February 19, 2018
The Taste of Macedonia
Written By aurora
Experience the true taste of Macedonia! Unique wines, tasteful food and untouched nature. Visit one of the most significant wine regions in Europe and the world, while tasting few of Macedonian recognizable wines. See the spirit of the capital, Skopje and travel to the most ecological region in Macedonia.
Day 1: Skopje
Upon arrival in Skopje, you will greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival and if time permitting we will head to the top of the mountain Vodno with a cable car to experience the bird’s eye view of the city. If that won’t be possible will check in the complex Macedonian Village (built in the traditional spirit of the Macedonian architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries and composed of sixteen authentic houses). Here you will experience traditional Macedonian dinner and wine tasting.
Day 2: Skopje-Stobi-Tikves-Popova Kula
After breakfast in the hotel, your guide will take you on a tour of Skopje, starting with the nearby Byzantine church of St. Pantailemon. Then we explore the Old Town and Skopje’s landmarks: Fortress Kale, Old Bazaar and the Stone Bridge, crossing the river Vardar to ”Macedonia Square’’ and ”Mother Teresa Memorial’’. Then we will head to Stobi Winery, where you will enjoy the view of the vineyards, as we well as taste the winery’s’ most popular and awarded wines during the lunch. Our next stop is Tikves Winery, which is the largest winery in Southeast Europe and is existing from 1885. Here we will have a brief tour of the vineyards and taste some of their fine premium wines, from the long list of awarded wines on the world stage. Our last stop will be Popova Kula Winery, where we will check in their hotel. In the evening we will have dinner and taste the one of a kind in the world wine from the Stanushina grape.
Day 3: Popova Kula-Queen Mary-Strumica-Berovo
After breakfast in the hotel, we will depart to visit nearby Royal Winery-Queen Maria, which was built by the King Aleksandar Karadjordjevic. Our journey continues to South-Eastern Macedonia, through Valandovo to explore the still existing medieval monasteries Veljusa and Vodocha. Here you can enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings and admire the monastery’s preserved medieval frescoes. After our lunch in a restaurant in Strumica, we will head to the nearby Smolare, to visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Macedonia. In the the evening, we will arrive in the unique and prestige Aurora Resort & Spa. Here we will relax, unwind and continue with our wine & dine experience, during the dinner in the restaurant.
Day 4: Berovo-Kratovo-Kumanovo-Skopje
After breakfast, we will drive to sheepfold Klepalo, where you will experience part of the production of white cheese and taste traditional Macedonian spirit-Rakija. Then we will head to Kratovo enjoying the Stone Town and learn the mythic story of its creation. Our next stop will be at the restaurant ‘’Ethno Selo’’ where we will have lunch and wine tasting. After resting for couple of hours we will head back to Skopje and check in the hotel.
Day 5: Skopje
After breakfast in the hotel, you will have free time till transfer to the airport for your departure.
The tour includes:
• Airport meet and greet
• Transfer from/to Skopje Airport
• 4 nights accommodation on HB basis.
• Wine tasting and meals in Macedonian Village, Stobi Winery, Popova Kula Winery, Aurora Spa & Resort and Etno Village
• Wine Tasting in Tikves Winery and Royal Winery-Queen Maria
• Dinner in restaurant in Strumica
• Guided tour of ”Macedonia Square” and ”Old Bazaar” in Skopje
• Visit to medieval Byzantine style monasteries
• Visit to one of the most famous waterfall in Macedonia
• Licensed English speaking guide
• Transfer in modern AC vehicle according to the program (depending on size of the group)
• Entrance fees
The tour does not include:
• Personal expenses
• Beverages not included in the wine tasting menu
• Visa fees, if applicable
• What is not listed in the above ”The tour includes” section
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