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From Belgrade: Danube River and Iron Gate Gorge Tour

1. From Belgrade: Danube River and Iron Gate Gorge Tour

The tour starts with a 2-hour drive toward Eastern Serbia, enjoying the beautiful landscapes and listening to interesting stories about this part of the country. The first stop is Golubac fortress, a defensive complex which used to defend many kingdoms through centuries. Golubac is the perfect fairy-tale castle, wonderfully set off by its location in the rugged landscape at the head of Đerdap Gorge. There are nine towers in all, each between 20 and 25m high, and combined with the interesting position of the fortress leaning over the Danube. They make Golubac undoubtedly one of the most beautiful castles along the 2,850km Danube odyssey from source to the Black Sea. Proceed the adventure towards the widest flow Danube river has, the famous Iron Gate. Its sheer size leaves no one untouched as the Danube suddenly gives the impression of the sea. After around 30 minutes of driving, reach the next stop, Lepenski Vir. The early settlement of Lepenski Vir was first uncovered in 1965. The works brought to light sacred architecture and monumental sculptures from one of the oldest Danube cultures, dating back to 7,000-6,000 BC, also marking the beginning of civilization in Europe. See more than 100 items (utensils, tools, and instruments, jewelry, altars, sculptures, Neolithic ceramics) illustrating the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods in Lepenski Vir. The setting also involves the reconstruction of burial methods in Lepenski Vir and a holographic reconstruction of houses in Lepenski Vir. After the museum, stop in a unique, authentic restaurant with a fantastic view overlooking the Danube to enjoy a traditional lunch made of specialties of the cuisine of Eastern Serbia. Return to Belgrade in the evening hours.

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From Belgrade: Danube Tour and Iron Gate National Park

2. From Belgrade: Danube Tour and Iron Gate National Park

Follow the mighty blue Danube - the 2nd largest river in Europe - through lush countryside and visit the Golubac Fortress, Lepenski Vir archaeological site, Mrakonija Monastery and more on a full-day tour.  The tour starts at 8:00 AM with pickup from your accommodation in Belgrade. Drive 2 hours to Golubac Fortress, a 14th-century structure located at the entrance of the Iron Gate National Park. Explore the Green Zone of the fortress and admire the widest point of the Danube below. Less than an hour from Golubac Fortress is the Kovilovo viewpoint. Take a short walk up to the viewpoint and admire the entire Valley of Donji Milanovac below.  Continue with a scenic drive through Iron Gate Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe, that consists of four gorges and three valleys. The most beautiful gorges are Mali and Veliki Kazan, where the Danube narrows to just 140 meters and reaches a depth of more than 90 meters. Stop at a viewpoint next to the road and admire the most stunning part of the Danube. Here, see the statue of King Decebalus, last king of Dacia, commemorated as the tallest rock sculpture in Europe. Around 2:00-3:00 PM, break for lunch and try some traditional Serbian dishes in a local restaurant. After lunch, stop at the Boljetin River Canyon to observe the geological history of Serbia from Paleozoic to Cenozoic. The last stop on the tour is the Lepenski Vir archeological site, one of the oldest urban settlements in Europe, populated 8,000 years ago. Learn the history of the site from your certified guide before returning to Belgrade in the early evening hours.

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What people are saying about Golubac

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 10 reviews

The guide (Jovan) was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make everyone on the tour feel welcome and comfortable. The restaurant chosen for this tour combines excellent selection of Serbian traditional dishes with a feel of home made food and amazing views of Danube gorge and Serbian country side. The tour is a nice combination of amazing historical sites and beautiful views, though I think it could be made even more memorable with addition of a couple of viewpoint stops to highlight the amazing views of the Djerdap gorge and Danube.

We have enjoyed our trip to Golubac Fortress, our guide Jovan was giving a lecture about the Serbian history on our way. From there to Lepenski Vir, The early settlement of ancient civilisation about 10000 years back, was verymuch intriguing. The lunch we had was delicious and was on having a lovely from hilltop view of Danube. Moreover we had an excellent climate, which made our trip a wonderful experience.

It was a lovely day - Golubac is a majestic fortress against the Danube river. I would've loved to walk up the towers, but they were shut due to the rain. but the option would've existed otherwise. I liked the pace of the tour - wasn't rushed, and we had enough time to walk around, explore. Lunch was absolutely the best! Jovan is a really great guide - knowledgeable and friendly.

Nice escape from Belgrade with a great scenery along the river + the guide had profound knowledge about Serbian/Yugoslavs history and contemporary Serbian politics. Would definitely recommend

We had excellent trip with Alexandra, he is a quite nice, helpful, knowledgeable and professional tour guide, we enjoyed our journey.