Uvac Lake & Tara National Park - 2 Days
pure nature experience - breathtaking landscapes and jaw dropping places where nature and people seem to be joined in the most beautiful way to go beyond the frontiers unbeknownst to man.Get ready for a
Highlights: Uvac lake cruising, the Uvac lake meanders and canyon, griffon vulture, vantage point Banjska rock, house on the rock, Drina river, Perucac lake
Uvac nature reserve
Uvac Lake Meanders – a breathtaking nature of the reserve Uvac is one of the most beautiful places in Serbia and a top destination for true nature lovers. Uvac river forms the three lakes (Uvac, Zlatar and Radoinja) and we will visit one with the most beautiful meanders, take a cruise ride tour and enjoy the view from the vantagepoint in the Uvac canyon. This place is also home to protected bird species - the griffon vulture and we are bound to see lots of these nature cleaners.
The Uvac Nature Reserve covers about 7500 hectares and contains more than 200 plant species, 130 bird species and 24 species of fish. Certainly, the griffon vulture is the most famous and more protected species in the reserve. An imposing size, a wing span of up to 3 meters, making it a powerful flyer whose flight was also explored by scientists-aeronautics and used in the construction of aircraft. Its role in the food chain in the ecosystem is unique and irreplaceable - by eating only dead animals these eagles prevent the spread of the disease and thus "natural recycling".
Also, Uvac is known for a large number of caves, and we will visit the Ice Cave.
The total length of all channels of the Ice Cave is 2093 m, the main channel is 1.527 m, and the rest are side and side channels. The main channel of the Ice Cave extends practically parallel to the main channel of the Ušac cave at a horizontal distance of about 100 m with an approximate altitude difference of 35-50 m. In terms of the plan, it is also in the form of the letter "C". The Ice cave is very rich in cave jewelry (M. Lješević, 1982). In addition to pillars, stalagmites, draperies, bigen baths with attractive microforms, such as corals, crystalline hedgehogs, glass needles, etc. Toghether with Usac cave, total lenght of the cave system is more tha 6 km.
Tara National park
House in The Middle of The Drina River - the tiny house stands on an exposed rock in the middle of the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta. The town lies in the valley of the Drina River at the eastern edge of Tara National Park. The beauty of the house was captured by Hungarian photographer Irene Becker in August and the picture soon became a hit on the Internet. The house, despite having just found its recent fame, has been standing in the middle of the river for more than 40 years...
Perucac lake - an arteficial lake made by building a dam on Drina, for the needs of the hydroelectric plant ”Bajina Bašta”. It has a surface of 12,4 km², the volume of 340.000 000 m³ of water, and it is up to 60 meters deep. It is 54 km long, and the minimum width of the lake is 150 meters, whereas the maximum is 1000 meters. It is situated at the altitude of 290 meters. The longest part of the lake is canyon-shaped, and it is surrounded by extremely steep rock clifs and rock blocks that dive vertically into the water. The lake is in the natural bend of the canyon of the river Drina between Bajina Bašta and Višegrad, and it surrounds mountain Tara, and its National park of Tara. The bathing season lasts for two months (July and August). The beach in Perućac has pontoons with pools for children. The area for swimming is bordered by buoys, lifeguards are present all the time on the coast or on the life boat. There are also showers, sliders, diving boards, canoes and paddle boats for renting, boats, a lovely restaurant. You can also enjoy boat riding around the lake. There used to be two ships with 60 seats, and they floated through the canyon of Drina from Višegrad to Perućac. Today, it is possible again to travel on a ship in tourist boats, which is a real attraction.
Drina river - one of the most beautiful rivers in Serbia. In ancient times it was called Drinos and people named it Zelenika or Zelenka (Green in Serbian) after colour of its water. It meanders through picturesque mountainous and plain regions of Bosnia and Serbia. On its banks are settled broad ravines with cultivable and inhabited fields as well as steep banks of rugged and canyon type overgrown with willows, poplars and short bushes. The most beautiful and the biggest canyon in its course Drina engraved from Zepa to Klotijevac, 24km long. Length of its course from Scepan polje, where it originates from Piva and Tara to its mouth in Sava is 340 km.
Banjska rock (also Goat rock)- the most magnificent place on Mount Tara. You can enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the Lake Perućac Gorge and hydroelectric power plant Bajina Bašta from the viewpoint.
Mecavnik - Wooden town
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 who Kusturica holds in high esteem or finds to be personally significant: Nikola Tesla, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Diego Maradona, Miodrag Petrović Čkalja, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Joe Strummer, Novak Đoković and of course, Ivo Andrić, who the main street is named after.
DAY ONE: Departure from Belgrade in the morning 8h (hotel pck up), a ride to Tara mountain with refreshment breaks 8-12h. 12-14h Visit to house on the Rock on the Drina river, visit to Vrelo waterfall. Lunch time in Tara national park 14-15h. Visit to Banjska rock vintagepoint 15h-16:30h. Transfer to Wooden town Mecavnik and sightseeing 16:30-18:30h. Transfer to accommodation on Zlatar/Zlatibor mountain 18:30-19:30h, check in, dinner, free time and overnight.
DAY TWO: After the breakfast , transfer to the Uvac lake for boat cruising (total cruising time is around 1,5 hours), visit to Ice cave (30 min) and 2 km hike to vantagepoint (1 hour). Departure to one of the restaurants on the Uvac lake for lunch break and taking some time to round up imressions. Arrival in Belgrade in the late evening (at around 22h).
Equipment needed: a change of dry clothes, a hat, a sun cream, spare footwear, swimsuit (july and august) and hiking boots/sneakers...
Price per person:
390 € (1 pax), 250 € (2 pax), 190 € (3 pax), 170 € (4-7 pax), 130 € (8-20 pax)
Duration: 2 days
(11 hours total transfer time)
Departure: 8:00 am
Arrival: 10 pm next day
Pick up: Anywhere in Belgrade
Accommodation - one night in apartments
Visit to all places by the program
Boat ride on the Uvac Lake and hiking tour to the viewpoint
Entrance to Ice cave
Nature reserve entrance
Meals (2 x lunch, 1 x diner, 1 x breakfast)
*let us know if you have any special food requirements
** possible upgrade to hotel 4*
Operation months: April - October