Hungarian part is organized in cooperation with ALTAGRA HUNGARY
Serbia is a Balkan country (total area 88,361 km², population 7.2 mil.), part of the former Yugoslavia, not an EU member. Its capital Belgrade, with population of 1.23 mil., is situated in the heart of the country.
Serbia’s most important sectors are agriculture and food processing industry. The total area of agricultural land is 6.1 mil. HA, 90% of which is intensive arable land (over 60% of Serbia!). The crop structure is as follows: cereals 59%, fodder plants 16%, industrial plants 15%, fruit and vegetables 10%. Serbia is world’s no. 2 producer of raspberries (84,299 metric tons, second to Russia) and plums. Cattle heads are over 900,000 (mainly dairy cows) and pigs total 3.5 million. Other important animals are sheep and goats. The number of households’ members and full-time employees on farms is over 1.4 mil., which covers around 25% of an active population. 80% farms are private, 20% corporate. The largest farms with the most fertile ground are located in Vojvodina region (north of the Danube River). As Serbia is not an EU member, Serbian farmers do not receive any EU financial support (subsidies), just a support from Serbian government. On the other hand, a great portion of the production can be exported to Russia as Serbia doesn’t have any agricultural products export embargo there.
Sightseeing tour in Budapest
The city’s unique location makes it one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The hills of Buda and the flat plain of Pest are separated by the sweeping meander of the river which is still blue today on fresh, spring days. Main attraction in Pest side: Heroes' Square, the City Park, Castle Vajdahunyad St. Stephen's Basilica, House of Parliament. Main attraction in Buda side: Buda is the older, more historic and more scenic part of the capital. The main attraction here is the Castle Hill, with its breathtaking view over the city and its many historic and cultural monuments, such as the 13th century Matthias Church, the Royal Castle or the Fishermen's Bastion.
Dinner and accommodation in Budapest
Travel to Lajosmizse
Private 180-hectare cattle and arable farm. Initially the family farm had only a few cows, but the herd now includes another 150 head of cattle and their offspring. The owner manages his farm confidently and has branched out into direct sales, organises pick‑your-own operations on his land.
Lunch at Tanyacsárda restaurant
In the past this traditional farm tavern provided accommodation and food for travelling farmers and animals The group will enjoy a traditional menu of Goulash soup, grilled pork rib and vegetables to the sound of a traditional Gypsy group.
Short sight-seeing tour in Kecskemét.
Kecskemét is a town in central Hungary and the county seat of Bács-Kiskun county, half way between Budapest and Szeged, almost equal distance from the two big rivers of the country, Danube and Tisza. The city is well known for its secessionist architecture like the Cifra Palota (Ornamental Palace), Old Synagogue and the City Hall.
Accommodation and dinner in Kecskemét.
Travel to Szentes
Visit at large corporate farm.
The horticultural production based on natural thermal water includes the largest greenhouse and plastic tent area of the country. They work in23 hagreenhouse;23 haof it is heated; in40 haplastic foil tent without heating and50 hafarmland without any cover. The Share Company include 550 families and with the help of supervising horticulture specialists they produce about 10.000 tons of vegetables every year. They answer the challenge of modern technology and the expectations of environmental policy of the European Union and permanently modernise their technology for forced vegetable production applying environment friendly materials and tools.
Travel to Szarvas
Lunch en route
Visit in the Arboretum of Szarvas
The Arboretum of Szarvas is located in the outskirts of town Szarvas along the Kákafok horseshoe lake. Its area is 82 hectares and it consists of five collections of arboraceous plants.
Accommodation and dinner in Szarvas
Travel to Röszke (~120 km, 2 hours)
Visit at a paprika producing company
Much of Hungary's paprika comes from the fields and factories around the small town of Kalocsa, near the Danube River, and the larger industrial city of Szeged, on the Tisza River, both located on the country's Southern Great Plain. These two centers of paprika production have just the right combination of soil characteristics, temperature, rainfall and sunshine necessary to cultivate the pepper plants successfully.
The family private farm produces and sells sweet and hot paprika powders, smoked paprika, Szegedi paprika PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) sweet and hot, spice mixtures with and without paprika, paprika seed oil, paprika flakes.
Border crossing to Serbia
Winery visit in Subotica - one of nicest wineries in Serbia
Dinner, overnight Novi Sad
morning visit of Petrovaradin Fortress (UNESCO inscribed)
Gibraltar on the Danube is a fortress in the town of Petrovaradin, now part of the City of Novi Sad. Fortress was established in 1235 as a monastery. The fortress was strengthened due to the threat of Turkish invasion. However the fortress fell after a two-week siege in 1526.
The decisive battle between the Austrian and Turkish armies took place on August 5, 1716 at Petrovaradin. The Austrians were led by Prince Eugene and the Turks were under the command of Grand Vizier Silahdar Damat Ali Pasha. The victory of the Austrian army signaled the end of the Turkish threat to central Europe. In 18th and 19th century was Petrovaradin the most important Austrian fortress on Danube banks.
Transfer to Kovin
Large private dairy and arable farm visit
The farm owner is a former war refugee from Croatia who came to Serbia in 1995. He started working for a state-owned farm and in the meantime, he established his own private farm. Recently he owns 3 stables with 300 heads of Holstein breed with 11.000 l milk utility (one of the highest in Serbia) by milking 3 times per day. Arable unit has 500 HA
Transfer to Vrsac (50 km, 1 H)
Vrsac is the city boasting a centuries-long tradition of wine production. The city is rich in history and tradition, surrounded by a beautiful nature. We will visit the famous “Pharmacy on the stairs” – the oldest pharmacy in the Balkans.
Welcome dinner in downtown restaurant, Serbian cuisine tasting
Overnight at Vrsac
Large corporate fruit farm
Total 1,800 HA of agricultural land, 1,300 of which is its own, 500 HA rented from state. 250 HA apples (20,000 ton/year), 70 HA peaches, 10 HA pears, 5 HA wine, 900 HA arable: mainly wheat and maize (for seed). 95% of fruits are exported to Russia. Additionally: fruit trees nursery (500,000 plants), preparation of new orchards.
Visit of large former state-owned farm, later transformed into a corporate farm
Former Yugoslavian state farm of 3,500 HA, later transformed into a recent corporate farm, possesses 1,500 HA of arable land and employs 45 workers. 20% own land, 80% rented from a Serbian state. Rest of the AG land from the former farm is used by many local private farmers. Arable unit: sugar beet 400 HA, wheat 250 HA, sunflower 250 HA, corn maize 250 HA, silage maize 70 HA, alfalfa 280 HA. New silo for 12,000 tons of grain. 400 Holstein dairy cows and 120 Simmental
Visit of Serbian orthodox Monastery Mesic.
Monastery Mesic is a typical women’s monastery of the Serbian Orthodox Church. It is one of the most important monasteries in the south-eastern Banat, which originated in 15th century, although according to a local legend, it was established in 1225.
Dinner in wine restaurant with Serbian folklore, wine tasting
Overnight in Vrsac
Morning transfer to Belgrade and Belgrade city tour