Why is Serbia interesting destination with increasing demand over the years?
According to Lonely Planet magazine, Serbia is among the top seven most attractive destinations to visit. Serbia is home to a hidden world of flora and fauna; rare and protected, with traditional hospitality, rich historic and cultural heritage. The wonders of Mount Tara, Mokra Gora, Zlatibor, the Drina canyon and Uvac, natural spa and springs, wellness, country, mineral water and many rivers with clear water. They are right beside us; they represent our origins and provide access to the meaning of life.
What do we offer?
The way to discover the unique and incredible adventure, offering a unique experience for travellers across the world. Review of our travellers and visitors are our best promotion, we offer a picturesque journey of country and spa, natural springs, wellness, mineral water and relaxation in ethnic villages in natural environment with organic food, clear water and fresh air. Accommodation provided in ethnic house with domestic and hospitable hosts with natural environment that relaxes your body, mind and soul.
Dynamic journeys of Tara over the wild part of Zlatibor mountain. Visiting the wooden church and famous medieval Uvac monastery among others. Climbing to the highest pick of mountain along with many other outdoor activities, and taking a short lunch break with the view of natural stone arch and on our way to the next base stay in one of the ethno villages- Vranesa, Lopatnica, Bogut and many others providing accommodation in natural and hospitable environment.
Activities in Serbia
Country, Rivers and Ethnic Villages in Serbia
- Soft Adventures /hiking, mount-biking, horseback riding, kayaking, windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing/ in many of the ethnic villages
Cycling route is 1 day package of total 35 km includes cycling by the most fascinating spots and the best preserved areas.
Horse-back riding + hiking package is half-day tour which starts at 09,00 in ethnic village and includes the horseback riding session under supervision of the professional riding instructors, on healthy horses which have been especially selected through the years to handle mountainous terrains but also to be accustomed to different riders. Riding course of ca 6 km which lasts around 1,5 hour makes visitors feel comfortable in the saddle even if this is their fist ride. This is combined horse riding and simple walks route, very exciting regarding the multitude of experiences offered!
A special itinerary of 10 km hike, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing or kite surfing, with the landscape, hills and cave along the Monasteries that allows visitors to rest between the harder parts and to be in a perfect mood all the time. When the outdoor activities are completed, tour ends with the “nature-lovers-style” refreshment. Make sure you wear long pants and snickers with ribbed foot, and bring enough water and something to support your energy – a snack or fruit. In order to ensure a pleasurable ride for all of our riders the weight limit is 85 – 90 kg and maximum number of riders is 20.
- Folklore Courses – Ethnic Villages, rural households/farms
Learn the main steps of the famous Serbian Kolo dance and enjoy performing it together with your friends or other visitors who also want to become popular in this amazing knowledge. This joyful course is conducted by professional folklore dancers and folklore teachers and choreographers who help you endeavor and become a skilled folklore dancer, supported by tones of the Serbian traditional instruments played by local musicians – flute, accordion, kaval and accompanied with great fun and satisfaction of all ...
- Music Courses – Ethnic Villages, rural households/farms
Learning to sing or to play traditional music depends not just on innate aptitude but also on being well motivated and on getting to hear the music frequently and listening to it with attention. Find out what secret sounds await you and learn melodies you can play on the traditional Serbian instruments – accordion, flute, def, trumpet...., under supervision of professional musicians and music teachers who make this experience memorable and support your performance before your friends and other visitors...
- Culinary – cooking workshops /preparation of kugloff cake, ayvar, gibanitsa – cheese pie, strudel, salcici, tasci cakes and noodles, sarma, cevapi, pljeskavica, Karageorge's schnitzel, Kaymak, slatko – fruit jellies, jams and marmalade, natural juices, goulash and fish paprikash, meat processing.... /. Our culinary tours take you way beyond the usual tourist experience to get to know the real Serbia and experience tasty surprises – tasting, smelling, seeing, touching and learning how to create delicious, authentic Serbian dishes yourself. Behind every great Serb cook is a neighborhood community – an eco-garden with fresh seasonal produce, a baker, a third-generation milkman, a market with fresh seasonal produce, a butcher who’s owned the same shop for decades. Your cooking vacation in Serbia with us means authenticity, fabulous organic food and fun.
Learn to perform local recipes and make the traditional dishes of unbeatable Serbian cuisine such as ayvar, gibanitza cheese pie, kugloff cake, cabbage casserole, sarma, fish paprikash, noodles.... during your amazing cooking classes. Explore the remarkable produce from gardens of your hosts and fresh locally grown ingredients, and taste some of the best local drinks and wines while relaxing at country vineyards or the rustic ethnic villages and farm house. Your Serbian culinary tour includes hands-on cookery courses, all ingredients and cooking instruction of skilled and experienced hosts and even clothes, as well as gastronomic visits. Once lunch is ready, we open a bottle of rakıa, the traditional liquor of the Balkans, and celebrate the food that we have prepared.
For a sweet finale, we’ll enjoy a pumpkin or apple dessert laced with walnuts and some revitalising coffee. To learn more about our wonderful selection of Serbian cooking school vacations, please select one/few of the dishes listed above, which will make you decide easier. If you are having trouble deciding from among our many culinary vacations in Serbia, please call us or email: we would love to make some recommendations. Please let us know if you or anyone in your party has a dietary restriction when you book your culinary tour, we will work to accommodate your special food needs whenever possible.
- Rakia making, Slivovitza – small distilleries - full day package which provides great fun and joy, taking the privileges of plenty of fruits and grape found everywhere in Serbia, along with friendly hosts keen to show visitors various secrets of preparing the Rakia- operated in Autumn, but the recommended period is from August to December.
- Grape harvesting – small wineries - full day package- operated in the period of the second half of August and September till October 3-day Grape Harvest tour offers hands-on experience of grape picking, crashing, pressing and wine making instruction in the blending of wine during the fall grape harvest season in wine regions and ethnic villages, where participants stay at the private ethnic villages. Visitors help with the picking, crushing and fermentation, to winemaker dinners, vineyard barbecues and get close with their cordial hosts while dress special costumes as they crush the grapes. Wine tasting – small wineries in vineyards – half day package, operated throughout the year.
- Wedding Ceremony farms of ethnic villages - rural households and ethnic villages – full day package, operated throughout the year- –accompanied with lots of well-preserved customs, colourful traditional costumes, plenty of original wedding specialities and fun.
- Serbian Slava Feast Celebration - farmsteads/rural households of ethnic villages- full day package operated throughout the year, which best describes the culture and innate feasts and deities.
Serbia is the country with old history from the medieval era. In the area, once existed the Byzantine empire that influenced Serbia in cultural and artistic level making the large part of the Serbian history and identity.
The national historiography of Serbia is known as Kingdom of Yugoslavia where the period had experienced changes in arts, archaeology, cultural and architectural history.
Serbian language comes from the old Slavic language, as part of the group of languages common for Slav people living in the area of Adriatic and Aegean sea till the North Russia. It belongs to one of the Indo – European languages dated since 9th century and Byzantine empire, and was further developed in 10th century.
Mountains and rivers in Serbia
Mountain Tara is part of Dinaric alps and it is the most beautiful mountain in Serbia. National park Tara is well known for its protected rare species flora and fauna.
Mountain Zlatibor was place where used to live Illyrians and where their traditional customs are still preserved, with many sites where is evidenced their existence in many caves along the mountain. Zlatibor is well known for traditional food (cheese, ham and prosciutto etc.) and is a place where many monasteries were built.
Drina river is consider to be the fastest river in Balkans that makes suitable for many water sports like rafting and fishing.
Canon “Uvac” is protected natural reserve in South West Serbia surrounded with mountain “Zlatar” and “Javor” with many protected species of flora and fauna (ie. Griffon vulture, brook trout).
Mountain “Golija” is located in south Serbia and has preserved nature. It is a place suitable for winter sports because of high amount of snow during the winter. It is declared as one of the protected natural resources because of its marvellous natural preservation.
Fruska Gora National Park has many historic locations, countryside with organic farms and rural households, colourful markets and festivals.
Danube river is the second largest river in Europe. Rolling Danube landscapes are dotted with orchards and vineyards, distinctive food producers, small wine cellars, smokehouses, Rakija (fruity brandy made of plums, vine and similar) distilleries, bakeries, artisan and craft shops and the festive ball rooms.
Serbian national instruments
One of the national instruments of Serbia is – “Gusle”. “Gusle” is a single wire instrument, and presents one of the greatest mythological, artistic and religious symbols of Balkan countries, especially in region of Serbia. It is an instrument that was responsible for creating epical poetry in Serbia and it is important part of intangible heritage Balkans.
“Frula” (Pipe) is Serbian traditional brass instrument that is made from one part of the wood (Plum three). This instrument is related to rural areas and shepherd, who used to play the instrument at village gathering and mainly played for their pleasure.
“Gajde” (Bag pipe) is another Serbian traditional instrument made from the wood and reverted lamb leather and it is linked to old national origin. Instrument was played among shepherds as background of traditional Serbian dance “Kolo” and traditional national singing “Oro”.
“Truba” (Trumpet) - Serbian traditional brass instrument. It is commonly used to accompany every major event in Serbia`s rural and small town life including baptism, births, weddings, Slava (family patron saint day), church and state festivals, harvesting etc. This traditional instrument is historically connected to the rule of Serbian prince Milos Obrenovic since 1831.
“Harmonika” (Harmonica) - is one of the new and famous Serbian instrument that appeared during world war I and since that time became popular reaching to smallest Serbian villages and suppressing the old traditional instruments. It is commonly played on every celebrations of weddings, births and similar.
Traditional national dance
Folklor- Serbian traditional dance: “Kolo”
“Kolo” is Serbian national dance and it is a dance for everybody, for all people to get together and dance celebrating the ideal of unity. This dance also emphasize the deserving individuals, who are place in front or the back of the “Kolo” dance. Serbian folk dance is common at special celebrations, weddings or any other celebration that symbolises getting together over mutual ideal, desire or just to celebrate mutual joy.
“Narodna nosnja” (National clothes)
Serbian national clothes is a symbol of Serbian identity and it is distinctive for its artistic and aesthetic values. Serbian formal national costume varies in different parts of the country.
In central Serbia (Sumadija), men`s national costume consists of “Jelek” (vest) which is decorated with trail of silk braid with herbal and geometric symbols, “Anterija” (short coat), dark blue colour and decorated with silk braid at front.
“Kosulja” (shirt), white textile made of cotton and with sleeves ending with cuff.
Trausers were made of olive and grey Sajak (type of textile) and with narrow legs.
“Pojas” or “tkanica” (belt) is made of colourful wool and wrapped several times around the waist and was left loose on the left thigh. Socks were knee deep and was worn over the trousers, and was decorated with trail of colourful vool called “cvetna lozica” (flower vine).
“Opanci” or “Djonashi” (shoes), were made of cow leather with tick sole and tipped as a bird beak and “Sajkaca” (hat).
Women`s national costume is consisted from “kosulje” (shirt), “suknje” (skirt), “jeleka” (vest), and “kecelje” (apron) "kecelje" (apron) and "zubun".
“Zubun” is the most beautiful part of national clothes that was worn over the shirt, opened at the front and designed of white textile with geometric ornaments and flower decorations.
“Kosulja” is made of linen, and was decorated around the neck and sleeves with fine coloured lace.
“Suknja” (skirt) has darker colour than shirt and with stripes that usually matches with colour of lace on the shirt. Skirt was opened at the front and needed to hang on the belt.
“Jelek” (vest), was worn over the shirt with silver or colourful trail on a dark background.
“Pregaca” (apron), was worn over the skirt that women and girls usually designed and made themselves from wool which was a long process of weaving on a loom.
Serbian people are people who like to celebrate joy and to celebrate life in every occasion. Therefore, there is a number of festivals around Serbia that supports this inner desire for celebration, good food and drink, dance and what is most important togetherness and joy.
- Many other attractions, boat and fishing competition, windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing, preparing fish stew (paprikash), bike nights, cycling tours, street film projections and much more.
- Traditional festivals of food: Sausage festivals, Fish festivals, Grill festival where traditional meal specialities are prepared in public (pljeskavica, cevapi etc.), traditional cake festivals and many other food festivals throughout the year.
Serbia tradition is preserved and the rich heritage is strongly embedded in the people`s lives whose spirit of togetherness is still celebrated and nurtured. It is a country of great food, drinks, joy, tradition and hospitality surrounded with great natural resources and old tradition.