Day 1 : Belgrade
Arrive into Belgrade airport. Pick up at airport by a Travel The Unknown representative, transfer to a comfortable hotel in Belgrade city centre. Overnight in Belgrade.
Overnight in Moskva, Belgrade
Meal plan: n/a
Starting in Belgrade, Serbia’s buzzing capital, teeming with cafés, bars and restaurants, wind your way through this often misunderstood country. Learn about General Tito’s legacy and explore Serbia’s more controversial recent past. Visit the ghoulish Skull Tower of Nis, and ponder the influence of the Ottomans on today’s Serbia. Take a boat out on the Danube, overnight in a monastery, samples wines with locals and wander the eerie landscapes of Devil’s Town.
Travel writer Adrian Mourby travelled with us on this trip. Read his article from the Independent on Sunday here
Belgrade - Studenica monastery - The Monastery of Sopocani - Niš - Devil’s Town - Mediana - Kladovo - Rajacka Pimnice - Srebrno Jezero - Novi Sad - Kovacica - Sremski Karlovci - Fortress of Petrovaradin
Impenetrable forests, abandoned monasteries and limestone caves
Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro & Bosnia
Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians & Ottomans
Discover Serbia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro & Bosnia
Historic monasteries, striking valleys and Roman ruins
Uncover the hidden gems of Europe's best-kept secret
Eat, drink and be merry in Europe's forgotten gem
Hiking and cycling in remote Southeast Serbia
Follow the path of countless invaders
Discover the unique culinary heritage of Serbia
Discover Europe's coolest capital and the history & nature of Vojvodina
Adrian Mourby (Travel Writer) , Devil's Town & The Danube, Serbia
I have been extremely well looked after and am grateful to Dejan for showing me his wonderful country.
Nigel Denney , 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.
Milojko Dobrijevich , Festivals of Serbia, 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.
Dennis Buisson , Northern Serbia - Owls & Raptors, 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.
Jim Mackay , Tailormade Balkans
A very well planned trip conducted by good drivers in well kept cars. Excellent commentary and we learnt a lot more than we expected about the countries and cites we visited. Definitely recommended.
Declan Cloonan , Archaeology of Serbia
Enjoyed travelling with Travel the Unknown. They were most helpful and filled in as much as possible on our trip.
Gerald & Ann Diamond , Tailormade Serbia
Was well thought out and the experience was absolutely GREAT!!!!!!
Raymond & Janet Sterling (USA) , Tailormade 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!
Cerys Matthews , Tailormade Guca Festivals Tour
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!
Laurence Mitchell (Author of Bradt Guide: Serbia) , Tailormade Serbia
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.
Laurel & Paul Smallwood , Balkan Odyssey & Albanian Odyssey, Balkans
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.