Nis Day Tour from Sofia
Located only 163 kilometers from Sofia, Nis is a fantastic option to add a Serbian stamp in your passport, without checking out from your hotel in Bulgaria. Nis is the third largest city in Serbia and the birthplace of Constantine the Great, one of the most important emperors in the Roman history. Explore the intriguing history of former Yugoslavia, while having delicious authentic Serbian roshtil (grill) in the city, located on the both sides of Nisava river.
Our guide will pick you up at 8:30am from your hotel or accommodation in Sofia. Only 45 minutes of driving will take you to the border between Bulgaria and Serbia. After another hour and a half drive, crossing the wonderful Sicevo gorge you will reach Nis. Your first stop is Mediana - an ancient luxurious residence. Here you will learn about the history of the city, during the Antiquity and how important was Naissos for the Romans, while admiring lovely mosaics on the floor of the atrium in one of the houses of the noble people, lived here.
NOTE: Mediana is still closed for renovation, so visitors are currently not allowed.
Your next stop for the day is Cele kula, or the Skull tower. Built here in 1809 after the battle of Cegar hill between the Serbians and the Ottomans, it represents the atrocities of the Turks against the Serbs. Today the Skull tower is a symbol of the Serbian battle for independence and a cultural monument of exceptional importance for the history of the country.
From over here you will head to the city center for some lovely Serbian grill in traditional restaurant, located in the Old quarter of Nis. After that you will have free time in the city center to buy some souvenirs, before we head towards Nis Concentration camp. The name of the camp is 12th of February and is one of the few preserved in Serbia. Although small in sizes, the history of Nis camp is not different of these of the other camps around occupied Europe. Here you will learn about the occupation of Serbia during WWII, the stories of the imprisoned Jews, Romas and communists.
After our visit of the camp you will head towards Sofia and expect to arrive somewhere around 6:30pm.