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Spiritual Heritage in the Valley of the Kings: Discover Serbia’s Most Important Orthodox Monasteries

Experience the spiritual essence of Orthodox Christianity and the mesmerizing beauty of medieval art without the hassle of planning. Get personalized experience and insights from your private guide.

 

Tour in a Glance

DURATION
8-9 hours
TOUR STYLE
Private
GETTING AROUND
Driven and walking
AVAILABILITY
Year round
LANGUAGE
English
DIFFICULTY
Easy for everyone
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What to Expect From the Monasteries Zica and Studenica Tour in 2024

Dive into spirituality, art and history on this private tour, exploring UNESCO World Heritage site like Monastery Studenica and Monastery Zica, the original seat of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Enjoy scenic drives, get insightful explanations about frescoes, architecture and feel the tranquility of this holy places. After a fulfilling day you’ll have a chance to try local food in one the most praised traditional restaurants in Serbia. If UNESCO sites are your thing, you might consider this tour UNESCO Sites in the Valley of the Kings as well.

Highlights

  • Meet Zica and Studenica Monasteries and discover their pivotal role in Serbian medieval history.
  • Get detailed explanations about the frescoes, architecture, and symbolism of both monasteries from our knowledgeable guides, offering a deeper understanding of their significance.
  • Discover hidden gems like the medieval Fortress Maglič nestled within the Gorge of River Ibar and find out why this area it is called “Valley of the kings”.
  • Feel traditional Serbian hospitality and cuisine at “Kod Mira,” a family-owned restaurant with a legacy spanning over 200 years, offering a taste of authentic local flavors.

Tour Flow

#YourSerbiaHost will pick you up at your Belgrade address (usual pickup time is 9am) and you’ll travel to Western Serbia through the picturesque Šumadija region. On the way you’ll get a chance to hear about life in this part of Serbia from your guide.

After a two hour drive you’ll reach your first stop for the day, Monastery Zica. During the visit you’ll learn from your guide how important Žiča was in Serbian medieval life. You’ll get to explore its main church, side chapels and hear about the most valuable frescoes. But you’ll also hear about the destruction which the monastery faced during the 7 centuries long history.  You’ll hear about a belief that a king was not a king unless he was crowned in Žiča.

Along the route from Monastery Zica you’ll travel through the Gorge of River Ibar. The gorge holds a beautiful medieval Fortress Maglič, but it’s only possible to see it from the road.

After a short drive, in an isolated mountainous location the Monastery Studenica will welcome you in all its glory. Regardless of your religious beliefs the sight won’t leave you indifferent. We’ll take you through the complex starting with the main church of Holy Virgin. Here you’ll see the most beautiful frescoes from the XII century, including the most famous one Crucifixion of Christ. You’ll also get to see other parts of the monastic complex during the visit.

From Studenica Monastery we’ll take you to a well deserved lunch stop in the village Bogutovac. To a family owned restaurant “Kod Mira” which is there for over 200 years. The same family runs it for entire period and they nurture traditional hospitality. Local and homemade specialties are waiting for you to highlight the day.

After meal in “Kod Mira” we’ll take you straight to Belgrade. Usual arrival time is around 6pm.

Good to know

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TOUR LANGUAGE
Default language of the tour is English, but if you require #YourSerbiaHost can also give you tour in Russian, German, French, Spanish and of course Serbian – Subject to availability.
HOW TO GET IN TOUCH
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FREE CANCELLATION
If for any reason you need to cancel the tour up to 24 hours before the tour start time, we will refund 100% of the paid amount, no questions asked.
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3 comments

Vanja van Maaren
July 24, 2021
We had a really special day, experienced Serbia in the best way - visiting 2 most important monasteries for the Serbian people and their history. And our guide Miljan is superb guide, he made us feeling as he was also part of our family that day. We are comming agian to experience more!

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shaoxueyan
March 27, 2018
When we thought that we'd have to give up Monasteries Žiča and Studenica because of the complicated transportation we happened to see Serbian Private Tours and had a wonderful day trip from Belgrade to the monasteries. Besides the amazing culture and frescos it impressed me so much with our kind tour guide, his knowledge about whatever we wanted to know, the easy and comfortable trip, the fast online reply of the team and the cheap and nice restaurant (especially the dessert I loved it). The route was so well designed and the trip is definitely worth taking. Thank you so much for today and we'll come back to travel with you again! The comment is taken from TripAdvisor review page connected to our service, to see the source follow this link.
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AnitaX1962
October 22, 2017
From Belgrade, I did 3 tours with Serbian Private Tours: Fruska Gora Monasteries & Sremski Karlovci, Monasteries Manasija & Ravanica and Monasteries Zica & Studenica. I can highly recommend all 3 of these tours. Dobrosav (aka Dobri) was my guide for all 3 tours. His English is excellent. Dobri arrived on time and well prepared with water and juices for the journey. He was mindful of my needs as I have mobility issues and he would drop me as close to the venue as possible, then go and park the car and come back to me to tour our site and then repeat in reverse. This was very sensitive and kind and certainly increased my ability and enjoyment to see and do more. Dobri had great knowledge of the area and monasteries and also general knowledge of Serbia. I enjoyed your conversations very much and we also had pleasant silences as I enjoyed the view for which words were not necessary. Dobri certainly knows the history, architecture, art and religious significance of all the monasteries but without being boring or overly verbose. Serbia is rich in history and natural beauty and the monasteries were breathtaking. I was pleasantly surprised by the authenticity of our lunch stops. The wine tasting and lunch in Fruska Gora was with the winemaker himself - food was delicious as was the wine and we got to taste Bermet which apparently had at one time been served on the Titanic. These little stories are treasures and make for memorable experiences. The lunch at Kod Mira (on the Studenica tour) and the lunch at Veliki Buk waterfall (the Ravanica tour) were both delicious examples of local delicacies - this was a really authentic experience with all local clientele (no tour buses here!). I cannot finish this review without mentioning another kindness and delightful service from Dobri - we had discussed my father serving me a local plum dumpling (knedle) when I was a child and on our second tour Dobri surprised me with knedle which he had gone to a local bakery to find for me and which we had at our morning coffee break. It genuinely brought tears to my eyes and a flood of memories of my father (and yes, they were as good as I can remember my father making!). I can't impress enough how thoughtful and kind this was and I was (still am) delighted by the experience. This is definitely a memory I will cherish - thank you Dobri! Serbian Private Tours provides exceptional value and service and I highly recommend them. I will most definitely use them again when I next find myself in Serbia. The comment is taken from TripAdvisor review page connected to our service, to see the source follow this link.
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Available departures

This is a daily tour.

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Details on prices and services

Tour prices (prices are per tour, not per person):
1-3 persons 359€
4-6 persons 419€
7-8 persons 519€
9-19 persons 899€
Services included in the price:
Pick up and drop-off
Transportation
Driver/guide service
Tour organization
Bottled water
Single-use surgical face mask if you don't have your own
What is extra:
Personal expenses
Lunch ~15€ per person*
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.