At just 80 kilometers from Belgrade lies a small town rich in history and tells a tale about royal family Karađorđević. Karađorđe Petrović, the leader of the First Serbian Uprising and founder of Karađorđević dynasty was born here, beneath Oplenac.
What to expect from Topola and Oplenac private tour
Day spent on Topola and Oplenac private tour will offer a combination of laid back and quality time. There are several reasons to it. First, it’s a short drive from Belgrade. Second there are several intriguing, yet diverse points on this route and if you show interest in recent Serbian history, you’ll get good introduction to it. Last but not least, you will also have a chance to scratch the wine scene of Šumadija wine region, and who knows, maybe it’ll open your appetite for Royal footprints wine tour.
#YourSerbiaHost will pick you up in the morning from your hotel and after an hour long drive you’ll reach Topola. Our first stop in exploration of Oplenac is Karađorđe’s Town, a spot which once was a fortress built by Karađorđe during his reign. Later this fortress was demolished, so today we can see only residence with the tower (presently used as museum of Karađorđe’s personal belongings) and Church of Holly Mother also known as Karađorđe’s Church.
From Karađorđe’s Town we move up to the top of Oplenac where we continue our exploration with gorgeous mausoleum of family Karađorđević, Saint George’s Church. In this church 27 members of royal family were buried. Karađorđe and King Petar I lie in central part of the church, and rest of the family members are in the crypt. Significant characteristic of the church is its mosaic interior decoration with 40 million pieces in 15,000 shades of color.
On the hills of Oplenac, King Peter I planted vineyards on 38 hectares from which they made superb wines well known for their quality among major European royal courts. The oldest Serbian wine collection can be found in authentic package from 1931 in this particular wine cellar. www.oplenac.rs
After descent from Oplenac, our trip continues four kilometers further to nearby village Vinča and Winery Aleksandrović. Ancient Romans named this village after vine. At that time the name of the village was Vincea. There is a possibility to organize wine tasting in this winery as well as wine purchase. www.vinarijaaleksandrovic.rs
When we finish with history and wine we move on to Aranđelovac town, to one of three ethnic villages where typical local cuisine expects us in authentic Šumadija ambient.
After lunch we only have an hour drive to get back to the city, when Topola and Oplenac private tour ends.
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Details on prices and services
|Pickup and drop-off|
|Lunch ~18€ per person*|
|Entry ticket for Royal complex ~4€ 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|