Royal town Topola and Oplenac
Town with royal background Royal town Topola and Oplenac
At just 80 kilometers from Belgrade lies a small town rich in history and tells us a tail about royal family Karađorđević, whose history began here. Karađorđe Petrović, the leader of the First Serbian Uprising and founder of Karađorđević dynasty was born here, beneath Oplenac.
We start our tour from arranged point in the morning and after an hour long drive we reach Topola. Our first stop in exploration of Oplenac is Karađorđe’s Town, a spot which once was fortress built by Karađorđe during his reign. Later this fortress was demolished, so today we can see only residence with tower (presently used as museum of Karađorđe’s personal belongings) and Church of Holly Mother also known as Karađorđe’s Church. From Karađorđe’s Town we move up to the top of Oplenac where we continue our exploration with gorgeous mausoleum of family Karađorđević, Saint George’s Church. In this church 22 members of royal family were buried. Karađorđe and King Petar I lie in central part of the church, and rest of the family members are in crypt. Significant characteristic of this church is a mosaic decoration of interior which consists of 40 million pieces in 15,000 shades. In addition to mausoleum this royal complex includes Peter’s house, Queen’s villa, King’s villa, Winegrower’s house and wine cellar. On the hills of Oplenac, King Peter I planted vineyards on 38 hectares from which they made superb wines well known for their quality among major European royal courts. The oldest Serbian wine collection can be found in authentic package from 1931 in this particular wine cellar. www.oplenac.rs
After descent from Oplenac our trip continues four kilometers further to nearby village Vinča and Winery Aleksandrović. Ancient Romans named this village after wine. At that time the name of the village was Vincea. Even in Roman time these regions were well known for vine and wine. There is a possibility of organizing wine tasting in this winery as well as wine purchase. www.podrumaleksandrovic.rs
When we finish with history, culture and wine we move on towards to Aranđelovac to one of three ethno villages where authentic local cuisine expects us in authentic “Šumadija” ambient.
After lunch we return to Belgrade with alternative rout by using old Kragujevac road, beneath Avala.
Journey plan given in this tour description is not fixed, it’s just result of our perception of most interesting points on this rout and result of our own experience. In any moment we can alter the rout and adjust it to interests and wishes of our travellers.
|What`s included in the price?||Additional costs|
|Transportation||Lunch ~ 20€ per person*|
|Driver/guide service||Entry tickets - 3€ per person|
* Price shown is an average price for lunch per person based on restaurant’s menu, but it can vary depending on guest’s demands for food and drinks.