DISCOVER North Macedonia 7 days
7 days / 6 nights
Day 1: Arrival Skopje MACEDONIA
(Total distance for this day 20 KM – total drive only 30 min)
Arrive to Airport of Skopje. Meeting at the airport with our representative and transfer to the hotel.
Latter, we will enjoy dinner in local restaurant with typical food and music.
Overnight in Skopje: Hotel (2 nights) (D)
Day 2: Skopje – Matka – Skopje
(Total distance for this day 200 KM – total drive only 2h)
After breakfast, we will explore Skopje, capital and the largest city in the Republic of Macedonia. It is located in a valley, on both sides of the river Vardar. It can be traced back 2000 years when it was known as the ancient city of Skupi. We will walk through the old part of the town “Charshi”, where is the Stone Bridge – a symbol of Skopje built by Turks in 15th century. We will visit the church of St. Spas, with its marvelous iconostas first from 17th century, Old Bazaar, Fortress Kale whose first walls date to the 6th century, Mustapha Pasha Mosque – one of the most beautiful objects of Ottoman architecture erected in 1492 with the earliest wall paintings, Daut Pasha Bath, a masterpiece of Islamic civil architecture from the second half of 15th century.
We will spend wonderful afternoon in Matka canyon located west of Skopje. Covering roughly 5,000 hectares, Matka is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Macedonia and is home to several medieval monasteries. The Matka Lake within the Matka Canyon is the oldest artificial lake in the country.
Overnight in Skopje. (B, L)
Day 3: Skopje – St. Jovan Bigorski – Ohrid
(Total distance for this day 200 KM – total drive only 3h 30 min)
In the morning we depart for Ohrid. First we will pass through the National Park of Mavrovo – biggest in Macedonia, made famous by its lake, river, gorges and waterfalls. Continuing our drive on a beautiful scenic mountain road, we will arrive to Monastery of Sv. Jovan Bigorski, famous for its iconostasis carved in wood and by its particular nice location on the slope of the mountain. Before arriving to Ohrid we will pas through Struga, a town located at the mouth of river Black Drim into Lake Ohrid. Dinner will be in the local restaurant.
Overnight in Ohrid: Hotel (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 4: Ohrid
In the morning, we will enjoy a walking tour around the old town-museum of Ohrid (UNESCO cite), located on the shore of Lake Ohrid, which lays at 695m above sea level. The town is known in prehistoric and classical times under the name of Lychnidos – the City of Lights. Slavs gave it the name of Arida in 10th century, and it became a major center of culture and art for this area. It is the cradle of Slavic written language and literature, from where the alphabet called Cyrillic was created by brothers Cyril and Methody and then spread all over the Slavic world.
Out of endless number of monuments and churches – Ohrid is also known as “City of 365 churches“, we will visit the most important ones such as Tsar Smuili fortress from 10th century, St. Kliment from 13th century St. Sophia from 11th, and St. Panteleimon from 9th. In the afternoon we will enjoy short boat ride on the lake.
Overnight in Ohrid. (B, L)
Day 5: Ohrid – Galicica National Park – Prespa Lake – Bitolj
After breakfast, we will descend into breathtaking Mt.Galicica (National Park), which makes the natural division between Lake Prespa and Lake Ohrid, and is blessed with an abundance of diverse flora and fauna. We will arrive to Lake of Prespa, second largest lake in Macedonia, with its extraordinary, wild and unique beauty. It covers an area of 274 sq. km and lies at an elevation of 853m above sea level. Our next stop will be Bitola, “City of the Consuls” as it used to be called. This town is an extraordinary mixture of old and new, a meeting point of different cultures and civilizations, where for centuries Christians, Muslims and Jews lived side by side. We will see the church of St. Dimitrius, one of the biggest Orthodox temples in Macedonia, and we will enjoy the Old Bazaar, which is among best preserved in the country.
On the outskirts of the town we will find the very famous and very important Roman town of Heraclea Lyncestis. The founding of this town is linked to Phillip II in the middle of the 6th century BC. Later it become a Roman military base and important urban center, and we can still see today the Episcopal residence, basilicas, a theater, and many floor mosaics.
Overnight in Bitola: Hotel (1 night ) (B, L, D)
Day 6: Bitolj – Stobi – Skoplje
After leaving our hotel this morning, we will first visit the ruins of one of the largest ancient town in Macedonia – Stobi. It was built just before the rule of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great in the early Hellenic period. It had beautiful basilicas and palaces, and many wonderful mosaics still can be seen. In the afternoon we will arrival to Skopje.
Overnight in Skopje: Hotel (1 night) (B, L)
Day 7: Skopje departure
Free time before transfer to the airport of Skopje on time for your flight home (B)
ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE:
Our professional English speaking guide will accompany group at all time group is with us – so from arrival to the airport where tour begins till departure at the airport where tour finishes, except when group has free time.
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