Chipped stone tools continue to be excavated in Belgrade, a far cry from the inventions of Serbia’s famed inventor, Nikola Tesla. The historic Petrovaradin Fortress, overtaken by Romans, Hungarians and Ottomans, is now overtaken by crowds of music lovers for the Exit music festival. Serbia, both ancient and new, offers a cornucopia of sights and sounds. For ensembles, it offers the worlds of Eastern Orthodox choral music, epic poetry recitations, folk-pop and lively brass bands. 

Classical Movements has been organizing tours to the Balkans since 1995, the first American company to run tours to the Balkans after the Serbo-Croatian-Bosnian war. Since that period many ensembles have toured to Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and the region, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Repertory Singers, College of William and Mary Choir and Oakland Chorale.

Sights & Sounds

  • Museums and festivals in Belgrade
  • Petrovaradin Fortress
  • Lively brass band music
  • Nikola Tesla Museum
  • Ancient fortresses and Skull Tower in Niš
  • Mountain resorts and spas
  • Orthodox monasteries in Novi Sad


“No matter when or where the Groton choir goes next, we’re going with you, Classical Movements!”

Michael Smith | Choirmaster, Choir of Groton School, 2010

“Thank you for everything you’ve helped us with over these days: up to this point, you have provided the best tour assistance that the Escolania has ever had. Congratulations! You should be happy with the work that you’ve done to make all of us very happy. So many wonderful memories, and so great to have gotten to know you. Please pass along my thanks to all of the marvelous people at CM!”

Escolania de Montserrat, 2014

“Thanks so much for all your wisdom and patience in helping us with this little mini-tour.  Working with you guys is always a pleasant, uplifting experience, well beyond the usual ebb and flow of a normal business relationship. There seems to be an ever-present thread of genuine kindness and appreciation running through all you do. I sincerely appreciate it.”

Tim Lynch | Senior Director of Operations, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, 2012

“I just wanted to let you know how exceptional the tour in Europe turned out to be for the Singers. The venues were excellent, hotels were great and Constanza was a dream to work with. The highlights were the concert with the Vienna Mozart Orchestra and the evening mass at Notre Dame in Paris. Salzburg and Innsbruck were great, too, a lot of fun. Thanks again for putting together a fantastic tour. Professional, personable and efficient are only a few words that can describe Classical Movements. I have had the opportunity to personally work with this organization on tours throughout Austria, France and Italy. The venues chosen for performances were top-quality and world-renowned, and this was a priority for our group. Classical Movements definitely puts a lot of heart into their work.”

Cora Hughes | Tour Planner, Lexington Singers

“The William & Mary Choir and I are so grateful to have had Classical Movements as a partner for our international tour. You brought us to welcoming and enthusiastic audiences, providing us with not one, but two expert and delightful tour directors. Our experiences—both musical and cultural—in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Tallinn are ones we will treasure for a long time to come. As you couple your special commitment to the performing arts with your organizational expertise, you play a vital role in helping to enlarge the vision and horizons of performer and audience alike.”

Dr. James Armstrong | Director of Choirs, College of William & Mary, 2002


“The warm reception from the French people restored energy and health, as did the raucously enthusiastic audiences, packed houses, rave reviews, radio broadcasts, and extended ovations…”

-Peabody News | Sept, 1996

“The Wednesday flight from Barcelona to Lisbon had the most stringent bag restrictions yet, with hefty fines for those deemed too heavy. But the loaded-down musicians were allowed to board unimpeded. ‘Neeta worked her magic,’ murmured one.”

-Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns | Feb. 6, 2009

“The musical director and conductor of the Yale Glee Club said the group chose the destination ‘because of the wonderful friendships they discovered in Turkey.’ The Turkish word ‘dost’ (friends for life) is the reason we are performing in Istanbul,’ said Jeff Douma.”

-Hürriyet Daily News, Hatice Utkan | August 5, 2010

“We were met by friendly and caring guides who spoke excellent English and were sophisticated in matters relating to history, architecture and the way of life in Russia, both at the times of the czars and of the Soviet Union. A folkloric performance was of outstanding artistic quality.”

-International Travel News | Aug, 1998

“Deputy Chief of US Mission Kent Logsdon thanked Classical Movements for organizing such an amazing concert tour and praised YAC (Yale Alumni Chorus) musicians for their great charity activities and Vakhtang Kahidze for his wonderful orchestra.”

-Georgia Messenger, Salome Modebadze | June 28, 2011