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Времетраење: Duration: 4 days
Локација: Location: Macedonia
Транспорт: Transport: Bus
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Macedonia has always been at a crossroad of civilizations and nations, and every one left its unique mark, tradition and habits. That’s why the Macedonian tradition is a blend of many cultures, folklore and religions that successfully live in harmony and last through ages. The traditional music, songs and folklore dances fulfill the Macedonian story and add good feeling that cannot be told but lived…in Macedonia.

This tour offers active introduction to the Macedonian traditional songs and dances, by: Attending at various musical events; Taking lessons of singing traditional songs, dancing folk dance “Oro” and playing a traditional instrument; Performing together with professional ensembles. Also learning about the elements of folk wardrobe and taking place in manufacturing of folk dresses and dancing shoes.

Day 1
Skopje(or Tirana) – Ohrid – Bitola
Transfer from Skopje Airport (or Tirana). Meeting with our guide and continue. Arrival at Ohrid around noon. Check in the hotel.

Ohrid: A day for history, culture and art in the city of UNESCO. Guided walking tour, sightseeing of the old town presenting numerous Byzantine churches with valuable frescoes and icons, nice preserved 18/19th century Macedonian (Turkish-influenced) houses, ancient theater and arena, remains of St. Kliment’s university at Plaoshnik hill, one of the oldest in the world. A stroll through the old bazaar, introducing the old crafts-part of the rich tradition: silver filigree, making of parchments, Ohrid’s Pearls-one hundred year old formula.
Optional lunch at local restaurant with fish specialties. In the afternoon departure to Bitola.

Bitola: Check in the hotel. On foot sightseeing: Tthe old town core with 19th century Neoclassical styled houses, monumental Ottoman buildings, St. Dimitri Cathedral. Learning more about the great past of the town, the bohemic life and tradition. Dinner at typical restaurant: tasting local specialties. Evening walk down the main pedestrian street Sirok Sokak and attending to a Bit Fest performances. Walking from event to event…Learning more about the local traditional music and songs. Bit Fest is a festival of classical, pop and urban folk music. Takes place in July-August. Performances are organized at several locations in the old town core, as: authentic old town houses, museum courtyards, street performances and the Ancient Theater of Heraclea Lyncestis. Overnight at the hotel in Bitola.

Day 2
Bitola
Breakfast. A day in the “City of Consuls”, where every corner is evoking romantic reflexions of the past times: the Balkans’ Belle Epoque, the bohemian life and serenades. Bitola has great music tradition. Over 200 songs exist about the town and it’s bohemian life. Once, a town with 1000 pianos…Wagner temporaly lived and composed here. Many local bands, foclore ensembles and the local chorus are keeping that heritage alive.

Heraclea Lyncestis: Visit of the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis, founded by Philip of Macedon in IV cen. BC, displaying mostly Roman/early Christian remains, with theatre, monumental fountain, and early churches with beautiful floor mosaics. In continue visit of the City Museum.

Attending to a music / dance course: Introduction to the traditional song types. Music lessons: singing, playing a traditional instrument. Folk dance lessons: learning to dance “Oro”. Learn the basics of Macedonian urban and folk music / dance culture.
Optional lunch at local restaurant. Visit of the Old Bazaar, one of the largest 18-19th century market places with picturesque narrow streets and shops, old traditional crafts, grosser market offering local agricultural products. Learning more about the traditional crafts and manufacture cervices in interaction with the shop-keepers.
Visit of a manufacture production of folk dresses and shoes. Folk dresses are typical and different for each part of Macedonia. They are a significant element of Macedonian culture, history and tradition. Learn about the basic elements of folk wardrobe and the main characteristics of the local dresses. Watch the art of making folk dancing shoes and help to make a pair of them. Dinner at a local restaurant with traditional grilled food.

Attending to Ilindenski Denovi Festival: The International folk dance festival “Ilindenski Denovi” is taking place in the beginning of August. Folklore ensembles from all over the Balkans and world wide are performing at the festival. Watching the show: folk dances from the Balkans, performed by the best folklore groups. Later on, chance to experience Bitola’s rich and vibrant night life. Overnight at the hotel in Bitola.

Bitola: Check in the hotel. On foot sightseeing: Tthe old town core with 19th century Neoclassical styled houses, monumental Ottoman buildings, St. Dimitri Cathedral. Visit of the Old Bazaar, one of the largest 18-19th century market places with picturesque narrow streets and shops, old traditional crafts Dinner at a typical restaurant: Tasting different types of salads, starters and traditional local meals. Evening walk down the main pedestrian street Sirok Sokak, maybe sit for a drink and enjoy the rich night life. Overnight at the hotel in Bitola.

Day 3
Bitola – Krushevo
Breakfast. Attending to a music / dance course. Preparing the final night performance. Song arrangement and folk dance choreography. Finishing the separate training of: vocals, instrumentalists and dancers. Assembling the three groups together to perform one song and folk dance.

Krushevo: Built in traditional Balkan 18th-19th century style, it is also a significant monument of the Macedonian struggle for independence. Sightseeing: Sightseeing of the old town core, visiting the History museum, Martinoski Gallery, church of St. Nikola. Optional lunch at local restaurant. Visit of the memorial house of Toshe Proeski.
Toshe Proeski is the legend of Macedonian pop song, one of the most popular singers in the Balkans. Died yang, at the top of his popularity, he became a pop icon of the Balkans. Guided tour. Learning about the life, ideas music production and charity activities of Toshe. Listening to some of his most popular songs and performances. Drive back to Bitola.

Bitola: Dinner at a local restaurant, tasting local specialties, picking different types of salads, starters and traditional local meals.
Performing the prepared song and folk dance, together with the professional group. Socializing with the other guests and having a folk party. Overnight at the hotel in Bitola.

Day 4
Skopje – Airport (Tabanovce)
Breakfast. Check out the hotel. Departure to the Airport (Skopje, Thessaloniki) or towards Serbia ( or Kosovo).
Time permitting, optional Wine tour: On the way stop at Tikvesh region. Visit of a local vinery with guided sightseeing, tasting a selection of several local wine brands and light lunch with various types of ham, smoked meat, white and yellow cheese. Possible shopping at the vinery shop at discount prices.

End of program.

TOUR HIGHLIGTS:

Active learning about the Macedonian traditional song and dance, by watching shows, taking lessons of singing, playing an instrument and dancing. Interactive performing together with proffesional ensambles.

UNESCO CITY-Ohrid: Situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Built mainly between the 7th and 19th centuries, it has the oldest Slav University (St. Pantelejmon) and numerous Byzantine churches dating from the 11th to the end of the 14th century. In the Cathedral St. Sophia some frescos from the 11th century have strong Renaissance elements that couldn’t be seen in Europe before 14th century.
Ohrid Lake, one of the oldest and deepest in the world, hides many mysteries. Also a Unesco Natural treasure, its crystal waters are home of the endemic Ohrid trout.

Bitola: Once a significant center on the Via Ignacia road, Bitola later became the diplomatic and cultural center of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans. Having a coffee on Sirok Sokak Street is more than a century long tradition, which together with the rich night life, reflects the “good old bohemic times. Bitola has great music tradition. Over 200 songs exist about the town and it’s bohemian life. Once, a town with 1000 pianos…Wagner temporaly lived and composed here. Many local bands, foclore ensembles and the local chorus are keeping that heritage alive. Also, Bitola every year hosts great number of artists and musicians during the international music & dance festivals:
Bit Fest is a festival of classical, pop and urban folk music. Takes place in July-August. Performances are organized at several locations in the old town core, as: authentic old town houses, museum courtyards, street performances and the Ancient Theater of Heraclea Lyncestis.
Ilindenski Denovi is an international folk dance festival is taking place in the beginning of August. Folklore ensembles from all over the world are performing at the festival.

Heraclea Lyncestis: The remaninings from the Roman and Early Byzantine time show the importance of this city founded by King Philip of Macedon. Well preserved Roman Theater and numerous areas paved with colorful mosaics are its main attributes. Many events are performed in this authentic ancient ambiece: Acient and classic drama, opera, music concerts, etc…

Krushevo: The first Macedonian republic was established here during the Ilinden uprising in 1903. Very strong spirit of the heroic past still can be felt, like the time stopped here. Today, besides the many museums, one can enjoy the picturesque architecture walking the stone paved narrow streets or have a sip of rakija chating with the friendly locals.
Also, a birth place of Toshe Proeski, the legend of Macedonian pop song and one of the most popular singers in the Balkans. His idea was to use the music as an universal language to spread love, piece and understanding between people. The visit of his Memorial house will show how he was doing that.

Basic Courses of Macedonian traditional music & dance: Except attending at the various musical events, the tour offers many familization activities, like: Introduction to the traditional song types. Music lessons: singing, playing a traditional instrument. Folk dance lessons: learning to dance “Oro”. Learning about the basic elements of folk wardrobe and the main characteristics of the local dresses. Watch the art of making folk dancing shoes and help to make ones.

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