Round trip of the highlights of Macedonia's cultural and religious heritage, our picturesque cities and landscapes, combined with authentic cuisine and wines..

 

Overview

Macedonia is a rich combination of cultural and natural heritage, which is characterized by a wealth of lakes , mountains and relative peace rarely found in the world in the 21st Century. Turbulent historical events in the Republic of Macedonia in prehistoric, classical and Roman period, as in the Middle Ages and the new period left traces both in spiritual and cultural heritage. Let us take You for a journey that will help You get to know and understand Macedonia the way we do!

Itinerary

Tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Skopje

Arrival at the Skopje airport. Transfer to your hotel. Short introductory tour of the area round your hotel – getting useful hints from your tour guide. Dinner at a local restaurant with music. Overnight stay in Skopje. D

Day 2: Skopje and Matka canyon

Morning sightseeing tour; Visit to the old railway station – the first railway station in the Balkans; The statue of Mother Teresa; The plaque marking the site of her former house; The Stone Bridge – a monumental construction in the centre of the city; The church of St Spas (Holy Salvation), which was built at the end of the 17th century and which is famous for housing the remains of the great Macedonian revolutionary Goce Delcev (1872-1903). The Fortress Kale – an outstanding tourist attraction of Skopje; The Monastery of St Pantelejmon in the village of Gorno Nerezi, which was built in the 12th century and represents an important monument from the Byzantine period. Lunch in the restaurant next to the church of St Pantelejmon. After lunch a visit to the Church of St. Andreja – Matka, built in the 14th century. The frescoes painted on the walls of this church differ from any others by their stylistic and artistic qualities and their iconography peculiarities. Dinner is arranged at local winery, where You can get familiar to the wines from the Skopje wine district, and paid them with local delicacies of Skopje. Overnight stay in Skopje. B/L/D

Day 3: Mavrovo national park to Ohrid

After a relaxed breakfast – a drive west to Mavrovo. Exploration of Mavrovo National Park, which represents one of the most attractive tourist areas of Macedonia. We will pay visit to the legendary villages of Janche and Lazaropole, as well as the famous Monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski. These villages are typical represents of Macedonian village during the Ottoman reign, and they are famous for the unique architecture and the local folklore. Afternoon transfer to Ohrid. Dinner and overnight stay in Ohrid. B/L/D

Day 4: Ohrid - pearl of Macedonia and the Balkans

Morning sightseeing tour – The tour starts in front of the statue of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, and it continues to the Lower gate, the National Museum of Ohrid, the Church of St Sophia, the Roman amphitheatre, the Upper gate, St Clement’s Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious (Sveta Bogorodica Perivleptos), The Icon Gallery, Tsar Samoil’s fortress, Plaoshnik, and it ends in a walk throught Ohrid’s Old Bazaar. We will also do panoramic boat trip overlooking the old town., as well as wine tasting at local boutique winery (tasting indigenous Ohrid varieties). Dinner will take place at family home in village in the Ohrid countryside. Overnight stay in Ohrid. B/L/D

Day 5: Ohrid to Bitola via St. Naum 

After breakfast – a visit to the beautiful and popular Monastery of St Naum with new inns built in the last decade that make up the Hotel of Sveti Naum. The original church of the Holy Archangels was built in the early 10th century by St Naum and later it housed the tomb and relics of St Naum himself but today its remains are buried beneath the present 16th-century church. The source of the River Crn Drim which feeds the lake is nearby. After a short walking tour we will have lunch at restaurant with lovely view of the lake. Your late afternoon drive to Bitola will take 1 hr, including a short stop on Galichica – where you will have a view of the two lakes – Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa. Dinner and overnight stay in Bitola. B/L/D

Day 6: Bitola to Krushevo

After breakfast a city tour of Bitola including a visit to the ancient Macedonian town of Heraclea Lyncestis which is located near the city of Bitola (at the foot of the Baba Mountains), and which was founded in the middle of the 4th century BC. Afterwards we will do stroll along Shirok Sokak, Bitola's legendary pedestrian alley in the center. Lunch will be arranged in the nearby village of Dihovo, located in the outskirts of the Pelister national park, and after lunch, we will transfer to the town of Krushevo, pictoresque mountain town. Dinner and overnight stay in Krushevo. B/L/D

Day 7: Krushevo to Tikvesh wine region via Stobi

After a relaxed breakfast – a drive and sightseeing tour of the town of Krushevo, which keeps the evidence of the Macedonian revolutionary and cultural past. This living museum of architecture (it has the highest number of old-style houses!) dreams of the day when a lot more people than now will be arriving to enjoy the clean air and the winter sun on the ski slopes or go hang gliding. On the 2nd August 1903 the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation (VMRO) rose up in Krushevo and in the greater part of Macedonia to fight for independence from the Ottoman Empire. The independence of the Republic of Krushevo was proclaimed the following day, and although it had lasted for only ten days before it was subdued by the Ottomans again, its existence became a symbol of the centuries of Macedonian striving for freedom and independence. Krushevo is one particular world in which the past mingles with the present.
In the wine region of Tikves we are joined by our wine specialist Ivana (also critic and wine judge), who will guide us in this beautiful region of Macedonia. Wine culture has taken a central role in Macedonia since the Roman times, when the ruling emperors favoured its grapes. Thanks to an abundance of sunshine, Mediterranean and continental breezes and rich rocky soil, wine grapes thrive in Macedonia. Wine tasting over dinner will take place at winery. Overnight at Tikvesh winery. B/L/D

Day 8: Tikvesh to Berovo via Strumica

In the morning we will checkout and transfer to the area of Strumica, where we will explore the cultural and historic places of interest in the town and its surroundings. A visit to the the monastery complex Vodocha which is located in the village of Vodocha. The legend about the etymology of the name of this place is linked to the day when in 1014 AD Tsar Samoil’s army was defeated by the army of the Byzantine Emperor Basilus II and 15,000 Macedonian soldiers had their eyes gouged out afterwards. Because of this, the village got the name Vodocha (ochi = eyes). What follows next is a visit to the Monastery of the Holy Mother of God – Eleusa which is a convent now and is situated in the next village of Veljusa. Lunch is arranged at local restaurant. In the late afternoon we will drive to the mountain region of Maleshevo, to the area of Berovo. Dinner and overnight stay in Berovo. B/L/D

Day 9: Berovo to Skopje

In the morning we will visit the mountain areas near Berovo, where we will enjoy the day walking in nature and having lunch at local sheepfold. Afternoon transfer to Skopje, where we have free time before our farewell dinner in the Bohemian district. Overnight in Skopje. B/L/D

Day 10: Skopje

Transfer to the Skopje Airport.

Gallery

Skopje area:

Mavrovo area:

Ohrid area:

Bitola area:

Krushevo area:

Strumica area:

Berovo area:

What's Included

Included:

- Transportation as per program (including single timed airport transfers from Skopje Airport)

- Accommodation at DBL/TWIN occupancy in nice centrally located hotels with traditional decoration

- All meals as per program (at family homes and local restaurants; traditional dishes typical for each area visited, prepared from locally sourced ingredients; welcome drink included)

- All activities (private boat trips & wine tastings)

- Tour guide (English or other major European languages) 

- Entrance fees in national parks, archaeological sites, museums and galleries

Not included:

- Flights to Macedonia

- Single room supplement

- Optional meals and activities not mentioned in the program

- Travel insurance

- Individual expenses

Dates & Prices

Scheduled dates:

* This is non-scheduled tour with flexible dates. 

Number of Participants:

2 - 8

Tour grade:

//

Prices: 

Confidential prices for TOs available upon request. Price depends on the number of participants.

Additional information: 

- Season: May-October