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Full-Day Eastern Serbia Monasteries and Resava Cave Tour from Belgrade

  • Full-day Eastern Serbia Monasteries and Resava Cave tour from Belgrade
  • Learn about Serbia’s medieval history as you explore the ‘Serbian Medieval Kingdom’ of Pomoravlje
  • Tour the magnificent medieval monasteries of Ravanica and Manasija
Full-Day Eastern Serbia Monasteries and Resava Cave Tour from Belgrade
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Full-day excursion to the valley of Great Morava river, area where Serbian medieval art and culture reached its golden era in XV century.
Enjoy the comfort of a private Medieval tour and discover it in your rhythm. Choose the 8-hour long tour to make the most of your time and ensure personalized attention and a flexible itinerary.
Discover the medieval monasteries and natural wonders of Eastern Serbia on this full-day tour of the Pomoravlje province from Belgrade. Admire the 14th-century architecture and stunning frescoes of Ravanica monastery, visit the 15th-century Manasija monastery, then venture underground to explore the ancient Resava cave.
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Your tour starts from Studentski Trg. Then head towards Pomoravlje District, known as the center of the last Serbian Medieval Kingdom, where monasteries steel keep enormous cultural and historical legacy and wealth.

Your first stop is Ravanica monastery. It was the endowment of Prince Lazar built during the period between 1375 and 1377, with its frescoes painted in the years preceding the Battle of Kosovo. Due to its architectural and artistic features, the Ravanica church can be called the birthplace of the new artistic movement called the Morava school. The church is original in its architectural style, which is a blend of the Mount Athos tradition of the trefoil base and the cross-in-square five-domed model which became standard in the time of King Milutin.

Continue your ride to Manasija monastery.  Manasija monastery is one of the last monuments to Serbian medieval culture, raised by Despot Stefan Lazarević, son of Prince Lazar. The construction of the church, an extravagant fortification and large refectory took from 1406 to 1418. The impressive walls with 11 towers, surrounded by a trench, would at that time have been a modern system for the defense of the monastery. The most dominant and most imposing tower – the keep – is known as Despotova Kula (Despot’s Tower).
The Church of the Holy Trinity is considered a prime example of Morava architecture.

The frescoes in Manasija, together with those in Kalenić, are the most beautiful of the Morava properties and are considered among the best in old Serbian art in general. Besides the monumental depictions of warriors in the choir transept, especially beautiful are the prophets pictured in the dome, as well as the idealized depiction of Despot Stefan Lazarević presenting a model of the church to the Holy Trinity. Besides monastery churches and fortifications, Manasija partially preserves the remains of the old refectory and library. The library housed a scriptorium in which numerous books were copied for church use. The so-called 'Resava orthography' was greatly valued and was to influence later scribes for some time to come.

After this extraordinary experience, you will visit the Resava cave, one of the oldest in Serbia, some 80 million years old, with some of the older formations dating back around 45 million years. The interior of the cave abounds in numerous and varied halls, channels, galleries, columns, stalactites, stalagmites, draperies and flowstone waterfalls.

Further on, you will enjoy a traditional Serbian lunch in a unique atmosphere, in a restaurant directly bellow the waterfall.

After an unforgettable day, you will head back to Belgrade

Reviews (28)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Mr Zeljko Skrbina

An excellent private tour organised by Aleksandar Jovanovic. The best professional service ever offered by any other company. Aleksandar is very curtious, professional and a good command of British English language. We would recommend to every British tourist who would like to know more about...More

Thank Zeljko S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took this trip on August 6, 2018 and enjoyed it tremendously -- monasteries, Resava cave, even the restaurant they chose for lunch was wonderful and more than reasonably priced, Special thanks to our guide, Aleksandar, who spoke excellent English, gave us a very insightful...More

Thank Vladan J
Reviewed 13 September 2018
perfect Victor tours management and guides

an experience not to miss, wonderful landscaping , perfect food, amazing cave , we had fun and enjoyed the hole trip

Thank alimhaydle11
Reviewed 16 July 2018
A great day in East Serbia with Victor Tours

Many thanks to Alexander, firm owner and our guide, for a wonderful experience touring the green roads and rich views of East Serbia. We learned a lot about Serb history, discovered old monasteries and churches with medieval frescoes, visited an amazing cave (I wish I...More

Thank lararem2018
Reviewed 9 July 2018
The perfect getaway from the city!

Tip: Bring something to drink and warm clothing for the cave (it's only 10°C). We had the best day with Vladimir, our guide, and three other travellers! The minivan picks you up at your place (hotel, AirBnB, hostel, etc.) and then you spend 1,5 hour...More

Thank HanneLiseM1
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