Location: Croatia and the Balkans
Duration: 11 days / 10 nights
Start/End: Skopje / Skopje
Activities: Food and wine tasting, preparation of local dishes, sightseeing
Who is it for?
Ravenous explorers hungry for a food and drink filled adventure in an underexplored destination.
What is it?
Inspired by the kaleidoscope of smells, spices, and colours you’ll encounter in the pazar – a traditional Macedonian market – this 11-day culinary-first itinerary is flavoured with ancient city visits, encounters with enologists, cooking classes, private boat trips, archaeological sites, bazaar trips, and a hearty dose of food and wine tastings. A rich bouquet of cultural and culinary experiences in a diverse destination that combines Balkan, Mediterranean, Greek, Roman, and Ottoman culture in a way that is uniquely Macedonian.
Highlights: Learn about Macedonian culinary traditions, sample local wines beers and liqueurs, taste local produce herbs and spices, visit different traditional markets and bazars, sightseeing and visit cultural sites, visit local wineries
Season: March – November
Included: All meals and accommodation, ingredients for preparation of the dishes, guidance and tutorials for preparation of the dishes in a traditional setting, English speaking guide, (guides in other languages available upon request), all activities and transfers mentioned in tour
Not Included: International flights, travel insurance, personal expenses, tips
Prices: USD $4900 per person (2 person min) / USD $3880 (4 person min) / USD $3250 (6 person min) All prices based on double occupancy
Traditional Macedonian cuisine combines Balkan and Mediterranean characteristics, inherited largely from Turkish tastes that prevailed during long centuries of Ottoman rule.
Taste a variety of Macedonian fresh fruits and vegetables, sample local herbs that are grown in the mountains and the countryside, and pair rich, spicy, and diverse meals with unique wines produced in local Macedonian vineyards.
*In case of late arrival the activates will be organized on the second day, hence the tour will be 12 days/11nights
In the afternoon hours we can:
Option I: visiting Matka canyon nearby Skopje. The vast Matka Canyon is a protected natural reserve and home to several medieval monasteries, amazing caves and a wide variety of plants and animals. The group will be offered boat trip and visit of the Vrelo cave. We will have a free time for a lunch in the restaurant by the Matka Lake.
Option II: we will visit a winery nearby Skopje where clients will taste different type of wines, cheese testing and presentation by an enologist. Also they will have a lunch at the winery.
Transfer back to hotel and overnight. (B/L/D)
At the end we will offer the group an opportunity to go souvenir shopping for the unique Ohrid pearls (Ohrid pearls are a local custom for more than eight decades. They are untouched by globalization, and will not be, because their production requires the scales of the endemic Ohrid Lake Plasica fish. That makes Ohrid pearls a perfect buy for the visitors of Ohrid. Supposedly there are only two families who know the Ohrid’s best kept secret – the secret of making the pearls). Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid. (B/L/D)
In the evening we will have a presentation and tasting of wines produced in the West part of Macedonia combined with a widely famous sausage and kebab from Krusevo, which are prepared the standard way, but the special flavor or the secret lies in condiments and mastery. We will enjoy the warm ambient of the hotel restaurant with a magnificent view on the city lights in the evening. Overnight in Krusevo. (B/L/D)