This two-day tour is combination of local experience, gourmet and hiking. First day is planned for Niš, an economic and cultural center of South Serbia, which is a true representative of relaxed way of life in the south. While second day is all about Balkan Mountain hike and nature. You’ll hike to the highest peak of central Serbia, Midžor (2168m).
What to expect from the Balkan Mountain hike tour
Expect relaxing first day while visiting Niš and its main attractions. On the second day you’ll enjoy wild nature and scenic trails while you hike to the highest point of central Serbia. For more nature and picturesque landscapes try Zlatibor and Uvac canyon tour.
You’ll meet #YourSerbiaHost in the morning at your hotel or other place of your stay in Belgrade. Straight from Belgrade we drive to Niš, administrative center of South Serbia and third biggest city in the country. Immediately after we reach the city we’ll blend in with locals in relaxed atmosphere of Kazandžijsko sokače (Coppersmith’s alley). Once this place was an alley with various stores of hand crafted goods, while today the alley features cafes and restaurants where locals go for long chats over coffee or meal. After this break we’ll go to the biggest landmark of the city, Niš fortress, built by Ottoman Turks during their long rule in these areas. From fortress we’ll continue to the most unique historical memorial in Niš, notorious Skull tower. Here you’ll see skulls of Serbian rebels built-in to the stone tower.
By the time we finish with sightseeing it’ll be lunch time. On our way to the mountain, close to the city, we have perfect local wine cellar in village Malča planned as lunch stop. You’ll try wines from amphora, which is unique aging method, uncommon for Serbia. From this place we continue to the Balkan Mountain and our destination for the day. We’ll spend the night in guesthouse Villa Babin zub, in village Balta Berilovac. Host from the guesthouse are well known for homemade food and warm hospitality. If you prefer more luxurious accommodation with spa facilities you can stay in 4* Hotel Stara Planina.
In the morning of the second day, after homemade breakfast we’ll drive to the point where our Balkan Mountain hike to Midžor starts. The hike itself lasts 5 to 6 hours and the trail doesn’t require any technical skills. However certain level of physical fitness is expected if you want to enjoy this hike. Hiking shoes are recommended as well as poles and some cover from wind and sudden rain.
If we are lucky we’ll come across wild horses during the hike, since this part of Balkan Mountain is well known for herds of wild horses. When we finally reach the summit and the highest peak of the Balkan Mountain (2168m), you’ll be able to stand at the same time in Bulgaria and in Serbia with each foot. Another homemade lunch is waiting for us after descent.
Return route to Belgrade goes through towns Knjaževac and Zaječar in East Serbia. This will be opportunity for additional sightseeing. We arrive to Belgrade in the evening.
|Hiking trail length||~14km|
|Time needed for the hike||~5h|
|Level of difficulty||Intermediate|
|Required gear||Hiking footwear and adequate wardrobe with ideally few changes, hiking poles are recommended|
|Additional information||We’ll provide water, sandwiches and few energy bars, you just bring backpack|
Good to know
Details on prices and services
|Pickup and drop-off|
|Water, sandwiches and energy bars during hike|
|Admission for the Skull Tower|
|Half board service in guesthouse Villa Babin zub|
|Lunches both days*|
|Supplement for Hotel Stara Planina 4* is 20€ per person in double room, in single room 45€|
|*Price includes food and wine in wine cellar on the first day, and lunch and one drink on the second day, additional drinks guests pay on their own.|