2 days
Duration
+7
Years
easy
Category
Pešter
Location

The Pešter Plateau is a karst plateau in southwestern Serbia, at an altitude of 1100 to 1250 meters. It is the largest field in Serbia, and it is among the highest in the Balkans. There is a harsh mountain climate, with harsh Siberian winters, where numerous rare and endangered plant and animal species have found their habitat even in such conditions.

A combination of culture and tradition, east and west, nature and cultural and historical monuments, gastronomy and wonderful people. If you are a lover of true and real values, then you are the right person to visit Pešter. Strange stories circulate about the green plateau, surrounded by 7 mountains. They say that there used to be a lake where a three-headed dragon lived and that it was the one that Saint George killed, and they also say that there is buried treasure under Trojan Hill.

On this May Day tour, we will go on a tour of the attractions of the Zlatibor area and a sightseeing tour of Sjenica. The following day, a hiking tour awaits us on the magical Pešter to the peak of Troyan and the source of Djurđevica. In addition to the incredible nature, we will get to know the cultural and historical values of this region and try Pešter specialties.

DEPARTURE LOCATION Belgrade, the parking lot at the municipality of New Belgrade
DEPARTURE TIME 7.00h
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Transportation from Belgrade

One overnight with breakfast in a hotel in Sjenica

Tickets for Stopića cave, Sirogojno and Gostiljske waterfalls

Sightseeing in Sjenica

Hiking tour on the Pešter Plateau with a local guide-ranger of the special reserve

Ticket for the special nature reserve "Pešter field"

Local taxes

Accident insurance

Tour coordinator, sightseeing according to the itinerary and the tour organization

NOT INCLUDED Other meals and individual costs not mentioned

Additional notes:

  • Equipment for the Pešter Plateau tour: Hiking shoes or sports sneakers with a stronger sole, and adequate clothing according to the weather conditions. Backpack with essentials. Be sure to bring enough water (1.5 l) and some food (one meal sandwich, snacks, energy bars, fruit), a spare t-shirt, long pants or tracksuit, raincoat, sunscreen, hat, and ID
  • Information about the hiking trail on Pešter:
    • Length:  9 km in total
    • Total ascend/descend: 300 m
    • Category: easy
    • Duration: from 3h-4h with breaks
  • A minimum of 18 registrants is required for the Pešter Plateau tour.
  • Own transportation: own transport is not possible for this tour.
  • In case of unfavorable weather conditions or an insufficient number of registered passengers, the deadline for notification of postponement or cancellation of the tour is 3 days before departure.
  • Photos used: Sabahudin Abdagić, Pešter – Vushkukur, CC BY-SA 3.0, Pester Plateau and Pester Plateau in Serbia– Zcvetkovic, CC BY-SA 4.0.
  • Reservation: ∼ 50% of the total amount is paid at the time of registration, i.e. 5800 dinars, and the rest of 5700 no later than April 23, 2024. You can also pay the entire amount at once.
  • Trip cancellations by passengers: 
  • If the Traveler cancels the trip in a timely manner (90 to 45 days), the Organizer has the right to compensation only for the incurred administrative costs.
      • 10% if the trip is cancelled 44 to 30 days before the start of the trip,
      • 20% if cancelled 29 to 20 days before the start of the trip,
      • 40% if cancelled 19 to 15 days before the start of the trip,
      • 80% if canceled 14 to 10 days before the start of the trip,
      • 90% if canceled 9 to 6 days before the start of the trip,
      • 100% if cancelled 5 to 0 days before the start of the trip or during the trip.
The organizer reserves the right to correct prices due to changes in the monetary market or changes in accommodation or transportation prices. The organizer reserves the right to change the travel program (the order of certain contents in the program due to objective circumstances).
This program is valid General travel conditions tourist agency Explore Balkans doo. License number: OTP B-41/2023.
1

First day (May 1, Wednesday) Belgrade - Stopića cave - Sirogojno - Gostilje Waterfalls - Sjenica

  • Departure from Belgrade from the parking lot of the municipality of Novi Beograd at 7:00 am. Journey to Zlatibor, where we will visit the attractions of this area: Stopića cave, Sirogojno, and Gostilje waterfalls.
  • Stopica Cave – The cave is located on the northeastern side of Zlatibor. Since the Trnava stream flows through it, it belongs to the river caves, it is 1,692 m long, the entrance is 711 m above sea level, 30-40 m high, and 8 m wide. The cave consists of five parts, and the deep karst tubs are characteristic. For visitors, there is an entrance area several hundred meters long, which includes the Light Hall, the Dark Hall, and the Hall with Baths.
  • Sirogojno – The settlement is located in the eastern part of Zlatibor. "Staro selo" is an ethnic village and museum in Sirogojno. It presents the traditional construction of a Serbian village in the mountainous areas of the Dinaric region and shows the life of a rural family at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. About fifty original Zlatibor log cabins, with over 2,000 exhibits, are exhibited in a unique setting of old country houses with buildings. In the programs of the museum, special attention is paid to the preservation and revival of old crafts. In the museum's workshops, copies of museum exhibits are made and the skills of pottery, pottery, carpentry, weaving, and other crafts are demonstrated.
  • Gostilje waterfall - is one of the highest waterfalls in Serbia. Its height is estimated at around 20 m. The surroundings are rich in beech and pine forests, and medicinal herbs. Downstream from the waterfall, the stream builds several smaller waterfalls and cascades to the confluence with the Katušnica River.
  • We arrive in Sjenica in the late afternoon. Hotel accommodation. After that, a tour of the center of Sjenica lasts about 45 minutes (promenade, sebilj). We will also visit the Sultan Valida mosque from the XIX century. Architecturally, it is one of the most beautiful Islamic monuments in Serbia. It is the foundation of Sultan Abdul Hamid II. This monument represents the golden era of Sjenica, the time when Sjenica was the seat of Sandzak - the administrative area in the Ottoman Empire.
  • Overnight.
2

Second day (May 2, Thursday) Hiking tour of the Pest plateau-Belgrade

  • The breakfast. Leaving the hotel.
  • Transfer to the special nature reserve Pešter Field , from where our hiking tour starts.
  • The hiking path goes to the hill Trojan at 1340 m after which we descend to the source of Djurđevica where, according to tradition, Saint George killed the dragon.
  • During the hiking tour, you will have the opportunity to get to know a large part of the Peštar plateau, the way of life of the Peštar locals. We will also visit Pešter's katuns. From the perimeter of the reserve, you will see the smallest nature reserve bordering Pešter field, Gutavica popularly known as The Haunted forest which has an interesting legend that you will hear about. This is followed by a return to the road through the Pešter Plain.
  • Information about the hiking trail: easy, for all ages, 9 km long, total ascent 300 m, duration about 3 to 4 hours with breaks.
  • After the hike, a trip to Sjenica to an ethnic restaurant, where you can try some of Sjenica's specialties. Sjenica cheese is one of the most famous in the Balkans, while lamb and veal are of exceptional quality. Pester is known for its traditional products, such as sudzuk (a type of sausage) and buckwheat dishes.
  • The return to Belgrade is planned around 9 pm.
Pešterska visoravan
izlet Pešterska visoravan
Pešterska visoravan
Peštersko jezero
Pešterska visoravan
Stopica Cave
Pešterska visoravan
Stopica Cave
Pešter pešačenje
Pešter Prvi maj izlet
Pešter izlet
Pešter izlet
Pešter
Sirogojno
Džamija Sultan Valide
Pešterska visoravan
Sjenica dishes
sjenički sudžuk
sjenički ćavapi
Dani Sjeničke pite
Sirogojno
Sirogojno
Sirogojno
Sirogojno