The Balkans Real Food Adventure

12/06/2022 through 09/23/2023
12/06/2022 through 10/07/2023
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. 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 adventure will not leave you hungry!

Activities

  • Dubrovnik – Welcome Dinner
  • Konavle – Home-cooked lunch with wine tasting
  • Konavle – Ljuta visit
  • Njegusi – Smokehouse visit & tasting
  • Lustica – Olive oil farm visit
  • Prizren – Leader-led city tour
  • Shkoder – Rozafa Fortress visit
  • Pristina – Leader-led city tour
  • Pristina – Gracanica Monastery visit
  • Pristina – Serbian barbecue lunch
  • Tetovo – Painted Mosque
  • Debar – St Jovan Bigorski Monastery visit
  • Janche – Cooking class
  • Kuratica – Home-cooked dinner
  • Ohrid – Green Market
  • Prespa – Home-cooking demonstration
  • Prespa – Agriturismo visit & tasting
  • Dihovo – Beekeeper farm visit
  • Dihovo – Home-cooked lunch
  • Stobi – Stobi archaeological site
  • Tikves – Wine tasting
  • Matka – Matka Canyon boat cruise
  • Skopje – Green Market

Highlights

  • Experience an authentic taste of the Balkans and a look at local life when you dine in family homes in Ljuta, Ohrid, Lake Prespa and Dihovo.
  • Get hands on with local village women in Janche for a cooking class focused on making local flaky pastries, and enjoy a cooking demonstration in Dolno Dupeni.
  • See behind the scenes of local produce when you visit a centuries-old smokehouse, an olive mill, an apple farm, and meet a local beekeeper for a honey tasting.
  • Throughout your culinary escapade, explore the stunning landscapes of the region, discovering the Painted Mosque, Matka Canyon, Mavrovo National Park and Lake Prespa.
  • Try the most iconic foods of Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, including smoked and barbecued meats, cheese, gjomleze and locally produced wine.

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 Janche
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Day 6 Ohrid
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Day 7 Ohrid
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Day 8 Bitola
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Day 9 Bitola
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Day 10 Skopje
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Day 11 Skopje
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Day 12 Skopje
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