TOUR Serbia : The Soul of Europe

Serbia is one of the oldest countries in Europe, and as such, has played a key role in its history and culture. You simply cannot understand Europe without understanding Serbia. Situated at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, the country has been the battleground of several European and Ottoman empires. Everybody wanted a piece of Serbia, and thus, the country is a blend of both worlds. However, Serbia happens to be quite unique, with a strong culture. This is where WWI begun, where the Nazis lost, and the birthplace of Yugoslavia, a beautiful utopia that lasted for decades.

Today Serbia offers much more than just history: pristine nature, charming cities, great spas, fabulous nightlife and delicious food. And all that wrapped up in true Serbian hospitality.

Note: Tourist numbers are rising sharply so come with us now and experience Serbia firsthand. It’s the place to be!

Two weeks around Serbia

Belgrade

Back in the 6th millennium before Christ, one of the most important European cultures of the time, the Vinča, flourished in Belgrade. From then on, the Celts, Romans, Slavs, Turks, Austrians, Hungarians and Germans all settled and left their mark in Belgrade. This comes as no surprise since the city is located at one of the most beautiful and strategically important places in Europe: where the Danube and Sava rivers meet.

Here you will find ancient Roman Ruins, Ottoman and Austrian heritage, and a plethora of gorgeous Neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings. We have not forgotten Yugoslavia and its communist legacy. Across the river over 50 Majestic open blocks of New Belgrade are a fantastic example of a functionalistic city.

Belgrade is of course known around Europe for its cuisine. The city is lined with all types of eateries, from the most sophisticated restaurants to small stalls selling delicacies. Food is essential in what we consider Balkan Hospitality. We love to eat and most importantly, we want you to eat! And what about parties? Well, Belgrade is party central. Hip underground bars, sophisticated lounges and boats by the river. No matter what your taste is, you’ll find it here.

Nature

The South of Serbia is all about nature. Zlatibor mountain, the “Golden Pine Mountain” commands the area. We will visit charming ethno villages set against imposing mountains, deep gorges and pristine rivers. Food here is truly special. Everything is homemade, each family following its own tradition for centuries.

During winter Kopaonik is Serbia’s premier ski destination and when summer comes the center of several breathtaking paths across deep forests. Each season brings a different color to the area. Kopaonik boasts fantastic accommodation, together with spas, perfect to relax after a day of nature.

We will visit the birthplace of Europe’s most romantic and famous river, the Danube. The place is magical, with a medieval castle nearby in Golubac and the peculiarly shaped Devil’s town.

Monasteries

The Serbian Orthodox Church is one of the oldest in the world. The country is dotted with monasteries dating back to the 11th Century. The best is Studenica Monastery, a Unesco World Heritage Site located to the south of Kraljevo City. We will also stop in Manasija, my personal favorite monastery.

Cities

As mentioned above Serbia was the playground of two world’s cultures for centuries. Perhaps that’s why its cities are so different. In Novi Sad we will visit its magnificent city center and the impressive citadel overlooking the Danube River. In Subotica we’ll explore its fantastic art-nouveau heritage and Palić Lake.

On the other hand, Niš has simpler architecture, is surrounded by mountains and is rich in cuisine and music. In Niš, we will explore the impressive Ottoman Fortress and the famous Skull Tower.

Serbian Food

Serbian moms are obsessed with feeding their children, and we love it. There is nowhere in the world where you will find our cuisine: a mix of Mediterranean, Central European and Turkish flavors. And everything must be made by hand. Serbia is probably one of the few remaining places in Europe where cooking is still done at home.

We will take the time to savor: Burek, Proja, KajmakKarađorđe’s schnitzel, Pljeskavica, Sarma, Prebranac, Ajvar, etc. I could keep on going, but you will have to try and decide for yourself which are your favorites. To travel around my country you’ll need a big smile and a happy stomach, that’s all!

Price: 2500eur* including:

  • Accommodation in top class hotels
  • Transport to and from the airport in Belgrade
  • All transfers inside Serbia
  • Transfer to Belgrade airport
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel
  • Daily lunch and dinner at traditional restaurants/houses
  • Entrance tickets to museums and churches
  • Personal guidance with detailed information and useful advice

*Based on double occupancy. Air transfer from your hometown to Belgrade is not included. Please contact us before booking.

The price does not include

  • Travel insurance

Group Size

4 to 8 people

Tour Language

English

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The following is a flexible itinerary. For those of you who have less time we can arrange only a part of the itinerary. If you have more leisure time we can spend extra days in every place. This is a trip of a lifetime so it must fit your needs. Contact us and let’s begin planning your journey through Serbia.

Day 1 Belgrade

Private transfer from the airport to our hotel. Walk along the main pedestrian street Knez Mihajlova to the Fortress and Kalemegdan Park, where fantastic views of the Danube and Sava rivers will welcome you.

Day 2 Belgrade

Visit Belgrade cathedral, Princess Ljubica’s Museum and wonder around the cobbled streets of Kosančićev Venac. Walk around the Student’s square and visit Vuk’s Museum and the old Turkish Tomb. In the afternoon we’ll visit one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world, Saint Sava Temple. Dinner at one of the best restaurants in Skadarlija Street, where we will taste our famous Rakija.

Day 3 Zlatibor

Private transportation to Zlatibor. Early afternoon arrival. A perfect day to soak up the mountain atmosphere. We’ll be walking to the Monument to the Executed Partisans of Zlatibor.

Day 4 Zlatibor – Excursion to Sirogojno

Organized visit to the Ethno Village of Sirogojno and Stopića Cave. Sirogojno is stuck in time with original 19th Century houses to admire. We will visit the impressive limestone Stopića Cave with its underground river, pools and waterfalls.

Day 5 Zlatibor – Excursion to Mokra Gora

Private transportation to Mokra Gora and Drvengrad Village. We’ll explore the area on foot and by the historical Šargan Eight railway.

Day 6 Zlatibor – Uvac Gorge – Novi Pazar – Kopaonik

Private transportation to the Uvac Gorge. We’ll explore the area on foot. Afternoon short stop in the unique city of Novi Pazar. Evening arrival to Kopaonik Mountain.

Day 7 Kopaonik – Excursion to Studenica Monastery

Organized visit to Serbia’s most important monastery – Studenica. Afternoon walk around Kopaonik Mountain. Evening of relaxation at a cool spa.

Day 8 Kopaonik – Devil’s Town – Niš

Private transportation to Devil’s Town (Đavolja Varoš), a unique rock formation. We’ll explore the area on foot and continue to Serbia’s third largest city, Niš.

Day 9 Niš

Day in Niš: walk around the city center and visit to the Niš Fortress and the Skull Tower (Ćele Kula). We will taste delicious local specialties at a traditional restaurant.

Day 10 Niš – Manasija Monastery – Belgrade

Private transportation to Belgrade with a stop in Manasija Monastery, another exceptional example of Serbian architecture.

Day 11 Belgrade – Excursion to the Danube and Golubac Fortress

Organized visit to the Golubac Fortress along the banks of Danube. Back to Belgrade in the afternoon. Perfect day for shopping at fancy Ušće Shopping Mall.

Day 12 Belgrade

Morning visit to the Former Yugoslav President Tito’s mausoleum – The House of Flowers. The afternoon will be spent visiting the communist legacy of New Belgrade and the former Austro-Hungarian border town of Zemun.

Day 13 Novi Sad – Subotica

Private transportation to Subotica. Walk around the stunning city center and visit Palić Lake. Evening arrival to Serbia’s second largest city, Novi Sad.

Day 14 Novi Sad

Day in Novi Sad: walk around the fortress and visit to the city center. Back to Belgrade. Transportation to the airport to take your flight back home.

 

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2 Responses

  1. Christine Wouters
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    My husband, my two adult kids, my mother and I spent two weeks in Serbia in September. It had been ages since we could all travel together so it was a very special trip for us. We were a bit aprehensive due to our different ages. Milos was a great host, he took care of every single detail and made sure everything was as we requested. Every hotel was perfect and though we moved a lot we always had time to ourselves and to rest. We all liked different things but we all agree that the food was superb. Serbia really surprised us. Its one of the few places in Europe that still feels authentic and there are virtually no crowds. Thank you very much Happy Frog for such a wonderful family adventure. The five of us hope to travel with you soon. Hvala puno!

    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

    • happyfrogtravels
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      Hey Christine,
      Thank you so much for your kind words, it was my pleasure having you here. When you love doing something, nothing is a problem! I hope to have you back in the future!

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