Motel Inn Curcic Guca



Motel Inn Curcic has 150 beds and it is the largest facility in Guca. Motel is located next to the river Bistrica in just 15-20 meters away from the stadium where all concerts and trumpet competitions are held on festival. Accommodation is close and easily accessible to everything.

Traditionally we have guests from all over the world: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, England, ex Yu Republic, to Australia, America, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, etc.

Our motto is to bring together a small group of people from as many countries, so in about 150 beds we have on average 4-5 people from one country. All our guests bring with them their country's flag. Motel Inn Curcic is the central point where all our guests check in at the reception and than goes in one of our accommodation type.


We have available accommodation offer in motel Inn Curcic, accommodation in about 40 private houses in the center located near motel, accommodation in hotel "Zlatna truba", offer for accommodation in several flets in residential buildings, as well as offer to stay in camp "Curcic" or camp "Center". Check-in motel Inn Curcic from 1:00 PM, check out until 11 AM. Address of motel Inn Curcic is Kneza Milosa Street. Pre-reservations are required because all facilities are rented before festival start.

 



We organize together evenings for our guests accommodated in a motel, hotel, or in one of about 40 private houses in the center. We have live music in the restoran bar (kafana), which is part of motel building. Legendary Goran Bregovic, 2 years ago was first played in our restoran bar and then held a midnight concert at the stadium. 

A large number of public figures not only from Serbia but also from abroad stay in our accommodation in center, we have hosted some super stars and celebrities from Bulgaria, the mayor of Paris, Mr. Bertrand Delanoë with family, world famous Jazz musicians from New York (Brooklyn), successful European businessman, TV presenters, unavoidable Serbian politicians, as well as domestic and foreign TV medias, such as, for example, Radio Television Serbia, which is every year media sponsor of the festival.


For guests who want a quieter location, we offer 40 private houses in the immediate vicinity of the motel. Price of accommodation in private houses is the same as in the motel Inn Curcic. For reservations and to rental a house they need to be at least 7 people. If the number is less, we recommend reservation in motel Inn Curcic. Motel has 3 floors and every two rooms share one bathroom. Until now at the center of Guca there is no possibility to offering exclusive accommodation or apartments offers because Guca is little place and for a 5-7 days from 450,000 to 600,000 people visits festival.

Tabela 1. Accommodation prices in motel Inn Ćurčić, Guča

For those who want peace and quiet for accommodation out of Guca, on your request we can send our offer. Realistically we are the epicenter of the best parties in Guca, gatherings, multiculturalism, lack of sleep, almost all people who visit the festival come to us, or at least pass near, and the ability to being in a place all the time, on central location, carries a special charm and mystery traditions of the festival 55 years old.

Guca is a small town with about 350 houses, in 2011, there are live about 1750 people. There is a problem of accommodation capacities because every year the festival visited by about half a million people. Unfortunately in Guca we have only two hotels, first one hotel AS has only 8 beds (4 double bedrooms), and Hotel Zlatna truba (all previous years we had rented rooms and hotel was used to accommodate participants on festival) and one motel Inn "Curcic" with 150 beds.

Motel Curcic Guca 
Motel Inn Curcic Guca

To guests who arriving from abroad we do not recommend to book accommodation outside of village Guca. The reasons for this recommendation are a huge number of visitors, often it happens that people lose, accommodation prices are about the same as in cities Ivanjica, Cacak and other places, and one of the biggest reasons is that every year there are several police patrols where they checks drivers on alcohol. Person who sitting next to the driver also must not be under the influence of alcohol, and on Guca festival almost all visitors want to spend good time, which inevitably involves a bunch of drunk alcohol. In case you are stopped by the police under the influence of alcohol, the vehicle is excluded from traffic, and by law the driver spends at least 12 hours in custody until sober. For foreigners this can be a huge shock, disappointment, and we all strive to such situations are almost gone.

If you want to visit some of the tourist attractions of this area, please send us an inquiry, we will send on your email our offer. We have offer to visit Mokra Gora (distance about 80km), Wooden Town (Drvengrad), Sargan Eight, Andric city, to visiting monasteries in Ovcar-Kablar gorge. If you want to go to Devil's Town distance is 200km from Guče. In previous years we have had an arrangement Serbia - Montenegro, transportation from airports Nikola Tesla Belgrade to Guca, booking Festival accommodation for 3 days and then go to Zabljak, Biogradska Gora, Podgorica, Budva, Kotor, and Dubrovnik.

For groups of 7 or more people who want to visit some of the sites in the vicinity of Guca, we have a two mini vans Opel Vivaro 2.5 TDI 8 + 1 (8 passengers + driver), feature 2 air conditioners, comfortable, roomy, 2011 and 2012 year.

Transport mini van Opel Vivaro 2.5 TDI

Photo Gallery Arrangement: 




Belgrade - Guča - Žabljak - Biogradska gora - Budva - Kotor

Arangement-1 include:
- Renting a car on 4 days + fuel for the planned itinerary
- Transport Belgrade - Guca - Belgrade + accommodation in Guca
- Arrangement for 3 nights (4 days), visit the second or third day of the Mokra Gora, Drvengrad, Zlatibor, back in Guca,
- Last day transfer Guca - Belgrade airport.

Arangement-2 include:
- Renting a car at 4 days + fuel for the planned itinerary
- Transport Belgrade - Guca - Belgrade + accommodation in Guca
- Arrangement for 9 days (10 days), the last day of the festival driving to Montenegro and visiting destinations: Durmitor National Park (2 nights in Zabljak), Biograd National Park (2 nights in Kolasin), Kotor, Budva (2 nights).
- Return to Belgrade airport Nikola Tesla.

The package does not include:
- The price of accommodation
- Tickets, Fees for visiting some tourism attraction

Every year we organize transport from Belgrade to Guca and back. Ttransport is not our primary activity, but we want to offer a more complete service to all who wish to come to the festival. You need to send a request on our email. If you are coming from abroad, by airplane, specify the number of your flight, or if you want transport a certain day from the center of Belgrade to Guca, specify the time that suits you and make sure the number of people who need transportation.

Table 2. Prices for taxi in Belgrade

If you arrive by car, van, motorcycle or bicycle parking is provided in front of the motel Inn Curcic or in the house courtyard where you were staying. Upon entering the Guca it is charged to enter with the car in Guca you will charge around 10 EUR (1,000 RSD), and for buses price is around 25 EUR (3,000 RSD). Before entering the Guca there is plenty of parking which charge about 10 EUR per day. What is important for all of you who are thinking to be our guests, it is that the parking infront our motel is free. You will receive a pass and with it you can unlimited number of times exit and enter Guca.


  Motel Ćurčić Guča
Motel Ćurčić Guča  

Ćurčić Guča
Guca Location Map

Terms of payment:
When you sending email with request for pre-reservation or for any information which you need, please writte date of your arrival, number of nights, number of people who want to come or need accommodation. We will send confirmation of the reservation with the total amount and invoice for payment, or answer on any of your question. Depending on the date of your request for reservation, you will need it at least 21 days before its your first arriving date to pay full amount of reservation. Our facilities are usually over booked one month before festival start, so we recommended to you to send request as soon as possible and confirm the booking of accommodation. After making a payment, we will send on your email voucher and with it you need to check in on our reception when you arrive.  Rates are valid from 01.05. to 20.08.

If you have any questions, we are available.


Email: guca@booking-hotels.biz
Phone: +381-64-555-8581;

Brass band Barka, Knjazevac

Orchestra Brass band “Barka”, Knjazevac

The Barka Brass Band comes from the small town of Knjazevac in eastern Serbia, near the Bulgarian border. With their black suits and hats, they look like they have escaped from the film The Blues Brothers. This dynamic brass ensemble’s finest achievement came last year with their victory at the Guča Trumpet Festival 2012, a kind of unofficial world championship for brass bands. Warning: this stuff is explosive!


Darko Dimitrijevic was born in Knjazevac in 1980. year. He began playing trumpet at the age of fifteenth year. He finished secondary music school in the class of Professor Mile Paunovic in Negotin. At the Academy of Music in Cetinje, completed undergraduate studies in the class of Professor Mladen Djordjevic, where along with a horn section and theoretically studied. He was engaged as first trumpet of the Montenegro Symphony Orchestra. He is currently employed in the “Symphony Orchestra of city Nis” as first solo trumpet. In addition to classical music, a great connoisseur of ethno sound from Balkan region, especially in Eastern Serbia, which is the theme of his new CD, which is in preparation.

Ivan Kostic was born in 1983 in Nis. He finish secondary school for machine technician in Knjazevac. Actively start to playing piano from 1997. Forming Orchestra Brass band “Barka” from Knjazevca, in 1998. years, he began playing the trumpet. Along with tenor horn, he playing acoustic drums and percussion. Awards and Recognition: With Orchestra Brass band “Barka” performed, except in Serbia, in many cities and countries around the world, where he won many awards. The biggest prizes won in competitions in Guca: In the category Youth Orchestras: second place twice time, and once first place. In the senior category, “The Golden Apple” the best band award for best performed folk dance. At the international Guca Trumpet Festival competition: the best band. Collaboration: The music band and Orchestra Brass band “Barka” has cooperation and joint appearances with orchestras ”Balkanika” Sanja Ilic and “Black and White World” by Dejan Pejovic.

Milos Velickovic was born in 1984 in Knjazevac. Milos finish secondary school for machine technician in Knjazevac. With music he deals since 1996, then began to play the accordion with keyboard. He forming Orchestra Brass band “Barka” from Knjazevca, in the 1998. year, when he started to play the trumpet. Awards and Recognition: With Orchestra Brass band "Barka" he has performed at many events, festivals in Serbia, in many cities and countries around the world and won many awards. The biggest prize was in competition in Guca like the youngest band: 2004. and 2005.,  second place, and in 2006. he won first place. In the senior category: 2011 he won “The Golden Apple” award for the best band in 2012 and the award for Best performed round. At the international competition: 2013. his band get award for the best Guca Brass band. Collaboration: He has cooperation with many famous musicians and composers, and had the honor to be with orchestra “Balkanika” of composer Sanja Ilic.

Dejan Petkovic was born in 1985. in Knjazevac. Elementary and secondary school ended in Knjazevac and at the moment he study the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade. Music deals than in 1998. year, on their own initiative and with the support of friends. Also he is one of the founders of Orchestra Brass band "Barka" in which he began playing bass. Awards and honors: Awards at Guca Competition in 2006. year, the award for the best original Guca music in 2011., the best Guca Brass band in 2012, as well as awards for world best international band at the Guca Trumpet competition in 2013. year. With the Orchestra Brass band “Barka” successfully wins many competitions in Eastern Serbia, since 2009. year. From individual award, he won the best bass musician in front of the trumpet players in Eastern Serbia. Collaboration: Under the direction of Professor Darko Dimitrijevic successfully working on the new CD for the music band of Sanja ilic.

Ivan Milenkovic was born in 1983. in Knjazevac. Elementary music school ended in Knjazevac. Secondary music school in Negotin. In elementary school, his first musical direction was harmonica, and later musical direction trumpet. After he ended secondary school, Ivan has began playing with Orchestra Brass band “Barka”. Awards and Recognition: With the Orchestra Brass band “Barka” successfully wins many competitions, except in Serbia, in many cities and countries around the world and he won many awards. The greatest awards are on the Trumpet Festival in Guca. In the category Youth Orchestras: second place twice time, and one time first place. In the senior category, he won “The Golden Apple” award for the best band and award for best performed folk dance. At the international competition he won award for best Brass band.


Milan Stanisic was born in 1986. in Knjazevac. He finished secondary school, technician for  construction, in Knjazevac. Music deals since 1995., when he began playing drums. With a Orchestra Brass band "Barka" starts cooperation since 2009. year. Awards and Recognition: With Orchestra Brass band "Barka" performed at many music events in Serbia, Europe and worldwide. With the orchestra has won many awards in Guca Trumpet Festival: Award for etno playing in 2011., award for the best brass band in 2012, award for best international brass band in the world in 2013. From individual award he won award for the best drummer in the pre-competition in Trumpet Festival in Eastern Serbia in 2012.


Mladen Velickovic was born in 1987. in Knjazevac. He finished secondary school, technician for  construction in Knjazevac. Music deals start in 1998., when he began playing in the Orchestra Brass band “Barka” from Knjazevca. With the orchestra has performed in many musical events and festivals in Serbia. Awards and Recognition: With Orchestra Brass band “Barka” won many awards in Guca: In the category Youth Orchestras: 2004. and 2005., the second place, in 2006. he won the first place. In the senior category: 2011. get the award “The Golden Apple” for the best brass band of 2012, and the award for Best performed round. At the international competition he get award in 2013. for the best brass band in the world. From individual prizes awarded for the best tenor in Eastern Serbia in 2001.


Dejan Dimitrijevic was born in Knjazevac in 1984. year. After he finished secondary school in Knjazevac, Dejan continued their education in Nis, on Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Transportation, where in 2007 he received the degree of traffic engineers. Music starts practicing in his fifteenth year. He finished elementary music school, in the class of Professor Dobrivoja Krstic. Dejan later switched to tenor and started playing in the Orchestra Brass band “Barka”. Participate on all competitions in Guca since 1998.  Dejan won many prestigious music awards. He has performed in concerts all over Serbia, Europe, and in festivals in Asia and Africa.
  
 


Saban Bajramovic

Saban Bajramovic is the most prolific and the most celebrated Roma singer, composer and poet in the Balkans. Among thousands of articles and studies written throughout the world about this author, there is not a single one which does not link his name with the expression "The King of Roma music".

Saban Bajramovic was born on April 16, 1936 in Nis (Serbia). He almost did not attend the school while picking up musical education, alike many of his people, on street.



When he was nineteen, he deserted the army because of love, and later was sentenced to three years imprisonment at the Goli Otok isolation facility on an island in the Adriatic sea. However, as he told the military court that there was no sentence long enough for him to serve it, the sentence was extended to five and a half years.


However, while serving his sentence at the Goli Otok facility, Šaban Bajramović founded a prison band which played, among other music, jazz, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra songs, as well as Spanish and Mexican melodies. Nowadays, he says that Goli Otok was his life-university, where he formed the way he thinks. He made his first record in 1964, and nowadays, his discography consists of some twenty albums and more then fifty singles. He wrote and composed, as he said, about seven hundred songs. For more than twenty years, he has led “Crna Mamba” (Black Mamba), touring half of the world with the band. Upon invitation of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, he visited India, where he was named for The King of the Gypsy World Music.

Guča Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery - Guca Trumpet Festival

Every year we have an open competition for the best photo. Some of the photos of our guests and site visitors you can see here in the gallery. If you have some of your photos, please send on our email address: guca@booking-hotels.biz; Phone: +381-64-555-8581;


Your photos you can send on our email address: guca@booking-hotels.biz Phone: +381-64-555-8581;

Following the trace of Serbian spirituality

Following the trace of Serbian spirituality
Day 1th: Arrival to Belgrade. Meeting of passengers and representatives of the agency at the airport Nikola Tesla - Belgrade. Transfer to the hotel. Spare time. Overnight.



Day 2nd: Breakfast. Route: Belgrade - Vrnjačka Banja [spa].


Sanctum places of Serbian capital [St. Petka Chapel and Church Ružica, Orthodox Church and Patriarch's residence, St. Sava's Temple, the biggest Orthodox Temple in the Balkans]. Departure to Vrnajčka banja. Visit to the Monasteries Pokajnica, Manasija, and Ravanica; lunch in the monastery. Arrival to Vrnajčka banja. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 3rd: Breakfast. Route: Vrnajčka banja - Monasteries Žiča, Ljubostinja, Kalenić - Vrnjačka Banja. Lunch is planned in Monastery Kalenić. Visit to the open - air Museum "Kalenić" and familiarizing with the old Serbian crafts: weaving, spinning, knitting, basket weaving. Presentation of the national architecture and traditional usable objects. Return to Vrnjačka Banja. Accommodation. Overnight.


Day 4th: Breakfast. Spare time. Route: Vrnjačka Banja - Monastery Studenica. Visit to Monasteries Djurdjevi Stupovi, Sopoćani. Arrival to Monastery Studenica. Lunch. Accommodation in the Monastery's residential building and presence to the evening prayer. Overnight.


Day 5th: Breakfast in the Monastery residential building. Route: Studenica - Ovčar banja [spa] - Ovčarsko - Kablarska Gorge - Valjevo

Visit to Monastery Gradac [long hiking tour] and St. Peter's Church on the way to Ovčar Banja. Arrival to Ovčar banja. Lunch in the national restaurant. Visit to the Monasteries of Ovčarsko - Kablarska Gorge: Vavedenje [Presentation of the Virgin], Vaznesenje [Resurrection], Sretenje [Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple], Svete Trojice Blagovestenje [Annunciation of Holy Trinity], Ilinje, Savinje, Nikolje, Jovanje i Uspenje [Dormition]. Departure to Valjevo. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 6th: Breakfast. Route: Valjevo - village Sitarice - Valjevo.
Petnica cave, Research Center in Petnica. Visit to the old city center Tešnjar, Muselin's konak [hist. castle, palace], the monument of the greatest Serbian army commander Živojin Mišić, and the monument of poetess Desanka Maksimović]. Visit of the Monasteries Ćelije and Lelić in which are the relics of the Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović, the Orthodox theologian and writer from 20th century. Visit to the Monastery Pustinja from 14th century, built during the rule of the Nemanjić royal family.

Visit to the village Sitarice on the hillsides of Medvednik Mountain. This is the place with traditional, old Serbian houses, outbuildings, folklore, customs and traditional dishes of Serbian cuisine are preserved and cherished. In the yard of an old authentic village house, Serbian dining table brimming with national dishes and drinks, traditional Serbian host, songs and dancing typical for this part of Serbia, welcomes guests. Return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 7th: Breakfast. Route: Valjevo - Soko Grad - Monastery Tronoša - Tršić - Belgrade
Departure from Valjevo. Arrival to Soko Grad and visit to the Monastery Complex of "Soko Grad". Short break. Departure to Monastery Tronoša and Trsić. Visit to the Monastery Tronoša and monastery residential building. Visit to the Ethnographic Commemorative Park and Commemorative House dedicated to the father of Serbian literacy Vuk Stefanović Karadžić in Tršić. Lunch break and individual activities. Departure to Belgrade in the evening. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.


Day 8th: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport; departure.



Zoran Hristic - Pecat Dragaceva


Ljubazno zamoljen da napišem nešto o Dragačevu, odnosno o Saboru trubača (pa zar to nije jedno te isto!), našao sam se u čudu, jer to je slično kao kada bi me neko zamolio da napišem ljubavno pismo! Međutim, ipak ima logike. Dragačevo, Guča, sabor, pesma i ritam moje su stare ljubavi.

Kada se piše o ljubavi, biraju se reči, dovoljno lepe da se zaboravi svakodnevica, da se utone u nešto nalik na san i izbegava se reč ''ali'', jer sreću ''saborišta'' ne sme ništa da pokvari. Čovek se, po prirodi stvari, vraća onome što voli...

Zaljubljenik Sabora ima tu sreću da to može da čini svake godine, da to jedva čeka svake godine, a da pri tome u slavlju i pravim salvama zvuka zaboravi da je još jednu godinu stariji. I tako svake godine čeka ga jedna umivena, nasmejana i trešteća Guča, koja ga slatko umori, promukne, ''budilicom'' razbija mamurluk, natera ga na radost i razmazi srećom.

Provodeći vreme po zagušljivim studijama za snimanje muzike, žvaćući muku svoga posla, u svome nemiru često se setim Guče i njenog zvuka od iskona. Tada shvatim koliko tome pripadam, odakle sam i gde ću biti. U retkim časovima prividnog mira i ne pokušavam da nađem zvuk iz Guče, on sam nadolazi kao obeležje jednog naroda. Sabor u Guči je pečat Dragačeva i prsten našeg venčanja sa trubom.

Truba u Dragačevu nikada ne svira ''krivo'', jer dostaojanstvo ljudi nameće pravila ponašanja zvuka, koji se tri dana rasplamsava do onog ''prometejskog trenutka'', kada nam se od veličanstvenosti zajedničkog sviranja ''Sa Ovčara i Kablara'' izmiče tle pod nogama, pali krv u venama i stiskaju pesnice u slavu naše ljubavi prema slobodi.

Zoran Hristic
Otvaranje 9. Sabora 1978.

Dejan Petrovic trumpet master

Dejan Petrovic u Vršcu 
Najmlađi i višestruki pobednik Sabora trubača u Guči i prva truba sveta Dejan Petrović održaće sa svojim Big bendom veliki koncert u hali “Milenijum” u Vršcu 10. marta. 

- Kao i sve dosadašnje, i ovaj koncert posvećujem svojoj ćerki Jovani, najvećoj radosti i najvećem pokretaču u životu. 



Mnoge sam želje ispunio, ostala je još jedna, a to je svetska karijera. Želim da autentičan zvuk srpske trube pronesem svetom - kaže Dejan Petrović.
                                                                     
S. M. - Imamo repertoar i za popularnu glumicu. Samo neka dođe, biće oduševljena - poručuje Lazarević. Treći Dejan - Jevđić, upotpuniće muzički nastup velikana trube. Najmlađi u svetu nagrada za izvođenje na limenim instrumentima Dejan Jevđić je sa orkestrom “Zao Taro lajt” prošle godine podigao Zlatnu trubu Sabora. - Radimo predano. Svakodnevno vežbamo za Guču, a mene posebno raduje činjenica da ću nastupati sa imenjacima Lazarevićem i Petrovićem.

Moramo za taj koncert da odaberemo najbolji repertoar i budemo posebno dobri. Nema sumnje, ljubiteljima trube ostaće u pamćenju planirana svirka jer nagrade najbolje govore o kvalitetu trubača - kaže Jevđić. Koncert trojice Dejana, trubačkih superstarova, novina je ove godine. Dosad su najbolji svirali na ponoćnom koncertu, a “Tri D” upriličen je kao poseban poklon organizatora ljubiteljima trube.

Dejan Lazarević: Uskoro će svetlost dana ugledati novi CD sa specifičnim balkanskim zvukom koji je Lazarević radio u saradnji sa popularnim čačanskim bendom.

- Nastupićemo verovatno u nešto modernijoj varijanti na ovogodišnjem Saboru trubača. Naravno, srpska tradicija je deo svakog našeg nastupa, ali ove godine ćemo koncert obogatiti novim numerama, veoma zanimljivim. Planirano goste, u svakom slučaju obećavamo odličnu zabavu i kvalitetan program - kaže Lazarević. On dodaje da bi ga radovalo da u Guču dođu zvučna imena poput filmske dive Džulije Roberts, pa ako se to obistini, Lazarević će kao i njegov kolega biti spreman.



Serbian History Trumpet Tradition

Serbian History Trumpet tradition
Dragacevo, which used to be a rural region, experienced strong economic and general educational and cultural development after 1950, and mostly in the first decade of the 21st century, first of all thanks to the Trumpeters Festival.

The capital of modern trumpeting - Guca, is relatively small, and the trumpet was first played as far ago as 1831. Before nearly two centuries Milos Obrenović ordered the establishment of a "Principle's Serbian band" in Kragujevac, and that the first brass band be led by Josip Slezinger (1794-1870), a man from Sombor, who in those times was the first musically literate expert in Serbia. "Oberlautar" Mustafa, a man who played the violin and "zurle" (zurna), was until then amusing the Serb ruler and his entourage "and was amusing also even foreigners who did not have much understanding for Turkish music". Immediately upon his arrival in Kragujevac he started to organize the band. Since he lacked in skilled musicians, he asked the Principle to arrange that young man from among the population be found, who have talent and will to do this job. Milos promptly ordered that each county delegates five young men. And, so it started. Although it did not always run smoothly, they learned to play the new "golden" instruments, by playing the round-dances and songs which they knew and were familiar with them, but learning also everything that maestro J. Slezinger was teaching them in the then Serbian capital Kragujevac.

History of the Serbian Trumpet Tradition
History of the Serbian Trumpet Tradition

Almost two centuries passed by, there were many outstanding military brass bands and band leaders from the regiments and divisions. However, only in the mid 19th century were the foreign musical and cultural influence getting stronger; they can be identified at the beginning of the new era in the folk music of Dragacevo and were particularly strong in regard to trumpet music and homophonic multi-part singing , i.e. in singing "na bas". How the brass bands were emerging we heard from spontaneous statements of modern Dragacevo musicians. It is known in Dljina that their oldest trumpeter "was a guy named Cebic who was playing before World War I… And he himself inherited it from the past times. "In Goracici the first orchestra was founded by the Davidovic brothers from Dragacica "probably sometimes about the times of World War I, and this band included only four musicians". Also, the story goes that "in Rti the band leader and first trumpet was Milisav Kostic–Tralja, and his today's heirs are trumpeters playing in the Srecko Obradovic orchestra". And so we come also to the trumpeter Desimir Perisic from Goracići and the winning orchestra at the First Festival in Guca in 1961.

The songs are usually based of two-bar motives and melodies, mainly of two part structure consisting of 4 to 5 tones.

All around the globe, at all meridians, on all continents, most probably also on the Antarctica, it is known that Guca and Dragacevo are famous for trumpet music. The trumpet can be heard, loudly and gently, also in the biggest cities of the world and recordings of the trumpeters' music have reached the outer space, where the cosmonauts were amusing themselves.

With all the other flags, the Dragacevo Trumpeters Festival's flag has been flying since 2000 also on the highest mountain peak of the world, Mount Everest, on the Himalayas (8,848 m). It was placed there by the first Serb – a man from Dragacevo, Dragan Jacimovic from Puhovo.

To say it in modern language, Dragacevo Trumpeters festival is one of the most famous Serbian brands. And… trumpet music took for the world from the villages of Dragacevo, via Guca. Via Dragacevo Trumpeters Festival at which, for full five decades, the blessed musicians – the golden Serbian trumpeters – gathered in flocks.

Dragacevo, which used to be a rural region, experienced strong economic and general educational and cultural development after 1950, and mostly in the first decade of the 21st century, first of all thanks to the Trumpeters Festival.

The capital of modern trumpeting, Guca, is relatively small, and the trumpet was first played as far ago as 1831. Before nearly two centuries Milos Obrenovic ordered the establishment of a "Principle's Serbian band" in Kragujevac, and that the first brass band be led by Josip Slezinger (1794-1870), a man from Sombor, who in those times was the first musically literate expert in Serbia. "Oberlautar" Mustafa, a man who played the violin and "zurle" (zurna), was until then amusing the Serb ruler and his entourage "and was amusing also even foreigners who did not have much understanding for Turkish music". Immediately upon his arrival in Kragujevac he started to organize the band. Since he lacked in skilled musicians, he asked the Principle to arrange that young man from among the population be found, who have talent and will to do this job. Milos promptly ordered that each county delegates five young men. And, so it started. Although it did not always run smoothly, they learned to play the new "golden" instruments, by playing the round-dances and songs which they knew and were familiar with them, but learning also everything that maestro J. Slezinger was teaching them in the then Serbian capital Kragujevac

Almost two centuries passed by, there were many outstanding military brass bands and band leaders from the regiments and divisions. However, only in the mid 19th century were the foreign musical and cultural influence getting stronger; they can be identified at the beginning of the new era in the folk music of Dragacevo and were particularly strong in regard to trumpet music and homophonic multi-part singing , i.e. in singing "na bas". How the brass bands were emerging we heard from spontaneous statements of modern Dragacevo musicians. It is known in Dljina that their oldest trumpeter "was a guy named Cebic who was playing before World War I… And he himself inherited it from the past times. "In Goracići the first orchestra was founded by the Davidovic brothers from Dragacica "probably sometimes about the times of World War I, and this band included only four musicians". Also, the story goes that "in Rti the band leader and first trumpet was Milisav Kostić–Tralja, and his today's heirs are trumpeters playing in the Srecko Obradovic orchestra". And so we come also to the trumpeter Desimir Perisic from Goracići and the winning orchestra at the First Festival in Guca in 1961.


The songs are usually based of two-bar motives and melodies, mainly of two part structure consisting of 4 to 5 tones. The vigorous folk round-dances from the western regions are characterized by occasional pauses of the leading trumpets, with the basses taking over the leading tune of the leading trumpets, highlighting the basic harmonies. Also, we will notice that southern folk dances are usually characterized by oriental music, in the so-called "aksak" rhythm. This is especially emphasized with the "performance" of the drummer, who expertly combines larger "cukan" (right hand) strokes with those of the thinner stick (left hand, on the edge of the drum, skillfully stressing the changes of double and triple meter in the specific rhythmical formulas and combinations (8/8; 7/8; 9/8 etc.), especially in the characteristic dances – songs called "chochek". Then, spontaneously and ravishingly, genuinely enjoying in the music, dance only those who truly know how to do it. In the eastern region a big number of folk dances of the "Batrna" (ancient dance) type and "Stara Vlajna", i.e. "Timocka Rumenka" or "Svrljiski laskavac", are preserving the genetic features of the Vallah or Serb Hora dancing, when the dancers are crossing their hands and holding each other by the belt. And all Serbian songs and dances have up to five tones, while Vallah melodies are more diversified and with an occasional alternation of the slow parts with the usually faster refrain. Singing with trumpet accompaniment is gaining in popularity nowadays here with us. Like the first folk trumpeters from the times of Milos, contemporary ones are also mainly autodidacts having keen hearing, and are playing a huge repertoire of songs and dances by heart, and by the ear, improvising their interpretation spontaneously and from their soles and hearts.

With the first orchestras, their members evolved as musicians and their number was invreasing. At the beginning the orchestras had five musicians, and the contemporary orchestras usually have up to ten musicians (three to four ''B'' trumpets, three bass flugelhorns, one bass trumpet – helicon or euphonium, and, finally, snare drum and large drum with cymbals. Three regions clearly identified themselves by the style of their music, and are today three famous centers with the best trumpeters in Serbia today. Although the trumpet is not as deeply rooted in our people like the vocal music tradition, the fact is that those active in the field of culture have four decades ago broke the ground for trumpet music in tiny Guca. Since then, like awakening from a dream, trumpet music grew very quickly in those areas of western, eastern and southern Serbia in which the trumpet seed probably had already been thrown and did exist, and it also woke up during so many decades in the center of Sumadija, where its seed was for the first time thrown in the far away year 1831.

Day trip to Ovcarsko Kablar canyon

Day trip to Ovcarsko Kablar canyon - Trumpet Festival 
It is located in central Serbia, where the Morava river between the mountains and Shepherd Kablar gorge cuts an imposing shadow scale in forest on the banks of the river, the small plateau close to the rocks and hiding the 11 medieval monasteries, the unique place where there are time when they occur. On the left side of the Western Morava are the Annunciation, Ilinje, Savinja Nikolje, Assumption and Jovanje, and on the right the Temple, Trinity, Transfiguration, Assumption and the Presentation.


The gorge is located Shepherd and Spa. After a stormy night in Guca, you'll benefit from a break and rest in the beautiful nature that has not been disturbed by human factor. Excursion program: Departing from Guca in 8:00 am, comfortable tourist bus. Arrival at the Spa Shepherd around 8:45 pm, a tour (in a tourist guide) very small town, visiting the monastery of the Transfiguration, Presentation, Ascension, Nikolje.

Driving through the canyon on a raft in the Western Morava. Lunch at the restaurant "House" (the menu is arranged in advance if you wish), located on the banks of the river. Ability to visit Wellness center or outdoor swimming pool with thermal water. During the individual time, lasting two hours. Departing in Guca at 17.00 h. Arrival in Guca in 17:45.

Arrangement includes:
- Transportation of tourist bus
- Admission to the National Park
- Lunch at the restaurant "Dom"
- Drive-raft
-Tourist Guide
- Organization

If you interesting for reservation of apartment in Guča, you can contact us by email on guca@booking-hotels.biz or calling number +381-64-555-8581.

Grunula je truba

Grunula je truba - Branko V. Radicevic



Sve se izgleda menja. Sabor ostaje isti. Kao element. Zemlja. Vazduh. Voda. Pečenje. Lebac i slanina. Beli lukac. Kolovođa i kec. Prvi i poslednji u kolu. Sabor je čudo. I to čudo nad čudima. Trebalo je, pre trideset i pet godina, promarširati ulicama Guče. U anteriji. Sa šajkačom na glavi. U prisustvu vlasti. U pratnji trubača.

To je čudo. Taj pohod koji traje. Koji ne prestaje. Od Sabora do Sabora. Od grada do grada. U kasno leto. Pred jesen. Dumbara bubanj. Igra kolo. Ali, molim vas, zamislite: kako je to bilo pre trideset i pet godina. U prikradici. U prekorici. Kao inačica. Tek će narasti inat. Tek će se zainatiti pravi inat. U sveopštoj sumnji.


Prikradalo se. I pripremalo veliko kolo. U prikradici. Naizgled naivno i nevešto. Trebalo je imati hrabrosti. I odoleti pokudicama. Šta će vam to tu? I zašto će vam baš tu? I šta će tu Dragačevo? I zar se to sme u Dragačevu? I šta će drugi reći? I kako će se drugi ponašati? I ko će za to odgovarati? I šta ako se to u nešto neprilično izrodi? Opasno je! Nije vreme! Zašto baš trube? I šta će tu trube? Pa to podseća na ratove! I kakvi su to bili ratovi! Ima ratova i ratova. Osvajačkih, napadačkih, tlačiteljskih, nepravedenih, opakih i zlovremenih.

Šta će tu trube ? Na šta nas podsećaju? Na nekakva knjaževstva i kraljevstva?

Nije Srbin izmislio trubu. Šta će truba u kolu? Ima ona preča posla. Zna se njeno mesto. Ispraća u ratove. I maršira s vojskama. Jedan, dva. Pod komandom. Jedan, dva. Ne može u šest koraka.

I grunula je. U Dragačevu. Kao izazov. I prkos. Prisetila. Podsetila. Promladila. Dahnula vedrinom. I nadom. Jer narod igra. Ima nade. Jer narod igra. Dobro je kad narod igra. Zasvadbariće jesen. Rađaće se deca. Oživeće njive i livade. Biće leba i slanine. Zaratariće zemlja. Neće zaratovati. Ona će zaratariti. Jer bog Perun, vrhovni srpski bog, nije bog ratova, već berićeta, bog plodnosti. On opominje gromovima i munjama. On upravlja zemljom i nebesima. I šalje kišu na žednu zemlju. Oplođuje. Preporađa. Omlađuje. Stvara. Daruje.

Trebalo je lukavo, polako, strpljivo, uz neophodne dodvorice i nepotrebne pristanke, očuvati saborovinu, koja je postala dadž, napajala ljude verom i nadom da još ima zdravlja i da nije sve prošlo i da će se živeti i ploditi.

Zaigralo je veliko saborsko kolo. I porodio se veliki, opštenarodni inat. Truba se pretvorila u čudo. Oslušnite je. Drma. Čućete što nikad niste čuli. Čućete ako ste posustali. Čućete ako ste posumljali. Ima spasa. Ima nade. Čućete ako ste se odrodili. Čućete ako se još niste porodili. Čućete ako ste se zaplodili.

Moj glas je slab. Nemam snage da nadvičem trubu. Sve što sam govorim, kazaće vam truba. Ona neprestano samo o tome trubi. Treba je čuti, slušati i razumeti. Ona umesto nas progovara. Jednog dana, ko zna kada, došla je među nas iz dalekog belog sveta. I progovorila je našim glasom. Baš kao da je svirala. Kao da se usvirala. I uguslila. Videli smo je na slikama posvećenim Božijim prostorima. Anđeli navešćuju dolazak. Strašnog suda. Ona se potpuno pripitomila u Dragačevu. Ne poziva na juriš. Neće u rat. Ne navešćuje propast sveta. Dolazak Strašnog suda. Započinje kolo. Svetkuje. I razastire radost. I zato je dobrodošla. Kao preporoditeljka. Na radost. I veselje.

Branko V. Radičević, pesnik, jedan od osnivača Sabora
Slovo domaćina na otvaranju 30. Sabora 1990.

Cudo zvano Guca by Momo Kapor

Momo Kapor

Momo Kapor
Ko je mogao i da pomisli da će zov trube uspeti da okupi, ni manje ni više, šesto hiljada ljudi i da će na pustim poljanama Guče nići, kao u kakvom ratnom pohodu, polje šatora? A svi su zaboravili, niko ni da pomene, da je čitavu tu priču pre četrdeset devet goina, 1960. godine, započeo jedan pesnik, Branko V. Radičević, zvani Mačista, koji je proslavio Srbiju, a posebno Čačak, odakle je rodom, svojim pesmama i poemama.

Niko da se seti Mača, koji je sa nekolicinom prijatelja sakupio tri-četiri sirota duvačka orkestra koji su se potucali po Srbiji po svadbama i sahranama, više gladni nego siti, i da ih je doveo u portu ispred crkve Svetih arhangela Mihaila i Gavrila u Guči da tu sviraju ceo letnji dan do podne, a onda, bogami, i uveče, i sve tako, puna tri dana.

Vraćajući se u Beograd, Mač je natovario u kola i teški krajputaš iz okoline Čačka, prvi koji je ikada videla prestonica, uvevši tako u modu staru tradicionalnu skulpturu, i to obojenu, dok su se intelektualci divili rupama Engleza Henrija Mura. E, pa lepo bi bilo da je bilo ko od zvaničnika makar i pomenuo Mačistu, Branka V. Radičevića, ali Srbija je to: ona lako zaboravlja. Uostalom, pokojni Mačista ima vremena da čeka da ga pomenu.

Sva muka i bes, sva lepota i tuga, sva radost i muzika, koje se sakupe za godinu dana u Srbiji, prve nedelje avgusta šiknu u nebo kroz blistava grla truba na Saboru u Guči. To je događaj na koji seljačka Srbija nestrpljivo čeka punih godinu dana. Tada Guča, varošica u brdima, postaje svetska prestonica trube.

Ne zna se pouzdano kada su se i kako trube primile u Srbiji, koja je odvajkada poznavala uglavnom gusle, pastirske svirale, frule i dvojnice, ali je to verovatno bilo posle srpsko-turskih ratova potkraj devetnaestog veka, kada su se četni i pukovski trubači vratili u svoja sela, donevši sa sobom olupane, ulubljene i izubijane, a često i kuršumima probijene trube, kojima su, do tada, pozivali na juriše i svirali povečerja. Ratovi koji su usledili početkom novog veka znatno su povećavali, sem mrtvih, i broj truba. Zbog toga je u njihovom tonu još uvek najizrazitiji ratnički zvuk, poklič na pobedu ili smrt – tanki, mesingani lim, naliven melanholičnom mrenom povečerja.

Donosili su ih kao dragocenosti, pažljivo uvijene u krpe i futrole, sašivene od uvoštenih šatorskih krila, u svoja zabita sela. Odmotane i pažljivo izglancane blesnule bi, usred bode siromašnih izbi, sjajem zlatnog roga. Čuvali su ih brižljivo i negovali, zasviravši katkad u sutonu kolce ili posmrtni marš, sve dok ne postadoše pravi virtuozi, ravni, ako ne i bolji, od meksičkih marijačija. Svojim instrumentima postizali su i najviše, gotovo nemoguće tonove, ali su bili u stanju i da nežno, trubama, bekrijama šapuću u uvo uspavanke. I kao što je šljiva madžarka u ovom delu Srbije pronašla najpogodnije tlo za svoje sokove, isto tako se primila i truba, do tada nepoznata srpskim muzičarima. Pokazalo se da se nijednim muzičkim instrumentom, čak ni violinom, za koju su bili majstori Cigani, ne može bolje izraziti suština bića ovog naroda, ponekad kroz krik, često kroz suze, jecaje ili promukli smeh, a najčešće kroz obesne taktove narodnih kola, punih razuzdane radosti.

I sada su se, sa svih strana Srbije, sjatili svi u Guču. I oni koji su tek nedavno prvi put dunuli u pisak, i oni što su živeli od sviranja po svadbama, sahranama, vašarima i zabitim krčmama. Bilo je među njima svakojakih; onih u seljačkim gunjevima i opancima-šiljkanima, sa šajkačama na glavama, i drugih, što su već stekli ime, pa se odenuli u svilene košulje jarkih boja i širokih rukava, prsluke i lakovane cipele. Došli su tu odršani orkestri bez sluha i imalo muzikalnosti, uvežbani ansambli, koji su već nastupali na televiziji i igrali po filmovima, ciganski orkestri sa rumunske i bugarske granice i družine sa imenima nagrada ispisanim na bubnjevima pozlaćenih činela – čak i ansambl američkih marinaca! u Guču su se sjatilii rojevi domaćih i stranih filmskih i televizijskih ekipa da zabeleže kamerama još jedan potpuno nepredvidljivi uzlet srpskog duha. Već prve noći, podanici prestonice trube, zaplitali su jezicima i provlačili se kroz stolove pod šatrama u osmicama, opijeni raskošnim zvukom i pićem što se nemilice točilo na svakom koraku. Najbrojniji među njima došli su iz obližnjih gradova i Beograda, a nije bilo malo ni onih što su stigli čak iz Evrope i Amerike, da nedelju dana traže i pronalaze svoje zaboravljene korene. Samo na ovom mestu mogle su da se susretnu leptir-mašne sa šajkačama, mlade lepotice sa slavnim, pijanim starcima, dame, odevene po poslednjoj pariskoj modi, sa zabrađenim seljankama; pod šatrama koje su bazdile po rakiji, pečenom mesu i duvanskom dimu što je naprosto kuljao iz njih. Svaka šatra postala je improvizovana gostionica sa rasparenim stolicama i sastavljenim stolovima prekrivenim čaršavima, u kojoj su se smenjivala i nadmetala, naizmenično, po dva-tri orkestra duvača. Pred jutro, iskolačenih očiju, okrenuli bi svoje trube jedni naspram drugih, poput tromblonskih bacača zvuka, izduvavajući svu svoju nagomilanu snagu i bes kroz njih, nadmećući se ko će koga da nadjača i otera sa poprišta. Lepotice su se pele na stolove i igrale po njima (zvali su ih stolovače), a muškarci padali u dert, razvezivali kravate i opuštali kaiševe ispod nabreklih trbuha. Ništa se, naime, ne slaže i ne prožima tako dobro kao šljivovica iz tog kraja i svirka duvača-Dragačevaca.

Oko šatri su se okretali danonoćno ražnjevi sa prasićima i jaganjcima a na nekoliko mesta i teški volovi, sa kojih su vešti majstori noževima odsecali ispečeni sloj, i dok se pekao novi, prodavali još vrele režnjeve volujskog mesa u rasečenim lepinjama.

Što se tiče ovogodišnje Guče, zapanjile su me dve stvari: prva, da nije bilo nijednog slučaja svinjskog gripa, koji hara planetom, a to iz dva razloga – najpre, zbog toga što su gosti pojeli svu raspoloživu svinjetinu, tako da grip nije stigao da se zapati u njoj, a i to je najzad dokazano, da bacili gripa umiru na metar i sedamdeset pet centimetara udaljenosti od onoga koji je popio tri litra vina ili gajbu piva. Tako je slučajno i pronađen najbolji serum protiv gripa. Druga stvar koja me zapanjuje, po ko zna koji put, jesu pijani Slovenci, koji dokazuju da nema šta da tražimo u Evropskoj uniji, jer da je tamo dobro, ne bi dolazili kod nas u Guču da se provedu pod sloganom ''Samo jednom se živi!'' Kako im je tamo, najbolje se vidi iz načina na koji piju: oni se opijaju mračno i depresivno, bilo čim što im dođe do ruku, samo da pobegnu od načina života kojim žive.

Ono što je potpuno nelogično u Guči kuva se u velikim zemljanim loncima, i zove se svadbarski kupus. Kiseo kupus u avgustu, to me zaprepašćuje. Da li je to onaj poplesnivili kupus, preostao od zimus, ili su ga zakiselili na brzu ruku, ostaće zauvek tajna. Zaista ga je perverzno jesti usred leta.

Primetio sam još da Guča, i pored svoje popularnosti, polako ali sigurno gubi svoju izvornu dušu, približavajući se američkom Vudstoku ili novosadskom Egzitu. Njena buduća propast počela je prisustvom u orkestrima saksofona, koji je do tada bio nepoznat instrument u srpskoj narodnoj muzici, a nastavlja se sa sve prisutnijim klavijaturama. Još samo nedostaju orgulje i harfistkinja sa šajkačom, pa da stvar bude potpuna. Još nešto: u repertoar se sve više uvlače belosvetski šlageri od Maj veja do Kondorovog leta – kao , možemo i to. Za iduću godinu Guča je najavila takmičenje za prvu trubu sveta. Šteta što su umrli Dizi Gilespi i Majls Dejvis – oni bi sigurno došli da se takmiče sa Salijevićima.

Kao što je ono prase pitalo, ima li života posle Đurđevdana, tako se i mi pitamo, ima li ga posle Guče?


Momo KAPOR, književnik i slikar
Nin, Beograd, 20. avgust 2009.

Nikola Tesla Arrangement

Nikola Tesla Arrangement

Day 1th: Meeting of passengers and representatives of the agency at the airport Nikola Tesla Belgrade. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight.

Day 2nd: Breakfast. Sight - seeing of the city with a professional tourist guide in the English / German / French Language.

Itinerary: the City Parliament, the Federal Parliament, Terazije Street, Republic Square, Students' Square, Belgrade Fortress, City Gate ["Varos kapija"], New Belgrade, Topcider Hill, Dedinje, Oslobodjenje Square, Slavija Square, Nikola Pasic Square. Free afternoon. In the evening organized visit to the Belgrade Bohemian Quarter - Skadarlija. Dinner in the national restaurant with live music. Overnight.

Day 3rd: Breakfast. One - day excursion in the Central Serbia, Valjevo City and its surroundings.

Itinerary: Belgrade, the Kolubara River valley, Petnica cave, Research Center in Petnica, Valjevo [old city lake Tesnjar, Muselin's overnight stay inn, the monument of the greatest Serbian army commander Zivojin Misic, the monument of poetess Desanka Maksimovic]. Visit of Monasteries Celije and Lelic with relics of the Bishoup Nikolaj Velimirovic, the Orthodox theologian and writer from 20th century, visit to the monastery of Pustinja ["The Desert"] from 14th century built during the rule of the Nemanjic royal family.

Visit to the village Sitarice on the hillsides of Medvednik Mountain. This is the place where the tradition of old Serbian houses, outbuildings, folklore, customs and traditional dishes of Serbian cuisine are preserved and cherished. Here in the yard of an old authentic village house, Serbian dining table brimming with national dishes and drinks, with welcome of a Serbian host, song and dance typical for this part of Serbia are waiting for us.

Return to Belgrade in the evening hours. Overnight.

Day 4th: One - day program with Nikola Tesla

The day with Tesla begins on the catamaran boat, where Tesla's breakfast is planned, as well as a public lecture with the works of a composer Stevan Mokranjac in a way Tesla saw and experienced them. The program will be preformed by the national song and dance ensemble under the name of "Nikola Tesla" and under the original flag which Tesla presented them. There you will take active part in the program and learn to dance traditional Serbian "kolo".

Landing from the boata and following the way once Tesla went along, when he visited Belgrade. Lunch "Tesla's Menu" in a well - known Belgrade café restaurant. The afternoon rest and preparation for Tesla's night. Departure on the drama performance at the "Madlenianum" theatre, dedicated to Tesla.
Since it is known that the great genius worked late at night, in his honour, we will spend the night in the heart of Belgrade, Nikola Tesla Museum, performing experiments which made him famous.

Day 5th: Breakfast. Transfer from the hotel to the airport. Departure of the group.

Arrangement includes:- transfers by high tourist class buses during the travel,
- accommodation in the hotel. Type of service: Bed & breakfast [BB],
- 3 lunches, 1 dinner, no drink included during the travel,
- all tickets included in the program,
- a guide speaking the native language of the group provided during the trip,
- organization and running the trip.

Contact: +381-64-555-8581;
Email: guca@booking-hotels.biz

Serbia-Montenegro Tour

Serbia-Montenegro Tour

Day 1th: Meeting of passengers and representatives of the agency at the Belgrade airport "Nikola Tesla". Transfer to the hotel after which sightseeing of the city with a professional tour guide is planned.

Walking tour route: Oldest Orthodox Church in Belgrade - Ružica [XVI century], St. Petka Chapel, old Belgrade core, Patriarch's residence, Orthodox Cathedral.

Sightseeing route by bus: The City Parliament, The Federal Parliament, Terazije Square, Republic Square, Students' Square, New Belgrade, Slavija Square Nikola Pasic Square.

In the evening, we will visit old bohemian quarter Skadarlija and have dinner in the national restaurant with program which includes actors and musician. With this experience you will feel the spirit of Belgrade from its old times.

Day 2nd: Route: Belgrade - Topola [Oplenac] - Mountain Rudnik. Breakfast is in the hotel. Departure of a group to Southern Serbia.

First we will visit St. Sava's Temple in Belgrade, the largest Orthodox temple on the Balkans. It is located at the place where in 1594 the relics of great Serbian saint Sava had been burned.

The road leads us to the South, in the interior of Serbia. First to Oplenac and to the Museum and St. George's Church, the charitable foundation of King Petar i Karadjordjevic, where there is also a family crypt of Serbian royal family Karadjordjevic. Here we will also visit king's wine cellar with the wine tasting and gourmet offer.

Departure to Rudnik Mountain where we will be accommodated and have lunch or dinner, depending on arrival. The Rudnik Mountain, which dominates Serbia's central region Sumadija was declared a climate spa in 1922 because of its superb climate conditions - great number of sunny Days per year, air currents, high level of air ionization, unspoiled nature… Overnight.

Day 3rd: Route: Rudnik Mountain - Kragujevac - Kraljevo - Monastery Zica - Monastery Ljubostinja - Vrnjačka Banja. Breakfast and departure towards Vrnjačka Banja. On the way to Vrnjačka Banja, you can't overlook the monastery Zica [the 18th century], charitable foundation of Stefan Prvovencani, where in accordance with tradition the keeper of the Seal of old Serbian state is; then in the direction of Krusevac - female monastery Ljubostinja [the 15th century], charitable foundation of Empress Milica [the wife of Serbian prince Lazar] which is one of the most important monuments of the Morava school.

We will continue our trip to Vrnjačka Banja, spa where you will be accommodated in hotel. First, we will have lunch and in the evening you will have some spare time and time for rest. Vrnjačka Banja, well known Serbian tourist spot, is situated below Mountain Goc and nearby spa there are many natural beauties, cultural and historical heritage of old Serbia, from the regency of Dynasty Nemanjic. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 4th: Route: Vrnjačka Banja - Monastery Studenica - Monastery Djurdjevi Stupovi - Mountain Bjelasica [Montenegro]. After breakfast group leaves hotel and continues trip to Montenegro. On our way, we will visit one of the most important monasteries from 12th century - Monastery Studenica [80km]. This Monastery is one of the UNECO World Heritage Sites. Trustee of Monastery Studenica is Stefan Nemanja and Dynasty Nemanjic. Also, this is the birthplace of Serbian art and literature, and founder stone of Serbian culture. In Monastery compound there are Church of Our Blessed Lady, Church of St. Nikola, King's Church, monastery treasury, and dinning room where you will take a brake and try monastery wine, honey and meals from monastery kitchen.

Since we chose this way, we will find ourselves in another fairy tale from Kopaonik area, named Stari Ras [Old Ras] which is made of jewels of Serbian spirituality. You can start meeting the temples of Nemanjic's Serbia from the monastery Sopocani, the charitable foundation of king Uros i [the second half of the 13th century] which is located in the valley of the River Raska, by the ancient town Ras - the center of Serbian medieval state. Some members of the royal Nemanjic family found their eternal peace here. On a hill above Novi Pazar, there is a monastery Djurdjevi Stupovi, charitable foundation of Stefan Nemanja. The oldest building of this block is St Geogije's Church.

Petar's church in Novi Pazar is even older and it is one of the oldest Serbian Orthodox churches. It was built in the 11th century and is famous for being the oldest spiritual centre in Raska area. Sopocani and Petar's church are the part of the world cultural heritage and they are under protection of UNESCO organization.

On our way to Montenegro, we will take a break and accommodated on Bjelasica Mountain in Mojkovac and have dinner. Overnight.

Day 5th: Route: Bjelasica Mountain - Monastery Moraca - Podgorica - Budva. Breakfast in hotel and departure to Montenegrin coast of Adriatic sea.

On our way we will visit monastery Moraca. The Moraca Monastery is one of the most majestic medieval monuments in Montenegro that is influenced in architecture and fresco painting by the Byzantine Empire.

We will pass by Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, and soon we will find ourselves on a beautiful coast of Adriatic sea. We will accommodated in hotel in Budva and have lunch in some of famous fish restaurants in Budva.

In the afternoon, we will visit Monastery Rezevici near Petrovac. The Monastery Rezevici is situated on a picturesque hillside not far from the sea, near Petrovac and in the immediate vicinity of the famous tourist complex Sveti Stefan. According to tradition pagan temples and ancient graves existed here, some of which can still be seen. The Serbian king Stefan the First - Crowned spent some time of his life in Rezevici. There we will also visit Sveti Stefan [St. Stefan] a former fishermen's village, today a famous city - Hotel situated in the most beautiful part of the Montenegrin coast. Sveti Stefan hosted many celebrities, such as Sofia Loren, Monica Vitti, Willie Brandt, Bobby Fisher, Silvester Stallone, Claudia Schiffer, Ingemar Stenmark...
Return to Budva. Dinner. Spare time. Overnight.

Day 6th: Route: Budva - Kotor Bay - Monastery Ostrog - Zabljak Mountain. Breakfast in hotel and departure to Kotor Bay. If you have not fallen in love at first sight with any town before, you will certainly fall in love with Kotor! This small medieval town on the beautiful Kotor Bay is both charming and seductive. Narrow streets, contiguous houses, bulwarks, churches, cathedrals, squares, carnivals and feasts, create an environment that one can not resist. After a short break in this beautiful area we will continue our trip to Monastery Ostrog.

The orthodox Monastery Ostrog is the most frequent visited one on the Balkans. It is visited by believers from all parts of the world, either individually or in groups. It represents the meeting place of all three confessions: the Orthodox, the Catholics and the Muslims because it is believed that the enshrined body of Saint Vasilije Ostroski makes miracles. According to the stories of pilgrims, by praying by his body many have been cured and helped in lessening the difficulties in their lives.

On our way back to Serbia, we will take a break on Zabljak Mountain and accommodated in hotel. Lunch. Spare time. Overnight.

Day 7th: Route: Zabljak Mountain - Prijepolje - Monastery Mileseva - Zlatar Mountain.
After breakfast group leaves hotel and continues trip back to Serbia. First treasury that we will find is famous known monastery Mileseva.

The Mileseva monastery was founded between 1234 and 1236 by Serbian King Vladislav. The monastery is situated in a valley of the Mileseva river, near Prijepolje. The church's most famous fresco is the White Angel, now regarded as a symbol of Serbia and recently adopted as an emblem for the United Nations.

Further on, in beautiful nature of Mountain Zlatar, we will find unique ethno village and this will be an opportunity to meet Serbian old tradition, tasting real Serbian food and spending a night in old traditional houses of this village.

Day 8th: Route: Zlatar Mountain - Zlatibor Mountain - ethno village Sirogojno - Mecavnik - Zlatibor. After breakfast, we will continue exploring Serbian tradition and values from its old times on Zlatibor Mountain in unique open - air museum "Old Village Sirogojno".

This open - air museum represents the village dwelling culture on mountain Zlatibor. To save at least a part of this cultural heritage, a number of authentic objects and buildings have been transferred to the present site of the Museum and conserved in order to be used for further research and to be exhibited for the public.

We continue our trip towards Mokra Gora. Here you will enjoy in "Sarganska Osmica", narrow - gage railroad, shaped in number eight, 15km long, with 22 tunnels, many viaducts and bridges which represents the greatest tourist attraction in Europe at the moment. You will board the old type train "Cira" and drive along spectacular places and views. Also, you will visit film village Drvengrad [Wooden town] where our famous film director Emir Kusturica made his film "Zivot je cudo" [Life is a miracle], and watch the projection of his latest documentary film. Lunch is planned in the ethno restaurant of this unique film village and maybe, during lunch, Emir Kusturica will personally come to welcomes you. In the evening, we will return to Zlatibor to be accommodated in hotel. Overnight.

Day 9th: Route: Zlatibor Mountain - Ovcarsko - kablarska Gorge - Kostunici village - Belgrade. Departure to Belgrade is planned after breakfast. Way leads us to Ovčarsko - Kablarska Gorge, Serbian Holy Mountain [66 km].

Ovcarsko - Kablarska Gorge is recognized for its natural beauties as well as for its cultural - historical monuments. The monasteries played an important role, not only in spiritual sense, but also in development of the national conscience, in acquiring knowledge and in teaching illiterates how to read and write, throughout the history of Serbia and Serbian people who lived on this territory for centuries. Monasteries of Ovcarsko - Kablarska Gorge represent the evidence of the past times and each of these monasteries [there are 10 of them] has its own story related to the period of its foundation and existence on this territory.

Next stop is Kostunici village where we will visit the local museum and ethno gallery. Lunch is planned in an authentic national restaurant where you will taste Serbian cuisine followed by sljivovica [plum brandy]. Arrival in Belgrade in the evening hours. Accommodation in hotel. Spare time. Overnight.

Day 10th: Route: Belgrade - Fruska Gora - Sremski Karlovci - Novi Sad - Belgrade. After breakfast in a hotel, you will be taken to one - day jaunt to Fruska Gora, Sremski Karlovci and Novi Sad.

Fruska Gora - Serbian Sacred hill with 12 monasteries among which the monastery Krusedol is the most famous [the 16th century] and it used to be the residence of Serbian archbishops. Further on, the road leads us to Sremski Karlovci where Patriarch's Court is, as well as St. Nicola's Church and lots of art monuments. All treasuries of this city are reasons for calling it Serbian St. Andreja on the Danube! Here, you can find famous known wine cellars and in one of the oldest, we will have wine tasting.

The great finale of this trip is in Novi Sad. Sightseeing of central area and Petrovaradin Fortress which has a good 'memory' and 'knows'.

Spending a time in Serbia and not tasting fish specialties would be such a shame! We will have lunch in fish restaurant on the Danube coast with national music "tamburasi", after which we will return to Belgrade. Spare time. Overnight.

Day 11th: Route: Belgrade. Breakfast. Free time until transfer to the airport. Departure.

Arrangement includes:
- transfers by high tourist class bus / mini bus during the travel,
- accommodation & type of service,
- 3 nights in hotel "Majestic" 4**** Belgrade [BB],
- 1 night in hotel "Neda" 3*** Rudnik Mountain; [HB],
- 1 night in hotel "Fontana" 3*** Vrnjačka Banja [FB],
- 1 night in hotel "Palas" 3*** on Bjelasica Mountain [HB],
- 1 night in hotel "Obala" 3*** in Budva [HB],
- 1 night in hotel "Jezera "3***, Zabljak Mountain [HB],
- 1 night in ethno village3*** on Zlatar Mounatin [HB],
- 1 night in hotel " Zelenkada "4**** on Zlatibor Mountain [BB],
- All meals included in program, no drink included during the travel,
- All tickets and sightseeing included in the program,
- A guide speaking native language of the group provided during the trip,
- Organization and running the trip.

Arrangement - The Danube Secrets

Arrangement - The Danube Secrets

Day 1th: Meeting of passengers and representatives of the agency at the airport Nikola Tesla - Belgrade. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight.

Day 2nd: Breakfast. Sightseeing of Belgrade by cruising the Danube and Sava Rivers. Along the 18 kilometres sail, enjoy the beauty of the city, lunch on a boat with Serbian wine and brandy [rakija].

After compliance tour continues with Belgrade panorama sightseeing which includes sites of City Parliament, Federal Parliament, Terazije Square, Republic Square, Students' Square, Belgrade Fortress, City Gate ["Varoš kapija"], New Belgrade, Topčider Hill, Dedinje, Oslobodjenje Square, Slavija Square, Nikola Pašić Square. Return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 3rd: Breakfast. Departure to Eastern Serbia and Djerdap Gorge.
Short break is planned on the Srebrno jezero [Silver Lake]. Continuing voyage towards Golubac, a town where Danube is 6 kilometers wide and for that reason called "Serbian sea". Danube is on its widest part decorated by Golubac Fortress, one of the most beautiful fortresses on its whole course. After visiting the fortress and break for taking photos, along the valley of Djerdap Gorge group arrives at the hotel "Lepenski Vir". Spare time. Visit to the museum "Lepenski Vir" and going on Captains Miša Hill for dinner. From this hill there is the best view of the Danube in its entire course, and art lovers can enjoy seeing open - air wood gallery. Accommodation in the hotel on the Danube bank. Spare time in the afternoon and in the evening.


Day 4th: Breakfast. Photo Safari tour in National Park with viewing the inhabitants and amazing natural sights. After hunting, lunch with music and party under the open sky is prepared. Those without these ambitions can visit the observation hills of the National Park and enjoy the unique Djerdap view. From there we move to Kladovo to visit the Archeological Museum of the town. Trip continues towards Vratna and visiting of its attractions: Monastery Vratna, farm of mouflons, and the unique wonder of nature, Vratanjske Kapije [Vratanjske Gates], rocks which made rare and odd forms hanging over the Gorge of the little Vratna River. Departure to Negotin. Visit of a birth house of a famous Serbian composer Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac. Accommodation in the hotel. Spare time. Overnight.

Day 5th: Breakfast. Setting off from Negotin to the village Rajac along the narrow way, above which a village of wine cellars under the name "Rajačke pimnice" is rising. This is the small town built of trimmed stone and logs. After visiting wine cellars ["Pimnice"] and wine tasting, lunch is planned in the St. Trifun restaurant, and the specialties of the national cuisine of Negotin area are served. We leave "Pimnice" late in the afternoon, when return to Belgrade is planned. Accommodation in the hotel in Belgrade. Spare time in the evening. Overnight.

Day 6th: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport; Departure.Day 1th: Arrival to Belgrade. Meeting of passengers and representatives of the agency at the airport Nikola Tesla - Belgrade. Transfer to the hotel. Spare time. Overnight.

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Serbian Monasteries Tours

Serbian Monasteries Tours

Day 1th: Arrival to Belgrade. Meeting of passengers and representatives of the agency at the airport Nikola Tesla - Belgrade. Transfer to the hotel. Spare time. Overnight.

Day 2nd: Breakfast. Route: Belgrade - Vrnjačka Banja [spa]
Sanctum places of Serbian capital [St. Petka Chapel and Church Ružica, Orthodox Church and Patriarch's residence, St. Sava's Temple, the biggest Orthodox Temple in the Balkans]. Departure to Vrnajčka banja. Visit to the Monasteries Pokajnica, Manasija, and Ravanica; lunch in the monastery. Arrival to Vrnajčka banja. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 3rd: Breakfast. Route: Vrnajčka banja - Monasteries Žiča, Ljubostinja, Kalenić - Vrnjačka Banja. Lunch is planned in Monastery Kalenić. Visit to the open - air Museum "Kalenić" and familiarizing with the old Serbian crafts: weaving, spinning, knitting, basket weaving. Presentation of the national architecture and traditional usable objects. Return to Vrnjačka Banja. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 4th: Breakfast. Spare time. Route: Vrnjačka Banja - Monastery Studenica.
Visit to Monasteries Djurdjevi Stupovi, Sopoćani. Arrival to Monastery Studenica. Lunch. Accommodation in the Monastery's residential building and presence to the evening prayer. Overnight


Day 5th: Breakfast in the Monastery residential building. Route: Studenica - Ovčar banja [spa] - Ovčarsko - Kablarska Gorge - Valjevo

Visit to Monastery Gradac [long hiking tour] and St. Peter's Church on the way to Ovčar Banja. Arrival to Ovčar banja. Lunch in the national restaurant. Visit to the Monasteries of Ovčarsko - Kablarska Gorge: Vavedenje [Presentation of the Virgin], Vaznesenje [Resurrection], Sretenje [Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple], Svete Trojice Blagovestenje [Annunciation of Holy Trinity], Ilinje, Savinje, Nikolje, Jovanje i Uspenje [Dormition]. Departure to Valjevo. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 6th: Breakfast. Route: Valjevo - village Sitarice - Valjevo.
Petnica cave, Research Center in Petnica. Visit to the old city center Tešnjar, Muselin's konak [hist. castle, palace], the monument of the greatest Serbian army commander Živojin Mišić, and the monument of poetess Desanka Maksimović]. Visit of the Monasteries Ćelije and Lelić in which are the relics of the Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović, the Orthodox theologian and writer from 20th century. Visit to the Monastery Pustinja from 14th century, built during the rule of the Nemanjić royal family.

Visit to the village Sitarice on the hillsides of Medvednik Mountain. This is the place with traditional, old Serbian houses, outbuildings, folklore, customs and traditional dishes of Serbian cuisine are preserved and cherished. In the yard of an old authentic village house, Serbian dining table brimming with national dishes and drinks, traditional Serbian host, songs and dancing typical for this part of Serbia, welcomes guests. Return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 7th: Breakfast. Route: Valjevo - Soko Grad - Monastery Tronoša - Tršić - Belgrade
Departure from Valjevo. Arrival to Soko Grad and visit to the Monastery Complex of "Soko Grad". Short break. Departure to Monastery Tronoša and Trsić. Visit to the Monastery Tronoša and monastery residential building. Visit to the Ethnographic Commemorative Park and Commemorative House dedicated to the father of Serbian literacy Vuk Stefanović Karadžić in Tršić. Lunch break and individual activities. Departure to Belgrade in the evening. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.

Day 8th: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport; departure.


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