If you’re a nature lover looking for adventure, West Serbia has plenty of attractions to offer. One of the must-see spots in the region is Mokra Gora, home to the famous Sargan Eight Railway. Although the day trip from Belgrade to Mokra Gora is quite long, trust us when we say that the experience is absolutely worth it! In this post, we’ll give you all the information you need to decide if a day trip to Mokra Gora is right for you, as well as tips on planning the perfect private day trip. So buckle up and get ready for an unforgettable journey through the stunning landscapes of West Serbia!
We will cover the following in this post:
- How to go on a day trip from Belgrade to Mokra Gora?
- The perfect itinerary for a day trip from Belgrade to Mokra Gora and the description of all attractions you’ll see.
- Alternative places you can see on this day trip.
- For whom a day trip to Mokra Gora is a good choice, and for whom is it not?
- Useful links
How to go on a day trip from Belgrade to Mokra Gora?
Mokra Gora is a picturesque village located in Western Serbia, nestled between the stunning Zlatibor Mountain and the Tara National Park. If you’re traveling from Belgrade, it’s approximately 220 kilometers away and will take about three and a half hours to reach by car. While there are some organized tours available by bus, keep in mind that winding mountain roads can make for a very uncomfortable and lengthy ride. We recommend renting a car and embarking on a private trip for a more flexible option. Alternatively, if you’re willing to spend a bit more, you can hire a driver with a car in Belgrade, allowing you to sit back and relax without the stress of driving and following GPS directions. Our team is also at your service if you wish to book a taxi at the Belgrade airport when you arrive in Serbia.
The perfect itinerary for a day trip from Belgrade to Mokra Gora and the description of all attractions you’ll see
To fully experience all of the recommended attractions during a day trip from Belgrade to Mokra Gora, you should plan for a journey lasting around 12 hours. It’s crucial to arrive on time for your train ride, as there are only three departures throughout the day (at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 4 pm). While the sightseeing ride on the Shargan 8 railroad tourist train is undoubtedly the main attraction, more points of interest are worth mentioning on the day trip from Belgrade to Mokra Gora. Let’s take a closer look at all of them. If you travel from Belgrade, we will sort them by the perfect order, but you can also reverse this tour.
- Gate of Podrinje Viewpoint
- Drina River House
- Wooden Town, Mecavnik
- Sargan Eight Railway Train Ride
- Other places of interest
Gate of Podrinje (Kapija Podrinja)
The Kapija Podrinja (Gate of Podrinje) viewpoint is located in western Serbia and is one of the many viewpoints in this region. The viewpoint is located on the Debelo Brdo (Fat Hill), next to the twisting road connecting Valjevo – Bajina Bašta. It’s at an altitude of 925 meters. It represents the point from which the entrance to the valley of the Drina River. From this viewpoint, there is an exceptional view of the mountain areas in Bajina Bašta and neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the viewpoint, a plateau and benches for sitting next to the plateau. You can get to the viewpoint by car and park next to it.
Drina River House
The Drina River House is a unique and charming sight located in western Serbia. This wooden house is built on a rock in the middle of the Drina River. The location offers a peaceful, serene atmosphere, perfect for relaxation and enjoying the natural surroundings. It has become a popular spot for visitors and photographers alike, making it a must-see attraction in the region. It’s 20 minutes away from the Gate of Podrinje, and about 45 minutes from the next recommended stop – Wooden Town, Mecavnik.
Wooden Town (Drvengrad), Mecavnik
Drvengrad is a well-known tourist complex built in ethnic style according to the vision of the famous Serbian director Emir Kusturica. This interesting and authentic place is located on the top of the Mecavnik hill on Mokra Gora, not far from the railway station where the touristic train of Sargan 8 starts. Within the complex, there is also a good restaurant with national cuisine. From here, you can easily time your time to arrive at the train’s departure. Entry to Wooden Town costs RSD 350.
Sargan Eight Railway Train Ride
And we reach the main attraction of the day trip from Belgrade to Mokra Gora – Sarganska Osmica. Be careful not to be late for one of the 3 departures – 10:30, 13:30, or 16:00. Also, check if the train is running as the line is not open all year round. It is preferable to book your tickets by phone. The tourist train ride itself is a circular tour that lasts 2 hours. Don’t worry, a good part of those two hours is standing at lookouts. You will enjoy this ride while viewing the magnificent nature of Mokkra Gora, the slopes of the Zlatibor mountain, and the Tara National Park. The ticket for the train ride costs 900 rsd.
Other places of interest
You can visit a few more points of interest on your day trip to Mokra Gora. It’s impossible to see all the attractions in a day, but you can exclude some of the recommended ones and add some alternative places from the list below. In that case, remember that your private tour to Mokra Gora will be more than 12 hours long.
Some of the alternative places you can visit are:
- Town of Valjevo
- Church of St. Jovan in Mokra Gora
- Brandy distilleries in Bajina Basta
- Perucac Restaurant Vrelo, a restaurant above the waterfalls
- Raca Monastery
- Rujan Monastery
- Ovcar-Kablar Gorge, on the other way from/to Belgrade
For whom a day trip to Mokra Gora is a good choice, and for whom is it not?
- A private tour from Belgrade to Mokra Gora is a great day trip for nature lovers who dislike walking too much.
- Mokra Gora day trip is not recommended for you if you don’t wish to have a long journey by car or have a car sickness problem on bendy mountain roads.
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