If you find history, architecture and nature an ideal combination for exploration, we have just the proper itinerary for you. Two medieval monasteries, Monastery Manasija and Monastery Ravanica represent unique gems of medieval architecture. Their founders left significant traces in Serbian history and culture. On top of that East Serbia is the most intriguing part of Serbia, with intact and fascinating nature. If you search for more Serbian medieval monasteries try Monasteries Žiča and Studenica tour.
What to Expect From the Monasteries Manasija and Ravanica Tour in 2024
You will spend a day in areas of East Serbia, still considered an intact nature. Monastery Ravanica will fill you with tranquility, while Monastery Manasija will impress you with its monumentality. Resava Cave and Veliki Buk Waterfall will refresh you on a hot summer day. You’ll enjoy local bites during lunch break.
After #YourSerbiaHost picks you up from the hotel or other place of your stay (usual start time is 9am) you will drive together to the first point on the itinerary, the Monastery Ravanica. The 14th century monastery was founded by Serbian Prince Lazar, who fought the most important battle in Serbian history against Ottoman Turks in 1389. This monastery represents the beginning of the Morava architecture style, a unique Serbian style of medieval sacred architecture.
From Ravanica Monastery the road takes through mountains of East Serbia to the one of the most famous caves in Serbia, Resava Cave. This 2380m long cave was discovered in the 1960s and its calculated age is 80 million years. You’ll tour the 800m long area available for visitors with its four diverse halls.
Usually caves are connected to waterfalls, it is the same here, from Resava Cave, you’ll move to the Veliki Buk Waterfall. It’s probably not the biggest you have seen, but it’ll charm you with its beauty, clear water and intact nature around it. Lunch break is planned in one of the restaurants around the waterfall. Choice of food varies from delicious trout straight from the rapids or traditional food from the area.
After lunch, the last stop for the day is the most monumental monastery from Morava architecture style, Monastery Manasija. The early 15th century monastery was founded by Despot Stefan, the son of Prince Lazar. The monastery will impress you with its 15m tall fortification walls and 35m high main tower surrounding the Holy Trinity Church. You’ll learn more from your guide about the significance of the monastery while there.
From Monastery Manasija you’ll return to Belgrade. 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 Resava Cave ~4€ per person|
|Admission for Veliki Buk Waterfall ~1€ per person|
|Lunch ~15€ 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.|