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Fortresses along the Danube river - Serbia historical tour, 7 days / 6 nights

Smederevo fortress Smederevo fortress

Danube - the river that unites is a slogan which is usually used for promotion of tourism on the river Danube. However, during the history, the Danube was more often the river that disconnected territories. On the crossroads of world civilizations, between East and West, North and South, the Danube was the border between the great empires.

To cross the Danube meant conquesting new territories. To protect themselves from invaders people built fortresses on the Danube.

Modern fortresses were built on the places of previously built fortresses of the times of Romans, Celts, Ottomans, Serbians… During these seven days of our tour you’ll visit fortresses, but you will also hear more about history, culture and tradition of people that once lived here as well as about the rich culture and tradition of people that live here today. Hoping that fortresses will never have the previous function and that they will be only tourist attraction and place for cultural events.

Day 1. NOVI SAD (D)
Arrival to Novi Sad. Accommodation in a hotel. Dinner. Overnight.

Breakfast. Departure to Backi Petrovac, small town famous after the Slovak majority. Lunch – traditional Slovak kitchen. Departure to Bac and visit to the fortress, the oldest fortress in Vojvodina. It was raised on Mostonga river, by Ungarn king Robert Anzuj in period between 1338 – 1342. Today remains only the main tower and eight towers in ruins. Moving on to Sombor, town famous for its greenery, cultural life and beautiful 18th and 19th century center. Sightseeing of the most important cultural institution - National Theater, the Regional Museum, the Modern Art Gallery, the Serbian Reading House, and the Grammar School. Carriage tour through the town. Dinner on a salas farm, along with the traditional specialties. Return to Novi Sad. Overnight.

Breakfast. Short sightseeing in the city center – Sloboda square, Zmaj Jovina street – main pedestrian zone, Dunavska Street, Orthodox church... Departure to Petrovaradin Fortress, famous as the „Gibraltar on the Danube“. This is a classical example of military architecture from XVIII century, built by Marquise Sebastian Voban, French architect and military leader. The Fortress stands on the serpentine rock, therefore due to its strategic position and significance; many people have struggled for it during the centuries. Sightseeing of Underground Military galleries. This communication system was built in four floors with the total length of more than 16km. Departure to Sremski Karlovci. Sightseeing of Sremski Karlovci - small baroque town, famous for its beautiful architecture. City sightseeing (Orthodox church, Patriarchate court, Orthodox Seminary, The Chapel of peace, Roman Catholic church, Gymnasium). Wine and grape from the nearby vineyard on the brows of the Fruska Gora Mountain, are one more highlights of this town. Lunch on the Danube coast. Visit to one of the wine cellar, with snack and tasting of local branded aromatic wine called Bermet. Departure to Smederevo. Accommodation in a hotel. Dinner. Overnight.

Breakfast. Visit to Smederevo fortress, raised by Djuradj Brankovic between 1428-1430. It occupies an important geo-strategic position, where the Jezava flows into the Danube. It has triangular shape, with an area of around 11 ha, and divided into the Small and Large Town. The Small Town, built between 1428 and 1430, has six towers and tall stone walls, and of particular interest is the palace with a hall that has three biforiums on the wall towards the Danube. The Large Town was, for the most part, built by 1439, and there were a military and a civil settlement in it. It has 19 towers and stone walls 1.9 - 4.5 m thick, of a total length of cca 1250 m. With the area of 10 hectares, this fortress presents one of the biggest medieval fortresses in Europe. During the II World War the walls and the towers of the fortress were demolished, but the fortress remained preserved, so today presents one of the most beautiful monuments on the Danube coast. Departure to Golubac, a town where Danube is 6 kilometres wide and for that reason called “Serbian sea. Visit to the famous Golubac fortress, from the XIV century. The fortress was a place of a battle against the Turks in 1428, where the Polish knight Zawisza Czarny was captured and murdered by the Turks. It is located on an inaccessible rock and is composed from three parts, 10 towers and 2 gates. It was built at the end of XIII century, in several phases. Due to its strategic position, Byzantine, Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey and Serbia frequently fought over it. Lunch. Departure to Lepenski Vir, Mesolithic archaeological site on the banks of the Danube river. Presents a settlement with around ten villages. Numerous sculptures and peculiar architecture are testimony to a rich social and religious life led by the inhabitants and the high cultural level of these early Europeans. Moving on to Kladovo, town located on the right bank of the Danube river. The town is very popoular tourist destination, due to many archeological sites nearby and to to the location of the town as it is bordered by the Danube river, and by a range of low mountains. Accommmodation in a hotel. Dinner. Overnight.

Breakfast. Departure to Kučevo, town located on the 164m altitude. Short break. Departure to Ceremosnja Cave that represents one of the most beautiful caves in Serbia. It is explored, adapted and opened in 1980. This cave is located at the very bottom of Homolj Mountain, 15km from Kucevo. The overall length of the cave is 775.7m, while a path of 441m is adapted for the tourists. Lunch with the traditional cuisine near the cave. Departure to Belgrade. Accommodation in a hotel. Dinner at the boat raft. Return to hotel. Overnight.

Breakfast. Panoramic and walking sightseeing of Belgrade with local tourist guide - Republica Square, Knez Mihailova Street - main pedestrian zone, Terazije, St.Sava`s temple, Orthodox church, Parliament. Visit to Kalemegdan fortress - primary bulit by Celts in the III century BC. On the fortress is located the symbol of Belgrade – The winner, a warrior with the sword in right and the hawk in the left hand. Departure to Zemun. Sightseeing. Lunch. Free time. Dinner in a national restaurant – traditional specialties. Return to hotel. Overnight.

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. The end of the program.

Price includes:
•    transfers according to program
•    2 BB in hotel 3* in Novi Sad, 1 BB in hotel 3* in Smederevo, 1 BB in hotel 3* in Kladovo, 2 BB in hotel 3* in Belgrade
•    5 x lunch (day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5, day 6)
•    6 x dinner (day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5)
•    Wine tasting (day 2)
•    Carriage tour (day 2)
•    entrance ticket (Underground military galleries, Lepenski Vir, Ceremosnja cave)
•    licenced guide

Price does not include:
•    flight to/from Belgrade
•    lunch (day 1, day 7)
•    dinner (day 6)
•    other costs not offered in this Program

(B) = breakfast
(L) = lunch
(D) = dinner

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Belgrade, Sremski Karlovci, Novi Sad, Petrovaradin fortress, fortress, Ceremosnja cave, Golubac fortress, Kladovo, Smederevo, Smederevo fortress, Lepenski vir

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