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Macedonia – treasury of wine and culture

  • Copenhagen – Skopje

    Morning trip via Vienna to Skopje, capitol of FYR Macedonia;

    Arrival and accommodation to the hotel Holiday INN, central located.

    After light lunch at hotel and short rest, in the afternoon we are on 2,5 hrs sightseeing tour of Skopje, very interesting city with few different cultural and ethnic background, where history noticeable intertwines with new modern way of life between old bazaar, many churches, mosques, new buildings and museum, huge statue of Macedonian heroes, especially Alexander the Great  – and all of that, along the docks of the river Vardar.  Ottoman- and Byzantine-era sights are focused around the city's delightful Čaršija (old Turkish bazaar), bordered by the 15th-century Kameni Most (Stone Bridge) and Tvrdina Kale Fortress – Skopje's guardian since the 5th century. Tour includes the visit to the Church of The Holy Survivor.

    In continue we’ll visit interesting touristic attraction - ethno village near the Skopje on the slops of the mountain Vodno which includes dinner, too.

    Return back to the hotel. Overnight.

  • Tikves winery - Stoby, ancient city and Stoby Winery

    After breakfast we are the whole day trip.

    As in Roman times, a tradition of making wines in Macedonia was flourishing - a tradition to craft enchantingly powerful wines exhibiting the scent of the south, having a symphonic flavour and epitomizing the joyfulness of Macedonians.

    So, the first stop is Tikves Winerey, which is one of the most important carriers of this tradition. For more than 125 years, the sky, land, sun and vineyards in the south of Europe, each with their own share, have been a part of the story about Tikveš wines. Tikveš Winery has been crafting and aging premium Macedonian wines ever since 1885 and producing around 50 million liters per year! A visit to the winery for 1,5 hrs includes an introduction to the whole process of making wine, by the local English speaking guide, while tasting the best wine products.

    We continue our tour to the ancient city of Stoby, dating from the Hellenic period, in 217 BC is located on the main road that leads from the Danube to the Aegean Sea, on the place where the River Crna - joins the River Vardar, making it important strategically as a center for both trade and warfare, and it is considered by many to be the most famous archaeological site in the Republic of Macedonia.

    After 1 hour tour with a local English-speaking guide, we’ll be on the way to visit Stobi winery, one of the most impressive and the best in Macedonian equipped by the highest new technology includes visit to the vineyards, the winery and the whole process of production, as well as refreshments and tasting of wines.

    About 12,000 hectares are planted in the Tikves wine region, which represents approximately one-third of the total vineyards area in Macedonia. The most famous grape variety is Vranec, which accounts for almost 50% of the total vineyards planted with red grapes. However, this region has proved to be an excellent breeding ground for international grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Riesling, Traminec and many others.

    Late lunch in Stobi Restaurant where you will find out more about the local wine culture while enjoying the culinary masterpieces of Stobi’s chefs, always ready to surprise guests with traditional Macedonian delicious and specialties. This will be a historical, cultural and culinary experience you’ll never forget…

    At 6 PM return back to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight.

  •  Mavrovo National park and St. Johannes Biogorski- Monastery

    After breakfast, check out from the hotel and we are on the route to Mavrovo and Ohrid Lake.

    The Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia is one of Europe’s oldest national parks. It is famous for its extensive beech forests, alpine meadows, pristine rivers and streams. The park hosts a huge variety of species, such as rare trout species, wolves, bears, and otters, as more than 1,000 different plant species. We will visit Saint John Biogorski Orthodox Monastery, with it’s treasury of extraordinary beautiful wooden icons and it self offering and breathtaking view over the Mavrovo Lake.

    After lunch in the local restaurant we continue our trip to Ohrid.

    Arrive to Ohrid at the early evening hours.

    Accommodation at the new renovated Hotel Beton, situated on the walking distance to the city of Ohrid.

    Dinner at hotel. Overnight.

  • Ohrid

    After breakfast 3 hrs city sightseeing tour with a local guide in the old part of the town so called “Varos”(city).

    Not a single part of Ohrid is without history. The town is set amphitheatrically on a hill over the transparent water of the lake with characteristic architecture, with more than 40 churches, remarkable frescoes, icons and amphitheatres.

    Ohrid is a real town-museum placed on UNESCO’s list of cultural-historical treasury.

    Sightseeing starts from the harbour, visiting the churches of St. Sophia (11th c.) and St. Clement (13th c.). Tour continues to the recently reconstructed church Plaosnink, on the top of the hill above the town, in which the grave of St. Kliment one of the founders of the Cyrillic alphabet is to be found. Nice view extends from the church of St. Pantailemon and from Tzar Samuil’s Fortress.

    The famous Ohrid pearl, silver filigree and attractive objects and souvenirs with folklore features presents a challenge more to wander the narrow streets of the old part of city.

    There is a possibility to stay in the city. Time free.

    Dinner at hotel.

    Overnight.

  • Ohrid – St. Naum Monastery

    After breakfast the whole day excursion by boat to St. Naum Monastery, located on the south east side of Lake Ohrid, in the immediate vicinity of the Macedonian-Albanian border. Its building is linked to the name of St. Naum, the closest associate of St. Clement of Ohrid. Records about the life and work of St. Naum can be found in three literature works dedicated to his life. In the Historical Archives of Ohrid there is a Chronicle written by a priest that lived in the second half of XIX century. It reveals a series of interesting details about the construction of the monastery, the estate of the church, and the lives of the monks.

    During the excursion, lunch in the restaurant "Ostrovo Sveti Naum" on the island near the spring of the river “Crni Drim“. The water here is so transparent, clean and cold, that you can drink it instead of any other refreshment.

    Dinner at the hotel.

    Overnight.

  • The Bay of bones - National Park Galicica - Albania

    After breakfast at 9 AM starts our whole day excursion. On the way to the Mountain and National Park Galicica, our first stop will be visit to incredible site the “Bay of bones” – Museum with a treasure of prehistoric life near the Ohrid Lake.

    Mountain Galicica is situated across the border between the Republic of Macedonia and Albania and between two biggest lakes in the area Ohrid and Prespa, with breathtaking view over the extreme untouched natural beauty. During our stop on the top of the mountain, it will be served domestic brandy and burek, domestic pie.

    Return back to the hotel. Dinner at hotel. Overnight.

  • Bitola – Heraklea

    After breakfast and on the way to Bitola, Ataturk’s childhood town before he became the father of the whole Turkey we’ll visit Heraklea, place built up by Fill II Macedonian, the father of Alexander the Great, with its very impressive preserved Greek ruins.

    We’ll have a short walking tour via the picturesque narrow streets of Bitola full with a colourful ethno handcraft souvenirs.

    In continue we’ll have lunch in the local restaurant.

    Return back to Ohrid. Dinner. Overnight. 

  • Skopje – Copenhagen

    After early breakfast, we’ll leave the hotel and have transfer to the airport for the flight home via Vienna.

    End of program.

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