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Serbian Monasteries

21 Sep — 2 Oct 2020 | Tour Director: Alex Koller

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Tour Director

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Alex Koller,

PhD

lecturer in art history and architecture

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 1330 on Air Serbia, arriving Belgrade 1710. Transfer to Novi Sad for two nights at Hotel Leopold I.

Day

2

Morning in Novi Sad: Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals, St Nicholas’s Church, Petrovaradin Fortress. Afternoon excursion to nearby historical town of Stremski Karlovci for Lady of Peace Chapel, Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, Main Square, Upper and Lower Churches and Krušedol Monastery (restored 16th century mural).

Day

3

Excursion to monasteries of the Fruška Gora mountain range: Beočin Monastery, Vrdnik-Ravanica Monastery, Jazak Monastery, Novo Hopovo and Staro Hopovo monasteries. Continue to Belgrade for two nights at Hotel Moskva.

Day

4

Visits in Belgrade: Kalemegdan Fortress, St Michael’s Cathedral, Residence of Princess Ljubica, Bajrakli Mosque, Church of St Sava (one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world). Free evening.

Day

5

Monasteries of Manasija (15th century) and Ravanica (14th century). Continue to Cačak for overnight at Hotel Beograd.

Day

6

Morning visit to Church of Jesus Ascension in Cačak. Continue to Monastery of Blagoveštenje and the medieval Nikolje Monastery, both located in the Ovčar-Kablar Gorge, followed by Arilje church. Afternoon: open-air museum of Sirogojno. Continue to Zlatas for overnight at Hotel Zlatarski.

Day

7

Banja Monastery (14th century frescoes) and Mileševa Monastery (home to the 13th century White Angel fresco). Transfer to Novi Pazar for two nights at Hotel Emrorica Raj.

Day

8

Morning: Church of Saints Peter and Paul (one of the oldest churches in the Balkans, with 4th century foundations) followed by monasteries of Sopoćani and Đurđevi Stupovi (13th century frescoes). Afternoon in Novi Pazar: fortress, 16th century Altun-alem Mosque, Hotel Vrbak with unique 1970s architecture (exteriors).

Day

9

Morning visits to Nova Pavlica and Gradač Monastery. Via monasteries of Studenica (13th and 14th century Byzantine frescoes) and Ziča to Vrnjačka Banja for overnight at Hotel Fontana.

Day

10

Depart for monasteries of Ljubostinja, Kalenič and Veluće (fine examples of the Morava school of architecture). Afternoon in Kruševac: ruins of Lazar’s Palace, Lazarica Church. Continue to Niš for overnight at New City Hotel.

Day

11

Morning in Niš: 18th century fortress, former synagogue and Orthodox cathedral (exteriors). Via 14th century Poganovo Monastery (16th century wall paintings) and across the Serbo-Bulgarian border to Sofia for overnight at Grand Hotel Sofia.

Day

12

Morning: National Archaeological Museum (14th century Poganovo icon) and Boyana Church (13th century frescoes). Depart Sofia 1415 on British Airways, arriving Heathrow 1545.

Tour Dates

21 Sep — 2 Oct 2020

Days

12

Cost

£2545

Tour Code

SERB-20

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Testimonial

“A fascinating variety of monasteries and churches, many in remote places. We always enjoy travelling with Alex Koller who is invariably well informed and thoroughly efficient – and good company too!”
“Wonderful monasteries and frescoes; beautiful countryside, plains, mountains and gorges. Alex is always thorough and brings the subject alive.”
- ACE customers on previous Serbian Monasteries tour

 


FITNESS/

PRACTICALITIES

This is one of ACE’s more strenuous tours and requires a good level of fitness. We have a full itinerary and the tour will involve walking (including uphill and over uneven ground) and standing for significant periods of time. Participants should be prepared for several hotel changes, some early starts and coach journeys of up to 2 hours in duration.

FLIGHTS

Own flight reduction: £240

Cost of £2545 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, ten dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £300.

 
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