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Griffon vulture, meanders, Ice Cave - Uvac

posted: August 2nd 2017

August 19th - August 20th



Come along with the geography-ecology club to another adventure and enjoy the amazing nature of Western and Southwestern Serbia. We will visit the Skakalo waterfall near Divčibare, spend a day at the Mountain music fest on Divčibare and the next day we'll go rafting on Uvac, visit the "Ice Cave" and see the very well known natural curves of the river ☺



Saturday, August 19th

7.15: Meeting point: train station, in front of the blue steam engine, 15 minutes earlier.
Driving along the Ibar highway via Mionica towards Divčibare. After Mionica, at about 20km, we stop at a spring with drinking water and walk to the beautiful Skakalo ("Jumper") waterfall.
We take the same path back and continue our drive to Divčibare.

11.00: Arriving at Divčibare.
Pitching tents at the campsite, organised by Mountain music fest. Beside the music program (Zemlja Gruva, ZAA and others), nature lovers will have a chance to participate in many activities: orienteering, adventure park, yoga, color run, having a beer with a scientist, games and many more.
The festival starts at 12h and concludes at 23h.
You can find the details on their Facebook event.



Sunday, August 20th

7.00: Getting up, personal hygiene, packing tents.

8.00: Starting towads Uvac. Driving via Užice and Zlatibor to Nova Varoš.

11.00: Rafting from Rastoka (8-10km from Nova Varoš), rafting along lake Uvac (Sjeničko), about 12-13km, watching griffon vultures (srb. beloglavi sup - "white-headed vulture") and other birds in their nests and in flight, visiting the Ice Cave, 700m long, "climbing" to Veliki vrh (to enjoy a spectacular view of the Uvac canyon) and going back to our starting point. The whole trip should take about 4.5 to 5 hours.

17.00: Lunch at one of the restaurants in Nova Varoš.

18.00: Starting to Belgrade.



EQUIPMENT: hiking shoes, large backpack, small backpack, wind/sun/rain protection, torch (preferably headlamp) with spare batteries, clothes according to expected weather, tent, sleeping bag and mat, bowl and utensils, personal hygiene items, swimware, food.

* Several tents could be arranged (in case someone can't bring their own).


PRICE: 4.600 RSD (minibus, 20 people).


Price includes: transport, accomodation and food for the driver, festival ticket, rafting, entry to Uvac special nature reserve and Ice Cave, organisation expenses, guide.


Price does not include: meals, individual expenses.


Joining and information: by phone or email.

DEADLINE: August 11th ☺

IMPORTANT: By joining you agree to the terms.


Guide: Aleksandra Cvetković


For more info contact us on:

+381 64 89 51 330

+381 64 89 51 330

gek.cnkudavinci@gmail.com

Bezdan jungle

posted: July 12th 2017

August 5th - August 6th



"Water town" of Bezdan is located on the tripoint of Serbia, Croatia and Hungary, 10km from Hungarian border, 5km from Danube (Croatian border) and in the vicinity of „Gornje Podunavlje“ nature reserve. Bezdan is an old town surrounded by water and accessible only by bridges. Weeping willows along the canals, white water lilies and otherdiverse vegetation give the impression of being in a rainforest and make this area exceptionally beautiful. Bezdan can also be considered the perfume capital of Serbia - the first and the only perfume bottle museum in the Balkans is located here. Another reason Bezdan is a unique place in Europe is its silk damask weaving tradition. Bezdan is known for many things and we invite you to explori ti with us ☺



Saturday, August 5th

7:00: Meeting point: train station, in front of the blue steam engine, 15 minutes earlier.

Driving via Novi Sad, Vrbas, Sombor with coffee breaks along the way.

11.00: Arriving at Bezdan. Visiting "Jelena" ethno house, home to a rich ethnological collection of miscellaneous items. Part of the house is a restaurant where we can get refreshments.

12.00: Visiting the perfume musem (optional). This unique museum, founded several years ago, has more than 2000 bottles from all over the world. The founders have been collecting bottles as a hobby since childhood. The only perfume museum with more bottles is in Barcelona, with around 4000 bottles. Visitors can hear a story or an anecdote about every exhibited bottle. Another interesting feature of the museum is its "library" system - visitors can borrow perfume bottles and return them after use.



13.00: Visiting "Novitet-Dunav", the Bezdan damask weaving workshop (optional). Bezdan has a silk damask weaving tradition since the 18th century. Same looms are being used today. Manufacturing (tablecloths, napkins, bed sheets) is being done exclusively on hand operated jacquard looms with punched cards. The workshop has been declared a cultural heritage site and is under state protection.

14:00: Going to the campsite on the bank of the Great Bač canal and pitching tents.

15:00: Organised lunch. On the menu: a local specialty - fish stew with home-made noodles ☺



16:00: Catamaran ride to the Bezdan lock and Danube river, the natural border between Serbia and Croatia (group I - 12 people).

Yoga class (group II).

Switching groups ☺

19:00: Free time to enjoy the rich program of the "Trojni susret" ethno festival.


Sunday, August 6th

8.00: Getting up, personal hygiene, breakfast, packing tents.

10.00: Visiting Nananin salaš, founded in 2010 by a young married couple who exchanged their city life for a life in the country, in nature. Goats, chickens, dogs, cats and rabbits live in harmony here. The salaš (farm) is known for its authentic goat cheese made here by our hosts. They want us to know that we are welcome to their farm of happy goats and delicious cheese ☺



12.00: Going to Bački Monoštor and visiting the only officially registered wooden boat workshop in Serbia and a honey bee farm (optional).

13.30: Bicycle ride to Sombor and the Great Bač canal where we will have a lunch break. Length to be covered by bike: 15km. We can swin in the canal while waiting foe the lunch ☺

17.00: Starting for Belgrade, with breaks.

21.00: Arriving to Belgrade, back to the train station.


EQUIPMENT: sneakers (comfortable shoes), larger backpack, smaller backpack (daypack), wind protection, sun protection, rain protection, torch (headlamp) with spare batteries, clothes in accordance with expected weather, tent, sleeping bag and mat, bowl and utensils, personal hygiene items, swimsuit.

* Several tents could be arranged (in case someone can't bring their own).


PRICE: 3.800 RSD (minibus, 20 people).

Prices of optional visits with a local guide:
- perfume museum: 150 RSD
- damast weaving workshop: 250 RSD
- wooden boat workshop and honey bee farm: 250 RSD


Price includes: transport, accomodation and food for the driver, lunch (saturday), catamaran ride, bicycle, organisation, guide.


Price does not include: other meals, perfume museum visit, damask weaving workshop visit, boat workshop visit, bee farm visit, individual expenses.


Joining and information: by phone or email.

DEADLINE: July 28th ☺

IMPORTANT: By joining you agree to the terms.


Guide: Aleksandra Cvetković


For more info contact us on:

+381 64 89 51 330

+381 64 89 51 330

gek.cnkudavinci@gmail.com

Paradise at the foot of Stara Planina

posted: 27.6.2017.

July 21.-23.
17.15 – 22.00



Stara Planina ("Old Mountain") is one of the most beautiful and best preserved mountains of southeast Serbia. It has been a national park since 1997 and it's home to many plant and animal species along with a rich rural tradition. Stara Planina's other name is Balkan, and that is where Balkan Peninsula got its name from. Serbia's highest peak, amazing waterfalls, clear rivers, rich foresets, field of forest fruit, diverse flora and fauna are the reasons why Stara planina is known as "the mountain beauty of eastern Serbia" and why it is ideal for those who love untouched nature all year long.

Lake Zavojsko, located only 15km from Pirot, is a favourite of the locals as it represents a true paradise. The lake was created in 1963 by a landslide that dammed the river and flooded the village of Zavoj.



Friday, July 21.

17.15: Starting from the railway station. Meeting in front of the blue steam engine, 15 minute s earlier so that we can get going on time. We're following the highway to Niš and then driving through the Sićevačka gorge to Pirot and from Pirot to lake Zavojsko. We will be making breaks along the way.

21.30: Arriving at lake Zavojsko, pitching tents, sitting around a campfire :)



Saturday, July 22.

8.00: Getting up, personal hygiene, breakfast, swimming in the lake, packing our tents.

11.00: Hiking to the Temska village along a picturesque hiking trail. We'll see the little Visočica waterfall and continue to Temska via an asphalt road. Pitching tents under the Bukovački watefall, 3km from Temska. We cross around 12km during a 4h walk including short breaks. The trail is straight and easy, the landscape beautiful :)

16.00: Visiting Saint George monastery, 1.5km from our campsite.

16.30: Lunch in the village (organisied group lunch).

Leisure after lunch: swimming in Temštica, mini bar at the river bank, campfire, sleeping.



Sunday, July 23.

8.00: Getting up, personal hygiene, breakfast, packing tents.

10.00: Driving to an authentic mountain village Topli and then a 4km hike to the lower Piljski waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls on Stara Planina. After visiting the waterfall we're following the same path back to the village. Overall trail length is 8km.

15.00: Returning to Temska village, lunch (organisied group lunch).

17.00: Starting back to Belgrade.


EQUIPMENT: trekking/hiking shoes, large backpack, daypack for water and food while walking, wind protection, sun protection, rain protection, torch (preferably headlamp) with spare batteries, appropriate clothing, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, dish and utensils, personal hygiene, swimware.


PRICE: 4.200 RSD or 35 EUR (minibus, 20 people).


Price includes: transport, accomodation and food for the driver, lunch (both saturday and sunday), organisation expenses, guide.


Price does not include: other meals, individual expenses.


Joining and information: by phone or email.

DEADLINE: July 14. :)

IMPORTANT: By joining you agree to the terms.


Guide: Aleksandra Cvetković


For more info contact us on:

+381 64 89 51 330

+381 64 89 51 330

gek.cnkudavinci@gmail.com

Climb the highest peak of “Serbian Alps”, Trem (1810 msnm)

posted: 11.5.2017.

WHEN: Saturday, June 3rd

WHERE: Suva planina

MEETING POINT: Main train station (blue steam engine), 6 AM

Suva planina ("Dry mountain") or "The Alps of south Serbia", how Jovan Cvijić, our famous geographer, named it, is one of the most impressive mountain ranges in Serbia. The massif of Suva Planina is 35 km long and it is located SE from Niš town. The highest peak of Suva Planina range is Trem (1810 m) peak with its high and impressive vertical rocky NE wall dominate more than 1000 m above the Kosmovac village.


It was named Suva (dry), because there are almost no water sources at greater heights. According to te Law of Nature Conservation of Serbia, the area of Suva Planina is special natural reserve and a unique feature of Suva mountain is wild horses that still can be seen on this slopes.


The north side of Dry mountain is very steep with deep crags and rich beech forest below. On the other hand, south side of Dry Mountain is smooth, but bare-wooded. Farther east of Trem peak (1810m) outspreads the large high-lend plateau. Composition of Dry Mountain is primary lime stoned and most of the mountain range above 1500m is dry without any water.


PROGRAM:

We travel along the highway from Belgarde to Niš from where we turn off the highway and go on to the village Gornja Studena, from where we start climbing the Suva mountain following the marked trail. We need around 4 hours to reach the top with short breaks, on the top we make a longer break to rest, eat, enjoy the view and take some photos. We descend the same way and we should be in the village till 6pm.

The length of the trail is around 15 km in total and we cross around 1000 altitude difference.

After hiking we go to have dinner to some restaurant on the way.

10 PM: Arrival to Belgrade


EQUIPMENT: hiking boots, small backpack, water, food and snacks, sticks, gaiters, protection from wind, rain or sun, layered clothing in accordance with weather conditions, headlamp.


IMPORTANT: By joining you agree to the terms.


Guide: Aleksandra Cvetković


For more info contact us on:

+381 64 89 51 330

+381 64 89 51 330

gek.cnkudavinci@gmail.com

Mystical, magical, extra-mundane… Rtanj

posted: 2.3.2017.

March 25.
6.15 – 22.00

Rtanj, one of the most beautiful mountains in Serbia, represents the southern branch of the Carpathians mountain range system and is located between Sokobanja spa and town Boljevac, around 200 km southeast from Belgrade. The highest peak is Šiljak (altitude 1565 msnm), which represents a real natural phenomenon of karst relief. There are a lot of stories of extra-terrestrials, legends and mysteries related to the Rtanj mountain. The first thought of this mountain is well known Rtanj tea - endemic species that only grows here.



PROGRAM:

We travel along the highway from Belgrade to the town of Paraćin, from where we turn off the highway and go on the way to Zaječar town. At the restaurant Balašević we turn right to the village Rtanj. The time needed to get from Belgrade to village Rtanj is approximately 3 hours.

10 AM: Start climbing the mount from the village following the marked trail. We climb the south mount side. We need around 3 hours to reach the top with short breaks, on the top we make a longer break to rest, eat, enjoy the view and take some photos. We descend the same way/side and we should be in the village till 4pm. The length of the trail is around 18 km in total and we cross around 925 altitude difference.

After hiking we go to village Planinica and eco farm “Gaj Oskoruša”, where we will see a different way of living and hear about the eco principle of building houses, bee keeping and much more.

10pm: Arrival to Belgrade.


EQUIPMENT: hiking boots, small backpack, water, food and snacks, sticks, gaiters, protection from wind, rain or sun, layered clothing in accordance with weather conditions, hand lamp.



PRICE
For two people – 120 EUR (per person)
For three people – 90 EUR (per person)
For four or more people – 70 EUR (per person)


IMPORTANT: By joining you agree to the terms.


Guide: Aleksandra Cvetković


For more info contact us on:

+381 64 89 51 330

+381 64 89 51 330

gek.cnkudavinci@gmail.com