Belgrade Yugo Tour
YUGO TOUR is the ultimate way to experience the rise and fall of socialist Yugoslavia with all your senses! Your guide takes you on a ride that allows you to feel, smell and hear the history of Yugoslavia in the legendary car that is named after it: The YUGO!
YUGO TOUR gives you a taste of everyday life in Yugoslavia by driving through the remains of the Yugoslav urban space in Belgrade. Experience Belgrade as the booming capital of Yugoslavia in a ride along impressive architecture, bombed buildings, a Tito’s museum. Dear comrade, don’t hesitate; book a YUGO TOUR before it’s too late!
The 3 hour tour starts in New Belgrade and visits the most remarkable buildings from Yugoslav times. You will be driven around in a classic Yugo car by our guide / driver and learn the story about the "good, old times" - as our parents like to say. The tour ends at the Tito's museum - Museum of Yugoslavia. At the end of the tour we take you back to the hotel or we can drop-off you at the "Kafana SFRJ", where you can enjoy a selection of best Balkan food, in the interior entirely decorated to honor Yugoslavia and Tito. The restaurant has the best view of the river in Belgrade and we'll handle the reservations and menu arrangement for you if you decide to go for lunch or dinner after the tour!
You will visit:
The park of friendship - It is one of the most nobly conceived, and possibly the most incomplete park in Belgrade, and as such, a living monument to naivety and tragedy of times past. Its conception is tied to Belgrade Conference, held in September 1961, or the First Summit of The Non Aligned as it became known in history.
SIV - the largest and most spectacular masterpiece of modernist architecture in Belgrade, and one of the first buildings to be constructed in the Novi Beograd district. The construction of the Federal Executive Council of Yugoslavia was started in 1947, just after the end of WWII, symbolizing the birth of a new socialist futurist nation with it’s own symbols and landmarks.Its H-shaped base covers an area of approximately 65,000 m², thus making it the largest building in Serbia by area covered. It has 744 offices, about 30 m² each, 13 conference rooms, six salons, three large hallsand two garages.Each salon featured one of Yugoslavia countries, every salon’s size and décor resembling the country who’s council it held.
Hotel Yugoslavia - When Hotel Jugoslavija opened in 1969, it became the premierVIP accommodation in Novi Beograd: Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Tina Turner, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Queen Elizabeth II have all stayed here.It was the largest hotel in the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia with over 600 rooms and suites, restaurants with over 800 places, and other “contents” on seven floors of the main architectural complex. Hotel Jugoslavija was a mythical place. It was both a symbol and a witness to the different moments that shaped former Yugoslavia : From Tito to Milosevic ; from Socialism to Nationalism ; from NATO’s bombings to corrupted economic liberalism. Today, it is still haunting Belgrade landscape, as a reflection of a Serbian society in search of new milestones.
Genex Tower - Built from 1977-1980 – would become the ultimate icon of Yugoslav economic progress.Officially named “Western City Gate”, it was once the tallest residential high-rise in Serbia. The name of the building refers to its location, positioned on the main road between Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport and the city centre, greeting everyone who enters or leaves Belgrade on the west side. The name “Genex” that we still use today came after Yugoslavia’s premier trading company.Its success was a measure of Tito’s international diplomacy: Genex thrived due to thisability to deal freely with partners in both the East and the West.The Western City Gate is described as “one of the truest, most unapologetically Brutalist buildings, perhaps the most fantastic example of Brutalist high-rise anywhere in the world.”
House of Flowers - Apart from its name, the Museum of Yugoslavia is not a typical historical museum, not only due to the way it was founded, but also because of its still current model of organization.The very core of the Museum of Yugoslavia in Belgrade is founded in 1962 to collect the gifts given to Tito, not only by his compatriots, but also by many world leaders. After the death of Tito, The Museum was merged with the “House of Flowers”, the Residence, The Pool House, The Hunting Lodge, The Old Museum, together with the tomb of Josip Broz. Over 200.000 items and objects were categorized into 20 collections of the Museum of the Yugoslavia, enabling the visitors to grasp the essence of the material and spiritual culture of the republics of former Yugoslavia, from the oldest ones to the second half of the twentieth century, but also to see extremely valuable gifts from many countries of the world.
Price per person:
50 € (to be paid at the end of tour)
Duration: 3 hours
Starting time: flexible
Starting point: hotel pick up
Ending point: At the Museum of History of Yugoslavia
Number of guests: minimum 3, maximum 30, each car fits 3 guests.
*Please contact us for tailored made tour.