Private Day Trips from Belgrade to the North of Serbia - Tours of Vojvodina
All our private day trips to the North of Serbia - Vojvodina are guided in English or Spanish by the professional Serbian Heritage Interpreter and official Tour Guide. Tours are organised from Monday to Sunday and start at 8 a.m. and end at 8 p.m. in Belgrade, from your hotel or any other place of your choosing within the town area. Our professional chauffeur will be driving us safely in a superior class car or minibus.
Vojvodina province is located at the North of Serbia and in the southern part of the Pannonian Plain. It has been a home to people from 28 different nations who have lived together in this fertile area since the 18th century. This multi-national, multi-religious and multilingual society has such a rich culture that it is impossible to get to know it all in just one day. Subotica and Novi Sad are the most interesting urban destinations in Vojvodina, and both towns are well worth the visit. In Vojvodina there are several wine regions and viticulture is well developed. Should you want, we might visit one of the small family-owned wine cellars with tradition, a passion for wine and superb wines. Meeting people who make wine and hearing their stories adds to the experience of wine tasting.
No.7 – Private Day Trip to Subotica and Novi Sad
We will travel to SUBOTICA, the town located in the heart of the Pannonian plain at the very north of Vojvodina. It is a multi-confessional, multi-linguistic and multi-ethnic town, a genuine "city of minorities".
As the 19th century was drawing to a close a luxurious new style, Art Nouveau was taking Europe by storm. Art Nouveau developed as an opposition to the existing, officially recognised forms of arts, crafts and architecture. Subotica became a keen convert to a Hungarian version of Art Nouveau called Hungarian Floral Secession, and in 40 years many of Subotica's most beautiful buildings, in what is now a protected area of the Old Town, were built.
We will visit the most outstanding Secession style buildings including Ferenc Raichle Mansion, a uniquely spectacular building with blue glass mosaics, green wooden bay windows, as well as an abundance of curved, glazed pyro granite elements. In the Town Hall, a building of exceptional beauty, we will see it's finely decorated and intricately hand-painted interior. In the Synagogue, which was built by the affluent Jewish community and is one of the most outstanding Art Nouveau religious buildings in Central Europe, you will have the opportunity to see the recently restored interior and its wonderful multi-coloured stained-glass windows. We will visit various palaces, real architectural gems and stroll through the old town which has received protection and recognition as an area of historical importance.
In the afternoon we can go to a Stud Farm to see its 60 Lipizzaner horses and enjoy the ride in the woods. Instead of it, we could visit a local wine cellar to taste their award-winning organic wines and go to Palic Lake for a pleasant walk through the park and along the lake shore.
Alternatively, we could continue straight to NOVI SAD and visit the old town.
No. 8 – Private Day Trip to Subotica and Novi Sad - Jewish Heritage Tour
Our day trip features two major centres of Jewish communities in Vojvodina. SUBOTICA is an architectural treasure and a town of cultural significance. It is located right in the heart of the fertile plains of Southern Pannonia and is Serbia's northernmost substantial town. At the end of the 19th century during the city's stunning success and economic development, hundreds of beautiful buildings were built in different architectural styles. It was a time of the intense activity of Jewish entrepreneurs who were behind the town's economic progress. Many buildings are a visible reminder of the long and prominent history of Jewish culture in the area.
We will visit the impressive interiors of the TOWN HALL and the SYNAGOGUE, both of which were designed by Jewish architects, and feature fine Art Nouveau paintings, carved and moulded finishes and Zsolnay ceramics. The Subotica Synagogue was one of the most innovative fin de siècle Jewish places of worship in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and today it is the only surviving Hungarian Art Nouveau Jewish place of worship in the world. Erected by the town's prosperous Jewish community, it showcases the Hungarian-Jewish identity of its builders, who lived in a multi-religious, but predominantly Catholic city. During the tour, you will also see the homes of notable Jewish families and hear their life stories, and about 4000 Jewish citizens who perished during World War II.
In NOVI SAD, Serbia's second largest city, there once lived a smaller, but well-organised Jewish community before World War II set in. The Jews of Novi Sad played a vital role in the city's administration and industry. Lipót Baumhorn, a leading synagogue architect in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, designed the synagogue, Jewish school with a community centre in Novi Sad and some of the most beautiful buildings in Novi Sad.
No. 9 – Private Day Trip to Novi Sad, Bac Fortress, Bodjani, Petrovaradin Fortress and Fruska Gora
After travelling via rolling hills of Fruska Gora, dotted with villages of different religious and ethnic communities, we will stop in a village on the banks of the Danube and visit the oldest family home preserved in Vojvodina. The house, built for a Slovak soldier and his family, represents a rare example of rural architecture from the 18th century. Not far from the house is a charming Orthodox church with a fascinating history and beautiful icons created by some of the most prestigious painters from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Our next destination is the town of BAC which is surrounded by fertile land, beautiful orchards, vineyards and sparkling streams. It rose to prominence in the middle ages when it served both as the Archbishopric and a district seat. We will visit the FRANCISCAN ABBEY, founded in the 12th century by the Knights Templar and see recently discovered Gothic frescoes and the oldest library in the country.
The FORTRESS OF BAC was erected in the 11th century on an islet carved out by the Mostonga River, a tributary of the Danube and it was entered over pull-bridges. The donjon tower built in the middle of the fortress dominates the former courtyard and represents one of the best examples of a late-medieval donjon in this part of Europe. Bac Fortress has been included in UNESCO’s Tentative List for World Heritage listing.
We will visit the BODJANI MONASTERY, founded in the 15th century and centuries later painted by Christifor Zhefarovic, an 18th-century painter, engraver, writer, poet and a notable proponent of Pan Slavism. The frescoes on the walls of the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin are the most unusual fresco paintings to be seen in any Serbian monastery. Biblical characters dressed in 18th-century costumes and other eccentric visions mark the beginning of Baroque art in Vojvodina.
During the walk through narrow side streets of the NOVI SAD, we will see its historical buildings and enter into the Synagogue, Catholic Church and Orthodox Church. After visiting the PETROVARADIN FORTRESS, built by Austrians for over 90 years as a military fort to reinforce their defence against the Ottomans, we will descend to WASSERSTADT, the administrative centre of the fortress for a walk. We will end our tour with a visit to SREMSKI KARLOVCI.
No. 10 – Private Day Trip to Novi Sad, Petrovaradin, Sremski Karlovci and Fruska Gora
We will cross both the river Sava and the river Danube as we travel northwards to the NATIONAL PARK OF FRUSKA GORA where we will visit the HOPOVO MONASTERY and its 16th century Church of St. Nicholas, the largest church built in this area. Then we will continue to the KRUSEDOL MONASTERY considered one of the most important spiritual centres for Serbs in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Church of the Annunciation is the place where the first king of Modern Serbia, King Milan was buried. Both monasteries have fresco paintings, painted by provincial painters and which are only a distant echo of the great art which can be seen in Serbian Orthodox monasteries in the south of Serbia.
We will stroll through the town of SREMSKI KARLOVCI, the spiritual, political and cultural centre of the Serbs during the Habsburg Empire. We will see the 18th and 19th-century buildings surrounding the main square and the second oldest Orthodox seminary in the world. This tiny charming town is a centre of wine production including the famous Bermet dessert wine, which was found on the Titanic's wine list. During the Habsburg Empire, Sremski Karlovci used this wine as a bribe to soften Austrian authorities.
Later we will head to NOVI SAD to enjoy a pleasant walk through the Old Town. The city centre abounds with multi-coloured buildings built in different styles including Gothic, Baroque, Secession and Neoclassical. We will cross one of the bridges over the Danube to visit the PETROVARADIN FORTRESS, which has been called Gibraltar on the Danube and features 16 km of underground galleries, 12,000 gun holes and 13 gates.