The Balkans Real Food Adventure

08/19/2020 through 09/24/2022
08/19/2020 through 09/27/2022
Intrepid Travel

The Balkans Real Food Adventure

Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of the Balkans on a 12-day tour through Croatia, Montenegro and North Macedonia. Along your way, stroll through lush national parks, discover quaint villages and see some of the region’s most spiritual sites. Sip a traditional fermented drink – boza – for breakfast, picnic on the banks of the Treska River, master the art of the perfect pastry with the village women of Janche, indulge in a traditional Kosovan barbeque, dine on home-grown produce in the private garden of a Dihovo family and visit a centuries-old olive press outside of Kotor. With curated food and wine experiences plus an expert local guide leading the way, your Balkans Real Food Adventure will not leave you hungry!

Activities

  • Ston – Town Visit
  • Brijesta village – Small winery and restaurant (oyster tasting)
  • Njegusi – Smokehouse Visit & Tasting
  • Lustica – Olive oil farm visit
  • Prizren – Walking Tour
  • Shkoder – Rozafa Fortress visit
  • Kosovo – Sightseeing Tour
  • Pristina – Gracanica Monastery Visit
  • Gracanica – Traditional Lunch
  • Tetovo – Painted Mosque of Tetovo Visit
  • Mavrovo National Park – Traditional Dinner
  • Janche – Cooking Class
  • Debar – Mavrovo National Park Visit
  • Debar – St Jovan Bigorski Monastery visit
  • Kuratica – Local Home Cooked Dinner
  • Dihovo – Beekeeping Masterclass
  • Ohrid – Green Market Visit/Breakfast
  • Dihovo – Villa Dihovo Lunch
  • Stobi – Stobi Archaeological Site Visit
  • Tikves – Visit two micro-wineries for tastings
  • Matka – Matka Canyon Boat Cruise
  • Skopje – Green Market

Highlights

  • In the small town of Janche, meet with local village women for a cooking class focused on making local flaky pastries – considered a specialty of the region.
  • Have a hands-on experience when you meet a local beekeeper for a honey tasting – you’ll be definitely getting the buzz in this master class.
  • Discover the wine scene in North Macedonia and how, since ancient times, these fertile lands have produced renowned grapes. You’ll sample the finest drops with a celebrated local expert.
  • Learn about a world of hams and cheeses in a centuries-old smokehouse, and discover the ancient processes of making olive oil at a local farm outside of Kotor.
  • Throughout your culinary escapade, explore the undulating countryside, stunning landscapes and hidden towns of the Balkans – you’ll gain a true sense of this region with your small group.

Itinerary

Day 1 Dubrovnik
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Day 2 Kotor
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Day 3 Kotor
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Day 4 Prizren
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Day 5 Prizren
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Day 6 Janche
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Day 7 Ohrid
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Day 8 Ohrid
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Day 9 Bitola
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Day 10 Skopje / Tikves
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Day 11 Skopje
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Day 12 Skopje
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