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Itinerary

Your tour starts from Studentski Trg. Then head towards Pomoravlje District, known as the center of the last Serbian Medieval Kingdom, where monasteries steel keep enormous cultural and historical legacy and wealth.

Your first stop is Ravanica monastery. It was the endowment of Prince Lazar built during the period between 1375 and 1377, with its frescoes painted in the years preceding the Battle of Kosovo. Due to its architectural and artistic features, the Ravanica church can be called the birthplace of the new artistic movement called the Morava school. The church is original in its architectural style, which is a blend of the Mount Athos tradition of the trefoil base and the cross-in-square five-domed model which became standard in the time of King Milutin.

Continue your ride to Manasija monastery.  Manasija monastery is one of the last monuments to Serbian medieval culture, raised by Despot Stefan Lazarević, son of Prince Lazar. The construction of the church, an extravagant fortification and large refectory took from 1406 to 1418. The impressive walls with 11 towers, surrounded by a trench, would at that time have been a modern system for the defense of the monastery. The most dominant and most imposing tower – the keep – is known as Despotova Kula (Despot’s Tower).
The Church of the Holy Trinity is considered a prime example of Morava architecture.

The frescoes in Manasija, together with those in Kalenić, are the most beautiful of the Morava properties and are considered among the best in old Serbian art in general. Besides the monumental depictions of warriors in the choir transept, especially beautiful are the prophets pictured in the dome, as well as the idealized depiction of Despot Stefan Lazarević presenting a model of the church to the Holy Trinity. Besides monastery churches and fortifications, Manasija partially preserves the remains of the old refectory and library. The library housed a scriptorium in which numerous books were copied for church use. The so-called 'Resava orthography' was greatly valued and was to influence later scribes for some time to come.

After this extraordinary experience, you will visit the Resava cave, one of the oldest in Serbia, some 80 million years old, with some of the older formations dating back around 45 million years. The interior of the cave abounds in numerous and varied halls, channels, galleries, columns, stalactites, stalagmites, draperies and flowstone waterfalls.

Further on, you will enjoy a traditional Serbian lunch in a unique atmosphere, in a restaurant directly bellow the waterfall.

After an unforgettable day, you will head back to Belgrade

Locations visited
Holy Trinity Church
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Overview
Discover the medieval monasteries and natural wonders of Eastern Serbia on this full-day tour of the Pomoravlje province from Belgrade. Admire the 14th-century architecture and stunning frescoes of Ravanica monastery, visit the 15th-century Manasija monastery, then venture underground to explore the ancient Resava cave.
Highlights
  • Full-day Eastern Serbia Monasteries and Resava Cave tour from Belgrade
  • Learn about Serbia’s medieval history as you explore the ‘Serbian Medieval Kingdom’ of Pomoravlje
  • Tour the magnificent medieval monasteries of Ravanica and Manasija
  • Explore the ancient Resava cave with its dramatic stalactites and stalagmites
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, entrance fees, and round-trip transport
  • Choice of private or small-group tour limited to 8 people ensures a personalized experience
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A great day in East Serbia with Victor Tours

Many thanks to Alexander, firm owner and our guide, for a wonderful experience touring the green roads and rich views of East Serbia. We learned a lot about Serb history, discovered old monasteries and churches with medieval frescoes, visited an amazing cave (I wish I...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018
The perfect getaway from the city!

Tip: Bring something to drink and warm clothing for the cave (it's only 10°C). We had the best day with Vladimir, our guide, and three other travellers! The minivan picks you up at your place (hotel, AirBnB, hostel, etc.) and then you spend 1,5 hour...More

Thank Hanne Lise M
Reviewed 11 June 2018
Private tour to Eastern Serbia was wonderful

I cannot recommend this tour more highly. It was perfect. Nina my guide and Nico picked me up promptly from my hotel. Nina told me a lot about Serbia, it's history and it's people. Nico was also very knowledgeable about the countryside and fishing. So...More

1  Thank Anne P
Reviewed 7 June 2018
History, views, serenity and very good company

Hi all, I did this trip 3 weeks ago. I only had a small idea what to expect (old monastries and a cave) but the day brought me so much more! I was picked up by the mini-fan close to my hotel in Zemun (they...More

1  Thank Rinie_7
Reviewed 5 June 2018
What an amazing trip- i feel like i left something and need to return! Stefan did this!

I had booked with this company for airport return trip, belgrade big tour, eastern serbia monasteries tour and nova sad- for a 4 night stay in belgrade. All tours were amazing and full day tours, however you get to enjoy this country in very diverse...More

4  Thank Hasan R
Aleksandar J, Owner at Victor Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Dear Mr. Hasan, thank you so much for this review. Our hearts are full when we see that somebody enjoyed so much on our tours and that we made their stay in Serbia more interesting. We hope to see you again, until then, all the...More

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