We meet at the Museum of the city of Skopje. Our friendly tour guides will provide you will information regarding navigating your way around Skopje. You will then proceed with a walk along the famous ‘Macedonia Street’ towards the main city square. You will pass the Memorial House of Mother Teresa which was built in her honour as she was born in Skopje in 1910 and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian efforts.
As you walk around the heart of Skopje – its city square, you will be treated with a guide of the monuments and buildings that paint a picture of Macedonia’s rich culture and history. You will then continue towards the Old Bazaar and pass over the greatest river in Macedonia, Vardar, via one of the most recognizable symbols of Skopje – the Stone Bridge.
The first thing you will notice once entering the Old Bazaar is a sense of ancient times. Where, for centuries it has been buzzing with people from all over the Balkan region, trading their wares and services. You will be guided through this ancient Bazaar and experience the feeling of stepping back in time. We will have lunch in one of the local restaurants.
Your experience of ancient times will only be reinforced by walking around the Old Town and hearing the stories of the Grand Fortress Kale that bears over the city.
You will then continue with a bus ride to Matka Canyon – an outstanding work of nature of which some claim to be home to the largest underwater cave in the world. A claim that has yet to be substantiated as no one has been able to get to the bottom! Matka Canyon boasts outstanding preserved natural and geographical characteristics, in which rare endemic species have found their escape. Spot an eagle flying high in the sky, enjoy a boat ride* along the magnificent gorge and explore the famous Vrelo cave full of stalagmites. If sitting back and enjoying the view is more your style – take refuge at the restaurant which serves delicious traditional Macedonian food.
Breakfast and travel towards Ohrid
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and continue the tour towards Ohrid. We will go through the picturesque Galichica National Park towards the Monastery of St. Naum Ohridski.
Monastery of St. Naum Ohrisdski and Bay of Bones
The area around St. Naum Monastery is among the most beautiful along the shore of Lake Ohrid. The magnificent greenery surrounded by the springs of the Crn Drim River, the spacious sand beach, the monastery complex and the view of the location makes it a most attractive tourist spot. We will also visit the museum on water, Bay of Bones.
After you take delight in a delicious lunch at the monastery, we continue our journey to the ‘City of Light’ Ohrid. Ohrid is the most predominant tourist destination in Macedonia, which you will have the opportunity to appreciate once you set eyes on the beautiful lake and surrounds of this magnificent city. There, we will visit some of the most popular attractions including, but not limited to, the Old Bazaar, the Church of St. Sophia, the Church of Mother of God (Periveptos), the ancient theatre, Tsar Samoils Fortress, the archeological site of Plaoshnik and the church of St. John (Kaneo).
Free time and overnight at Ohrid
You may choose to simply relax or continue your adventures into the night. The choice is yours as you have some free time to take as you please.
You will enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before checking out of your hotel to continue on your last day of your adventures of Macedonia.
Bitola and Heraclea Lyncestis
After the breakfast, we will travel to the city of Bitola. The city of Bitola is an administrative, cultural, industrial, commercial, and educational centre of southern Macedonia. It is located in the southern part of the Pelagonia valley surrounded by Baba and Nidze mountains. After an exploration of the city of Bitola, we continue the day with the archeological site Heraclea Lyncestis. The city of Heraclea was founded by Philip II of Macedon in the middle of the 4th century BC and presents one of the best preserved antique cities.
We then head off to Stobi Winery, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the world renowned and superb quality of wines that they produce.
We will then travel towards Kokino and arrive at the 4th oldest megalithic observatory in the world as recognized by NASA.
We will then head back to our original destination, Skopje where we will conclude our tour.