Sumadija Explorer

Central Serbia: (IT-SERB02)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/balkan_serbia_sumadija_explorer.aspx

Introduction
Central Serbia
Come ride around our beautiful farm in Glogovac, in the heart of Sumadija.

On this stationary ride, you will have the opportunity to discover rural Serbia and learn more about the local history and culture of Sumadija.

Accomodation


Accommodations
This is a stationary ride so all nights are spent at the same location.

Description
You will be welcomed in our newly renovated guesthouse full of charm and made entirely out of natural materials such as wood stone and brick.

The house was built on the foundations of an old house built according to the traditional Šumadija architecture. We tried to keep as much from this charming 100 years old house, and to adapt it so that guests would have a comfortable stay.  
There are 2 double rooms upstairs and 2 single beds in the living room. There is also a trip room in the attic (low ceiling). Beds and most of the furniture has been locally made from solid wood.
We only have one bathroom shared between guests. The house is equipped with heaters, air conditioning and a TV.
There is a common room in the guest house with a large dining table, benches and chairs. We also have a modest library with some board games. Pens and pencils, sewing and other useful utensils are available for guests to use. If you want to prepare your own coffee or tea, you are welcome to do so in the fully equipped communal kitchen.
Our tap water comes directly from a nearby spring and is excellent!



Outside there are lounge chairs, hammocks, and military blankets, which we like to spread on the lawn. We also have some wooden tables with benches in the yard, hidden among our fruit and nut trees.
In addition, there is a wood-heated sauna that can accommodate up to 9 people and that guests are welcome to use.

Room Occupancy
If you are willing to share a room there will be no supplement.
Extra mattresses for small children can be added in some rooms.



Meals
All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.

Our kitchen is spontaneous and depends on the season. We like to surprise guests with our specialties, but we also like to be flexible with all wishes and needs.
We offer a wide selection of traditionally prepared Serbian dishes. For the preparation we use organically grown farm products.

Some of our specialities include: sauerkraut, goulash, soups and Serbian burek or pita.
We also specialize in the preparation of dishes from wild plants in combination with vegetables, fish and meat.

Soft drinks are included with all meals and for dinner, each person can have 1 free alcoholic drink per dinner. We have our own Schnapps (Rakia. a traditional Serbian strong Schnapps), wine and beer.


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


Riding lessons can be arranged for an extra fee - please inquire.

Horses
We currently have 13 horses of various breeds, They are small to medium sized, strong hearted animals, especially suitable for trail and endurance riding. Our horses are sure footed on rough ground, which helps the rider to cover greater distances with less effort.

Itinerary


Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
We pick you up from Belgrade airport and transfer you to our farm. In the evening, welcome dinner with everyone.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 2 (Sunday): Ride to "Domacinstvo Jankovic" in Belo Polje
After breakfast, we head out from our farm in Kamenica and begin our ride through the villages of Ljuljaci and Konjusa to Belo Polje. There, we are welcomed and by a very nice family, who have devoted themselves to farm tourism for many years. After an interesting cultural exchange, culinary delights and a glimpse into their lovingly restored farm, we ride back to our farm. We ride mostly over dirt roads, partly through wooded parts or along forest edges. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 3 (Monday): Ride around Kafana Ljubisa in Kamenica
Today, we explore our village (Kamenica). Our farm is on the top of one of the foothills, at the foot of Mount Rudnik. The second larger part of Kamenica lies in the valley and the 3rd settlement lies on the second mountain foothills, which is over 700m above sea level. Even more homesteads are scattered throughout. We ride by past excavation sites of old churches and enjoy several unforgettable views from the hilltops. If the whole group would like to, we shall visit the wine cellar Katanic, where guests will have the opportunity to taste and buy a good wine.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 4 (Tuesday): Ride to Vracevsnica
Today's destination is Vracevsnica, a well-known monastery which was built in 1428. In the monastery we are asked by nuns to join them for their lunch (vegetarian, but nonetheless amazingly tasty food). After lunch, the nuns will open the monastery's museum for us. In the museum, we will get an even deeper insight into the history of the monastery, but also into the Serbian history. After our visit, we ride back to Kamenica. On this day we ride a good part over a wooded hill, but also over field and village roads and past farms.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 5 (Wednesday): Ride to House of Colovic in Mala Vrbica
This morning, we ride through Knezevac and Dobraca to Mala Vrbica, where a lovely family (House of Colovic) will receive us. There, too, we will learn some interesting historical facts. If you want to treat yourself to a refreshing dip, you are welcome to do so in the swimming pool. Bath towels are provided. Trunks must be packed in the riding bag.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 6 (Thursday): Ride to Hunters Lodge in Ljuljaci
We ride South of our farm, to a hunters lodge. We will stop there for a good lunch. Today's trail is mainly through the open countryside, Serbian villages and typical farms. On the way to the lodge, we pass by a monastery and an old intact Serbian village school. The hunters lodge is small but full of character with warm and authentic hosts. The food is tasty and the view extends into the distance. After the meal and the little break, we ride comfortably back to our farm, where the dinner will be served in due time.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 7 (Friday): Ride to cellar TIM, Ramaca 
For our last riding day, we ride to Ramaca, a sleepy village which lies over 800m above sea level. Two wooded, pointed hills adorn the village peak. In Ramaca, we will visit a church which has been put under government protection since 1955 and then we will stop for lunch. On the way back, we will visit a collection of objects created by some villagers with half precious stones from the area. On the return journey, guests can enjoy one last time the lush and unique Serbian landscape and look forward to the last shared meal.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
We serve the farewell breakfast and depending on the time of departure, we transfer our guests in time to the airport in Belgrade.
Meals included: Breakfast



Non-Riding Activities
Because we are surrounded by nature outdoor activities such as cycling (bicycle hire: 2 euros per hour), hiking, walking and jogging can easily be done. We also have some quad bikes to rent (extra fee: 23 euros for 45 min).
 If you still have not sweated enough, or if you are simply a sauna fan as we are, we will heat up our wood-heated sauna at an extra charge (5 euros per person). We are also satisfied owners of a massage table and have our own masseur (book in advance at extra fee: 21 euros for 1 hour).
There are also many interesting sights close by such as old monasteries, excavation sites, various Serbian markets, Mount Rudnik (1132m above sea level), the old ruins of Borac town, thermal baths, old Serbian farms and typical villages.
For photographers and painters there are countless sources of inspirations (please bring your own equipment).


Rates and Dates for Sumadija Explorer

Rates include:

Accommodations, All meals, 6 riding days, Taxes & Transfers
Saddlebags and helmets can be provided (limited quantity) - please request at time of booking
Guides can speak English, German, French, Serbian and Swiss German

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20218 day trip (High)€895$1065
    • Single supplement (only if not willing to share)€150$180
  • B
    20218 day trip (Low)€715$855
    • Single supplement (only if not willing to share)€150$180
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.19

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2021 Group transfers from/to Belgrade included 0 $0
2021 Private transfer - extra cost (please inquire) 0 $0
2021 Non-Rider (B&B), pp 120 $145

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2021 09/18 - 09/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip (Low) 2 /5 Expired

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Gratuities, Extra Drinks, Travel insurance (mandatory), Entrance fees for churches and monastery museum & Optional services such as sauna and massage

Other Info
Meeting: Kamenica
Airport: Belgrade
Transfer: Belgrade Airport

Climate:
                                                    Belgrade area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

39

44

54

63

73

78

82

82

74

63

51

41

Average Low Temperature (°F)

29

32

38

46

54

60

62

62

55

47

39

31

Average High Temperature (°C)

4

7

12

17

23

26

28

28

23

17

11

5

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-2

0

3

8

12

15

17

17

13

8

4

0

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

7

6

7

8

9

9

6

6

6

6

7

7

Source: NOAA


Seasons

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
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
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

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit for Day 5
 
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
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