Explore the Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route

Whether you’re individual or group traveler, you are hiking, driving, cycling, travelling by boat or train, or combining the lot, the cross-border journey along The Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route will reveal the outstanding natural beauties and hidden historic and archaeological treasures, still mostly unknown outside of the region. A traveler will be amazed by the abundance and quality of evidence of ancient Roman presence in this part of Europe.

Viticulture here is over two thousand years old. The wines produced in the region were among the best in Europe in the 19th century. The vineyards will keep beckoning you to come and taste local dishes and wines along the way. Definitely taste the big brands but never forget the small, family-run wine cellars – they are an experience in itself! Local and regional food and wine will convince even the most sceptical gourmets and wine enthusiasts.

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Illyricum Trail Itinerary #1

Illyricum Meets UNESCO

Itinerary: Belgrade > Sirmium > Golubac > Danube cruise > Skopje > Stobi > Ohrid > Berat > Saranda > Butrint > Ardenica > Durrës

Duration: 10 days

A rich cultural heritage, breathtaking mountain vistas, magnificent pristine nature, the urban hedonism of its capitals, the seductive rhythm, delicious authentic local dishes and warm hospitality, charming picturesque villages, and tradition and strong religion all combine to show the true beauty of the Balkans. Discover how it has won the hearts of countless tourists. Capture the spirit and soul of the Balkans. This itinerary will reveal to you what UNESCO has recognised and now presents from this part of the Europe.
Belgrade, as the capital of Serbia, is a collection stories spanning more that 6,000 years. The Roman story starts beneath Belgrade Fortress. Serbia was the birthplace of many Roman Emperors, and Sirmium, the first stop on this tour, will give you an introduction to the Roman Empire. The itinerary then leads you through the medieval fortress of Golubac, the prehistoric settlement of Lepenski Vir, and the breathtaking Djerdap Gorge. After your visit to Felix Romuliana and Mediana, your curiosity will be asking for more. You will travel to the south and visit Stobi and Heraclea Lyncestis. Then you will move close to the Adriatic coast, visit Berat with its impressive Ottoman architecture, and Butrint, the first settlement of the Greek colonists. The final stop is Durres, where you will visit the largest amphitheatre in the Balkans.

Illyricum Trail Itinerary #2

Roman Emperors At A glance

Itinerary: Belgrade > Iustiniana Prima > Skopje > Vevcani > Tirana > Elbasan > Berat > Ohrid > Stobi > Nis > Kladovo > Lepenski Vir > Golubac > Sirmium > Belgrade

Duration: 10 days

Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania are now neighbouring countries of diversity. When considering their origins, one needs to explore the history of the Romans. Serbia, as the birthplace of many Emperors, was throughout the centuries the border of Empire, collecting stories from the very beginning. When the Ottomans came to the Balkans, they introduced cultural diversity, but we can also see the Roman influence at every step. The Romans gave us the culture of producing wine, which we can also see in North Macedonia today. Albania’s rich archaeology is just one of the many reasons why this Balkan country is well worth exploring by anyone with an interest in Europe’s past. The country has a rich heritage of sites dating all the way back to the Illyrian, Greek, Roman and Ottoman periods – some of which are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is the starting point of this tour. Mediana near Nis, the birthplace of Constantine the Great and Justiniana Prima, founded by Justinianus, are the highlights on this tour. North Macedonia offers the Via Egnatia as an exciting point on this tour. Ardenica is the oldest monastery on the tour, dating from the second half of 13th century. Niš always welcomes its guests with open arms you will undoubtedly enjoy its tasty local food.

Illyricum Trail Itinerary #3

From The Danube To The Adriatic

Itinerary: Belgrade > Felix Romuliana > Nis > Skopje > Struga > Ohrid > Via Egnatia > Durres > Ardenica > Kotor bay > Podgorica > Mogorjelo > Trebinje > Dubrovnik

Duration: 10 days

 

From the West it brings diversity to the East and connects nations. There is no river quite like the Danube. With an overall length of over 2,888km, the Danube is the second largest river in Europe. The Danube is certainly a great starting point from which to explore the Balkans. After the northern border of the Roman Empire, the itinerary leads you south through the Morava Valley to Nis, the third largest city in Serbia, with its Roman name of Nais, and the birthplace of Constantine the Great. In North Macedonia you will visit Skopje, the capital city. In Ohrid you will feel peace and serenity in the city that was the medieval centre of the Orthodox Patriarch. You will travel the Roman Via Egnatia to Albania and its capital Tirana. You catch your first glimpse of the Adriatic in Durres. The next stop is a Montenegro tour, with the breathtaking nature of Kotor Bay. The itinerary then takes you to Bosnia and Herzegovina, to Trebinje, a city close to the Adriatic coast. The end of the tour brings you to the Adriatic pearl that is Dubrovnik. Sightseeing Belgrade from the rivers Sava and Danube offers one of the best impressions of the Serbian capital. The local cuisine in Niš will fulfil your senses. In Vevčani you will experience the warm hospitality of the old village. Albania offers the UNESCO city of Berat, and serenity in the Ardenica Monastery. Montenegro brings you the wild beauty of Kotor Bay and a walk through the charming old narrow Mediterranean streets. Mogorjelo in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a reminder of the Roman times, built as an agricultural centre by the Romans. The tour ends in the “Game of Thrones” city, the oldest city in the South Adriatic, Dubrovnik.

Danube Trail Itinerary #1

Romania, Bulgaria & Serbia: Charming Cities, Culture, History and an Enchanting Wine Village

Itinerary: Bucharest > Brașov > Sibiu > Alba Iulia > Hunedoara > Sarmizegetusa > Baile Herculane > Kladovo > Rajačke Pimnice > Gamzigrad > Zaječar > Belogradchik > Vratsa > Pleven > Veliko Tarnovo > Svishtov > Ruse > Bucharest

Duration: 10 days

This round-trip leads along 3 different Balkan countries endowed with rich culture, impressive Roman heritage sites, historical fortresses and an enchanting wine village.

 

After discovering Romania’s elegant and dynamic capital, Bucharest, the route leads you further and further into the country with breathtaking nature and cultural richness. In undiscovered Eastern Serbia you will have an unforgettable culinary and cultural experience with outstanding hospitality making you forget the time in the Negotin wine region. You will also explore the remarkable UNESCO site “Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius”. In Bulgaria awaits you a mysterious fortress once built into the rock by the Romans, fascinating medieval architecture and Roman archeological sites surrounded by beautiful nature.

Danube Trail Itinerary #2

Discover the Roman heritage in Serbia where 13 Roman emperors where born

Itinerary: Belgrade > Smederevo > Viminacium > Golubac > Lepenski Vir > Djerdap > Kladovo > Rajacke Pimnice > Felix Romuliana > Zajecar > Nis > Belgrade

Duration: 8 days

Follow the footsteps of the Roman emperors in Serbia, a country in which 13 Roman emperors where born. Discover the history and natural beauty of this country located in the heart of the Balkans and enjoy the traditional gastronomy and excellent wines.

 

Your journey will start in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and one of the most vibrant cities of the Balkans. From here you will follow the Danube, the border of the former Roman empire, and discover Roman excavations, medieval fortresses, areas of exceptional natural beauty and numerous wine yards. You will visit Nis, the city in which the Roman emperor Constantine the great was born, before returning back to Belgrade.

Danube Trail Itinerary #3

Between Budapest and Sofia – Cultural heritage, unspoiled nature and gastronomy in 4 countries along the Danube

Itinerary: Budapest > Pécs > Villany > Pécs > Osijek via Baranja Wine Region > Sremska Mitrovica-Fruška Gora > Novi Sad > Stari Kostolac > Smederevo > Belgrade > Smederevo > Viminacium > Golubac > Lepenski Vir > Djerdap > Kladovo > Rajacke Pimnice > Felix Romuliana > Zajecar > Belogradchik > Vratsa > Sofia

Duration: 13 days

On this journey you will discover the history and exceptional natural beauty of Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria. During the tour you will visit three capitals, several historical sites from Roman and Medieval times and explore beautiful landscapes. The tour will be complimented by local and traditional gastronomy and wines.

 

Starting in Hungary`s beautiful capital Budapest, this journey leads you through the picturesque cities Pécs in Hungary and Novi Sad in Serbia. You will visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and one of the most vibrant and exciting cities of the Balkans. The tour will end in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia which history dates back to times even before the Romans came.

Danube Trail Itinerary #4

Between Belgrade and Sofia – In the footsteps of the Roman Emperors, a discovery of culture and unspoiled nature

Itinerary: Belgrade > Smederevo > Viminacium > Golubac > Lepenski Vir > Djerdap > Kladovo > Rajacke Pimnice > Felix Romuliana > Zajecar > Belogradchik > Vratsa > Sofia

Duration: 8 days

During this journey through the Balkans you will follow the footsteps of the Romans and discover the history and exceptional natural beauty of Serbia and Bulgaria from Roman settlements to modern cities with a rich cultural life, accompanied by traditional gastronomy and quality wines.

 

Your journey will start in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and one of the most vibrant cities of the Balkans. From here you will follow the Danube, the border of the former Roman empire, and discover Roman excavations, medieval fortresses, areas of exceptional natural beauty and numerous wine yards. The tour will end in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia which history dates back to times even before the Romans came.

Danube Trail Itinerary #5

Between Zagreb and Belgrade – Diverse Culture and Authentic Gastronomy

Itinerary: Zagreb > Sisak > Virovitica > Osijek via Baranja Wine Region > Sremska Mitrovica-Fruška Gora > Novi Sad > Stari Kostolac > Smederevo > Belgrade

Duration: 8 days

Discover the unique culinary diversity of Slavonia and Serbia, immerse yourself in the millennia-old history of these regions dating back to Roman times and explore modern cities rich in cultural experiences.

 

In the capitals of Zagreb and Belgrade you will enjoy the vibrant city life with exciting historical and cultural highlights. In contrast to this are the relaxed and picturesque cities Osijek in Croatia and Novi Sad in Serbia. You can expect special culinary regions with excellent wines and regional cuisine, historical fortresses and a fascinating Roman history along the Danube.

Danube Trail Itinerary #6

Between Budapest and Belgrade – A Cultural and Gastronomic Experience

Itinerary: Budapest > Pécs > Villany > Pécs > Osijek via Baranja Wine Region > Sremska Mitrovica-Fruška Gora > Novi Sad > Stari Kostolac > Smederevo > Belgrade

Duration: 8 days

On this journey you will explore the eventful history of Hungary and Serbia from Roman times to the development of modern cities with outstanding cultural offers, accompanied by unique culinary experiences of the Hungarian, Slavonian and Serbian gastronomy.

 

Starting in Hungary`s beautiful capital Budapest, this journey leads you through the picturesque cities Pécs in Hungary and Novi Sad in Serbia, along wine regions with extraordinary local wines and culinary offers, centuries-old fortresses and through the ancient Roman history along the Danube river. At the end of the journey you will discover the lively and exciting capital of Serbia – Belgrade.