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8 Day Touring and Adventure in Macedonia

8 days 30 sites

This isn’t just any tour, it’s a lifetime experience in Macedonia, a place that will change the way you see the world. Within this tour, you will explore the traditional architecture, monuments, museums, churches and monasteries, all that Macedonia has to offer. Nature reigns supreme in these lands, with unique traditions and incredible landscapes that will leave you speechless. You can almost feel like being part of the past among the many ancient historical ruins you will have the chance to visit. Also, as part of the tour, you will be able to taste the famous traditional cuisine and the quality wine our Wineries have to offer. Make a change, get a ticket out of your ordinary life and visit Macedonia, the cradle of history and nature.

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*Price includes
  • Qualified licensed English speaking tour guide for the duration of the whole trip.
  • Private transportation during the whole tour.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Accommodation.
*Price does not include
Tour detailed itinerary:
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  • The tour starts at the museum of the city of Skopje, where you will get some basic info regarding getting around in Macedonia. The walk starts along Macedonia Street towards the square. Along the way is the Memorial House of Mother Teresa built in honor of a great humanitarian and a winner of Noble Prize for Peace. Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, in 1910.
  • The tour continues towards Macedonia Square which has undergone tremendous restoration in the last few years with a lot of new monuments and buildings around, representing Macedonian cultural heritage and history. Macedonia Square is the heart of the capital Skopje.
  • From Macedonia Square we continue towards the Old Bazaar passing over The Stone Bridge which is one of the most recognizable symbols of Skopje. Being so it has the main lead in the coat of arms of the city itself. The location of the bridge is in the heart of the city positioned on the greatest river in Macedonia, Vardar.
  • Once we get into the Bazaar, the first thing you notice is the feeling that you have gone back in times, returning to the days when the bazaar was swarming with people from all around the Balkan trading their wares and services.
  • The tour includes lunch at one of the restaurants in Old bazaar.
  • After a thorough and detailed tour of the Bazaar, we finish up the sightseeing of the old town with the story of the fortress Kale at the top of the hill overlooking the entire city.
  • We then head the tour on Vodno, a natural getaway not far away from Skopje and sightseeing of its unique surrounding. 
  • Cable car tour of Mountain Vodno, heading towards the Millennium Cros,  one of the pinpoints of the city. It offers tourists and visitors alike the best land view of Skopje and its surroundings. It's an unique place where you can breath-in fresh air and soak up some sun.
  • Next we will visit the Ethno village, surrounded by green lush forest and a river, a place that offers a unique opportunity for relaxation.
  • The tour then continues towards the monastery of St.Pantelejmon, a small 12th-century Byzantine church.
  • After the Vodno tour, we head back to the city of Skopje
  • Overnight
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • The first stop is the 4th oldest megalithic observatory in the world Kokino, recognized by NASA and listed side by side with ancient observatories such as Stonehenge (Great Britain), Abu Simbel (Egypt) and Angkor Wat (Cambodia). 
  • We will then head for the Village Staro Nagorichani. We will visit the church of St.George- one of the most important historical
    asset from the medieval byzantine art in Macedonia.
  • Aftewards, we will have lunch at the traditional restaurant in “Ethno village".
  • Departure Departure to Kuklica and sightseeing of the location – area of natural phenomena of characteristic erosive landforms called earth pyramids, earth pillars or stone dolls
  • Next destination on the tour is the Joakim Osogovski monastery complex in the vicinity of the city of Kriva Palanka in the North-East of the country.
  • The Monastery of St. Joakim Osogovski dates from the 11th century. It is in these quiet areas around the monastery where the anchorite monk St. Joakim Osogovski used to live. Today the monastery is open to pilgrims, visitors, tourists, travellers and well-wishers coming to worship beneath the miraculous relics of St. Joakim kept in the monastery.
  • The oldest building in the monastery complex is the small church of Nativity of the Virgin Mary built between the 14th and 16th century on the foundations of an older church from the 11th or 12th century. The architecture is in typical Byzantine style and is one of the first medieval churches on the territory of Macedonia.
  • Overnight at the Monastery
  • Departure back to Skopje.
  • Our next stop is the 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.
  • After the overview of the canyon, we continue our tour to the Mavrovo National Park. The tranquility, the climate conditions, the hydrological and vegetative features enhanced together with the human creativity contributes in making this region a very special place. Here we will have a walk around the surroundings while enjoying in its natural beauties.
  • The tour continues towards the village of Galicnik, situated on the slopes of mountain Bistra, where the traditional Galicnik wedding takes place.  The village of Galicnik is known for its unique architecture and surrounding countryside as well as nature.  We will make a tour around the village and also taste the local yellow cheese, known as the “Galicnik cheese”, one of the most famous assets of Macedonia.
  • Overnight
  • The tour continues towards the beautiful tourist location the Monastery of Saint John the Baptist with its distinctive architecture with priceless and rare wood carvings. Dating from the 11th century this Monastery presents an important cultural and historical place surrounded by legends for its mystical icon with healing powers.
  • From there we head with our tour towards Vevchani where we stop at village Janche for lunch.
  • After finishing the lunch we will head out to the village of Vevchani. The village is located 14 kilometers north-west of the town of Struga and is most famous for its springs. The largest spring is located at the opening of one of the many caves in the region. The most famous spring is "Jankov Kamen" which is situated at about 1200 meters above sea level.
  • We will visit the Vevchani Springs, the house of Mihailo Pupin, the Church of Sv.Spas and the Church of Sv. Nicola
  • Overnight
  • After this charming little village we continue our tour to the city of Struga where we have review of the downtown with the river of Crn Drim that flows out of the Ohrid Lake. 
  • Next we head for the city of light, Ohrid. Ohrid is a city on the eastern shore of Lake Ohrid. It has about 42,000 inhabitants making it the seventh largest city in the country and the most visited tourist destination in Macedonia. Ohrid was known for the fact that once had 365 churches one for each day of the year and has been referred as the "Macedonian Jerusalem". The city is rich in culture, religion, picturesque houses and monuments which hold on to the traditional Macedonian architecture from centuries ago.
  • The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments while tourism is predominant because of the special natural and cultural surrounding of the area. First we will visit the Upper Gate which is fortification surround the Old Town crowned with the King Samoul Fortress (the most famous medieval Macedonian King). The area offers the most beautiful sight on the Lake of Ohrid.
  • After that, you will visit the Ancient Theater.  The theatre is the only visible monument from ancient times. It is also the only Hellenistic theatre in Macedonia; the other three are from Roman times.
  • You will visit the Archeological site of Plaosnik / Saint Clement of Ohrid. It is a place that has been very important religious center since early Christian times, if not before. It is the site of the first university in Europe, opened in the 10th c. and it is the place where the Cyrillic alphabet was created. The church you see is a reconstruction of the church St. Clement built when he came here and opened the university. The 5 nave early Christian basilica in the middle of which the church stands is from the 5th century.
  • You will also pay visit to the famous church of Saint Sophia which was built in the 11 century and it is the Cathedral of the Ohrid archbishops. Inside the church is the biggest composition of 11th century frescoes preserved in the world. The main altar has scenes from the Old Testament and an emotional procession of angels bowing to Virgin Mary.
  • You will visit the famous church dedicated the the Holy Mother of God Perivleptos. The church was built and painted in 1295. It is dedicated to Virgin Mary, Perivlepta (from Περίβλεπτος) is an attribute given to her meaning "the Omnisicent and Clairvoyant".
  • In the courtyard of St. Bogorodica Perivlepta church is the Ohrid icon collection with some of the best examples of the iconographic art in Macedonia. It is considered to be the second most important and valuable collection of icons in the world after the Moscow collection
  • After that you will visit the Ohrid Old Bazaar with its picturesque craftsmen and shops.  It is a simple bazaar consisting of just one street. It starts with the food market (it used to be the animal market in the past). After the market the bazaar begins with a small square. On the square there is a 1000 year old tree and a nice fountain. Above the square the clock tower of Ohrid stands. As you walk down the bazaar on your left there are couples of stone stores, which is the only section of original stores in the bazaar. In the past, the bazaar was covered with grape vines, protecting shoppers from the sun and the rain. Very few crafts are preserved. The bazaar ends with the main square that used to be the food market in the past.
  • As an option you can visit a pearl shop where you can buy the worlds famous Ohrid pearls.
  • Overnight
  • After the breakfast in the hotel we will departure for the St. Naum of Ohrid Monastery. It is breathtaking setting on a plateau over Ohrid Lake and Galičica Mountain towering from behind. It was founded in the 910 by St. Naum, but the present-day church was built in the 16th century. Of the original church just the side chapel with the grave of St. Naum still stands. The frescoes were painted in 1806 (the side chapel frescoes depict the life and miracles of St. Naum); in the first chamber of the church look for the fresco of St. Cyril and Methody and their students including St. Clement and St. Naum. The icon screen was made in 1711 and it is the oldest completely preserved wooden high icon screen in Macedonia.
  • You will also enjoy the boat ride on the springs of the river Crn Drim, a breathtaking natural setting with crystal clear waters.
  • The tour then continues towards the village Brajcino, a place rich in murky water sources, high and green forests, along with "endemic" houses that will bring you back in the old days.
  • After Brajcino, we departure for the city of Bitola. Bitola is the second largest city in Macedonia located in the south-western part of the country. The city still bears the marks of the diplomacy and is well known as “the city of the consuls”. Bitola is located on an important strategic and trade point near the Greek border at the base of Pelister Mountain which presents one of the three National Parks in Macedonia.
  • In Bitola we will walk through the most famous street Sirok Sokak – the Wide Street and we will visit small churches in the town. You will see the tall Clock Tower and have an opportunity to see the centuries old Bezisten – the covered market.
  • You will also experience the ambient of old time diplomatic city by visiting the old consulates. Visit of the Magaza is planed which is the most famous historic Stock Exchange now being an arts museum.
  • We then visit the archaeological 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.
  • After Bitola, we will departure to the city of Krushevo,
  • Overnight
  • After the breakfast, we will tour the city of Krushevo, a small mountain town situated on an altitude of 1350 meters which still preserves its 19th century architecture. It is also home of the monuments Makedonium and Meckin Kamen, both landmarks of the famous Ilinden uprising, one of the most important days in the Macedonian History.
  • We will then continue  on a tour to the Makedonium and Meckin Kamen.
  • After the Krusevo Tour, We depart for Prilep.
  • We will have a glimpse of the city surroundings and the most famous locations such as the village of Varosh, King Marko’s Fortress and St. Archangel Michael Monastery. The Varosh Monastery complex includes foundations of necropolis and settlements from the bronze and iron ages, thermal spas from the Roman period and numerous well preserved cultural and historical monuments from the Middle Ages.
  • Overnight
  • The tour continues to the archeological site of Stobi, an ancient town of Macedon, considered by many to be one of the most famous archaeological site in Macedonia
  • Then we head towards the Stobi winery where you will enjoy the Macedonian cuisine compiled with superb and impeccable quality of the wines they produce.
  • Departure for Skopje airport
  • End of Tour
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