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SERBIA AND THE BALKANS TOURS

Found in the southeast region of the Balkan Peninsula, Serbia has recovered from a troublesome past to become one of Europe's most entertaining destinations. Blessed with countless museums and galleries which gives travellers a glimpse into yesteryear, Serbia is also home to a wide-range of acclaimed restaurants and cafes, and boasts one of Europe's best nightlife scenes.

Our Serbia tours takes you to some of its most popular attractions, such as its capital city of Belgrade located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, the Church of Saint Sava - one of the largest Orthodox churches on the planet.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to visit Serbia?

Serbia is a safe country for tourists to visit, and the most common concern is pickpockets.

What is the official currency of Serbia

The currency used in Serbia is the Serbian dinar (RSD), which is divided into 100 paras.

When is the best time of the year to visit Serbia?

The best time of the year to visit Serbia is during spring (April), as the temperatures are mild and pleasant.

Should you tip in Serbia?

Tipping is not obligatory in Serbia, but if you are happy with your service then leave a 10-15% tip.

Is the tap water safe to drink in Serbia?

The tap water is safe for drinking in Serbia, and bottled water is also sold everywhere.

TOUR REVIEWS

I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
We had a wonderful time and great memories. We felt safe the whole time and would recommend this trip to anyone of any age as long as you can walk a lot. They are with you from arrival to departure and any problems that arose the guides would try their best to solve. They also showed remarkable patience for other people in other groups we saw that were acting like idiots.

My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.

This is our first travel through Encounters Travel and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.

Amazing tour. Any issues we had were addressed in a timely fashion and the resolutions were satisfactory. My only complaint is the driver picking us up was late and none of the cell numbers worked when we tried to call and figure out what to do.

There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.

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Factfile


Time: GMT+2
Dial Code: +381
Area: 88,361 km²
Elevation: The lowest points in Serbia are the Danube and Timok Rivers at 35m (115 ft.) | The highest point in Serbia is Midzor at 2,169m (7,116 ft.)
Population: 8,762,027 (2018)
Capital: Belgrade
Governemnt: Republic, Parliamentary republic
Language: Serbian

Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a country positioned at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe in the southern Pannonian Plain and the Balkans.

Hungary borders this sovereign state to the north, Bulgaria and Romania to the east, Macedonia to the south, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to the west. The capital of Serbia, Belgrade, is one of the largest and oldest cities in Europe.

The country has adhered to the policy of military neutrality since 2007. Serbia also ranks high by the Human Development Index with an upper-middle income economy. It has a dominant service sector followed by an industrial sector.

Located in the Balkan Peninsula, Serbia's terrain is characterised by hills and rivers. The Dinaric Alps extend to the west and the southwest. The largest Lake in Serbia is ?erdap Lake and the longest river that flows through Serbia is the Danube.

The climate of Serbia is affected by the landmass of Eurasia, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Serbia's climate can be defined as warm-humid continental or humid subtropical climate. In the north of Serbia, the climate is more continental with cold winters and hot summers. In the south, summers and autumns are drier, and winters are cold.

The Constitution of Serbia describes it as a secular state with guaranteed religious freedom. The Serbian Orthodox Church is the largest and most traditional church in the country. The official language of Serbia is Serbian and is the only European language with active digraphia.

Highlights

  • ?erdap National Park – the largest national park in Serbia, located along the bank of the Danube River.
  • Nis – the third-largest metropolis in Serbia and one of the oldest cities in the Balkans.
  • Subotica – a beautiful city and the cultural centre of Vojvodina with Art Nouveau buildings.
  • Petrovaradin Citadel – a striking fortress in the town of Petrovaradin, with an iconic clock tower.
  • Gallery of Matica Srpska – a significant cultural institution displaying Serbian artworks from a range of eras.
  • Drvengrad – a traditional village on a hilltop outside of Belgrade, built by a filmmaker in 2002.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art – an art museum in Belgrade exhibiting modern and contemporary art, surrounded by a sculpture park.
  • Church of Saint Sava – a Serbian Orthodox Church and one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world.

Tips

  • Take your shoes off before you enter the home of a local.
  • Dress conservatively when entering monasteries and walk backwards out of a shrine.
  • Learn a few simple phrases of Serbian to engage with the locals.
  • Don't be surprised that smoking is allowed in most places and restaurants in Serbia.
  • Avoid sensitive topics like politics and the war with the locals.
  • Watch your valuables when walking in crowded tourist areas and on public transport.
  • Bring a sturdy pair of shoes for hiking and sightseeing around cities.
  • Many buildings don't have elevators - choose a backpack over a suitcase

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TAILOR-MADE Serbia TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

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