Valjevo - Walk Over Historical Tešnjar

Serbia Rakia Tour

The meeting place with the tour guide is in front of your accommodation.
 
We will get to know Valjevo city and the beauties that surround it in one day. Amazing nature beautifies every moment of our journey. We will visit cultural monuments of great importance for the history of this rebellious region and get to know Serbia from a different angle. We'll try many flavours of rakia. Plum brandy, quince brandy, apricot will activate our senses of taste and smell. Find out if the most fertile orchards and vineyards are here.



Valjevo

 
Valjevo is a city with a rich cultural tradition. We will listen to interesting stories of his hosts about the tradition as well as the modern life of the people of Valjevo. The flows of the rivers Kolubara and Gradac lead us further towards the ring of mountains Maljen and Povlen. Many important historical figures of the Serbian people, great military leaders, famous writers, and artists, renowned scientists were born in Valjevo and its surroundings. You can feel their spirit at every step. In one of the Valjevo gardens cafe, we will try brandy, traditional plum brandy, and enjoy river view. About 60,000 inhabitants live in Valjevo. The buildings of the National Museum and Valjevo Gymnasium are witnesses of the cultural development of the city, which began in 1804 with the final liberation from the Turks. Green parks and picnic areas are decorated with various churches and monuments. We will visit the National Museum and its permanent exhibition "The Third Dimension of the Past''. We are also visiting Muselim's residence, in which the event from the beginning of the First Serbian Uprising against the Turks is symbolically presented. The museum is also taking care of the "Nenadović Tower".The tower is the symbol of the city. About 12 kilometers from Valjevo is Brankovina - a memorial complex of the famous Nenadović family. We will see one of the oldest schools from 1834, as well as the grave of the great Serbian poet Desanka Maksimović. The monasteries Ćelije, Pustinja, and Lelić attract the great attention of pilgrims.


Tešnjar
 
We continue with the local stories in Tešnjar, an old trade and craft street from the 19th century. Tešnjar is a rare oriental ensemble preserved in Serbia. It brought together salesmen of different products, already forgotten today: salep, alva, boza, many sweets. In the evening, Tešnjar becomes a pedestrian zone, a meeting place for many people from Valjevo. Today, there are about 20 houses that depict the past. A cobbled street follows the course of the river Kolubara. Of the old crafts, they are still present: weaving, pottery, painting...Today, there are many restaurants in Tešnjar. The international summer festival Tešnjarske večeri is held every year. It is a cultural event that presents a review of theater and film, writers, classical and contemporary music, and fine arts.
It's unknown how Valjevo got its name, but we will try to find out on tour. We will try to make a good impression. It is worth visiting it.




Monastery Lelić

 
Optionally, we visit the Lelic Monastery, the endowment of Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovic and his father Dragomir. When the relics of Bishop Nikolaj were transferred from the monastery of St. Sava - USA (Libertyville, Illinois) to the Lelica church in 1992, the idea came to turn the church and the part around it into a monastery, in honor of one of the greatest minds of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The church was built in the Moravian style. It is painted with drawings of theological interpretation to the idea of Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović. He wrote down his thoughts in the works "Missionary Letters" (about the goal of life - the path to the kingdom of heaven).
 



Wine Cellar Lukić in Babajić village

 
We pass through Banja Vrujce where we take a lunch break. You will refresh with water from healing/therapeutic springs. We continue towards the village Babajić and arrive at the farm of the Lukić family. The whole area is surrounded by the mountains Suvobor and Rudnik. It is known for its fruit growing and is suitable for growing grapes. The tradition of this family for more than 100 years is connected with the production of plum brandy. From their land, on a 40-hectare estate, they harvest the fruits and make brandy. Their brandy has won many awards as well as many hearts. Brandy is produced traditionally. By double distillation with the application of modern procedures, the highest quality fruits are selected. Distillation is in copper cauldrons. Before filling, the product is aged in oak barrels. We will taste blends of brandy from different types of plums, as well as brandy from apricot, quince, pear, apple, and grape.

We move to the wine part of the estate after visiting the brandy part of the cellar. We enjoy various varieties of wine such as chardonnay, tamjanika, pinot noir… Since we sweetened ourselves with a strong drink, toasted with a glass of wine, we thank our hosts and say goodbye to them: Cheers! It's time to return to Belgrade.
 

The scheduled departure from Belgrade is at 10.00 am.
The tour duration is about 8 hours.
 
The price of the trip depends on the number of people. The price includes entrance fee for the museum, rakia and wine tasting, guide services, and return transfer.
 

 

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