Slovenia to Macedonia Real Food Adventure

21 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
Croatia, Slovenia, North Macedonia (Macedonia), Kosovo, Montenegro
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
  • Experience an authentic taste of this region and a look at local life when you dine in family homes in Rakovica, Ohrid, Lake Prespa and Dihovo.
  • See behind the scenes of local produce when you visit local farms, a centuries-old smokehouse, an olive mill, a Benedictine nunnery and meet a local beekeeper for a honey tasting.
  • Take a day trip to the island of Brac and indulge in the finest organic olive oils from the largest olive grove in Croatia, followed by a sugared walnut cake that has become ‘a protected item of intangible heritage’!
  • Try the most iconic foods of Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo, including smoked and barbecued meats, cheese, honey, apples and locally produced wine.
  • Learn how to make a hand-formed pasta shape in a Croatian konoba, the greens-filled soparnik with experts in Split, and brightly coloured and flavoured ajvar in Dolno Dupeni.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Humana Zagreb. Donations help provide job opportunities and education programs in sustainable fashion and textiles for people with disabilities.

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

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

Inclusions

Meals

12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle, Public Bus, Ferry

Accommodation

Hotel (16 nights), Apartment (3 nights), Guesthouse (1 night)

Activities
  • Bled - Kremsnita Tasting
  • Smartno - Wine tasting
  • Trebese – Organic farm visit & lunch
  • Motovun - Truffle Hunt and Brunch
  • Rovinj – Day Trip
  • Motovun - City walls
  • Rakovica - Home-cooked meal
  • Plitvice Lakes - National Park Visit
  • Zadar - Nunnery & farm visit
  • Zadar - Local market visit
  • Split - Village cooking demonstration
  • Brac - Olive oil museum
  • Brac - Hrapoćuša cake tasting
  • Split - Old Town markets & culture tour
  • Zrnovo - Cooking Class
  • Peljesac - Wine tasting
  • Ston - Oyster tasting
  • Lustica - Olive oil farm visit
  • Njegusi - Smokehouse visit & tasting
  • Shkoder - Rozafa Fortress visit
  • Prizren - Leader-led city tour
  • Pristina - Serbian barbecue lunch
  • Pristina - Leader-led city tour
  • Pristina - Gracanica Monastery visit
  • Debar - St Jovan Bigorski Monastery visit
  • Kuratica - Home-cooked dinner
  • Ohrid - Green Market
  • Prespa - Agriturismo visit & tasting
  • Prespa - Home-cooking demonstration
  • Dihovo - Home-cooked lunch
  • Dihovo - Beekeeper farm visit
  • Tikves - Wine tasting
  • Stobi - Stobi archaeological site
  • Skopje - Leader-led walking tour with traditional sweets
Add on activities
  • Ljubljana - Sights & Bites Urban Adventure - EUR130
  • Ljubljana - Castle visit & funicular - EUR16
  • Bled - Castle - EUR15
  • Bled - Pletna Boat Trip - EUR14
  • Split - Gallery of Fine Arts - EUR5
  • Split – Highlights of Split Urban Adventure - EUR64
  • Split - Marjan Hill Hike - Free
  • Korcula – City Museum - EUR6
  • Korcula Island - Marco Polo Museum - HRK60
  • Ohrid - St Naum Monastery & Trpejca - EUR80
  • Ohrid - City tour and cruise - Minimum 2 passengers - EUR50
  • Bitola - Breakfast Ckembe Corba - EUR5
  • Bitola - Heraclea Lyncestis - EUR25

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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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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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EUR €5,472