Authentic Macedonia

The Carnival of Vevcani is traditional manifestation which has been held in Macedonian village Vevchani for more than 1.400 years. It is held on 13 and 14 January when people in Macedonia celebrate the beginning of the New Year according to the old Julian calendar which most branches of the Eastern Ortodox Church still use.

The Carnival of Vevcani represents an interesting combination of paganism and modernism. People gather in the village wearing vivid masks. There are actually three traditional masks: musicians, bridegroom and bride and August the Stupid. The point is to express yourself with all possible freedom using a lot of imagination and creativity.

¿Qué está incluido?

• Two days visiting the amazing Carnival of Vevcani in Macedonia!
• Transport by bus or mini-bus
• Overnight stays in 3 and 4 star hotels
• English speaking guide during your trip
• Entrance fees for the planned sites
• All expenses of the guide and the driver
• Full-board incl. 1\2 l. mineral water

Duración

6 días

Cubierto de destino

La República de Macedonia

Más adecuado

Todo, Presupuesto, Familias, Grupos, Luna de miel, Niños, Lujo, Personas viajando solas
Day 1: Arrival in Skopje.

Day 2: Skopje - Tetovo - Ohrid
Visit Tetovo. The city is famous of the Painted Mosque (XVII century) also known as the Mosque Aladzha. Considered a masterpiece of Ottoman Art, it was built thanks to the donation of two Muslim ladies - Hurshida and Mensure, whose tomb lies in the garden of the mosque. The building is fully decorated both inside and outside with floral and geometric motifs. The well preserved frescoes and wooden decors date back to 1833, when the building was rebuilt and enlarged by Abdurahman Pasha. Visit the old town of Ohrid: the Samuil fortress on the city hill (X century), the Roman Theater, the Cathedral of St. Sofìa considered one of the greatest Byzantium Churches from the XI century, the wonderful Church of St. John Bogoslov-Kaneo (XIII century) characterized by a mix of Byzantine and Armenian styles.

Day 3 and 4: Ohrid - Vevcani - Ohrid
Visit the Carnival of Vevcani following the official program.

One of the most famous village festivals held in the Balkans is the Vevčani Carnival. It is believed that the custom is over 1,400 years old. It is based on old Pagan beliefs and rituals. Essentially the Carnival is the ritual of calling after Saint Basil the Great, which coincides with the Twelve Days of Orthodox Christmas and the Orthodox New Year.

Vevcani Carnival as an event unites all forms of expression of our traditional culture, transforming the needs of contemporary society, treating topics from today. The annual carnival is a mix of pagan customs translated into modern language.

During the raucous proceedings, traditional music is played on zurlas (a traditional double-reed woodwind instrument) and drums. Revelers lacking instruments indulge in making plain noise with bells, pots and pans, bins and whatever else is to be found.

Day 5: Ohrid - St. Panteleimon monastery - Skopje
Visit the St. Panteleimon monastery. Visit the new part of the capital Skopje: the Cathedral Kliment Ohridski, painted by Slavo Brezovski and consecrated in August 1990, the Feudal Tower, the Old Railway Station built in 1940 and almost destroyed by the earthquake that hit Skopje on 26th July 1963. Visit the Church of St. Spas which preserves one of the most beautiful iconostasis in the Balkans. Visit the Holocaust Memorial Center in Skopje located in the part of the capital which was the city's Jewish quarter, the Memorial dedicated to Mother Teresa and the Old Skopje Bazar.

Day 6: Skopje - Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure.
1. Booking conditions:
• A non-refundable deposit of 30% per person is required upon booking
• The total price must be paid 30 days before the first day of the tour

2. Cancellations:
• Cancellations made more than 31 days before arrival are not to be charged except for the non-refundable deposit
• Cancellations made less than 30 days before arrival (after 100% payment) are non-refundable
• In case the Company cancels a tour due to not reaching the minimum required travelers 30 days before arrival, the deposit of 30% is to be returned to the traveler.

3. If there is no further payment on a booking less than 30 days before the first day of the trip, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and your deposits will be forfeited, unless the Company director has agreed a delay in your payment.
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