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From Belgrade: Niš Tour - A Spirit of the South

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Discover the long and turbulent history of South Serbia on this day tour to Niš from Belgrade. Fell the local spirit, get familiar with local traditions, and enjoy delicious cuisine of the region.

Highlights

  • Explore Mediana: Visit Luxurious Suburb of Roman Emperors
  • Visit WWII Concentration Camp: Pay Tribute to Innocent Victims of Holocaust
  • Explore Nis Fortress: Feel the Echo of History
  • Taste South Serbian Cuisine: Unique and Wonderful Culinary Experience

Description

At 8a.m your #destinationserbia tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation. Departing from Belgrade, our journey heads south along the Morava valley. After approximately 2.5 hours, with a short break on the way, we arrive to Niš. Our first destination within the city is Mediana, an archaeological site and the best-preserved segment of the Roman city Naissus. Birthplace of Constantine the Great, Naissus witnessed the construction of Mediana—a luxurious royal palace on its outskirts—during Constantine's rule. Exploring the site, we encounter mosaics and remnants of this palace used by Constantine the Great and his successors. Transitioning to the early 19th century, we delve into the time of the First Serbian Uprising—a revolutionary period that laid the groundwork for modern-day Serbia. Our next stop is the Skull Tower, a poignant symbol built by Ottomans using the skulls of fallen Serbian soldiers. A testament to resistance and the Serbian people's pursuit of freedom. Following this, we visit the Red Cross concentration camp from WWII. Operated by the German Gestapo, the camp detained around 30,000 individuals, primarily Jews, Serbians, and Romas. While serving as a transit camp, few were directly killed on-site; instead, many were transported to Bubanj Hill in Niš for execution or to other concentration camps. Notably, this camp distinguished itself with a historic event—the first mass escape of prisoners in occupied Europe on February 12, 1942, where 105 individuals successfully fled. A core attraction of Niš is its Fortress, initially built by the Romans and later shaped by the Ottomans in the 18th century. The fortress encapsulates traces of numerous historical periods and stands as both a historical monument and a picturesque park in the heart of Niš. Our exploration continues through the city center, concluding with a gastronomic indulgence in the world-class cuisine of Southern Serbia. The unique flavors of the South, accompanied by local wine and rakija, offer an essential experience. As we savor the culinary delights and immerse ourselves in the stories of the local bohemians, our palate satisfied, we embark on our return journey to Belgrade, where we’ll arrive in the evening.

Includes

Pickup and drop-off at your address (hotel or any other accommodation) Private transport as per itinerary Licensed tour guide services during the tour All entrance tickets (Mediana, Scull tower, Red Cross camp)

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