bug+15 days Grand Cultural tour of Macedonia

 

Day 1
Arrival in Skopje airport and transfer to your hotel in Mavrovo located by Mavrovo Lake. Free afternoon to relax by the lake after the flight. Welcome traditional dinner with your guide, discussion about the tour and local customs. Overnight in hotel.


Day 2
Breakfast. Transfer to Mount Bistra (1.600m). Easy walking tour in the mountain. Visit to local sheepfold, cheese tasting. Transfer from the mountains by bus to village of Galichnik, famous for its old stone houses, rich tradition and the best Macedonian sheep cheese. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Galichnik.

 

Day 3
Breakfast. Departure to St Bigorski Monastery (St. John the Baptist) recognized for its wood-carved iconostasis. Follows short 45min walk in the woods above village Rostuse to Duff waterfalls, and after that, drive to Rajchica monastery where a piece of the cross of Jesus is kept and a small part of the hand of St. John. Traditional lunch in village of Jance. Early evening arrival in Struga. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

 

Bigorski Monastery



Day 4
Breakfast. Departure to Ohrid. Sightseeing of Ohrid Old Town, the city also known as "the Jerusalem of the Balkans" with its 365 churches. Visit of St Nikola church, St Sophia, St. Kliment, Plaoshnik, St Jovan Janeo. Free afternoon to explore the city, or Ohrid beaches. Dinner and accommodation in hotel in Struga.

Day 5
Breakfast. Sightseeing of Struga, the city of poetry. Lunch in a fishermen village Trpejca on the shore of Ohrid Lake. In the afternoon transfer to St Naum monastery. Visit of the monastery. Boat ride in the lagoon of the springs of River Crn Drim. Back to Ohrid. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Ohrid.

 

Trpejca

 

Day 6
Breakfast. Morning shopping in Ohrid open green market for today cooking classes. Free day to explore Ohrid and its beaches. In the afternoon cook your own dinner with our chef. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in hotel in Ohrid

 

Day 7
Breakfast. Departure by bus over Galicica Mountain to Prespa Lake. Short break at the restored ancient fishermen settlement on the beach. Visit of church St. George in Kurbinovo village and traditional lunch in village Brajcino. In the afternoon transfer to Bitola. Accommodation in hotel. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Bitola.

 

Day 8
Breakfast. Easy trekking day in Pelister. Path goes through pine woods to Kopanki mountain hut (45min) and to few sites around the mountain hut. Dinner in hotel in Bitola.

 

Day 9
Breakfast. Sightseeing of archaeological site of "Heraclea" and Bitola Old town. Free afternoon. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Bitola.

 

Day 10
Breakfast. Transfer to archaeological site "Stobi", a city founded on the sunset of the ancient Macedonian kingdom. The Roman trading center on the road Via Egnatia, the city with its own money with inscription "Municipium Stobensium”. After Stobi we continue to Radovis. Visit of Radovis market place where you can still see the Yuruks - a minority group living in this area with their specific clothes, still living their traditional way of life, producing their products and selling them here. Lunch break in Radovis. In the afternoon transfer to Strumica. Dinner. Overnight in hotel.

 

Stobi

 

Day 11
Breakfast. Visit of the nearby Monastery Bogorodica Eleusa, and Monastery Vodocha with St Leonthius church in Vodoca monastery, which was built there after the defeat of Tsar Samoil's troops in which 15000 of his men were blinded by Byzantine soldiers. Dinner in a restaurant with traditional gypsy music. Overnight in hotel..
 

Day 12
Breakfast. Transfer from Strumica to Smolare waterfalls on Mount Belasica, one of the oldest mountains in Europe, with thousands specific and some endemic species of fauna and beautiful nature. Short break, and we continue to Berovo, a small town in Maleshevski mountains. On the way to Berovo, stop in a little picturesque mountain village Dvoriste. Arrival in Berovo. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

 

Day 13
Breakfast. Easy trekking in this so-called "Switzerland of Macedonia" and Berovo Lake. Traditional lunch in nature. In the afternoon visit of St Archangel Michail church and the workshop for hand-weaved traditional blankets in Berovo. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Berovo.

 

 

Day 14
Breakfast. Departure to one of the oldest towns of Macedonia, the town of old bridges and towers - Kratovo. Sightseeing of Kratovo. In the afternoon, visit of the Valley of the dolls near Kratovo with its natural stone sculptures. Transfer to Skopje. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in hotel in Skopje. 

 

Day 15

Breakfast. Sightseeing of Skopje.

 

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