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8 Day Food and Wine tour of Macedonia

8 days 31 sites

If you're a passionate traveler and someone with a "specific" taste, than this tour is definitely the right choice for you. Macedonia, once an ancient empire, is now among the top notch history destinations awaiting to be discovered, with its unique architecture and uncovered nature, a wonder on the Balkans. This 8 day tour includes visiting lot of historic and religious sights, as well as many lucrative food and wine degustation spots, where you will taste some of the best wines and culinary specialties. You will have the chance to explore some of the most breathtaking places in our country and enjoy its pleasant climate. Have a trip to this small but unique country, you won't be disappointed. Travel to Macedonia now.

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*Price includes
  • Qualified licensed English speaking tour guide for the duration of the whole trip.
  • Private transportation during the whole tour.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Accommodation.
*Price does not include
Tour detailed itinerary:
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  • The tour starts at the museum of the city of Skopje, where you will get some basic info regarding getting around in Macedonia. The walk starts along Macedonia Street towards the square. Along the way is the Memorial House of Mother Teresa built in honor of a great humanitarian and a winner of Noble Prize for Peace. Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, in 1910.
  • The tour continues towards Macedonia Square which has undergone tremendous restoration in the last few years with a lot of new monuments and buildings around, representing Macedonian cultural heritage and history.
  • From Macedonia Square we continue towards the Old Bazaar passing over The Stone Bridge which is one of the most recognizable symbols of Skopje.
  • Once we get into the Bazaar, the first thing you notice is the feeling that you have gone back in times, returning to the days when the bazaar was swarming with people from all around the Balkan trading their wares and services.
  • In the Old Bazaar you will visit the famous Daut Pasha Hamam (bath house) which was built in the 15th century and that holds the National Art Museum. After that you will visit Kapan An (Han) which was also built in the 15 century by Isa Beg.
  • Traditional Macedonian lunch will be served at one of the restaurants in the Old Bazaar. You will taste Macedonian sausages and baked beans”gravce tavce”
  • After the lunch you will visit the Saint Savior church in the Old Town which holds the monument of the most famous Macedonian revolutionary Goce Delcev. In this area you will visit the Skopsko Kale which is the most famous middle-century fortress in the Skopje region.
  • The rest of the day is planned for the Matka Canyon with its outstanding work of nature, preserved natural and geographic characteristics in which rare and endemic species found their escape.
  • After Matka tour, we get back to Skopje after which we check in at the hotel.
  • Dinner will be served at a traditional restaurant with folk music.
  • Free time for activities
  • Overnight
  • The tour starts with breakfast at the hotel in Skopje and check out following an overview of the tourist spot Sharena Dzamija (Painted Mosque) located in Tetovo. The Painted Mosque was built in the year of 1459 on the foundation of an older edifice. An example of early Constantinople style, this mosque is adorned with an elaborate painted facade and interior, making it unique for tourists.
  • After the overview of the mosques we continue our tour to the Mavrovo National Park. The tranquility, the climate conditions, the hydrological and vegetative features enhanced together with the human creativity contributes in making this region a very special place. Here we will have a walk around the surroundings while enjoying in its natural beauties.
  • The tour continues towards the beautiful tourist location the Monastery of Saint John the Baptist with its distinctive architecture with priceless and rare wood carvings. Dating from the 11th century this Monastery presents an important cultural and historical place surrounded by legends for its mystical icon with healing powers.
  • From there we head with our tour towards Ohrid where we stop at village Janche for lunch, where you will have the chance to taste the famous Macedonian pie the “zelnik”
  • After finishing the lunch we will head out  to the village of Vevchani. The village is located 14 kilometers north-west of the town of Struga and is most famous for its springs. The largest spring is located at the opening of one of the many caves in the region. The most famous spring is "Jankov Kamen" which is situated at about 1200 meters above sea level.
  • Dinner will be served at a restaurant in Vevcani, with the Vevcani sausages as a delicates, a 1400 year old recipe, as well as the famous Vevchani Tava – a meat and veg casserole
  • Overnight at Vevcani
  • The day starts with the breakfast in the hotel in Vechani
  •  Departure for Ohrid, the city of light.
  • Ohrid is a city on the eastern shore of Lake Ohrid. It has about 42,000 inhabitants making it the seventh largest city in the country and the most visited tourist destination in Macedonia. Ohrid was known for the fact that once had 365 churches one for each day of the year and has been referred as the "Macedonian Jerusalem". The city is rich in culture, religion, picturesque houses and monuments which hold on to the traditional Macedonian architecture from centuries ago.
  • The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments while tourism is predominant because of the special natural and cultural surrounding of the area. First we will visit the Upper Gate which is fortification surround the Old Town crowned with the King Samoul Fortress (the most famous medieval Macedonian King). The area offers the most beautiful sight on the Lake of Ohrid.
  • After that, you will visit the Ancient Theater.  The theatre is the only visible monument from ancient times. It is also the only Hellenistic theatre in Macedonia; the other three are from Roman times.
  • You will visit the Archeological site of Plaosnik / Saint Clement of Ohrid. It is a place that has been very important religious center since early Christian times, if not before. It is the site of the first university in Europe, opened in the 10th c. and it is the place where the Cyrillic alphabet was created. The church you see is a reconstruction of the church St. Clement built when he came here and opened the university. The 5 nave early Christian basilica in the middle of which the church stands is from the 5th century.
  • You will also pay visit to the famous church of Saint Sophia which was built in the 11 century and it is the Cathedral of the Ohrid archbishops. Inside the church is the biggest composition of 11th century frescoes preserved in the world. The main altar has scenes from the Old Testament and an emotional procession of angels bowing to Virgin Mary.
  • You will visit the famous church dedicated the the Holy Mother of God Perivleptos. The church was built and painted in 1295. It is dedicated to Virgin Mary, Perivlepta (from Περίβλεπτος) is an attribute given to her meaning "the Omnisicent and Clairvoyant".
  • In the courtyard of St. Bogorodica Perivlepta church is the Ohrid icon collection with some of the best examples of the iconographic art in Macedonia. It is considered to be the second most important and valuable collection of icons in the world after the Moscow collection
  • After that you will visit the Ohrid Old Bazaar with its picturesque craftsmen and shops.  It is a simple bazaar consisting of just one street. It starts with the food market (it used to be the animal market in the past). After the market the bazaar begins with a small square. On the square there is a 1000 year old tree and a nice fountain. Above the square the clock tower of Ohrid stands. As you walk down the bazaar on your left there are couples of stone stores, which is the only section of original stores in the bazaar. In the past, the bazaar was covered with grape vines, protecting shoppers from the sun and the rain. Very few crafts are preserved. The bazaar ends with the main square that used to be the food market in the past.
  • As an option you can visit a pearl shop where you can buy the worlds famous Ohrid pearls.
  • Lunch will be served at one of the local traditional restaurants.
  • Free time to walk around the Old bazaar in Ohrid
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Next is a upcoming cooking class, you'll learn how to prepare two Ohrid specialities “melted cheese” and “a seasons dish” at the hotels kitchen
  • Enjoy the self cooked dinner on the hotels balcony with a view of Lake Ohrid and overnight
  • After the breakfast in the hotel we will departure for the St. Naum of Ohrid Monastery. It is breathtaking setting on a plateau over Ohrid Lake and Galičica Mountain towering from behind. It was founded in the 910 by St. Naum, but the present-day church was built in the 16th century. Of the original church just the side chapel with the grave of St. Naum still stands. The frescoes were painted in 1806 (the side chapel frescoes depict the life and miracles of St. Naum); in the first chamber of the church look for the fresco of St. Cyril and Methody and their students including St. Clement and St. Naum. The icon screen was made in 1711 and it is the oldest completely preserved wooden high icon screen in Macedonia.
  • You will also enjoy the boat ride on the springs of the river Crn Drim, a breathtaking natural setting with crystal clear waters.
  • The tour then continues towards the village Brajcino, a place rich in murky water sources, high and green forests, along with "endemic" houses that will bring you back in the old days.
  • On our way back to Ohrid we will visit the archeological site Bay of Bones. It is museum on water dating back to 1200 years BC.
  • Lunch will be served at the Macedonian “St. Tropez” village of Trpejca, You will enjoy a perfect view by the water, while tasteing the local specialty ”trout on bbq”.
  • After lunch, we departure for the city of Bitola. Bitola is the second largest city in Macedonia located in the south-western part of the country. The city still bears the marks of the diplomacy and is well known as “the city of the consuls”. Bitola is located on an important strategic and trade point near the Greek border at the base of Pelister Mountain which presents one of the three National Parks in Macedonia.
  • In Bitola we will walk through the most famous street Sirok Sokak – the Wide Street and we will visit small churches in the town. You will see the tall Clock Tower and have an opportunity to see the centuries old Bezisten – the covered market.
  • You will also experience the ambient of old time diplomatic city by visiting the old consulates. Visit of the Magaza is planed which is the most famous historic Stock Exchange now being an arts museum.
  • We then visit the archaeological site Heraclea Lyncestis. The city of Heraclea was founded by Philip II of Macedon in the middle of the 4th century BC and presents one of the best preserved antique cities.
  • Dinner will be served at one of the restaurants in Sirok Sokak. You will taste the local speciality “sarma”, a delicious delicatise, after having a glass of rakija with “shopska” salad. Lovely
  • Check in at the hotel and free time for individual activities.
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • After the breakfast we departure for Prilep.
  • We will have a glimpse of the city surroundings and the most famous locations such as the village of Varosh, King Marko’s Fortress and St. Archangel Michael Monastery. The Varosh Monastery complex includes foundations of necropolis and settlements from the bronze and iron ages, thermal spas from the Roman period and numerous well preserved cultural and historical monuments from the Middle Ages. After the review of the city centre free time will be provided for lunch in the traditional restaurant “Makedonska Kuka”, serving unique local specialties in clay pots
  • After the touring of Prilep, we then head towards the Tikves Winery – one of the most authentic and biggest  Macedonian wineries. We will make a quick tour on the winery and you will get to know the process of how they produce one of the best wines on the Balkans.
  • After the Tikvesh tour, we will continue our way toward Povardarie region in Central Macedonia. We will visit the winery of Popova Kula, one of the most authentic Macedonian wineries. You will have chance to visit the vineyard where you will see the century old secrets of harvesting the wine grapes.
  • Dinner and wine tasting at the winery
  • Overnight at Popova Kula
  • Breakfast at the Popova Kula winery.
  • Departure for Elenov Winery and tour of the place. Elanov winery is recognized as one of the oldest wineries in the Balkans
  • Afterwards, the tour continues to the archeological site of Stobi, an ancient town of Macedon, considered by many to be one of the most famous archaeological site in Macedonia
  • Then we head towards the Stobi winery where you will enjoy the Macedonian cuisine compiled with superb and impeccable quality of the wines they produce.
  • Lunch and wine tasting in the winery
  • After the lunch, we departure for Kokino, one of the oldest megalithic observatories in the world recognised by NASA. Sightseeing of the location
  • Dinner will be served at the Ethno Village
  • Overnight 
  • Traditional Burek and yoghurt for breakfast in the hotel.
  • Departure for Skopje
  • We continue the tour on Vodno, a natural getaway not far away from Skopje and sightseeing of its unique surrounding.
  • Cable car tour of Mountain Vodno, heading towards the Millennium Cross, one of the pinpoints of the city. It offers tourists and visitors alike the best land view of Skopje and its surroundings. It's an unique place where you can breath-in fresh air and soak up some sun.
  • We will also visit the monastery of St.Pantelejmon, a small 12th-century Byzantine church.
  • Afterwards, we will head towards the Chateau Kamnik winery, where we'll do a tour.
  • Lunch will be served at the winery, with game meats and explicit wine.
  • Free afternoon for walk around city Skopje
  • Later, we will have a dinner at a beer garden in Charshija “the old bazaar”
  • Bar hopping in Charshija “Kaldrma Rakija Bar” and “Wine Bar Temov”, tasting of various rakija’s and wines
  • We will then finish off with some traditional sweets
  • Overnight in Skopje
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer to Skopje airport
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