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Serbia

Halfway between the Adriatic and the Black Sea, Serbia encompasses gentle valleys, roughhewn mountains, venerable Roman bastions and an irresistible capital city, Belgrade.  Sadly, Serbia is a place where even the youngest adult has a personal experience of war and subsequent healing.  But the whole country is moving towards acceptance of its past and eventual acceptance into the European Community.

Why Travel with MIR to Serbia
  • Over two decades of Balkan travel experience
  • Many individuals and groups have chosen MIR to guide them to Serbia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
Signature Experiences

We regularly garner applause from our travelers for the inspired opportunities we provide to help them get to know the distinctive art, architecture and accomplishments of Serbia.  Below is just a sampling of the Serbia experiences MIR has designed to take our clients far from the familiar.

  • Wander the bohemian quarter of Belgrade with its artists’ studios
    Wander Skardarlija, the bohemian quarter of Belgrade, Serbia, originally the Gypsy Quarter and then populated by...
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    Wander the bohemian quarter of Belgrade with its artists’ studios

    Serbia

    Belgrade, Serbia

    Wander Skardarlija, the bohemian quarter of Belgrade, Serbia, originally the Gypsy Quarter and then populated by writers and artists; today find little shops, coffee houses and ethnic restaurants.

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  • Explore Belgrade’s ancient citadel, Kalemegdan Fortress
    Explore Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress, named by the Turks to mean “fortress amid battlefields.” The ancient citadel includes what is left of the original Roman city...
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    Explore Belgrade’s ancient citadel, Kalemegdan Fortress

    Serbia

    Belgrade, Serbia

    Explore Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress, named by the Turks to mean “fortress amid battlefields.” The ancient citadel includes what is left of the original Roman city and the Byzantine fortifications that followed.

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Ways to Travel to Serbia with MIR

No longer isolated from the international community, Serbia’s economy is growing and the tourism possibilities in its mountainous regions, replete with UNESCO-listed medieval Orthodox monasteries and Roman fortresses, are attracting worldwide attention. We are big fans of travel to Serbia these days, and our clients have the inside track here.

Take a look at your options, from small group escorted tours and independent trips to custom and private travel:

Small Group Tours
Balkan Odyssey:  Crossroads of Cultures

Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures

A Seven Nation Journey Through History

Travels to: Albania, Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia

16 Days / Departures in May, September 2017

Small Group land tour from $7,695

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Rail Journeys by Private Train
Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Budapest to Athens aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Travels to: Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Central and East Europe, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia

11 Days / Departures in June 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $9,195

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Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Athens to Budapest aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Travels to: Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Central and East Europe, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia

11 Days / Departures in July 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $9,195

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Budapest to Venice by Private Train

Budapest to Venice by Private Train

A Balkan Rail Odyssey Aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Travels to: Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Central and East Europe, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia

11 Days / Departures in July, September 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $9,195

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Venice to Budapest by Private Train

Venice to Budapest by Private Train

A Balkan Rail Odyssey Aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Travels to: Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Central and East Europe, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia

11 Days / Departures in July 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $9,195

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Custom and private travel is our specialty. We’ve been designing unforgettable custom itineraries through the ups and downs of the Balkans for over two decades; a majority of our guests travel on custom itineraries.

For ideas, peruse one of our Regional Travel Planners, a roundup of the must-sees from our savvy staff.

Take a look at our Private Journey, Essential Balkans, or read more about how to design your own trip.  Also, consider this: You can customize our Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Culture small group tour or other MIR small group Balkans tour to match your preferred dates of travel.

Design Your Own Custom Trip

Traveling privately on a custom program means flexibility:

  • You set the dates, the focus and the level of accommodations.
  • You are met on arrival and seen off at the end of your trip.
  • Your in-country transportation is pre-arranged hassle-free.
  • Your own expert local guides ensure that you get the most out of your visit.
  • And the best part? You travel at your own pace on an itinerary exclusive to you.

Check out just a handful of our Serbia signature experiences below and then get in touch with a MIR Private Journey Specialist to craft an itinerary that suits your travel goals, budget and style. Or get started planning now.

Suggested Itineraries for Private Travel

Whether you’re looking for a compact trip with all the highlights or something a little roomier with some of the extras, MIR offers itineraries that are available on a private departure basis with your choice of dates. They can also serve as inspiration for your own custom itinerary.

 Our itinerary, your dates – great for solo travelers, couples or small groups.

Essential Balkans

Essential Balkans

Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Travels to: Albania, Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia

Departures in April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2017

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Our Favorite Places in Serbia
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Belgrade

Belgrade is the capital of Serbia, as it was the capital of a united Yugoslavia. The area around Belgrade supported human life as far back as Neolithic times. In the 1st century BC the Romans made it a border outpost, calling it Singidunum. Strategically located on the Danube, Singidunum became the starting point of the important Via Militaris road, and was the home of a Roman garrison for many years.

From then until the present day, Belgrade has been destroyed and rebuilt between 30 and 40 times, by conquerors like Attila the Hun, the Visigoths, the Magyars and the Turks. The Slavs first appeared in the 7th century, and managed to persist through all the later dynasties. Today Belgrade is a dynamic and sophisticated city of 1.7 million, swiftly becoming one of the hippest places in Europe.

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Stari Ras and Sopoćani

In 1159, the town of Ras became the first capital of the Serbian Empire. Rich and influential because of its location at a crossroad of trade routes, Ras (now called Stari, or Old, Ras) saw many enduring stone monuments built in the ensuing centuries. The robust 9th-14th century fortresses, churches and monasteries of Stari Ras and Sopoćani were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979.

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Journeys that travel to Stari Ras and Sopoćani

Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at privatejourneys@mircorp.com or 800-424-7289 to plan a custom & private trip to Stari Ras and Sopoćani.

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Gamzigrad-Romuliana

Located in the eastern part of Serbia, Gamzigrad-Romuliana (Palace of Galerius) is an impressively preserved Roman fortification dating from the late 3rd century. In addition to the ruins of the palace itself, the complex includes the remnants of baths, temples, hot springs and several meticulously arranged tiled mosaics and statues in relief. A fine example of the Roman influence in the Balkans in the time of Galerius, the site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2007.

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Journeys that travel to Gamzigrad-Romuliana

Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at privatejourneys@mircorp.com or 800-424-7289 to plan a custom & private trip to Gamzigrad-Romuliana.

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When to Travel to Serbia

Belgrade, Serbia Photo credit: Cynthia HummelBelef Summer Festival, Belgrade (July – August)

This festival does its utmost to offer the best and latest in music, performing arts and visual arts to locals and travelers alike. Considered the soul of the Belgrade summer experience, the Belef Festival allows visitors a taste of all the best festivals that are held in Belgrade throughout the year.

 Wine InterFest, Novi Sad  (July)

InterFest is an international wine festival in Novi Sad, designed for both wine-makers and wine lovers. Besides the opportunity to try different local wines from the Fruska Gora mountain region, festival-goers enjoy live music and exhibitions and meet the artisan producers of cheeses and olive oils.

 Vrnjci Carnival, Vrnjacka Banja (July)

The Vrnjci Carnival is one of the most popular events in Serbia, attracting over 200,000 visitors. This festival includes concerts, art exhibitions, theater performances and sports events as well as a huge carnival procession.