Serbia
Holidays and Tours

Lying on the fault-line between the great historical empires of the east and west, Serbia remains a complex synthesis of cultures. Traditionally viewed as the big bad brother of the West Balkans, Serbia is beginning to shrug off this mantle and establish itself as a vibrant and archaeologically mesmerising venue for the more curious traveller.

Despite being a relatively small nation of around 7.5 million people, the age-long importance of the country as a cross-roads in Eurasian trade and military ambitions has meant that Serbia boasts a plethora of sites to visit, all set against the backdrop of some of the most spectacular and yet accessible scenery in Europe.

Our group tours and tailor-made trips seek to give you a real flavour of the variety of influences that have shaped this intriguing country. The two and a half millennia which have shaped the streets and sensibilities of Belgrade perfectly exemplify this, as the architecture and attitudes of a plethora of powers jostle for position, all interwoven by the majestic waters of the Danube at its confluence with the Sava.

Pervading all this is the effervescent Serbian spirit and the café culture of the capital is one not to be missed. A journey through the north reveals beautiful forested National Parks, like Fruska Gora, alive with the calls of woodpeckers and cries of eagles circling over the vine-clad slopes of the Orthodox church’s Holy Mountain.

Delving east, we view the thrilling Iron Gates of the Danube’s Djerdap Gorge that guard the route to Romania, followed by 6,500 years of extraordinary archaeology on show at Lepenski Vir.

To the south the Ottoman inspired lands are still dotted with spectacular UNESCO world heritage Christian religious sites, summing up the exhilarating blur of experiences which Serbia has to offer.

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Good hotels, great guide and interesting sights. Sam went out of his way to find out our particular interests and incorporate these as much as possible into the trip, which made the difference between a good trip and an outstanding one.

 

James Wheeler, UK

Places to visit in Serbia and on our Balkan tours

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Why visit Serbia?

Transition and drama capture the spirit of Serbia, from its cultural shifts to its geography. The grasslands and Danube-dominant northern region boast a vibrant capital in Belgrade and lush national parks, which yielding gently to the hills and intrinsically Serbian heartlands of the wooded central regions. Further east and south, the land rises to majestic ridges, topped by peaks of over 2,000m and home to wilderness species. Amidst all this, the Serbian past is resplendent, from fascinating Roman remains to exquisitely beautiful fresco-clad monasteries, a rich reward to all who venture here.

Whilst recent history has whittled down Serbia to what appears a core identity, the country in fact remains a series of wonderful contrasts: the Hungarian influences to the north, epitomised by Fruska Gora and Novi Sad’s Hapsburg buildings, are also seen in its dining where goulash and meat stews are commonplace.

his phase of the country’s history relates back to outside influences during the irrepressible drive of the Serb people to re-establish their independence from the Ottoman Empire which ruled over the region for nearly 500 years. The latter’s stamp is on much of the architecture and the delicious repasts such as grilled kebabs and moussaka, as well as the pervading coffee ritual which is very much a Turkish inheritance.

Prior to their arrival, the medieval heyday of Serbia in the 14th century led to the creation of magnificent citadels, such as at Golubac which stood sentinel over the Djerdap Gorge’s Iron Gates where the Danube plunges for 100km before heading into once hostile Romania to the east.  Since the 9th century, the country practised Orthodoxy and the architects of this – St. Cyril and St Methodius – are commemorated ubiquitously in the surviving medieval Orthodox monasteries.

This was a period where art flourished and visitors cannot fail to be beguiled by the fresco-clad walls of stunning monasteries like Studenica and Soporcani, remnants of a golden age of Christianity that was repressed after the crushing annihilation of the Serbian nobility at the Battle of Kosovo against Turkish forces. The modern history of the region has seen amalgamation and division in equal part, occupation by the Nazis and Tito’s lasting communist federation of Yugoslavia, leaving the indomitable heartbeat that is Belgrade, a city built on foundations of centuries of captivating historical sites and celebrations of tolerance of diversity.

Nationwide, subsequent shifts in power and autonomy have however led to huge periods of instability and ethnic violence, but the move to fledgling democracy and shedding of its former partners has seen Serbia striving to reinvent itself as an open democracy, only just beginning to realise the abundance of its assets it has to offer those who journey there. Awaiting are vast national parks, mountains, ski resorts, wonderful museums, and majestic fortresses and monasteries, as well as archaeological sites such as Lepenski Vir which show evidence of prehistoric settlements from 6,500 BC.

Serbia is truly a place which offers a window on a bewildering range of epochs and civilisations and provides a huge draw to a land which remains, for most, inscrutable and undiscovered.

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