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We meet at 7.10am for our Air Serbia flight departing to Belgrade at 9.10am. On arrival at 11.00am, we start our drive towards our 4 star hotel in Nis. After checking in, we join our leader for an optional city tour of Nis, the third biggest city in Serbia. During our city tour, we will get the chance to see some important landmarks and also acquaint ourselves with the lovely streets. We will also see Nis Fortress. It is a complex and important cultural and historical monument. It rises on the right bank of the Niava River, overlooking the area inhabited for longer than two millennia. In the evening we will proceed to Malca winery to have a wine taste. This evening, we will enjoy a typical Serbian dinner in a lovely restaurant.
Our full-day optional excursion today will take us for a very interesting drive towards Resava Cave. Resava Cave (also known as Resavska Cave) is a cave near Jelovac in eastern Serbia, about 20 kilometres from Despotovac. It is one of the largest cave systems in Serbia, with the corridors about 4.5 kilometres long. We will later proceed to Manasija, a Serbian Orthodox monastery near Despotovac, founded by Despot Stefan Lazarevic between 1406 and 1418. The church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. It is one of the most significant monuments of medieval Serbian culture and it belongs to the “Morava school”. The monastery is surrounded by massive walls and towers. Immediately following its foundation, the monastery became the cultural centre of the Serbian Despotate. Its School of Resava was well known for its manuscripts and translations throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, even after the fall of the Despotate to the Ottoman Turks.
Today, we shall enjoy another full-day optional excursion taking us on the outskirts of Nis, where we will first stop in Cele Kula, or the Skull tower. Built in 1809 after the battle of Cegar hill between the Serbians and the Ottomans, it represents the atrocities of the Turks against the Serbs. Today the Skull tower is a symbol of the Serbian battle for independence and a cultural monument of exceptional importance for the history of the country. Our next stop is in Crveni Krst Concentration Camp located in Crveni Krst – disctrict of Nis. The Camp operated by the German Gestapo and used to hold captured Serbs, Jews and Romanis during the Second World War. Established in mid-1941, it was used to detain as many as 35,000 people during the war and was liberated by the Yugoslav Partisans in 1944. We will later drive towards Jelascnica gorge, situated just 10 km from the city centre where we will go to a lovely family restaurant offering traditional food and typical barbecue. Our last stop is The Holy Trinity Cathedral in Nis with its architecture and iconostasis having an essential place in Serbian history of art. Construction of the church began in October 18, 1856 and continued until 1872, consecrated after the liberation from the Turks in 1878. We will finish off the day with a stop in Gnorji Matejevac where we can find an old Latin church with some stupendous views of the city of Nis. This evening we will be celebrating the New Year at a typical Serbian Restaurant!
After a relaxed start to the morning, we will go on a full-day optional excursion taking us towards central Serbia where we will first visit Ljubostinja Monastery. Ljubostinja is a Serbian Orthodox monastery near Trstenik, Serbia. Located in the small mountain valley of the Ljubostinja River, the monastery is dedicated to the Holy Virgin. The monastery was built between 1388 and 1405. We proceed to Vrnjacka Banja, the oldest and most beautiful spa in Serbia. The spa town boasts an exceptionally beautiful environment and pleasant climate, and is visited by both domestic and foreign tourists in need of various medical treatments. The town is located at the base of the Goc Mountain, which protects the spa from harsh winter winds.
After checking out of our rooms, we will start our drive towards Belgrade where we will enjoy a free panoramic city tour, followed by a walking tour in the main pedestrian street Knez Mihailova, Kalemegdan fortress, National theater, National museum (no entrance). Serbia’s capital city will show you why it is a strategic stopover at the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilization since ancient times, with its position at the confluence of the Danube and Sava River. We will then proceed to Belgrade airport for our Air Serbia flight departing at 5.45pm and arriving in Malta at 7.40pm.
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Price per person
€489 €439* Adult in Triple
€519 €469* Adult in Twin
€599 €549* Adult in Single
€369 €319* Child with 2 adults
€49 New Year’s Eve Dinner in a local restaurant
* Special price applies when all excursions are taken
Return Air Serbia flights to Belgrade
4 nights in 4 star Hotel Niski Cvet in Nis or similar
Rooms with private facilities, TV & WiFi
4 buffet breakfasts
Return airport transfers
Services of tour leader
€49 €32 Nis City tour, Malca Winery tasting (incl. dinner)
€45 €27 Cele Kula/ Crveni Krst Concentration Camp/Holy Trinity Cathedral (incl. lunch)
€45 €27 Resava Cave/Manasija Monastery
€45 €27 Ljubostinja/Vrnjacka Banja (incl. lunch)