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Šaban Bajramović - The King of Roma music

Šaban Bajramović is the most prolific and the most celebrated Roma singer, composer and poet in the Balkans. Among thousands of articles and studies written throughout the world about this author, there is not a single one which does not link his name with the expression "The King of Roma music".

Šaban Bajramović was born on April 16, 1936 in Niš (Serbia). He almost did not attend the school while picking up musical education, alike many of his people, on street.


When he was nineteen, he deserted the army because of love, and later was sentenced to three years imprisonment at the Goli Otok isolation facility on an island in the Adriatic sea. However, as he told the military court that there was no sentence long enough for him to serve it, the sentence was extended to five and a half years.

However, while serving his sentence at the Goli Otok facility, Šaban Bajramović founded a prison band which played, among other music, jazz, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra songs, as well as Spanish and Mexican melodies. Nowadays, he says that Goli Otok was his life-university, where he formed the way he thinks. He made his first record in 1964, and nowadays, his discography consists of some twenty albums and more then fifty singles. He wrote and composed, as he said, about seven hundred songs. For more than twenty years, he has led “Crna Mamba” (Black Mamba), touring half of the world with the band. Upon invitation of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, he visited India, where he was named for The King of the Gypsy World Music.

Šaban Bajramović - The King of Roma music

Šaban Bajramović is the most prolific and the most celebrated Roma singer, composer and poet in the Balkans. Among thousands of articles and studies written throughout the world about this author, there is not a single one which does not link his name with the expression "The King of Roma music".

Šaban Bajramović was born on April 16, 1936 in Niš (Serbia). He almost did not attend the school while picking up musical education, alike many of his people, on street.


When he was nineteen, he deserted the army because of love, and later was sentenced to three years imprisonment at the Goli Otok isolation facility on an island in the Adriatic sea. However, as he told the military court that there was no sentence long enough for him to serve it, the sentence was extended to five and a half years.

However, while serving his sentence at the Goli Otok facility, Šaban Bajramović founded a prison band which played, among other music, jazz, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra songs, as well as Spanish and Mexican melodies. Nowadays, he says that Goli Otok was his life-university, where he formed the way he thinks. He made his first record in 1964, and nowadays, his discography consists of some twenty albums and more then fifty singles. He wrote and composed, as he said, about seven hundred songs. For more than twenty years, he has led “Crna Mamba” (Black Mamba), touring half of the world with the band. Upon invitation of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, he visited India, where he was named for The King of the Gypsy World Music.

Visit Niš - Edict of Milan (Constantine the Great 313-2013)

The city covers an area of about 597 square kilometers  including the city of Niš itself, the Niška Banja spa and 68 suburbs. Niš Constantine the Great Airport is its international airport with the destination code INI. Niš is the administrative center of the Nišava District of Serbia.

Situated at the crossroads of Balkan and European highways, connecting Asia Minor to Europe, Niš is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans, and has from ancient times been considered a gateway between the East and the West.

EDICT OF MILAN 2013

Constantine the Great  (lat. Gaius Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus), was born in ancient city Naissus (modern Nis) in 274. AD. He is an important historical figure in the world and in Nis, well known not only as an emperor and wise military leader, but also as a great visionary and defender of Christianity. His visions and dreams in which “labarum” or “The Christ Monogram” appeared, followed by the words of Christ: “With this sign you shall win” (In hoc signo vinces) led him to numerous battles, in which he defeated by far superior enemies. Such a chain of events logically led to the acknowledgment of christian religion in AD 313, by the famous “Edict of Milan”. The history of the world and of Christianity will forever remember him as the person who took Christianity from the catacombs and gladiator arenas and brought it to the light of day, paving the way for what is today one of the biggest world religions.



Exhibition “Constantine the Great and Edict of Milan 313. – The birth of Christianity in the Roman Provinces on the territory of Serbia” and Opera “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi on May 18th at Viminacium.

On the occasion of the celebration of the Anniversary “Edict of Milan 313-2013, Serbia”, on May 18th, 2013, at the archeological complex “Viminacium”, will be held two manifestations: Exhibition, organized by The National Museum of the Republic of Serbia “Constantine the Great and Edict of Milan 313. – The birth of Christianity in the Roman Provinces on the territory of Serbia” and Opera “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by Ensemble of the Belgrade Opera and two famous opera singers.
The exhibition consists from seven visual and thematic parts and includes exhibits which belong to the World Cultural Heritage (sculptures, fragments of architectural stone decoration; jewelry, cult items, ceremonial objects and items from gold, silver, ceramics and glass; parts of military and formal equipment; roman imperial money and imperial medallions). It will be presented about 128 artifacts from the end of II to VI and VII century A.D. The special attraction is a Portrait of the Constantine the Great in bronze, discovered in 1900, in Constantine birthplace Naissus (Nis). This collection is a part of the Collection family, saved in the most famous museums in the world.
Niš is a university center. There are about 28,000 university students at the University of Niš, which comprises 13 faculties. Niš is also one of the most important industrial centres in Serbia, a center of electronics industry (see Elektronska Industrija Niš), industry of mechanical engineering, textile industry and tobacco industry.

Historical Sites:
· Skull Tower (Ćele kula)
· Tvrđava - Turkish fortress in the city center.
· Mediana - archaeological site, Roman imperial villa.
· Kazandžisko Sokače - example of original architecture from Ottoman period.
· Crveni Krst concentration camp built by occupying German forces during WWII.

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Eastern Serbia Program - 8 days


Experience the wild beauty of the unspoiled mountain regions of Eastern Serbia. Follow the trails where adventure awaits at every step. Have a unique experience on the mountain slopes of Eastern Serbia, as you admire the scenic views and routes of the region. Enrich yourselves with a taste of life in the Balkans. Take a piece of Serbia with You.

Tour highlights:
- wonderful Mountainside of Suva and Stara Planina,
- Zavojsko and Smilevsko Lake,
- zaskoci Waterfalls,
- wild nature with phenomenal scenic routes,
- climb to the peak of Mt. Midžor,
- poganovo and St. George Monasteries,
- niška and Zvonačka Banja Spas, who specialize in the treatment of cardio, rheumatic and stress related diseases,
- prolom Banja Spa with mineral springs which improve the digestive system,
- Rajac breweries and wine cellars from 19th century,
- Romuliana Residency of the Roman Emperor Maximilian,
- visit to the Roman Imperial City Naissus [Niš], where Emperor Constantine was born and a visit to the unique historical monument Ćele Kula,
- unforgettable Goodbye Party on one of the rafts in Belgrade.

Day 1: Friday
Arrival at the Belgrade Airport. Transfer to Niška Banja Spa. During the transfer panoramic sightseeing of Niš and a visit to "Ćele Kula". Dinner in the famous restaurant "Amerikanac". Rest.

Day 2: Saturday
Breakfast and sightseeing in Niška Banja. Departure for Kuršumlija. Visit to the unique natural phenomenon called "Devil's City". Lunch in Prolom Banja [Spa]. Departure for Zvonačka Banja [Spa] via Sićevačka Klisura and canyon of River Nišava. Visit to Ethno Center for Pirot Rugs and Souvenirs. Arrival at Zvonačka Banja via canyon of river Jerma. Dinner and rest.

Day 3: Sunday
Breakfast. Departure for Poganovo Monastery built in 1395. Hiking Tour. Bath and massage treatment in the Spa. Dinner and rest.

Day 4: Monday
Breakfast. Departure for Stara Planina. Sightseeing around Zavojsko Lake. Ethnic lunch in the village. Sightseeing of the canyon, waterfalls and undisturbed nature [optional bath]. Arrival at Babin Zub [1, 757m], accommodation, dinner and rest.

Day 5: Tuesday
Breakfast. Hiking tour to Midžor [2,170m] in total 12 kilometers. Lunch, rest and a free afternoon. Dinner and Rest.

Day 6: Wednesday
Breakfast. Departure for Knjaževac and Zaječar. Fresh fish lunch by the lake. Arrival at Rajac and tour of breweries and wine cellars. Return to Zaječar. Accommodation, dinner and rest.

Day 7: Thursday
Breakfast. Departure for Belgrade. Along the way a visit to roman ruins "Romuliana" from the Roman Emperor Maximilian [3rd century]. Lunch on the outskirts of Belgrade. Sightseeing tour of Belgrade and NATO bombing ruins with a local guide. Accommodation. Goodbye Party with dinner and music on one of the rafts in Belgrade. Rest.

Day 8: Friday
Early breakfast. Transfer to Belgrade Airport.

Option:
- Instead of Devil's City we have an option for Duplex Paragliding from Koritnjak above Niška Banja Spa,
- Program is based on the minimum of 6 participants but the group should not exceed 15 persons,
- Program is available for booking from January 1st, 2006 but the tours start on April 21st 2006 and are executed every 7 Days.

What else:
- you will eat healthy ethnic food and as a souvenir you will take homemade wines from Rajac wine cellars,
- spend time on clean and fresh mountain air at high altitudes, which is of benefit for the people with respiratory problems,
- treatments for stress relief in the Zvonačka Banja Spa,
- have a relaxing holiday in Eastern Serbia where nature has remained unaffected by industrial development and
- surprise gift.

Tour details:
- 7 Nights with Half Board and
- 6 lunches.

A number of transfers:
Guide Service: 2 + 1.

Passes for all the sites that will be visited on the tour.
A unique Serbian experience awaits You. Unique tours offered by Outdoor open the doors to the hidden treasures of Serbian nature and culture. Visit the crossroads of Western and Eastern civilization and the region that forged much of the European history. Once You leave, take a piece of Serbia in Your heart.

Program is based on minimum 6 persons.

Visit Niš, Serbia


The city covers an area of about 597 square kilometers  including the city of Niš itself, the Niška Banja spa and 68 suburbs. Niš Constantine the Great Airport (Аеродром Константин Велики) is its international airport with the destination code INI. Niš is the administrative center of the Nišava District of Serbia.

Situated at the crossroads of Balkan and European highways, connecting Asia Minor to Europe, Niš is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans, and has from ancient times been considered a gateway between the East and the West.

Niš is a university center. There are about 28,000 university students at the University of Niš, which comprises 13 faculties. Niš is also one of the most important industrial centres in Serbia, a center of electronics industry (see Elektronska Industrija Niš), industry of mechanical engineering, textile industry and tobacco industry.

Historical Sites:
· Skull Tower (Ćele kula)
· Tvrđava - Turkish fortress in the city center.
· Mediana - archaeological site, Roman imperial villa.
· Kazandžisko Sokače - example of original architecture from Ottoman period.
· Crveni Krst concentration camp built by occupying German forces during WWII.

RESERVATION OF ARRANGEMENT
+ 381.64.555.85.81

Spa in Spa - Sokobanja adventure


When you think vacation, fresh clean air, untouched nature, and relaxation - Think about Sokobanja. Unique! One word describes harmony of nature, tradition, relaxation, and good amusement, everything in one place - Sokobanja.

This oasis of Oxygen is situated 240km from Belgrade and 60km from Nis. Embraced by number of parks and pin forests it will relive your breath. Don't miss opportunity to visit park - "Banjica", central park, "Borici" and park "Cuka II".

Known from the Roman time, it didn't lose her glow and Beauty. On the well-known marble promenade you can seethe Old Turkish Bath - Amam from the XV century, which was built on foundations of Roman bathtubs. Duke Milos used to enjoy here, and you can see his bath even today. This symbol of Sokobanja, which is unque in this part of Balkan, wins over people with its charm. Across the Turkish bath there is "Milosev Konak", built for the needs of administration of that time. Nowdays you can enjoy drinking coffee and watching the biggest marble promenade in Serbia.

For years many famous persons used to relax in Sokobanja, it was also inspiration for number of verse sand novels…And like Mosa Odalovic said:" State of an emergency on the whole planet! The world is measured and cut out again. Everybody wants to built Sokobanja, but God said:" It exists somewhere already!"


Medieval Love!

Medieval legend about tragic love young prince and beautiful Elefterija has been retold for years in this area. Now day's two well-known picnic grounds are named after them - Zupan and Lepterija.

Up the river Moravica, the place where new love is born old revived this myth about eternal love inspires number of couples to enjoy walking the endless forests paths. Very beautiful river beaches: Zupan, The six Casks, Gentleman, and the crystal clear mountain river Moravica give an excellent refreshes and place for getting together on hot summer days and evenings. Lepterija presents the real heaven for barbecue and play especially for children. 400m from Lepterija there are Sokograd. This Bizantium fortress [IV-VI] was landowners home in medieval Serbia. In 1413 it was destroyed in struggles for the throne by sultan Musa.

Godmothers image in rock is very attractive. This natural phenomenon of an image can be seen from the picnic ground Lepterija, above the river high in the rocks.
Enjoy in getting together in this gorgeous environment, which will conquer your heart at the first meeting. That love will revive all the good things and inspire you to come back again.


Mistique of Rtanj!

After you go through magic of Sokobanja, satisfied with evening amusement, number of restaurant and nightclubs, when you are prepared for adventures and irresistible call of nature, point to the north and you will see magnificent Rtanj. This mountain, like an ancient pyramid, comes to the surface from the pleasant valley.

For thousand of years number of secrets hidden there has attracted many adventures and curious looks. "Fierry balls", a natural phenomenon which can be seen only on this mountain, the legend about volcano, numbers of underground springs and caves and endless pastures full of well known Rtanj tea are just a part of a long story which has been told through centuries and make this mountain special and worth of your attention.

Nowdays you can hear the legend about visitors from others planets also as the story about researching of Rtanj and its miracles by the scientist from all over the world.

However, climbing this mountain you will revive your adventure temperament and find out many hidden mysteries. When you come to the highest point of this mountain [1560m], gorgeous look which goes to the river Sava and Danube in the north, also as incredible fresh air and clouds which pass by, will make you fill like you touched the heavenly blueness!


Green secret!

Sokobanja breathes by the essence of pine wood and Ozren makes her lungs. The best way to feel the breath of this untouched nature is to go into detecting of green secret and mystery! On the slopes of this mountain you can see the biggest and the most beautiful waterfall in Serbia, so-called Ripaljka. It has been under protection of the State since 1948.

Deep in the forest, on one colorful clearing there is the Armenian monks monastery from the 14 century. This is the place where many people get together to celebrate Saint Archangel. Now, task for you! Try to find out the cave, small lake teeming with the trout, the highest point of Ozren - "Ostra Cuka", the "Stone of love", "Djerdjelez" spring, "Maidens Stone", picnic ground "Kalinovica"… Please, don't lose hope in the mountain hasn't discovered all her secret and mysteries.


The Environment!

Besides the pleasures that Sokobanja offers you mustn't miss the opportunity to visit others sights and beauties.

Felix Romuliana is situated 70km from Sokobanja, on the road of Roman emperors, near Zajecar. Even today, seventy centuries later, it is necessary to have hard fillings when you are in this Tsar palace where the ideology of one Empire built the myth of Gallery praised him to the skies. This Tsar palace from the IV century is candidate for the list of cultural inheritance under protection of UNESCO.

Following the ancient Roman roads you will come to Mediana. Summer residence of Roman emperors from the IV century situated in Nis, on the gate of East and North, will make you fill some Roman adventures.

Untouched nature and great history makes the treasure of the eastern Serbia. The Old Mountain with its highest point Babin Zub stands out among number of mountains and forests. The place where you can find many animals like deer, lynx and other wild animals makes the real heaven for hunters and people who enjoy nature. Attractive paths and a lot of snow make this mountain attractive destination.

Facts, myths and legends are intertwined with interesting stories, monuments and churches of this area. The monastery in Lipovac, the Church of Holly Trinity in Adrovac where the Russian colonel Rajevski was buried, inspiration for Vronski from the well-known novel Ana Karenjina, Bovan Town and many other objects are trials of many different people and their customs. All of this increases our tourist offer.


The Eastern Adventure!

How many impressions can stay in one day? You will have the answer if you get into the eastern adventure. Following the road to Knjazevac, 11km from Sokobanja, on the foothill of the mountain Devica, near Vrelo village, the river Moravica appears. Instead of risen and strong you will see numbers of imperceptible, calm and persistent spring, which flow into one very small, crystal clear lake and downstream, into the river Moravica. Fresh trout from nearby lake, beautiful Saint Ilias Church and look to the wooden Devica make excellent conditions for picnic of your dreams.

Five kilometers from this place, in the area of Sesalac village, there is the cave of Sesalac Winding, macadam road from Sesalac village to the cave will arouse your interest for exploring and adventure. 200 meters long lighten path enables you to enjoy the caves decorations, small caves lakes and small lost rive. Strange filling of tranquility and primordial protect will arouse Neanderthal spirit of yours.


Enjoy!

Healthy man-works love and plays. We do not suspect that you are hard working, don't worry about love, you will fall in love in Sokobanja, and amusements, let us organize that. Sokobanja`s cultural summer traditionally lasts for 100 days. During that time we organize concerts, exhibitions, poetic evening, traditional manifestations, like "The Golden hands", "The best accordion", medical herbs festival and many others.

You will have opportunity to try out and compete in many sports like basketball, football, tennis, beach volley, mountain bike, and paragliding…

French and brisk Sokobanja`s air always make you hungry. Tasty food, first class service and well-known Sokobanja`s cheese are waiting just for you in over the 20 restaurants.
Nightlife, neither to noisy nor to quiet, in many open-air restaurants with live music, cafe bars and restaurants will make you stay in Sokobanja unforgettable and special.


Aquatic challenge!

When you come to this area, tired of disturbance and daily city drab, desirous of heath and freshness, which only Sokobanja can offer, the real thing, which will attract your attention and show that you are on the right road is the lake of Bovan. Situated near the road, which connect Sokobanja and Aleksinac, popular "Bovan" is the most visited lake in the eastern Serbia.

If you are fishing, swimming or water sports fun, or you just like walking and camping in pure and beautiful countryside, you will enjoy the time spent in this aquatic kingdom. The great number of fish species in the lake makes the real challenge for experienced fishermen as a lot of fishing competitions makes the real attraction.

Visiting the lake of Bovan will make your stay in Sokobanja interesting and with the beauties of this place you will fulfill yourself with the eternal memories.


Spa in Spa!

Enjoy the nature and refresh your senses! 14km from Sokobanja, on the slopes of gorgeous Bukovik, wooded mountain with the fresh air, drink water and a beautiful picnic ground is Banja Josanica, the unique link between nature and tourism.

Known in the time of Romans, medical springs eliminate diseases like stomach diseases, bladder and genital diseases, diabetes, blood vessels disease, rheumatism and many others. Local residents will greet you warmly, offer you many local specialties and legends and show you the way to many cultural and historical monuments. A small church "Uspenje Svete Bogorodice" [Arising of the Holy mother] situated in the center of Josanica, built in the 14. Century is the oldest and most important monument in this part of Serbia. There is the building of church taverns from the IX century with museum exhibition and watermill from the Turkish period.

At the end of a day, when you find out all beautiful places from Josanica you will take wonderful experience personified by health and nature.


The Northern adventure!

Ancient people knew how respect luxury and natural resources of Sokobanja`s gifts. From ancient times this was the place where different people settled down. They left trails, which can never lose their beauties and glow. One of them is well-known Vrmdza town.

One of 150 Latin fortresses, Vrdzma town was built by Romans between IV and VI century and has overcome many conquerors. In 1413 in the time of Turkish battles for the trone it was destroyed. It has never been renovated. Now day's village Vrdzma is situated here.

Not far away from it, only 3 kilometers to Rtanj, there is the lake of Vrdzma. You can reach this mountain pearl with the crystal clear water going through the green forest full of medical herbs, wild strawberries, blackberries and mushrooms. At the end of the path beautiful lake, untouched countryside excellent for picnic and relaxation are waiting for you. If you spend unforgettable moments here you will become a part of a perfect kingdom, kingdom of nature, which will make you fill healthy and rested.
 
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