If you take yourself for an active adventure traveller who likes to combine outdoor activities with experiencing main local attractions in individual arrangement, then take a closer look at this two-day private tour.
On the first day you will meet #YourSerbiaHost in your hotel or other place of your stay in Belgrade and from there you’ll continue together in the direction of East Serbia and its most attractive landmark –Iron Gate gorge. Iron Gate gorge is not only the biggest Serbian natural attraction it is also the biggest gorge of Europe, thanks to its 134km long flow of Danube River in between Carpathian Mountains and Balkan Mountains.
First stop is Golubac fortress and the drive to here is below two hours. The fortress has very long history, in fact such a long history that it’s unknown when and who originally built it. The first written traces are dating from the XIV century when it was mentioned is some manuscripts. It guards entrance to the gorge and it had strategic importance all the way until the end of WWI. Today it’s most notable landmark of Iron Gates.
Some 50km down the gorge is our next stop, prehistorical settlement Lepenski vir, dating from 8000 BC. Here you’ll see how Lepen man lived in the first organized settlement in Europe. It’s believed by modern archaeology that this area was the cradle of European civilization, since climate here was mild and favourable for life in the open.
It’s time for lunch and some relaxation after sightseeing, so we make a break in the authentic village homestead Captain Misa’s Hill where hospitable family Stefanović will serve local food in their beautiful yard with most beautiful view over Danube.
After lunch is time to get on a boat with captain Boban to experience Danube and most beautiful part of the gorge from the river, Mali and Veliki kazan, ravines where on one side you’ll have a chance to climb to old Roman memorial, Tabula Traiana, or Trajan’s table which commemorates completion of ancient Roman road built in the I century AD for the purpose of conquering Dacia, while on the opposite side is huge sculpture of Dacian king Decibel carved in the stone. You’ll learn why “Decebal Rex Dragan Fecit” is carved below the sculpture.
When we finish with this two hour boat ride we continue down the river until we exit the gorge and end up in town Kladovo where you’ll spend the night in the cozy Hotel Aquastar Danube****.
On the second day we leave Kladovo after breakfast and we return to the gorge in order to meet the ranger from the national park who will be our guide during the hike. Escort of the national park ranger is necessary since you’ll hike through the level I protected area. Hiking trail goes from the main road all the way to the highest peak of mountain Miroč, called Veliki štrbac and it is 768m high. The starting point is only 90m above sea level, so the altitude difference to overcome is almost 700m. During the hike we’ll pass through area called Ploče which has three viewpoints worth visiting, even though altitude of those viewpoints is around 350m those are considered to have the most beautiful views over the gorge. Configuration of the path and surroundings will change during the hike and you can expect to see some of the national park’s wildlife, such as deer, eagles, wild boars and roe deer. We finally reach the summit of Miroč where is a viewpoint from where you can admire most breath taking views over the gorge. Time needed for the hike is around five to six hours, depending of the pace and your physical fitness. Terrain configuration varies so regular hiking equipment, such as hiking shoes and poles are recommended.
After we return to the starting point we continue our trip along the Danube, this time in the opposite direction, upstream till the town of Golubac where we’ll relax over lunch and summarize our two-day tour on the terrace of restaurant Zlatna ribica at the point where Danube is the widest on its whole flow (8km from side to side).
After lunch we drive straight to Belgrade, which we reach in the evening.
|Hiking trail length||~15km|
|Time needed for the hike||~5h|
|Level of difficulty||Intermediate|
|Required gear||Hiking footwear and adequate wardrobe with ideally few changes, hiking poles can come handy but not the necessity|
|Additional information||We’ll provide water, sandwiches and few energy bars, you just bring backpack|
Journey plan given in this tour description is not fixed, it’s just result of our perception of most interesting points on this route and result of our own experience. In any moment we can alter the route and adjust it to interests and wishes of travellers.
Details on prices and services
|1-3 persons||599 €|
|4-6 persons||699 €|
|7-8 persons||949 €|
|National park entrance fee|
|Water, sandwiches and energy bars during hike|
|Admission for Lepenski vir|
|BB service in 4* hotel in Kladovo|
|Lunches both days*|
|*Price includes food and one drink, additional drinks guests pay on their own.|