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Belgrade: Mash-Up City Walking Tour with Local Guide

Product ID: 95103
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Travel from the 19th century to modern-day Belgrade on this tour that mashes up history, culture, architecture, and food into an all-in-one morning.
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Duration: 4 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Wander the city’s districts and learn about the architectural style that emerged between the wars
  • Hear the stories of some of Serbia’s most important historical figures
  • Stop at the oldest tavern in town for a traditional Serbian coffee and rakia
  • Shop the local market and sample farm-fresh treats like kaymak cheese
  • Grab street food sausage for lunch at the best spot in town
Full description
Your Belgrade tour will first lead you to Belgrade Cathedral — St Michael’s Church, which holds relics of one of the most important Serbian leaders of the 19th century: Prince Miloš Obrenović. In front of the church are the tombs of Vuk Karadžić, a Serbian philologist and linguist who established the modern Serbian alphabet, and Dositej Obradović, another linguist and a philosopher, as well as the First Minister of Education in Serbia. These two men had the biggest influence on Serbia’s educational development and literacy programs, and will set the tone for this tour from historic to modern-day Belgrade.

Across the street from the church is the Patriarchate Building, and on the opposite corner is Princess Ljubica’s Residence; she was the wife of the aforementioned Prince Miloš Obrenović. You will enter the residence and learn more about 19th-century life in Serbia. (Please note you cannot go inside the residence on Mondays). Nearby these two buildings you’ll find the oldest traditional tavern in the city, built back in 1823. You will have a coffee break here and even indulge in some morning rakia (Serbian schnapps), as you listen to stories about Serbia’s fight for freedom against the Turks. You can pick up a bit of the local language, too, as you'll also have a mini-class on the Serbian alphabet.  

After a short coffee break, your Belgrade tour continues through the city’s main walking area, Knez Mihailova Street. You’ll see the Belgrade library, Republic Square, and Serbia’s Academy of Science and Art, and learn about the “between the wars” architecture characteristic of Belgrade. As you continue through the narrow streets of the old Dorcol neighborhood, passing by the city’s most popular cafés, restaurants, and bars, you’ll reach a green market where locals sell homemade dairy and meat products, and fresh produce directly from their farms outside the city. White cheese, kaymak (similar to clotted cream), and čvarci (fried or roasted pork rind and fat), are some of the typical Balkan products you'll find in this market. It's in markets like this where you'll get a true sense of what everyday life in Belgrade looks like. From there, you'll go for a walk through Belgrade's bohemian quarter, Skadarlija street. This cobblestone street is a pedestrian zone filled with restaurants, bars, and traditional taverns. Here, you'll stop for a street food-style lunch at one of the best sausage joints in the city. The tour ends after lunch in the city center, at the Republic Square.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entrance into Princess Ljubica’s Residence
  • Coffee and a shot of rakia
  • Tasting of kaymak at the green market
  • Street food sausages for lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

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Meeting point

The corner of Kneza Sime Markovica and Kralja Petra, in front of the "Question Mark" restaurant

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Important information
Know before you go
• For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
• This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour
• Closure of sites: Princess Ljubica’s Residence is closed to visitors on Mondays, therefore you won’t be able to go inside on any Monday tours
• This tour typically includes a tasting of local sausages and dairy products; however, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free travelers can be catered for
• Please state at the time of booking if you have any allergies or food sensitivities, so there's time to organize your food
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Product ID: 95103