General

No matter if you are a religious person looking to experience spirituality of Orthodox Christianity or you are interested in medieval fresco painting and architecture, with this tour you’ll definitely reach your goals. These two monasteries are most iconic and most important monasteries we have today in Serbia. Studenica monastery from late XII century is UNESCO World Heritage site, while Žiča with its authentic red facade is the monastery where Serbian kings were crowned and where seat of Serbian Orthodox Church was for a long time.

#YourSerbiaHost will meet you at arranged point (your hotel or other place of your stay) and  we’ll start our travel towards Western Serbia through picturesque Šumadija region, on the way you’ll get chance to see and hear about authentic life in this part of Serbia.

Our first destination for the day is Žiča monastery, located only few kilometers from the town Kraljevo (Kingstown) and some two hour drive from Belgrade. Žiča had an important role in Serbian medieval life, from several reasons, in first place it was founded to be center of newly established Serbian Orthodox Church which got its autonomy in the early XIII century, second, it was a place where first Serbian king was crowned, Stefan Nemanjić, also known as Stefan the First-Crowned, and later during the history many of Serbian kings were crowned here, there was a belief that king was not a king unless he was crowned in Žiča. You’ll hear stories about the treasury which had very significant belongings such as right hand of St. John the Baptist, and how it ended up in Siena today…

From Žiča we’ll follow river Ibar through the gorge, along the way you’ll see medieval fortress Maglič, which guards the river and the road from a hill. The road through the gorge is quite picturesque and you’ll enjoy every kilometer of it. When we reach village Ušće we’ll set off from the main road and hit for the mountains, where after 14km Studenica monastery will welcome us in all its glory, beauty and greatness. No matter if you are a believer or not you won’t stay indifferent, you’ll be enchanted by it, it’s monumentality, calmness and appearance. The most significant part of the complex is the main church of Holy Virgin where you’ll be able to see some of the most beautiful frescoes from the XII century and from the later periods. The most famous Studenica fresco is Crucifixion of Christ, which will communicate to you in silence. If we are lucky we’ll be accompanied by local curator Đurađ who is so passionate about the monastery that he will be more than happy to share his passion with you.

After we finish with experiencing Studenica history, art and monastic life we’ll get back on the main road again where we’ll stop by to village Bogutovac at family owned restaurant “Kod Mira” which is there for over 200 years and in the possession of the same family, where traditional hospitality is nurtured and where #YourSerbiaHost feels like home. Local and homemade specialties are waiting for you to highlight the day.

After meal in “Kod Mira” we are driving straight to Belgrade.

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.

One comment

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.

Details on prices and services

Tour prices (prices are per tour, not per person):
1-3 persons 279 €
4-6 persons 339 €
7-8 persons 409 €
Services included in the price:
Transportation
Driver/guide service
Tour organization
Refreshements during journey
What is extra:
Personal expenses
Entrance fee for Žiča monastery - 2€ per person
Lunch ~ 10€ per person*
* 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.