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From Belgrade: Novi Sad & Sremski Karlovci Full-Day Tour

1. From Belgrade: Novi Sad & Sremski Karlovci Full-Day Tour

Departing from your accommodation, head toward the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina. For an hour, you will enjoy the colorful landscapes of the Pannonian Plain while hearing stories about the turbulent history of the area. Reaching the Fruska Gora region, you will find over 16 medieval Orthodox monasteries nested in this region. Explore one on the way toward Sremski Karlovci, a quiet little Baroque town with small houses, churches palaces, gardens and an impressive history. Visit the Chapel of Peace, where a peace treaty was signed. Visit the main square, the Four Lion Fountain, the Karlovci Gymnasium, town hall, Roman Catholic Church, the Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas and more.  You will be able to taste two of the most famous products from the local regions, a famous Bermet wine and Kuglof cake, a touch of German tradition brought to Karlovci by German settlers in the 18th century. Your next stop will be the Petrovaradin Fortress, one of the largest strongholds in Europe still preserved. Built by the Austrian Empire in the 17th and 18th centuries, this fortress played a significant role in defending the middle European countries from Ottoman attacks. You will be able to walk through the fortress, passing through some of its gates and see some of the interesting places from the top like City Museum, the old military barracks and the clock tower. Enjoy the view over the Danube and the city of Novi Sad. As the second largest city in Serbia with its typical Central European appearance and proud history of being a cultural and intellectual center in the Austro-Hungarian Empire for which it earned the nickname 'Serbian Athens.' See the Museum of Vojvodina and Dunavski Park, the largest green area in the city, the beautiful neo-Romantic Serbian Orthodox Bishop’s Palace and visit the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. George from the 18th century with its invaluable iconostasis painted by famous Serbian painter Paja Jovanovic. Walk through the main street further on enjoying the 18th and 19th century architecture as well as endless rows of cafes and restaurants and then reach the Liberty Square, a central point in the city. Here, you will find the town hall, Roman Catholic Cathedral, Finance Palace and the neo-Classical edifice of the oldest city hotel Vojvodina. You will then pass by the Serbian National Theater and reach the city synagogue, the beautiful Hungarian Secession-style building, one of the largest European synagogues still standing. Then, take a break for a traditional Serbian lunch (at your own expense), shopping and enjoying Novi Sad and, at the arranged time, get back into the vehicle and head back to Belgrade.

From Belgrade: Golubac Fortress and Iron Gate Gorge Tour

2. From Belgrade: Golubac Fortress and Iron Gate Gorge Tour

Drive along the winding Danube river on this day trip from Belgrade. Explore the Golubac fortress and discover the oldest Mesolithic sculptures in all of Europe with a visit to the Lepenski Vir museum. Start with pickup from your accommodation and a 2-hour drive toward Eastern Serbia. Take in beautiful landscapes and listen to interesting stories about this part of the country. Stop at Golubac fortress, a defensive complex which used to defend many kingdoms through centuries. Golubac is the perfect fairy-tale castle, wonderfully set off by its location in the rugged landscape at the head of Đerdap Gorge. Admire its nine towers which are 20-25 meters high. Gaze out at views of the Danube from the fortress. Proceed towards the widest part of the Danube at the Iron Gate. Watch at the Danube suddenly gives the impression of the sea. After around 30 minutes of driving, reach the next stop, Lepenski Vir. The early settlement dates back to 7,000-6,000 BC. It marks the beginning of civilization in Europe. View a holographic reconstruction of houses in Lepenski Vir. See more than 100 items (utensils, tools, and instruments, jewelry, altars, sculptures, Neolithic ceramics) illustrating the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods in Lepenski Vir. The setting also involves the reconstruction of burial methods in Lepenski Vir. After the museum, stop in a unique, authentic restaurant with a fantastic view overlooking the Danube to enjoy a traditional lunch made of specialties of the cuisine of Eastern Serbia. Return to Belgrade in the evening hours.

From Belgrade: Full-Day Historical Danube Tour

3. From Belgrade: Full-Day Historical Danube Tour

Follow the flow of the mighty Danube River as you depart from Belgrade to the Golubac Fortress. Built on inaccessible cliffs near the widest part of the Danube, this medieval fortification welcomes you with its mystical towers that tell stories resembling a true fairytale. Climb up one of the towers and you’ll understand why locals say that Danube looks like the sea from this vantage point. Stand on one of the best-preserved fortresses in Serbia, for an almost aerial view of the Danube and its mirror-like surface.   Next, journey back to the Neolithic era at the archaeological site of Lepenski Vir, a prehistoric urban settlement. Uncover information about ancestors from the 6th century BC including their way of life and mindset, showing that ancient Homo sapiens had been much more advanced than predicted. This museum, unique by theme, location, and construction, will leave you inspired and in wonder.   Following your history lesson, enjoy a reward at the Etno Kompleks Kapetan Mišin breg where you can take in enchanting views of the Djerdap gorge. The complex, named after a very respected captain, offers you an open-air gallery called “Man, wood, water” featuring a collection of wooden and stone sculptures.   Take a deep breath, chitchat with the hosts, and gaze far into the distance as you fell more connected to the events and sites of the Danube River as experienced from the different epochs before returning to the Belgrade.

Belgrade: Fortress Underground & Dungeons Tour with Drink

4. Belgrade: Fortress Underground & Dungeons Tour with Drink

Enjoy a short sightseeing tour in Belgrade around the fortress of Belgrade. Learn about the city's hidden secrets while visiting 4 underground sites in the fortress. See the notorious Roman Well, cold war military bunker, gunpowder storage, and dungeons with medieval torture devices. Your first stop will be the Roman well built by the Austrians in 18th century. Hear about the many mysteries connected to it, and why it is considered Alfred Hitchcock's favorite spot in Belgrade. Your tour will continue to an army bunker, dating back to the beginning of the Cold War era. It reveals long-kept secrets of Communist Yugoslavia. If you're a fan of archeology, you will enjoy the Roman lapidarium in the Gunpowder Warehouse, where Roman artifacts from the territory of Serbia are exhibited. The history lesson will end at the dungeons where you will be able to learn about the dark medieval times and torture mechanisms used during that period. The tour will last 2-hours and it will be led by a professional tour guide.

Belgrade: Shared Group or Private Guided Walking Tour

5. Belgrade: Shared Group or Private Guided Walking Tour

Learn the history of Belgrade on a walking tour with a licensed guide. See the monumental National Assembly building where the Serbian parliament sits to start your journey through the turbulent story of the capital. See the former residence of the Obrenović dynasty, and the New Palace built for the Karađorđević dynasty that is now home to the President of Serbia. Continue to Nikola Pašić Square with its monument dedicated to a former mayor of Belgrade, and then pass Syndicate House to arrive at Terazije Square. Admire the impressive Hotel Moskva, and then make your way to Republic Square to look at the National Theater and National Museum. Stroll down the lively shopping street of Knez Mihailo as you continue to the historic core of Kalemegdan. Visit the Congregational Church, where the most important Serbians were buried, and admire the Building of the Patriarchate and Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Enter Kalemegdan Park on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers to see the historic citadel of Belgrade Fortress and a stunning statue by Ivan Meštrović.

Red Belgrade Communist Tour

6. Red Belgrade Communist Tour

Learn about the communist era of Serbia, which lasted from the end of World War II to the late 1990s, on a guided tour of Belgrade. Meet your guide at Republic Square, the place where Josep Broz Tito's inspiring speech proclaimed the birth of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Hear conspiracy theories and urban legends from the 2nd half of the 20th century as you learn about the fall and rise of communism in Yugoslavia. See socialistic grey edifices belonging to the constructivism era mixed with numerous monuments from the era of the Yugoslavian Kingdom. Arrive at Terazije Square and hear about the glamorous holidays and festivities which were often celebrated here. See Hotel Moskva, and learn about the world-known celebrities and atypical guests who once stayed in its rooms. Make your way to Nikola Pašić Square, which was once known as the square of Marx and Engels. Note its Trade Union Hall and learn about the cult of work which was emphasized during the communist era. At Pioneer's Park, learn how Tito's regime was the most liberal of all countries within the communist system. See the monument of Ivo Andrić, a Nobel Prize-winning Serbian writer and a Serbian ambassador to Berlin at the beginning of World War II. Afterward, catch a trolley, a mode of public transportation used during the communist era which is still active today. Discover the district of Belgrade, Dedinje, famous for numerous embassies and residential villas. Visit the complex of the Museum of Yugoslavia, which is devoted to the life and deeds of Josip Broz Tito, the famous leader revered as an outstanding man who led the country to a bright future. In the museum see a stunning collection of ceremonial gifts given to the Yugoslavian president, one of the most valued being a gift from the crew of Apollo 11. At the end of the tour, stop at the mausoleum known as the House of Flowers where Tito is buried.

Belgrade: Resava Cave, Manasija Monastery & Lisine Waterfall

7. Belgrade: Resava Cave, Manasija Monastery & Lisine Waterfall

Start with pickup from Belgrade at 8:00 AM. Travel to the first stop, Manasija Monastery, which was built in the 15th century by Serbian ruler, Stefan Lazarevic. Discover one the most significant medieval monuments in Serbia known for its artistic, cultural and historical value. Explore the monastery which is surrounded by magnificent towers of the medieval fortress which surrounds it. Continue to Resava Cave, one of the oldest and largest caves in Serbia. Explore the interior of the 80 million-year-old cave which measures approximately 4.5 kilometers in length. See numerous and magnificent halls, channels, galleries, columns, stalactites, stalagmites, draperies and flowstone waterfalls. Finally, make a final stop at the Veliki Buk waterfall which is over 20 meters high and is one of the highest and most impressive waterfalls in Serbia. Return to Belgrade in the evening time.

Belgrade: 2.5-Hour Underground Tour with Local Wine

8. Belgrade: 2.5-Hour Underground Tour with Local Wine

The underground tells the legend of Belgrade from the Roman, Austrian, Turkish and Serbian periods. Every one of these periods carries authentic charm. The first stop on the tour is the Roman hall, which contains the foundation of the main gate of the Roman fortress from the 2nd century. Next, visit the Roman well and army bunker from the Informbiro period. Learn about the spy secrets and President Tito’s political games between great forces after the World War II. The route continues to a big gunpowder warehouse, here the walls tell stories about the defense of Christian Europe from the Turkish Empire. This warehouse is now a Roman exhibit that keeps sarcophagus, tombs and altars from Serbia. The final point on the tour is a wine cellar where you can sample some wine. Visits to these sights portray stories about the unusual history of Belgrade including various human destinies and legends, and enigmas that stimulate the curiosity of history and culture specialists.

From Belgrade: Danube Tour and Iron Gate National Park

9. From Belgrade: Danube Tour and Iron Gate National Park

Visit the Golubac Fortress, Lepenski Vir archaeological site, Mrakonija Monastery, and more on a full-day tour.  The tour starts at 8:00 AM with pickup from your accommodation in Belgrade. Drive 2 hours to Golubac Fortress, a 14th-century structure located at the entrance of the Iron Gate National Park. Explore the Green Zone of the fortress and admire the widest point of the Danube below. Less than an hour long drive from Golubac Fortress, take a short walk in order to reach Kovilovo viewpoint from which you will enjoy the view of the entire Valley of Donji Milanovac, where the Danube is 2 km wide. Continue with a scenic drive through Iron Gate Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe, that consists of four gorges and three valleys. The most beautiful gorges are Mali and Veliki Kazan, where the Danube narrows to just 140 meters and reaches a depth of more than 90 meters. Stop at a viewpoint next to the road and admire the most stunning part of the Danube. Here, see the statue of King Decebalus, the last king of Dacia, commemorated as the tallest rock sculpture in Europe. Around 2:00-3:00 PM, break for lunch and try some traditional Serbian dishes in a local restaurant. After lunch, stop at the Boljetin River Canyon to observe the geological history of Serbia from Paleozoic to Cenozoic. The last stop on the tour is the Lepenski Vir archeological site, one of the oldest urban settlements in Europe, populated 8,000 years ago. Learn the history of the site from your certified guide before returning to Belgrade in the early evening hours.

Belgrade: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

10. Belgrade: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Download an engaging self-guided audio tour of the vibrant Balkan capital. Your tour is combined with a fully detailed map, enabling you to get the most out of your experience. Take a walk through Belgrade, Serbia's capital, and a city steeped in history. Listen to informative commentary as you stroll its streets. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Skardalija, the city's bohemian district. Admire the landmarks of Republic Square like the National Museum and Theater. Encounter famous sights like the Old Palace, Nikola Pasic Square, the Zepter Museum, and Prince Michael Street. You'll also see Students Square, the Ethnographic Museum, as well as the curiously named Question Mark Tavern and Big Staircase. Experience and learn about the monumental Belgrade fortress, with its points of interest including the Natural History Museum Gallery, the Inner Stambol Gate, and the Old Turkish Bath. Enjoy an experience where you explore and learn about the city and its fascinating sights at your own pace.

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4.7 / 5

based on 361 reviews

We were only 2 in the tour. Turned out to become a private tour with Milan as our guide/driver. He was passionate and very knowledgeable of history and culture. (A true patriot as well) We picked up Jovana, an understudy who turned out to be a good compliment to accompany my wife… All in all. A wonderful experience. Highly recommend this company and staff. Bravo.

Dragana was an excellent guide, very personable and interesting. This tour was a nice blend of countryside and a small town along with an interesting city. Not too much drive time. We were out of the van in an hour with our first stop.

Omg what a amazing tour by a brilliant young lady.She was so friendly explained everything in great detail.We even chatted about our own country.Well worth doing this tour.Pat & Mainard Dublin Ireland

We had a great day trip to the Eastern part of Serbia and all thanks to our tour guide Nikola who explained the history and culture of the region with clarity and in depth.

A great tour around the Fortress with lots of history to explain the volatile and turbulent past throughout the Balkans.