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A Taste of Serbia

Discover the unique culinary heritage of Serbia

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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. Learn the use of rare herbs in cooking with a real life druid. This is a true hands-on food tour that you won`t forget.

Highlights

• Explore traditional Serbian food

• Learn to forage for fresh ingredients and cook with a real life druid

• Discover the ancient city of Nis

• Try the local “rakija” spirit

• Experience bustling Belgrade

• See the stunning mosaics of St. George’s

• Drink with locals in rustic wine cellars

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What's included

  • Airport transfers
  • Transport
  • Guide service
  • Meals as listed in the program
  • All overnight stays
  • Excursions and entrance fees
  • Climate Care Contribution
  • Places visited
    • Topola
    • Kruševac
    • Niš
    • Rajacka Pimnice
    • Rajac
    • Lepenski Vir
    • Viminacium
    • Belgrade
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    Itinerary

    Day 1

    Arrive into Belgrade. Transfer to hotel. Evening in "rakija" bars. Overnight in Belgrade. Meal plan: D

    Day 2

    Drive to Topola and Krusevac. Overnight in Nis. Meals: BLD

    Day 3

    Full day cooking class. Overnight in Nis. Meals: BLD

    Day 4

    Explore Nis before drving to Rajacka Pimnice and Donji Molanovac. Overnight in Donji Milanovac. Meals: BLD

    Day 5

    Visit Lepenski Vir, Golubac and Viminacium. Afternoon walking tour of Belgrade. Overnight in Belgrade. Meals: B


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    Highlights

    • Explore traditional Serbian food

    • Learn to forage for fresh ingredients and cook with a real life druid

    • Discover the ancient city of Nis

    • Try the local “rakija” spirit

    • Experience bustling Belgrade

    • See the stunning mosaics of St. George’s

    • Drink with locals in rustic wine cellars



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    Itinerary

    Day 1

    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. Meals: D

    Day 2

    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. Meals: BLD

    Topola sits in the heart of central Serbia, the hilly Šumadija region, 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. A short drive away 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.

    Krusevac was the medieval capital of Serbia during the time of Prince Lazar in the second half of the 14th century. You will see the Lazarica Court Church, founded by the Serbian Prince Lazar in 1380. This 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.

    Day 3

    Today you will venture into the mountains above Nis to forage for mushrooms and other plants under the expert tutelage of a real life druid. In the afternoon your guide will teach you how to prepare a traditional meal from these fresh ingredients. Overnight in Nis. Meals: BLD

    Day 4

    This morning is dedicated to exploring Nis. Sights include the ancient Nis Fortress and the Skull Tower. In the afternoon you will travel to Rajacka Pimnice and the little town of Donji Milanovac. Meals: BLD

    Nis is most famous as the birthplace of Constantine the Great. It is situated in the Nisava valley, near the spot where it joins the Juzna Morava River, one of the most important Balkan and European traffic lines along which peoples, goods and armies moved. Known as the 'Via Militaris' in Roman and Byzantine periods and the 'Constantinople road' in the Middle Ages and the period of Turkish rule, these roads still represent major European traffic arteries. Nis is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans and has from ancient times been considered a gateway between the East and the West. There is an abundance of archaeological evidence that Nis was inhabited even in prehistoric times. The city was named after the Nisava River, which was called Navissos by the Celtic inhabitants of the town. Each new conqueror gave the town a new name: Roman Naissus, Byzantine Nysos, Slovene Nis, or German Nissa.

    Nis 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 from the first decades of the 18th century. It is known as one of the most significant and best preserved monuments of this kind in the Balkans.

    The History of the Skull Tower of Nis - At the beginning of the 19th century it was crucial that the Serbian state liberate Nis from the Turks. In 1809, the strong Serbian insurrection army of 16,000 soldiers, created six trenches for defence near Nis. The Turks attacked the main trench on Čegar Hill. The battle lasted the whole day. As one witness stated, "the Turks attacked five times, and the Serbs managed to repulse them five times. Each time their losses were great. Some of the Turks attacked, and some of them went ahead, and thus when they attacked for the sixth time they filled the trenches with their dead so that the living could proceed over their dead bodies and they began to fight against the Serbs with their rifles, cutting their enemies with their sabres and knives”. 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 three thousand Serbian soldiers and about six thousand 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 fifty eight remaining skulls.

    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.

    Day 5

    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. Meals: B

    Dated to 6000 years BC, Lepenski Vir is the settlement of one of the oldest Neolithic civilization 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. The imposing Golubac Fortress is a particularly impressive stronghold along the Serbian bank of the Danube. 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.

    Belgrade has been the capital of Serbia since 1403, when Despot Stefan, son of Tsar Lazar, moved his palace here. The elegant Republic Square boasts architectonic monuments such as the National Theatre and the National Museum. Knez Mihajlova Street is the main shopping and meeting place, and contains a few other masterpieces of Belgrade's architecture such as the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and nearby in a 19th century quarter you will find the 'Question mark sign' Inn, Princess Ljubica's Residence (now housing a permanent exhibition of original furniture), the Patriarchy and the Orthodox Cathedral. A cosmopolitan and historic city sitting at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers Belgrade also sits comfortably between the past and the future. From the medieval fortress of Kalemegdan and its intriguing history on the frontier between East and West, to the city’s teeming cafés, excellent food and the best nightlife in the Balkans, Belgrade has something for everyone. Learn about life under Tito and Milosovic and how modern Serbia is preparing itself for a new era.

    Day 6

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

    Itinerary

    Day 1

    Arrive into Belgrade. Transfer to hotel. Evening in "rakija" bars. Overnight in Belgrade. Meal plan: D

    Day 2

    Drive to Topola and Krusevac. Overnight in Nis. Meals: BLD

    Day 3

    Full day cooking class. Overnight in Nis. Meals: BLD

    Day 4

    Explore Nis before drving to Rajacka Pimnice and Donji Molanovac. Overnight in Donji Milanovac. Meals: BLD

    Day 5

    Visit Lepenski Vir, Golubac and Viminacium. Afternoon walking tour of Belgrade. Overnight in Belgrade. Meals: B

    Day 6

    Transfer to Belgrade airport to fly home. Meals: B

    What's included

  • Airport transfers
  • Transport
  • Guide service
  • Meals as listed in the program
  • All overnight stays
  • Excursions and entrance fees
  • Climate Care Contribution
  • Places Visited
    • Topola
    • Kruevac
    • Ni
    • Rajacka Pimnice
    • Rajac
    • Lepenski Vir
    • Viminacium
    • Belgrade
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