Wine Tour, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece

Balkan Wine Tour
Multi Day Tour 12 Days / 11 Nights Availability: 2021-01-01
(Tour Starts) Zagreb-Croatia Albania, Greece, North Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro Tour Guide: English Language

With this beautiful 12-day wine tour through the Balkans, you will have the unique opportunity to visit 6 wine countries and taste their amazing and delicious wines. You will visit the unknown wine countries of Albania, and Macedonia as well as the better-known wine countries of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Greece but again, this wine tour is about the unknown and astonishing side of what should be a great wine experience. In addition to the delicious wines that will amaze you, all these countries also have many beautiful cultural sights of which you will visit the most important ones. Do you want to taste amazing delicious wines, see culture, and all that mostly away from mass tourism? Then, this is the perfect wine tour for you.


DEPARTURE LOCATION
Zagreb Airport (Google Map)
RETURN LOCATION
Thessaloniki Airport (Google Map)

PACKAGE INFORMATION
  • Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
  • Ages: 1 – 99
  • Type: Car / Minibus / Coach Tour
  • Departures: From January to December
  • Cities Visited: Zagreb, Moslavina, Split, Dubrovnik, Trebinje, Njegushi, Kotor, Budva, Podgorica, Shkodra, Tirana, Durres, Ohrid, Dihovo, Bitola, Skopje, Demir Kapija, Thessaloniki
  • Price From: According to your request.

INCLUDED
  • Accommodation in 3*/4* hotels on twin sharing basis with daily breakfast
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Transportation by car/coach/minibus
  • Airport transfers
  • All Taxes

NOT INCLUDED
  • Meals other than that mentioned in itinerary
  • Overseas medical insurance
  • Tips and porterage
  • Entrance fees
  • Optional tours
  • Anything that is not stated in itinerary

DISCOVERY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Moslavina region, full of picturesque small towns, family farms and amazing wildlife.
  • The Old Town area of Dubrovnik, surrounded by ancient walls.
  • Kotor, the most historical city on the Montenegrin coast, UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Thessaloniki, Greece’s is second largest city, filled with the reminders of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman rule.

Wine Tour, Croatia, Bosni & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece

Itinerary and prices for Wine Tour, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece:

  • Prices for this tour according to your request.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN CROATIA – ZAGREB (15 KM)

We will meet at the airport and transfer to Zagreb. After the accommodation, we take a relaxing short tour starting from the modern Donji Grad, or Lower Town, whose well-designed street grid was laid out in the 19th century. This area is home to many of city civic and historic monuments. We will continue to Gornji Grad, or Upper Town. In this older part of the city, there are two medieval settlements, Gradec and Kaptol. Among the highlights of Upper Town are the tall twin spires of the Cathedral of St. Stephen, an ancient church dedicated to the Assumption. Overnight in Zagreb.

DAY 2: ZAGREB – MOSLAVINA – ZAGREB (120 KM)

After breakfast, we drive to Moslavina region, southeast from Zagreb, full of picturesque small towns, family farms and amazing wildlife. In local vineyards everything revolves around the native white variety called Škrlet, a light and crisp dry wine with floral aromas. There are also the usual continental varieties typical for central Croatia: Graševina, Chardonnay, Pinot blanc, Furmint, Muscat, Pinot noir, Blaufraenkisch. Today’s tour is for curious wine enthusiasts seeking new experience off the beaten path, but also for those who love countryside peacefulness. Specialties you can taste on this tour include: Moslavina version of orange wines, especially Škrlet, homemade brandies (cherry, honey, peach, strawberry, cornelian cherry), combined with cheese and meat. Overnight in Zagreb.

DAY 3: ZAGREB – SPLIT (410 KM)

After breakfast, from Zagreb we drive to Split, an ancient city, one of the richest archaeological sites in Croatia. In this town we can feel the Roman and early Christian spirit that takes you back to the past as we walk by the old Basilica Urbana, its baptistery, the Forum. One of the three Roman amphitheaters on the east Adriatic coast gives you the chance to experience the emotions of the ancient gladiators that pervaded this magnificent construction. In front of the Tusculum, there is a beautiful garden where you can take a rest and let the peaceful atmosphere relax you. In the afternoon we will be guests of Diocletian’s wine house, famous of its history of 1700 years. It is a combination of different Croatian wines and true Dalmatian cuisine in one. Have a taste of the true Dalmatian hedonism! A professional sommelier will introduce you to the finest wines and will tell you all about this region’s history of wine preparation and grape picking. Free evening in Split. Overnight in Split.

DAY 4: SPLIT – DUBROVNIK – TREBINJE (265 km)

After breakfast we will drive from Split to the Old Town of Dubrovnik. The coastal town is surrounded by ancient walls. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been remarkably well restored. We explore the town on our own, with a prior explanation of our tour leader. From Dubrovnik, we drive to nearby town of Trebinje, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our panoramic city tour will start from the old fortresses and old stone Arslanagić bridge from 16th century, than the old clock tower, the urban core Castle built in 18th century, Osman pasha’s mosque from the 18th century and city walls, reaching the poets’ square lined with 115-years-old plane trees. This evening we are guests of Berak Winery, a family winery. Their tradition of wine production dates back several hundred years. They produce several varieties of wine, including Zilavka, Vranac, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Rose. Their latest innovation is a bio wine produced with a blend of old vine varieties. In addition to making wine, they also produce domestic brandy and bitters. Overnight in Trebinje.

DAY 5: TREBINJE – NJEGUSHI – KOTOR (120 KM)

After breakfast we will drive to Montenegro to visit the town of Njegusi, known around the country for its famous smoke-dried hams and cheeses and wine and brandy. Stop into a smokehouse, where the owners take you on a tour and explain their production process, dating back for centuries, and will also take you for a tasting of their famous Njegusi smoked hams, cheeses and homemade wine and grape brandy. Than we drive on to Kotor, with free time later in the day, exploring this small UNESCO town, or perhaps climbing the hills behind the city to experience Kotor’s ruined fortification walls. A hike up the stone steps, to the Fortress of Sveti Ivan at the top rewards you with views across the Bay of Kotor. Free night and optional dinner at a Kotor wine bar. Overnight in Kotor.

DAY 6: KOTOR – BUDVA – PODGORICA (85 km)

After breakfast we drive along the coastal Montenegro to its capital. First we stop in Budva with a short sightseeing of the old town, including clock tower – the bell tower of St. John’s Church, the Citadel Fortress, built 2500 years ago, with preserved watchtowers, ramparts, stairs and barracks, built by the Austrians in 1836. Before we taste some more Montenegrin wine, we take a bus panoramic sightseeing of the capital Podgorica, than nearby we take you to one of the largest vineyard in one complex in Europe, which covers an area of 2.310 ha with 11 million grapevines, both domestic and world famous varieties. We reach the Šipčanik wine cellar. This wine cellar is situated in the centre of the biggest vineyard of Montenegro. Before we enter Šipčanik, you will have a chance to enjoy the view to the entire vineyard. Šipčanik was an underground aircraft hangar of the Yugoslav Army until the 1990s. In 2007 it was reconstructed and converted into a wine cave by the Plantaže company. It has a shape of tunnel, which is 356 m long. In these rooms covering 7000 square meters wine has been held and tended. In the wine cellar tasting of several sorts of wine is foreseen. Overnight in Podgorica

Day 7: PODGORICA – SHKODRA – TIRANA (160 KM)

After breakfast we drive to Albania. Soon after we cross the border, in the area of the town of Shkoder. Surrounded by vineyards and farms, we will enjoy in delicious and healthy local food right at the place where it was grown. We will taste wines in the shadow of the grapevines and see the place where the grapes are pressed and crafted. You will be served food and wine by the host family, among them, a professional Chef and a Wine Master with decades of experience. In the evening we eventually reach the capital of Albania, Tirana. Free afternoon in Tirana. Overnight in Tirana.

DAY 8: TIRANA – DURRES – OHRID (205 km)

After breakfastm a short sightseeing of the central part of Tirana, we depart to Kokomani Winery. Overlooking a reservoir from its handsome stone facility, the Kokomani Winery, just inland from Durres, is a popular place to pick up north coast regional wines like the fruity red Shesh i zi or dry white Shesh i bardhe. Olive trees and tables with thatch umbrellas offer a relaxed tasting experience in the garden. After the lunch, we depart to Ohrid, Macedonia, to enjoy in the beauty of the city of UNESCO. One of the oldest tows in Europe. Full of history with traces of four thousand years of civilization. We will visit famous untouched medieval churches, fortress of King Samuel with a beautiful panorama, the ancient Macedonian-Roman theatre, sailing with small boats on the way back to the center. Tonight we have a dinner in a traditional restaurants. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 9: OHRID – DIHOVO – BITOLA (80 KM)

After breakfast, we drive to Dihovo, another little village sitting in the foothills of Mountain Baba and National Park Pelister. A local Guest House Dihovo is member of the Slow Food organization for healthy food and produces home-made wine, brandy and beer as well as home-made organic food. Our lunch here will consists of variety of home-cooked Macedonian specialties, made with fruits and vegetables coming from its own private gardens, followed by domestic brandy and wine in wooden barrels, as well as a range of homebrewed beers. Continue to Bitola, arriving by mid-afternoon. Relax in one of the city’s many cafes, explore the stalls of the Old Bazaar or choose to take a guided tour of the ancient town and archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis, located on the outskirts of Bitola. Heraclea was founded by Philip II of Macedonia in the fourth century BC after he had conquered the surrounding region of Lyncestis. The city was named in honor of the mythological hero Heracles, whom Philip considered his ancestor. Accommodation in Bitola.

DAY 10: BITOLA – TIKVES WINERY – SKOPJE (180 km)

After breakfast we drive to the biggest and the oldest winery in Macedonia, and one of the biggest in Europe, winery Tikves. The professionals from the winery will take us through the cellars; they will explain the history of the winery and the whole process. We will then have a chance to taste some of their wine in its own restaurant in beautiful atmosphere with some specialties cooked from their chef just for us. 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 has been crafting and aging premium Macedonian wines ever since 1885. At the late 70’s of the 20th century agro-combine Tikveš is founded by merging several smaller agricultural cooperatives. Tikveš becomes the largest winery in Southeast Europe. WINERY TIKVES produces 24 types of wine, out of which the most atractive are: T’ga za jug, Traminec, Kratoshija, Chardonay, Alexandria – Cabernet Sauvignon and Alexandria – Riesling, and the famous Tikveš grape brandy – Lozova rakija – Zolta. At the Wine Innovation Forum in Paris – 2008, Tikveš Winery is ranked among the world’s 30 most innovative wine brands. We finish the day in Skopje with a free evening. Overnight in Skopje.

DAY 11: SKOPJE – DEMIR KAPIJA – THESSALONIKI (180 km)

After the short sightseeing of the Macedonia’s capital, we drive to the small town of Demir Kapija. After we will have a tour around the winery with an explanation about the wine producing process and the varieties of wine. We have organized lunch that includes few varieties of its own wine, cheese and meat. The oldest archeological findings proving that people in this area have grown vineyards and have made wine date 13 century B.C. Then we drive to Thessaloniki. Filled with the reminders of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman rule, Thessaloniki is a city situated on the Thermaic Gulf. Today we visit some of the prime sites of the city with a local guide. The steep narrow streets of the district are all that is left of the city’s 19th century period and a walk among the whitewashed houses and overhanging balconies leads to some quite magnificent views down into the gulf across the city. We end the day in Thessaloniki to enjoy a dinner in a restaurant with traditional Greek music. Overnight in Thessaloniki.

DAY 12: THESSALONIKI – THESSALONIKI AIRPORT (18 KM)

After breakfast we will transfer to the airport of Thessaloniki. End of our service.

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