Join us for a superb week of walking in the mountains of Western Serbia, whilst staying somewhere a little bit different! Staying in ethno villages (a small complex of houses built in a traditional style of that area) we will immerse ourselves in the local culture and cuisine of Serbia.
4 Days of 2h30- 3h walking, 1 day horse carriage tour and 1 day of Belgrade sightseeing
Please read and respect ACE Responsible Tourism Policy.
DAY 1 Arrival and transfer to Gostoljublje
Meeting in Belgrade and transfer to ethno village Gostoljublje (140km, 3h). Night in the ethno village Gostoljublje. Comfortable rooms with private facilities. Dinner in Gostoljublje.
DAY 2 Gostoljublje walking
From Gostoljublje we will enjoy walking on the slopes of the Subjel Mountain. We visit the local farm to sample some products and continue to walk to the picnic area near waterfall for a hot lunch brought from Gostoljublje. Return to Gostoljublje for a gourmand dinner with local specialties. All ingredients are fresh and grow and breed locally. Walking 3h, ascent +300m/ descent –300m. Night in the ethno village Gostoljublje.
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 3 Zlatibor Mountain and Open Air Museum Staro Selo
Transfer (90km, 2h) to Sirogojno village on the Zlatibor Mountain. Have you ever slept in a museum? Now we will. The next two nights we sleep in the open air museum Staro Selo (the Old Village). The authentic 19th century houses are adapted for comfortable accommodation. We walk from the Old Village to a local household for a typical Serbian lunch. Return to the Old Village and explore the museum. Walking 2h, ascent +100m/ descent -100m . Night in the Museum Staro Selo Sirogojno.
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 4 Horse Carriage Expedition
Go to Zlatibor ranch for a carriage ride along local tracks. On the way stop for a picnic lunch, afterwards returning to the Museum for a gourmand dinner. We will taste some very traditional food such as home made cheese pie, the buckwheat pie, local prosciutto, rice and greens musaka, dishes made traditionally under the iron pan, cooked lamb… The carriage tour lasts 4h. Night in the Museum Staro Selo Sirogojno.
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 5 Ljubostinja Monastery and Latkovac
Transfer to Trstenik (165km, 3h) and walk to the XV century monastery Ljubostinja. Transfer (40km, 1h) to Latkovac ethno village located at the foot of the Kopaonik Mountain. We spend next two nights in the ethno village Latkovac where we will enjoy a home cooking of the chef Dragan who worked in many fancy restaurants before he opened his own business with a wife and a daughter. The Latkovac is located at the edge of a wine region and we will have a chance to taste some of the wines which are producing here. Walking 3h, ascent +250m/ descent –220m. Night in the ethno village Latkovac. Comfortable rooms with private facilities.
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 6 Craft Classes and Kopaonik Mt Walking
Morning walking on the slopes of Kopaonika Mountain. Return in Latkovac for a lunch. For afternoon program we offer some of the following craft classes: pottery, weaving, cooking classes. Walking 3h, ascent +300m/ descent –300m. Night in the ethno village Latkovac.
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 7 Belgrade
Morning transfer to Belgrade (Belgrade (280km, 4h). With its distinctive architecture influenced by Ottomans and Habsburgs, it offers some great sights. Belgrade is one of the most popular city break destination in the Central Europe. We have a free afternoon to discover this city which is nestled on the confluence of two big rivers- the Danube and the Sava.Night in the 4* hotel.
Day 8 Departure after breakfast
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What Will You see
Gostoljublje is traditional Serbian household founded to cherish original Serbian, long time established customs and tradition. Located in Mionica small village in the Western Serbian county Kosijeric, on the slopes of the mountain Divcibare.
Zlatibor Mountain is one of the most beautiful and friendly mountainous regions in Serbia. The specific climate and harmonious relationship among dense evergreen forests and spacious meadows covered with colorful flowers, streams, unpolluted air, clear water, has developed this mountain into a famous summer and winter resort with the longest tourist tradition in Serbia.The average height of Zlatibor is about 1.000 m above sea level. Zlatibor is rich in excellent drinking waters. The traditional art of buildings in this region is exceptionally characteristic. The Zlatibor log cabin represents the most accomplished form of traditional Serbian housing within the Dinaric Mountain Range. The old buildings that have survived were fashioned with great craftsmanship and illustrate the skill and art achieved by our people in constructing houses to suit their needs and their sense of beauty.
Sirogojno is a village in Western Serbia located on Mt. Zlatibor. Sirogojno offers a variety of interesting activities including fashion shows of knitwear handmade by women living on Mt. Zlatibor, and a summer school for learning traditional crafts such as pottery, knitting, mosaic-making, and graphic skills.
In Sirogojno there is an open air museum, or “ethno-village” known as the Old Village Museum (Serbian: Muzej Staro Selo), covering nearly 5 hectares with authentic elements of ordinary life collected from all over the Zlatibor region from the 19th century.
The museum has got two entireties. The first is a group of houses which have kept initial look and purpose and they make a museum display formed into two Zlatibor farmsteads. The second whole is a group of houses that have preserved their original look but their purpose has been changed; they have been adopted for tourist needs. They are a hall, a souvenir shop, an inn, apartment buildings…
As we have already mentioned, the two Zlatibor farmsteads in the permanent museum display are testimony of living culture in Zlatibor region at the end of 19th century and the beginning of 20th century. The way of life in these houses was specific because they lived in extended family groups (cooperatives) with up to 50 members. The museum has been made of Zlatibor log cabins that belong to Dinara-type log cabins. Farmsteads were always built on the slope turned towards the sun. The houses were square shaped; the walls were made of level water surface logs bound in “ćetr” (four) in the corners. The roofs were covered with shingle, stone tiles or straw. On the roof there were openings for air circulation, and on the very top of the roof there was a chimney. Characteristic for Zlatibor farmstead was a great number of smaller objects all around “the main house”.
The village of Sirogojno was declared a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1983, and it is protected by the Republic of Serbia.
The ethno village of Latkovac perfectly fits the beautiful landscape of Serbia’s heartland. It is situated in the northwestern part of Aleksandrovac area, and in addition to four households, it includes a barn and a stable. One of the houses is over 200 years old and it has survived both world wars.
The captivating surrounding area of Latkovac is best known for premium quality wines. A large number of wineries and wine tasting activities promise a special experience spiced up with old fairy-tales and legends about Slavic gods. But the rich historical and cultural heritage is not what Latkovac is all about. Its breath-taking surroundings make it well worth visiting. Clean mountain springs, fresh air, rich flora and fauna, generate an ideal destination for hiking, recreation and sport activities.
Belgrade’s gritty exuberance makes it one of the most happening cities in Europe. While it hurtles towards a brighter future, its chaotic past unfolds before your eyes: socialist blocks are squeezed between art nouveau masterpieces, and remnants of the Habsburg legacy contrast with Ottoman relics. It is here where the Sava River meets the Danube (Dunav), contemplative parkland nudges hectic urban sprawl, and old-world culture gives way to new-world nightlife. Grandiose coffee houses, quirky sidewalk ice-creameries and smoky dens all find rightful place along Knez Mihailova, a lively pedestrian boulevard flanked by historical buildings all the way to the ancient Kalemegdan Citadel, crown of the city. Deeper in Belgrade’s bowels are museums guarding the cultural, religious and military heritage of the country. Josip Broz Tito and other ghosts of the past have been laid to rest here.
‘Belgrade’ literally translates as ‘White City’, but Serbia’s colourful capital is red hot
Accomodation & Meals
Food and accommodation provided in this program will make unique experience of your trip in Serbia . We have carefully selected places where we stay overnights. They do not provide only a comfortable rooms but every place where we stay during this journey has its own story and history. We will go behind the tourist walls and enter the real life of the rural Serbia where we will meet ordinary people, their history, culture, food, music. All accommodations are comfortable and have a private facilities. The trip is designed for gourmand people, who enjoy in good and quality food. Dishes served in the ethno villages where we stay for 6 nights are made from fresh, organic, locally grown ingredients.
What is included
Tour cost is 720 Euros and includes:
- seven nights in ethno villages (rooms with private facilities) and one night in 4* hotel in Belgrade
- seven breakfasts, six gourmand dinners, five lunches
- guiding service of English, French, German or Japanese speaking ACE tour leader
- full van support
- use of ACE walking poles
- snacks and refreshing drinks during the hiking tour
- pottery, weaving, cooking classes on day 7 (for some classes a minimum number of participant is required)
The price is based on double room occupancy.
The prices does not include optional.
Single room supplement 110 Euros.
High season supplement (from 1st of July to 31st of August) – 60 Euros.
The tour is available all year round
All distances in Serbia are given in kilometers. 1 mi=1,61 km, 1km =0.62mi, 1ft=0.3m/ 1inch=2.54cm
Weather is difficult to forecast but, normally, Serbia has a continental climate. Autumn is often with extended periods of warm , sunny weather. The coldest month of the year is January with average temperature a little bit over 0˚C. Spring is usually very pleasant with daily temperature between 15˚C and 20˚C and occasional rain and showers. The hottest months are July and August with average temperature about 23˚C and daily temperature above 30˚C. The country as a whole receives an average precipitation of between 600mm and 800 mm annually in the plains- about the same as that of southeast England – and about 800mm and 1200mm in highland regions. In July and August we usually have some days with daily max temperature about 35C.
Casual seasonal clothing is recommended for most occasions. You may wish to bring a sweater and some jacket even in summer, comfortable hiking shoes, rain jacket, plus trainers or sandals for relaxing.
You should also bring some water bottles, sun protection cream (high protection factor 30 and above), insect repellent, sunglasses, sun hat, and a lip salve with sun protection. Also bring a swimsuit for swimming opportunities on the trip (the Gostoljublje has a open air swimming pool).
Currency and Exchange
Serbian Dinar is monetary unit and consists of 100 paras. For 1 Euro you can get 115,00 dinars (current exchange rate). In all cities and towns you can find change offices. Most of them have a good exchange rate and do not charge commission. Most of change offices are open from 8am to 8pm. ATM machines are available in all big cities but also in smaller towns such as Sombor, Apatin, Backa Palanka, Donji Milanovac and Kladovo and they require a PIN number. For arriving by plane, there is an ATM at the arrivals hall (downstairs) of Belgrade’s Surcin Airport, which will accept VISA, VISA Electron, VISA Plus, MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus cards. Some of the restaurants and shops accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners). The most widely excepted credit cards are VISA, closely followed by MasterCard.
Traveller’s cheques are a little harder to change: Branches of Raiffeisen Bank or Komercijalna Banka are probably the best bet but beware of high commission charges. For Eurocheques, branches of ProCredit Bank are probably the best bet. Neither personal nor travellers’ cheques can normally be exchanged for goods in shops, so credit cards make far more sense.
Banks are generally open from 08:00 to 19:00 on weekdays and from 08:00 to 15:00 on Saturdays.
In smaller towns it is useful to have enough cash. Foreign nationals may take a maximum of 120.000 dinars in or out of the country.
Most of the shops are open from 9am to 9 pm and remain open through lunch.
Restaurants: The main meal is taken at lunch from 1pm to 3pm. Restaurants serve dinner in the evening from 8pm till 11pm.
In Serbia electric current is 220 volts, 50 HZ. To use American or British electrical appliances a plug adapter is necessary. Electric plug used in Serbia is type C (the same one is in use in Croatia, Belgium, Egypt, Italy, Hungary, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, Vietnam, etc.
Telephone plug used in Serbia is US RJ-11 phone plug
Most of the telephone cards (AT&T…) do not work in Serbia. You can telephone from Post Office and pay after the call or buy a telephone card (a phone debit card) for public phones. There are two types of telephone cards and both could be bought at tobacco shops and post offices. Ask for “Halo Kartica” or “Halo Plus Kartica” card.
Halo Kartica is sold in two versions: 200, 300 dinars. The card allows you to make local and international calls by inserting the card into the slot of all public phones. One minute with most of EU countries costs about 22 dinars.
Halo Plus Kartica is sold in 600 dinars version. The card allows you to use both public and private phones by entering code from the card. There are three types of Halo Plus cards: one for telephoning to ex-Yugoslavia countries, one for EU and card for America, Canada and all other countries out of Europe. International calling rates for Halo Plus cards are much lower then using other telephoning option.
To make a direct international call, first dial 00 (code to access international line) then the country code, the area code and local number. The country code for Australia is 61, Norway 47, Great Britain is 44, USA and Canada 1, France 33, Germany 49. To make a national call just dial area code and local telephone number. City codes Belgrade 011, Nis 018, Novi Sad 021. Important phone numbers: Police 192, Fire department 193, Ambulance 194.
ACE Emergency phone (24h available) +381 (0)64 24 76 311.
Official language is Serbian but English is widely spoken specially in a bigger towns. Both Cyrillic and Latin Alphabet is in used.
Travel insurance is highly recommended for all clients whilst on a tour organized by ACE. Clients together with their personal property including baggage are at all times solely at their own risk. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. Clients are responsible for ensuring that they are in possession of private Travel Insurance with protection for the full duration of the tour in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate cover. Clients making their own arrangements should ensure that there is no exclusion clauses limiting protection for the type of activities included in their tour. Clients should satisfy themselves that any travel insurance is what they require and should arrange supplementary insurance if need be.
Before you come on the tour please read and respect ACE Responsible Tourism Policy
Meals other than those included in the itinerary are paid for separately by traveler. Examples of some costs are provided below:
- Coffee/ Tea- 0.8Euro
- Soft drink- 1 Euro
- Bottle of beer- 1-2 Euro
- Bottle of wine- 5-15 Euro
- Two course meal- 8-10 Euro
- Three course meal- 12-15 Euro
Local fares in small towns
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this part of the world. Gratuities for the staff of the ACE Adventure is discretionally but always appreciated by the staff and we will be happy to provide guidelines.
- 08/07 – 15/07
- 23/09 – 30/09
- 780 eur
- 680 eur