The land of sun is the land of the tastes. This biblical country still preserves the aromas and flavorings that you may very well remember from your childhood, from the times when fruit and vegetables didn't come neatly packaged in boxes, with same size and color. Delve into the secrets of the Macedonian cuisine; into the endless variety of fresh salads, cheeses and the unique, mouthwatering mix of traditional recipes of the many cultures and religions who live in this beautiful Balkan state.
Meet your guide over a dinner in the Bohemian district of Skopje, and discuss the tour logistics and Macedonian customs while sampling Macedonian grilled cheese, peppers, and courgettes. Overnight in Skopje.
Rise early so you can buy the best ingredients on the green market! Your chef will guide you through the colorful booths with fruits and spices, and he will teach you how to use them in your make-your-Balkan-style-lunch classes. Afternoon walks in Canyon Matka nature reserve. Overnight in Skopje.
Explore Skopje on foot: from the Mother Teresa monument in the busy center, to the maze of narrow cobblestoned streets of the Old Bazaar, lined with art-craft shops and oriental restaurants. Visit the Painted mosque and the Dervish convent in Tetovo and stay overnight in Mavrovo.
Join the shepherds on Mt Bistra and learn how they produce their sharp sheep cheese. We'll spend the day walking in the National Park with few stops in old mountain villages to taste and learn the recipes of their natural homemade products. Dinner on the balcony with best view over river Radika valley. Overnight in Jance.
Morning coffee with the local Turkish women at their home, where we'll learn about their traditional lifestyle and their colorful handmade accessories. On our way to Ohrid, we'll visit the cave churches and the monk cells carved in the rocks above Ohrid Lake. Afternoon guided tour of Ohrid old town - the cultural capital of Macedonia protected by UNESCO and the birthplace of the Cyrillic script. Overnight in Ohrid.
Boat ride along the lake shore, with few stops to visit the Bay of Bones, the monastery complex St Naum and for swim on a hidden beach by St Zaum. After the lunch in a fishermen village we'll drive to Dihovo, for relaxing evening with our lovely hosts over a delicious dinner paired with their homemade beer and wine. Overnight in Dihovo or Bitola.
Morning walk and coffee in one of the cafes on the main pedestrian street of Bitola. Visit of the lively old town and bazaar in Prilep to taste the best “bieno” (beaten) cheese made by Mariovo farmers. Afternoon drive through the wine area with visit of the Royal winery and to a small communist style winery - the main supplier of wine to the great Marshall Tito. Dinner with wine-tasting and tour of the cellars of chateau Popova Kula. Overnight in Popova Kula hotel.
After breakfast visit of the wine museum in Demir Kapija, and continue to Skopje Airport for flight home, or to extend your tour at a rural household, or in Serbia. If time allows, we'll visit Stobi on our way – the ancient trading city built at the sunset of the great Macedonian kingdom.
Included in price:
Accommodation: 2 x hotel 5*, 2 x hotel 4*, 1 x guesthouse, 1 x boutique hotel, 1 x winery chateau Meals: 7 x breakfast, 6 x lunch, 6 x dinner Transport by air-conditioned van / minibus Full escort by professional tourist guide Cooking classes (Day 2) Boat ride in Matka and in Ohrid Cheese farm visit in National Park Mavrovo Tasting of homemade products in Galicnik Traditional welcome by the women artisans in Mavrovo Hiking guide in Mavrovo Entrance fees for cultural sites Organization and logistic by Macedonia Travel www.macedoniatravel.com
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