NORTH MACEDONIA - THE HIGHLIGHTS

Experience the most beautiful regions of North Macedonia in one week! We start at the birthplace of Mother Teresa in the capital Skopje, enjoy a boat trip in the magnificent Matka, visit the colorful Alaya Mosque from Ottoman times and go to Ohrid, the city with UNESCO World Heritage Site and 365 churches. We walk through the ancient mosaics in the city of Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great and try the best of North Macedonia: the intense, fine wines and delicious Macedonian cuisines.
Tour-Code: MCD01
Culture trip
People, nature & history
9 Days/ 8 Nights
Together with the days of arrival and departure
Number of participants
Small groups: 4-14
Accommodation
4* & Boutique Hotels
Features
Cooking classes, wine tasting, meals with locals families!
2 Meals per day
Breakfast, lunch in a restaurant
Transfer
From & to the airport, all excursions
Guide
English speaking guide during the whole trip

ITINERARY

DAY1
DAY2
DAY3
DAY4
DAY5
DAY6
DAY7
INCLUDED SERVICES
Day of arrival
• Arrival and transfer to the hotel
Your driver will meet you at the airport in Skopje and escort you to the hotel.
• Overnight in Skopje
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Skopje city tour

Today we take a cable car to the summit of Vodno Mountain to get the best view of the capital Skopje and the surrounding mountains. Then we go to the historical squares of the city and visit the Mother Teresa's memorial house and the Macedonian square with the great Alexander fountain. We walk over the old stone bridge that brings us to the narrow lively streets of the old bazaar with Ottoman mosques and baths.
• Overnight in Skopje
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Excursion to the Matka Cañon

In the morning we go to the beautiful Matka - Cañon, in which twenty caves and several side canyons can be found. The specific climate of this region contributes to the life of many endemic plants and animals. Here we can see over 250 different butterfly species! We take a boat along the river to visit Ubava Cave and a Byzantine church a 14th century built on the rocks above the lake with beautiful original icons and inscriptions on the walls. Our lunch we have in a lovely restaurant by the lake.
• Drive to Ohrid
• Overnight in Ohrid

• Breakfast at the hotel
• Ohrid city tour

Today we go to the city of Ohrid with its great historical heritage. It is located on the side of the Ohrid Lake, the oldest lake in Europe that is included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has an amazing biodiversity. The beautiful Ohrid city is the motherland of Slavic alphabet and has about 365 churches, important archaeological sites and medieval buildings. Today we visit the most photographed church in the Balkans and the ancient theater (3rd century BC), which today is still used for performances. We see how paper was made on one of the last two remaining (and working!) Gutenberg presses in the world.
• Lunch in the restaurant on the lake and free time
After the lunch in one of the lakeside restaurants of Ohrid you can explore the hidden alleys of the old town, buy the world-famous Ohrid pearls or enjoy the serenity of the lake on one of the beaches.
• Overnight in Ohrid
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Boat trip to the St. Naum monastery

After breakfast we take a boat to the Bay of Bones, an archaeological complex and archaeological site on the coast of Lake Ohrid. Here is an authentic reconstruction of the part of a prehistoric pile dwelling, in which artifacts from the end of the Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age can be seen. Further south - just before the border with Albania is located the St. Naum Abbey, which was built on a cliff above Lake Ohrid. The Cyrillic script was born here that is still used in many Eastern European countries, especially in Russia.
• Boat trip to the fishing village & lunch
In the lagoon of the sources of the Crni Drim river, which flows into Lake Ohrid, we board a boat and continue to a small, romantic fishing village. Here far from mass tourism we can relax on the beautiful beach.
• Drive back and overnight in Ohrid
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Drive to Bitola

After breakfast we drive to Bitola, the second largest city in Macedonia with a long urban tradition of over 1,600 years. We visit the ancient city of Heraclea Lyncestis that was founded by Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great at the middle of the 4th century BC.. It is known for the mosaics in the basilica, which represent the world view at that time. We explore the city's unique blend of past and present, its traditions and urban life. Historically, Bitola is known for the consular representations of many countries during the Ottoman era, when the city was an important administrative and cultural-political center.
• Drive to Popova Kula & farewell dinner
In the afternoon we continue to the wine region of North Macedonia. After the tour through the cellars of the Popova Kula winery we enjoy a delicious farewell dinner.
• Overnight in Popova Kula
• Breakfast at the hotel
We enjoy our breakfast with a view of the vineyards and the rocks of the Canyon "Iron Gate".
• Transfer to the airport
Depending on the departure time the driver will bring you to the airport in Skopje.
6 nights in 4 * star & boutique hotels
6 x breakfast
4 x lunch
Farewell dinner
Cable car to Vodno mountain
Boat trip in the Matka Canyon
Boat trip to the St. Naum monastery
Transfers from & to the airport and all excursions
English speaking guide during the whoul trip
All entrance tickets

NOT INCLUDED INTO THE SERVICE

Flights to Skopje and return
Drinks during meals
Meals & drinks not listed
Individual visits and excursions
Insurance
Tips

DATES & PRICES

We will be glad to prepare this tour on other dates upon your request!

Guaranteed discounts:
- 8% for groups of 10 people or more