Incentive Packages

Part of the Macedonian Beauty

Starts from: Skopje Duration: 8 days

Day 1

In the eastern part of Macedonia, at altitude of 800 – 900 masl, on the slopes of the Maleshevo Mountains lies the town of Berovo, a simple small mountain town with unique combination of almost untouched nature, cultural and historical heritage, ethnography, folklore and handicrafts.

Maleshevo region has been inhabited since pre-historic times and according to the folk legend the name Maleshevo is of Iliric origin and comes from the words mal-mountain and malesi-mountainous area.

Berovo is the town with highest concentration of oxygen on the Balkan Peninsula.

Transfer to Berovo and accommodation in hotel "Manastir".
Traditional welcome with homemade bread and "kaval" (traditional Macedonian instrument).
Free time for rest.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Hotel "Manastir"

Day 2

After the breakfast, transfer from hotel Manastir to Berovo lake and to "Klepalo" sheepfold one of the most famous in Macedonia. The sheepfold is placed nearby the border with Bulgaria, in the foothill of the Maleshevo Mountain.
Refreshment with homemade juice from berries and lunch on the sheepfold - local pies and lamb meet.
Here you can see the traditional process for making a cheese and "matenica" (homemade type yogurt).
Transfer to hotel Manastir, dinner with traditional menu and overnight.

Klepalo sheepfold is at altitude of 1400 masl, with a three centuries tradition of farming, making cheese and many other homemade products from milk. All the food that is offered there is grown and produced in its close surrounding, it is ecological with few certificates for organic food and of course with delightful taste.

Berovo Lake

Day 3

Breakfast and transfer from the hotel to Pehcevo waterfalls.
On the place called "Ravna reka" there are 7 small but beautiful waterfalls. You can reach them by walking paths that are cutting the rivers with small bridges. Also there are a lot of signposts, wooden cottages and benches for the visitors.
After the walk, you will have a nice lunch on restaurant terrace surrounded with walnut, pine and beach forest.
Transfer to the hotel.
Presentation of traditional wool processing – spinning, smoothing, stretching… and the technique of "filc".
Traditional dinner and overnight in the hotel.

"Ravna Reka", Pehcevo

Day 4

Walk from the hotel to the churches "St. Archangel Michael" and St. "Bogorodica".

Church "St. Archangel Michael"

In the beginning of the 19th century, Berovo was a rural settlement with around two hundred houses and one small and almost crumbled church. Therefore the more distinguished inhabitants of Berovo decided to built a church at the site called Mogila. They had to ask for permition from the Turkish governor – "valija" of the area, who accept their request, but under exceptionally difficult, almost impossible for fulfillment conditions, the church had to be built under the road level, the construction to end in forty days and the daughter of the local priest to become "anama" in a "valijas" harem.

Lunch in a restaurant at the city square.
Presentation and preparing of traditional "Maleshevo" food, in which the group members can help (menu for the dinner prepared on the restaurants terrace and the oven of the hotel).
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 5

Walk from the hotel to "Ablanica" settlement. Organized picnic lunch with group interaction, preparing wood and making fire, preparing salad, grill.
Free time to enjoy the beautiful environment, walk around and visit the church "Sv. Nedela".
Afternoon, local wood carver will discover you the secrets of the oldest craft in Berovo.
Traditional dinner in the hotel.

Day 6

Breakfast and transfer from the hotel to Strumica.
After refreshment, you will feel the quietness and bless in nun monastery Eleusa.
Visit of Vodoca and Eleusa monasteries from 11th century.

"Veljusa" Monastery (left), "Vodoca" Monastery (right)

According to a legend, after the battle at the mountain of Belasica in 1014 between the Byzantine emperor Vasilij II and the Macedonian tsar Samuel, when he was defeated, 14.000 Samuel's soldiers had been blinded, their eyes taken off, in the village of Vodocha. Hence the origin of the name of the village "vadiochi" (taking eyes out) Vodocha.

"...the lifeless body of my father, the Emperor, was lying on the cold ground, while thousands of blinded soldiers, whose open wounds were still bleeding, came to pay their last respect..."
Prilep 1014, Gavril Radomir, the Crowned Prince of Ohrid

Transfer to Dalvina vinery, vine tasting and lunch.
Transfer to "Suvi Laki".
A broad range of activities, colorful meadows and beech forest for hiking, horses for riding, fishing or just enjoying the beautiful environment.
Making a camp fire and dinner - fish prepared directly from the fish-pond.

Day 7

Breakfast at "Suvli Laki".
Transfer to Rusinovo village.
Visiting of a workshop for traditional costumes and presentation of the way they are made - weaving, embroidery, knitting.
Transfer to Budinarci and sightseen the oldest village in the region, example of traditional "compact village" Malesevo architecture.
Visit the church "St. Bogorodica" in which yard the lunch will be served.
Back to hotel Manastir.
Traditional dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Malesevo Architecture

Day 8

Departure to Skopje, after the breakfast.
A short brake in Kocani area. This is the rice area with view of huge rice fields.
Accommodation in hotel.
Lunch in a national restaurant.
Walking tour of Skopje. Visit of the monuments in the Centre, the old bazaar, the church "St. Spas".
Dinner in traditional restaurant.

Our program, can always be adapted on your request and wishes. The duration and the intensity of all activities can be arranged by your needs and suggestions.

Skopje City Square (left), Stone Bridge (middle), "St. Spas" Church (right) View Other Packages