Danube Cruise - Iron Gate Đerdap - Discover Serbia

Đerdap Gorge - National Park of Serbia

Full day tour with a tour guide.
Starts from Belgrade at 8 am.
 
We organize private tour by car and with a private cruise, as well as a group excursion by bus or minibus with a cruise on a large boat.
 
Explore with us the second largest European river and it's magnificent monuments, where the Danube is the widest, the deepest, and the narrowest, on its whole course.
Discover and make beautiful pictures of Tabula Trayana or King Decabalus.
 
After 1 hour and 45 minutes of comfortable driving we tour the first locality on our trip..
 

Golubac Fortress

 
Golubac Fortress was built in the 14th century, at the entrance to the Đerdap Gorge. In a very important strategic, it was a defensive wall of the Danube. Serbs, Hungarians, and later Turks, contributed to its architecture. Golubac Fortress consists of nine mighty towers connected by ramparts. Each tower has its own unique story. According to the legend, in one of the main towers imprisoned a princess named Golubana. At the entrance to the fortress are a fountain and a monument to a Polish knight Zaviša the Black. He fought together with Hungarian and Serbian knights against the Ottomans' rule for liberation. Inside Golubac Fortress is the Archeological Park. Remains of a Roman house from a Roman fortress - Cupae, a medieval limestone as well as a Turkish hammam were also discovered there. Today, the fortress has been completely renovated. It's one of the most beautiful medieval monuments in Serbia and Southeast Europe.
 
 

Đerdap National Park and Đerdap Gorge

 
We drive through the Đerdap gorge in the length of about 100 km. The Danube forms the natural border between Serbia and Romania. We will pass through tunnels, cross over ridges, viewpoints and through the beautiful nature of the Đerdap National Park. The name Đerdap comes from the Old Persian word "girdap" which means whirlpool or vortex. The world-famous name is "Iron Gate".
 
The main road leads through the protection zone of the National Park. Đerdap National Park stands out for it's diversity and richness of unique forest flora and vegetation. Among 1100 species of different plants in this area over 13 species found a safe haven during the ice ages. The fauna has 55 species of mammals. The lynx is a trademark of the park. With over 200 species of birds classify this park in the IBA (important bird area). Over 50 species of fish swim in the Danube. Catfish and perch dominate. Giant cod and sturgeon used to swim freely here.
 
Prehistoric, ancient, and medieval monuments along the Danube gathered together at one place. The Iron Gate is the most interesting and the most beautiful open-air museum of nature and history in Europe and the whole world. Many archaeological sites testify about the constant presents of people in this region, including the prehistoric settlement of Lepenski Vir, our next tour destination.
 
 

Lepenski vir

 
Lepenski vir is one of the most important archeological sites in the world. Discovered during 1965 before the construction of the Đerdap Hydroelectric Power Plant began. Lepenski vir is 9000 years old. It was inhabited for almost 2000 years during the Mesolithic period. That makes it unique in the whole world. Settlements, sanctuaries, necropolises were built in a planned and urbanized way. The first decorated figural sculptures with a representation of a human figure created in Lepenski Vir. Archeologists discovered the remains of 136 residential and sacral buildings. The buildings dated from the early Mesolithic, as well as from the early and middle Neolithic from 6250 - 5500 BC. A team of archaeologists led by Dr. Dragoslav Srejović, changed the world of archeology with new valuable knowledge.
 
 

Cruise

 
We arrive in the village of Tekija. In the port we board smaller boats, yachts or hydrofoils during a private tour. On request for smaller or larger groups, the boat Aqua Star Maxim is waiting for you. We cruise for 2 hours along the gorge Mali and Veliki Kazan. The Danube is the deepest and the narrowest in the entire course from its source to the mouth in this part of the river. We pass next to Trajan's Plaque, Hajduk watermill, Balloon station (unique signal stations). On the Romanian side, we will pass next to the sculpture of Decebalus, the Mrakonija monastery, and the Ponikova cave.
 
 

Kazan Gorge - Iron Gate

 
Kazan Gorge consists of two gorges, Veliki and Mali Kazan, with a width of 150-300 meters. The rocky peaks of the Miroč mountain, Veliki Štrbac (768 m high) and Mali Štrbac (626 m high), enliven the impression of passing through the Iron Gate. In the Kazan Gorge, the depth of the Danube is about 90 meters. At the beginning of the cruise, we come to the old Balloon Stations, Pena and Varnica. They controlled the river  traffic before the construction of the Đerdap Hydropower Plant. The water level of the Danube was significantly lower than today. They signaled to the captains of the ships that they could pass safely in the narrow part of the gorge. Captain pilots - Loci - worked at the stations, boarding large ships, helping them to conquer the Danube and its powerful vortices, to successfully pass through the Kazan gorge. We will also pass by an archeological site, "Hajduk watermill". Many settlements continuously was building, starting from the Mesolithic and Lepenski Vir periods. Systematic excavations also revealed the remains of smaller Roman settlements, as well as a Byzantine fortification. But unfortunately the site was completely submerged. Archaeological Museum in Kladovo keeps precious objects, early Byzantine and medieval money.
 
 
 
 

Trajan's Plaque - Tabula Traiana

 
Trajan's Plaque is a monument with a rectangular base, 3.2 meters high and 1.8 meters wide. Carved into the rock with an inscription in Latin, whose translation reads: "Emperor Caesar, son of the divine Nerva, Nerva Trajan Augustus, victor over the Germans, Grand Pontiff, for the fourth time he was appointed tribune, the father of the homeland, the consul for the third time, he carved the mountains and placed the beams, from which this road was made. " On his conquest campaign, from 100-103 AC, the Roman emperor Trajan built a Roman road, fortifications, and a little later the famous Trajan's Bridge on the Danube. All in order to defeat the Dacian king Decebalus and conquer the area. This special monument is visible only from the river.
 
 

Rock Sculpture of Decebalus and Mrakonia Monastery

 
The monument dedicated to the last Dacian king Decebalus is carved nto the rock opposite Trajan's Plaque. It's symbolically connecting historical events in this areaband the struggle between the Romans and the Dacians. Decebalus was the king of Dacia in the period 87-106 AC. The monument was carved from 1994 to 2004. The Rock Sculpture of Decebalus is 42 meters height. In the constructions parcipated 12 mountaineers. The Mrakonija Monastery was built on the remains of a church from the 15th century. The original church is under water, after the construction of HPP Đerdap. Thethe new monastery was built in 1993 on the site of the former Balloon Station on the Romanian side.
 
Ponikova Cave or Bat Cave is the largest in this part of the Đerdap Gorge. It is located on the Romanian side. The Romanian name for the National Park is Portile di Fier. It is an attraction for tourists, and it can only be reached by boat.
 
 
 
We say that the Danube in Serbia is "top 5". We have already said that the Danube is the widest, narrowest and deepest on this stretch. We will add that in its entire river flow from Germany to the Black Sea, it is the most beautiful and mysterious right here, in the Đerdap gorge. Iron Gate opens the gate for you. Let's go explore it together…
 
 
Duration of the excursion is from 10-12 hours. Departure time at 8 am. Meeting point with a our tour guide is at the reception of your hotel or at your indicated address.
Price depends on the number of people. The price includes the services of a tourist guide, entrance fees, a 2-hour cruise on the Danube and a return transfer.
 
 
 

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