- 17 days including travel time.
- 15 days in Serbia.
TOUR PROGRAMME OVERVIEW
- Phase 1 – FA Serbia Training Centre
- Phase 2 – Novi Sad
- Phase 3 – Zlatibor
- Phase 4 – Belgrade
PHASE 1 – FA Serbia Training Centre
FA Serbia training centre – the home of all Serbian national sides is located in Stara Pazova, a small town 30 km away from Belgrade. As one of the best football training centres in Europe it is often the host to many professional clubs and national teams.
Accommodation – FA Sebia training centre
Daily package includes:
- Full board – buffet sport meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Unlimited use of FIFA football fields.
- Dressing rooms with storage space.
- Gymnasium, weight room and other training facilities.
- Meeting room with sound system, flip charts, projector etc.
- Medical room.
- Laundry service.
- Free WI-FI.
- Play room (play station, table tennis etc).
PHASE 2 – Novi Sad
Novi Sad – the second largest city in Serbia, located 60 km from Stara Pazova and 90 km from Belgrade. Novi Sad was awarded the titles of European Capital of Culture 2021 and European Youth Capital 2019.
Accomodation – Hotel Fontana, located in downtown Novi Sad
PHASE 3 – Zlatibor
A mountain resort in Western Serbia 216 km from Belgrade. Situated at an elevation of just over 1,000 metres, Zlatibor is often a pre-season camp of FC Red Star Belgrade and many other football teams as well as a host to a number of international junior football tournaments.
Accomodation – Hotel Palisad, FC Red Star pre-season training base
Daily package includes:
- Full board – buffet meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Use of football field twice a day (2×90 min).
- Unlimited use of weight room.
- Free WI-FI.
- Free laundry service once a day.
PHASE 4 – Belgrade
Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and the home of FC Red Star. Located at the confluence of Danube and Sava rivers, it is one of the oldest European cities with the history dating back to at least 7000 BC.
Accommodation – Hotel Amsterdam located in downtown Belgrade
TRANSPORTATION IN SERBIA
We use the best transport companies in Serbia and their Neoplan VIP buses for all longer trips.
- 7 – 10 training sessions.
- 4 – 5 friendly matches including a match vs one of FC Red Star junior teams.
- 4 team football tournament in Zlatibor.
RED STAR RELATED ACTIVITIES
- Attending a FC Red Star Champions League match.
- Attending a FC Red Star UEFA Youth League match.
- Visiting the FC Red Star stadium, museum and shop.
- Meeting some of FC Red Star first team players.
- Attending a Red Star Euroligue basketball match.
CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL ACTIVITIES
Cultural and historical activities may include:
Phase 2 – Novi Sad, Sremski Karlovci and Fruska Gora
- Novi Sad – Serbian second largest city, 2019’s European Youth Capital
- Sremski Karlovci – a historic town, a place of wine, culture and spirituality, 8 km away from Novi Sad
- Fruska gora – Serbian holly mountain with 16 medieval monasteries, 8 km away from Novi Sad.
Phase 3 – Zlatibor
- Zlatibor Dino Park – Adventure park, walking distance
- Tornik Adventure Park – walking distance
- Sirogojno – an old ethno village, 25 km from Zlatibor
- Drvengrad – an ethno village, host to the film Kustendorf festival, named the best architectural achievement in Europe, 37 km from Zlatibor
- Sargan eight – Europe’s most attractive narrow gauge museum railway, 40 km from Zlatibor
- Drina Gorge Cruise – one of the deepest canyon in Europe (up to 1000 m), 50 km from Zlatibor
- Visegrad – a town in Rebublic of Srpska, UNESCO World Heritage bridge from Ottoman era, 65 km from Zlatibor
- Mileseva Monastery – White Angel fresco, UNESCO Cultural Heritage, 74 km away from Zlatibor
- Ovcar-Cablar George – one of the most picturesque landscapes in Serbiaa geomorphological phenomenon called “squeezed meanders”, 80 km from Zlatibor
- Uvac – a special nature reserve, a nature’s masterpiece, 87 km from Zlatibor
- Tara – a national park with dense forests, lakes and breathtaking peaks, 88 km away from Zlatibor
- Oplenac – St George’s Church, the mausoleum of the Serbian Royal House, 120 km form Zlatibor
- Studenica – a 13th century monastery with incredible fresco, UNESCO World Heritage Site, 130 km from Zlatibor
All about Zlatibor: http://www.serbia.com/8-places-simply-visit-zlatibor-district/
Phase 4 – Belgrade
- Belgrade sightseeing bus tour
- Belgrade sightseeing cruise tour – the confluence of Danube and Sava rivers
- Vinca archaeological site – remains of the oldest Neolithic civilization in Europe located 13 km away from Belgrade
- Kalemegdan Fortress located in downtown Belgrade – founded by Celts in the 3rd century BC
- National museum – over 400,000 archaeological and historic artifacts
- Museum Nikola Tesla – one of the greatest inventors of all time
- St Sava Temple – one of the largest orthodox church in the world
- Topcider Park – the oldest park in Belgrade
- Royal Palace – the palace complex of the Karadjotdjevic dynasty
- Avala – a mountain 10 km from Belgrade
- Belgrade zoo
- Skadarlija – bohemian borough of Belgrade
NZD 5000 to 6000 per player depending on the airfare price at the time of booking, number of traveling players and NZ Dollar to Euro exchange rate.
The price includes:
- Airfare and travel Insurance.
- 14 nights full board accommodation.
- Facilities (fields, gyms, pools, spa pools, meeting and medical rooms, laundry etc.).
- City taxes in Serbia.
- Transportation cost in Serbia.
- Training and match gear.
- FC Red Star fee (coaching, tournament cost, tickets for football and basketball matches…).
- Tickets for museums, sightseeing tours and all other activities
- Dining out and other activities.
GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR SERBIA
- Valid Passport – Visa is not required for New Zealand and Australian citizens.
- Certified authorization by both parents for underage children travelling with a third person; or such authorization by other parent if traveling with one of their parents.
- Proof of sufficient funds for staying in Serbia (50 euros per day).
It is recommended to have a health insurance for the period of stay in Serbia, covering possible medical costs to the amount of not less than 20,000 Euros.
A raffle and a number of fundraising activities will be organised aiming to raise at least half of the funds required.
Parents are welcome on tour but payments, airfares and accommodation will be organised separately as it will definitely be less costly. That does not mean that parents can not travel and stay in the same hotel as boys.
Much more about Serbia: https://www.serbia.com/
Two Rosmini boys were in Belgrade last year with the New Zealand U20 Waterpolo team. Here is what their parents who traveled with them shared with Rosmini staff.
“Firstly, my underlying thought is “what a fantastic place to visit”, we loved it. The people were some of the friendliest that I have met, and the service was second to none. We are already planning to head back there next year and finish off some of the places that we didn’t get to see.”
“The boys have been loving Serbia, and this experience has been second to none. The same can be said for Diana and myself, and Gary and Chantal (James’s parents) with whom we have spent much of our time. We have obviously been travelling, sightseeing, dining, and shopping. Belgrade, is known for its nightlife and the city comes alive at night, with all restaurants and shops staying open until well past midnight. Along the way we have absorbed the culture and learned the history, which has been fascinating.”
“James and Michael have been experiencing some great hospitality and some great food. The one thing that stands out personally to me is how courteous and friendly people are. It has to be one of the most beautiful and interesting places to experience.”
“Regarding safety in Serbia, we just didn’t need to worry. Boys were warmly welcomed where-ever we went. The New Zealand (Kiwi) name has huge respect in Serbia and they were treated very well as guests.”