Stobi Village and Macedonia Wine Region, with Wine Tasting and Lunch
- Stobi stop: As you journey toward the wine region, halt to dig up the past in a town where the ancient world's cultural feats amass at a key archaeological site.
- Tikves Winery: Tour a prominent wine cellar and discover its roots while sampling tempting food-and-wine combos; indulge in a lunch of traditional local dishes and international specialties, complemented by premium house wines.
- Macedonian chaperones: Unwind on the round-trip drive from Skopje; your GoBe guide conveys you comfortably, along with intriguing commentary.
About this Skopje tour
In wine, as in historic locales, both age and authenticity play a vital part in popularity. Today, you're in for two real treats. First, be chauffeured to Stobi, established in the 7th century B.C. Once the ancient town of Paionia, it was seized by Macedon and later roped into the Roman province of Macedonia Salutaris. It's now often cited as Macedonia's most famous archaeological site.
Explore major ruins like the palace of emperor Theodosius I, sanctuaries to gods, and basilicas adorned with sumptuous frescoes of marsh birds and mosaics of peacocks and deer. See the vast Roman amphitheater, still visibly marked with traces of the Goths' barbaric deeds. At this lucrative spot on Via Egnatia, a road that led from the Danube to the Aegean Sea, Stobi traders once plied gold, iron, white and pink marble, and...
...Wine! You're ready to sample the country's most well-known region, right in the very heart. Tikves stretches along similar latitudes as Tuscany, Bordeaux, and Napa Valley, bursting with almost 30,000 acres of vines growing more than 20 varieties of grapes. That's about one-third of all the grapes grown in the entire Republic.
Written records dating to the Roman Empire era say that Macedonia produces powerful wines that evoke the vibrant spirit of its people. At Tikves Winery, you'll wander deep into the hallowed hallways of a consistently award-winning maker that has nurtured this long tradition and symbolized the region's mastery since 1885. Even better, you're invited to taste it for yourself. Our expert rating? This GoBe tour is a truly pleasing pairing.
A toast to the Tikves terroir
Tikves Winery considers its selection "the result of a perfect synergy of the earth, the sky, the sun, and the best grapes" from the region. The proof is in the first drop. Sure, they produce Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Merlot. But the stars here are indigenous varieties including Smederevka, Temjanika, Kratosija, and Vranec. You'll try a number of them, so get ready to swirl, sip, and repeat.
Please proceed to the Main Entrance of the Skopje City Center at Orce Nikolov Br 55, Skopje 1000, Macedonia to meet our tour representative with displayed logo sign.
In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.
Plan to walk 1 mile and take up to 100 steps over varying surfaces including gravels, cobblestones and flat terrain.
Cultural, Scenic, Walking Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for children 10 years or older.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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