Excursions from Belgrade: the best day trips around Belgrade

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Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of those cities that do not strike you at the first moment, on the contrary, but that begins to reveal its charm slowly, as you visit it, day after day. Perfect for a weekend away, this city is one of the low cost destinations that, in recent years, has been making its way into the world of tourism. Crossed by two rivers, the Danube and the Sava, it is full of streets and corners to discover.

It is also also perfect as a base for exploring the surrounding areas of Serbia.
Here are some tips on best day trips around Belgrade.



Index

  1. Novi Sad and Karlovci Sremski
  2. Golubac, Viminacium and Smederevo
  3. Danube and Iron Gates tour
  4. Resava Valley and Grotto
  5. Tara National Park and Drina River Valley
  6. Niš
  7. User questions and comments

1 - Novi Sad and Karlovci Sremski

Novi Sad and Karlovci Sremski are two cities north of Belgrade, 78 kilometers away, an hour and a half by car, and 67 kilometers, about an hour by car, respectively.

Novi Sad is the hidden pearl of Serbia, a romantic city with a tragic past due to the war, but which is now looking to the future, between art, culture and tourism, as the whole country is doing. Starting from the beautiful old town, you cannot miss Freedom Square, the Church of St. Nicholas and the Petrovaradin fortress.

Karlovci Sremski is a romantic town on the banks of the Danube, is located just south of Novi Sad and is best known for its wine. Walking through its streets you will find many wine bars and as many trattorias, called Kafane, where you can try the typical dishes of the area.

One of the tours we recommend is the 1 day tour from Belgrade to Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci, which includes a visit to the two centers and a Bermet wine tasting.



  • Range: 78,8 km
  • 78,8 kilometers from Belgrade, one hour by car, the only possible way to reach the destination (Get directions); generally, organized tours also include hotel pick-up
  • always accessible; Tours from Belgrade generally last around 8 hours starting at 9:30 am
  • tours start from around € 50,00 per person - Book online
  • From Belgrade: day tour to Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci

2 - Golubac, Viminacium and Smederevo

Golubac, Viminacium and Smederevo are three cities located east of Belgrade. Golubac and Smederevo are located on the banks of the Danube, while Viminacium further inland, almost halfway between the other two.
These cities have a great historical importance, for Serbia and all of Europe.

In Smederevo you can visit the largest plain fortress in Europe, as well as being the last stronghold of medieval Serbia.
Viminaciuminstead, it was the capital of the Roman province of Moesia Superior. In this area you can see an important archaeological site, with the remains of the museum and the amphitheater.
Finally, Golubac is famous for its fortress built directly on the Danube River, at the entrance to the Porta di Ferro, the longest gorge in Europe, where the Đerdap National Park also begins.

One of the tours we recommend is the full day tour of Golubac, Viminacium and Smederevo from Belgrade, which includes transportation to / from Belgrade and entrance fees to the fortresses.



  • Range: 120 km
  • 120 kilometers from Belgrade, one hour by car, the only possible way to reach the destination (Get directions); Organized tours generally include hotel pickup
  • the Smederevo Fortress is open every day from 8:00 to 20:00; the archaeological site of Viminacium is open from February to the end of November, from May to September from 9:00 to 19:00, in the remaining months from 10:00 to 17:00, by appointment it is possible to visit the site also outside the times indicated.
    In case of joining the tour, this has a duration of approximately 12 hours, starting at 8:00 am
  • in case of joining the tour, the price starts from € 65,00 per person (a minimum of 2 participants required) - Book online
  • Viminacium, Golubac and Smederevo Fortress - Full day tour

3 - Tour of the Danube and Iron Gates

Belgrade is located on the banks of the Danube, which has become one of the main attractions of the city. Several cruises are organized at different times in order to discover the city from a different point of view. And, along its course, there are lots of very characteristic small towns that are absolutely worth a visit.

Several tours depart from Belgrade which will take you to discover the surroundings and which also include the cruise along the river.

One of the tours we recommend is the Danube and Iron Gates tour from Belgrade, which also includes entrance to the Golubac fortress and the Lepenski Vir archaeological site and the Danube boat cruise.



  • Range: 129 km
  • 129 kilometers from Belgrade, an hour and 45 minutes by car, the only possible way to reach the destination (Get directions); in case of joining the tour, the meeting point is Belgrade Nikola Pašić Square, in the blue parking lot for tourist buses - Get directions
  • Golubac Fortress is open in April, October and November from 10:00 to 16:00, from May to September from 10:00 to 17:00, closed on Mondays and from 15 November to 31 March; the archaeological site Lepenski Vir is open on Tuesdays. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00, Thursday and Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00, closed on Mondays.
    In case of joining the tour, this has a duration of approximately 12 hours starting around 8:00 am
  • Golubac fortress starts from 600 RSD (about € 5,00) up to 1.200 RSD (about € 10,00); the archaeological site Lepenski Vir costs 400 RSD (approximately € 3,40).
    In case of joining the tour, the price starts from € 85,00 per person (minimum 4 participants required) - Book online ard, tickets and recommended tours: From Belgrade: Danube and Iron Gates tour

4 - Resava Valley and Grotto

The Resava Valley is located in southern Serbia, 155 kilometers from Belgrade, about an hour and a half by car.
The area develops around the Resava River, which also gives its name to the Resava Monastery, the coal mines in the valley and the Resava Cave, perhaps the main attraction of this place.

La Resava cave, in Serbian Resavska Pećina, is one of the most beautiful in the country and, with its 80 million years, it is the oldest explored cave in Serbia. Discovered in 1962, it extends for about 4,5 kilometers, of which 2,8 kilometers have been explored. The tourist route, on the other hand, is about 800 meters long and takes 40 minutes. The interior is absolutely spectacular, full of stalactites, stalagmites, tunnels, canals and petrified waterfalls.

One of the tours we recommend is the one in eastern Serbia: Medieval monasteries and visit to the Resava cave, which includes transport to / from Belgrade, entrance tickets and guided tours of the Ravanica Monastery, the Manasija Monastery and the Resava cave.

  • Range: 155 km
  • 155 kilometers from Belgrade, about 2 hours by car, the only possible way to reach the destination (Get directions); Organized tours generally include hotel pickup
  • the cave is generally open from 8:00 to 17:00, but times may vary according to the season.
    In case of joining the tour, this lasts about 9 hours; departure at 9:00
  • entrance to the cave costs 300 RSD (approximately € 2,50); in case of joining the tour, the price starts from € 100,00 per person - Book online
  • From Belgrade: Resava cave and medieval monasteries

5 - Tara National Park and Drina River Valley

Il Tara National Park, where the Drina River flows, is a reserve of about 200 square kilometers which is located about 178 kilometers from Belgrade, on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was declared a National Park in 1981.
The area is characterized by an uncontaminated nature, rich in waterfalls, natural spas, canyons, rivers which can be traveled by canoe and ancient monasteries. A corner of paradise for those who love being in contact with nature and want to disconnect from the hectic city life.

One of the tours we recommend is the tour from Belgrade to the Tara National Park and Drina River Valley, which includes a visit to the "House on the Rock", the Raca Monastery and many different views of the park.

  • Range: 178 km
  • 178 kilometers from Belgrade, about 4 hours by car, the only possible way to reach the destination (Get directions); generally, organized tours also include hotel pick-up
  • the Park and its attractions are always accessible; in case of joining the tour, this has a duration of about 12 hours, starting at 8:00
  • the National Park does not have an entrance ticket, as an official entrance has not yet been established, but there are various ways to enter it; the only paid area is the protected area "Crveni potok - Tepih livada" and the entrance costs 100 RSD (about € 0,80); the hiking trails are all free; you will find a bike rental service at 150 RSD (around € 1,20) per hour and 600 RSD (around € 5,00) for the whole day; at the information center you can buy the map of the park for 200 RSD (about € 1,70).
    In case of joining the tour, the price starts from € 99,00 per person (minimum 2 participants required) - Book online ard, tickets and recommended tours: From Belgrade: Tara National Park and Drina River Valley Tour

6 - Niš

Niš is a city in southern Serbia, 234 kilometers from Belgrade, about 2 and a half hours by car.
This city is far from the most common tourist routes, both because of its distance from Belgrade and because people prefer to organize their travel by dedicating themselves to other areas. But that doesn't make it not worth a visit or at least a day trip.

In addition to being one of the most important centers of Serbia, Niš has an important past: for example, here, in 274, the future Roman Emperor Constantine the Great was born. As evidence of the presence of the Romans, you can visit the archaeological excavations of the site of Medina, while as evidence of the presence of the Ottomans you will find the Stara Planina Fortress or the Cele Kula, also called the Tower of the Skulls.

One of the tours we recommend is a day tour to Nis from Belgrade, which includes transportation to / from Belgrade, entrance fees and guided tours of the Nazi Red Cross concentration camp, Skull Tower and site archaeological site of Mediana.

  • Range: 234 km
  • 234 kilometers from Belgrade, about 2 and a half hours by car, the only possible way to reach the destination (Get directions); generally, organized tours also include hotel pick-up
  • the Medina site is temporarily closed to the public; the Fortress is always accessible, every day of the year; the Tower of the Skulls is open from Tuesday to Friday from midnight to 16 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 00 am to 10 pm, closed on Mondays; in case of joining the tour, this has a duration of about 00 hours, starting at 15:00
  • the entrance to the Medina site is temporarily closed to the public, the price would be 200 RSD (approximately € 1,70); the entrance to the Fortezza costa is free; admission to the Tower of the Skulls costs 200 RSD (approximately € 1,70).
    In case of joining the tour, the price starts from € 125,00 per person - Book Online
  • From Belgrade: Nis and Davolja varos tour Belgrade: Private day trip to Nis

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