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Novi Sad

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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 area's turbulent history. 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, the town hall, the Roman Catholic Church, the Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, and more.  You will be able to taste a famous "Bermet", a Serbian wine that even made it to Titanic. Your next stop will be the Petrovaradin Fortress, one of the largest strongholds in Europe, which is 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, pass through some of its gates, and see some of the interesting places from the top, like the 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 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 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), go shopping and enjoy Novi Sad, and, at the arranged time, get back into the vehicle and head back to Belgrade.

From Belgrade: Novi Sad and Karlovci Sremski Tour

2. From Belgrade: Novi Sad and Karlovci Sremski Tour

Depart Belgrade and travel towards the natural reserve of Fruška Gora, home to 17 active monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Learn about the region's wine industry at Sremski Karlovci town, where you will sample regional wine specialties.  Heading to the North, you'll enjoy the wide, colorful plain of the Vojvodina region. You will notice an isle which "spoils" the simple skyline and the flat morphology of the terrain. This is the Fruska Gora mountain where 17 religious gems of the Serbian Orthodox Church are hidden. We will reveal you one of them which will seduce you with its peace and legacy of the Branković family as the most important benefactor during Serbia's challenging times, the Turkish siege. After the calm beginning, you will be ready for the more dynamic part of the tour. You will be welcomed by the little, charming town of the Sremski Karlovci. The Patriarchy Palace, Saint Nikola's church, and the first Serbian gymnasium established in 1791 justify Sremski Karlovci's title "museum town". One of the best sides of Karlovci would definitely be wine production, and therefore you will have the opportunity to try a local sort of wine "Bermet" that was served on Titanic! Continue to the Petrovaradin Fortress – known as the Gibraltar on the Danube – and admire the medieval fortifications built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Built as a pillar of Austrian defense from Turkish invasion, Petrovaradin fortress was never conquered, nowadays giving us a chance to enjoy the most amazing view over Novi Sad, to feel the energy of the most prestigious European music festival "Exit", and to take a photo with the „drunk clock". Move on to Novi Sad, Serbia's second-largest city and a melting pot of cultures thanks to its rich history on the border of the former Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires. Stroll along the historic Dunavska and Zmaj Jovina streets in the pedestrian zone and see the elegant City Hall. Discover the house where Albert Einstein's wife lived, and get some free time for lunch in a traditional restaurant of Vojvodina. Vivid facades with specific types of windows, one cannonball in a wall as a reminder, street musicians on each corner, charming passages, and a long list of important sights worthy of attention will make you fall in love with this European capital of culture for 2021. Afterwards, you will be driven back to your accommodation in Belgrade, hopefully fully satisfied with this new experience!

Novi Sad: The city center and fortress Private Walking Tour

3. 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: Private Day Trip to Romania

4. From Belgrade: Private Day Trip to Romania

Depart Belgrade and relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 2.5-hour journey to Timișoara across the border in western Romania. Meet a local guide on arrival to take a 2.5-hour tour of the historic inner city of Cetate, and admire the Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings and large public squares from the Austrian Empire. Gaze at the impressive Timișoara Orthodox Cathedral, along with the Romanian Opera House. Continue to Liberty Square to see the Old City Hall that reflects the city's mix of cultures and religions. Move on to Union Square, dominated by St. George's Cathedral, and then walk through the ruins of the old fortress. Discover highlights such as the defensive walls of the Theresia Bastion, and then break for lunch at your own expense and follow your guide`s recommendations taste traditional food at a local restaurant. Get about 3 hours of free time in the afternoon to explore at leisure before the return journey to Belgrade.

From Belgrade: Novi Sad, Petrovaradin Fortress secret tunnel

5. From Belgrade: Novi Sad, Petrovaradin Fortress secret tunnel

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. Embark on an exhilarating journey through time as we explore the secret tunnel known as "Through the Tunnel" (built in 1883) beneath the Petrovaradin Fortress. This abandoned passageway, with a length of 341 meters, once served as a route beneath the railway conducted over the historic Bridge of Franz Josef. Closed after WWII, this hidden gem holds a wealth of history waiting to be discovered 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!

From Belgrade: Novi Sad & Fruska gora & winery and monastery

6. From Belgrade: Novi Sad & Fruska gora & winery and monastery

From the Petrovaradin Fortress, which is waiting for us, proudly rising on the edge of the Danube river bank, you will have an unforgettable view of the entire Novi Sad city. Few centuries ago the fortress was the border between east and west, between two great empires, and still its underground tunnels keep many secrets …Today one of the biggest music festivals in Europe “Exit” takes place among its strong walls. Walking through the oldest streets of Novi Sad, admiring magnificent baroque, classical, neo-gothic buildings, colorful facades, you will fall in love with its grace atmosphere and its inhabitants who, even in this era of fast communications, have preserved the tranquility and natural kindness. Imagine how they persuaded the Empress Maria Theresa to sell them a city for 80000 Hungarian forints! And since then it was the cultural center of the Serbians for a long time, still called ”Serbian Athens”. As a quiet guardian of the city and whole this region, in a distant prehistory elevated as an island from the huge Panonian Sea, lies Fruska Gora Mountain, which is today the oldest national park in Serbia. While enjoying the landscapes of its beautiful slopes, we will visit Krušedol, one of the most important Orthodox monasteries on the mountain. Following the traces of the greatest migration of the Serbian people from the end of the 17th century, we’ll arrive in Sremski Karlovci. Walking around the oldest high school in Serbia, the famous fountain "4 lions", the Orthodox cathedral, with the taste of the “Kuglof” chocolate cake in your mouth, we’ll solve the riddle: What is the other Sun, which the people of this irresisteble small town claim to have? At the end of this exciting adventure, we are going to the local wine cellar where, besides various high quality wines, you will have a unique opportunity to try Bermet, a dessert, spicy wine, made only in this region. The red one was a favorite drink of Empress Maria Theresa and the legend says it was sold on Titanic as well!

From Belgrade: Sremski Karlovci & Novi Sad with Wine Tasting

7. 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.

Novi Sad: Serbia & EU eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

8. Novi Sad: 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

Create Your Own Music and Analog Tape Recording in Novi Sad

9. Create Your Own Music and Analog Tape Recording in Novi Sad

Our room music studio is located in a traditional apartment on Železnička Street in the heart of Novi Sad city, where you can see the street view and church from the windows. We didn't do any soundproofing in the building, street noises will be captured during our analog recordings, becoming a unique memory of Novi Sad for you. I enjoy the concept of gem session and analog tape recording. All music enthusiasts are welcome to join our experience. You can bring your own instruments or nothing at all.You can come with your own concepts or with a blank mind. I have a NORD keyboard, and together we can create some music. Even if you've never done it before, I can help and guide you. The entire experience lasts 90 minutes. First, we'll briefly introduce and exchange ideas. Then, we'll spend some time creating music, and once it's completed, we'll prepare for recording. The recording equipment is a Studer A80 24-track 2-inch tape machine, which I believe is one of the best sound recording devices in the world, having recorded many great albums. !Please note that we won't do any editing or sound processing .Instead, we'll capture the most natural and authentic moment. Additionally, you can merge the sounds of Novi Sad city into your recordings. After the experience, I'll send you the music we've created together. I hope my experience leaves you with wonderful memories of your journey in Novi Sad.

Novi Sad & Sremski Karlovci shared tour

10. Novi Sad & Sremski Karlovci shared tour

Explore the city center of a true gem amongst the Serbian cities to visit, the capital of the Vojvodina province, surrounded by fertile arable pastures - the Fruška Gora mountain and the Danube river. Enjoy a relaxed 1h downtown walk, while you are surrounded by charming squares, parks, local markets and unique architecture in Serbia. We will visit pedestrian Zmaj Jovina street, Freedom square, Danube park, Republic square, charming streets, green market, just to mention а few. And then we drive through the old old cobblestones to the very top of the Petrovaradin fortress, a masterpiece of medieval defense architecture, where you will hear interesting stories about the construction of the fortress itself, but also about the hidden tunnels and labyrinths and story how this fortress was never conquered once it was finished...And enjoy in beautiful view, too! Should we perhaps leave the best for last? Just a 15-minute drive from Novi Sad, the tucked away baroque town of Sremski Karlovci welcomes us, where we will enjoy the best wines of Fruška Gora and try Bermet, the wine for which the entire region is known even beyond the borders of Serbia. After tasting top wines, you will have free time for lunch, souvenirs or a pleasant walk around this small town, before returning to Belgrade.

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What people are saying about Novi Sad

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(301 reviews)

The tour was excellent, I really enjoyed the experience with our guide Vladimir. It is very easy to get to the place by fast train which is quite convenient and Vladimir met me at the station. Novi Sad is fascinating place, it has great history and a lot of nice places to enjoy. I like the fortress a lot, it is unusual. Strongly recommend

Even though I went into the tour thinking I knew quite a lot about history, Vladimir, my guide, totally proved me wrong. He shared quirky anecdotes and little-known facts about the city that left me feeling like a novice. His passion and knack for storytelling made the experience unforgettable, Highly recommended!

Very nice trip to spectacular places. Thank you to our guide Milica and driver Sasha. Atmosphere was very pleasant, car was very comfortable. It is worth going with this tour to see Voevodina.

Excellent tour with our guide Milica who has been very kind and knowledgeable about the History of Serbia and the places we visited. I strongly recommend it

The tour is worth taking. Everything went smooth. Thanks!