Women’s Own Adventure has launched a new tour to Macedonia and Albania in 2017. The 12-day tour starts and finishes in the capital of Macedonia, Skopje, with travellers able to wander through the UNESCO World-Heritage-listed town of Ohrid, bathe in hot springs, visit ancient Roman theatres, churches and monasteries.
The tour also has a strong emphasis on wildlife and conservation, with a hike with national park rangers in Pelister National Park, an optional evening bear viewing in Brajcino and a birdwatching tour around Lake Prespa.
In Albania, guests will visit a well-preserved monastic church which has been carved into the rocks, learn to make cheese the traditional way in a village and hike through the countryside meeting local farmers and beekeepers.
Macedonia and Albania are emerging destinations for the astute traveller who wants to get off the beaten track and discover another side of Europe,” Women’s Own Adventure founder Marika Martinez said. “Here you can truly experience what Europe was like before mass tourism. The countryside is dotted with gorgeous villages where the friendly locals grow and cook produce in a true slow food tradition. Music and dance in traditional costumes can be seen in the villages, along with local arts and craftsmanship.”
Sydney-based Martinez founded Women’s Own Adventure in 2007 to fill a gap in the market providing small group adventure tours for women who want to travel off-the-beaten track with other like-minded solo female travellers. It now offers tours to 20 destinations around the world for groups of two to 12 women.
The Journey of Discovery and Macedonia and Albania tour departs 26 August, 2017.
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