Abstract:On this varied two-day tour you will see ethno-themed villages, the famous Ottoman bridge, an Orthodox monastery, ride on the prettiest narrow gauge railway in Serbia, sail down the river Drina and, atop of it all - visit a cave. This is the best selling two-days tour in Serbia!
Activities:visit to Nikolje Monastery
visit to Andrićgrad theme park
ride on Šargan Eight railway
visit to Drvengrad ethno-themed park
boat ride on Drina River (optional)
visit to Potpeće Cave
Day one (Saturday)
We will start from Novi Sad at 7 am, from the parking lot opposite the Hotel Sajam; our passengers from Belgrade will join us at 8.30 am.
Our first stop will be in the picturesque Ovčar-Kablar gorge, where we will visit Nikolje monastery, the most beautiful among the 16 tiny monasteries to be found here. Just a short drive away from the gorge is the village of Potpeće and above it, the imposing cave is best known for its huge entrance. We will enjoy our lunch in the Vodeničar restaurant directly beneath it.
Continuing our journey we will cross the border to enter Bosnia-Herzegovina; just a few minutes more and we reach the town of Višegrad and our hotel. After the check-in, we will visit Andrićgrad, a theme park dedicated to Ivo Andrić the famous writer and the only Serb who received a Noble prize. During the summer months, while the days are still long, we recommend that you take a short boat ride on the river Drina. Dinner at the hotel. Afterward we will again visit Andrićgrad with its great selection of places to spend an evening, including a beer hall, wine tavern, rakia bar, confectionery etc.
Day two (Sunday)
Breakfast at 7.30 am. Optional visit to the Ivo Andrić Schoolroom where an interesting lecture about his life and work will be given.
Crossing back into Serbia we reach Mokra Gora village where we will step onboard the train that will take us on a narrow gauge line known as the Šargan Eight. The name comes from the way the climb atop the hill of Šargan was mastered, full of twists, turns, 22 tunnels and, of course, great views.
After this memorable train ride, we will go to the hill of Mećavnik where the famed movie director Emir Kusturica has built an ethno-themed “Wooden Town”, or Drvengrad in Serbian. Free time for lunch.
During our journey towards Belgrade, we will make another break in Ovčar Banja. We will reach Belgrade, and then Novi Sad, in late evening hours.
Note: in case the train schedule changes we will visit first Mećavnik and then go on our train ride. In that case, we will have our lunch at the restaurant in Mokra Gora train station or one of the restaurants in Ovčar Banja.