If you find ancient and fortified cities appealing, then we have two of them not far from Belgrade. Both of them reflect significant periods of history. Smederevo Fortress as the last capital of Serbia before it finally fell into Ottoman’s hands. Viminacium as the capital of the Roman province Upper Mesia, which occupied significant parts of today’s Serbia, Bulgaria and North Macedonia.
What to Expect From the Smederevo Fortress and Viminacium Tour in 2024
In just one day you can experience distant history. Explore the medieval capital of Serbia – Smederevo and wander through the ancient Roman city – Viminacium. You will see a unique mammoth park in the most unusual setting. If you like wines, you’ll have an opportunity to try a few local ones. If you have an archaeology bug, try Felix Romuliana tour as well.
#YourSerbiaHost will pick you up from your Belgrade accommodation (usual start time is 9:30am) and after an hour and a half drive you’ll reach the first point – Viminacium. Today Viminacium is an archaeological site in the open. It presents what once was the capital of the Roman province Upper Mesia. During the two hour visit local guide will lead you through several sites. You’ll explore the Roman necropolis, antic bath and amphitheater where gladiator fights were held.
Last stop in Viminacium is Mammoth Park. You will see a mammoth skeleton in an authentic environment. The highlight of this exhibition is mammoth Vika whose fully preserved skeleton is one of the few in the world.
From the ancient period you are traveling back to the future, to the XV century and medieval Serbia. You’ll return to 1439 when Smederevo Fortress was completed. You’ll hear a story why the ruler of Serbia, despot Djuradj Brankovic had to build the new capital right here, surrounded by two rivers, Jezava and Danube. After that, the story about the fortress will get to the more recent history, to the 6th of June 1941 when a major explosion blew up most of the Big Town, when more than 2500 people got killed and 3500 were wounded. The damage is still visible on the ramparts.
After medieval time and the XX century we are back to the present. From Smederevo Fortress we’ll drive through modern day Smederevo town, heading to a local restaurant for lunch. For those who are interested in wine we can add a visit to local wineries Jeremić or Janko. For parties larger than three persons we can organize lunch with wine tasting in winery Janko.
Expected return to Belgrade is in the afternoon. Usual drop off time is around 5pm.
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
|Pickup and drop-off|
|Single-use surgical face mask if you don't have your own|
|Admission for Smederevo Fortress ~2€ per person|
|Admission for Viminacium ~5,5€ per person|
|Lunch ~15€ per person*|
|Personal expenses and gratuities|
|* 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|