7 day trip to the Serbian Monasteries with Zafiris Tours
Enjoy a marvellous trip arranged by Zafiris Tours and see great monasteries of Serbia.
Departure from Nafplion early morning for the city Nis with stops for lunch and coffee. Arrive in town and check in at Hotel. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we will visit a nearby monastery in the city of Nis. Then we will watch the evening for the big feast of Saint Constantine / mind. Later dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we will follow the liturgy for the great feast of St. Constantine / mind. Depart for a panoramic city tour and the first monastery we visit is the monastery Studenica one of the largest and richest Serb Orthodox monasteries. The monastery is best known for its collection of 13th and 14th century Byzantine style fresco. Founded in 1183 by Stefan Nemanja - founder of the medieval Serb state. The Walls of covering two churches: the church of the Virgin Mary and the Church of the King, which were built with white marble. Then we will visit the monasteries Lelic, Celije and Sopocani. The monastery Sopoćani, a donation of King Stefan Uroš I of Serbia, was built during the second half of the 13th century, near the source of the Raška River in the region of Ras, the center of the Serbian medieval state. The temple is considered work World Heritage Site, was dedicated to the Holy Trinity and completed around 1265, with interior decoration later. Archbishop Sava II, who became the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1263, presented in the procession of archbishops in the altar area. The frescoes of Sopoćani considered by some experts in the Serbian medieval art as the most beautiful work of this period. On the west wall of the nave is the famous fresco of the Assumption. In the 16th century the monks were forced to temporarily leave the monastery on several occasions because of the threat of the Ottomans. Finally, during one of the raids in 1689 the Ottoman Turks set fire to the monastery. Will be transferred to VRNJACKA BANJA which is the most famous and most popular spa in Serbia and at the same time a very attractive entertainment center. Located in a large park full of trees with particularly charming houses. Around the area are protected by UNESCO medieval buildings. Arrange the hotel. dinner and overnight.
On the fourth day we will visit the monasteries and Ljubostinja Zica. The Monastery Zica, built in the early 13th century, located near Kraljevo at the entrance of the Ibar gorge in central Serbia. It was the first seat of the Archbishop of Serbia. The monastery was founded by King Stefan Prvovencani and was built in the early 13th century and anointed Saint Sava as the first Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1219. The monastery was burned in a raid near the end of the 13th century and then abandoned. Multiple renovations made during the late 13th and early 14th century. The most complete renovations completed during vasiliaMiloutin (1282-1321). Nikolai Velimirovich Bishop Zica the monastery in 1919. The monastery was damaged during the Second World War which Bishop Nikolai was able to restore because of his arrest there in 1941. The monastery Zica celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2005. Then about noon before we come to the Serbian capital Belgrade. You will enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Belgrade around the city center: the street Knez Mihailova, the famous fortress of Belgrade Kalemegdan, the chapel touAgiou Petka, the Patriarchate will see the National Assembly of Serbia, the Parliament, the Presidential Palace of Serbia, the National Museum of Serbia, the National Theatre of Serbia, and bohemian street Skadarlija ... something similar to our own plate. The largest and last part of the tour will be the largest Orthodox church in the world Agios Savvas the hill Vracar. The Cathedral of Saint Sava is an Orthodox church in Belgrade, capital of Serbia, and the largest Orthodox church in the world. The church is dedicated to Saint Sava, founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church, an important landmark in medieval Serbia. It is built on the plateau Vracar, where under the ruins of thought burned in 1595 by Sinan Pasha of the Ottoman Empire. From his position, overlooking the magnificent landscape of Belgrade, and is probably the most imposing building in town. There is a cathedral in the ecclesiastical sense, since it is the seat of the bishop (the seat of the Bishop of Belgrade's Cathedral in the Church of St. Michael). The church is centrally planned, in the form of a Greek Cross. It has a large central dome supported on four pendentives and supported on each side with a lower semi-dome over an apse. At the end of our day will be arranged at the hotel And will go for lunch at a traditional restaurant in the paved scenic area of Skadarlija.
After breakfast we will continue to northern Serbia, and will arrive in the picturesque Novi Sad and Fortress Petrovaradin. To Novi Sad is the capital of the northern Serbian autonomous province of Vojvodina, and the administrative center. It is the second largest city in Serbia after Belgrade. It is a large industrial and financial center of Serbia, with its own University and one of the regions with the largest manufacturing activity. H day will end with a panoramic tour of the city of Novi Sad and Petrovaradin fortress where they become the largest and most famous festival. At the end of the day will be arranged at the hotel and then go to dinner at a restaurant with live traditional music in the picturesque downtown.
After breakfast we will visit the Fruska Gora National Park which is skewered monasteries Grgeteg, Hopovo, Jazak, Krusedol and Ravanica. The monastery Hopovo was excellent from the abundance and location. It is situated in a narrow and surrounded by forested mountains, the monastery Hopovo pointed respect and serenity. Destroyed by the Turks in the XVI and XVII century, Hopovo supported by Russian monks. So they have the remains of the Russian monk from the IV century. From 1920-1943 he was given asylum and Russian monks after the October Revolution. At the entrance of the temple there is the coffin of his mother Catharine, close to family Romanoff. The monastery Krusedol Founded in early XVI century by Prince Djurdje Brankovic, and became the residence of the bishop of Srem in the XVI century, has been known from the crypt, where they had buried their family members Brankovic and King Milan Obrenovic (died 1901). After the fire in 1716 the paintings were covered by a layer of oil painting in the period between 1751 and 1756, with obvious influence from Russian painting and Western Baroque. Beautiful finishes our tour and depart for the city of Nis where we stay overnight on the first day. Rearrange the rooms and dinner.
Breakfast and departure with stops for coffee to food. Check in Nafplion late.