Belgrade & Vojvodina

Serbia

Culture

Discover Europe's coolest capital and the history & nature of Vojvodina

4 days £495 pp This is the price per person for a private tour (based on 2 people travelling) excluding international flights. Contact us for pricing for other group sizes including individuals.
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Intro


Belgrade is a fascinating and dynamic city that at times belies its ancient heritage. Sat at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, Belgrade also straddles the East-West divide and its ancient heritage sits comfortably with the urban charm of its parks, cafés and nightclubs. Vojvodina to the North boasts stunning nature, ancient Orthodox Cathedrals and quaint villages.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walking tour of Belgrade's highlights
  • Discover Kalemegdan fortress overlooking the Danube and Sava rivers
  • Nature and Orthodox heritage of Fruska Gora
  • Dramatic history of Petrovaradin Fortress
  • Beauty of Sremski Karlovici

Places Visited

Belgrade - Fruska Gora - Sremski Karlovci - Novi Sad - Fortress of Petrovaradin

What's Included

Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transport
Accommodation
Entrance fees to sites
Breakfasts
English-speaking guide
Itinerary & Map
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Day 1 : Belgrade

Arrive into Belgrade airport where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative. Transfer to your hotel in Central Belgrade. Overnight in Belgrade.

Overnight in Hotel Majestic, Belgrade

Meal plan: n/a

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Day 2 : Belgrade

After breakfast start a half day walking tour of Belgrade's highlights including City Hall, the National Parliament, Terazije Square from where Knez Mihajlova Street, the main pedestrian zone, begins. Walk through the beautiful Kalemegdan Park and explore the fascinating Belgrade fortress with an unforgettable view on the confluence of two of European great rivers: the Danube and the Sava. Finish the tour in Skadarlija, the bohemian quarter. Stop for a delicious lunch in Skardalija. Afternoon free to explore further or relax in one of Belgrade's cosmopolitan cafés.

Overnight in Hotel Majestic, Belgrade

Meal plan: Breakfast

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. 

The Fortress of Kalemegdan, which is the symbol of Belgrade, is where the River Sava flows into the Danube. The Upper fortress area includes well-preserved artillery structures dating from the 18th century, as well as a medieval fortification - an acropolis with original or partly reconstructed ramparts, gateways, towers and the excavated ruins of a 15th century castle. A few Turkish monuments and some ancient Roman remains also lie in this area. In this section of the fortification complex you’ll see the elegant 18th century Baroque Clock Tower and the Roman Well. The Eastern Ward features the Rose Church of Our Lady, along with a panoramic view of the Lower fortress and its monuments - the Nebojsa Tower, the Baroque Gate of Karl VI and the remains of the medieval metropolitan palace.

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Day 3 : Vojvodina

Day tour to visit Fruska Gora, Sremski Karlovci , Petrovaradin and Novi Sad. Return to Belgrade for overnight. Overnight in Belgrade.

Overnight in Hotel Majestic, Belgrade

Meal plan: Breakfast

Vojvodina and the region of Fruska Gora is the only hill in the entire Panonian Valley. Located on the slopes of this hill are seventeen medieval monasteries, which for several centuries represented the spiritual centre of the region, often labelled as the Serbian Mt. Athos. Krusedol Monastery, founded in the 16th century, is known for its attractive location, historical importance, and a variety of decorative frescos in its church.

Sremski Karlovci is a picturesque Baroque town that used to be a Serbian religious and educational centre in the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy the Baroque-style fountain from 1790 and Karlovci High School. This site dates back to the end of the 19th century and contains decorative elements reminiscent of mediaeval Serbian buildings. You can also visit the Patriarch's Palace, once the most imposing building in the whole region, as well as the Cathedral from the mid-18th century.

Novi Sad is one of Serbia's biggest cities and is the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Vojvodina. It is a modern, lively city with many growing businesses. At the same time, it maintains a beautiful flavour of its past. Walk through the centre of Novi Sad to visit the main Orthodox Cathedral and the main Catholic Cathedral, then continue walking along the famous Dunavska street.

Visit the Fortress of Petrovaradin, once called 'Gibraltar on the Danube'. This Austrian artillery fortification is situated above the river and represents the second largest structure of its kind preserved in Europe. Built by Austrians in the 17-18th centuries at the spot of former Roman, Byzantine and Hungarian settlements, the fortress plays a very important role in the life of the town even today, as many cultural events are organized there. It also features 16km of underground tunnels.

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Day 4 : Departure

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

Meal plan: Breakfast

Accommodation

Accommodation

All accommodation subject to availability. Final accommodation choices will be confirmed after booking.

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Hotel Majestic

Belgrade (3 nights)

The Hotel Majestic is situated right in the centre of Belgrade, very close to the main shopping street Knez Mihailova. The bedrooms are all decorated in an elegant style with air conditioning and cable television, some also featuring balconies. The hotel restaurant serves a range of food including Serbian and international cuisines in it's cafe and bar. The Hotel Majestic is a mere 500 metres from the Kalemegdan Fortress in the old Bohemian Quarter of Belgrade. 

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Reviews

Enjoyed travelling with Travel the Unknown. They were most helpful and filled in as much as possible on our trip.

Declan Cloonan , Archaeology of Serbia

I had the pleasure to be on the "Archaeology of Serbia" trip in May, which although only 8 days long was packed with fascinating insights into the complex history of the land. Not (yet) on the main tourist routes, there are many sites dating from stone-age, through Roman times to the many monasteries of the Middle Ages, some of which retain beautiful frescos, despite a turbulent history. The people here are friendly and the food served in hearty portions, plenty for meat lovers and vegetarian alike. I thoroughly recommend visiting Serbia before it becomes mainstream.

Nigel Denney , Archaeology of Serbia

Simply, a wonderful experience. There`s a special kind of relaxation that`s achieved when you know that you have none of the stress of organizing a trip, driving, navigating, travel, booking, etc. Thanks so much for an excellent experience.

Milojko Dobrijevich , Festivals of Serbia, Serbia

Have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Serbia with David Lindo, the Urban Birder, and local wildlife expert, Milan Ruzic. Truly a privilege to have been with leaders whose knowledge of birds - their identification and calls - was quite outstanding; their sense of humour would also take some beating. Serbia - a birdwatching destination with more bonuses than the average City banker.

Dennis Buisson , Northern Serbia - Owls & Raptors, Serbia

Was well thought out and the experience was absolutely GREAT!!!!!!

Gerald & Ann Diamond , Tailormade Serbia

The Balkans is a fascinating part of the world to visit with such complex histories. Wonderful scenery, great food, terrific variety of accommodation and especially loved the vineyards and wine tastings! Albania was such a surprise package! So much more than we anticipated and so much to see and do in this small country. Stunning scenery and roads generally better than we expected. Go before the rest of the world discovers this gem.

Laurel & Paul Smallwood , Balkan Odyssey & Albanian Odyssey, Balkans

We were looking for a land tour in the Balkans and contacted Travel The Unknown. The staff were very responsive in setting up a private tour schedule for us that proved to be perfect and reasonable in cost. We have just got back from our travels and can say that it was certainly a good choice The itinerary was varied and interesting and the accommodation well chosen. The quality and price of the food and wine in the region were an added bonus. Our drivers/guides were friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. They went out of their way to accommodation our interests and preference.s Highly recommended!

Raymond & Janet Sterling (USA) , Tailormade Balkans

Thank you so very much for organising our trip. It went swimmingly, Dejan is super cool, the house was fab, the people lovely and strange, the rakjia insane. Memories of river swimming, spit roast pigs and lambs, urns of beans and cabbages, gallons of cheap beer and craze-inducing rakia with a massive dose of incomprehensible contemporary Serbian music , a modern take of Balkan brass orchestras, some tiny glimpses into Roma life, and rackety fair rides, along with beautifully grown organic vegetables and perfect skinned youth ...with not so many tourists. Plus a sand blast of the fascinating Balkan history with which the Belgrade fortress bulges, a clean and safe city … I`m a little overstuffed with roast pig but am thirsty as ever to find out more about the Roma and their music. All that history was what I found the most fascinating. Crazy stuff!

Cerys Matthews , Tailormade Guca Festivals Tour

I am delighted to see that Travel The Unknown have started to run tours to Serbia - it is time that someone did as the country has plenty to offer for all tastes. Looking at their itineraries for both North and South Serbia, it is clear that they manage to visit some of the more out the way places and lesser known sites that few know about. They offer a good degree of variety too, and their tours should give potential visitors a really good taste of this often overlooked destination.

Laurence Mitchell (Author of Bradt Guide: Serbia) , Tailormade Serbia

I have been extremely well looked after and am grateful to Dejan for showing me his wonderful country.

Adrian Mourby (Travel Writer) , Devil's Town & The Danube, Serbia
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