Our Serbia holiday packages cover 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 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 town of Topola. Renewal of modern Serbian state commenced here in 1804. On the tip of Oplenac hill you’ll visit Royal mausoleum, church where 27 members of royal family are buried. From this point onward we are only enjoying Šumadija wine. Three wineries are on our list: Royal wine cellar, established in 1930s by Serbian king, then prominent Serbian winery Aleksandrović and as a highlight of wine exploration, young family owned winery. These young winemakers will serve lunch with their matching wines.
Rest of the day we’ll spend in household House of Čolović. Warm hosts from the guesthouse will show you from firsthand how local people live in Serbian village nowadays.
2nd Day – Zlatibor Mountain
Second day will start with reach 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 20m water dropdown creates wonderful scene and cold water makes pleasant refreshment in hot summer days.
3rd Day – Sargan Eight train and Višegrad
If voices of birds don’t wake you up, smell of Zlatibor food will. After the breakfast we head to Mokra gora town. Here you’ll experience most attractive narrow track railway in this part of Europe, famous Sargan Eight train. When we finish with the train ride, we will cross to Bosnia to visit Višegrad with 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 creation of our famous film director Emir Kusturica. Hotel Mećavnik**** is your accommodation for the night and you have rest of the day for yourself.
4th Day – Working on some pottery, monastery Studenica
The day ahead of you will combine your handcraft skills in making pottery in village Zlakusa, with scenic drive over picturesque Golija Mountain. Final destination for the day is monastery Studenica from the XII century. This UNESCO world heritage site is considered for the most beautiful Serbian monastery. Before we reach the monastery, you’ll try the best trout in the area, caught fresh from the pound.
Overnight is in monastery Studenica guesthouse. Here you can expect regular accommodation typical for guesthouses. All rooms feature en suite bathroom and Wi-Fi.
5th Day – Studenica, Žiča, Niš
In the morning of the fifth day we’ll explore Studenica monastery. Its churches, architecture and frescoes, together with spirituality and heritage are corner stone 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 result of numerous endowments built by Serbian medieval rulers. Here we’ll stop for lunch in a special place, a local tavern ran by the same family for 200 years. After lunch next stop is monastery Žiča from the XIII century. This one has different appearance compared to any other Serbian monastery. You’ll learn the reasons for this on the spot.
Final destination for the day is Niš, economic and cultural center of 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 – Wine cellar, Felix Romuliana, East Serbia
Before we leave Niš we’ll take you to one 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. From Niš we’ll continue to East Serbia. En route we will first stop at a winery which has a unique process for wine aging. The same process Romans used when they were in these areas. Here we’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.
Overnight is in Hotel Jezero**** on the Bor lake, here you’ll have a chance to relax in hotel’s pool.
7th Day – Iron Gate gorge, Belgrade
From Bor Lake we continue further to the very east of Serbia, to its border with Romania. The biggest gorge of Europe is located here, the famous Iron Gate gorge. We’ll have a boat ride through the most beautiful part of the gorge to the Tabula Traiana, a Roman memorial table from the I century. After boat ride we’ll get back on the road and drive to a local household Captain Misa’s hill where we’ll have lunch typical for this area. After lunch we continue upstream till archaeological site Lepenski vir dating from 8000 BC. From there we continue to the Golubac fortress, located at the very entrance to the gorge where Danube is widest on its whole flow (7km from side to side).
In the evening we 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 other part of the city, posh Dedinje. You’ll visit House of flowers, which is 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 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 true saint who was born in the XII and who brought autonomy to Serbian Orthodox Church in the XIII century.
When we finish this part of exploration we’ll take you to a restaurant in the neighborhood, where local food is prepared in modern manner. After lunch we’ll switch to the other side of the river, to Zemun. This old part of the city was actually separate town till 1934. Stroll along Danube promenade or walk to the Gardoš hill and drink in one of the local cafe’s will make you fill like a local.
Rest of the day you have 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 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 gourmet part of the day is planned in a small wine cellar where 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 for the overnight. You have 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 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
Details on prices and services
|2 or 3 persons||1950€|
|4 or 5 persons||1495€|
|6, 7 or 8 persons||1395€|
|Pickup and drop-off|
|4x HB service and 5x BB service in corresponding accommodation|
|Meals according to the itinerary|
|Travel fare to/from Belgrade|
|Meals not mentioned in the itinerary|