Belgrade tantalises travellers avoiding the tourist trail, and Etihad Airways is marking turning 15 by giving travel agents the chance to see what’s so special about the Serbian settlement.

CHILL the champagne, heat the party pies, and hit play on the party playlist because Etihad Airways is revelling in the fact it’s turned 15 with a blowout and wants you to join the fun.

But rather than bringing a present it’s the Abu Dhabi-based airline that’s giving the gifts.

You could win one of 15 Etihad return ticket prizes to one of 15 destinations around its extensive global network – the fleet of 110 environmentally-friendly aircraft jet to 91 airports on six continents – with the really big reward two Business tickets to Abu Dhabi and two nights luxury accommodation.

Woohoo, where do we sign up?

Belgrade is one location on the list, and we’ve worked out three wonderful ways to see the address with something to satisfy every travel whim.

 

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BOUNCING AROUND BELGRADE

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Serbia’s most significant settlement was bruised back in the 1990s – much damage was inflicted on the neighbourhoods surrounding the spot where the Sava and Danube rivers meet during the darkest days of the Kosovo War – but Belgrade has bounced back to become one of Europe’s current capitals of coolness.

Visitors might occupy an historic coffeehouse on Knez Mihailova which is the Old Quarters’ buzzing pedestrian avenue, spend time in the revitalised Savamala district which is now the creative quarter, and cross the Sava River to wander the Soviet era in Novi Beograd.

So, whether you fancy Bohemian days or big nights out, there’s something for everyone in Belgrade.

 

ETIHAD ENHANCES THE EXPERIENCE

And there’s something for everyone on an Etihad aircraft with the airline taking the next step in its evolution by promising every passenger, flying in every cabin, the chance to make the decisions that personalise long-haul hops to fabulous far-away lands like Serbia.

These decisions cover the whole journey – from the booking process to the way time is spent before boarding, and even alternatives for entertainment up in the air – and it might be an economy seat with extra legroom, an airport pickup, or a stopover in the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub with Etihad sharing the costs.

After 15 years of flying Etihad knows not every traveller is the same and it’s about making the airline suit every passenger, not the other way around.

Etihad will get you to Serbia in style, it’s up to you what you do after touching town in Belgrade.

 

1. ART AND ARCHITECTURE

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Belgrade is an architecture-lovers paradise – a less-than-pretty façade often has visitors fooled – with the streets home to stark Soviet structures, Art Nouveau beauties, mid-century masterpieces and Ottoman-era relics that stand side-by-side to tell tales about the regimes that ruled.

So, lace on the walking shoes and set out on a self-guided discovery to wander through history one building at a time.

The Balkan’s most important art gallery occupies a baronial building on Belgrade’s Republic Square with the National Museum – established in 1844 it’s now home to more than 3000 paintings – finally reopened in June after the doors slammed shut 15 years ago for renovation work to be completed.

 

2. FEASTING AND FOOTWORK

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Eating meat might be a popular part of the Serbian culture – barbecue is bigtime in Belgrade – but those visiting the capital should take another tack and dine at Radost Fina Kuhinjica which is the settlement’s favourite vegetarian restaurants where locals recommend ordering the signature mezze platter.

The eatery sits in the shadows of Kalemegdan Citadel so finish a feast by exploring fortress ramparts that have hosted more than 100 battles over the centuries then descend to the banks of the Sava River and stroll to the spot the waterway meets the Danube.

 

3. BOUND FOR THE BEACH

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Serbia might be landlocked but that doesn’t prevent the population from spending days on the sand when temperatures start soaring with Belgrade boasting a bunch of beaches sprinkled around the city’s many lakes and two big rivers.

Ada Ciganlija is a local favourite with the spot on Sava Lake that’s known as the “Belgrade seaside’’ boasting 7km of sand that makes a perfect position for swimming and slacking while more than 70 bars and cafes – the majority staying open well after sunset – make it easy to rehydrate with cool drink when the weather gets too warm.

 

ALL SET TO PACK YOUR BAGS FOR BELGRADE?

Or perhaps Istanbul, Casablanca or Geneva? Etihad wants YOU to join the global party for their 15-year celebrations.

You could win one of 15 amazing Etihad Airways return ticket prizes to your choice of 15 different destinations including a grand prize of 2 Business tickets to Abu Dhabi and two nights luxury accommodation.

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You don’t need to blow out any birthday candles to have your travel wishes come true. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning a return flight to your choice of destination is…

1) MAKE AND TICKET A NEW ETIHAD BOOKING BETWEEN 7 – 28 NOVEMBER 2018

2) FILL OUT THE INCENTIVE ENTRY FORM HERE INCLUDING YOUR TICKET NUMBER

Plus you can enter multiple times – so the more you sell, the more chances to win!

 

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Hurry! Competition ends 28 November 2018!

 

READ: FLIGHT WINNERS: Etihad announces first 5 lucky winners of B’day comp!

How would you spend beguiling days in Belgrade?