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Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

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Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

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Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

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Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

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Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

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Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

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Serbia: Month-by-Month

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Serbia in March-May

Spring in Serbia brings milder temperatures, ranging from the mid-40s in March to the mid-60s in May. This is a spectacular time to visit as the warmer weather is coming but the tourists aren’t yet, and Serbia’s most popular attractions can be seen without the presence of large crowds. Enjoy all of the outdoor activities Serbia has to offer such as hiking in Fruska Gora National Park, taking a dip in the Vrnjacka Banja thermal spa, or visiting Sirogojno village, a time-trapped open-air museum.

Holidays & Events

  • April 16: Belgrade Marathon 

Must See

Serbia is lucky enough to have the natural resources to feed 40 spring water thermal spas. The most popular of these is in Vrnjacka Banja, which is said to have kicked the nation’s tourism industry into high gear. The spa was built in the 19th century by Price Milos to compete with other well-known mineral water baths in Europe. It sits upon a landscape of gorgeously manicured rolling hills and is close to vineyards that date back centuries.

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The Starogradska Music of Serbia

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Serbia in June-August

The weather begins to warm up in June, but brings with it the heaviest rainfall of the year. The rest of the summer sees mild to warm temperatures throughout the season. This is festival season, making it the best time to visit cities like Belgrade and Novi Sad to participate in whatever exuberant cultural event is taking place that day. Locals who aren’t attending the Belgrade Beer Fest may flee in August, considering the city can see and influx of up to 1 million people.

Holidays & Events

  • Festivals June-August: Belgrade boat carnival, Carnival of Vrnjci, Lovefest, and more
  • July: EXIT Music Festival is held in Novi Sad’s Petrovaradin Fortress

Must See

Belgrade beer fest doesn’t rival Oktoberfest in size yet, but in coming years, it could. Since its establishment in 2003, over 7.6 million visitors have attended the festival to tantalize their taste buds with the creations of passionate beer vendors. People can stroll in free of charge and enjoy a quality lineup of musical performances and a diverse selection of brews both domestic and international. 

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The Starogradska Music of Serbia

Sing along to Starogradska music—traditional songs in Serbia—our optional extension.

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Serbia in September-October

After a long summer, Serbians enjoy some relief from the heat with cooler fall temperatures. Tourists start to go home with the waning of festival season, leaving the big cities more open for easy exploration. Grapes are harvested for wine making and traditional music begins to permeate the air, marking the beginning of autumn. For optimal views of Serbia’s foliage, head to Tara national park and check out the warmer hues that pepper the predominately evergreen forests.

Holidays & Events

  • October: Belgrade Music Festival, a celebration of traditional Balkan music

Must See

Every October in the Serbian countryside, the streets buzz with excitement when people come out to the Topola festival to celebrate the importance of grape picking. Stands that line the streets supply fruits, wine, and other fun knick-knacks. The small community comes to life with folk dance exhibitions, the scent of traditional Balkan foods, and an ample supply of fine drink.

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The Starogradska Music of Serbia

Sing along to Starogradska music—traditional songs in Serbia—our optional extension.

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Serbia in November-December

Late fall into early winter brings both a chill and a literal hunger to Serbia. With temperatures dipping into the low 40s and mid-to-upper 30s, there’s no better time to indulge in traditional cuisine. The celebration of saints throughout November marks only a few of the occasions that call for comfort food, and lots of it. Among the must-have Serbian holiday dishes are posna supa (traditional meatless soup), komplet lepinja (a crispy bun with an egg and cream filling), and karadoedeva snicla (a pork or veal schnitzel filled with a Serbian kajmak, rolled up, and deep fried).

Holidays & Events

  • November 15: Vurdijada in Babusnica

Must See

On the 15th of November, Serbian cooks gather for a competition to make the best vurda, a dish of bell peppers with a sour cream stuffing. While the competition is the heart of the event, the day also serves as a celebration of traditional fare. Those who appreciate food the most join together from all over the country to cook, eat, and enjoy each other’s company. 

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The Starogradska Music of Serbia

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Novi Sad

Novi Sad, Serbia’s second largest city, is simultaneously laid-back and pulsing with energy. The disquiet that plagues other large cities seem to elude this upbeat community and its optimistic populace. The pedestrian streets downtown are sprinkled with charming cafes and pastry shops, bustling pubs, and vibrant storefronts. Overlooking it all is the Petrovaradin Fortress, which sits on 112 acres of land and houses three majestic outworks. The fortress is also home to EXIT, Serbia’s largest music festival, which takes place during mid-July.

While in Novi Sad, explore the Chinese Quarter, the city’s developing hub of creativity. Deceptively named, this isn’t an actual Chinese neighborhood, but rather a former industrial park that artists have slowly transformed into work and rehearsal spaces, theaters, live music venues, and more. Or, for a more traditional experience, head to the Museum of Vojvodina. This comprehensive history museum houses everything from 4th century Roman artifacts to exhibits on the first and second World Wars.

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Belgrade

The resting place of famed Serbian-American scientist Nikola Tesla, Belgrade is the gritty and energetic product of influences old and new. It’s the capital city of Serbia, situated at the meeting place of the Sava and Danube rivers. Every year it hosts Belgrade Beer Fest, a free-entry, five-day gathering of beer vendors and hundreds of thousands of thirsty guests.

A powerful draw to the city is Kalemegdan Citadel, otherwise known as Belgrade Fortress. Located at the end of Sumadija (a lush geographical region of Belgrade that’s known for its apple, plum, and grape production), the fortress sits atop a towering 400-foot ridge. Kalemegdan was the site of over 100 battles throughout history and has been destroyed and rebuilt dozens of times over 16 centuries.

The fortress is free to tour and mostly open to the public, which may be why it receives over 2 million visitors per year. It’s best to stroll through during mild weather and note the leisurely atmosphere that contradicts the citadel’s violent history. Its stonework and broad, looming towers are captivating and put one in the mind of a fantasy novel.

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"In the spring of 1999, the Serbian city of Novi Sad was caught in the crossfire ..."

Then & Now: Novi Sad

In the spring of 1999, the Serbian city of Novi Sad was caught in the crossfire of the bitter Yugoslav Wars. An unlikely target—as the city was ruled by the Democratic Opposition at the time—Novi Sad did not expect, nor comprehend, the devastation it was about to endure.

Targeting oil refineries, major roads, telecommunications, and bridges—NATO claimed its use of aggression was meant to deconstruct the Yugoslav army’s command and control over the region. Then-Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic had recently made the controversial move to strip the Serbian regions of Vojvodina and Kosovo of their autonomy in an effort to solidify his political power. The strategic targeting of Novi Sad’s bridges effectively cut Vojvodina off from the rest of Serbia—and create an easy point of entry should NATO have decided to launch a full-scale attack.

But these military targets were not the only structures to fall during the onslaught. Homes, hospitals, schools, and cultural monuments all suffered severe damage. And—deprived of all of its Danube bridges—the citizens were cut off from any outside assistance. Residents soon found that everyday life, now devoid of all modern resources, became like living in the Middle Ages.

Less than twenty years ago, what was once a lively city was razed into a wasteland of rubble and smoke.

Visitors to Novi Sad today will find a city reborn. A cultural hub and Serbia’s second largest city, there are few visual reminders of the past devastation. Novi Sad—which means “new garden”—has indeed blossomed into a thriving destination. Peppered with verdant parks, bustling squares, a pedestrian zone, and a history-rich fortress standing tall on the right bank of the Danube, Novi Sad has its eyes on the future, while still honoring its past.

When you join us on our Enhanced Eastern Europe to the Black Sea River Cruise, you can explore Novi Sad for yourself—and see how the city has literally risen from the ashes.

Learn more about Yugoslavia’s tumultuous history in this article, "Brotherhood, Unity & Turnmoil."

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