If you take yourself for an active adventure traveler 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. If you want to explore this area in more leisure way then try Iron Gate Gorge and Highlights of East Serbia tour.
What to Expect From the Iron Gate Gorge Hike and Boat Ride Tour in 2023
Expect two days in the Iron Gate Gorge where the first day is more history, sightseeing and leisure. While the second day is reserved for a bit of Iron Gate Gorge hiking, to its highest point.
On the first day #YourSerbiaHost will pick you up from your hotel or other place of your stay in Belgrade (usual start time is 9am). From there you’ll continue together in the direction of East Serbia and its most attractive landmark – Iron Gate Gorge.
First stop is Golubac Fortress and the drive to here is less than two hours. The fortress has a very long history, in fact such a long history that it’s unknown when and who originally built it. It guards the entrance to the gorge and it had strategic importance all the way until the end of WWI. Today it’s the most notable landmark of the Iron Gates. Please note that the fortress is closed on Mondays, so if your tour starts on a Monday, we will visit it on the following day on the way back if the schedule permits.
Some 50km down the gorge is the next stop, prehistoric settlement Lepenski Vir, dating from 8000 BC. Here you’ll see and learn 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 the climate here was mild and favorable for life in the open.
It’ll be lunch time after sightseeing. We’ll take a break in the authentic village homestead Captain Misa’s Hill where hospitable family Stefanović will serve local food in their well kept yard with the most beautiful view over Danube.
After lunch it is time to get on a boat with Captain Boban to experience the Danube from water. Most beautiful parts of the gorge are Mali and Veliki Kazan ravines. On one side of the river you’ll have an unique opportunity to climb to the old Roman memorial, Tabula Traiana. While on the opposite side is a huge sculpture of Dacian king Decibel carved in the stone. You’ll learn why “Decebal Rex Dragan Fecit” is carved below the sculpture.
When you finish with this two hour boat ride we’ll take you further down the river until the gorge’s exit and the town Kladovo where you’ll spend the night in the cozy Hotel Aquastar Danube****.
On the second day you’ll leave Kladovo after breakfast and you’ll return to the gorge. We’ll meet the ranger from the national park who will be the guide during the Iron Gate Gorge hike. Hiking trail goes from the main road all the way to the highest peak of mountain Miroč, Veliki štrbac (768m). The starting point is only 90m above sea level, so the altitude difference to overcome is almost 700m.
During the hike you’ll pass through an area called Ploče which has three viewpoints worth visiting. Even though the altitude of those viewpoints is around 350m, they are still considered to offer the most breathtaking 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.
Time needed for the Iron Gate Gorge hike is around five to six hours, depending on the pace and your physical fitness. Terrain configuration varies so regular hiking equipment, such as hiking shoes and poles are recommended.
Upon return to the starting point of the hiking trail you’ll continue the trip along the Danube. This time in the opposite direction, upstream till the town of Golubac. Here you’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 entire stretch (6km from side to side).
After lunch we’ll take you straight to Belgrade, which you’ll 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 and a few energy bars, you just bring backpack|
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|
|National park entrance fee|
|Water and energy bars during hike|
|Single-use surgical face mask if you don't have your own|
|Admission for Golubac Fortress and 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.|