Abstract:If you want to visit the most interesting sights of Western Serbia in 5 days, this is the right tour for you. It combines the two most attractive mountains and visits to monasteries in Western Serbia.
Activities:Visit to Monastery Nikolje
Visit to Mokra gora
Visit to Mećavnik- Drvengrad- Kustendorf
Visit to the Uvac canyon
Visit to monasteries Studenica and Žiča
Visit to Vrnjačka Spa
Visit to Topola and Oplenac
Day 1. Belgrade - Ovčar-Kablar gorge – Potpeće cave – Zlatibor mountain (approx. 250 km)
Departure from Belgrade. We take you on an interesting trip to western Serbia. In the beginning, you will see one of the most beautiful peaks in Serbia, a true pearl of nature. The Ovčar-Kablar gorge is protected by law as a natural area of the property and the category of natural resources. The landscape is extremely diverse and beautiful. This gorge is also known as the Serbian Athos, thanks to a great number of monasteries. We'll visit the oldest of them, Nikolje Monastery from the XV century, on the left bank of the Zapadna Morava. You will have the opportunity to climb the Kablar and enjoy the view of the meanders from one of five the most beautiful viewpoints. Then, we'll visit the Potpeće Cave which is well known for its unusually high entrance (it is 50 meters high and 12 meters wide at the bottom).
We'll have lunch in a restaurant where you can taste fresh fish from the fishpond in front of the restaurant.
Departure to Zlatibor, the most visited mountain in Serbia. The Zlatibor landscape is an unusual experience for lovers of walks and those who enjoy the scents of mountain plants and forests rich with golden pine and spruce.
Arrival at the hotel. Time for sightseeing. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2. Zlatibor - Mećavnik -Kremna – Zlatibor (approx. 110 km)
After breakfast, we'll head to Mokra Gora, where we'll board the most famous train called "Nostalgy". The Šargan Eight is Europe’s most attractive narrow-gauge railway, considered as a masterpiece among the similar railways. The railway once connected Belgrade to Sarajevo and kept the doors of Mokra Gora open to the world. After passing through numerous tunnels and over several bridges, we'll stop at few places to enjoy the magical views of Mokra Gora. After the spectacular journey, we'll head to the wooden village on the Mecavnik Hill, built by the famous Serbian film director Emir Kusturica. The streets in this unusual city are named after famous people whom Kusturica admired: Nikola Tesla, Bruce Lee, Ernesto Ce Gevara, Diego Armando Maradona, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, and others.
We recommend lunch in the restaurant Lotika at Mećavnik.
In the afternoon, we'll visit a village Kremna, well-known for the world-famous Serbian prophets Miloš and Mitar Tarabić. Almost all of their revelations came true so far. You'll hear interesting stories and taste the famous Serbian plum-brandy.
After returning to Zlatibor, you'll have free time for individual strolls. Overnight.
Day 3. Zlatibor - Sirogojno - Uvac – Zlatar Lake ( approx. 180 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. We continue our journey to the open-air museum in Sirogojno, a village that preserves the old crafts and traditions of the Serbian people in 19 century. You'll be amazed by the beautiful nature and the households that can only be seen in old films. We recommend lunch in a local pub where you'll be able to taste Serbian traditional cuisine.
Prepare for the famous Lake Uvac - one of the 5 most attractive tourist locations in Serbia. We'll have a boat ride on the river meanders,l enter the Ice Cave, part of the largest cave system in Serbia. After the ride, we'll continue the journey to the Zlatar mountain. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4. Zlatar- Ivanjica- Studenica- Zica - Vrnjačka Spa (approx. 195 km)
After breakfast, we continue to Ivanjica, a city famous for healthy fresh air. We'll visit one of the oldest hydroelectric power-stations in Europe and talk about the works of Branislav Nušić, Serbian famous writer. We continue through beautiful nature to the Studenica Monastery, founded in the 12th century by Stefan Nemanja, the founder of the medieval state of Serbia.
After the visit, we'll have lunch in the Konak of the monastery Studenica. After lunch, we'll continue to the Žiča monastery, where the first Serbian king was crowned. The monastery was built between 1208 and 1230. In 1219 the Žiča became the first headquarters of the Serbian Archbishopric. The church, dedicated to the resurrection of Christ, has characteristics from Raska's school. Departure to Vrnjačka Spa, the gem among Serbian spas. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 5. Vrnjačka Spa – Topola – Belgrade (approx. 185 km)
After breakfast in the hotel free time for spa or individual activities. On the road to Belgrade, we will stop at Topola, the town of Karadjordje, the leader of the First Serbian Uprising against the Turks in 1804. We'll visit the unique Mausoleum of the Serbian royal family Karadjordjevic on the Oplenac Hill and another one nearby. Recommendation for lunch in a traditional local restaurant. Evening arrival to Belgrade.