overnight stay.
Accommodation: Mitrovacki San, http://www.tara-planina.com/apartmani-mitrovacki-san.html

*Gradac – is one of the cleanest rivers in Europe. Represents real beauty of the nature of Serbia.

Day 5MITROVAC (NP TARA) - LAKE ZAOVINE

8.00h. Breakfast .
9.00h. Hiking (app 1.45h) through the beautiful forest to the viewpoint “Banjska stena”. Taking a break for rest and enjoying the beautiful view to the artificial lake Perućac, canyon of river Drina and Bosnia. The trail is for beginners and belongs to the easy level. On the way back we are going to visit one location known as “tepih livada (carpet meadow)” – it’s a part of forest moorland in the reserve “Crveni potok (Red strem)”.
14.00h. Time for a lunch at the restaurant “Vinska kuća” in Mitrovac. Free time for individual activities.
16.00h. Transfer to the lake Zaovine to swim or just to enjoy by the lake.
18.00h. Return to the apartment and accommodation. Free activities. Overnight stay.

Accommodation: Mitrovacki San, http://www.tara-planina.com/apartmani-mitrovacki-san.html
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*National Park Tara – this region and mountain Tara has been declared for National Park in 1981, because the mountain Tara is one of the most beautiful in Serbia and represents the real oasis of untouched nature.

Day 6PERUĆAC - BAJINA BAŠTA - KAYAKING / RAFTING

8.00h. Breakfast .
9.00h. Transfer to the hydropower plant Perućac with option of Kayak/rafting tour (optional).
10.00h. Kayak/ rafting tour. Duration is around 3 hours. The tour will end at the house that stands on the rock in the river Drina. The second option (for people who won’t go on the kayak tour) is to enjoy by the river or in some restaurants of the zone.
13.00h. Visiting monastery Rača and short hike (app 1h) to the wellhead Ladjevac.
14.30/15.00h. Lunch at the restaurant “Studenac”.
17.00h. Transfer to the Hotel “Turist”. Accommodation. Free time for individual activities and getting to know the city with the recommendation of the guide. Overnight stay.
Accommodation: Hotel Turist, http://hotelturist.rs/smestaj/
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*Monastery Rača – is one of the most important Serbian monasteries. It has played an important role, when it comes to preserving the religion, Serbian literacy and literature.

Day 7BAJINA BAŠTA - DRVENGRAD / MOKRA GORA - KREMNA

8.00h. Breakfast .
9.00h. Transfer to Drvengrad in Mokra Gora. Visit the town Drvengrad and famous Kremna, willage known for the Serbian prophets of family Tarabić and ride with the train “Šarganska osmica (The Shargan 8)”. Duration of the ride is around 3 hours.
14.30h. Lunch at the restaurant “Lotika”.
16.00h. Transfer to the apartments “Konaciste osmica”. Accommodation. Free time for individual activities and getting know the region with the recommendation of the guide. Overnight stay.

Accommodation: Konačiste osmica ,http://www.apartmani-srbija.com/hotel-sarganska-osmica

http://www.zelturist.rs/hoteli-zelturist/42-konaite-osmica
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* Drvengrad –etno village, that has been made by Serbian famous movie director Emir Kusturica for his movie “Život je čudo (The life is miracle)”.
* The Shargan 8 – is the part of the narrow-gauge railway between Mokra Gora and village Kremna. This line has a large number of bridges and 19 tunnels ,which makes it unique in Europe.

Day 8MOKRA GORA - ZLATIBOR

8.00h. Breakfast .
9.00h. Transfer to Zlatibor.
10.00h. Transfer to the hotel “Dunav”. Accommodation. Free time for individual activities and getting know the region with the recommendation of the guide. It is possible to hike hill Tornik (short hike) or have trekking.
14.00h. Lunch at the restaurant “Cumicevo sokace” .
15.30. Return to the hotel and free acitivities. Overnight stay.

Accommodation:Hotel Dunav ,http://www.dunavturist.rs/galerija.html
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* Zlatibor –spacious, stratified plateau and the area of high mountains, pine forests and mountain pastures, which thanks to its beautiful nature, diverse accommodation offer and a favorable climate, has been declared as the largest winter mountain tourism center of Serbia.

Day 9ZLATIBOR - GOSTILJE - SIROGOJNO - STOPIĆA CAVE - OVČAR SPA -BELGRADE

8.00h. Breakfast .
9.00h. Transfer to the waterfall Gostilje. Short break for enjoying in beautiful nature and fall, which is 20 meters high.
10.15h. Transfer to the etno village Sirogojno.
11.00h. Visit this unique open museum (1h).
12.00h. Transfer to Stopića cave and visit (30 min).
13.00h. Transfer to Ovčar spa where we have a break.
14.00h. Lunch at the Wellnes centar or Restoran Dom.
15.00h. Enjoy the swimming pool and spa activities at the Wellness center Kablar.
17.00h. Transfer and arrival in Belgrade at about 20.00h. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay.

* Sirogojno–the open museum where the visitors can see architecture, building interior, the way how people used to live and how they were organized in this region.
*Stopića cave – river cave. Touristic part of the cave have many attractive elements, such as: the spacious entrance, hole on the ceiling – “duguras”, waterfall and other cave forms.

Day 10BELGRADE

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport at agreed time for the international flight. End of services.

DOVIĐENJA!

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Essential info

Passport and visas

Your passport should be valid for six months after the date of your scheduled return home. Full passport details are required at the time of booking. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

Visa’s are not required for citizens of most countries in America and Western Europe. However, it is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time. Also, remember to check whether a transit visa is required on route to join this trip or on the way home.

Travel Insurance

Make sure you have Travel Insurance and that you are adequately covered for Cancellation, Curtailment and Medical Insurance prior to your holiday departure. Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. When traveling on a trip, you won’t be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance. If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank’s name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in the country.  

Couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment.

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Group Leader

We like to call them “Leaders” and not “Guides” because they are essentially your well traveled, experienced friends! While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. Our Leaders main goals are to ensure everyone on the trip is having the best time possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. They know the trip locations well and have great relationships with all our contacts in each destination. Not to mention they are all extremely fun and easy going people who continue to showcase the essence of what makes us Eco Explorer!

Safety

Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however, during your trip you’ll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it’s deemed necessary due to safety concerns. While traveling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

Solo travelers

Our holidays are renowned for being friendly, fun experiences, and our small groups frequently include a significant number of single travelers. You’ll feel very welcome amongst people who share a passion for seeing the world on foot and the outdoor life.

Minimum group sizes

As with all group tour operators, we require a minimum number of participants to operate each holiday. Should this number not be reached, the holiday will not be commercially viable and we reserve the right to cancel it. This will be done reluctantly and an offer of a suitable alternative holiday will be provided wherever possible.

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