We provide the maps, detailed route instructions and logistical back-up, leaving you to walk the hiking trails in freedom
In 8 days you will explore the most beautiful part of Serbia. You will explore the Belgrade, discover the Southern Hungarian settlement in Europe and hike on Homoljske,Suva and Svrljiske Mountain. You will stay in small local 3 star hotel and private country houses.
5 Days of 2h30- 3h30 walking, and 1 day of Belgrade sightseeing
Please read and respect ACE Responsible Tourism Policy.
DAY 1 Arrival and transfer to Belgrade
Hotel check in Belgrade. Night in 4 star hotel.
DAY 2 Belgrade, Smederevo Fortress and Skorenovac
Free morning in Belgrade to explore the city center (walking suggestion provided). Free time for lunch. Transfer (60km, 1h) to Smederevo and visit Smederevo fortress. Transfer to Skorenovac village (the most Southern Hungarian settlement in the Europe). Accommodation in local homes. Diner in local restaurant.
Meals: B, D
DAY 3 Manasina Monastery and hike to the Resavska Cave
Transfer to XV century monastery Manasija (105km, 2h). Visit monastery. Transfer to Lisine (25km, 30min). Lunch in restaurant in the Lisine next to the waterfall Veliki Buk. Afternoon hike to Resavska Cave. (3h30, denivelation +450m/ – 450m). Visit the cave. Night in pension in Vodopad.
Meals: B, D
DAY 4Ravanica and Sokograd
Short morning walk to the Vrelo spring. Transfer to XIV century monastery Ravanica (40km, 45min). Visit Monastery. Transfer to thermal town of Sokobanja (80km, 1h30). A relaxing walk to the ruins of Soko Grad. Terrain is gently rolling. Soko Grad is originally founded by the Romans in 1st century. Ruins of Soko Grad have typical Serbian medieval fortifying site. From Soko Grad we will walk back to the Sokobanja town to bath in a historical thermal Turkish Bath (37C). Walk lasts 2h30- gently rolling terrain, denivelation +100m/ – 100m. Night in charming B&B (rooms with private facilities).
Meals: B, D
DAY 5 Devica Mt Hike
Hiking to Ostra Cuka summit on Devica Mountain. Sokobanja is located in the valley between Mountains of Devica, Ozren and Rtanj. Getting off from the B&B you start ascend on the slopes of the Devica mountain to the Ostra Cuka summit 1.100m. Walking lasts 5h with 800m ascent and 800m descent.Afternoon transfer to Niska Banja (60km, 1h long). Night in the 3* hotel.
Meals: B, D
Morning hike on the slopes of the Dry Mountain above Niska Banja. 3h long hike denivelation +350m/ – 350m. Afternoon visit of the city of Nis and the Roman archeological site Mediana, the Scull Tower, Cegar Hill and old town of Nis. Free dinner in Nis. Night in the 3* hotel.
DAY 7 The Sicevo Gorge and wine village
Transfer to the Sicevo Gorge (20min) and hike to Sicevo village. Wine and brandy tasting. Hike on the slopes of Svrilj Mt. which Bradt Travel guide describes:
“Sicevo is wine-growing centre, and there are vineyards stretching up the hillside all around the village. The vines, the rustic quietness and stone houses of the village, all give the impression that you have momentarily been transported to Provence. ”
Hike lasts 2h30 (rolling terrain, denivelation +200m/ – 200m). Night in the 3* hotel.
Meals: B, D
End of the tour after breakfast.
ACE keeps rights to change daily itineraries.
What Will You see
Begrade’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.
Smederevo Fortress is the last great creation of the Serbian military construction, and one of the largest fortifications in the south-east Europe. It was built with great efforts in order to replace already lost Belgrade, which in 1427, after the death of Despot Stefan Lazarević it was handed over to the Hungarians. As a new centre of Serbia and a Despot Ðurađ Branković’s court, an uninhabited place on the confluence of the Jezava and the Danube rivers was chosen, which conditioned a triangular shape of the fortress ground plan. Unlike Belgrade, the new Smederevo Fortress covers a somewhat smaller defence area, with a simpler interior arrangement. The Smederevo town is one of the largest fortifications in the south-east Europe. As a defence system, it is an extraordinary example of a cold weapons defence fortification and the best creation in the mediaeval military architecture. Its special feature is reflected in a choice of this particular location. Unlike the steep, inaccessible land areas, which found its use in the Middle Ages, here a flat plateau along the river bank was chosen, so today, Smederevo is a synonym for a “flatland fortress” type.
Beljanica Mountain belongs to the mountain range of the Carpato-Balkanides. It is one of the largest karst areas in Serbia. The mountain is mostly covered by beech and oak forest and grass vegetation. Due to its limestone composition it is very reach with caves (more than 150) and other karst forms. The mountain plateau ranges at the altitudes from 1000 to 1300m above see level.
Resava gorge is an absolutely superb area of limestone cliffs with numerous caves. Impressive gorge has an ideal trails for hiking and mountain biking.
he Resavska Cave is the first cave to be prepared for visits in Serbia. The length of the cave totals to 2,850 meters and the tourist paths is 800 m long. The air temperature is 14 Celsius and the average humidity 75%-80%.
The Resavska Cave consists of three floors of passages and halls connected by artificial tunnels and decorated by pillars and coral-like calcite deposits in various colors.Only parts of the first and second floors (Upper and Lower Gallery) have been prepared for visits. An underground river flows through the lowest floor (Third Gallery). The visitor to Resava can tour its numerous halls with different cave ornaments. The cave is very rich in cave ornaments of various shapes and colors and is richer than other tourist caves in the concentration of its decorations.
The Manasija monastery was founded by Despot Stefan Lazarevic. The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was erected and painted between 1407 and 1418. The monastery is surrounded by massive walls and towers.
Since the end of the XVIIth century Manasija monastery has been assembling by educated monks who have fostered literary and copying work, called the Resava School.
The Monastery fortress, made up to defend the monastery, especially from the Turks, consists of 11 towers linked with huge walls and once, with trenches. The towers are mostly rectangular, save two hexagonal ones and one square-shaped.
Built during the 1370s, Ravanica is the main endowment of the famous Prince Lazar , where he was buried following his death in the battle of Kosovo. Since then, Ravanica has been a pilgrim’s destination and an important center of cultural activities and the Serbian people’s assemblies.
Soko Banja is situated in the valley created by Mt. Rtanj (1560 m) and Mt. Ozren (1117 m), at an altitude of 400 m above sea level. This renowned spa and climatic and tourist resort is one of the most frequently visited places in our country. This might be due to the fact that organized tourism started here nearly 150 years ago. The thermal mineral springs of Soko Banja are radioactive aquatic thermal with thermal alkaline water. The temperature of the water ranges between 28 and 45.50 C. The spa helps in healing bronchial asthma, chronic hepatitis, psychoneurosis, neurasthenia, lighter forms of high blood pressure, chronic rheumatism, as well as sciatica and post traumatic conditions.
Soko Grad is founded in 1st century by Romans to protect territory from attacks.
Sicevo is wine-growing centre, and there are vineyards stretching up the hillside all around the village. The vines, the rustic quietness and stone houses of the village, all give the impression that you have momentarily been transported to Provence.
Accomodation & Meals
You will be settled in 4* hotel in Belgrade, pensions, and 3*hotel in Niska Banja. Rooms are with private facilities. We pay special attention to choice of food and all places where we stay have restaurants with great choices of local specialties. If you have some dietary restrictions we will be happy to adapt our menu to you.
What is included
Tour cost is 680 Euros and includes:
- seven nights (rooms with private facilities): pensions in Skorenovac and Lisine, 3* hotel in Nis (Niska Banja) and one night in 4* hotel in Belgrade
- seven breakfasts, five dinners
- transfers during the tour as described in the tour program (from day 2 to day 7)
- booklet with maps and detailed route instructions provided
- bathing in Turkish Bath in Sokobanja
- wine and brandy tasting in Sicevo village
- 24h telephone support
The price is based on double room occupancy and minimum group size of 2 people. Single person departure supplement 210EUR
Single room supplement 140 EUR.
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- 0.8 Euro
- 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.
The tour is available all year round.
Tour cost is 680 Euros.
The price is based on double room occupancy and minimum group size of 2 people. Single person departure supplement 210 Euros.
Single room supplement 140 Euros.