FASCINATING SERBIA

  • Duration:9 NIGHTS/10 DAYS
  • Countries Visited:Serbia
  • Highlights:CULTURE, RELIGION and HISTORY
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/ Belgrade/NYC
    • Accommodations in three star hotels
    • Buffet breakfast and dinner as noted
    • English speaking tour escort
    • Comprehensive sightseeing and admissions
    • Transportation by a private motorcoach
    • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person
    • Select International Travel Portfolio

DAY 1 : DEPART U.S.A

You depart on an overnight flight to Belgrade.

DAY 2 : BELGRADE

Arrive in Belgrade and transfer to your hotel. On first impression you would never know that the capital of Serbia, has emerged from a decade long war, which decimated its economy and destroyed tourism. The city is alive with crowded streets, bustling cafes, brimming stores and warm, welcoming people. Rest of the day is at leisure to become acclimated to a new time zone, to relax and explore the city which will not impress the casual visitor with its grand proportions, but will forever tie him with its invisible bonds. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner in Skadarlija, world known bohemian part of Belgrade with ancient houses and cobbled streets, where you can enjoy both the tasty, traditional Serb meal and experience string bands playing music and traditional old town songs in the outdoor cafes. Moments spent in Skadarlija with friendly and relaxed Belgradians will be mementos always remembered with a smile. Overnight Belgrade. (D)

DAY 3 : BELGRADE

Our panoramic tour visits most of the important sights including Slavija Square, Yugoslav Drama Theatre, Parliament, City Hall, Terazije with the old fountain, Republic Square, National Theatre, National Museum of Serbia, University Complex, St. Sava Cathedral, Church of St. Petka and Konaci Knjeginje Milice. We also visit Kalemegdan, the historic Belgrade fortress with its massive defensive walls from the 15-18th centuries. In the afternoon we visit Stari Dvor, now home of Prince Aleksandar and His family (schedule permitting). Tonight we have dinner in a unique atmosphere of Daca restaurant one of the most popular meeting places for old Belgrade families. Overnight Belgrade. (B.D.)

DAY 4: OPLENAC- ARANDJELOVAC- TOPOLA

We start the day with a visit to Royal tradition of Serbia and the town of Topola, in the hilly Sumadija region, where we visit Karadjordje’s Residence, and the parish church of Virgin Mary, before we arrive at Oplenac to see the fascinating church of St. George built by King Peter I. We visit the Royal Mausoleum, which is the burial sight for the members of the Karadjordjevic Dynasty. On the way back to Belgrade we continue to Arandjelovac, famous for its white marble, mineral waters, clay, and the spa, Bukovacka Banja. Overnight Belgrade. (B.L.)

DAY 5: TREASURES OF VOJVODINA

Our journey today takes us to the flat, fertile plains of Vojvodina, as we tour the beautiful and fascinating Monasteries of Fruska Gora. This unique group of densely situated monasteries built in XV to XVIII century include fifteen monasteries, but time permits us to visit only the 16th century Krusedol. But a visit to this region would not be complete without a stop in the romantic town of Sremski Karlovci. We continue to Novi Sad and Petrovaradin Fortress, we end the excursion in Novi Sad. Overnight Belgrade (B.L.)

DAY 6: CENTRAL SERBIA

Depart Belgrade this morning for several days in southern Serbia. We start with visits to two very beautiful and historically important monasteries, Manasija, known in the Middle Ages as Resava, founded by Despot Stefan, the son of Prince Lazar, and Ravanica, built around 1380, an endowment of Prince Lazar. We continue with the city tour of Krusevac, founded in 1371, when it was chosen by Prince Lazar during his princedom to be the capital, and today it reaffirmed its place among the former Yugoslavia’s most industrially and economically developed, yet culturally preserved cities. Krusevac is the city of youthful drive, enthusiasm and energy, ready to take Serbia into the 21st century, while being careful to retain its strong ties to Serbian traditions. In the afternoon we visit Monastery Lazarica, another endowment of Prince Lazar, built about 1375, which had undergone considerable changes over the centuries. It is one of the earliest structures of the Morava school, and served as a model for many later churches. Its vivid exterior, a combination of red and white facades is eye-catching, and certain delicacy is especially accentuated, both in the actual construction and by the small ornamental columns. The day ends on the mountain of Kopaonik, now a resort and conference center, where we make our home for the next two nights. Overnight Kopaonik. (B.L.D.)

DAY 7: SOUTHERN SERBIA

We start our tour with the Sopocani Monastery, the medieval Serbia’s most brilliant monument, containing frescoes that many prominent art historians have described as the best works in the Byzantine style. Here we celebrate the Divine Liturgy. Then we visit Monastery Djurdjevi Stupovi, the endowment of the Great Zupan Stefan Nemanja that lies on the top of a woody elevation overlooking the panorama of the city of Novi Pazar, and Petrov’s Church. Our final stop today is the Monastery of Gradac, which is an endowment of Helen of Anjou the wife of King Uros I, predominantly in the style of the autochothonous Raska school, though with certain Gothic elements. Overnight Kopaonik. (B.L.D.)

DAY 8: CENTRAL SERBIA

{mosimage} Today we visit the jewel of the Serbian Monasteries- Studenica, set on the beautiful deeply wooded and untouched by commercialization Mount Radocelo. Throughout the history of medieval Serbia, Studenica was the most prominent and revered monastery. It served as the residence of Stefan Nemanjic, and his son Rastko, better known as St. Sava. King Stefan Nemanjic unified Serbian lands, bringing Serbia first independence and international recognition. He also established the Serbian Orthodox Church and founded many churches, including the Serbian monastery of Hilandar on Holy Mountain in Greece. We visit the monastery Studenica and its three churches and have lunch there. In the afternoon we visit Zica, also founded by Stefan Nemanjic, and the first seat of the Serbian Archbishopic. The church is dedicated to the Ascension of the Lord and displays frescoes from the Raska school. Overnight in Belgrade. (B.L.)

DAY 9: BELGRADE

Day at leisure. Overnight Belgrade. (B.)

DAY 10:BELGRADE/USA

Transfer to the airport for you flight back home. (B)

WELCOME HOME!

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS:

Option 1: Montenegro Extension:

Day 9

Depart on a short flight from Belgrade for Montenegro in the morning. Arrival in Tivat where we board a motorcoach which will take us to the Lovcen Musoleum and Sveti Stefan. Overnight Budva. (B.L.D.)

Day 10

Full day visit to the Monastery of Ostrog, where we have Divine Liturgy and see the relics of St. Basil. Overnight Budva. (B.L.)

Day 11

Today we visit the Monastery Zdrebaonik, and Cetinje, including the Seminary of St. Peter. Overnight Budva. (B.L.)

Day 12

Return to Belgrade. Afternoon at leisure. Farewell dinner. Overnight Belgrade. (B.D.)

Day 13

Depart for U.S.A. (B)

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