Tour to Felix Romuliana is the ultimate treat for all archaeologists or archaeology buffs. This UNESCO’s World Heritage site is considered to be the most preserved imperial palace in Europe, but for some still unknown reason, it’s still not spoiled by mass tourism.
What to Expect From the Tour to Felix Romuliana in 2024
Even though there are not many stops on this tour, it will fill up your day with different experiences. This “off the beaten path” area will give you the opportunity to feel like a true adventurer. Not only that you’ll have a unique chance to wander around this eighteen centuries old site without any restraints, but you’ll visit one of the best national museums outside of Belgrade. On top of this, you’ll see the controversial Mountain Rtanj with its pyramidal shape. If you are intrigued by Rtanj Mountain, try our Hike Rtanj Pyramid tour.
#YourSerbiaHost will pick you up from your Belgrade accommodation in the morning (usual start time is 9am). From Belgrade to Felix Romuliana you’ll travel partly on a highway through the valley of Morava River. The valley is known as the only natural passage through the Balkan peninsula.
Felix Romuliana is the palace constructed for Roman Emperor Galerius in the IV century AD. It’s located in the middle of corn fields, close to nearby village Gamzigrad in East Serbia. During the site visit you’ll learn why the Emperor named the palace Felix Romuliana. Was he ever able to live in his luxurious palace? The guide will share stories about why he was remembered as a brutal Christian prosecutor, and what kind of horrible disease was the cause of his death. You’ll see the location of the nearby hill Magura where both him and his mother were apotheosized.
From Gamzigrad you’ll continue to Zaječar – a lovely local town with an excellent museum which holds original findings from the Felix Romuliana site. The items which couldn’t be preserved in the open were relocated here, such as floor mosaics, statues, decorations, etc . This museum is often regarded as an unexpected highlight of the tour. You’ll also learn a bit about the local history with a walk through the exhibition from prehistory to modern times.
For lunch we will take you to a local restaurant to try some East Serbia cooking.
After lunch you’ll head to Belgrade directly. Usual drop off time is around 6pm.
Good to Know
- Please respect social distancing rules all the time (at least 1m, or 2m when possible)
- Please wear face cover while in the vehicle or other closed space (if you don’t have your own, we will provide)
- If you develop any respiratory infection symptoms before, during or after the tour, please let us know.
- When coughing or sneezing please use tissues or your elbow as cover
- Wash hands with soap and water whenever possible, but especially after use of toilet, before and after meals.
Details on prices and services
|Pickup and drop-off|
|Single-use surgical face mask if you don't have your own|
|Admission for Felix Romuliana and the Zaječar Museum ~3,5€ per person|
|Lunch ~18€ per person*|
|Personal expenses and gratuities|
|* 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|