Niš is the third largest city in Serbia (former Yugoslavia) and it is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans and Europe, and from ancient times has been considered a gateway between the East and the West. It was named Navissos by the Scordisci in 279 BC, after an invasion of the Balkans. The city was among several taken in the Roman conquest in 75 BC. The Romans built the Via Militaris in the 1st century, with Naissus being one of its key towns; it is also the birthplace of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor and the founder of Constantinople, and Constantius III and Justin I. It is home to one of the oldest churches in Serbia, dating to the 4th century, located in the suburb of Mediana.
Add a Serbian stamp in your passport? There is nothing easier than booking our day tour to Niš from Sofia! Niš is a nice and relaxed city with a beautiful river crossing it in the middle, fortress remains, shopping street and nice gardens. The road is very scenic through a river gorge.
Upon our arrival in Niš we will first visit the famous Cele Kula (Skull Tower NIS) where you will learn about the atrocities of the Turks against the Serbs and you will see a unique in the world monument for the sacrifice of Serbian revolutionaries. The second important archaeological site in Niš is Medijana (unfortunately closed from time to time for renovations!). This Roman estate exhibits the remains of a granary, craft center, villas , thermae, and the remains of ancient villa with with rich mosaics. Most mosaics exhibit geometrical or floral motifs, while two mosaics presenting figures – the head of the Medusa and a semi-prostrate figure of a river deity (probably Neptune). The museum contains sculptures and portraits of Roman gods and goddesses, utensils for daily use (bowls, pitchers, lamps) and remnants of lead pipes used to provide healing hot water from the nearby Niska Banja (Nis Spa). We will drive to Niš Concentration Camp – a small but very authentic concentration camp set by the Germans during World War 2 to imprison and kill Jews, Romas and other minorities.
After these three visits you will have some free time to walk around the central square and have some famous Serbian grill or other lunch. We leave back to Sofia around 16:00h and expect to arrive around 18:30h.
Start: 8:30h / End: 18:30h
Period: Tour available every Wednesday and Saturday (except in July and August) at special price 79 Eur per person.
Driving time: 5h approx.
Walking time: 3h approx.
Handicap accessible: Yes, somehow accessible.
Special requirements: Border-crossing may take long time .Valid passport or ID and visa (when required) for cross-border point for Serbia. A visa for entering Bulgaria (EU) is required for the return border crossing and your visa must be a multiple-entry visa. In case of immigration issues, no money will be refunded for the tour.
Minimum group size: Our special tour will be confirmed with at least 4 tourists not later than 48 hours before the date. Customers are entitled to a full refund in case of cancellation.
What’s NOT included
|All year except July and August and 25/12 & 01/01|
|Wednesday||08.30 - 18.30|
|Saturday||08.30 - 18.30|
|Departure from Serdika Meeting Point (Google Maps)||8.30|