Day 1. Skopje, North Macedonia
Arrival at Skopje airport meet your local guide and then head to the Northern Macedonia Capital. Dinner and overnight in Skopje.
Day 2. Skopje – Matka Canyon – Skopje, North Macedonia
After breakfast, join the Matka Canyon, a must in Macedonia.
Embark on a boat to discover the caves of Vrelo, which are considered among the deepest sea caves in the world.
Go back to Skopje and lunch in the city-centre.
Start a sightseeing tour of an earthquake-ravaged city in 1963 that has completely rebuilt itself and offers a unique experience.
You will enjoy a separate city between two cultures and two different lifestyles between Albanian Macedonian and Macedonian.
Stroll through its new city centre to discover its famous fortress “Tvrdina Kale” and its stone bridge “Kameni Most” that separates the city into two parts with the old Ottoman bazaar “Čaršija”.
Dinner and overnight in Skopje.
Day 3. Skopje – Mavroro – Janche, North Macedonia
After breakfast leave for the Mavrovo National Park. On the way to Ohrid you will make a stop at Tetovo to discover its 15th century painted Mosque of Sarena Dzamija. Painted both indoors and outdoors, it is one of the most beautiful mosques in Macedonia.
Arrival in the Mavrovo National Park and enjoy sumptuous landscapes through, the Mavroro Lake and the Radika Canyon. You will stop at the Monastery of Saint Jovan Bigorski, located on the heights of the canyon, which represents one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia.
You will then reach the small village of Janche, in which a resident of the village has invested in the construction of houses using the materials of the time, you will have lunch in his restaurant.
Drop off your luggage in your hotel and leave the village to the waterfall of Duf for a small hike of about twenty minutes.
Dinner and overnight in Janche.
Day 4. Janche – Ohrid, North Macedonia
After breakfast, take the road towards Ohrid, the Heart of Orthodoxy.
start the sight seeing tour of Ohrid, the Cradle of Orthodoxy. An UNESCO World Heritage City and a sublime lakeside city, which for many represents the culmination of the Macedonian experience, a Kingdom of light and water and a reference to the ancient ruins of traditional kingdom of Macedonia.
Discover its historical heritage, well preserved as the church of Saint Jovan or its ancient theater dating from the Roman Empire. Lunch in Ohrid.
Leave to discover the wonders of the Ohrid Lake. Make a quick photo stop at Bay of Bones, an authentic reconstruction of part of a colony, dating from 1200 to 700 BC.
Visit the Saint Naum Monastery. In the middle of lush greenery, the monastery of St. Naum. Built in the tenth century is a refuge of tranquillity on the border between Albania and Macedonia.
In the afternoon you will join your hotel located in the heart of the old city of Ohrid. You will reach the cave of the hotel and discover an ancestral winery making and try several Macedonian wines accompanied by local cheeses.
Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.
Day 5. Ohrid – Vevtchani – Kalichta – Ohrid, North Macedonia
After breakfast, you will reach the village of Vevtchani at the foot of Jablanica Mountain. Village famous for its costume festival celebrating the new year according to the ancient Orthodox calendar which is one of the oldest of all the Balkans, having its origins more than 1400 years ago.
Travel through this small village and walk along a wooden pass to enjoy the magnificent Vevtchani water source.
Continue your journey and join the village of Kalichta located at the edge of Lake Ohrid to visit its complex of monasteries of Saint Bogorodica. Visit first the monastery of the nativity-of-the-mother-of-god of Kalista founded in the 14th century. You will then follow the shore of Lake Ohrid to reach the St. Athansa Rock Church located on the cliff facing the lake.
Lunch in Kalichta.
Return to Ohrid in the afternoon and according to the schedule, sightseeing tour of the city of Ohrid with the possibility to go to the fortress of Ohrid offering a magnificent view of the city.
Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.
Day 6. Ohrid – Bitola – Popova Kula, North Macedonia
After breakfast, take the road to Bitola, the second largest city in northern Macedonia. Guided tour of the city of consuls. You discover a Mediterranean-style city with its churches, mosques, old Ottoman bazaar and beautiful neoclassical houses.
Before joining Bitola visit the archaeological site of “Heraclea Lyncestis” and discover the remains of this ancient city of the Kingdom of Macedonia whose foundations go back to the 4th century BC. Lunch in Bitola.
Continue to reach the Popova Kula vineyard. You will discover the wine culture of a small Macedonian vineyard located on the heights of a hill and offering a magnificent panoramic view of the region. Drop your bags in the hotel.
Visit the vineyard and discover the traditional Macedonian wine production.
Dinner in the vineyard with tasting of several local wines during the meal. Overnight at Popova Kula. Hotel Popova Kula 3 *
OPTION: Cooking lesson of traditional Macedonian dishes in Popova Kula
Day 7. Popova Kula – Kratovo – Skopje, North Macedonia
After breakfast, drive towards Kratovo, one of the most well-conserved medieval city of Macedonia. Known for its Ottoman bridges, its medieval towers and its 19th century houses, Kratovo is a pretty little village perched on the western hills of the Osogovo mountains, on an extinct volcano crater, at an altitude of 600 meters above the sea level.
Lunch in Kratovo.
Join Skopje during the day drop off your bags at your hotel.
Free afteroon in Skopje to walk along its old bazaar and buy some souvenirs.
Dinner and overnight in Skopje.
Day 8. Skopje, North Macedonia
After breakfast, free time until your transfer to Skopje airport for your return flight.
- What Will You Do- Day 1. Skopje, North Macedonia
- Day 2. Skopje - Matka Canyon - Skopje, North Macedonia
- Day 3. Skopje - Mavroro - Janche, North Macedonia
- Day 4. Janche - Ohrid, North Macedonia
- Day 5. Ohrid - Vevtchani - Kalichta - Ohrid, North Macedonia
- Day 6. Ohrid - Bitola - Popova Kula, North Macedonia
- Day 7. Popova Kula - Kratovo - Skopje, North Macedonia
- Day 8. Skopje, North Macedonia
- What To Expect- Immersion in the country
- Discover the culture and history of Macedonia
- Activities in nature
- Unforgettable journey
- What Is Included- Airport - city - airport transfers
- All transports mentioned in the program by minivan or minibus according to the group size
- The English-speaking guide throughout the tour
- Overnight stays in 3 * and 4 * hotels (local standards subject to availability)
- Half Board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8
- The entries in the monuments
- All activities mentioned in the program
- Boat trip to discover the Vrelo caves at Matka Canyon
- Wine tasting in Ohrid
- Wine tasting at Popova Kula vineyard
- What Is Not Included- All additional expenses not mentioned in the program
- The lunches
- Optional activities
- The round-trip flights
- Know Before You GoOPTIONALS :
- Single room supplement: 135 €
- Cooking lesson of traditional Macedonian dishes : 15 € / per
- Boat trip on the Ohrid lake : 15 € / pers
- Day 5 : Boat trip on the Prespa Lake to discover the small and untouched island of “Golem Grad” and lunch at a local Macedonian house in a village to try trout from Prespa lake : 25 € / pers