Abstract:Visit Andricgrad and Mecavnik, two gems built by Emir Kusturica, the famous film director, take a ride on the Šargan Eight, discover the village of Zlakusu and enjoy a boat ride on the Drina River.
Activities:Visit to the Nikolje Monastery
Visit to visit to Andrićgrad
Train Ride on the Šargan Eight railway
visit to Drvengrad ethno-themed park
boat ride on Drina River (optional)
visit to Potpeće Cave
Day one (Saturday)
We'll start from Novi Sad at 7.00 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'll visit the Nikolje Monastery, the most beautiful among the 16 monasteries in the area. 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 in the shape of an elephant. We'll enjoy our lunch in the "Terzića avlija" restaurant.
After lunch, we continue the journey to the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After a 10-minutes' drive, we'll arrive in the town of Višegrad and the hotel. After the check-in, we'll have a tour around Andrićgrad, a stone city dedicated to Ivo Andrić, the famous writer and the only Serbian Noble Prize Winner. During the summer months, while the days are longer, we recommend a short boat ride along the Drina river.
After dinner at the hotel, you'll have free time to explore places in Andrićgrad suitable for spending the evening in, including a beer hall, wine tavern, a rakia bar, patisseries, etc.
Day two (Sunday)
After breakfast at 7.30 AM, an optional visit to the Ivo Andrić Schoolroom follows, where an interesting lecture about his life and work will be given.
Crossing the border back into Serbia, we reach Mokra Gora village where we'll board to the train that will take us on a narrow gauge railway known as the Šargan Eight. It got its name after the way the railway climbs and makes a twist in the shape of a number 8.
After this amazing train ride, we'll visit the hill of Mećavnik where the famed movie director Emir Kusturica built an ethno-themed “Wooden Town”, or Drvengrad. Free time for lunch.
During our journey towards Belgrade, we'll take another break in Ovčar Banja. We'll arrive in Belgrade, and then Novi Sad, in late evening hours.
Note: in case the train timetable changes, we'll first visit the Mećavnik Hill and then go on our train ride. In that case, we'll have lunch at the restaurant in Mokra Gora train station or in one of the restaurants in Ovčar Banja.