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From Sofia: Day Tour to Nis, Serbia

1. From Sofia: Day Tour to Nis, Serbia

During this day tour you will travel through history with the professional lead of your guide. Your journey through time will start from the Roman period, when Nis gave to the world the Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great. You will then continue through the Middle Ages and the period of the Ottoman rule, which left constructions like the Nis Fortress and the Skull Tower, a symbol of the struggle for freedom and independence from the Ottomans, as well as a representation of the violence of the time. The latter of the tour will pay attention to modern history, in particular the period of Nazi occupation of former Yugoslavia by visiting a Nazi concentration camp. Following this concentration camp visit, it will be time for some rest. During this stop you will have the chance to taste typical Serbian cuisine, which is one of the most delicious of the Balkans. You will also have free time for a walk in the historical old part of the old city. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your accommodation in Sofia.

From Skopje: Day Tour to Niš, Serbia

2. From Skopje: Day Tour to Niš, Serbia

Dive into Serbian history on this tour of Niš. Visit significant historical locations like Čegar hill, Skull Tower, Niš Fortress, and Mediana. End the tour with local wine and lunch. To start, go back in time with a visit to Čegar hill and learn about the famous Battle of Čegar, the first Serbian Uprising. While there, visit the remains of the fallen rebels that were built into Skull Tower. Continue to Tsarigrad road to Niška Banja and visit the locations where Agatha Christie was inspired to write "Murder on the Orient Express." Next, visit the Mediana archaeological site and learn about Constantine the Great and Edict of Milan. Admire Niš Fortress and its notable Stambol Gate, Hamam, Bali Bey Mosque, and its unique Lapidarium. To wrap up the tour, end in the oldest street of Niš for a refreshing cup of coffee before making your way to lunch. Enjoy your lunch with a taste of wine from local winery, Malca.

Nis City Tour: Full-Day Trip from Sofia

3. Nis City Tour: Full-Day Trip from Sofia

The Serbian city of Nis is growing in popularity as a tourist destination. On this full-day trip from Sofia, you’ll enjoy a scenic drive to this picturesque, relaxed city that dates back to Roman times. Nis was the birthplace of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor. It is home to one of the oldest churches in Serbia, dating to the 4th century, located in the suburb of Medijana. You’ll find some fortress remains, a shopping street, and lovely gardens. The approach to Nis is very scenic, with the road passing through a river gorge. Your first stop is to visit the famous Cele Kula (Skull Tower). Learn about the atrocities committed by the Turks and see the unique monument to the sacrifice of Serbian revolutionaries. The next important site is in suburban Medijana (currently closed for restauarations), where you’ll explore an archeological site of a Roman estate. See remains of an ancient villa, a granary, villas, and baths. The museum houses sculptures and portraits of Roman gods and goddesses, utensils for daily use, and other objects unearthed at the site. Visit city sites including Nis fortress with several excavated areas from Roman times, get familiar with findings fron Nis area dated back to 6000 bc in the Archeological hall in town, including more recent findings, discovered in the Royal Villa of Konstantine The Great, Mediana (currently closed for restorations ). You’ll have some free time to walk around the central square and an option to try the famous Serbian grill, either in a traditional restaurant where you can pay with a card (plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available) or try the Serbian street food.. After lunch, your driver will take you to a small concentration camp that was set up by the Germans during World War 2 to imprison and exterminate Jews, Romas, and other minorities. At 16:00 you’ll begin the trip back to Sofia, expecting to arrive at about 18:30.

From Belgrade: Niš and Devil's Town Private Day Tour

4. From Belgrade: Niš and Devil's Town Private Day Tour

Get an early start with a 7 am pickup from your accommodation in Belgrade. Journey directly to Niš, the third largest city in Serbia and birthplace of three Roman emperors. Begin your guided sightseeing tour of the city with a visit to Skull Tower, a morbid reminder of the ill-fated First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman empire in the early 19th century. Built from the skulls of fallen rebel fighters, the tower was initially constructed by the Ottoman's as a warning against further rebellion. Visit an important historical monument that today is enclosed by a chapel in remembrance of the fallen Serbs and as a testament to the country's hard-won independence.  Expose yourself further to the darker side of Niš with a visit to the Crveni Krst Concentration Camp. Operated by the Nazis during the Second World War, the camp was used to detain as many as 35,000 Jews, Roma, and Serbs. Enter the three-story complex and familiarize yourself with a lesser-known Holocaust site that speaks to the complex history of WWII-era Serbia. Contemplate the area's dark past by viewing the personal belongings of prisoners, hearing stories about the first major escape from a Nazi concentration camp in Europe, and seeing ten prison cells. Mourn the victims of the camp with a stop at Bubanj Memorial Park where more than 10,000 people were executed. Continue on with the sightseeing tour, making stops at Niš Fortress, the Banovina Building (one of the most beautiful buildings in Niš and former seat of the Serbian government at the start of WWI), King Milan Square and the Monument to the Liberators, Cair's Fountain (a well-preserved drinking fountain that forms an important part of the city's architectural heritage), Memorial of Constantine the Great, and City Hall (a stunning example of neoclassicist architecture built in 1925). Finish your tour in Kazandzijsko Sokace or "Tinkers Alley," a picturesque, cobble-stoned street located in the old town. Take a photo at the iconic Stevan Sremac and Kalča Monument, located at the entrance to the alleyway, and stop for a coffee break before making the drive to Devil's Town. Enjoy a beautiful drive through the countryside of southern Serbia on the way to Devil's Town, a unique rock formation that has been nominated to be one of the new Seven Natural Wonders for good reason. Go on a short hike through the forest to reach the observation platform where your guide will point out the features of this stunning natural landscape and share local lore about the site. Admire 202 striking earthen towers formed during a period of intense volcanic activity millions of years ago. Check out the extremely acidic springs flowing at the base of the towers that have earned it the name Hell Gully.    Take a break for dinner at a nearby local restaurant located nearby before making the drive back to Belgrade and getting dropped off at your accommodation. 

Belgrade: Private Day-Trip to Niš

5. Belgrade: Private Day-Trip to Niš

Your tour will begin once you are collected from your accommodation. After just over 2 hours of driving, you will reach Niš. From here your day is reserved for your exploration of the birth city of the famous Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great. You will begin by visiting the Niš Fortress, which lies on the bank of Nišava River. It assumed its final shape in 1723, at which point the Turks completed it whilst facing the end of their reign in this area. Its construction required that over 40 stone cutters from Constantinople, and around 400 bricklayers from Niš had to be hired. You will continue your sightseeing of the most important sights in the city including the Banovina Building, The Niš Liberators Monument at King Milan Square, the Monument of well-known Serbian writer Stevan Sremac. You will then explore the Mediana Archeological Site and the infamous Skull Tower (which was erected by the Turks as an example to others of the folly of opposition to their rule). Your tour will then conclude with a visit to the Red Cross Nazi Concentration Camp, which is today a museum. The German Gestapo operated the camp and held captured Jews, Serbians, and Romas during the Second World War. After that, you will have free time for individual activities in Niš and to try some of the traditional delicacies for which Niš is widely famous.

From Belgrade: Private 2-Day Nis, Pirot & Devil's Town Trip

6. From Belgrade: Private 2-Day Nis, Pirot & Devil's Town Trip

Wander through the South of Serbia in the company of a professional guide on this sightseeing adventure. Visit its most famous destinations: the cities of Nis and Pirot, as well as Devil's Town. Day one will give you the chance to explore Nis, the birthplace of Constantine the Great. After exploring the city, continue to Skull Tower, where you will learn about the first Serbian uprising against the Ottomans in the 19th century. You will then travel to Pirot, a small trading town famous for its traditional carpets and its patented cheese. Spend the night in this lovely village. On the second day, make your way to the iconic Devil's Town, a natural monument comprised of two natural phenomena: the stone formations caused by erosion and two springs of extremely acid water with high mineralization. For these reasons, Devil's Town was a New Seven Wonders of Nature nominee.

From Belgrade: Full-Day Guided Tour to Nis & Devil's Town

7. From Belgrade: Full-Day Guided Tour to Nis & Devil's Town

Take a full-day tour to South Serbia and visit its most famous destinations, the city of Nis and Devil's Town. The tour is led by professional English speaking tour guide. Nis is the largest city in this part of Serbia, known as the birthplace of Constantine the Great. After exploring the city and listening to the story about this famous Roman emperor, the tour continues to Skull tower, where you will learn about The First Serbian uprising against Ottomans in 19th century and its victims.  Finally, explore Devil's Town, a natural monument comprised of two natural phenomena: the soil figures (specific forms of relief) and two springs of extremely acid water with high mineralization. In fact, Devil's Town is a New Seven Wonders of Nature nominee.

From Sofia: Nis Historic Highlights Guided Tour

8. From Sofia: Nis Historic Highlights Guided Tour

The meeting point for the tour is behind Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, near café La Cathedrale – please be there at 8:15. The departure is at 8:30. The travelling time to Nis is about 2.5 – 3 hours on a scenic road. Nis has a rich history and it has preserved heritage from Romans, Slavs, Ottomans and Soviets. There, you will have a 2-hour guided tour in historical part where you will see the old fortress, the square of liberation and its monument and the old town. Your guide will tell you in details about the rich history of the place. After this, you will have about 2-hours free time which you can use for a lunch break (the guide will suggest you some traditional places) and for shopping. The expected return in Sofia is at 18:30. The maximum group size is 8 people

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What people are saying about Niš

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 58 reviews

We really enjoyed our day tour to Serbia and would definitely recommend this. Our tour guide was fantastic (I can’t remember his name sorry!) There was only 3 of us but this made it better in my opinion. We visited 3 sites..skull tower, the concentration camp and the fortress. We then had however long we wanted to wander the town and have something to eat. Worth doing whilst visiting Sofia!

A relatively short trip to Niš and visiting its most important monuments (fortress, Skull Tower) and an important place - a concentration camp. Unfortunately, the Roman architectural excavations were closed. Lots of free time in Niš. The trip was almost individual - four people. Driver - friendly, well-organized guide with perfect English. He could tell in an interesting way.

A great day out and our guide Boris was excellent with a comprehensive knowledge of region and its history. He was friendly and happy to answer any questions. The only disappointment was the size of the car Get Your Guide had allocated for the journey which for 4 of us, 5 including Boris, was rather cramped.

Was really good, Ivan the driver was really good, friendly, knowledgeable.... was a bit of driving but chatting made it quick, it was a great experience and have some great photos and memories

Really excellent trip! Our guide, Giorgi, was incredible. We had a great time and learned a huge amount.