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Serbia's Remoter Trails

Hiking and cycling in remote Southeast Serbia

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INTRO


Experience the warm welcome and the slow pace of rural life in Southeastern Serbia by hiking and cycling through its stunning valleys and gorges. Discover the ghoulish skull tower of Nis, visit a 200 year old water mill and stop off to rejuvenate your muscles in a Turkish bath. Overnight in small lodges and discover true hospitality in a traditional rural homestay.

DATES

This trip can be run as required, please contact us for more information.

HIGHLIGHTS

Cosmopolitan café culture of modern Belgrade

Cycle through stunning landscapes

Sample local wines, brandies, breads, meats and cheeses

Hike in a remote region of Serbia, explored by few

Marvel at the ghoulish skull tower

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transport
Accommodation
Entrance fees to sites on itinerary
Breakfasts and some meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan)
Drivers and guides
Use of well maintained bicycle

PLACES VISITED

Belgrade - Sokobanja - Resnik - Sicevo Gorge - Niška Banja
Belgrade
Sokobanja
Resnik
Sicevo Gorge
Niška Banja

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ACCOMMODATION



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ITINERARY

Day 1 : Belgrade
Met at Belgrade airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Belgrade.

Day 2 : Sokobanja
Morning tour of Belgrade's highlights. Drive to Sokobanja. Afternoon: ruins of Soko Grad. Night in simple lodge in Sokobanja.

Day 3 : Vrmzda - Josanica spa
Cycle to Resnik & visit the 200 year-old water mill. Lunch at Josanica spa, then to Vrmdza. Cycle downhill to lodge. Turkish bath and relax.

Day 4 : Cycle to Nis
Transfer to “the saddle” between Ozren and Devica. Downhill cycle to Nis stopping for lunch en-route. Visit the Turkish citadel and the ghoulish skull tower. Transfer to Niska Banja for overnight in a lodge.

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ITINERARY

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Day 1 : Belgrade

Met at Belgrade airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Belgrade.

You will be met by one of our representatives on arrival at Belgrade airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Belgrade.

Meal plan : n/a


Day 2 : Sokobanja

Morning tour of Belgrade's highlights. Drive to Sokobanja. Afternoon: ruins of Soko Grad. Night in simple lodge in Sokobanja.

Morning tour of Belgrade's highlights. Drive to Sokobanja (250km). Afternoon relaxing walk to the ruins of Soko Grad. Terrain is gently rolling. Soko Grad was originally founded by the Romans in 1st century though there is little left from Roman town anymore. The more interesting ruins in Soko Grad are of a typical Serbian medieval fortress. Night in Sokobanja.

Meal plan : Breakfast & dinner




Day 3 : Vrmzda - Josanica spa

Cycle to Resnik & visit the 200 year-old water mill. Lunch at Josanica spa, then to Vrmdza. Cycle downhill to lodge. Turkish bath and relax.

Set off in the morning on your first bike ride; cycle the short distance to the village of Resnik, where we stop and visit the 200 year-old water mill. There may be the chance whilst we are here to sample some of the local produce made in the village - fresh bread, cheese and delicious juice. From here we head to Josanica spa, where we will stop for a picnic lunch, after which you will continue along dirt tracks to the village of Vrmdza. The rest of the afternoon is a leisurely cycle downhill across open terrain back to the lodge where we can avail ourselves of a Turkish bath and relax as the heat washes away any stiffness in our legs. Total cycling distance approx. 38 km rolling terrain with 6km unpaved.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner




Day 4 : Cycle to Nis

Transfer to “the saddle” between Ozren and Devica. Downhill cycle to Nis stopping for lunch en-route. Visit the Turkish citadel and the ghoulish skull tower. Transfer to Niska Banja for overnight in a lodge.

After breakfast transfer by bus up to 'the saddle' between the mounts Ozren and Devica. Then it is a downhill cycle, through forest and farmland, passing through the villages of Jezero, Vrelo, Velepolje and Miljkovac en-route to Nis. Stopping off wherever we like to enjoy our picnic amidst the splendour of this rural landscape. After lunch we then set off across the fertile lands of the South Morava Valley, on our way to the town of Nis. An important trading settlement during Roman times, the town's strategic position on the road to Byzantium has seen numerous armies pass through its streets; Goths and Romans, Huns and Crusaders have all passed this way. Visit the Turkish citadel and the ghoulish skull tower. Transfer to Niska Banja for overnight in a lodge.

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


The history of the Skull Tower of Niš: At the beginning of the 19th century, during the Second Serbian Uprising, it was crucial that the Serbian state liberate Nis from the Turks. The battle lasted the whole day and the Turks eventually overran the main trench on Čegar Hill after this fierce fighting. The Serbian General, Steven Sindelic, realising he was on the point of defeat, blew himself up alongside 3,000 Serbian soldiers and about 6,000 Turkish soldiers. The Turks built the grisly Skull Tower ("Cele Kula" in Serbian) with four walls - each containing eleven rows of seven Serbian skulls - as a warning against further Serbian resistance. Many of the skulls were removed - at great danger - by Serbian families and buried, but many remain there to this day. In 1892, a chapel was built over the skulls, which now protects the 58 remaining skulls.

Niš Fortress is a complex and very important cultural and historical monument that dominates the urban nucleus of the city. The existing fortification is of Turkish origin, dating back from the first decades of the 18th century. It is known as one of the most significant and best preserved monuments of its kind in the Balkans. 

Day 5 : Sicevo Gorge

Transfer to Sicevo village. Loop hike in the Sicevo Gorge for 2.5 hours. Return to the lodge in Niska Banja. Afternoon free.

Transfer to the Sicevo village (10km). Loop hike in the Sicevo Gorge passing through vineyards and orchards of the Sicevo area and narrow walking path on the side of the gorge. Hiking lasts about 2.5 hours on rolling terrain. Return to the lodge in Niska Banja. Afternoon free.

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch




Day 6 : Mt. Svrljig - Niska Banja

Transfer to Sicevo village. Hike to the summit of Gradac on Mt. Svrljig. Lunch at the summit. Overnight in lodge in Niska Banja.

Transfer to Sicevo village. Hike to the summit of Gradac (1,052m above the sea level) on Mt. Svrljig. Picnic lunch at the summit. Hike starts on elevation of 300m above the sea level. Hike duration: approx. 4h30. Overnight in lodge in Niska Banja.

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch




Day 7 : Trem

Go to Bojanine Vode on slopes of Dry Mt. Hike to highest summit of Dry Mountain Trem. Transfer to Sicevo Gorge. Traditional rural homestay in the Sicevo Gorge.

Short transfer to Bojanine Vode on the slopes of Dry Mt. (860m). Hike to the highest summit of Dry Mountain Trem (1.810m). The Trem summit is easily accessible from its southern side but the northern side is very steep and at the summit one can enjoy a beautiful view while standing at the edge of a steep cliff. Hiking duration: approx. 6h. Transfer to Sicevo Gorge. Traditional rural homestay in the Sicevo Gorge.

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


Day 8 : Belgrade - Departure

Breakfast. Transfer to Belgrade airport.

Breakfast. Transfer to Belgrade airport.

Meal plan : Breakfast


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