5 days 4 nights
This wonder tour is perfect balance between history, tradition, faith, gastronomy, wine, craft experience and happy people!
When you come to Macedonia, the first thing you will feel is the joy for having you as our guest. Pure and warm hospitality, people who would like to show you their passion, delicious food, really nice beer, not mentioning the wine which is our specialty. In few days you will have the chance to feel like a VIP, but in a more comfortable sense (without paparazzi:) because our moto is to let you discover Macedonia with its hidden wonders. You will travel trough time and once in a while you will return to the present moment. Having the chance to meet local people like Deko – the Ruby hero, Sandra – the fairy cook, Marjan – the craftsman and Dushko- the memory keeper. They will give you the opportunity to understand the way of living, the way of thinking, the way of seeing things through their perspective…. By tasting the various dishes, you will understand that tradition has a huge impact even nowadays… By visiting Antient Cities from IV century BC, the old XII century churches, XV century monuments, XVII century monasteries and Mosques, you will have the chance to be in an open museum full of historical wonders. And finally, by tasting the Macedonian wine you will understand why it was totally worth this wonderful trip made with so much love….
Surprisingly beautiful and a bit controversial Balkan capital, Skopje has so many things to be proud of. From the medieval fortress Kale you will have a bird's- eye view of the old and the new part of the capital of Macedonia. The old part is one of the favourite places to shop, to eat or just to relax in one of the coffee shops. The new part is well known for the Project 2014 and the birthplace of Mother Teresa. In the Centre you will meet one of the greatest Macedonian heroes – Deko in his small Ruby shop. The multi religious aspect of life is present and can be seen by visiting the beautiful churches and mosques. There are also very interesting Museums to go and learn more about Macedonian History.
A day where you will not even notice the 190 km due to the rich programme. Along the trip we will show you the painted mosque, a real treasure and unusual example of decorated mosque thanks to two noble women in the 15th century. You will enter into the Islamic and Christian world and realise the impact of the religion in this small multi-ethnic and multi religious country by visiting remarkable monasteries and mosques where tradition is kept. Another keeper of the history will show his black & white world in his own photo gallery where he will introduce you the old fashion photoshop surrounded by photos, old cameras, old studio and you will enjoy the homemade cookies & Turkish coffee prepared by his lovely wife.
Get ready to fall in love in the pearl of the Balkans – city of Ohrid. This day we are totally dedicating to the discover of the UNESCO protected area, to be in the city of 356 churches, to walk through the magnificent old part of Ohrid and having the chance to see the process of 100% nature paper making on a Gutenberg`s Press. More highlights are included in this day such as the boat trip to the Monastery of St. Naum in one of the oldest tectonic lakes in Europe, a perfect time for yourself enjoying the one-hour trip. Another piece of paradise where nature and spiritual existence become one. Ohrid is the town of the enlighteners of the Slavs, St. Clement and St. Naum who invented the Cyrillic scripts back in the 9th century – the way of spreading Christianity among the people of the Balkans. Be where the first University of Europe was founded with 3500 students.
From Ohrid we want to proudly present our ethno-culture in the Museum dedicated to the traditional customs (180 totally different customs only from one Prespa region area of 400 square meters, basically on every 2 square meter there was one unique traditional custom). A perfect craft day where you will meet two local heroes with two totally different stories who have only one thing in common: hospitality and generosity! Even if you don`t know Macedonian, you will feel the Macedonian energy in every step you take. In Bitola you will have gastronomical experience in the yard of one normal but exceptional family where Sandra is in charge! Our food fairy who will present traditional food in a unique way full of love. And the other hero? You will meet him in his home ready to tech you how to wood carve. Day finishing in the wine region in the Iron Gate town.
Before this tour is over you will enjoy another delicious Macedonian breakfast in Popova Kula, Demir Kapija and another fresh made coffee that will remain in your memory and will remind you about the incredible tour in Macedonia; a small country with a great heart.