Traditional Spirits of Western Balkans

Organiser: Experience Balkans

This adventure tour of the Western Balkans offers a diversified itinerary through North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Albania. The itinerary will provide the most unique, outdoor experiences that this region offers! You will experience a centuries old lifestyle, local organic foods, crystal clear lakes; soft adventures activities and peace, while accommodated in the rural areas, learning about diverse ethnical folklore through interaction with locals. At the same time, many activities are included. Activities vary from hikes in different national parks, cooking lessons on some regional trademark dishes, learning about local crafts, getting around the hives and beekeeping as well as pulling the nets with proper fishermen. By avoiding the crowds, you will discover the real Balkans and have an unforgettable holiday for lifelong memories!

Level of difficulty

  • Easy to medium

Activities filled program; active vacation.


  • Affordable

Best for what

  • Rural experience
  • Food tasting
  • Hiking

Best for who

  • Retired travellers

  • Group of friends

  • Families


  • Tasting local food and knowing local lifestyle of Western Balkans communities
  • Exploring UNESCO heritage and national parks
  • Sightseeing of beautiful places and monuments
  • Fly Fishing along the tear of Europe – Tara river
  • Boat rides and bird watching on Skadar Lake
  • Exploring Ohrid region.

Day by day program

Day 1 - Tour of Skopje

Routing: Airport – Skopje

Short: Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Skopje for check in. After checking in, a guided tour of the center of Skopje and the Old bazaar. In the evening, visit to the Chateau Sopot winery for welcoming dinner with tasting of Macedonian wine.

Host: Hotel

Meals: D

Day 2 - Through Balkans

Routing: Skopje – Kosovo – Montenegro

Short: After breakfast, we check out and depart towards Kosovo. We will visit the Gadima cave and UNESCO site – 14th century Orthodox monastery Gracanica. We will continue to the traditional restaurant for a lunch with famous local Kosovo food. Drive and arrival to the north of Montenegro and accommodation in a rural household on the slopes of Bjelasica mountain.

Host: Rural household

Meals: B/L/D

Day 3 - Nature Paradise

Routing: Bjelasica

Short: Your guide will take you to enjoy untouched nature of Bjelasica mountain and its glacial lakes and at the same time you will admire great sights of Prokletije and Komovi mountains positioned around.

Host: Rural household

Meals: B/L/D

Day 4 - Fly Fishing

Routing: Bjelasica – Tara River – Skadar Lake

Short: After breakfast, we are leaving accommodation and heading to the zone of Tara river canyon – the deepest canyon in Europe. We will do fly-fishing lessons with our licensed instructor who fights against illegal fishing. He will teach you fishing technique and tell you about fauna of the river Tara, known as a Tear of Europe because of its clear drinkable water. In the afternoon, we will have a lunch in the rural household, made of local products.

Ride to Skadar Lake National Park where we will be accommodated in a local guesthouse.

Host: Local guesthouse

Meals: B/L/D

Day 5 - Cetinje & Lovcen Experience

Routing: Skadar Lake – Lovcen – Cetinje

Short: Drive via the spectacular curvy road of Lovcen National Park and visit to the Old Royal Capital Cetinje. Visit to the Honey farm where you will learn about the honey making techniques and taste some homemade liqueurs followed by a traditional Montenegrin lunch.

Host: Local guesthouse

Meals: B/L/D

Day 6 - Boat Riding on Skadar Lake

Routing: Skadar Lake – Albania

Short: We will enjoy a 3-hour boat ride on the largest lake in the Balkans, enjoying its flora, rich bird life and amazing sights. Traditional lunch will be served in a local winery, located in one of the villages around the lake, with the famous red wine and liqueurs tasting.

In the afternoon, we will continue to Albania towards Lepushe village

Host: The stone house or group houses

Meals: B/L/D

Day 7 - Local Lifestyle

Routing: Lepushe – Vermosh

Short: In the morning, the group will visit the old mills, still in use by locals. After a light trekking we will reach the katuns – places where shepherds live during the summer. Our host will serve home made product for lunch and share some local shepherds’ legends with us.

In the afternoon, we will go to the Vermosh region for sightseeing. Evening will be reserved for a team building – prepare the dinner together with the hostess-lady, owner of the household.

Host: The stone house or group houses

Meals: B/L/D

Day 8 - Castles and Villages

Routing: Shkodra – Fishta village – Lezha Dumrea lake region

Short: Ride to the south with a short visit to Shkodra and Rozafa Castle for great panorama views of the city. Continue to the Fishta village and local farm with lunch served of local ingredients.
In the afternoon, visit to Lezha and Skanderbeg Memorial, and transfer to Belsh within the area of Dumrea that is famous for its 84 karst lakes.

Host: Accommodation in Seferan

Meals: B/L/D

Day 9 - Lagoon Experience

Routing: Serefen – Karavasta

Short: Early morning trip for a unique nets pulling experience with local fishermen in the Lagoon of Karavasta. BBQ based on fish and seafood.

Host: Accommodation in Seferan

Meals: B/L/D

Day 10 - Ohrid and Galichica

Routing: Serefen – North Macedonia

Short: After breakfast, transfer to North Macedonia. Arrival to Ohrid where the local guide will take us for a tour. After lunch made of traditional fish from Ohrid Lake, transfer to the heart of National Park Galichica in the village of Elshani.

Host: Local guesthouse

Meals: B/L/D

Day 11 - Hiking at Konjsko

Routing: Elshani – Konjsko

Short: Medium intensity hiking tour in the area characterised with amazing nature and spectacular views over Ohrid Lake.
Home hosted lunch with traditional food made by the locals in the traditional way, with guests taking part at the cookies making classes.

Host: Local guesthouse

Meals: B/L/D

Day 12 - Traditional Food with Hikes

Routing: Elshani – Galichica – Dihovo

Short: Visit of the famous monastery of Saint Naum, and further drive through the National Park Galichica, up to 1400 m altitude. Stop at Brajcino village for lunch and a short hike.
Accommodation in Dihovo village, a member of the Slow Food International movement.

Traditional dinner with crafted wine and beer tasting.

Host: Accommodation in Dihovo village

Meals: B/L/D

Day 13 - Honey Making

Routing: Dihovo – Skopje

Short: Hiking in the National park Pelister (for 2 h). Lunch with traditional food, at host’s house. Visit to an apiary in Dihovo village, getting to see how the organic honey is produced. Transfer to Skopje, free time with a farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant in Skopje.

Host: Hotel in Skopje

Meals: B/L/D

Day 14 - Bye, Bye, until The Next Time

Routing: Skopje – Airport

Short: After breakfast, transfer to the International Airport Skopje and departure.

Host: /

Meals: B

Cancellation policy

Maps and directions




Environment protection

  • Educating guests on how to make their trip eco friendly.
  • Motivating guests to bring their bottles for multiple use and reusable shopping bags.
  • By travelling with us our guests will ensure ongoing economic benefits, alternative employment and income opportunities for local people and businesses.
  • This itinerary includes travel through small communities and a visit to local producers.
  • Valorisation of rural areas and local farmers, beekeepers and family wine producers.
  • All our guides are local.
  • All service providers are encouraged to promote the Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse principles of waste management.