Building on the success of Eastern Serbian Nomad’s Adventure, we take the journey further south. Stara planina left the participants in true overlander’s extasy – the sheer beauty of the mountain, the rich experience of the landscapes, combined with demanding trails, make you crave to return! So we’re starting our south Serbian journey from there. Southeast Serbia is the home to all the highest Serbian mountains, giving you the opportunity to float on endless grassy ridges. The kind of landscape typical for Stara planina goes on for an entire week in this tour, revealing to the participants mountains such as Ruj, Vardenik, Suva, Besna Kobila and Dukat.
A 4×4 journey along the Danube, the cradle of Europe
It was the Iron Gate gorge on the banks of the mighty Danube river where Lepenski Vir civilization sprouted 7000 years ago. In the meantime many have passed through those jungles, making a living from the big river, and building trade routes along it. During the demanding offroading tours some of our guests called this biggest continous forest in Serbia “Serbian Amazon jungle”. No wonder – passing along it is very similar to an exotic jungle adventure! Rocks protruding high above the Danube offer some amazing scenic points, and wandering inland reveals hidden river valleys, canyons, caves and waterfalls. And of course, the famous stone arches of eastern Serbia!
You’ve probably seen reports about demonstrations in Serbia these days, and you might have thought “oh, what am I going to do, will I get killed if I go to Serbia?” Keep calm, because nothing violent, dramatic or drastic is happening, and certainly nothing that could endanger either yourself, or your vehicle. We’ve been very busy these days conducting the tours, and taking nice photos of our adventures like the one you see here. However much we’d like to, we haven’t found time to attend the demonstrations so far and, believe it or not, although our headquarters are in the centre of Belgrade, we haven’t had the opportunity to even see the demonstators live. So, even if you’re only a few kilometres away from the national parliament where everything is taking place, you’ll hardly notice that anything is going on, unless you look at news web sites. And the places where your tours will take place this spring are not a few, but rather a few hundred kilometres away – being there, you wouldn’t even notice if a war errupted in Belgrade, and there is 0% chance of that happening.
So be cool, pack your stuff, take your passport and come to Serbia totally relaxed. Everything is functioning normally – the supermarkets, the restaurants, the hotels, the gas stations, everything is still 100% safe, and for us it’s just business as usual
Better late than never – we’ve finally produced the video from the fantastic tour we’ve guided for Lost World Adventures in July / August 2016. The participants were truly overwhelmed, and we believe eastern Serbia just doesn’t get any better than that. Take a look at this great video…
Serbia, not Siberia… But there’s not much difference!
When the wind starts howling, wave after wave of snow blizzards encase the Kučaj mountains in white, everyone flees them as fast as possible, knowing that they can be stranded there until springtime. Everyone, except us. That is when we pack up our winter recovery gear and engage on the snowdrift surfing tour through that vast kingdom of the wolves… And when we conquer Kučaj winterscapes, it’s time to move over to western Serbia, for a whole different flavour of snow adventure! And inbetween our daily ice games, we’ll bask in the warm thermal pools and enjoy the spicy Serbian cuisine. There’s no better way to experience the Balkan winter!
We have finally assembled and put online the last video using the material from the Balkans Wild Tracks 2016 tour:
It depicts the second part of the tour, that took place in the mountains of eastern Serbia – all the way from the far south to the north. For more info about the tour, you can read our travelogue Discovering Wild Balkans.
When mountains in the central part of the Balkans start having freezing temperatures at night in the autumn, it’s time to head south, to the warm, meditteranean part of the peninsula. That is exactly what we do every year in the Balkans Wild Tracks tour. This is the adventure we’ve experienced between October 20th and November 5th in Greece, Albania, Macedonia and Serbia.
“Don’t live the same year 75 times, and call it a life.”
Yes – every new year is a new chance to add meaning to our lives with new adventures in places you haven’t seen before. And we offer to take you to those places, because we know where they are. Every season we explore and discover new ones, so even the tours that seem to be the same in our calendar are never the same as they were last year – every time we make them we try to achieve a higher level of traveller’s bliss, always adding to them something new and different 😎 Take a look at where and how we’ll be taking you in 2017… Continue reading Where are we taking you in 2017?→
Yes, it’s the video making season again! The 2 TB of new video material recorded on tours duriung this year is slowly finding it’s way to the editing software, so they’re coming, one by one. Lets see what we have released lately…
We’ve started with the longest standing material, the one from our last winter tour, in an effort to enable the candidates for the 2017 winter tour to see what they can expect.
After the experience with the “winter tour” in April last year we wanted the beginning of the springtime season of Rustika Travel tours to be a true springtime event, with minimum risk of snow, and lots of mud and a chance to watch the nature sprouting and waking up after the winter sleep. So we decided to make it in the lower mountains of northeast Serbia, where the risk of late winter conditions wasn’t so great like in the higher mountains. And it turned out we managed to hit the point – the tour was a 100% success! 😎