Little visited Serbia and its extraordinary collection of monasteries is the focus of this art and architecture tour, led by an art historian who is particularly interested in Slavonic studies.
• Enjoy access to remote monasteries and churches in the unspoilt countryside of Serbia.
• View outstanding pieces of medieval European art such as the White Angel fresco situated in Mileševa Monastery.
• Visit the Church of Saints Peter and Paul located in the UNESCO site Stari Ras. The 4th century foundations make it one of the oldest churches in the Balkans.
Depart Heathrow 1330 on Air Serbia, arriving Belgrade 1710. Transfer to Novi Sad for two nights at Hotel Leopold I.
Morning visits in Novi Sad: Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals, St Nicholas Church, Petrovaradin Fortress. Afternoon excursion to nearby historic town of Sremski Karlovci for Lady of Peace Chapel, Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, Main Square, Upper and Lower Churches and Krušedol Monastery (16th century mural).
Depart Novi Sad for excursion to monasteries of the Fruška Gora mountain range: Beočin Monastery, Vrdnik-Ravanica Monastery, Jazak Monastery, Novo and Staro Hopovo Monasteries. Continue to Belgrade for two nights at Hotel Moskva.
Visits in Belgrade including Kalemegdan Fortress, St Michael’s Cathedral, Residence of Princess Ljubica, Bajrakli Mosque, Church of Saint Sava (one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world). Free evening.
Depart Belgrade for visits to Ravanica (14th century) and Manasija (15th century) Monasteries. Continue to čačak for overnight stay at Hotel Beograd.
Morning visit to the Church of Jesus Ascension in čačak, then depart for the Monastery of Blagoveštenje (home to the Blagoveštenje Gospel written in 1372) and the medieval Nikolje Monastery, both located in the Ovčar-Kablar Gorge. Continue to Zlabitor for overnight stay in Hotel Iris in Zlatibor.
Depart for 13th century Mileševa Monastery (home to the 13th century White Angel fresco). Transfer to Novi Pazar for two nights at Hotel Tadž.
Morning excursion to Church of Saints Peter and Paul (4th century foundations making it one of the oldest churches in the Balkans) in nearby UNESCO site Stari Ras and monasteries of Sopoćani and Đurđevi Stupovi (13th century frescoes). Afternoon visits in Novi Pazar: fortress, 16th century Altun-alem Mosque, Hotel Vrbak (unique 1970s architecture).
Morning visits to Nova Pavlica and Gradac Monastery. Depart Novi Pazar via the monasteries of Studenica (13th and 14th century Byzantine frescoes) and žiča. Continue to Vrnjačka Banja for overnight stay at Hotel Vila Aleksandar.
Depart Vrnjačka Banja for visits to the monasteries of Veluće, Ljubostinja and Kalenić (fine examples of the Morava school of architecture). Continue to Niš for overnight stay at New City Hotel.
Morning visits in Niš: 18th century fortress, former synagogue (today an art gallery), Orthodox cathedral. Depart Niš for 14th century Poganovo Monastery (16th century wall paintings) and continue across the Serbo-Bulgarian border to Sofia for overnight stay at Grand Hotel Sofia.
Morning: National Archaeological Museum (14th century Poganovo icon) and Boyana Church (13th century frescoes). Depart Sofia 1420 on British Airways, arriving Heathrow 1555.