Short description: Want to take a day trip from Belgrade without all the driving? Are you interested in culture and want to experience a city other than Belgrade? Then join us on this tour, and we’ll help you experience the beauty outside of Belgrade!
- Only 1.5h drive from Belgrade
- Peek into a Serbian Orthodox monastery
- Visit a beautiful small village, Sremski Karlovci, the center of Serbian culture in the 18th and 19th century
- Try and buy local honey and wine
- Visit Petrovaradin Fortress, so called “Gibraltar on Danube”
- Visit Novi Sad, second largest city in Serbia and see the influence of Western civilization in Serbia
Description of the activity
Many beautiful and cultural places are located just outside Belgrade. This tour is a mix of culture, nature and city experiences. We will take you to Vojvodina, an autonomous province of Serbia that was under the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the end of WWI. Serbs sought shelter in this area as they fled from the Ottomans during medieval times. Thanks to the open mind of Western civilization, Serbians managed to maintain and develop their culture during the centuries. Today, monasteries, as well as the city of Sremski Karlovci are cultural treasures, preserving important history of the Serbian people during this period.
During the Middle Ages this area contained 35 monasteries. Today, there are “only” seventeen. We will visit monastery Krusedol, built in the beginning of the 16th century. It is a cultural monument that displays fresco art from XVI century. The significance of this monastery to Serbian culture is apparent through the fact that members of a Serbian royal family are buried in this monastery.
The next stop along the tour was the center of Serbian culture during the 18th and 19th century: the city of Sremski Karlovci. It may be small, but this city holds so much history. Everywhere you turn there are treasures of Serbian culture: an Orthodox Church, a Catholic Church, a Patriarchate Court, the oldest gymnasium in Serbia and much more. Walking through the small streets with old buildings and a calm atmosphere will take you into the past. You will even be able to visit local households where you can buy delicious local products like wine or honey.
Following Sremski Karlovci, we’ll head to Petrovaradin Fortress, which has proudly stood watch over Novi Sad for ages. Built in the 18th century, it is the most well preserved fortress from that period. Today, it is a cultural heritage site where one to of the most popular music festivals in Europe, EXIT, is held.
Our final stop is city of Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia. You will inevitably notice the influence of Western civilization and have the opportunity to walk through the beautiful, peaceful streets of Novi Sad, the city announced to be the European Capital of Culture in 2021!
Note: During or at the end of a tour we will take a lunch break, according to your preferences.