Maksi Tours – Your friend at the destination – Slavonia&Baranja region

For those who are thinking about staying in Osijek as digital nomads, or have already made a decision of staying here, we are offering help in organizing your stay and solving all of those big and small issues which need to be dealt with prior to your arrival to the destination.

Short term stay, long term apartment rental, a local guide who would get you introduced with the city, short term bicycle rental, Internet plan for the first couple of days… We will show you potential co-working spaces, help you in choosing the options of your residence, answer your questions or find the answers if we don’t have them right away. Simply, we will be your friend in our city for as long as you need us.

Every program we will go over together with you, depending on time, your needs, interests and free time.

Day 1

Arrival to Maksimilian, situated in the historical centre of Osijek- Tvrdja. Maksimilan is not just the place where you come to spend a night. It’s the planet of Little Prince, pink bubble that separates you from the rest of the Universe… and you feel peace, safety, warmth and comfort.

Welcome drink and meeting your friend from Osijek. This person will show you the city from the eyes of a local, introduce you with history and present, show you hidden alleys, places to go out to, places to hide… You will meet people, city, and its surroundings and hopefully, become our co-citizen.

After a short break, the story of Osijek starts from the romantic old town (Tvrdja). Walking along the bank of Drava river, with a view of two Osijek bridges, baroque old town walls, green parks, city harbour… After this easy, half an hour walk and story about the city and its customs, we arrive to the main square. Here we visit the magnificent con-cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. Slowly, we head back to Tvrdja, this time through the city and along the most beautiful Art Nouveau street in Croatia- European Avenue.

Dinner is served in a traditional regional (Slavonian) cuisine restaurant. Wine, music band and interesting conversation will be enough for you to relax and have fun until late night, as Maksimilian is close by, right around the corner

Day 2

Breakfast in Maksimilian and exploration continues.

Osijek is a city of walkers and cyclists, long and flat Pannonian streets, well maintained green parks and cycling lanes. The best way to feel the spirit of the city is- to cycle it! Meeting its little alleys and squares, parks with retired people sitting on the benches watching over their grandchildren playing in the playgrounds, little shops and open markets… Because this is what makes a city- its people.

During our ride through the city we will visit potential co-working spaces, have a coffee with potential colleagues and continue the ride.

Osijek is also a city of students, relaxed and welcoming people, a city of developing IT sector and we are sure you will find people similar to yourself.

Lunch is served in one of the restaurants on the river Drava bank.

Evening hours- some time allowed for you to spend on your own. Now you know the main points of the city, you got your bearings…Is everything just the way your friend presented to you?  Now is your opportunity to find out.

Day 3

Breakfast in Maksimilian. It well. This will be a long day.

Business first- Meet one of the best co-working spaces in the region. Osijek’s Kopika.

Our popular city beach Copacabana is much more than a sun tanning place. Kopika (local slang name) is the place where people meet, have fun, swim or sip drinks in the shade. With great WIFI, smart solar tree for charging your gadgets and beautiful view of the city, it’s the perfect place to start thinking- this could be the city for me…

Short afternoon rest, we will take some street food and we are off to a new adventure.

As Florence has Tuscany, Osijek has Baranja.

Osijek’s „garden“, that starts just a few kilometres from the city, offers amazing diversity of nature, food, drinks and experiences.

Today we’ll get a small taste of it. We start with Kopački Rit.

Kopački Rit is an unique wetlands area created by activities of two big rivers- Drava and Danube. Very often this area is referred to as the „Amazon of Europe“. This is not a coincidence. Kopački Rit, unique and different in every season, is habitat to hundreds of species of birds, deer and wild boars. Favourite resort, and in the past also a hunting grounds for kings and princes, presidents and a few dictators.

We start our tour at the visitors centre, with a documentary and introduction of flora and fauna of the nature park. Afterwards we take educational path towards the boat. There are signs with pictures and descriptions of plants, animals and characteristics of the swamp biotope.

At the dock, our little wooden boat awaits us with our friend, and we start one hour adventure through the special ornithological reserve. Boat gets us deep into the swamp, where we can see hidden nests of birds, fascinating bird and water world, and, with a bit of luck, we will have eagles flying around us. After the boat ride, we visit Tikveš castle. The Tikveš castle complex consists of forests and gardens with residential buildings within. The very buildings, hidden in the forest, used by once world leaders, who enjoyed their discretion during hunting.

We finish our day with dinner in a well-known restaurant Kormoran, in the heart of Kopački Rit, with a special menu.

Day 4

Breakfast in Maksimilian.

Today we continue to explore Baranja. It’s time to see why Baranja is called „Mother of Wine“. We will ride down wine roads, through millions of vines, with a stop at a viewpoint from which we can see endless vineyards. We will visit Belje winery, with its unique wine cellar that has unbroken tradition of a couple of centuries of wine making. This is where we start our wine tasting: graševina, merlot, pinot… Surely you will find your favourite one.

After the wine cellar we are going to Batina village. There we visit Batina monument- the most northern point of Baranja. Memorial complex „Batina Battle“ depicts one of the biggest battles in the WW2, at a beautiful viewpoint above Danube, overlooking three countries: Croatia, Hungary and Serbia. Poetically described, it’s the place where „Danube kisses the sky“.

After Batina we have a short ride to Zmajevac where we pay a visit to Josić restaurant and winery. This is where we have wine tasting and presentation of the winery in the cellar, followed by lunch with flavours of Baranja regional cuisine. While the lunch settles, we take a walk around this picturesque, typical Baranja village and meet surduks and gators. Surduk is the name for a specific notch in a hill with wine cellars (gators) dug into soil that always has ideal temperature for wine keeping. Surduk is one of the most authentic cultural and historical treasures of Baranja.

After lunch in the unique Josić restaurant, dug into a hill, we continue our exploring.

Short ride brings us to little village of Suza, and amazing individual who, in tradition passed on through generations, makes objects on potter’s wheel. Meet Mr. Asztalos, the „ceramic wizard“, who will introduce you to pottery making and then teach you how to make something on your own, something practical and useful. And of course, take it as a souvenir.

We only have little time left, but we can’t leave Baranja without trying excellent meat delicacies, in the place of their making. We will meet Mr. Matijević, at his family estate, where he makes his top class kulen (local type of sausage), bacon and sausage. You will try his products, wash them down with home-made wine and brandy (rakija) and listen to the stories of the old master of crafts. We left him for the end because, as you will see- he is a man hard to part from.

Day 5

Breakfast, of course. No one leaves Slavonia hungry 🙂

Now you already know a lot about the city and its surroundings. Enough, we hope, to be able to plan the next phase. If Osijek and surrounding area are the destination where you would like to spend next couple of months, we would be happy to help you plan the future steps. We can check out potential apartments and arrange things for you, organize the moving in, negotiate the use of co-working space… We will help your arrival and adapting to new environment goes smoothly. Because, in case you forgot from the beginning- we are your friend at the destination for as long as you need us 🙂

Upoznaj svog osječkog prijatelja s Maksi Toursom

Onima koji tek razmišljaju boraviti u Osijeku kao digitalni nomadi ili su  se već odlučili za naš grad nudimo pomoć u organiziranja boravka  i rješavanju svih onih malih i velikih pitanja bitnih za riješiti prije dolaska u destinaciju. Kratkotrajni boravak, dugoročni najam stana, uslugu vodiča koji će Vas upoznati s gradom, kratkoročni najam bicikla , internet paket za prvih par dana…Pokazat ćemo Vam moguće co-working prostore, zajedno s Vam ćemo razraditi opcije boravka, odgovoriti na pitanja, pronaći odgovore ako ih odmah ne znamo jednostavno ..Bit ćemo Vaš prijatelj u destinaciji toliko dugo koliko Vi budete trebali.

Svaki program razradit ćemo zajedno s vama, ovisno o vremenu, afinitetima, slobodnom vremenu.

1. dan

Dolazak u Maksimilian smješten u povijesnoj jezgri Osijeka- Tvrđi. Maksimilian nije mjesto gdje ćete doći samo prespavati. To je planet malog princa, ružičasti balon u kojem se odvojite od ostatka Svemira…i osjećate mir, sigurnost, toplinu, udobnost .

Uz piće dobrodošlice upoznavanje sa svojim prijateljem na destinaciji. Onim koji će ti pokazati grad očima lokalca, upoznati te s poviješću i sadašnjošću, pokazati skrivene ulice, mjesta za izaći, mjesta za sakrit se. Upoznavat ćeš  s njim ljude, grad  i okolicu i nadam se, postati naš sugrađanin.

Nakon kraćeg odmora, s pričom grada Osijeka krećemo iz romantične Tvrđe šetajući uz rijeku Dravu sa slikovitim pogledom na dva osječka mosta, baroknu Tvrđu, parkove, Gradsku luku. Nakon lagane, polusatne šetnje i priče o gradu i običajima, stižemo na glavni gradski trg. Obići ćete i veličanstvenu konkatedralu sv. Petra i Pavla. Polako se vraćamo prema Tvrđi, ali ovaj put kroz grad i najljepšu secesijsku ulicu u Hrvatskoj- Europsku aveniju.

Slijedi večera u tradicionalnom slavonskom restoranu. Vino, tamburaši,  i čašica razgovora bit će dovoljni da se zabavite i opustite dugo u noć jer Maksimilian je odmah tu, iza ugla.

2. dan

Doručak u Maksimilianu i nastavak istraživanja

Osijek je grad pješaka i biciklista, dugačkih ravnih panonskih ulica, uređenih parkova i biciklističkih staza. Najbolji način za osjetiti duh grada jest obići ga biciklom. Upoznati male ulice i trgove, parkove s penzionerima na klupicama, djecu na igralištima, male trgovine i tržnice. Jer to čini jedan grad- njegovi ljudi.

U našoj vožnji gradom obići ćemo potencijale co working prostore. Popiti kavu s potencijalnim kolegama i nastaviti vožnju.

Osijek je grad studenata, opuštenih i gostoljubivih ljudi, grad rastućeg IT sektora i sigurni smo da ćeš naći ljude slične sebi.

Ručak u jednom od osječkih restorana  na obali rijeke Drave

Večernji sati- Nešto treba i sam doživjeti. Sad znaš glavne točke grada, snalaziš se pomalo… je li to baš sve tako kako ti je tvoj novi prijatelj prezentirao? Vrijeme je da sam otkriješ

3. dan

Upoznaj jedan od najboljih co- working prostora u regiji. Osječka Kopika.

Naša popularna gradska plaža Copacabana je puno više od mjesta za sunčanje. Od milja nazvana Kopika, mjesto je susreta osječana, zabave, kupanja ili ispijanja pića u hladu. Sa odličnim WiFi –em, pametnim solarnih stablom za punjenja gadgeta i prekrasnim pogledom na grad, sjajno mjesto za početak razmišljanja- ovo bi mogao biti grad za mene

Kratak popodnevni odmor i krećemo u novu avanturu.

Kao što Firenza ima Toscanu, Osijek ima Baranju.

Osječki vrt, koji započinje na samo par kilometara od grada, nudi nevjerojatnu raznolikost prirode, hrane,pića, doživljaja.

Danas ćemo samo malo okusiti dio toga. Krećemo s Kopačkim ritom.

Kopački rit je jedinstveno poplavno područje nastalo djelovanjem 2 velikih rijeka Dunava i Drave-često ćete istražujući o ovoj jedinstvenoj močvari naići na pojam „ Europska Amazona“ Nije to slučajno. Kopački rit, jedinstven i različit u svako godišnje doba, stanište je stotinama ptičjih vrsta, jelenima i divljim svinjama. Omiljeno izletište, a u prošlosti i lovište kraljevima i prinčevima, predsjednicima     i po kojem diktatoru.

Obilazak započinjemo  u prijemnom centru, projekcijom dokumentarnog filma i upoznavanjem s florom i faunom rita. Slijedi šetnja poučnim stazama do pristaništa. Na Poučnoj stazi su postavljene table sa slikama i opisima biljaka, životinja i karakteristikama močvarnog staništa.

– Na pristaništu  nas čeka mali drveni čamac s pratiteljem s kojim započinjemo  jednosatnu  avanturu kroz posebni zoološki rezervat. S čamcem ulazimo duboko u rit, upoznajemo skrovita gnjezdilišta ptica, nevjerojatni ptičji i vodeni svijet, a uz malo sreće i orlovi će letjeti kraj nas.  Nakon vožnje čamcem krećemo u  obilazak dvorca Tikveš – Kompleks Dvoraca Tikveš čini prostor šuma i perivoja unutar kojeg su smješteni rezidencijalni objekti. Oni isti  koje su u tajnosti šume i sakriveni pogledu znatiželjnika, koristili nekadašnji svjetski lideri prilikom lova.

Dan završavamo večerom u poznatom restoranu Kormoran, u srcu Kopačkog rita, s jedinstvenim jelovnikom

4. dan

Doručak u Maksimilianu

Danas nastavljamo istraživati Baranju. Vrijeme je da vidite zašto Baranju zovu majkom vina. Provest ćemo se vinskom cestom , kroz milijune čokota vinove loze uz zaustavljanje na vidikovcu i pogledu na nepregledne vinograde. Stajemo u Beljsku vinariju, jedinstveni, višestoljetni vinski podrum neprekinute tradicije i krećemo degustaciju. Graševina, merlot, pinot… sigurno ćete naći svog favorita.

Nakon vinskog podruma krećemo ka Batini. Odlazak u pravcu Batinskog spomenika- najsjevernije točke Baranje. Razgled Memorijalnog kompleksa „Batinska bitka“ jedne od najvećih bitaka u II svj. ratu. s prekrasnim vidikovcem iznad Dunava na tromeđi Hrvatske, Mađarske i Srbije. To jednostavno mjesto „gdje Dunav ljubi nebo“.

Nakon Batine imamo  kratku vožnju do Zmajevca i odlazak prema vinariji i restoranu Josić.  Slijedi nam degustacija i prezentacija Vinarije Josić u  podrumu  i ručak uz okuse  baranjske kuhinje. Obišli bi ovo pitoresktno, tipično baranjsko selo i upoznali   surduke i  gatore. Surduk je naziv za karakteristični usjek u brdu s vinskim podrumima (gatorima) ukopanima u zemlju kojima je uvijek idealna temperatura za vina. Surduk je jedno od najautentičnijih kulturno povijesnih bogatstava Baranje

Nakon ručka u jedinstvenom restoranu Josić ukopanom u brdo, nastavljamo istraživanje. Kratka vožnja nas dovodi do malog mjesta Suza i sjajnog čovjeka koji tamo , u tradiciji koja se stoljećima prenosi kroz generacije, izrađuje predmete na lončarskom kolu. Upoznajte gospodina Asztalosa. Čarobnjaka s keramikom koji će Vas upoznati s izradom predmeta , a onda ćete, uz mali tečaj i Vi napraviti nešto svoje, korisno i uporabno. I naravno, ponijeti kao suvenir.

Imamo samo još malo vremena za iskoristiti ali ne možemo otići iz Baranje a ne probati izvrsne baranjske mesne delicije, i to mjestu gdje nastaju.

Upoznat ćemo gospodina Matijevića na njegovom OPG-u, mjestu gdje nastaju vrhunski kulen, kobasica, slanina. Kušat ćete proizvode, zaliti ih domaćim vinom i rakijom i slušati priče starog majstora zanata

Ostavili smo ga za kraj jer vidjet ćete –  čovjek je to od kojeg se teško rastati!

5. dan

Doručak naravno. Sad već puno znate o gradu i okolici. Dovoljno nadamo se da možemo planirati slijedeću fazu. Ako su Osijek i okolica destinacija na kojoj bi steproveli idućih par mjeseci, rado bi smo s Vam razradili buduće korak. Možemo obići potencijalne stanove i dogovoriti željeno za vas,  isplanirati selidbu, dogovoriti korištenje co-working prostora. Pomoći ćemo vam u što lakšem dolasku i prilagođavanju na grad. Jer ako ste zaboravili ono s početka- mi smo Vaš prijatelj u destinaciji sve dok nas budete trebali.

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