The whole day, the Belgrade city tour complete the Belgrade experience. Explore everything that Belgrade has to offer in both the city center and surrounding areas. Combining a walking tour and a panoramic car tour, you will get a taste of the entire city and the bigger picture of life in Belgrade. Next, to this we can recommend you the Belgrade Bike Tour
With a professional guide, with Belgrade city tour, you will visit Zemun, the Museum of Yugoslav History and House of Flowers (the resting place of Josip Broz Tito), Avala mountain, and Avala Tower. Additionally, you?ll have a complete sightseeing tour of the city:
New Belgrade, Saint Sava Temple, Old and New Royal Palaces, Serbian Parliament, a monument to Nikola Tesla, Republic Square, Kalemegdan Fortress, and much more?For sure, the most comprehensive tour in Belgrade.
Duration of 6 hours price is per person.
Your trip will begin with pick up from your hotel/accommodation in Belgrade. We?ll not stay in the vehicle for a very long time since our first stop is Kalemegdan, the oldest and largest park in the city center and the magnificent Belgrade Fortress. Starting from Leopold?s Gate, we will pass by the remains of the Roman castrum ? Singidunum and medieval walls built upon it ? Zindan Gate, Despot?s Gate, Jak?i?a tower, all dating back to the 15th century. We will visit two Orthodox churches, placed in this part of the fortress: Chapel of St Petka and Ru?ica Church ( Virgin Mary Church ). Entering the Upper town ( Gornji grad ), we will see the magnificent sight of two rivers? confluence: the Sava and the Danube.
We will continue our walk through the Upper town: the Victor monument by world-renowned sculptor Ivan Me?trovic, one of Belgrade landmarks, the Roman well, the King?s gate and Sava promenade, the Damat Ali Pasha Tomb, Clock Gate ( Sahatkapija ), Clock Tower ( Sahatkula ). Passing by Military Museum and through Istanbul?s gate ( Stambol gate ), we will leave the fortress behind us, entering the Kalemegdan park once again. There is a Monument of Gratitude to France by Ivan Me?trovic in the park and many busts, representing the famous Serbian man of letters. Here we?ll enter the vehicle again and continue with our tour.
Continuing with our Belgrade city tour, we?ll have a chance to see New Belgrade?s impressive modern architecture. Built as a new part of the town, after WWII and during the socialist regime, it has many remarkable buildings. Ex-Central Committee of the Communist Party, Federal Executive Council, also known as Palace of Federation, Genex Tower or Western Gate of Belgrade, Sava Center, one of the biggest congress halls in this part of Europe, etc.
Even the famous MOMA museum from New York dedicated a special exhibition called ?Toward a Concrete Utopia? to New Belgrade?s architecture. New Belgrade will show you this city?s different face, including the buildings architecturally similar to former Eastern block ?brutalist? style and modern business buildings built in recent decades. Finally, we will pass by the restaurant ?Novak,? owned by the famous tennis player Novak ?okovi??s family, and the Belgrade Arena, the most important sports venue in this part of Europe.
After New Belgrade, we?ll reach Zemun, the northern area of Belgrade, characteristic of its Central European appearance, charming quarters, cobblestone streets, and fish restaurants on the Danube River banks. We?ll pass by Avijati?arski Trg, where the old city of Zemun begins. With the massive monument to WWII heroes, this square is surrounded by Zemun?s oldest elementary school building and the Air Force Ministry, one of the finest examples of modernism in pre-war Yugoslav architecture. We?ll continue with our ride through the main street called Gospodska Street, where we have a chance to see some beautiful examples of Zemun architecture: the Post Office, Hotel Central, Town?s Museum, the House with a Sundial, etc. After that, we?ll leave the vehicle on the Danube banks and start our walking tour through the heart of old Zemun. We?ll walk along the bank of the Danube River ? Zemun Promenade, where under the shade of the century-old plane trees, numerous old fish restaurants have nested. Passing by the oldest Orthodox church of St. Nicholas from the 17th century, we?ll climb the Gardos Hill ? the heart of Old Zemun. Its curvy cobblestone streets and small houses will give you the impression that Zemun is a melting pot of Mediterranean and Middle European cultures.
We?ll go down the Gardos Hill to the town center, and we?ll reach the Main City Square, where an everyday market is situated. Old buildings, including the Bishop?s Office and the Roman Catholic Church of the Blessed Virgin from the 18th century, surround the square. We?ll finish our walking tour here, enter the vehicle, and continue our ride.
After we cross the Gazela Bridge, we?ll head for Dedinje ? Belgrade?s most luxurious residential area. Here, we?ll see some of the most beautiful mansions in the city, perfectly nestled in the greenery and serenity of Top?ider Hill. Your guide will give you some interesting information about the properties? history and what was happening with them during the very turbulent 20th century. We?ll see the country?s biggest soccer stadium, ?Rajko Miti? Stadium,? the home of Red Star Belgrade. Red Star is the last club from Eastern or Southern Europe that has managed to win the prestigious Champions League. Their biggest competitor, Partizan Belgrade, has a stadium just across a small hill. Their rivalry is lasting for more than 70 years.
Coming from Dedinje, we?ll visit the Vra?ar area, where we can see one of Belgrade?s most prominent landmarks ? The Church of St. Sava (also known as St. Sava Temple), one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. The Temple of St Sava has an enormous dome that you can see from all over the city. Size apart, the church is undeniably an imposing structure. Construction began in the 1930s, at the site where the occupying Ottoman forces burned the relics of St. Sava (1175-1236). St Sava was the founder and the first archbishop of the independent Serbian Orthodox Church. Serbians widely recognized him as one of the most important figures in Serbian history. Built-in the Serbian-Byzantine style, the church occupies an area of 3500 m? at floor level, with an additional 1500 m? in the three galleries on the first level. At its highest point, the dome is 70 m in height, while the central gilded cross is an additional 12 m high, giving the Cathedral a total height of 82 m. Beneath the floor of the church, there are vaults and the lovely decorated crypt of Saint Sava.
When we finish with the Temple, we?ll enter the vehicle one more time. Through Slavija Square, we will enter Nemanjina Street with almost all state governmental institutions: Government Building, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Staff of Serbian Army, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance, the State Court, etc. ? all being beautiful examples of Belgrade?s pre-war architecture.
After that, we have a ride through Kralja Milana Street, the city?s artery where some significant buildings are situated, such as Old and New Royal Palaces. We?ll pass by Nikola Pasic Square, with a monument to the first Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. We?ll stop in front of the Parliament Building, where we will take a short break to take pictures. Here we will also see the Old and New Royal Palaces and hear the stories about the two dynasties that ruled Serbia in the 19th and 20th centuries.
After that, we reach Terazije Square with its recognizable 19th century white stone fountain and one of the most beautiful buildings in the city ? the Moskva Hotel.
We?ll continue our ride and reach Republic Square, the heart of the capital, where the city?s most prestigious cultural institutions are situated. Here you will hear pieces of information about the most important buildings surrounding the Square: National Museum and National Theatre, and a short explanation of why Prince Mihailo is one of the most important figures from Serbia?s modern history.
Now we will leave the city and head towards Avala, Belgrade’s green mountain. Situated less than 20km south of the city center, it is one of Belgrade?s most popular green areas, a perfect spot for recreation, picnic, or just enjoying nature. Entirely covered with wood, it serves as home to many birds and animal species. We drive through green forests until we reach the highest spot of Avala. In the 1930?s Aleksandar I, King of Yugoslavia, decided to destroy a medieval fortress of ?rnov that was situated here to build the largest monument in the kingdom ? Monument to the Unknown Hero. For this job, he engaged his court artist, world-renowned sculptor Ivan Mestrovic who indeed created a majestic structure, made of black marble with colossal sculptures, to resemble Antique tombs. We?ll hear some exciting stories about how it was constructed and the symbolism of the monument.
After that, we go down to the second largest hilltop of Avala 440m high, where Avala tower is situated. Built-in the 1960s as a TV tower, it was the largest concrete structure and the tallest structure in the entire Balkans. During the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, the tower was bombed and destroyed. It was reconstructed according to the same plans and reopened for visitors. The two elevators take us up to 123m with a viewpoint from which you stay breathless: you can see the Central Serbian province of Sumadija and the entire Belgrade, including the two rivers? confluence the region of Vojvodina behind. After a short break, we get back into the vehicle, and we head towards Belgrade.
We will finish our Belgrade city tour with the Museum of Yugoslav History and House of Flowers? visit ? Josip Broz Tito?s resting place, a leader of second Yugoslavia. We will check all three venues: the May 25 Museum, the House of Flowers, and the Old Museum and familiarise ourselves with the cultural heritage of the former country of Yugoslavia, with particular emphasis on the social history of the socialist period.
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