Unspoiled natural beauty, cool fortresses and a rebellious spirit. Meet the country you never knew you needed to visit.
Slightly grittier than its neighbours, but overflowing with rustic charm and boisterous people determined to have a good time – Serbia is a captivating blend of crumbling relics and buzzing cities, sprinkled with incredible national parks, picturesque mountains and natural beauty galore.
Despite a tumultuous history, the people are warm and welcoming. Lively conversations ring over infectious Balkan beats and the parties in Belgrade go all night long.
It’s not overrun with tourists yet, but it won’t be long before the rest of the world discovers this beautiful and resilient country.
Serbia travel highlights
With bohemian cobblestone streets to stroll during the day and legendary parties at night, Belgrade has got you covered 24 hours a day.
Perched on top of a 40-metre volcanic slab, soak in panoramic views of the Danube from the mighty Petrovaradin Citadel.
Djerdap National Park
Even the entrance of this park is impressive – pass through a medieval fortress to discover the towering white cliffs, forested mountains and diverse wildlife that lie within.
Explore the medieval monasteries hidden Serbia’s oldest national park or say ‘ziveli!” as you toast a glass of Bermet from one of the regions renowned wineries.
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Serbia holiday information
Local Culture of Serbia
Food and drink in Serbia
Festivals and events in Serbia
Geography and environment in Serbia
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Serbia travel FAQs
Australia: No – not required
Belgium: No – not required
Canada: No – not required
Germany: No – not required
Ireland: No – not required
Netherlands: No – not required
New Zealand: No – not required
South Africa: Yes – residents must apply for a visa in person at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Pretoria. Give yourself plenty of time as it takes a minimum of three weeks to process an application.
Switzerland: No – not required
United Kingdom: No – not required
USA: No – not required
Most travelers do not need a visa when visiting Serbia for stays of up to 90 days as long as your passport is valid for the duration of your stay. Your passport will be stamped when you enter the country, so make sure you have a few empty pages available before leaving for your trip. Double check to make sure you receive your stamp, as you may be detained or receive a fine when you leave without it.
Tipping isn’t customary in Serbia, but feel free to leave restaurants, drivers or service workers a small tip if the service has been particularly good. It’s always appreciated.
Internet can be accessed in internet cafes in Belgrade, as well as at some larger hotels, but is limited in rural and remote areas.
Roaming agreements exist with major mobile phone companies. Check with your service provider for more information.
Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in larger cities. In rural areas, squat toilets are more common.
Bottle of good rakija = USD 16
Bottle of local beer = USD 1.40
Simple meal at a local restaurant = USD 11
Sit-down dinner at a nice restaurant = USD 22
Tap water is considered safe to drink in Serbia, however some may get an upset stomach from the different mineral content.
Credit cards are accepted by most large hotels and retailers, but are less commonly accepted at markets and smaller cafes and hotels. It’s a good idea to carry enough cash for smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.
ATMs are widely available in larger cities but are less common in small villages and rural areas. Make sure you have enough cash before leaving urban areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Geckos are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1: New Year’s Day
Jan 2-3: New Year’s Holiday
Jan 7: Julian Orthodox Christmas
Feb 15-16: Statehood Day
Apr 14: Orthodox Good Friday
April 17: Orthodox Easter Monday
May 1: May Day
May 2: May Day Holiday
Nov 11: Armistice Day
For a current list of public holidays in Serbia go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/europe/Serbia/public-holidays/
Discretion is highly advised for LGBTQI-travellers. Serbia is a country where same-sex marriage is not legally recognised and random acts of violence continue to occur against those thought to be gay. Belgrade’s Pride Parade has been marred by riots, and has been cancelled several times because of the threat of violence.