A Macedonian dish is not only fresh and inviting, but a peek back into the country's rich and varied history. Join us for a journey of discovery of Macedonia's unique cuisine..

 

Overview

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.

Itinerary

Tour itinerary

Day 1 Skopje

We meet the group at the Skopje Airport. Transfer to the hotel in Skopje. Check in and leisure time. In the afternoon, the guests visit the Old bazar, where clients will have a lunch in a restaurant build in a traditional style with an ambient live Macedonian music. Traditional food and wine will be offered, along with an explanation of the origin of the food, ingredients that are used etc. Since the Old Bazar has very lively atmosphere in the evening hours (pubs, wine bars and restaurants are packed), it is nice to have a walk and visit some of these amenities, again with premium wines and spirits (mainly "rakija", which is typical Macedonian spirit, made by distillation of fermented fruits) and cheese. Overnight in Skopje.

*In case of late arrival the activities will be organized on the second day, hence the tour will be 11 days/10 nights.

Day 2 Skopje - half day culinary tour and sightseeing

Half day culinary tour: In the morning we are going to visit a typical Macedonian market (pazar), where one can see and feel the huge variety of colors, ingredients, tastes and spices. This will allow the tour participants to get more familiar to the Macedonian cuisine. We continue with traditional breakfast (pastry/soup-chorba), followed by coffee break. Later the participants will be introduced to all the ingredients in front of them, as well as the ones that were bought at the market. Also, they will gain insight of the basic local dishes and culinary traditions of Macedonia. Together we will prepare 3 dishes: MAKALO, CHEESE IN A POT, and PROJA. We will have the opportunity to cook with previously bought and half-prepared ingredients (the ones that require longer time for preparation for cooking). Finally, we will enjoy our creations. We finish the tour with coffee break.

In the afternoon hours we can:

Option I: Visit the Matka canyon, located near Skopje. The vast canyon is a protected natural reserve and home to several medieval monasteries, amazing caves and a wide variety of wildlife. The group will be offered boat trip and visit of the Vrelo cave. We will have a free time for early dinner in the restaurant by the Matka Lake.

Transfer back to hotel and overnight.

Day 3 – Mavrovo National Park - game dishes

After the breakfast check out from the hotel and departure to Ohrid. On the way we will stop for a lunch in a restaurant located in the National Park Mavrovo. In the Galichnik area of Mavrovo, we will taste different wild game specialties as well as typical beverages from this region. Also, short en-route visit of the famous Monastery of Bigorski will take place. 

Arrival and check in at hotel in Ohrid. We will have a dinner on the hotel terrace with a beautiful view on lake. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 4 – Ohrid - half day culinary tour

After breakfast we will visit the local market (pazar/пазар) in search of ingredients for our dishes. Together we will prepare SELSKO MESO and GJOMLEZE. We will have the opportunity to cook with the previously bought and prepared ingredients (the ones that require longer time for preparation for cooking). The participants will be actively involved in all the stages of preparation of the dish. Finally, they will enjoy their creations.

In the early evening hours the clients will be transferred to the area of Debarca (some 20mins transfer from Ohrid), and arrive in the village of Kuratica, where our friendly hosts will do front cooking of traditional village dishes. Return to Ohrid for overnight. 

Day 5 Ohrid - city of UNESCO

After breakfast we check out from the hotel and go on a guided walking tour of the most famous Ohrid amenities, the Church of St. Sofia (one of the most impressive medieval buildings in Ohrid), the Plaoshnik archaeological site (unique phenomenon of Byzantine architecture), Tsar Samuel’s fortress, the Ancient Theater (it was built on the hills of the old town of Ohrid in the 3rd century B.C), church of St. Jovan Kaneo (located on one of the most beautiful spots in Ohrid, this church was built in the 13th century, successfully combining the Byzantine and Armenian styles).

We stop by for a lunch in a restaurant in the old part of Ohrid, by the lake shores. After lunch we explore the old Ohrid bazaar (one of the liveliest areas of the city, especially on the so called "market days", where numerous customers and food producers mingle. This is great opportunity for buying locally handcrafted items. Especially interesting are the clay products, the old Macedonian musical instruments and the famous Macedonian embroidery.

After the market, we visit of traditional handmade paper workshop (it is one of only seven in the world, where the paper is made in the original Chinese way from the 2nd century BC.). Guests have the opportunity to see this method of paper making on Gutenberg’s machine from the 15th century. The equipment and clothes which are used are entirely authentic. All products are unique and can be bought only there. If there is time left, we will also visit the house of Robevci, which is at the same time a museum of Ohrid (one of the most famous architectural monuments in Macedonia. It was built in its current state in 1863 – 1864).

At the end of the day, 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 remain so, as 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 Ohrid’s best kept secret – the secret of making the pearls). Transfer to the Prespa area, where we will spend the next day. Dinner and overnight takes place in the beautiful village of Brajchino.

Day 6 - Cooking in Prespa - village of Brajchino

Today our hosts will demonstrate the preparation of traditional Prespa fish dishes, meze (appetizers) and pies. After lunch, we will walk in the vicinity of the beautiful village of Brajchino. 

Day 7 – Bitola

After breakfast we will check out from the hotel and depart to Bitola. We will stop in the center and visit Shirok Sokak which is a pedestrian street with nice, colorful, romantic and neo-classical buildings, very lively and lined with cafes. We continue with a walking in the Street of Consulates and the oriental center of Bitola. Lunch is offered in a restaurant located on Shirok Sokak, taste dishes and wines from the region. Departure to Krushevo. Arrival and check in at the hotel in Krushevo. Diner and overnight.

Day 8 Krushevo - lunch and wine tasting

After breakfast, we will have a walk in Krusevo - highest town in the Balkans. We will visit the Makedonium monument (symbol of the town, built on the highest area in the town called Gumenye. It’s a monument of the Macedonian statehood and a memorial of the Ilinden rebellion. The Makedonium is a symbols that represents a synonym for Krusevo), Museum of National Liberation war Krusevo, St. Nicholas church, (built in 1905 on the site of an earlier church that was burned after the Ilinden uprising. Saint Nikola church is the cathedral in the town and it is situated in the old bazaar in the central part of this small town. It is a typical orthodox church, open on sundays for service. For lunch we enjoy authentic Krusevo cuisine, which combines Balkan and Mediterranean characteristics, inherited largely from Turkish tastes that prevailed here during long centuries of Ottoman rule. After lunch we will visit a traditional shop where we will be part of presentation of the authentic process of making sweets (lokum).

In the evening we will have wine tasting and presentation of wines produced in Western Macedonia combined with the region-wide famous Krusevo sausage and kebab, which are prepared the standard way, but the special flavor or the secret lies in the condiments and mastery. We will enjoy the warm ambient of a restaurant with a magnificent view on the city lights in the evening. Overnight in Krushevo.

Day 9 – Krushevo pie & Wine tasting in Tikvesh

Traditional house will host us for breakfast, where the local hosts will prepare the famous Krushevo pie for us. The clients will taste pies with cheese, leeks, cabbage and spinach. After breakfast, we check out from the hotel and depart to the Tikvesh wine region. We stop for wine tasting at a winery. After a walking tour of the vineyards and a visit of the storage facilities of the cellars, we will meet with an enologist, who will give us short presentation of the wines produced. We taste wines and have lunch at the winery.

After lunch, we return to Skopje. On the way to Skopje, we will stop to visit the ancient city of Stobi in central Macedonia. In the Tikvesh wine region clients will have the opportunity to taste Macedonia's premium wines (reds and whites), in a relaxing atmosphere. Final overnight will take place in a local family owned winery. 

Day 10 – Departure

We depart for the airport after breakfast. End of the program.

Gallery

Moments from the cooking classes:

Macedonian cuisine:

Wine tasting:

What's Included

Included:

- Transportation

- Accommodation in hotels (hotel category can be chosen in accordance with Your request)

- All tours and activities mentioned in tour

- Ingredients for preparation of the dishes

- Guidance and tutorials for preparation of the dishes in a traditional setting

- All activities and transfers mentioned in tour

- Tour guide (English or other major European languages) 

- Taxes

Not included:

- Transfers to Macedonia

- Single room supplement

- Optional excursions and visits

- Insurance

Dates & Prices

Scheduled dates:

* This is non scheduled tour with flexible dates. 

Number of Participants:

2 - 12

Tour grade:

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Prices: 

Confidential prices for TOs available upon request. Price depends on the number of participants.

Additional information: 

- Season: Year round

- Tour can be custom tailored as per your requests