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From Sofia: Day Tour to Nis, Serbia

1. From Sofia: Day Tour to Nis, Serbia

During this day tour you will travel through history with the professional lead of your guide. Your journey through time will start from the Roman period, when Nis gave to the world the Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great. You will then continue through the Middle Ages and the period of the Ottoman rule, which left constructions like the Nis Fortress and the Skull Tower, a symbol of the struggle for freedom and independence from the Ottomans, as well as a representation of the violence of the time. The latter of the tour will pay attention to modern history, in particular the period of Nazi occupation of former Yugoslavia by visiting a Nazi concentration camp. Following this concentration camp visit, it will be time for some rest. During this stop you will have the chance to taste typical Serbian cuisine, which is one of the most delicious of the Balkans. You will also have free time for a walk in the historical old part of the old city. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your accommodation in Sofia.

Nis City Tour: Full-Day Trip from Sofia

2. Nis City Tour: Full-Day Trip from Sofia

The Serbian city of Nis is growing in popularity as a tourist destination. On this full-day trip from Sofia, you’ll enjoy a scenic drive to this picturesque, relaxed city that dates back to Roman times. Nis was the birthplace of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor. It is home to one of the oldest churches in Serbia, dating to the 4th century, located in the suburb of Medijana. You’ll find some fortress remains, a shopping street, and lovely gardens. The approach to Nis is very scenic, with the road passing through a river gorge. Your first stop is to visit the famous Cele Kula (Skull Tower). Learn about the atrocities committed by the Turks and see the unique monument to the sacrifice of Serbian revolutionaries. The next important site is in suburban Medijana, where you’ll explore an archeological site of a Roman estate. See remains of an ancient villa, a granary, villas, and baths. The museum houses sculptures and portraits of Roman gods and goddesses, utensils for daily use, and other objects unearthed at the site. Visit city sites including Nis fortress with several excavated areas from Roman times, get familiar with findings fron Nis area dated back to 6000 bc in the Archeological hall in town, including more recent findings, discovered in the Royal Villa of Konstantine The Great, Mediana (currently closed for restorations ). You’ll have some free time to walk around the central square and an option to try the famous Serbian grill, either in a traditional restaurant where you can pay with a card (plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available) or try the Serbian street food.. After lunch, your driver will take you to a small concentration camp that was set up by the Germans during World War 2 to imprison and exterminate Jews, Romas, and other minorities. At 16:00 you’ll begin the trip back to Sofia, expecting to arrive at about 18:30.

Full-Day Tour to Nis in Serbia from Sofia

3. Full-Day Tour to Nis in Serbia from Sofia

The tour starts from your hotel in Sofia. After approximately three hours' transfer you will reach Nis, the third Serbian city by size, after Belgrade and Novi Sad. Before reaching the old town, stop to visit the unique monument, ’’Skull Tower’’. It is a tower made of human skulls built in 1809. Continue to the old town in Nis, where you will have a walking tour and see The King Milan Square with the Cair’s Fountain and the monument of the Liberators. Head past the Nis Fortress and continue through the main pedestrian street to the reach the last preserved street of the former Nis bazaar from the beginning of the 19th century, called Tinkers Alley (Kazandzijsko sokace). In the afternoon transfer back to Sofia and be dropped off at your hotel. Spare time for lunch.

From Skopje: Day Tour to Niš, Serbia

4. From Skopje: Day Tour to Niš, Serbia

Dive into Serbian history on this tour of Niš. Visit significant historical locations like Čegar hill, Skull Tower, Niš Fortress, and Mediana. End the tour with local wine and lunch. To start, go back in time with a visit to Čegar hill and learn about the famous Battle of Čegar, the first Serbian Uprising. While there, visit the remains of the fallen rebels that were built into Skull Tower. Continue to Tsarigrad road to Niška Banja and visit the locations where Agatha Christie was inspired to write "Murder on the Orient Express." Next, visit the Mediana archaeological site and learn about Constantine the Great and Edict of Milan. Admire Niš Fortress and its notable Stambol Gate, Hamam, Bali Bey Mosque, and its unique Lapidarium. To wrap up the tour, end in the oldest street of Niš for a refreshing cup of coffee before making your way to lunch. Enjoy your lunch with a taste of wine from local winery, Malca.

From Belgrade: Nis city full day tour

5. From Belgrade: Nis city full day tour

South - east part of Serbia was always known as a region that is full of mysteries and interesting stories. You will be introduced to some of them and who knows, maybe we will create a new story ourselves. Our first destination is city of Niš, many people call it city on a crossroad and for a good reason. Positioned on river Nišava banks, in spacious and fertile valley, Niš was destined to become significant place on the Balkans since the first centuries of its existence. With such strategic advantages, Niš was growing during the centuries as significant military, economy, cultural and religious center of the people who inhabited it and states that owned it (Celts, Romans, Byzantines, medieval Serbia, Ottoman Empire and modern Serbian state). Niš is a birthplace of Constantine the Great, one of the most important Roman emperor that legalised Christianity throughout the empire. Fortress that is surrounded by Nišava river is good example of Ottoman fortification architecture. Another side of the coin is Skull Tower and monument of the Battle of Čegar which shows how Serbs fought for liberty and freedom against Ottomans and story of courage and sacrifice. Liberation from varios ocupators continues in memorial park Bubanj and Red Cross contrencation camp – places that wisper the stories from Word war II.In the center of the city there is one old Caldron street that had a lot of craft workshops and in it you can see what is true way to drink Balkan coffee and you will learn about „institution“ of merak. Eat burek in a city where burek was originaly made in 16th century, our suggestion is quarter with meat.

Sofia: Private Day Trip to Nis in Serbia

6. Sofia: Private Day Trip to Nis in Serbia

Following a pickup from your hotel, travel directly to Nis in Serbia. Arrive in Nis after a 2-hour drive and explore the town known as the birthplace of the famous Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. Your first stop will be the Skull Tower, also known as Chele Tower. Marvel at the stone structure embedded with human skulls. It was constructed by the Ottomans following the Battle of Cegar of May 1809, during the First Serbian Uprising. The next stop is the former concentration camp, opened in 1941 during World War II. More than 10,000 people are thought to have been killed at the camp. Today, you can explore the museum and learn about its dark history. The final stop leads you to the city museum in Nis where you can find all archeological findings from the area and learn about the long history of the town. After a guided tour of the most important monuments, enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to explore the city. Take a stroll along the central pedestrian street and visit the local shops and restaurants with their delicious food. You’ll return to Sofia at around 6:00 PM.

Nis: Serbia & EU eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

7. Nis: Serbia & EU eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

Say goodbye to the hassle of physical SIMs and finding mobile network operator stores with our e-SIM service. After purchase, you'll receive a QR code that you can scan on your compatible device to install the e-SIM wherever and whenever you need it. Choose from a range of data volumes, validity periods, and coverage options in different countries to stay connected with ease. Most iPhone models beyond XS support e-SIM, and follow our instructions in the photo session to check compatibility for other devices. Share the QR code via AirDrop or scan it to another device. Install the e-SIM by connecting to WiFi or a network, and remember to turn on roaming for the e-SIM. If you have trouble connecting to the network, consult our self-troubleshooting guide. This eSIM also covers these countries in Europe:Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Aaland Islands, Isle of Man, Jersey, Russian Federation, Guernsey, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Gibraltar, Turkey. If your data is used-up? Simple, just buy another e-SIM to top-up. APN (Access Point Name): iboots Local Network:Vip/Telenor/Telekom Srbija

Belgrade: Private Day-Trip to Niš

8. Belgrade: Private Day-Trip to Niš

Your tour will begin once you are collected from your accommodation. After just over 2 hours of driving, you will reach Niš. From here your day is reserved for your exploration of the birth city of the famous Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great. You will begin by visiting the Niš Fortress, which lies on the bank of Nišava River. It assumed its final shape in 1723, at which point the Turks completed it whilst facing the end of their reign in this area. Its construction required that over 40 stone cutters from Constantinople, and around 400 bricklayers from Niš had to be hired. You will continue your sightseeing of the most important sights in the city including the Banovina Building, The Niš Liberators Monument at King Milan Square, the Monument of well-known Serbian writer Stevan Sremac. You will then explore the Mediana Archeological Site and the infamous Skull Tower (which was erected by the Turks as an example to others of the folly of opposition to their rule). Your tour will then conclude with a visit to the Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, which is today a museum. The German Gestapo operated the camp and held captured Jews, Serbians, and Romas during the Second World War. After that, you will have free time for individual activities in Niš and to try some of the traditional delicacies for which Niš is widely famous.

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4.6 / 5

based on 87 reviews

The trip to Nis was excellent and our guide was excellent. The best parts of the trip are the historical tours. Visiting the Red Cross Concentration Camp, Skull Tower and Constantine the Great's Palace were all excellent with sufficient time and explanations. Transport was via a modern mini bus. Nis as a city is fairly small with little to do. Two hours is probably enough, any longer would be a struggle. The drive to Nis is about two hours. However, there is also the border crossing which adds further time (in some cases up to another hour). The only negative, out of our guide's control, was the lateness of other tour participants. We were a group of 7. 5 of us all managed to independently find the meeting point in Nis in plenty of time. The other 2 were 30 minutes late, then claimed they were there on time and no one was present, which was a barefaced lie. Again, not within the guide's control put perhaps a better protocol for such instances would improve future tours.

This was one of the best tours I ever did! ⭐️ The places we visited were super interesting and I learned no much about the history! But what was really outstanding was our tour guide Billy! She was just amazing and gave us so many background information and telling us all about the different cultures! She made the day really special and was such a warm and welcoming person! Also she was our bus driver and she was a pro navigating us through the sometimes crazy serbian traffic! She brought us to an authentic Serbian restaurant where we got some amazing local food! I can highly recommend this tour! And a big thanks to Billy! 🥰 I went on many tours during my years of travels, but her I will really remember!

Fantastic day out, Nadya was an amazing guide. Really personable, funny, and super knowledgeable. Couldn’t have hoped for a better day out. Highly recommended!

Beautiful, interesting excursion, perfect timing, and the town of Nish is a highly recommendable destination

Billie is en excellent guide and person. We had such a wonderful day together with the full group.