Vršac Mountains or Vršac Hill as they are also called rise in the southeastern part of Banat, which is geographically and historically the most interesting part of Vojvodina. They represent the highest part of Vojvodina with Gudurički vrh (641 m), while the confluence of the Nera and the Danube (66 m) is the lowest point of this vast whole.
Due to its unique position in Banat, diversity of flora and fauna, lookouts and landscapes, the Vršac Mountains have been declared a nature park. Linden and acacia forests at the time of flowering give the mountain area specific aromatic features and make it very pleasant to stay.
On this tour, we will ascend from the vast plain to the "roof of Vojvodina", from where we will be able to see Deliblato Sands, part of the Djerdap Gorge, Kostolac chimneys, the outlines of Avala, and the view reaches neighboring Romania, where the Banat Plain continues and the Anin Mountains rise.
After the hiking tour, we will relax in a private winery where we will have a tasting of excellent wines and lunch.
|DEPARTURE LOCATION||Novi Sad, Merkator Shopping center
Belgrade, the parking lot at the municipality of New Belgrade
|DEPARTURE TIME||5.40h (Novi Sad)
|INCLUDED IN THE PRICE||Transportation by minibus from Belgrade
Hiking tour in the Vršac Mountains
Guide, sightseeing according to the program and organization of the tour
|NOT INCLUDED||Visit to the winery and lunch (optional, 1300 dinars)
Other individual costs
- Equipment for the Vršac Mountains tour: Deep hiking shoes with a Vibram sole, hiking poles, backpack, layered clothes, adapted to the weather conditions, bring enough water and some food (snacks, sandwiches, fruit).
- Information about a hiking trail:
- Length: 15 km
- Total ascend/descend: about 750 m
- Category: easy-moderate, hiking is mostly on forest trails
- Duration: around 6h-7h with breaks
- Visit to the winery and lunch: Registration is required 3 days before the tour. The price of 1300 dinars includes: wine tasting, appetizer, main course, dessert, drinks in unlimited quantities. For those who do not want to go to the winery, they can spend time in Vršac.
- For the realization of the tour, a minimum of 18 registered passengers is required.
- In organized transportation, it is mandatory to wear protective masks.
- Price is for members of "Explore Serbia". You can find membership information here. For those who do not have a membership card, the price is 2700 dinars.
- Transportation from Novi Sad: surcharge is 1000 dinars.
- Own transportation: in case you come by your own transport, the price of the tour is 1500 dinars (with Explore Serbia membership cards) or 2100 dinars (for those who do not have a membership card).
- In case of insufficient number of registered passengers or unfavorable weather conditions, the deadline for notification of postponement or cancellation of the tour is 2 days before departure.
- Photos used: cover Gudurički vrh- Vršačke planine (author Veljko Pejović), in the gallery Predeo izuzetnih odlika Vršačke planine (author Živanov Svetlana) Vršački breg (author Anja Ignjatović), CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Other known peaks in the Vršac Mountains are: Lisičja glava, Đakov vrh and Vršačka kula. The northern slopes of the mountain are steep, while the southern ones gradually descend into the undulating hills, where there are vineyards. They are affected by sand and good sunshine. The Vršac Mountains, like Fruška Gora, are among the island mountains, and the work of the former Pannonian Sea has created terraces. Parts of the Vršac Mountains built of more resistant rocks are left in relief in the form of heads, hammers and peaks.
Središte Monastery - It was founded by despot Djuradj Brankovic in the 15th century, and it is dedicated to the Holy Archangel Gabriel. The monastery was closed down in the 18th century due to church reforms carried out by Maria Theresa, and then destroyed by the Turks. He also owned a mill on a nearby stream that grinded during rainy days. The renovation of the monastery began in the 90s.
Mesic Monastery - one of the most beautiful monasteries in Banat, built in the 15th century. Although in this area there is a belief that it originated in the 13th century when it was founded by Arsenije Bogdanović Hilandarac when Saint Sava appointed him abbot of the monastery. The monastery was named after a stream that springs in the monastery forest. The monastery church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, which is a unique case in Serbian monasteries. It has been demolished and rebuilt several times.
Vršac Tower - was built in 1439 and is a symbol of Vršac and its surroundings. It is believed that the fortification was built by Djuradj Brankovic after the fall of Smederevo. It is basically rectangular in shape, almost 20 m high, and the walls are on average 2.5 m thick. The inhabitants of Vršac Castle had an excellent view of the surroundings. The dungeon tower is the best preserved part of the fortress, and over time, the remains of the ramparts, semicircular towers, palaces, and furnaces have been reconstructed and restored. The tower was often the target of conquest and destruction, and today it is under the protection of the state as a cultural monument.
The organizer of the tour is the travel agency Explore Balkans doo. With this program is valid Rulebook on conducting tours by Explore Balkans doo.
According to Article 79 of the Law on Tourism, protection is not provided for one-day tours in terms of travel guarantees.
Belgrade - Vršac
- Departure from Novi Sad at 5.40 am near Mercator, from Belgrade at 7.00 am from the parking lot of the municipality of New Belgrade. Travel through Pancevo and Banatski Karlovac to Vrsac.
- A break along the way. Arrive at the starting point of hiking until 9.30 am.
Hiking tour in the Vršac Mountains
- Na planinarsku stazu se kreće od sela Malo Središte gde se nalazi Središte Monastery (202 m).
- We continue the ascent along the ridge to Gudurički Vrh. Due to the dense forest that obscures the view from Gudurički Vrh, it is best to descend to the slightly lower peak Mala čoka (602 m), which is also called Mali Vrh.
- The trail continues further across the meadows and through the dense deciduous forest from where we will reach the peak Lisičja glava (590 m), which is the second-highest peak in Vojvodina. From this peak, there is a beautiful view, and the trail descends steeply through the forest and exits to the village pasture, leading back to the village of Malo Središte where was the starting point of our hiking tour.
- The footpath is circular. belongs to the moderate-easy category, is about 15 km long, with about 750 m of total ascent and descent. It is crossed in about 6h-7h with breaks.
Visit to the private winery - tasting and lunch
- After the hiking tour, going for a late lunch at the private winery in Vršac.
- The price of lunch is 1300 dinars. The price includes: wine testing (dry white wine Chardonnay, semi-dry rose wine Muscat Hamburg, red dry wine Merlot, dessert wine Bermet), starter (Swabian pate, cheese, proja), lunch (homemade sausage, chicken drumstick and leg, steak, potatoes, salad), desert (cakes with Bermet), unlimited consumption of all drinks. Lean or vegan meals can also be prepared as needed. The evening will be interwoven with wine stories and verses and fun games for guests.
- For those who do not want to go to the winery, they can spend time in Vršac.
- Return to Belgrade by 9 PM.