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Day 1: Belgrade (Serbia)

Arrival in Belgrade, meet the tour guide at the airport. Check in at the hotel.
Feel the energy of vibrant Serbia`s capital that never sleeps through panoramic and walking half day tour: Terazije square, National Parliament, President Tito Mausoleum, St. Sava Temple - the biggest Orthodox temple on Balkans etc. Visit picturesque Kalemegdan fortress and discover its fascinating history where once was the city of Belgrade. Today it is a huge park with stunning views over confluence of Sava and Danube. Lunch break in charming restaurant in the fortress. In the afternoon, sightseeing of Zemun - the most southern city of Austro-Hungarian Empire. You will enjoy the romantic view from Gardos tower and hear stories of old town of Zemun.
Transfer to the hotel, overnight.

Day 2: Belgrade - Oplenac - Zlakusa - Zlatibor (Serbia)

Breakfast at the hotel and departure to an exciting tour on hill of Oplenac, above Topola - a place rich in history which tells us a tale about royal family Karadjordjevic, whose history began here. Karadjordje Petrovic, the leader of the First Serbian Uprising and founder of Karadjordjevic dynasty was born here, beneath Oplenac.Visit a complex comprising of the Church of St. George, the Dynasty Mausoleum and a house built by the Royal Family. Continue your journey to Zlakusa, small and charming village for a unique experience that takes you back in time. This village gained worldwide fame for earthenware made in a specific, centuries old pottery making technique using a mix of stone and clay. Walk through alleys and streets of the village and admire beautiful nature that surrounds it, visit "Terzica Avlija” - etno museum. Participate in artisans presentation and learn about the art of making the pottery. Wind up this visit by having a delicious homemade meal famous for its specific taste prepared in Zlakusa`s earthenware.
Drive to Zlatibor, overnight.


Day 3: Zlatibor - Studenica - Zica - Krusevac (Serbia)

The following morning, voyage to reveal monastery complex, the spiritual and cultural center of the Serbian Medieval Nemanjic Dynasty enrolled in the list of UNESCO world heritage. Located in the peaceful natural ambiance of Radocelo Mountain, Studenica monastery is considered as the mother church of all Serbian shrines. It was established in the late 12th century by Stevan Nemanja, also known as Saint Simeon, founder of the medieval Serb state, shortly after his abdication.His remains, as well as those of his wife Anastasia and of the first Serbian king, Stephen the First-Crowned, rest in this monastery. Visit its two principal monuments, the Church of the Virgin and the Church of the King, built in white marble and discover magnificent Byzantine-blue colored Studenica frescoes. Then, relax and have some local specialty from monastery's kitchen before continuing the tour. After lunch break, travel further to visit one more ortodox medieval monastery, placed in fertile plain, near Kraljevo, a city also known as a “heart of Sumadija”. Zica was built in in the first half of XIII century in Raska architectural style, painted in red in the tradition of the Mount Athos monasteries. It is also known as Serbian Coronation Church since members of Nemanjic dynasty were crowned here. It was founded by the first King of Serbia, Stefan the First-Crowned and the first Head of the Serbian Church, Saint Sava. Zica became the first seat of the Serbian Archbishopric in 1219.
Continue to Krusevac town for overnight at the hotel.


Day 4: Krusevac - Sofia - (Serbia - Bulgaria)

On this day, take a trip towards Bulgarian border and continue to Sofia.
Check in at the hotel.
Experience this interesting, youthful city and be amazed by its beauty, history and places to visit. Here you can “follow the yellow brick road” as you stroll along Sofia`s yellow - glazed brick streets. Visit stunning Aleksandar Nevski Memorial Church, a masterpiece of late 19th - early 20h century famous for its gilded domes and masterful mosaics. Continue to the Neo-Renaissance main building of the National Assembly, the Presidency and the Early Christian St. George`s Rotunda famous for its unique frescoes and original architecture.
Overnight.


Day 5: Sofia - Boyana church - Rila Monastery - Plovdiv (Bulgaria)

In the morning, travel in the shadow of Vitosha Mountain to visit remarkable Church Boyana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and discover collection of well preserved 13th century medieval frescoes and iconic art. Then, drive to other UNESCO Wold Heritage - Bulgarian Orthodox Rila Monastery located in the gorgeous mountain scenery. The monastery dates back to the 10th century, but has been plundered and burned down several times. This religious and historical epicenter maintained Bulgarian cultural preservation for hundreds of years, from medieval era all the way through to the 19th century. It is considered the highest achievement of Bulgarian monumental architecture.
Continue to Plovdiv, arrival in the late afternoon at the hotel.
Overnight.


Day 6: Plovdiv - Starosel - Sofia (Bulgaria)

Morning city tour of Plovdiv - one of Europe`s most ancient cities founded by the Thracians which treasures a history that goes back thousands of years. It has preserved ruins from Roman, Ottoman and Bulgarian Revival period. Stroll along steep cobblestone lanes in the Old Quarter and feel bohemian atmosphere and lively arts scene. Visit the Roman theater of Philippopolis and Ethnographic museum situated in one of the oldest houses in this town built in a beautiful Baroque-inspired architectural style. Your Bulgarian journey continues near village of Starosel. Discover underground Tracian temple complex with a mausoleum which dates back to the end of 5th and the beginig of 4th century BC. The Starosel temple is the largest discovered in Balkans so far. The temple, as well as the nearby Thracian king’s residence under Mount Kozi Gramadi, were likely built during the reign of Amatokos II (359-351 BC). Later, try some of the best wine sorts from the Thracia region in a unique wine cellar and enjoy lunch before departure to Sofia.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 7: Sofia - Nis - Ravanica - Manasija - Belgrade (Bulgaria - Serbia)

After breakfast, travel back to Serbia to experience Nis - town of extraordinary history and monuments and a birth place of Constantine The Great. Conquer the walls of fortress, built in the early XVIII century which today represents one of the most beautiful and well-preserved fortresses on Balkan peninsula.Take a walk through the fortress and then across the bridge on the other side to King Milan’s square. Discover Tinkers alley - an old and charming small part of former „Turkish“ street from XVII and XVIII century. This cobblestone path was once an old craftsmen street. Here you can relax in one of the restaurants enjoying the charming scenery. Next, continue to reveal the real jewel of Serbian architecture, culture and art. Ravanica monastery was built in the second half of 14th century before Turkish invasion in Europe. It was the principal and the largest endowment of the famous Prince Lazar of Serbia, where he was buried following his death in the battle of Kosovo that took place back in 1389. Remnants of his relics are still there, kept with special respect what made Ravanica Monastery one of the most venerated pilgrimage shrine of Serbia. By its architectural design, monastery represents the beginning of the “Morava school” architectural style. Conclude your tour with a visit to a magnificent monastery complex, fort of 12 surrounding towers - Manasija monastery, known as Resava too, since it was built on the right bank of the river Resava in a picturesque gorge consisting slopes of Mount Beljanice. Manasija the endowment of Despot Stefan Lazarevic,dedicated to the Holy Trinity, built and painted between 1407 and 1418 years, represents the mausoleum of the despots. Stefan was a leader, writer and a great patron of art and culture. Also, he was awarded the title of the First Knight of the Order of the Dragon, founded 1408 by Sigismund of Luxembourg, king of Hungary. Their mission was to defend Cross and Christianity.
Transfer to Belgrade, overnight.

Day 8: Belgrade (Belgrade)

Departure transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

End of tour

Tour includes

  • Transportation and transfers in air-conditioned coach
  • Licenced guide troughout the entire tour
  • Accommodation in Hotels 4*/BB basis

Entrance fees for

  • Oplenac Royal mausoleum,Etno village Zlakusa , Monastery Zica,Monastery ,Studenica,Boyana church, Rila monastery,Ravanica Monastery,Manasija monastery

Not included

  • Air ticket
  • Medical travel insurance
  • Luggage damage/lost insurance
  • Other meals during trip not listed in the section „The price includes“
  • Drinks during meals
  • Personal costs
  • All other services not listed in the section „included“
  • Porters, telephone, tips
  • Extras

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Highlights

  • Explore Belgrade - city that never sleeps
  • Oplenac - royal compound that tells a tale
  • Experience old way of pottery making in a unique village Zlakusa
  • 12th century Studenica Monastery - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Serbian Coronation Church Zica
  • Discover Bulgaria`s capital Sofia
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site - Boyana church from 10th century
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Rila - 10th century monastery
  • Explore ancient city Plovdiv
  • Discover Tracian temple near Starosel
  • Experience city of Nis - the birthplace of Constantine The Great
  • Reveal Ravanica - endowment of the famous Prince Lazar of Serbia
  • Manasija - monastery complex and a fort of 12 towers

Serbia and Bulgaria

8 days / 7 nights
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