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Full-Day Eastern Serbia Monasteries and Resava Cave Tour from Belgrade

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    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
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    Departure Point
    The tour starts from your accommodation.
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    The tour ends at your accommodation.
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan or private car
    • Professional guide
    Exclusions
    • Traditional lunch = 10 EUR per person
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Even during summer months, it's quite breezy in the cave, so we advise bringing warm clothes and comfortable shoes.
    • We never cancel our tours, however, if you are the only person on tour, a supplement of 50% will be applied. At latest 24 hours before the trip, you will be informed in the case that you are the only guest on tour, and we will offer a choice between canceling the tour with no fees applied, or paying the supplement of 50% of the price.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Aleksandar was a great guide, who replies to emails very promptly and picked us up very punctually. The ride through the countryside was smooth and he told us many interesting facts about the Serbian history and everyday life. He managed to make history come to life, but also
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    Serbia has a lot of places to go, and I wanted to see a bit of nature side of Serbia too. So I chose this tour and it turned out a great outing day! My guide was Teodra, she spoke perfect English and very easy to talk to. A young bright lady! What I was impressed the most from
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    It's 36+ degrees C outside. What to do? Stumble around Belgrade while the tarmac melts? No! Go for a trip in an air conditioned van. The day started with a 2 hour drive to the East of Serbia. That might sound a long time but the journey flew by due to our driver/guide
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    It's a very pleasant and well-planned day trip. We got to see very beautiful sceneries along the way, a marvelous cave, and two impressive monasteries. And we didn't have to rush from one place to another, so it's good for families with kids and senior people. Our tour guide
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    It was so good, the driver and guide were very helpful and professional, I had my young son with me and they provided a car seat free of charge. The places and local scenery were beautiful and serene. The lunch at local restaurants was great, it was near the waterfalls and the
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