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From Belgrade: Golubac Fortress and Iron Gate Gorge Tour

1. 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.

Belgrade: Top Attractions & Belgrade Neighborhoods Big Tour

2. Belgrade: Top Attractions & Belgrade Neighborhoods Big Tour

Discover the highlights and neighborhoods of Belgrade on a shared or private tour. Visit Kalemegdan, the Belgrade Fortress, the Zemun citadel, the Vračar area, Slavija Square, and more. See some of Belgrade's most significant sights by car and on foot. The first stop is Kalemegdan, the oldest and largest park in the city center, and the magnificent Belgrade Fortress: Leopold’s Gate, Zindan Gate, Despot’s Gate, Jakšića tower, Chapel of St Petka, and Ružica Church (Virgin Mary Church). Continue the walk through the Upper town: the Victor monument, the Roman well, the King’s gate, the Sava promenade, the Damat Ali Pasha Tomb, Clock Gate, and Clock Tower, Military Museum, and Monument of Gratitude to France. See New Belgrade’s impressive modern architecture: Ex-Central Committee of the Communist Party, Federal Executive Council, also known as Palace of Federation, Genex Tower, Sava Center, one of the biggest congress halls in this part of Europe, etc. After New Belgrade, reach Zemun, the northern area of Belgrade, characteristic for its Central European appearance, charming quarters, cobblestone streets, and fish restaurants on the Danube River banks. See Gospodska Street, the Post Office, Hotel Central, Town Museum, and the House with a Sundial, then reach the top of the hill, we’ll see the remains of the Zemun citadel that are still standing together with The Millennium Tower in the center, Zemun’s central landmark. Go down the Gardos Hill to the town center and reach the Main City Square with the Bishop’s Office and the Roman Catholic Church of the Blessed Virgin from the 18th century. Cross the Gazela Bridge and head for Dedinje – Belgrade’s most luxurious residential area. See some of the mansions in the city, perfectly nestled in the greenery and serenity of Topčider Hill. Spot the country’s biggest soccer stadium, the home of Red Star Belgrade. Leave the city and head towards Avala, Belgrade’s green mountain. Situated less than 20 km south of the city center, it is one of Belgrade’s most popular green areas, a perfect spot for recreation, picnic, or just enjoying nature. Drive through green forests until we reach the highest spot of Avala with the Monument to the Unknown Hero. After that, go down to the second largest hilltop of Avala, 440 m high, where Avala tower is situated. Coming from Avala, visit the Vračar area, where you can see one of Belgrade’s most prominent landmarks – The Church of St. Sava (also known as St. Sava Temple), one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. Through Slavija Square, enter Nemanjina Street with almost all state governmental institutions: Government Building, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Staff of Serbian Army, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance, the State Court, etc. Later, stop in front of the Parliament Building, where you'll take a short break to take pictures. Round off the tour at Republic Square, the heart of the capital, where the city’s most prestigious cultural institutions are situated.

Belgrade: Sightseeing Boat Cruise with Drinks

3. Belgrade: Sightseeing Boat Cruise with Drinks

Your unforgettable boat cruise along Belgrade's rivers will begin in the beautiful district of Zemun, renowned for its grand architecture and unique landscape.  For the next 2 hours, relax on a pontoon boat with all the necessary facilities. Start by sipping a welcome drink and preparing to enjoy an invigorating experience away from the maddening crowds. Cruise past the Great War Island, a strategic defense point of Belgrade, and a wildlife shelter. Then, enter the delta of Danube and Sava, gradually approaching the Kalemegdan fortress, Belgrade's largest park, and most important historical monument. Along your journey, pass under all the city’s major bridges and as you cruise, your expert crew will tell you interesting stories about various landmarks and teach you about the customs and culture of Serbian people.

Belgrade: Golubac Fortress w/Iron Gate Speed Boat Ride

4. Belgrade: Golubac Fortress w/Iron Gate Speed Boat Ride

Take a full-day guided tour to eastern Serbia and discover the most interesting historical attractions of this region along the Danube River. Enjoy pickup and drop-off in Belgrade. After pickup in Belgrade, begin your historical adventure by heading to the Golubac Fortress, located at the entrance to the Iron Gate, the longest gorge in Europe and the widest flow of the Danube. Upon arrival, admire the impressive fortress, which was the among top 3 location choices for the filming of the "Game of Thrones" series. Explore Golubac's visitor center, palace, and towers. Walk along the Danube and enjoy beautiful views, with free time included for lunch. After fortress visit, enjoy the thrilling highlight of a 1-hour speed boat ride through the iconic Iron Gate, surrounded by breathtaking cliffs and picturesque landscapes. Conclude your historical journey with free time for a delightful lunch, making this full-day tour a perfect blend of history, natural beauty, and exhilarating boat adventure. From 6th Nov till 1st May due to weather conditions instead of speed boat ride we will visit Lepenski vir archeological site (ticket 5 Eur per person).

From Belgrade: Full-Day Historical Danube Tour

5. 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 at 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 the Danube looks like the sea from this 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 Mesolithic 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 eco-ethno complex of 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 feel more connected to the events and sites of the Danube River as experienced from the different epochs before returning to Belgrade.

Iron gate tour: Golubac fortress,Lepenski Vir and Djerdap NP

6. Iron gate tour: Golubac fortress,Lepenski Vir and Djerdap NP

Spend the day next to the most important European river and enjoy in beautiful views through the longest European gorge. At its beginning the mysterious "unassailable" fortress Golubac captures us with its beauty, history and legends. Visit this medieval fortress and find out how forbidden love made one princess captured in the highest tower. Feel the the nature of Djerdap - the largest national park in Serbia, from the place where the Danube is the widest to the place where it is deepest. At the archaeological site of Lepenski Vir, find out why the Neolithic people settled there about 8000 years ago, how they looked like, what they were doing, what Gods they prayed to… And finaly, discover magical household, Kapetan Misin breg and enjoy a spectacular view over Danube river

Novi Sad: The city center and fortress Private Walking Tour

7. Novi Sad: The city center and fortress Private Walking Tour

Starting on Trg Slobode, we will visit the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and then make our way to Futoška Street. From there, we will head towards Matica Srpska, one of the oldest and most important cultural institutions in Serbia, housing a vast collection of books, manuscripts, and artwork. After exploring Matica srpska, we will continue our journey towards the Synagogue, one of the four remaining in Serbia. This historic building was a religious object of the Ashkenazi rite until the Second World War and now hosts cultural events and music concerts. Following our visit to the Synagogue, we will walk through Danube Park, enjoying the beautiful green space and fountain, before reaching the Danube River. From here, we will take in the stunning views of the river and the impressive Petrovaradin fortress. Crossing the Varadin Bridge, we will enter the fortress and explore its fascinating history and architecture. Our tour will take us through the clock tower where we can take in the panoramic views of the city and the surrounding countryside. This private 2-hour walking tour of Novi Sad and Petrovaradin fortress is an excellent opportunity to discover the city's rich history, culture, and architecture, with a knowledgeable guide leading the way.

From Belgrade: Novi Sad & Petrovaradin Fortress Guided Trip

8. From Belgrade: Novi Sad & Petrovaradin Fortress Guided Trip

Experience the best of Novi Sad, the 'Serbian Athens', on this unforgettable day trip from Belgrade. Your guide will meet you at the Novi Sad train station (or pick you up for the private tour option) and take you on a comfortable, modern train ride to Novi Sad, which only takes 30 minutes. Upon arrival, embark on a walking tour of Novi Sad's magnificent streets, admiring its stunning architecture and learning about the city's rich history and culture. Start by passing the city Synagogue, a beautiful building that serves as a reminder of Novi Sad's Jewish heritage. From there, you'll head to the central square, Trg Slobode (Liberty Square), where you'll be awed by the grand Roman Catholic Church. This impressive building boasts stunning architecture and intricate details and is a true masterpiece of Novi Sad. Next, pass the Orthodox Bishop's Palace and continue on to Zmaj Jovina and Dunavska Street, which intersect with passages housing a multitude of shops, restaurants, craft shops, museums, and galleries. These streets make up the always-lively pedestrian zone of the central city core, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and discover the best of what Novi Sad has to offer. You'll also visit the Serbian Orthodox Congregational Church of Saint George, another stunning example of the city's religious landmarks. After exploring the city center, you'll head to the Danube Park and make your way to the Petrovaradin Fortress, crossing the Danube over the famous bridge. The fortress is one of the most significant, preserved European fortifications, and is a symbol of the city's multiconfessional tradition and reliance on European culture. It also offers a great viewpoint from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city and the Danube River. Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the history and culture of Novi Sad, making this a truly unforgettable experience. Don't miss the chance to discover the best of Novi Sad on this day trip from Belgrade!

Belgrade: Blue Danube Driving Tour and 1-Hour Speedboat Ride

9. Belgrade: Blue Danube Driving Tour and 1-Hour Speedboat Ride

The tour starts at 8:00 AM from your accommodation in Belgrade. A pleasant 2-hour drive will take you to the first stop, Golubac Fortress, located at the entrance of the Djerdap Gorge where the Danube is at its widest and nature is at its greenest. It was built at the beginning of the 14th century as a border stronghold of strategic importance. Hat Tower, formerly used as a pier of the Fortress, nowadays is the main symbol and trademark of Golubac Fort. Lepenski Vir - an archeological site located 30 minutes drive from Golubac, one of the oldest urban settlements in the whole of Europe, populated 8000 years ago is next on your route. Tour continues with a 45 minutes scenic drive through the picturesque Djerdap Gorge with short stops on the way for taking memorable pictures. Your speedboat tour will start from Tekija and will last for one hour. While on your fun-filled speed boat tour along the most beautiful part of the Danube river, see the remains dating back to Romans, such as Trajan's Plaque (Tabula Traiana) - a memorial dedicated to Roman Emperor Trajan. This unique monument can be seen only from boats (water). On your adventurous boat tour, see the Mrakonija Monastery, Balloon Stations Pena and Varnica, and Stone Statue of Decebal Rex, the last king of Dacia, which represents the tallest rock sculpture (40 meters) in the whole of Europe. When your boat adventure is finished, proceed to the city of Donji Milanovac, where a break for lunch will be made and you will have the great opportunity to try local specialties. Return to Belgrade in the early evening hours, drop-off at your accommodation.

From Belgrade: Sremski Karlovci & Novi Sad with Wine Tasting

10. From Belgrade: Sremski Karlovci & Novi Sad with Wine Tasting

Your full-day journey begins with a pickup at your accommodation in Belgrade. Located 52 miles (84 km) from Belgrade, Novi Sad is the second largest city and most important city in Serbia. No visit to Serbia is full without a visit to this beautiful city, well-known for its amazing architecture. Your first stop will be Fruska Gora Mountain, called Serbian Holy Mountain and Krusedo Monastery, built in the 16th century. A short drive will take you to the next stop, Sremski Karlovci, a small town located at the foot of the Fruska Gora Mountain and on the right bank of the Danube River. You will have great opportunity to see all the highlights of this charming city including first Serbian Gymnasium, first Serbian Theological School, Orthodox Church dedicated to St.Nicholas, Catholic Church of St. Trinity as well as the most beautiful pharmacy in this part of Europe. Afterward, the tour continues with the Wine Tasting at Probus Wine Cellar. Besides tasting wines, the long history of wine producing in this area will be introduced to you on the best possible way, by locals whose families started producing wines in the 18th century. Your next destination will be Petrovaradin Fortress called 'Gibraltar on the Danube' due to its location and size, it is the number one attraction in Novi Sad. It represents one of the best-preserved artillery bastions in Europe with more than 10 miles (16 km) of underground ways and tunnels.  The tour continues with sightseeing and walking through Novi Sad. The tour starts from the Serbian National Theater, the first theater in the country and the main city square called 'Liberty Square'. The square is surrounded with beautiful buildings such as City Hall, Vojvodjanska Bank building, hotel Vojvodina and the Roman Catholic Name of Mary Church-symbol of Novi Sad. After the sightseeing tour, you will have free time for traditional lunch, shopping and wandering around the city by yourself before returning to Belgrade in the evening.

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The trip was wonderful and the tour leader was extremely good! Every question you had he could answer and the anekdotes about Serbian history he told us were great. He picked us up on time and was really helpful. Golubac is like a scene from lord of the rings with the Danube ricer aside making it incredible beautiful. Lepenski Vir was astonishing and it is strange that you didnt find in history books. Our last stop was in a pittoresk place combined with a delicious Raki. If you want to have a great time, feel relaxed and want to know more about Serbia than you are obligated to follow this tour. Serbia was a real threat and Milos and balkan tours were the best recipe you could find!

Very informative tour. I heard so much, but have trouble retaining everything, so am encouraged to read more. This ended up just being the two of us and our guide so he let us look inside churches and set our own pace. Due to my slow walking we arrived to the fort after dark. This made it impossible to see some things he wanted to explain but also a beautiful view of the city at night. The tour ended at the fort and we walked back to town on our own - which was fine - but just a clarification of difference of what the information says. Our guide was excellent and do highly recommend the tour.

Mosi was very knowledgable about Belgrade (Serbia). Was great to learn about the history of infrastructure along the Danube river. Warm and friendly greetings on arrival. Easy to get to clear markings on boat. Great to have a toilet onboard. Drinks were served generously! Jess and Heidi (Australia)

Trip went smoothly, on time, tour guide ( his name was Rus) he was amazing, friendly and helped us a lot in translating the local language to English. Definitely, a fantastic tour🙂

wonderful trip around Belgrade and the outskirts. Great tour to understand what real Belgradians lifestyle. Our guid Bosko was a fantastic host highly recommend