Private Tour to Eastern Serbia: Medieval Architecture, Art and Spirituality

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Description

A full-day tour to two fascinating examples of Serbian medieval “Moravian School” of architecture with exquisite frescoes. See the best-preserved Serbian medieval fortress. Lunch break is organized in a pleasant natural surrounding of a waterfall.


On this tour, you visit two fascinating examples of the well known Moravian school of Serbian medieval architecture. Two gems built in perhaps the most dramatic period of country’s history, tell us the saga of the two rulers, father, and son, who both became saints. A journey that will also provide insights into Serbian psyche.

We will admire the 14th and 15th-century architecture and stunning frescoes in monasteries of Ravanica and Manasija that were the lighthouses of Christianity, art, and culture. and learn about the “Resava School” well known for its manuscripts and translations throughout the 15th and 16th centuries.

Furthermore, you will enjoy nice landscapes, sometimes enchanting scenery of Eastern Serbia and have a traditional Serbian lunch in a unique environment of a waterfall.


What’s included?

Service of a licensed, experienced local guide

Chauffeur-driven comfortable transport (no driver-guides!)

All entrance fees, road tolls, and handling charges

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions

Traditional lunch with drinks (10-15 EUR per person)

Gratuities to your driver and guide (optional, at clients’ discretion)

Please note

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

A maximum of 6 people per booking

This tour is wheelchair accessible

Private Tour in a small group ensures a personalized experience

What do I need to bring?

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

A dress code is required to enter places of worship. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

Pick-up from the hotel is organized 10 minutes before the tour start time


Itinerary

Itinerary:

Drive on the Belgrade - Nis highway (2 hrs.) to the monastery Ravanica completed in the year 1377. It was built by one of the most important Serbian rulers ever, a brave nobleman who selflessly laid down his life on the altar of the fatherland defending the ideals of Christianity and liberty in the Battle of Kosovo in 1389.

The richly decorated exterior of the five-domed Church of the Ascension bears the seal of the Moravian school, while the interior is decorated with rather damaged, but still striking frescoes. The coffin with the body of Prince Lazar is in the church and his relics are on display to believers and admirers on Sundays and other important Christian holidays.

Drive to one of the largest waterfalls in Serbia - Veliki Buk. Over here we will enjoy optional lunch and refreshments in the most pleasant surroundings of the Beljanica mountain nature reserve.

After some 30 min, we arrive at the Manasija monastery built at the beginning of the 15th century by Lazar's son, a man who proclaimed Belgrade capital of Serbia, poet, diplomat, and knight, Despot Stefan Lazarevic. The outer walls of the monastery complex are the most preserved medieval fortification in our country. Twelve high towers and mighty walls protected the church of the Holy Trinity with exquisite frescoes, as well as the remains of once the most important scribal school in this part of Europe.

In the afternoon, return to Belgrade (1 hour 50 minutes) and to your hotel after this unforgettable day.