Serbia

Glamorous, grungy and full of character, Serbia is Europe put in a blender, shaken and stirred. While the lush, vineyard-layered countryside and crumbling fortresses hint at the Europe of old, the fiery energy of Novi Sad's EXIT Festival and Belgrade's heaving nightclubs give this Eastern European mainstay a renewed spirit that defies its recent past. So for a taste of something old, something new and pretty much everything in between - why not accept Serbia's alluring cocktail. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

Serbia Tours & Travel

All our Serbia trips

Balkan Adventure

15 days from
USD $2,450
CAD $2,530
AUD $2,480
EUR €1,695
GBP £1,435
NZD $2,760
ZAR R24,820
CHF FR2,065

Travel across historic Eastern Europe from Hungary to Croatia. Visit cultural sights and cities in Serbia, Montenegro...

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Vienna to Dubrovnik

29 days from
USD $4,695
CAD $4,850
AUD $4,755
EUR €3,270
GBP £2,750
NZD $5,295
ZAR R47,590
CHF FR3,960

Travel from Vienna to Dubrovnik and discover Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia...

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Budapest & the Balkans

10 days from
USD $1,242
CAD $1,282
AUD $1,255
EUR €864
GBP £715
NZD $1,399
ZAR R12,564
CHF FR1,044

Set out from Budapest on a small group adventure down to Dubrovnik. Visit the White City of Belgrade, stop in at...

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Articles on Serbia

Recipes of the world: Amok Trei (Cambodia)

Posted on Thu, 27 Nov 2014

Here’s a recipe for amok trei - fish curry - that you’ll learn to cook on Intrepid’s Real Food Adventure Cambodia.

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More than meat and bread: five of Turkey’s finest food hubs

Posted on Thu, 27 Nov 2014

Perhaps not quite so well regarded in the international ‘foodie’ community as some of its European neighbours, Turkey holds it's own when it comes to delicious stuff to put in your face.

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Five of Burma’s most delicious dishes

Posted on Wed, 26 Nov 2014

In what may come as a surprise to many, beneath Burma’s façade of glittering pagodas and red robes lies a diverse food destination just waiting to be...eaten.

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From Russia with love: eight reasons you should celebrate the New Year in Russia

Posted on Mon, 24 Nov 2014

We love Russia. We love New Year. We love spending New Year in Russia. Here's why.

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About Serbia

At a glance

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Capital city: Belgrade (population 1.2 million)
Population: 7.2 million
Language: Serbian
Currency: RSD
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
Dialing code: +381

Best time to visit Serbia

Generally, Serbia's weather is quite moderate, with a mixture of Central European and Mediterranean conditions providing the potential for fine weather in all seasons. Both summer and winter are prone to occasional days of extreme weather, with occasional dry, hot days in summer and heavy snowfalls from December to April. The majority of rainfall occurs from March to April and from October to November. Despite the temperature occasionally rising above 35 degrees C in the south, cold spells are not uncommon. With this in mind, it's a good idea to be prepared for all temperatures (regardless of the season), and pack a mixture of summer and winter clothes. For nature lovers, spring brings blossoming flowers and warm temperatures, and the countryside at its greenest during this time.

As is the case with many other European destinations, Serbia experiences the highest volume of visitors between July and August, so expect crowds around Belgrade and in Novi Sad, especially during the annual EXIT festival in July.

serbia weather map chart

Geography and environment

A landlocked country in the centre of the Balkan Peninsula, Serbia shares a border with 8 nations, as well as the disputed territory of Kosovo in the south. The Danube River runs left to right across the northern half of the country, providing a valuable trading route with Eastern Europe. The capital, Belgrade, lies between the Danube and Sava rivers, surrounded by hilly terrain near the centre of the city and mountains to the south.

Overall, the landscape of Serbia is quite varied. The top of the country is home to the Pannonian Plains, an expansive lowland area that is primarily used for agriculture. The rest of the country is a mixture of alpine areas, limestone mountains, valleys, thick pine forests and rolling green hills. Serbia's tallest peak, Mt Deravica (2,656 m), is located in the Dinaric Alps, near the border of Albania. Glacial lakes are common in this region and often make for a spectacular sight.

Top Picks

Traditional Serbian casserole served in bread bowl

Top 5 Belgrade Bars

1. The Federal Association of Globe Trotters

Although its name may suggest otherwise, many travellers miss out on the delights of this uber-trendy spot. While an inconspicuous location and total lack of signage keep this carefree bar off the map, those curious enough to step off the street will find an eclectic and exotic decor that borrows from just about every culture on earth. Add a laidback vibe and some lip smacking cocktails and you can see why locals and tourists fall in love with this place time and time again. If Intrepid owned a bar, this is what it would look like.

2. Blaznavak Cafe

You have to wonder whether Petrovic Blaznavak - a former Serbian defence minister - could have imagined that his former house would become one of Belgrade’s hippest bars, 150 years after it was first built. But that's exactly what makes Blaznavak Cafe particularly charming - it’s a perfect place to meet, drink, eat and discuss, in the classical surrounds of a Serbian house filled with technicolor graffiti. Need we say more?

3. Mr Steven Brown

Their website proclaims 'it doesn’t matter who Steven Brown is', but we reckon he must know how to party. With guests such as Gerard Butler, Novak Djokovic and Michael Madsen spotted in the midst of this super club, it's certainly not for the faint of heart or weak of wallet. But then again, the city views and all-night awesomeness might just make it a worthy end to any Belgrade pub crawl.

4. Sunset Bar

If someone told you that they spent a day in Belgrade lazing under the shade of an umbrella and sipping cocktails on the beach, you could probably be forgiven for thinking they had gone insane. But before you check them into the asylum, head down to the banks of the Danube on one of Serbia's glorious summer days. Not only will you find bronzed bodies splashing in the cool waters, but some of the city's best bars are set up along the shoreline - ready to welcome you with a fruit cocktail or delicious ice-cream sundae. According to one of the most popular of these bars, the aptly named Sunset Bar, 'your pleasure and good time are our mission'. Mission accomplished!

5. Plato's

For those that like their cosmopolitans served with a side of contemplation, Plato’s Jazz Club is situated in the esteemed Philosophy Department of Belgrade University. A former meeting point during the student protest of the 90s, the debonair setting is absolutely charming, even if the drinks are a little pricey. Be careful though, emerging from Plato’s shadowy jazzy cave and into the daylight may change your perception (of bars) forever - or at least have you raving about 'the truth' to your friends for years to come.

FAQs on Serbia

Tipping isn't obligatory at restaurants, however if the service is exemplary, a 10-15% tip will suffice.
Internet cafes are available in Belgrade and some larger hotels now offer Wi-Fi connectivity. Remote and rural areas will have less internet availability, so be prepared for this when travelling outside of the cites.
Roaming agreements exist with major mobile phone companies, check with your service provider for more information.
Western-style, flushable toilets are normally available in the larger cities. In rural areas, simple squat toilets are more common.
Cup of coffee in a cafe = 40 RSD
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 140 RSD
Basic, takeaway lunch = 285 RSD
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = 700 RSD
It's recommended that travellers avoid drinking the tap water in Serbia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Ask your leader or hotel where filtered water can be found and don't forget to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating.
Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops and hotels. Smaller vendors may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are commonly found in Serbia's cities and urban areas. Remote regions will have less ATM availability, so prepare accordingly.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: [site:intrepid_insurance_link]
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Jan 7 Orthodox Christmas Day
Jan 27 St Sava’s Day
Feb 15 Constitution Day
May 1-2 Labour Day
May 3 Orthodox Good Friday
May 6 Orthodox Easter Monday
May 9 Victory Day
Jun 28 St Vitus’ Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/serbia/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Serbia Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Serbia

1. Be considerate of Serbia’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with tap or filtered water. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

3. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

4. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

5. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

6. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Black Lamb and Grey FalconDame Rebecca West
Cafe EuropaSlavenka Drakulic
An Impossible Country: A Journey Through the Last Days of YugoslaviaBrian Hall
Fire and NothingBranko Miljkovic