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Slovenia to Macedonia Real Food Adventure

22 Days | Eat your way from Ljubljana to Skopje, and every delectable bite in between.

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If it's a gourmet feast you want, a gourmet feast you shall get! This food inspired journey through the Balkans includes visits to salt pans, a truffle farm, wineries, waterfalls, national parks, fishing villages and so much more. Discover why Istria is considered one of the world's leading producers of quality olive oil, eat Dalmatian-style under a metal bell, raise a glass of Slovenian wine or plum brandy with your small group, and shout 'zivjeli!' to the simple, home-style cuisine this region is famous for. Indulge in a traditional barbeque in Kosovo, dine on home-grown produce in the private garden of a Dihovo family and visit a centuries-old olive press outside of Kotor. Experience next level hospitality on this unforgettable epicurean odyssey.

Trip overview

Map of Slovenia To Macedonia Real Food Adventure including Croatia, Macedonia, Republic Of, Montenegro, Slovenia and Kosovo
Start
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Finish
Skopje, North Macedonia (Macedonia)
Theme
Food
Destinations
Slovenia, Croatia, North Macedonia (Macedonia), Montenegro, Kosovo
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMZMC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Learn how to prepare local delicacies with hands-on experiences that include taking a cooking class in Ljubljana to indulge in Slovenian favourites, and joining local village women in Janche for a class focused on making local flaky pastries.
  • See behind the scenes of local produce when you visit a centuries-old smokehouse, an olive mill, an apple farm, go truffle hunting, and meet a local beekeeper for a honey tasting.
  • Throughout your culinary escapade, explore the stunning landscapes of the region, discovering the fairytale landscapes of Lake Bled, the falls of Plitvice Lakes, the lush Croatian island of Korcula, spectacular Matka Canyon and stunning Lake Prespa.
  • Experience an authentic taste of the Balkans and a look at local life when you dine in family homes in Rakovica, Ljuta, Ohrid, Lake Prespa and Dihovo.
  • Try the most iconic foods of Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, including smoked and barbecued meats, cheese, gjomleze and locally produced wine.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The cuisine in this region includes a lot of meat and seafood. For vegetarians and vegans we recommend reviewing the itinerary and inclusions to ensure that you will be able to fully participate and enjoy this trip. We also have many other trips to this region which can accommodate a range of dietary requirements.
  • The Croatian coast is very hilly and mountainous and stairs are commonplace. You will have to be able to easily lift your luggage and carry it up and down stairs and inclines, so packing light is recommended. The cobblestone streets become very slippery when wet. Some people may find Croatia's topography very demanding.
  • Summer temperatures can reach 40C/105F or higher in some areas, so it's important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of Slovenia To Macedonia Real Food Adventure including Croatia, Macedonia, Republic Of, Montenegro, Slovenia and Kosovo

Inclusions

Meals

12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle, Public Bus, Ferry, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (15 nights), Apartment (5 nights), Guesthouse (1 night)

Activities
  • Ljubljana - Schnapps tasting
  • Bled - Day Trip by Public Bus
  • Bled - Kremsnita Tasting
  • Ljubljana - Slovenian Cooking Class
  • Piran - Tasting Tour and Lunch
  • Motovun - Truffle Hunt and Tasting
  • Rovinj – Day Trip
  • Plitvice Lakes - National Park Visit
  • Rakovica - Home-cooked meal
  • Zadar - Nunnery & farm visit
  • Zadar - Local market visit
  • Split - Old Town markets & culture tour
  • Korcula - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Zrnovo - Cooking Class
  • 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
Add on activities
  • Lake Bled - Parish Church of St Martin - Free
  • Bled - Castle - EUR15
  • Bled - Pletna Boat Trip - EUR14
  • Zadar - Archaeological Museum - EUR5
  • Zadar - Roman Forum - Free
  • Zadar - St Anastasia's Cathedral - Free
  • Split - Ivan Mestrovic Gallery - EUR12
  • Split - St Domnius Cathedral and Tower - EUR10
  • Split - Diocletian's Palace Cellars - EUR7
  • Korcula – Hop on hop off boat - EUR20
  • Korcula – City Museum - EUR6
  • Korcula - Traditional Moreska Dance Performance - EUR18
  • Ohrid - City tour and cruise - Minimum 2 passengers - EUR50
  • Ohrid - St Naum Monastery & Trpejca - EUR80
  • Bitola - Heraclea Lyncestis - EUR25
  • Bitola - Breakfast Ckembe Corba - EUR5

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 7 and 8 (Hotel) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.

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5 out of 5 based on 1 reviews submitted.
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Ken · Traveled May 2022
This was an excellent tour where our trip leaders made sure we had the best experiences to enjoy the foods of the Balkans. Kudos to Ivana, Aleksander, and Bojan who represented the best of Intrepid Travel!
Review submitted 11 Jun 2022
Slovenia to Macedonia Real Food Adventure
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CHF  5,176