Serbia 4x4 Adventure Tour - The Balkans.

Serbian Wilderness Adventure.

  • Location:- Eastern Serbia.
  • Start Point:- Ashford, Kent & Calais, France.
  • Finish Point:- Calais, France.
  • Duration:- 16 days (10 days in the Serbia inc 2 rest days)
  • Accommodation:- Wild camping in Serbia wilderness.

Number of 4x4: - 6 + 2 support/guide vehicles in Serbia.

Places of Interest:- Homolje Mountains, Djerdap & Iron gate national park, Kucaj and the Rtanj mountain, the gorge of Vratna, Rtanj mountain, The Stara Planina nature park, The Danube River, Sokobanja Spa town.

General Overview

This tour is a Wilderness tour the area's we will visit will be fairly remote inaccessible area's and unpopulated. The majority of camping will be wild camping in remote areas, with 1 night in a basic mountain Hotel/Hostel.

We will meet on the Friday morning in Ashford or Calais, (2 Meet points) where we will then start our journey across Europe heading for Zdrelo in eastern Serbia, this is a massive road trip crossing 6 countrys of approximately 1250 miles in 3 days and not to be underestimated. Some people may wish to make their own way to Serbia at a more relaxed pace.

The journey will take us through northern France before heading across southern Germany into Austria turning south to Slovenia and Croatia into Serbia reaching our hotel at approximately 7.00pm on the Sunday evening.

The Monday we will take as a rest day to spend in the Hotel Spa/water park and start our tour on the Tuesday morning where we will head straight into the mountains for our 9 day wilderness adventure having 1 day as a rest day. This rest day will be in a remote area next to a lake, if the weather is not looking good we may change the rest day.

Serbia 4x4 Rest Day
Rest Day Location.

After we finish our tour on the Wednesday Night we will wild camp next to a river and leave early on the thursday morning to start the long journey back to Calais which we aim to be on the Sunday Midday.

For the journey down and back home we aim to be on the road for 8.00am whilst on tour we aim to leave camp at 9.30am every morning and arrive at camp around 5.00pm obviously depending on the day.

Important Information

  • This tour is a total wilderness tour and wild camping, mostly in remote area's.
  • Some trails will be very overgrown so protection of paintwork is essential if concerned about your paintwork.
  • Some trails are very rocky so extreme care is needed.
  • You will need to carry food for 3 days.
  • We will not be stopping for fuel every day so small fuel tanks or large petrol engines will need to carry extra.
  • European Band CB radio is required.
  • We recommend you get a international driving permit
  • Obviously you need to ensure your insurance covers Serbia, not all do, this can not be purchased at the Border.
  • You will not need a Visa if you are British passport holder.
  • Unfortunately No Overland Trailers can travel the route we take crossing from Austria into Slovenia.
  • We do not recommend trailers on this tour.

     

Serbian Tour Guide

A Lost World Adventure guide will travel down with you (unless you choose to drive solo) and guide you to the hotel, where we will meet our Serbian Guide Alek, from this point onwards there will be 2 guides.

Alek has been guiding groups through Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Romania for the past 10 years. Many travel agency's throughout Europe turn directly to Alek in planning of tours offered elsewhere, He has a second to none level of geographical expertise within the area with a personal database of GPS tracks consisting of about 30.000 km of material in Serbia alone.

Traveling to Serbia

Our aim is to travel to and from Serbia in a Convey.

All vehicles must have a working European band CB radio.

We will be traveling around 60-65mph, If people wish to travel solo we will give campsite locations for each night.

We normally try and leave the campsite at 08.30hrs and travel in 2 hour stints breaking for 20/30 minutes and 1 hour for lunch. This always seems to work well.

Day 1 - 450 miles approx - Friday

As Above the journey will take us through northern France before heading into southern Germany stopping on our 1st night near Stuttgart, a total distance of approx 450 miles from Calais, This is a small remote campsite very near the Motorway.

Day 2 - 350 miles approx - Saturday

Will probably be the hardest as traffic will now be bad as we try to head around Munich and to Salzburg in Austria, once past Salzburg we will head past the famous Eagles nest (Hitler's Mountain retreat) heading south for Slovenia where will will spend our next night. We will take a back route into Slovenia to miss the ques at the border check point, this is a very interesting back route.

Day 3 - 450 miles approx - Sunday

Today the roads hopefully will be quieter as we continue through Slovenia into Croatia and onto Serbia. Once we cross the border into Serbia (this can take approximately 1-2 hours) we will head to Belgrade and to a supermarket before heading to the hotel, approximately 2 hours from Belgrade.

Day 4 - Monday

Today is a rest day to spend as you wish, the Hotel water park and Wellness center fairly unique in Serbia, swimming in the thermo-mineral water with the temperature from 30 to 40 degrees. "Mlavske terme" spa has 6 pools (2 indoor and 4 outdoor swimming pools) as well as a swimming pool with salty water and not to forget the slides and shoots.

The Wellness Center takes you back to the time of Romans and Greeks. On the first floor, there is a modern fitness center that, in addition to relaxation massage of a professional therapist, offers a sauna, steam bath h

  • steam bath,
  • sauna,
  • salt room,
  • relaxation room,
  • massage rooms

 

 

Day 5 - Tuesday

Today we set off into the Homolje mountains, a sparsely populated area, and renowned for its unspoiled nature.

The Homolje mountains make up picturesque landscapes of East Serbia with intriguing caves, ancient legends, customs, mystics, hidden treasures, numerous waterways, ample waterfalls, rocky peaks, lush pastures, mountain viewing points, picturesque villages and outstandingly hospitable locals.

We hope to stop for lunch at a small restaurant at the site of Caves which we can also visit for those interested.

Camp location - Wild Camp next to the River Danube.

Actual Photos from Day

 

Day 6 - Wednesday - Fuel and Supplies day.

Today we start by visiting the Archaeological site Lepenski vir (Lepen Whirl) which was discovered in 1965, on the very coast of the Danube before driving following the river stopping at a local town to refuel and collect supply's, afterwards we continue to follow the River South stopping at view points along the way before we finally head inland offroad heading to the Iron Gate and Djerdap National Park. This trail is likely to be very overgrown, more jungle like. Before we reach our camp we have time for one stop at an attractive waterfall, hidden within the trees and can easily be passed by unaware of its presence.

Camp location - Wild Camp in the National Park.

Actual Photos from Day

Day 7 - Thursday

Today we visit the mountain of Miroc, the gorge of Vratna and the mountain of Stol. Miroc is a mountain in eastern Serbia, between the towns of Donji Milanovac and Tekija. Its highest peak Štrbac has an elevation of 768 meters above sea level. Along with Liškovac, it is part of the Iron Gate gorge of the Danube river.

The Vratna river gorge is truly a pristine landscape. It is situated in eastern Serbia, in a fairly inaccessible area of the Negotinska krajina district, which is why it cannot be called a typical tourist destination.

Camp location - Wild Camp next to small lake.

Actual Photos from Day

Day 8 - Friday

In such an amazing place it would be a shame not to stay here for an extra day, it is possible to hike to the top of the Mountain or simply laze around camp the day, Please note we are not near any towns of villages, this is a very remote stop over relax day.

Day 9 - Saturday

Natural stone arches are extremely rare, and no place in the world is home to as many such gates as East Serbia. They are hidden from the view of passers-by, and the journey to these arches is a magical experience, leading through stretches of untouched nature, an unusual mythology of creatures good and evil, and landscapes rich in gold from time immemorial.

Camp location - Wild Camp on edge of village next to River and Man made lake.

Actual Photos from Day

Day 10 - Sunday

Our next journey will take us to the Kucaj mountain range and the Rtanj mountain. The Kucaj mountain range are the most widely spread out mountain range in eastern Serbia and the area’s most important source of water. Aside from the Dinaric Karst they are the largest mountain karst region in Serbia

Camp location - Wild Camp deep in the forest next to a river.

Actual Photos from Day

Day 11 - Monday

Rtanj is a pyramidal shape mountain situated in eastern Serbia, approximately 200 km southeast of Belgrade, between towns of Boljevac on north and Sokobanja on south.

Camp location - Possible location high overlooking Cannon - this is a private location and we need to get Permission.

Actual Photos from Day

Day 12 - Tuesday

Our next area is the mountain area Stara Planina in eastern Serbia on the border with Bulgaria. Locally named " Old Mountain " it is an extension of the Carpathian mountain range, separated from it by the Danube River. The Balkan range runs 560 km from eastern Serbia eastward through central Bulgaria to Cape Emine on the Black Sea.

Accommodation - Mountain Retreat Hotel, Basic rooms, set meal and a bar.

Actual Photos from Day

Day 13 - Wednesday

The Stara Planina nature park is rich in sediments of varying ages. The landscape is criss-crossed with numerous streams and gullies. The slopes of Stara Planina Mountain towards Bulgaria are steep and hardly accessible while the western side of the mountain gently descends towards the Nišava River valley. Stara Planina Mountain is very rich in waters, mountain streams, river canyons, colossal rocks and waterfalls.

Accommodation - Wild Camp next to River.

Actual Photos from Day

 

Day 14, 15, 16 and 17

We now have reached the end off our main adventure and start our journey home.

This Journey will take us north through Serbia to Belgrade and to continue in reverse to our outward trip back to Calais in France.

Some people may like to travel their own route back, some staying longer or taking a different route, Anyone is welcome to join us, our aim it to be back at Calais on Sunday midday.

Supermarkets / Provisions

It is highly advisable to have a good quality fridge to store fresh provisions, We will be stopping at shops when we can but we advise that everyone carry's 3 days worth of food and drink.

What's included in the cost ?

Serbian Total Wilderness guided Tour.

2 Nights B&B at Spa Hotel in standard room, Access and unlimited use of the Wellness Center services which is open from 10am - 9pm (salt room, steam bath, sauna, tropical rain, fitness center) using pools with thermal-mineral water, use of winter water park.

Price does not cover any other Hotels or Campsites or any fuel, tolls, food or ferry etc all these cost need to be made by the client.

Price:- £995 Per Vehicle for up to 2 Adults - extra person charged at £100 per Adult (aged 12+), £60 per child (aged 2 to 12)

Deposit of £250 to book the remainder no later than 60 days before trip.

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