Our Serbia holiday packages cover a variety of destinations and attractions, so if you are in no hurry this ten day private tour is all you need to get to know Serbia. On the other hand, if you want to go beyond Serbia try our Western Balkans tour.
What to expect from the tour
You’ll experience all the diversity that Serbia has to offer, from Vojvodina plains in the North, to the biggest gorge of Europe on the Danube in the East. Together with mountains and intact nature in the West and relaxed atmosphere of the South, with getting to know Belgrade, of course. On top of that you’ll have the opportunity to try yourself in traditional handcrafts, such as pottery. If you were looking for Serbia holiday packages to combine different locations and experiences, this single tour covers almost everything travelers are looking to get from their stay in Serbia.
1st Day – Meeting, Topola Town, Oplenac Royal Mausoleum and Village Home Stay
After #YourSerbiaHost meets you at the airport, bus/train station or wherever we agree to meet we will continue straight to Šumadija to the town of Topola. Renewal of the modern Serbian state commenced here in 1804. On the tip of Oplenac hill you’ll visit the Royal mausoleum, a church where 27 members of the royal family are buried. From this point onward you are only enjoying Šumadija wine. Three wineries are on our list: Royal wine cellar, established in the 1930s by Serbian king, then prominent Serbian winery Aleksandrović and as a highlight of wine exploration, a young family owned winery. These young winemakers will serve lunch with their matching wines.
Rest of the day we’ll spend in the household House of Čolović. Warm hosts from the guesthouse will show you firsthand how local people live in Serbian villages nowadays.
2nd Day – Zlatibor Mountain
Second day will start with rich and tasty homemade breakfast which is a treat for all senses. After you say goodbye to our hosts we’ll drive towards West Serbia and iconic Zlatibor Mountain where you’ll enjoy pure nature. First stop is Stopića Cave, then after the cave we continue to the village Sirogojno, where the ethnological open-air museum Old Village is settled. From Sirogojno we move on to Gostilje waterfall where a 20m water dropdown creates a wonderful scene and cold water makes pleasant refreshment on hot summer days.
3rd Day – Sargan Eight Train and Višegrad
If the voices of birds don’t wake you up, the smell of Zlatibor food will. After breakfast we head to Mokra gora town. Here you’ll experience the most attractive narrow track railway in this part of Europe, the famous Sargan Eight train. When we finish with the train ride, we will cross to Bosnia to visit Višegrad with a famous bridge over river Drina dating from the XVI century. Yugoslavian writer Ivo Andrić who wrote the novel with the same name Bridge over Drina won the Nobel Prize in 1962. Here you’ll enjoy a boat ride on Drina River with a local captain and lunch on Drina bank.
After lunch we’ll return to Mokra gora and to Kustendorf ethnic village. The complex is the creation of our famous film director Emir Kusturica. Hotel Mećavnik**** is your accommodation for the night and you have the rest of the day for yourself.
4th Day – Tara National Park, Pottery Workshop, Golija Mountain
The day ahead will combine different activities and experiences. First, you’ll get into the heart of Tara National Park to admire views over Perućac lake and Drina river from Banjska stena observation deck. To get there you’ll walk for a short while through the forest which is older than human kind. From Tara Mountain we’ll take you to the village Perućac on the very Drina river, where you’ll walk along the shortest river in Europe, river Godina. The river is 365m long, hence the name Godina (Year). From Perućac you’ll stop next in Bajina Bašta, a town famous for its house in the middle of Drina River. Here, by the Drina River House you’ll enjoy the views from a nearby restaurant’s terrace where we’ll have lunch.
On the way to our “base” for the night we’ll take you to a place where you can practice your handcraft skills in making pottery. Village Zlakusa is well known for its skillful pottery masters who transfer their knowledge for generations. This activity is optional, but highly recommended. We will make sure that you receive the pottery which you made during the workshop. The trip continues with a scenic drive over picturesque Golija Mountain. Final destination for the day is a small mountain village located at some 700m above sea level. Here you’ll try local food and enjoy fresh mountain air.
Overnight is in the Radočelo Guesthouse.
5th Day – Studenica, Žiča, Vrnjačka Banja, Niš
In the morning of the fifth day you’ll explore Studenica Monastery. This UNESCO world heritage site, dating from the XII centuiry is considered as the most beautiful Serbian monastery. Its churches, architecture and frescoes, together with spirituality and heritage are the cornerstones of Serbian Orthodox Church. From here we will get down to the valley of river Ibar, also known as The Valley of Kings. This name is the result of numerous endowments built by Serbian medieval rulers. Here we’ll stop for lunch in a special place, a local tavern run by the same family for 200 years. After lunch the next stop is monastery Žiča from the XIII century. This one has a different appearance compared to any other Serbian monastery. You’ll learn the reasons for this on the spot.
Next place on agenda for the day is Vrnjačka Banja, the famous Serbian spa town. Serbia has plenty of mineral and thermal springs, but Vrnjačka Banja is the oldest and most known one. Once in the town, we’ll take you for an unusual experience. You’ll walk its majestic parks and conduct a “water tasting”. You’ll try for yourself which of the waters best suits your taste.
Final destination for the day is Niš, the economic and cultural center of the south and third biggest city in Serbia. Overnight is in Hotel Sole***. You’ll have the rest of the day to explore Niš on your own. Tips and recommendations will be provided.
6th Day – Niš Tour, Wine Cellar, Felix Romuliana, East Serbia
The time spent in Niš will create emotional reactions after visiting to several sights. The first one is the notorious WWII concentration camp Red Cross where Germans held Jews and communists imprisoned. The second one is a unique place, the Skull Tower. This memorial from the XIX century is actually a tower where skulls of Serbian revolutionaries were built-in by the Ottomans. In between two sights we’ll take you to a relaxing exploration of the Niš Fortress and central streets of Niš. Here you’ll soak in the local relaxed atmosphere in the Coopersmith’s alley where we’ll take a short break.
From Niš you’ll continue to East Serbia. En route we will stop first at a winery which has a unique process for wine aging. The same process Romans used when they were in these areas. Mora about this tradition you’ll learn during the winery tour. In the winery you’ll have lunch in combination with their wines. Next stop is Felix Romuliana, a UNESCO Roman palace from the IV century, built by Roman Emperor Galerius. In this one-of-a-kind archaeological site you’ll have a chance to wander Roman remains without people walking in queues around you.
Overnight is in Hotel Ramonda**** at the foot of Rtanj Mountain. Here you’ll have a chance to relax in the hotel’s pool after an exciting day or to enjoy a stroll around the area.
7th Day – Iron Gate Gorge, Belgrade
From Rtanj Mountain you’ll continue further to the very east of Serbia, to its border with Romania. The biggest gorge of Europe is located there, the famous Iron Gate Gorge. You’ll take a boat ride with a local captain through the most beautiful part of the gorge to the Tabula Traiana, a Roman memorial plaque from the I century. After the boat ride you’ll get back on the road and we’ll take you to a local household, Captain Misa’s Hill where you’ll have lunch typical for this area. After lunch the drive continues upstream till the archaeological site Lepenski Vir dating from 8000 BC. From there you’ll continue to the Golubac Fortress, located at the very entrance to the gorge where Danube is widest on its entire stretch (7km from side to side).
In the evening you’ll reach Belgrade and Hotel City Savoy**** (two nights).
8th Day – Belgrade Exploration
We’ll take you first to Belgrade fortress, the most iconic Belgrade landmark. Then from the fortress we move to another part of the city, posh Dedinje. You’ll visit the House of Flowers, which is the eternal home of former Yugoslavian president Tito. #YourSerbiaHost will explain how Tito’s cult was nurtured during his life, but also long after he was gone. From the controversial Yugoslavian dictator’s tomb we’ll take you to a holy place, to St. Sava church. This the biggest Orthodox temple in the Balkans is dedicated to a true saint who was born in the XII and who brought autonomy to the Serbian Orthodox Church in the XIII century.
When this part of exploration is finished we’ll take you to a restaurant in the neighborhood, where local food is prepared in a modern manner. After lunch we’ll switch to the other side of the river, to Zemun. This old part of the city was actually a separate town till 1934. Strolling along the Danube promenade or walking to the Gardoš hill, with a drink in one of the local cafes will make you feel like a local.
Rest of the day you are free to explore Belgrade on your own. Tips and recommendations will be provided.
9th Day – Fruška Gora and Novi Sad
After breakfast you will travel straight to Vojvodina region and its sole mountain Fruška gora. Here you’ll visit monastery Krušedol from the XVI century and then you’ll continue to the town of Sremski Karlovci. Next stop is Petrovaradin fortress, where you’ll learn why it took 88 years for the complex to be completed. Lunch and gastronomic part of the day is planned in a small wine cellar where the wine maker is also a cook. He will serve his homemade food and match it with his fine wines.
After lunch it’ll take only 15 minutes to reach Hotel Centar**** where you’ll stay overnight. You have the rest of the day free to enjoy Novi Sad on your own. Tips and recommendations will be provided.
10th Day – Departure
On the last day we’ll say farewell at the airport or we can take you to the bus/train station in Belgrade (or Novi Sad). Depending on your travel arrangements you can spend some time exploring Novi Sad before we leave.
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
|2 or 3 persons||2390€|
|4 or 5 persons||1790€|
|6, 7 or 8 persons||1650€|
|Pickup and drop-off|
|4x HB service and 5x BB service in corresponding accommodation|
|Meals according to the itinerary|
|Single-use surgical face mask if you don't have your own||Entrance fees|
|Travel fare to/from Belgrade|
|Meals not mentioned in the itinerary|