This part of Europe is also blessed with incredible scenery with imposing mountains, pristine lakes and traditional villages tucked away in pretty valleys. But as with many countries it is the people who leave perhaps the most lasting impression – having come through recent strife there is an overwhelming sense of optimism about the people that cannot fail to raise your spirits. Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia are some of the last frontiers of Europe, complex and fascinating destinations imbued with history. This tour is also relaxing and multi country wine tour will show travelers some of the hidden secrets of the folks, who are so famous for its collection of vineyards and wine crafting. We invite you to have fun, learn about the wine, take in the beautiful sights and discover the best of the wine regions and wineries in Albania, Macedonia and Kosova.
Upon arrival at Mother Teresa International Airport, the group will be met and greet by our local guide. Transfer to Kruja city. Afternoon continue with the tour of hill top town. The walking tour of Kruja will take you through the cobble stone pathway of Ottoman bazaar with wooden shops and displays of various gifts and antique household items. Visit within the walls of the castle will include the historic museum dedicated to Scanderbeg and his resistance against the Ottoman invasion. An old house turned to an ethnographic museum will invite you to a unique cultural aspect of life in northern Albania. Overnight in Kruja.
Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Prizren/KOSOVO. Discover Prizren the cradle of cultural wealth of Kosovo people. The walking tour will explore the Old town with its Ottoman bridge, water fountain, their unique mosques and orthodox churches. The city is known for its rich culinary tradition, mainly homemade products and dishes. Lunch in one of the local restaurants in Prizren. Transfer to Bernjake, Rahovec. Tour of Stone Castle Winery. Vineyards and Winery “Stone Castle” in Rahovec is the largest producer of wine in Kosovo and among the largest in the Balkans. The winery is known for its full body red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and blended red like Amphora, white wines like Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Continue with the journey to Pristina. Overnight in Pristina.
After breakfast we start with panoramic tour of Pristina. Explore the main highlights of city, visiting the Statue of Scanderbeg, the National Theatre, Statue of Mother Teresa, the University area and colossal “NEWBORN” sign and the city promenade. Depart for Skopje/MACEDONIA. City tour of Skopje, including time for lunch in the city. Our panoramic tour will explore the old Railway station, the monument of Mother Teresa and her memorial house, the Stone Bridge, Daut Pasha Hammam monument of the Islamic architecture, the church St. Spas, the Fortress Kale; we suggest also a short walking tour of the old town and its bazaar. After the visit of Skopje enjoy wine testing at SKOVIN winery. Skopje vineyard is located in the central wine region of Macedonia-Vardar valley which produces 85% of the total wine production in Macedonia. Vineyard of Skopje is situated on the northernmost part of the Vardar valley region and is surrounded by high mountains. The terrain of this vineyard is wavy and hilly, with gentle slopes of 250 up to 600 meters above sea level. Most common sorts of red wine are Vranec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stanušina, Pinot Noir and Kadarka. As for the white wines, those are Chardonnay, Belan, Muscat, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Smederavka, Muscat Ottonel, Temjanka and Žilavka. Overnight in Skopje.
After breakfast we will drive to to Kavadarci wine region. Sightseeing of Kavadarci town and Tikvesh Lake. Tour of Tikvesh winery. As early as in Roman times, a tradition in Macedonia was flourishing, a tradition to craft enchantingly powerful wines exhibiting the scent of the south, having a symphonic flavor and epitomizing the joyfulness of Macedonians. Tikveš Winery is one of the most important creators of this tradition. For more than 125 years, the sky, land, sun and vineyards in the south of Europe, each with its 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. Time for lunch in one of the local restaurants in the area. Continue with the journey to Bitola. Visit Mangolia square, statue of Philip the 2nd and the pedestrian street with an ottoman architecture feel, the Clock tower and St Demetrius church, Bezistan market and enjoy a walk along the Sirok Sokak street. Overnight in Bitola.
After breakfast we will drive to St. Naum. This journey will take you to a monastic complex, known for its rich history of orthodox religion, some of the painting achievements and woodcarving, displayed within the church of St. Naum, a priest and scholar with a famous legacy. Tucked away in a middle of a natural wonder of water spring, this site is a must for any traveler. Leave St. Naum and drive to Ohrid city and possibility for lunch. Afternoon city tour of Ohrid. The highlight of the Ohrid tour include Church of St. Sophia, St.Bogorodica Perivlepta, St.Jovan Kaneo, St.Pantelejmon – Plaosnik, Old Bazaar, Mesokastro Settlement, Kaneo Settlement, Ohrid Fortifications, King Samoil Fortress, Antique Theatre, Ohrid Traditional Architecture, Icon museum. Overnight in Ohrid.
After breakfast we drive to Albania. On the way stop for refreshments in Elbasan city. Wonder around Ottoman fortress, city center, clock tower. Continue driving to Berat. The Çobo Winery is scenically nestled at the base of Mt. Tomorri in the rolling hills that surround the city of Berat. Çobo’s facilities currently consist of several cultivated vineyards, a spacious kulla (a form of traditional Albanian architecture), and the winery itself, and a wine presentation room, elegantly constructed and furnished in the Berat style. A tour of the facilities includes an extensive viewing of the wine making process and explanations, punctuated by alternating poignant and comic vignettes that paint a glowing picture of the family’s history and the origins of their wines. Overnight in Berat.
After breakfast, walking tour of Berat Fortress and visit of the city. Berat – Known as the “City of windows one over the other” and is declared a Museum City”. Berat, overshadowed to the east by Tomorr Mountain 2415 m, and is an ancient Illyrian settlement founded in the 4th & 5th centuries B.C, on the territory of the Illyrian tribe of Desarettes. The town is composed of 3 parts; Gorica, situated on the far side of the river; Mangalem, situated on the fortress side of the river and the Residential quarter within the fortress known as KALAJA. The old part of the city has some religious buildings like mosque and Byzantine churches. The old name of the city was ANTIPATREA. Transfer to Bardha winery and visit of the winery. The winery takes pride in blending the modern winemaking techniques with the ancient viticulture traditions. Some of our distinguished wines are fully body reds, like Mavrud and Cabernet Cuvee and White Sheshi (after the name of the local grape SHESH). Then we will drive to Tirana. Tirana, the heart and capital of Albania, like all other European metropolises has never-ending movement and energy. With its clubs, bars, cafes, and taverns, Tirana is worth discovering by both, day and night. Start from Skanderbeg Square, where you will be able to see the Mosque of Et’hem Bey (built between 1798 and 1812) and the 35 m high, the Clock Tower, built in 1822 with a San Marco style cupola. The monumental Tomb of Kapllan Pasha and the Ura e Tabakëve (a bridge constructed in the beginning of the 19th century, located on Bulevardi Zhan D’Ark) are also worth visiting. As a capital, Tirana has the country’s finest museums, theatres, and galleries representing the national arts. A visit to the National History Museum, Bunk’Art 1 and the National Gallery of the Arts will leave wonderful memories. For dining, Tirana offers a rich traditional cuisine. Overnight in Tirana.
After breakfast, transfer to Airport. End of our Service.
Tour Itinerary: Wine Tour Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia
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