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Welcome to Belgrade! You’ll be met at the Airport and transferred to our Hotel. Depending on your flight schedule, the sightseeing tour of Belgrade will take place either today or on the last day before your return flight.
Belgrade sightseeing tour includes the most significant sights of old part of the city: the National Assembly, City Hall, National Theatre and the visit to St Sava Orthodox Church. You will also walk with your Local Guide along the pedestrian Knez Mihailova street, Kalemegdan park and Belgrade fortress.
We have a short drive this morning to reach the border. We cross into the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (to give this country its official title) and head to the capital city of Skopje.
Here we see the monument and the memorial house of Mother Theresa, the Stone Bridge from the 6th century, Daut Pasha Amam- monument of the Islamic architecture from the XV century, the Church of St Spasa, and the Fortress Kale. Later we drive through the western Macedonia to reach the shores of 30km long Ohrid Lake where the water temperature remains between 14c and 24c throughout the year.
The town with the same name is famous for its 40 ancient churches, basilicas and monasteries, some of them dating back to 11th century and therefore has been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 1980.
Our first stop this morning will be the second largest Macedonian city of Bitola. It has been known since the Ottoman period as "the city of the consuls", since many European countries have consulates here.
Enjoy a stroll along the pedestrian Shiroki Sokak, street with some beautiful neo-classical buildings.
Continuing through the fertile lands of Macedonia we reach the Bulgarian border and head to its capital city of Sofia.
An early morning departure as we cross the border back to Serbia driving through some of the country’s remote parts to reach Gamzigrad. Here we will visit the ruins of a late Roman fortress – Felix Romuliana. Built at the end of 3rd century A.D it presents a rich architectural and cultural monument from the Roman times.
Note: Gamzigrad visit can be arranged ONLY over the summer months!! Instead, we can visit the Rajac ethno village and the wine cellars. This unique cultural sight is dedicated to the glory of wine, as this whole area of Serbia is famous for its vineyards dating from the ancient Roman times.
The complex of Rajacke Pimnice consists of over 270 stone houses which were built more than 200 years ago, to produce and preserve natural wines.
Tonight we return to Belgrade and celebrate a successful trip at our Farewell Dinner with excellent food and music at a restaurant in “Skadarlija”, the Bohemian quarter of the city.
After breakfast our tour will take us through the fragrant meadows and deep forests of Serbia. Hidden among the hills and plum-tree groves, medieval monasteries will appear as the guardians of past times.
First we will visit the monastery of Manasija situated close to Despotovac, it is one of the last monuments to Serbian mediaeval culture. The church was raised by Despot Stefan Lazarević. The construction of the church, an extravagant fortification and large refectory took from 1406 to 1418.The impressive walls with 11 towers, surrounded by a trench, would at that time have been a modern system for the defence of the monastery.
A short drive from here we reach the next monastery Ravanica. It was built around 1380 as an endowment of Prince Lazar and is regarded to be the birthplace of the new artistic movement called the Morava school. We continue to the birthplace of the Roman emperor, Constantine, Naissus or Nis in Serbian.
We visit the Nis Fortress, the best preserved Turkish fortress in the central Balkans. It was built in the 18th century and contains remains of the Roman town in the foundations, as well as a nearby Ossuary called the Skull Tower, where we learn about its bizarre history.
We will enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant.
Magnificent vistas as we drive along the lake to the town of Saint Naum located near the Albanian border and named after the medieval Saint.
Here we visit the Monastery established by the saint about nine centuries ago, and his burial place.
After some free time we return to Ohrid where you can enjoy some time at leisure or even dip in the lake’s crystal clear water.
Sofia claims to be one of the few Capital cities with beautiful scenery and a developed ski resort in close proximity.
During our sightseeing we will see the important attractions like National Theatre, Palace of Culture, National Assembly and University buildings. Our highlight visit will be to the magnificent Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky. Built in Neo-Byzantine style it can accommodate 10.000 people.
Spend the rest of the day exploring the city at leisure. Tonight we shall enjoy local specialities at a rustic restaurant on the slopes of Mount Vitosha, and we will marvel at the Nestinari barefoot dancers performing over smouldering embers.
After breakfast we transfer you to Belgrade airport for your flight back home.
Those who have a later flight may enjoy the included city sightseeing tour before departure to the airport.
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