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Mystical East Serbia

In this tour we will explore the hidden gems and secrets of the Vratna River Canyon for 1N/2D.

If you manage to pass under the colorful rainbow – make a wish and it will come true. At least that’s what the stories say. We will take you under three rocky rainbows and hidden arches of eastern Serbia. It’s a crossroad of underground winds, ghosts of magic of Homolje (it’s believed that is a most powerful one along with voodoo magic) and songs of water fairies – all that being surveilled by orthodox monastery from 14th century, located on the gate of Vratna canyon. The river carved the canyon, know for its 3 stone arches over 40m high – just like a gate between two dimensions. Exiting the canyon, the river takes a calmer course and flows into Danube.

First day

Our adventure starts with walking through the canyon of Vratna, climbing the arches and wriggling through the narrow parts of the canyon. Soaking our feet during a little bit at some points, jumping from one rock to another and enjoying wooden and stone bridges over the river.

Just like Indiana Jones, we will move around ancient and hidden terrains, that only real adventurers decide to visit. On our way back through the canyon we will climb the second arch, where we can see the entire canyon from bird perspective.

After this adventure, we will visit the medieval monastery on the very entrance of the canyon, surrounded by narrow cliffs. With a break in the shade of the monastery, we will pack and go to have a lunch. Every good lunch is followed by a glass of wine, that is why we will enhance ours with wine from this region.

By tradition, in order for wine to be good, five conditions need to be fulfilled: it had to be far from the stream, cattle, people and dumps, and to „enjoy: in the comfortable, peaceful and quiet accommodation. The climate is practically meant for vineyards. The grapes is full of sugar, but sour enough to result in a high quality wine.

After wine tasting and walking around vineyards, we will step back and go to rest, to gain energy for tomorrow’s adventure.

Second day

After breakfast, we prepare for trekking to viewpoint Štrbac, from where Danube’s iron gate can be seen – it’s a a part of Đerdap gorge, where Danube carved the narrow and steep pass. After trekking through a hundred years old beech forests, we reach the top of the cliff. The Danube is shining almost 700 m under our feet.

We will have some rest, just to take some photos and get ready to climb down. Miroč mountain, whose paths we will be floating above, is carved with numerous caves, pits and hidden ravines and it represents one of the biggest wildernesses in Serbia.

After walking around 2 h downhill (depending of the breaks we make), we arrive at the foot of the mountain where the bus will be waiting for us. We will pack and go to have lunch. Danube salutes us with its spark and burble.

We will arrive in Belgrade in the evening hours.

Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday

  • Departure from Belgrade at 07.00 h
  • Transfer from Belgrade to Vratna: 07.00 – 11.00 h
  • Preparation and passing through Vratna canyon with a brief tour of monastery: 11.00 – 15.30 h
  • Transfer to Rajacka brewery: 16.00 – 16.45 h
  • Tour of brewery w/ wine degustation: 16.45 – 19.00 h
  • Dinner and overnight stay

 

Day 2

Sunday

  • Breakfast: 08.00 – 9.00 h
  • Transfer to the Veliki Strbac starting point: 09.00 – 10.00 h
  • Climb to Veliki Strbac peak and viewpoint: 10.00 – 14.00 h
  • Departure for Belgrade: 15.00 h
  • Arriving in Belgrade at around 18.00 h

 

Dates & Prices

June 29th, 2019
Spots available: 9 79 €, Per Person
October 19th, 2019
Spots available: 13 79 €, Per Person
November 8th, 2019
Spots available: 15 79 €, Per Person

What’s included in the price?

  • Transfers
  • Services of a licensed UIAA guide
  • Wine tour and degustation
  • Half board accommodation in 1/2 room

The price does not included following:

  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal expenses

F.A.Q.

What’s the hike like?
This is a perfect hike tour for people who are just starting with hiking in nature. The altitude difference is a few hundred meters and it will take around 4 hours to complete the hike, on each day. First day is an easy walk up to the river canyon. On the second day, hike will be more uphill, so a little bit more demanding, but still not too hard.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?
You need some kind of basic walking experience. This is a great tour for beginners and those one that love to enjoy in perfect and unspoiled nature.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking pants
  • Sunglass, hat
  • Clothes in layers
  • Socks
  • Couple of T-shirts
  • Rain jacket
  • Small rucksack with one liter of water and some candy
  • Some pocket money

What are the guides like?
All the activities on this trip will be led in English by qualified and professional local guides.

What’s the food like?
All food is local and is freshly cooked. These include domestic cheese and other local milk products, dry meat specialties, fish, local fruit, fresh fruit and vegetable. We can organize your meal in the way you like. Drinks are not included.

What’s the weather like?
Spring and autumn are the best periods to visit this region (May and June for spring and September – November for autumn). In spring the average temperature is around 26-28, but it can be more than 30 degrees. Autumn is slightly chillier, but still really pleasant.

How do I meet the transfer?
We will notify you where the pick-up location will be (in most cases it will be the parking lot of Sava Center). The transfer will be holding a sign with the name of the tour. We’ll give you all extra details before travelling.

How big will the group be?
This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people, and a maximum of 20. Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled. Please contact us for confirmation before booking your flights, or book with a credit card.

Important notes:

This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

We can’t guarantee availability of twin rooms for the duration of the tour. All rooms will, in most cases, be double, or single upon request.

In a highly unlikely case of insufficient number of people accommodated in one of our selected hotels, dinner will be served on a basis of a predetermined menu of 2 or 3 meals.