Northern Serbia: Novi Sad & Sremski Karlovci Tour

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Enjoy a whole day, complete the Northern Serbia experience, and get to know everything about the area on this tour. Choose between a private and a small shared group, with live, professional guidance and an air-conditioned vehicle. You’ll visit one orthodox monastery in a region known as ‘The Holy Mountain of Serbia,’ a lovely baroque town of Sremski Karlovci, the mighty Petrovaradin Fortress, and the second-largest city in Serbia – Novi Sad. You’ll have the chance to feel the unique atmosphere of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural Vojvodina – the ‘melting pot with more than 25 ethnic groups and six languages in official use.

 

And last but not least, you’ll get the chance to taste a unique, locally-produced wine.

Price

Shared tour (small group)

Our shared tour is still small enough to ensure a personalized experience. Although the maximum is 18 passengers (we don’t use vehicles larger than that), there’s a big chance that there will be no more than 5-10 fellow travelers with you on tour.

Adult:

60€

Child(2-12)

30€

DURATION: 8 hours

DEPARTURE TIME: 9:30 (pick-up from the hotel 15-30 minutes before the tour)

DEPARTURE LOCATION: from your accommodation

LANGUAGE: English

Private Tour

Aside from offering the comfort of having a vehicle and a guide just for yourself, a private tour will give you more flexibility in choosing your itinerary. This option will also allow you to choose the departure time, length of the trip, and language in which you want the tour to be conducted.

1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax Child(2-12)
319€ 159€ 109€ 115€ 95€ 79€ 69€ 49€

DURATION: 6-8 hours (your choice)

DEPARTURE TIME: you can choose the departure time; we suggest 09:30

DEPARTURE LOCATION: from your accommodation

LANGUAGE: English

AVAILABLE ON REQUEST, WITH SUPPLEMENT: German, Spanish, Italian, French, Greek, Turkish


IMPORTANT NOTE

The tour includes an entrance to places of worship, so please wear appropriate clothing.

Availability

SUMMER SEASON: March 15th – October 31st.

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WINTER SEASON: November 1st – March 14th.

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Details

What’s included?

  • Free hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned car / van / minibus
  • Services of a professional, certified English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee for Krušedol Monastery
  • Bermet wine tasting

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)

Reviews

Your trip will begin with pick-up from your accommodation in Belgrade, and we will head toward the Northern Serbian province of Vojvodina.

 

An hour of our ride we will spend enjoying the colorful landscapes of the Pannonian plain and hearing stories about the turbulent history of this area.

Home to more than 25 ethnic groups, with six official languages in use, Vojvodina represents a diversity unheard of in the rest of the country.

Fine chernozem soils make Vojvodina the agricultural heart of Serbia, and the region supplies much of the country’s wheat and corn (maize). They have a saying in Vojvodina: “If you drop a button into the ground, next spring, you will harvest a full coat.”

 

FRUŠKA GORA: We reach Fruška Gora, the only mountain in this region, covered with woods and filled with vineyards on the lower slopes, one of 5 National parks in Serbia but also one of the oldest and best wine regions. The thick Lyndon forests served as a perfect hiding place for 17 medieval Orthodox monasteries that have nested within it.

 

KRUŠEDOL MONASTERY: Fruška Gora, or “The Serbian Holly Mountain,” as it is often referred to, is a home for 17 active Orthodox monasteries. The monasteries were founded during the period of wars and migrations caused by Turkish occupation. They became vital communities that ensured that Serbian identity and Orthodox religion would survive through difficult times. Founded in the early 16th century, Krušedol is probably the most important one. Despite the large-scale destruction on several occasions, some original paintings remain on the dome’s pillars, while frescoes and icons date back to the mid-1700s. The church contains the remains of many members of the Serbian noble Branković family, as well as King Milan Obrenović (died 1901).

 

SREMSKI KARLOVCI: A quiet, Baroque town where time has stopped will impress you with its small houses, Baroque churches, palaces, gardens, and fountains. It also has an impressive history: in 1699, a peace treaty between Christian European forces and the Ottoman Empire was signed here, putting an end to the Ottoman conquest of Europe.

The town was a religious and educational center of the Serbs for more than 250 years, which makes it one of the most critical places in Serbian history.

First, we will visit the Chapel of Peace, where the peace treaty was signed. Then we’ll stroll through the streets of Karlovci down to the main square. Here we will see the Four Lions Fountain, The Karlovci Gymnasium (High School), the Town Hall, the Roman Catholic Church, the Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, the Patriarchy, and the Serbian Orthodox Theological Seminary. In one of the oldest wine cellars in the city, we’ll taste the most famous product of the area: the Bermet wine.

 

BERMET WINE TASTING: Our next activity will be Bermet wine tasting, for which this area is widely renowned. This picturesque town has a wine-making tradition longer than 250 years, so it is a perfect chance for us to get acquainted with the Bermet, a Serbian wine that even made it to Titanic.

Bermet is a unique kind of locally-produced aromatic dessert wine. Its delightful sweet taste is easy to underestimate, although it holds around 15-18% alcohol! Mostly prepared as red wine, it was quite trendy within the European royal families in the 15th century and was exported to the United States in the late 19th century. Even mighty Maria Theresa was fond of it.

We’ll hear stories about the history of wine-making in Sremski Karlovci, discover the secrets about Bermet production that every family keeps for themself, and we will learn why they say that Bermet is “the best wine for men, but when ladies drink it”.

 

THE FORTRESS: Next, we’ll visit the mighty Petrovaradin Fortress, nicknamed ‘Gibraltar on the Danube.’ One of the largest strongholds in Europe, still preserved, covers the surface of 100 ha. Built by the Austrian Empire in the 17th and 18th centuries, it played a significant role in defending the Middle European countries from Ottoman attacks. We’ll walk through the fortress, pass through some of its gates, and see the most exciting places on the top of it, like the City Museum, Old Military Barracks, and the Clock Tower. We’ll enjoy the view over the Danube and the city of Novi Sad.

 

NOVI SAD: Novi Sad is the second-largest city in Serbia, with its typical Middle European appearance and proud history of being a cultural and intellectual center of the Serbs in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, for which it earned a name – Serbian Athens. Here we’ll see the most famous sights: the Museum of Vojvodina and Dunavski Park – the largest green area in the city, and the beautiful Neo-Romantic Serbian Orthodox Bishop’s Palace. We will not miss the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. George from the 18th century, with its valuable iconostasis painted by famous Serbian painter Paja Jovanovic. We’ll walk through the main street further on, enjoying the 18th and 19th-century architecture, as well as endless rows of cafes and restaurants, until we reach Liberty Square, a central point in the city. Here we’ll find The Town Hall, Roman Catholic Cathedral, Finance Palace, and the Neo-Classical edifice of the oldest city hotel called Vojvodina. Finally, we’ll pass by the Serbian National Theater and reach the city Synagogue, a beautiful Hungarian Secession-style building, one of the largest European synagogues to be preserved.

 

After that, we’ll take a break, and you can enjoy your free time in Novi Sad. Perhaps, take your guide’s advice for a traditional Serbian lunch (at own expense), go shopping, visit The Museum of Vojvodina, or wander around the streets of Novi Sad. At the arranged time, get back into the vehicle and head back to Belgrade.

 

Your tour concludes with transportation back to your hotel/accommodation in Belgrade, where we’ll arrive in the afternoon. End of services.

09:00 – 09:30 Hotel pick-ups

09:30 – 10:30 Tour start & travel through Northern Serbia

10:30 – 11:00 Krušedol Monastery

11:30 – 12:00 Winery visit, with ‘bermet’ wine tasting

12:00 – 12:30 Sremski Karlovci walking tour

12:45 – 13:15 Petrovaradin Fortress walking tour

13:30 – 14:00 Novi Sad sightseeing (walking tour)

14:00 – 16:00 Free time in Novi Sad (cca. 2 hours)

16:00 Departure towards Belgrade

17:00 Arrival in Belgrade (approximate time, depending on the traffic conditions)

17:00 – 17:30 Hotel drop-offs

  • If you booked the shared tour option, pick-up will be 15-30 minutes before departure. We’ll email you all the pick-up details one day before the trip, not before 6 pm.
  • If you have booked the private tour option, the default departure time is 09:30. If you want a different departure time, you should contact us and let us know when you would like to start the tour.
  • Pick-up from any hotel, Airbnb, a pension that is up to 5 km from Republic Square, or from Belgrade port is free of charge.
  • For pick-up locations further than 5 km from Republic Square, please get in touch with us directly.
  • If you want to start your tour at Belgrade airport, you could do that with a supplement of 15€ (possible on a private tour).
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
  • The private tour option includes entrance fees.
  • The minimum number for a shared tour to operate is three guests.
  • At least 16 hours before the trip, we will inform you in case there are not enough guests on tour, and we will offer a choice between:
    1) canceling the tour with no fees applied;
    2) changing the tour date;
    3) moving to another available tour.

We apply very simple rules. If you cancel the tour up to 24 hours before, you’ll get a 100% refund. If you cancel the tour less than 24 hours before the trip, you will not receive any refund.