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Danube Gorge tour: Golubac Fortress and Lepenski Vir

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10 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

30 people




  • East Serbia is one of the most beautiful parts of our country. There a massif is cut by the mighty Danube River to form the Djerdap Gorge, the largest in Europe, more than 70 km in length. And on the border of Serbia and Romania is where the Danube is at both its highest (6.5 km) and its narrowest (170 m) as it flows through the gorge.
  • In this very gorge, more than 10,000 years ago was built the first permanent settlement on the continent of Europe, at Lepenski Vir. There people erected the first monolithic statues in Europe, some 68 cm high. Hunter-gatherers, they also were aided by their domestication of the dog. Moreover, for many years the Danube was the border of the Roman Empire, and there are still numerous castra to be found in the gorge; some of these Roman fortresses can be visited.
  • Near the village of Golubac is a fortress from which it got its name. The fortress has ten magnificent towers, and was noted in Hungarian texts as early as the middle of the 14th century. Its main purpose was to control merchant ships making use of the Danube, which they continue to do to this day. Djerdap Gorge combines extraordinary natural beauty with a rich cultural heritage, and is a must-see for any visitor to Serbia.


  • Free hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • transport by air-conditioned minivan or private car
  • professional licensed guide
  • individual costs are not provided for the program
  • traditional serbian lunch (optional 10-15 euros per person)
  • Entrance fees: Golubac Fortress 5.5 euro
  • Archaeological site Lepenski Vir 4.5 euro
  • Gratuities (optional)

Tour description


Shared tours (4-8 person)


*this is all year tour


Private tours

prices from the private tours table are pre person

More details about the tour

Departure from Belgrade at 8:00 a.m. (in front of the Big tours office or in front of your accommodation). On international highway E-75, we will drive to the exit for Požarevac, through gentle landscapes, until we finally see the Danube in front of us, a different Danube than that we can see in Belgrade.

Dutch friends on late sun
Dutch guests on the late sun

Danube gorge – Iron Gates

Upon arrival at a gorge called “Djerdapska Klisura” you will feel at once that you are at the sea – at this very place the Danube is 6.5 km wide. Near the village of Golubac we will find the Golubac Fortress, built on the site where there was once a Roman border fort.

Beautiful view from Capitan Misha Hill

Treskavac Mountain opposite of Lepenski Vir settlement

Though the first records of it date back to the middle of the 14th century, it is not certain whether it was constructed by Serbians or Hungarians. It was built at a strategic location at the entrance to Djerdap Gorge.

The specific shape of Treskavac Hill had a strong influence on the culture of Lepenski Vir

Archaeological site Lepenski Vir

From ancient times to today, the Danube has been Europe’s most imporant trade route, and many nations have fought to control it. The fortress has its own harbor, and ten sturdy defense towers. The area in front of the fortress, once the civilian part of the town, is now open. After visiting the fortress, we will continue through Djerdap National Park, with its beautiful views of unspoiled nature. 

Old Settlement with houses of different size

Golubac fortress

Half an hour’s drive will take us to the striking Treskavac Rock; some scholars believe that it had a calming effect upon hunter-gatherers who encountered it and chose to establish a permanent settlement there. Those who chose to remain at Lepenski Vir also found plenty of fresh water and a good stream for fishing, but we will never know for sure what kept them there.

Good time building makes time even better

Sightseeing of Golubac fortress

Today, traces of trapezoidal houses with hearths seem uniquely Mesolithic. But we do know the settlers were able to domesticate dogs for hunting, and they had their own beliefs and cosmology, to which sculptures they made provide clues. The sculptures may have represented deities or ancestors; in any case, fish-shaped faces and otherwise realistic representations of the human head do confirm the complexity of their beliefs and rituals.

Entrance to the modern touristic complex of Golubac fortress

National park Đerdap

Furthermore, the burial of the dead in sitting positions under the floors of houses may be taken as evidence that some more respected members of the community received special treatment. Though the first people and culture of Lepenski Vir date back to the 7th millennium BC, we will find much that will give us cause to admire them and it on the banks of the Danube, during our visit.

Every minute you have the opportunity to enjoy the different magnificent views

Old Serbian houses

Next, we will head to Kapetan Miši breg, which offers a fine view of the Danube and surrounding mountains. Also, there will be free time for lunch, before we return to Belgrade by the same route, arriving early in the evening.

Different types of old village Serbian architecture in the open-air museum

Important notes

General notes

* Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
* Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
* Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
* If you are the only person on a shared tour, a supplement of 75% will be applied. At latest 16 hours before the trip, you will be informed in the case that you are the only guest on the tour, and we will offer a choice between canceling the tour with no fees applied, or paying the supplement of 75% of the price

Pick up and drop off information

* If you have booked the shared tour option, pick-up will be 15-30 minutes before the departure time. One day before the trip, not before 6 PM, we’ll send you an e-mail with all the pick-up details.
* If you have booked the private tour option, the default departure time is 09:30. If you want a different departure time, you should contact us and let us know at what time you would like to start.
* Pick-up from any hotel, Airbnb, a pension that is up to 5 km from Republic Square, or from Belgrade port is free of charge. Additionally, we can pick you up from any address in Belgrade, but if the pick-up location is further than 5km but less than 10 km from the city center, we will apply a supplement of 10 EUR.
* For pick-up locations further than 10km from Republic Square, please contact us directly.
* If you want to start your tour at Belgrade airport, you could do that with a supplement of 15 EUR


08:00 – 08:30 Hotel Pick-up
08:30 Tour start – Travel towards Western Serbia
10:30 – 11:30 Golubac fortress
12:00 – 13:00 Archaeological site Lepenski Vir
13:15 – 14:50 Capitan Misha hill (possibilities for lunch)
15:00 Departure for Belgrade
Ca. 18:00 Arrival in Belgrade. Hotel Drop-off

Tour cancelation

If you cancel the tour up to 24 hrs before, you’ll get a 100% refund. If you cancel the tour less than 24 hrs before the trip, you will not receive any refund.


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