This gorge was named Iron Gate by the Romans and that name was translated into other languages. But in Serbian language, this gorge is called Đerdap after Turkish word Girdap, which means whirlpool. Here we have archaeological sites from middle stone age that, together with Roman, Medieval, and Ottoman heritage show the long and rich history that took place here. Nature that surrounds it is breathtaking. National park is protected by both the states of Serbia and Romania that take care of it.

You meet with your tour guide at arranged location and then, after a short car ride, you arrive in Smederevo. Here is the biggest medieval water fortification in Europe. Despot Đurađ Branković chose this location between the river Jezava and the Danube in order to be as far as possible from Ottomans who were attacking from the south. Because the war was getting closer, this big fortress with 25 towers was finished in just  a few years. But, unfortunately , the fall of Smederevo  was also the fall of the state of Serbia, and the beginning of the wars with Ottomans in central Europe.

The road is taking us further to Lepenski Vir, an archaeological site from Mesolithic period. People were living in this settlement between 9,500 and 6,000 BC. They were making Trapezoidal buildings and sculpture carved from round sandstone cobbles found on the river banks . Those sculptures represent the first appearance of monumental sculptures in European history.

After Lepenski Vir we make a stop for lunch and then continue to Rock statue of Decebalus. This route take us through the gorge with the beautiful scenery emerging before our eyes. Decebalus was the last king of Dacia, who fought three wars against Roman emperors Domitian and Trajan. His statue is on the Romanian side but, the best view is from our side of the Danube.

After this feast for the eyes, we begin our return to Belgrade, where we arrive  in the evening.