Abstract:Get to know Serbia's colourful history and discover amazing wines. This tour explores Fruška gora mountain, and reveals some unique monasteries and fine wineries, as well as compact historic town of Sremski Karlovci, known for plentiful attractions and great wineries.
Activities:Visit to the Novo Hopovo monastery
Wine tasting in one of wineries in Irig (Kovačević or Mačkov podrum)
Visit to the monasteries of Grgeteg and Krušedol
Visit to the Chapel of Peace in Sremski Karlovci
Visiting the Patriarchal Museum
Wine tasting in one of Sremski Karlovci’s wine cellars
Given a mere 539-metres highest peak and close proximity of Novi Sad city, one wouldn’t expect much from Mt Fruška Gora. However, , this mountain is awash with historic treasures and pleasant unknown corners, be it old towns or villages, Orthodox monasteries or excellent wineries.
After a short drive across the Danube we reach lush Fruška Gora woodlands, justly named as “Alma Mons (“Fruitful Mountain”) by the Romans. Our first stop is the monastery of Novo Hopovo with its unique church spire and dome as well as beautifully decorated interior by early 17th century fresco paintings.
Continuing on minor roads through picturesque villages we reach Grgeteg monastery. The existing monastery complex rose from ashes after being demolished and plundered by Croatian Nazis during World War Two. Nowadays this is a place of serenity and prayer, highly regarded by local residents . Tourists flock here to see elaborate templon conceived by Serbia's famous painter Paja Jovanović. we then visit another remarkable monastery Krušedol, with its beautiful 16th century fresco and tombs of significant contributors to Serbian history.
Last but not least, we arrive to the picture-postcard town of Sremski Karlovci which abounds with old churches and magnificent palaces but even older wine cellars!. After visiting most important sites there is an optional visit to the Parish Museum boasting a rich collection of vintage books and icons Time permitting we visit the Chapel of Peace, where historicKarlowitz Treaty was agreed back in 1699. We wrap up the day with wine tasting followed by lunch at local wine producers' estate.
From Sremski Karlovci there is only a short ride back to the bustling centre of Novi Sad where we are scheduled to return by 5 pm.
Meeting place: Orthodox Cathedral of Novi Sad (7, Nikole Pašića Street)