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A Taste of Serbia

Discover the unique culinary heritage of Serbia

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    • Duration : 6 days
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INTRO

Experience the rich and flavourful culture and heritage of Serbia, Europe`s forgotten culinary giant. Taste the local rakija spirit and try different wines in ancient, authentic wine cellars. Discover the picturesque architecture of Serbia in St George`s Church and Nis. Stay in the home of a local family and learn to cook traditional dishes. This is a true hands-on food tour that you won`t forget.

DATES

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

HIGHLIGHTS

Soak up Belgrade's cosmopolitan café culture

Traditional rakija tasting

Learn to cook Serbian food

Drinking with locals in the rustic wine cellars of Rajac

Discover the Roman history of Serbia at Viminacium

Explore the ancient remains of Lepenski Vir

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Arrival & departure transfers
Ground transport with driver
Domestic flights (if relevant - refer to itinerary)
Accommodation
Meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan)
English-speaking guides
Entrance fees to sites & parks

PLACES VISITED

Belgrade - Krusevac - Niš - Topola - Mali Izvor - Rajacka Pimnice - Kladovo - Lepenski Vir - Viminacium
Belgrade
Krusevac
Niš
Topola
Mali Izvor
Rajacka Pimnice
Kladovo
Lepenski Vir
Viminacium

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ACCOMMODATION



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ITINERARY

Day 1 : Belgrade
Arrive in Belgrade and transfer to hotel. Explore some Rakija bars in the evening. Overnight in Belgrade.

Day 2 : Topola - Krusevac - Nis
Drive south through Serbia, stopping at Topola and St George Church. After lunch, proceed to Krusevac and arrive in Nis. Overnight in Nis.

Day 3 : Nis - Mali Izvor
Visit the Mali Izvor village and attend a cooking class. Overnight in Mali Izvor.

Day 4 : Mali Izvor - Rajac - Kladavo
Drive to see Gamzigrad and the Felix Romuliana temples. Continue to Rajac. After lunch and wine tasting, drive to Kladavo. Overnight in Kladavo.

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ITINERARY

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Day 1 : Belgrade

Arrive in Belgrade and transfer to hotel. Explore some Rakija bars in the evening. Overnight in Belgrade.

On your arrival in Belgrade you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the evening you will go to some Rakija (Serbian plum brandy) bars and enjoy some local food and drink. Overnight in Belgrade.

Meal plan : Dinner


Belgrade has been the capital of Serbia since 1403, when Despot Stefan, son of Prince Lazar, moved his palace here. Walk through the elegant Republic Square and pay attention to its architectural monuments, such as the National Theatre and the National Museum. Stroll along Knez Mihajlova Street, the main shopping street and meeting place, to see a few other masterpieces of Belgrade architecture. 

Rakija is a traditional Serbian strong alcoholic drink. There are over 100 kinds, made from all possible combinations of fruits and healthy herbs. It is no wonder that the first Serbian patent was a kettle for making rakija! In these areas, due to terrain, altitude and ground quality, there are many high quality fruit types grown. Naturally, the rakija that is produced here under the watchful eye of an experienced master is of high quality.

The most famous and best types of rakija are shljivovica (plum), komovica (apricot) and vilijamovka (pear). There is also grape rakija, mulberry rakija, juniper rakija, cherry rakija, quince rakija and many others made of various healthy herbs. The percentage of alcohol varies from 20-55%. Those containing 20% of alcohol are usually used for making liqueurs and 'Shumadija tea' (caramelized boiled brandy). Those containing 40-55% alcohol are called prepechenica or 'chilly rakija' - double distilled rakija. Rakija is popular to drink for health or joy, and is an excellent choice for colder weather in Shumadija tea. Yet all Serbian's know, it is important only to drink it in good company.


Day 2 : Topola - Krusevac - Nis

Drive south through Serbia, stopping at Topola and St George Church. After lunch, proceed to Krusevac and arrive in Nis. Overnight in Nis.

After breakfast you will begin to drive south through Serbia, stopping at Topola and St George Church before enjoying lunch in a typical Sumandija household. Next you will proceed to Krusevac and finally arrive in Nis, where you will stay the night.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Krusevac was the medieval capital of Serbia during the time of Prince Lazar in the second half of the 14th century. Here you will see the Lazarica Court Church, founded by the Serbian Prince Lazar in 1380. The church represents a fine architectural achievement, adorned with rich carved stone decoration on the arches, rosettes, windows and portals. As one of the earliest monuments of the Morava school, it long served as a model for Serbian builders.

Topola sits in  the hilly Šumadija region,  the heart of central Serbia known as the cradle of Serbian uprisings against Ottoman rule in the 19th century. It boasts the Residence of Karadjordje (now a museum dedicated to the leader of the First Serbian Uprising); the Church of Our Lady, built by Karadjordje (1811-1813); and two stone towers which are left from what was once a mighty fortification. Nearby is St. George Church, built after WWI by the King of Serbia, Petar I, on top of Oplenac. This church is unique among all the monuments in Serbia, with columns made of marble, an iconostasis of local marble and stunning mosaics covering almost 3,500 sq. meters, which include 725 scenes and 1,500 human figures that chart the history and the extent of Orthodox Christianity in Serbia. 

Day 3 : Nis - Mali Izvor

Visit the Mali Izvor village and attend a cooking class. Overnight in Mali Izvor.

Visit the Mali Izvor village, where you will have a cooking class and lunch with the Zeleni Zec household. You will spend the night in their home.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 4 : Mali Izvor - Rajac - Kladavo

Drive to see Gamzigrad and the Felix Romuliana temples. Continue to Rajac. After lunch and wine tasting, drive to Kladavo. Overnight in Kladavo.

Drive to see Gamzigrad, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and see the Felix Romuliana temples. Continue on to Rajac for lunch and a wine tasting. Finally, drive to Kladavo for dinner and overnight.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


The wine cellar village of Rajacka Pimnice, near the actual village of Rajac, consists of 270 stone and wood cellars built between 1750 and 1930. Far off the tourist map, this quaint village is a fantastic opportunity to taste (and buy) the delicious local wine, eat traditional regional food and meet the friendly locals, who are not averse to a glass or two themselves! For those inclined to explore further, Rajac’s unique 3rd century graveyard with its highly unusual gravestones is also worth a visit. 

The Roman site of Gamzigrad & Felix Romuliana is a palace and memorial complex dating from the late 3rd century. It was commissioned by the Roman Emperor Caius Galerius Maximianus as his Imperial Palace. There have been no attempts to rebuild or replicate any of the buildings, other than to conserve the ruins at their current level, making this site famous for its authenticity and integrity.

Kladovo is a town situated  in the Bor district of eastern Serbia. Positioned on the banks of the Danube River and surrounded by beautiful hills, the town is home to the biggest gorge in Europe. The geography of the region supports its main industries of hydro-electric power and agriculture. Kladovo tells a very rich cultural story and has been shaped by the many different civilisations that have occupied the town throughout history, including the Celts and the Turks.
 


Day 5 : Lepenski Vir - Golubac - Viminacium - Belgrade

Continue journey alongside the Danube, visiting Lepenski Vir, Golubac and Viminacium. After lunch, embark on a walking tour of Belgrade. Overnight in Belgrade.

Today you will continue your journey alongside the Danube, visiting the Neolithic site of Lepenski Vir, the fortified town of Golubac and the Roman site of Viminacium. After lunch, you will embark on a walking tour of Belgrade. Overnight in Belgrade.

Meal plan : Breakfast


The imposing 14th Century Golubac Fortress is a particularly impressive stronghold along the Serbian bank of the river. 

Dated to 6000 years BC, Lepenski Vir is the settlement of one of the oldest Neolithic civilizations in Europe and a whole era was named after this site. In mythology, it is said to have been founded by Noah’s son after the great flood. The intricate architecture and sculptures are evidence of the advanced culture and religion of the early Europeans that lived here. 

Viminacium was a very important military camp in the 1st and 2nd centuries, housing Legio VII Claudia & IV Flavia. It had the status of “Municipium” in II century during the ruling of Imperator Hadrian and status of “Colony” in III century during the ruling of Imperator Septimius Severus.  

Day 6 : Belgrade

Transfer to Belgrade airport to fly home.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Meal plan : Breakfast


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