Borac Mountains Ride

Central Serbia: (IT-SERB01)

Central Serbia
Serbia is still an undiscovered destination in the heart of Europe. Located in central Balkans it is the essence of mixture of cultures and influences that will always be viewed as the east to the west and as the west to the east. The interior of the country (Sumadija), literally Woodland is the destination of our new trip in Serbia. It is here that you will get a glimpse of an archaic world covered in thick forest and mountain massifs isolated from the blessings and the curses of urban Serbia. A place wrapped up in its own magic of “slow living” that hasn’t changed for generations.

Rarely in Europe is such a small piece of land home to so many animal species and such beautiful nature. The scenic landscape where the ride takes place has an abundance of rivers and mineral springs, majestic forests and mountain tops. The trail will lead you through small villages populated by simple folk where you will be guests in real people’s homes, taste their homemade products from cheese to brandy and be overwhelmed by their hospitality. This trip is a life seeing experience that will take you back in time.

You will ride amongst the mountains that hide the jewels of Serbian 14th Century architecture. Churches and monasteries that are home to small communities of priests and nuns will welcome any visitor that comes their way. Let us be your guide through local heritage.

This is not just a riding holiday, it is your chance to discover one of the best kept secrets of the Balkans, a truly new destination.


This is a progressive ride so nights are spent in various locations.

To make your riding holiday a unique experience we found a variety of accommodations ranging from hotels, to mountain lodges, to private guesthouses. Every accommodation has about 3-5 bathrooms. WIFI is available in most locations. Laundry can be done along the trail for a small fee.

Accommodation Itinerary 2021 - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Vila Melodija near Zderban
Night 2: Vila Slavica in Gornja Trepca
Night 3: Kuća "Tri hrasta" in Klaticevo
Night 4: Planinarski Dom in Rajac
Night 5: Accommodation in Rudnik
Night 6: Ljubodrag Jankovic in Belo Polje
Night 7: Vila Melodija near Zderban

Accommodation Itinerary 2022 - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Ecolodge near Taor
Night 2: Zamak in Divcibare
Night 3: Planinarski Dom in Rajac
Night 4: Ethno village in Kostunici
Night 5: Ethno village in Gostoljublje
Night 6: Ecolodge near Taor

Vila Melodija near Zdreban
This small country house offers basic accommodation with shared bathrooms. The house is decorated with antiques, giving it an undeniable charm. Each guestroom has a TV and free Wi-Fi access is available.

Vila Slavica in Gornja Trepca
This guesthouse welcomes visitors in 5 simply furnished bedrooms, all fitted with a private bathroom. The house has recently been built and offers modern facilities with free Wi-Fi access.

Kuća "Tri hrasta" in Klaticevo
This charming accommodation features the typical architecture style of the region (built with wood). The bedrooms are decorated with traditional elements and facilities are shared. The property has a small garden with many flowers and an outdoor swimming pool. Wi-Fi is available at this accommodation.

Planinarski Dom in Rajac
This is one of the largest mountaineering house in Serbia. This historic stone house has 70 beds in double-bedded and multi-bedded rooms. There are bathrooms on each floor, central heating, and a glassed veranda with a television.

Accommodation in Rudnik
You will be sleeping in a fully equipped apartment that has several private bedrooms with their own bathrooms.

Ljubodrag Jankovic in Belo Polje
The household of Ljubodraga Jankovic from Beli Polje has 12 beds located in separate houses. The first house has two single rooms and one double room, while the second house has two double rooms and one four-bed room. All in all a classic farmhouse with a beautifully landscaped yard and friendly hosts.

Zamak in Divcibare
This small hotel located just across the slopes offers 8 guestrooms. Each room is furnished with a TV, a phone, ensuite bathroom, internet access and air conditioning.

Ethno-village in Kostunici
Accommodation is provided in picturesque wooden houses that come equipped with heating, free Wi-Fi, a TV and a private bathroom. The complex also has a lake where guest can go for a refreshing swim.

Ethno-village in Gostoljublje
Located on the slopes of Mount Maljen this holiday village offers various accommodation styles from bungalows to apartments. Each accommodation features free Wi-Fi access, a TV and private facilities. The complex also offers an outdoor pool.

Room Occupancy
If you are willing to share a room there will be no supplement.

All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day.
Most food is locally grown and a lot of effort is put in to ensure guests are satisfied and left full. There is a lot of heart and soul that goes into the dishes!

One alcoholic drink is included with every meal.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to all restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.


Riding Experience
To participate you should be an intermediate rider, comfortable in the saddle at all paces, and have experience riding for 5 to 7 riding hours per day. The minimal requirement is that you are in control of a horse at a walk, trot and canter, and are used to riding in the open country over different types of terrain.

The area used to be and still is quite wooded. There are still a great many areas with fields, thickets and a striking number of Acacia trees. Predominantly spruce, beech, oak forests. The landscape ranges from gentle hills to rocky canyons and often offer splendid views into the distance. The landscape is very lush and makes a very pristine impression. There are lakes, rivers, streams and increased brooklets.

The rides are at a moderate pace overall, with routes taking you through forests and up and down mountain tracks, with opportunities for trots and canters in the open fields and where the terrain allows it. In total, we will cover about 170 km.

Horses that you will ride are Lipizzan horses, horses mixed with Lipizzan and Balkan, mixed Balkan and Bosnian Mountain horses. The breed of speckled horse is unknown. The Balkan breed is characteristic for this area and known for its gentleness.
They are small to medium sized, strong-hearted animals, especially suitable for trail and endurance riding. They are sure-footed on rough ground, which helps the rider cover greater distances with less effort.

Our guides can speak Serbian, English, and German.


Sample Itinerary 2021 - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Arrive to Belgrade Airport where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation near Zderban.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Vila Melodija near Zderban

Day 2: Zdreban to Gornja Trepca via Vujan   
From Zdreban we ride to Vujan, which is an old monastery. We then head to the spa of Gornja Trepca, where you can have a massage and a thermal spa (massage and bath surcharge: massage about € 15 .- / 45min, Water Spa € 20.- medical body check obligatory. A few words to the thermal spa Gornja Trepca.
"Even the heroes of the Battle of Kosovo, as well as the participants in the I. and II. Serbian Uprising have here allegedly healed their wounds. For many centuries, there are legends about our spa; a legend: a Serbian hero slew his sick and exhausted horse here after the Battle of Kosovo. The horse lay for days in the mud next to the source. When a few days later the monks of the nearby monastery Vujan came and cheerfully neighing horse saw, they spread the story of the healing waters. The water was "Svetinja" (Sanctuary) appointed and they began to drink the water and described in him baden.Bei an investigation of the physicochemical properties of the thermal waters of Gornja Trepca in 1904 of Dr. M. Nikolic and Dr. A.Zege the former spa. There were four huts where 50 to 60 patients could be accommodated, a village and a monastery tavern and a poorly furnished bath room. The season lasted from June to September. The roads were bad and at times completely impassable. The hard movable and immovable patient had to be carried to the bath room on hands." The spa is particularly good for rheumatic and neurological ailments.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Vila Slavica in Gornja Trepca

Day 3: Gornja Trepca to Klaticevo via Takovo
The ride leads us through quaint villages, different forests and fields to Klaticevo. Here, we visit a very nice wine cellar and taste different kind of red and white wine. The Second Serbian Uprising (1815–1817) under the leadership of Miloš Obrenović started in this village. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Kuća "Tri hrasta" in Klaticevo

Day 4: Klaticevo to Rajac
Beautiful beech forests and plateaus offer us the opportunity for splendid gallops. We ride to a health resort with a beautiful view of the Sumadija. The slopes of the mountain are covered by meadows, clearings and forest of beech, birch, ash, turkey oak, conifer, fir and pine. The meadows grow a large number of medicinal plants. The forests host pheasant, roe deer, fox, wild boar, hare and tortoise.
Every year in July there is a 3 day long traditional scythe festival. The main attraction of this festival is a competition in traditional grass cutting with scythe. There are also many concerts and a lot of traditional folklore music in big tents (Šatra) with tables and food (mainly pork or lamb roast but also sour cabbage is something not to miss).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Planinarski Dom in Rajac

Day 5: Rajac to Rudnik
Over the plateaus we reach a rustic farm with pigs, cows, goats and horses. The farm also has its own organic goat cheese production.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farmhouse in Rudnik

Day 6: Rudnik to Belo Polje via Gornja Crnuca
We climb the mountain Rudnik on horseback, until we have a fantastic view at over 1000 m altitude. Tranquil passages bring us through dreamy villages
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ljubodrag Jankovic in Belo Polje

Day 7: Belo Polje to Zdreban
Zdreban was once a large complex but it was never completed because of different reasons. Many people tell that headaches go away if they stay for a while in Zdreban.
Today, the trail leads us through nice oak forest and over plateaus where we can gallop. Overnight stay in Zdreban in a private accommodation.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Vila Melodija near Zderban

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, we transfer you back to the airport.
Meals included: Breakfast

Sample Itinerary 2022 - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
Arrive to Belgrade Airport where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The road goes through the Povlen Mountains, an eastern part of the Dinaric Alps. The drive to the village of Taor - a settlement that has existed since the Bronze Age - takes about 2 ½ hours and upon arrival a warm dinner awaits you. Afterwards there is plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the surroundings and your four-legged companions.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight near Taor

Day 2 (Sunday): Taor to Divcibare
After breakfast we ride to Divcibare, a famous ski area in the Ore Mountains (part of the Dinaric mountain system in northwest Serbia). It is characterized by a specific geography that allows favorable climate, as well as a diverse and unique flora and fauna. 
From this hill, you can see the entire Divcibare, surrounding mountains and the city of Valjevo. Although it is often mentioned that Divcibare is a mountain, it is actually a field on the Maljen mountain.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Divcibare

Day 3 (Monday): Divcibare to Rajac
Today our trail leads us through the Serbian steppe, which is reminiscent of Mongolia. The power of this steppe leaves no one indifferent and the 360 degree view gives us a feeling of space and freedom. We will hardly see any houses, and it often happens that we do not see anyone on this leg of our trip.
In the afternoon we will reach Mount Rajac.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight near Mount Rajac

Day 4 (Tuesday): Rajac to Kostunici
The ethno-village Kostunici is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Serbia, on the southern slope of the Suvobor mountain. There are two stories about how the village got its name and no one knows which is correct.
Above Kostunici lies Ravna Gora, an historical place that has been preserved in its original beauty. Other beautiful sights await like Vidikovac, Babina Glava and Mokra pecina.
There is a lake where people can swim in the ethno village. The lake is surrounded by the Cer forest and was created by dividing the Cemernica river with a concrete dam just 300 m below.
There are also pottery and handicraft shops where passionate ethno collectors can add to their collections or bring "summer memories" to friends.
The entire complex was built according to Serbian architecture .
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Kostunici

Day 5 (Wednesday): Kostunici to Gostoljublje 
Today we are slowly leaving the Serbian steppe and returning to the Dinaric Alps. This transition in landscape is very impressive and shows us how much nature has changed in this area.
Tonight we sleep in the ethno-village Gostoljublje.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Gostoljublje

Day 6 (Thursday): Gostoljublje to Taor
Slowly we are returning to the paths of the ancient Romans, crossing over the Povlen mountain. On the way, we visit the Taor water spring. There are many
small water veins that arise from the porous limestone tuff - in winter the water is rather warm and in summer quite cool. On hot summer days a glass of the cold spring water gives you a very satisfying feeling.
In earlier centuries there were around 20 active water mills along the water sources, which milled rye, barley and oats at full capacity. Most of them have disappeared, but a small watermill has remained.
The freshly prepared food and the miller's good mood underline the atmosphere and lifestyle of the highlands. After visiting the local miller, we go up to the initial farm, where a dinner with local fruit and brandy awaits us.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight near Taor

Day 7 (Friday): Departure
After breakfast, we transfer you back to the airport.
Meals included: Breakfast

Rates and Dates for Borac Mountains Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, All meals with 1 alcoholic drink per meal, Transfers (before 4:00 pm), 5 riding days, Taxes & Entrances tickets

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    20227 day trip, AP€1000$1200
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:

2022 Transfer from/to Belgrade Airport included at specific times (before 16:00) 0 $0
2022 Single Supplement 160 $190

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2022 05/21 - 05/27 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
A 2022 06/04 - 06/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
A 2022 07/02 - 07/08 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
A 2022 07/23 - 07/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Gratuities, Travel Insurance & Extra drinks


Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Borac Mountains Ride in Serbia (IT-SERB01):

In case your booking is affected by the coronavirus pandemic, we offer you the possibility to postpone your trip to a later date.

Masks are mandatory.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at

Other Info
Meeting: Taor
Airport: Belgrade
Transfer: Belgrade airport

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There isn’t a bad time to visit Serbia, though mid-winter tends to be both cold and wet. July and August are usually hot and humid with plenty of activities to choose from.

The ideal months to visit are May, June and September, when temperatures are warm, but not too hot. However, you should expect some rainfall in May and June.

What To Bring:  
This list is only a guideline for you


Hidden Trails Travel Documents and Trip Voucher (contains important local tour contact info.)
Flight tickets
Visa (check with your consulate)


Riding pants or Jodhpurs
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat


Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Underwear and socks
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Torch/ Flashlight
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra film or batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun protection lotion and lip balm