Meanders of the river Uvac, Griffon vulture, summit Molitva, Djurdjevi stupovi, Church of St Peter and St Paul, Ice cave…

A three-day adventure in southwestern Serbia, in the region known as Starovlaska-raska, the part of Serbia where the oldest cultural and historical monuments and some of the most beautiful natural resources are situated.

If you have a passionate desire to see the most amazing wonders of Serbia-meanders of the river Uvac, a famous Ice cave, and a bird of pray-griffon vulture in close-up, this adventure is perfect for you!

Besides, you will certainly enjoy the landscapes of Zlatar mountain, tasty, traditional food, and a cordial welcome by friendly hosts.

Raska region is a part of southwestern Serbia named after the river of the same name. Since ancient times, this area had been known as a foundation of the medieval Serbia. Stari Vlah area is only its small part spreading to the North from the river Lim, and to the East from the river Drina. The special nature reserve of Uvac is one of the most breathtaking places in Serbia. It is mostly situated at the territory of the Municipality of Nova Varos, and a part of it belongs to Sjenica. With the construction of three water gates, the valley of the Uvac was flooded 3 decades ago, and three lakes were formed: Uvac, Zlatar and Radoinja. Uvac lakes is 27 km long, with the maximum depth of 108 m. The most beautiful viewpoint on the canyon one can enjoy from the nearby summit Molitva III. The aged locals remember the Uvac before the construction of the water gates-at that time, the canyon was deeper and more impressive, but the lakes today make the ambience even more attractive. The clear water of the lakes is the home of 11 fish species: carp, chub, sneep, trout, barbel, huchen…

According to the agreement, we are going to see all the greatest attractions of the reserve: the close-up of the griffon vulture, the meanders of the Uvac, the amazing view on the canyon from the viewpoint of Ljuti krš (Molitva III), the Ice cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Serbia which forms a unique speleological object with the entire cave system of the Uvac. This cave is accessible to few people, since it’s only accessible by boat. The story about the cave you’ll be listening at the spot.

Back in the ancient times the Uvac had been a border between Turkey and Serbia. In the very nature reserve, we’ll be spending our spare time in the house by the lake, and it will be a base for all our adventure trips. The ground floor of the house is a kind of ethno museum, displaying old, traditional artefacts of this region.

On our way back, we will visit Djurdjevi stupovi, the monastery consecrated to St George, situated in Stari Ras on the hill above Novi Pazar. It is one of the oldest monasteries on the territory of Serbia. On this trip, we will also visit another sacred object in the vicinity of the town: the church of St Peter and St Paul, which represents the oldest monument of church architecture in Serbia, which had also been the first Bishopric in Serbia.

Tour plan:

Departure from the hotel at 08:00 a.m. A ride towards Nova Varos and Uvac lake with occasional breaks (coffee break at Ovcar-Kablar gorge, lunch break on Zlatar mountain). Arrival at the Uvac in the afternoon hours. Accommodation. A get-together till evening. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Breakfast. Easy hike to the bank of the Uvac. Cruising: meanders of the Uvac, griffon vulture, summit Ljuti krš (Molitva III), Ice cave. Outdoor lunch break. After the cruising and sightseeing, we’ll return to the water gate and take a footpath to the accommodation. Late afternoon activities. Late lunch. Overnight stay.

Breakfast.  After breakfast, departure to Novi Pazar. Sightseeing of Djurdjevi stupovi and Peter’s church. Coffee/lunch break in Novi Pazar. After the sightseeing, we return to Belgrade/Niš. Arrival in Belgrade/Niš in the evening hours. End of program.

Details:

  • Transportation
  • 2 overnight stays in the house
  • 2 half board services in accommodation on Zlatar Mountain
  • Entire day lake cruising
  • Meanders of the Uvac
  • Ascent on Molitva view point
  • Guiding service
  • Travel organization expenses
  • Individual expenses

Sneakers, a few pairs of socks, T-shirts, a hooded waterproof parka, sweatshirt, back up clothes and shoes, sunglasses, a cap, suntan cream, swimming suit, a towel. It is also recommended to take candy bars, nibbles, refreshing beverages and water. Put everything into a small backpack.

Due to the large crowd in Uvac and the commercialization of this area, we offer two households: Ethno house Ilić – located in the village of Akmačići, 7 km from Nova Varoš, 3.5 km from Lake Uvac at 1000 meters above sea level, surrounded by conifers, birch trees and flower fields. Ethnic household “Šaponjić” – located in the nature reserve near the lake. The house is on two levels with the use of a shared kitchen and has three bathrooms. Both households have a restaurant with local cuisine. On offer is:

  • Breakfast – gibanica with cheese as well as traditional buckwheat porridge with sour milk
  • Lunch/dinner – soup, đuvec, potatoes with sausage, barbecue, salad, dessert

In cash, up to 7 days before departure, or in instalments – the first instalment is 50% upon registration, the rest of the following month by depositing a check in dinar equivalent at the mid-rate of the National Bank of Serbia on the day of payment. This program was made on the basis of 8 registered passengers. In the event of changes in the monetary market (or the market of goods and services) or an insufficient number of registered passengers, the travel organizer reserves the right to correct prices, change the program or cancel the trip no later than 5 days before the start of the trip.

According to the Serbian Law on Tourism (Article 79), for one-day excursions (trips shorter than 24 hours), protection is not provided in terms of travel guarantee.