Church in Kalenic
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 at Mileševa Monastery
Visit one of the oldest churches in the Balkans, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Novi Pazar, with 14th century foundations
“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 a previous Serbian Monasteries tour
The unspoilt sweeping countryside and authentic small towns of Serbia are little visited and provide the perfect backdrop for its wealth of culturally significant monastery complexes.
Located at the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, Serbia has historically been influenced both by the Byzantine East and Central European West, which led to the creation of an extremely sophisticated artistic culture in the high and late Middle Ages and a flurry of intensive monastic building projects. The majority of the nation’s art treasures are therefore assembled in Orthodox monasteries and include some outstanding pieces of medieval European art.
Our tour begins in the northern region of Vojvodina and its capital, Novi Sad, where the nearby Fruška Gora mountain range is home to a large number of beautiful monasteries that were founded by Serbian migrants fleeing from the 16th century Turkish conquest.
Some of the most important monastic buildings are located in central Serbia, where they are invariably situated in extremely scenic locations, often quite isolated among mountains and forests. Many belong to the Morava and Raška schools, which feature varying architectural outlooks and monumental schemes of wall paintings. Particular highlights will include the frescoes of Sopoćani, Studenica and Mileševa.
To put these religious buildings into context, our journey also takes in the country’s most important historical towns, including Kruševac, Novi Pazar and Niš, birthplace of the Emperor Constantine.
We will stay in hotels of three to five-star quality during the tour, including the Hotel Vrbak in Novi Pazar with its unique 1970s architecture.
This tour will be led by Alex Koller, PhD, expert in art history and architecture. Born in Vienna, Alex has lived and studied in Vienna, Salzburg and Cambridge, where he gained his PhD in History of Art from Magdalene College and where he has also lectured and supervised. An accomplished linguist and experienced Tour Director, Alex has travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Far East and has been leading tours since 1998. He looks forward to returning to Serbia with an ACE group in 2022.
Included: 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 £275.