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Central Serbia : Topola & Oplenac Royal Dynasty Tour

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Enjoy beautiful landscapes of central Serbian province, Šumadija, or “Serbian Tuscany.” Learn about the turbulent history of Serbia in the XIX and XX century and the fearless struggle for freedom and progress. You’ll get free entry to all the museums you visit, including the magnificent St. George’s Church and King Peter’s House. Finally, enjoy a wine tasting at the Royal Winery.

Details

What’s included?
  • Free hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan or private car
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fee and guided tour in St George`s Church
  • Entrance fee and guided tour in  King`s Peter house
  • Entrance fee and guided tour in Karadjordje`s house
  • Entrance fee, guided tour and wine tasting in Royal Winery
Exclusions
  • Full traditional Serbian lunch (optional, 10-13 EUR per person)
  • Gratuities (optional)

Price

Shared Tour (Small group)
Tour adult price Tour child price
45€ 23€
Private Tour
1
pax
2
pax
3/4
pax
5
pax
6
pax
7
pax
8
pax
Child
(2-12yrs)
155€ 85€ 65€ 55€ 50€ 45€ 40€ 35€

DURATION:

6 hours

DEPARTURE POINT:

from your accommodation

DEPARTURE:

9:30 *pick-up from the hotel 15-30 minutes before the tour

Availability

SUMMER : April 1st – October 31st

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WINTER : November 1st – March 31st

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Tour description

Our tour starts at your accommodation. We are heading towards Topola, a small town in the central Serbian province of Šumadija. An hour and a half of drive we’ll spend enjoying the beautiful landscapes and hear stories about the Serbian struggle for independence from the Ottomans at the beginning of the 19th century and the history of the royal dynasty of Karadjordjević.

We reach Topola, where we will visit the Karadjordje’s Konak and the old church, a place where Djordje Petrović -Karadjordje, one of the most important characters in Serbian history, lived and from where he started the First Serbian Uprising, a war against the Ottoman invaders. We are climbing to the Oplenac hill, a beautiful green area covered with wood, where on the highest point a Royal endowment the St. George church is situated.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the church was built as a house of prayer and a mausoleum – a resting place for all the members of the Serbian (later Yugoslav) Royal family of Karadjordjevic. A tall and elegant, Byzantine style five dome church is completely covered with white marble from Venčac, a mine in the vicinity of Topola. But, what leaves you breathless is not the church appearance but its interior. A spectacle of colors and light, lavishly decorated marble floors and colored glass mosaics with the gold plate on the walls. A surface of 3 500m2 is covered with more than 40 million peace of tiles, in more than 15 000 shades of different colors representing the most extensive gallery of copies of Serbian medieval fresco paintings in one place. In the left and the right wing of the church two of the most prominent members of the Royal family are buried: Karadjordje himself, as a founder of the family and King Petar I, as a first crowned ruler.

Under the church, in a crypt decorated in the same manner, 40 tombs of the members of the Royal dynasty of Karadjordjevic are situated.

Next, we will visit the small museum next to the church; which shows an invaluable collection of the Royal regalias and personal belongings of the members of the Royal family. After free time for walking among the wood and park around the church, we’ll visit the Royal vineyards and old cellar, where we shall see how the production of the vine used to look, and we’ll have a chance to see some of the old equipment utilized in that process.

After our eyes and souls have been fed with beauty, we are heading back to Belgrade.

General notes
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • We never cancel our tours, however, if you are the only person on a shared tour, a supplement of 50% will be applied. At latest 24 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 50% of the price.