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 final fall into Ottoman’s hands. Viminacium as the capital of Roman province Upper Mesia, which occupied significant parts of today’s Serbia, Bulgaria and Macedonia.
What to expect from the tour
In just one day you can experience distant history. Explore medieval capital of Serbia – Smederevo and wonder through ancient Roman city – Viminacium. You will see unique mammoth park in most unusual setting. If you like wines, you’ll have an opportunity to try few local ones. If you have archaeology bug, try Felix Romuliana tour as well.
#YourSerbiaHost will pick you up from your Belgrade accommodation 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 a capital of Roman province Upper Mesia. The city used to be spread on 440 hectares (close to 900 acres), while river Danube was flowing next to it. Danube is 3,5km away nowadays. During the two hour locally guided visit, you’ll go through several sites. Such as Roman necropolis, antic bath and amphitheater where gladiator fights were held.
Last stop in Viminacium is Mammoth Park. Mammoth skeleton remains are displayed in authentic environment. The highlight of this exhibition is mammoth Vika whose fully preserved skeleton is one of the few in the world.
From ancient period we are traveling back to the future, to the XV century and medieval Serbia. In 1439 when Smederevo fortress was completed it was one of the biggest medieval fortresses in Europe. The ruler of Serbia, despot Djuradj Brankovic had to build new capital which will fulfill two terms. First, to be close to Hungarian border, which was the river Danube. Second, to be as far as possible from Turks, who were raising threat to Serbian state. Hence, position of Smederevo fortress was ideal, surrounded by two rivers, Jezava and Danube it was impossible to conquer. The fortress was very well preserved until 6th of June 1941 when major explosion blew up most of the Big Town. During the disaster more than 2500 people got killed and 3500 were wounded. After the incident the Big Town was never returned to its original state.
After medieval time and 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 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 late afternoon.
Good to know
Details on prices and services
|Pickup and drop-off|
|Refreshment during journey|
|Lunch ~15€ per person*|
|Admission for Smederevo fortress ~1€ per person|
|Admission for Viminacium ~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|