Languages in these areas have been matter of dispute in last 25 years, solely from political reasons. If you had traveled these areas 30 years ago you certainly remember that we used only one language back then. Serbo-Croatian (or Croatian-Serbian if you were in Croatia) was actually the same language spoken in Serbia and Croatia, with local dialect differences. Today we managed to produce additional two languages, Bosnian and Montenegrin. Both of those are not different from above two, aside of dialect. So we all speak the same language, we just call it differently. The real difference was always in alphabet used, Orthodox would use Cyrillic (Serbian alphabet), while Catholics would use Latin alphabet.
What to expect from the tour
With this tour you will learn about roots of Serbian alphabet. How the language of common people became literary language of Serbs and all other people leaving in these areas. You will have opportunity to experience typical Serbian hospitality together with local delicacies.
You will meet #YourSerbiaHost at your hotel or other place of your stay in Belgrade. After pickup you will continue together towards West of Serbia. First place where you’ll stop on this tour will be mountain Gučevo. This was the place of the first trench battle in the WWI, between Austro-Hungarian and Serbian forces. While standing on the tip of the mountain you’ll learn why this battle was significant for later course of the war and what was the sacrifice that Serbian soldiers made.
From Gučevo we’ll continue to the village Tršić which is relevant for our tour, but most of all, for Serbian alphabet and for modern Serbian language. In this village in 1787 Vuk Karadžić was born. He was the reformer of Serbian language and the one who made Serbian alphabet so simple. The rule he introduced was: “read as it’s written, write as it’s spoken”. You will visit his birth house, which is now a museum dedicated to his life. Here you’ll learn about the humble way of life in Vuk’s childhood, when Serbia was part of Ottoman Empire.
After visit to the museum we’ll stop by to local household for a break and typical Serbian welcome treat (slatko and coffee). Afterwards we’ll continue to the monastery Tronoša. In the monastery Vuk received his basic education, and started to dream about transformation of the language. If you are up to for some walking through woods we can take a walk (an hour) to the monastery through beautiful forest from Tršić, if not, we’ll drive to there. After visit to Tronoša monastery we’ll get back to the household Mišić for a local lunch. In interaction with our hosts you’ll learn about the way of life in this rural area of Serbia.
After lunch it’s time to get back to Belgrade, we’ll arrive to the city in the evening.
Good to know
Details on prices and services
|Pickup and drop-off|
|Refreshments during journey|
|Admission for museum ~2€ per person|
|Lunch ~ 10€ per person*|
|* Price shown is price for lunch per person based on set menu in household Mišić, but there are different set menus so it can vary depending on guest’s demands for food and drinks.|