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The Balkans Real Food Adventure

12 Days | Taste your way through Croatia, Montenegro and North Macedonia

4.9 out of 5 based on 8 reviews submitted.
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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!

Trip overview

Map of The Balkans Real Food Adventure including Croatia, Macedonia, Republic Of, Montenegro and Kosovo
Start
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Finish
Skopje, North Macedonia (Macedonia)
Theme
Food
Destinations
Montenegro, Croatia, North Macedonia (Macedonia), Kosovo
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZKZM
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Why you'll love this trip
  • 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.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The cuisine of the Balkans 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 the Balkans which can accommodate a range of dietary requirements.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Itinerary

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

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Map of The Balkans Real Food Adventure including Croatia, Macedonia, Republic Of, Montenegro and Kosovo

Inclusions

Meals

6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights)

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
Add on activities
  • 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 applies to all nights of your trip 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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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 8 reviews submitted.
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Tadhg · Traveled September 2023
The Balkans are wonderfully complex, it is perfect for a great travel experience. Food is great, drink plentiful, people delighted you travel this way. A dramatic mountain peak always watches over you. North Macedonia is an undiscovered jewel.
Review submitted 09 Oct 2023

Michaela · Traveled September 2023
This trip provided an insight into each country and their culture that would not have been possible without going on this tour. We were welcomed into peoples homes and could experience the passion and love they have for their foods/drink. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit these countries.
Review submitted 16 Oct 2023

Nick · Traveled September 2023
This trip is a must to experience Balkan food and drinks. The food is amazing and you will come back a little heavier!
Review submitted 10 Oct 2023

Kaye · Traveled September 2023
This tour was amazing. The food was exceptional but more exceptional were the people who proudly shared their culture, homes, businesses with us. I felt privileged to meet them and through food learn about their countries. The history lessons learnt as we travelled were also enlightening and helped me to understand the political and cultural landscape of the Balkans. The accomodation was more than expected of an Original tour. Do this tour, not only for yourself but to support the hard working people whose hospitality and enthusiasm was so special. I can’t recommend this trip highly enough! Be prepared to be welcomed with rakija at most places, just take a deep breath and swallow!
Review submitted 06 Oct 2023

Craig · Traveled June 2023
Very good tour nice personal touch. Got to learn a lot about. Balkans and the food in this area.
Review submitted 04 Jul 2023
The Balkans Real Food Adventure
From
USD $2,136