Western Serbia Express - 1 Day
Sargan Eight and Visegrad
Highlights: Wooden Town Mecavnik, Andricgrad, Sargan Eight old train ride, bridge on the Drina river
With beautiful nature, amazing food and landscapes that will take your breath away, western Serbia will easily make its way to your heart. If you want to uncover its splendour, but do not have much time, hop on the Western Serbia Express and let us show you some of the beauties of this part of Serbia! And, since we're so close, why not drop by to the neighbouring Bosnia as well?
On this tour we are to discover:
The Wooden Town, also normally referred to as Küstendorf and Mecavnik, is a traditional village that the Serbian film director Emir Kusturica built for his film by the name "Life is a Miracle". It is located near National park "Tara", two hundred kilometers southwest of Serbia's capital, Belgrade. Kusturica was the 2005 recipient of the Philippe Rotthier European Architecture award and kudos go to the Wooden Town,
The Wooden Town has a library, named the Ivo Andrić Library; an artist gallery named Macola in honor of the sculptor Dragan Jovićević (it was previously known as Anika, after a character from Ivo Andric's fiction); Stanley Kubrick Cinema; the main house which houses a cinema-hall in the basement, a living room, a guest room, a closed yard, a swimming pool, a gym, a sauna and private chambers for the Kusturica family; a sports hall; a restaurant; a cake shop, as well as a souvenir shop; and finally, a Church dedicated to St. Sava, a Serbian Saint.
The streets in the village bear the names of various individuals whoKusturica holds in high esteem or finds to be personally significant: Nikola Tesla, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Diego Maradona, MiodragPetrovićČkalja, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Joe Strummer, Novak Đoković and of course, Ivo Andrić, who the main street is named after.
The Sargan Eight is a narrow-gauge heritage railway in Serbia, running from the village of Mokra Gora to the ŠarganVitasi station. An extension to Višegrad in the RepublikaSrpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, was finished on August 28th, 2010. The former East Bosnian railway with a gauge of 760 mm (2 ft 5 15⁄16 in) was an important part of the former narrow-gauge main line from Sarajevo to Belgrade and closed in 1974. Between 1999 and 2003 the section over the Šargan pass was rebuilt by the Serbian Ministry of Tourism and the Yugoslav State Railway (now the Serbian Railways), with huge help from Emir Kusturica. Nowadays, tourists have the chance to go on an amazing train ride around the mountains in the Šargan Eight.
Andricgrad is a tourist, cultural, administrative and educational complex. It is situated on a peninsula between the rivers Drina and Rzav in Višegrad (RepublikaSrpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina). Andricgrad is also a project of Emir Kusturica, inspired by the literary works and characters of the Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric. It’s architecture is a mixture of different eras and styles that seem to have formed Visegrad history: the Byzantine style, the Ottoman period, the Renaissance, the Classicism. Some of the main attractions of Andrićgrad are: the Ivo Andric Institute with a Center for Slavic languages, the Fine Arts Academy, the Town Hall, the Renaissance Theater, the multiplex cinema, hotels and much more.
Departure from Belgrade at 07:30 am. Drive to Mokra Gora with break in Ovcar-Kablar gorge and lake Medjuvrsje. Arrival in Mecavnik ethno village around 12pm, sightseeing and lunch. 1:30-4:00 pm Sargan Eight heritage train ride. 4-4:30pm transfer to Visegrad. 4:30-6:00 pm Visegrad sightseeing (Old Bride - UNESCO, Stone town - Andricgrad). 6-10:30 pm. Transfer back to Belgrade.
*Optional - members of this tour can continue from Visegrad to other parts of Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Montenegro or elsewhere in the region on their own.
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Price per person:
250 € (1 pax), 160 € (2 pax), 110 € (3 pax), 90 € (4-7 pax), 80 € (8-20 pax)
Entrance to Drvengrad,
Train ticket on the Sargan eight,
Visit to Andricgrad and old bridge on the Drina river (UNESCO),
Serbian traditional meal,
Duration: 15 hours
Total transfer time: 8 hours
Pick up: Anywhere in Belgrade
Operating months: April-October