Meet your local guide in front of the "Question Mark" restaurant at 10:00 a.m. and walk with your group to the Belgrade Cathedral – St Michael’s Church, which holds relics of one of the most important Serbian leaders of the 19th century: Prince Miloš Obrenović. In front of the church are the tombs of Vuk Karadžić, a Serbian philologist and linguist who established the modern Serbian alphabet, and Dositej Obradović, another linguist and a philosopher, as well as the first minister of education of Serbia. These two men had the biggest influence on Serbia’s educational development and literacy programs, and will set the tone for your tour from historic to modern-day Belgrade.
Across the street from the church is the Patriarchate Building and on the opposite corner is Princess Ljubica’s Residence. She was the wife of the aforementioned Prince Miloš Obrenović. You will be able to enter the residence and learn more about 19th-century life in Serbia.
Nearby these two buildings you’ll find the oldest traditional tavern in the city, built in 1823. You will have a coffee break here and even indulge in some morning rakia (Serbian schnapps) as you listen to stories about Serbia’s fight for freedom against the Turks. You can pick up a bit of the local language, too, as you will also have a mini class on the Serbian alphabet.
After a short coffee break, your Belgrade tour continues through the city’s main walking area, Knez Mihailova Street. You will see the Belgrade library, Republic Square, and Serbia’s Academy of Science and Art. Learn about the “between the wars” architecture that is so characteristic of Belgrade.
As you continue through the narrow streets of the old Dorcol neighborhood, passing by the city’s most popular cafés, restaurants, and bars, you will reach a green market where locals sell homemade dairy and meat products, and fresh produce directly from their farms outside the city. White cheese, kaymak (similar to clotted cream), and čvarci (fried or roasted pork rind and fat) are some of the typical Balkan products that you'll find in this market. It is in markets, such as this one, where you'll get a true sense of what everyday life in Belgrade looks like.
From there, go for a walk through Belgrade's bohemian quarter, Skadarlija street. This cobblestone street is a pedestrian zone filled with restaurants, bars, and traditional taverns. This is where you will stop for a street food-style lunch at one of the best sausage joints in the city.
The tour ends after lunch in the city center, at the Republic Square.