ita+7 Wonderful days to spend exploring Macedonia

Day 1

  • The tour starts at the museum of the city of Skopje, where you will get some basic info regarding getting around in Macedonia. The walk starts along Macedonia Street towards the square. Along the way is the Memorial House of Mother Teresa built in honor of a great humanitarian and a winner of Noble Prize for Peace. Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, in 1910.
  • The tour continues towards Macedonia Square which has undergone tremendous restoration in the last few years with a lot of new monuments and buildings around, representing Macedonian cultural heritage and history. Macedonia Square is the heart of the capital Skopje.
  • From Macedonia Square we continue towards the Old Bazaar passing over The Stone Bridge which is one of the most recognizable symbols of Skopje. Being so it has the main lead in the coat of arms of the city itself. The location of the bridge is in the heart of the city positioned on the greatest river in Macedonia, Vardar.
  • Once we get into the Bazaar, the first thing you notice is the feeling that you have gone back in times, returning to the days when the bazaar was swarming with people from all around the Balkan trading their wares and services.
  • After a thorough and detailed tour of the Bazaar, we finish up the sightseeing of the old town with the story of the fortress Kale at the top of the hill overlooking the entire city.
  • The rest of the day is planned for the Matka Canyon with its outstanding work of nature, preserved natural and geographic characteristics in which rare and endemic species found their escape.
  • Lunch will be served at the lakeside restaurant.
  • We get back to Skopje after which we check in at the hotel where we have spare time for refreshments and any individual activities.
  • Diner will be served in one of the local restaurants where we finish the first day of our 7 wonderful days exploring Macedonia.

 

 

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • The first stop is the 4th oldest megalithic observatory in the world Kokino, recognized by NASA and listed side by side with ancient observatories such as Stonehenge (Great Britain), Abu Simbel (Egypt) and Angkor Wat (Cambodia).
  • Next destination on the tour is the small town of Berovo. The city is situated near the river of Bregalnica at 900 meters above the sea level. Although it covers a small region it has many cultural, natural and historical values. Berovo Lake and the forest of the Maleshevo Mountains are two popular sites for tourists while Berovo craftsmen are well known for their skill in traditional wood crafting.
  • We will visit one of the local sheepfolds with  the traditionally open-air kitchen where one can enjoy the rich aromas of sheep cheese, unique Macedonian yogurt, unbelievably tasty pies, plum brandy as well as the tasty treasures of the forests – wild raspberries and blackberries ( when they are in season). Optional lunch at the location.
  • Checking in at a hotel in the vicinity of the town.
  • Additional activities will be offered in the hotel like hiking, cooking traditional food and others.
  • Individual time.

 

 

Day 3

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • We start the day with the trip to Smolarski waterfalls. It can be found above the village of Smolare at an elevation of 630 meters located deep into the mountain of Belasica where the springs of the Lomnica River are hidden among the hundred years old beech trees.
  • We leave the waterfalls behind us and continue our trip to Strumica. Strumica is the main agricultural city in Macedonia and it has a developed economy and trade which is provided by the location of the city itself.  After the sightseeing in the downtown free time will be provided for lunch in one of the local restaurants.
  • The next location is the Veljusa monastery which is just about 7 kilometers out of Strumica in a village named Veljusa where typical village life takes place. All you need to do to change the rural surroundings around you is to cross the gate of the monastery and enter a place of tranquility, humbleness and religion.
  • Our next destination is Stobi winery. Wine degustation and dinner at the winery are a subject of supplement.
  • Last destination of the day is the town of Kavadarci. Kavadarci is a town located in the Tikvesh region of the Republic of Macedonia. Situated in the heart of Macedonia’s wine country, it is home to the largest winery in south-eastern Europe named after the Tikvesh valley. Checking in at the hotel and free time will complete the day.

 

 

Day 4

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • After the breakfast we depart for Prilep.
  • We will have a glimpse of the city surroundings and the most famous locations such as the village of Varosh, King Marko’s Fortress and St. Archangel Michael Monastery. The Varosh Monastery complex includes foundations of necropolis and settlements from the bronze and iron ages, thermal spas from the Roman period and numerous well preserved cultural and historical monuments from the Middle Ages. After the review of the city centre free time will be prividet for lunch in some of the local restaurants.
  • The tour continues to the city of Krushevo, a small mountain town situated on an altitude of 1350 meters which still preserves its 19th century architecture. It is also home of the monuments Makedonium and Meckin Kamen, both landmarks of the famous Ilinden uprising, one of the most important days in the Macedonian History.
  • The day will end with checking in at a hotel. After the check in free time will be provided for dinner.

 

 

Day 5

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • After the breakfast we depart for the city of Bitola. The city of Bitola is an administrative, cultural, industrial, commercial, and educational centre. It is located in the southern part of the Pelagonia valley surrounded by the Baba and Nidze mountains. After an overview of the city of Bitola visiting the most significant locations free time for lunch will be provided. We continue the day with the archeological site Heraclea Lyncestis. The city of Heraclea was founded by Philip II of Macedon in the middle of the 4th century BC and presents one of the best preserved antique cities.
  • The tour continues towards the Monastery of St. Naum Ohridski and a pictures drive through the Galichica National Park. The area around St. Naum Monastery is among the most beautiful along the shore of Lake Ohrid. The magnificent greenery surrounded by the springs of the Crn Drim River, the spacious sand beach, the monastery complex and the view of the location makes it one of the most attractive tourist spots.
  • Dinner time will be provided at the monastery complex and after the overview of the location we will be heading to Ohrid. Check in at the hotel and free time for individual activities.

 

 

Day 6

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • We start the day in downtown Ohrid. The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments while tourism is predominant because of the special natural and cultural surrounding of the area. We will visit some of the most important localities such as the old bazaar, the church of St. Sophia, the church Mother of God (Perivleptos), the ancient theatre, Tsar Samoil fortress, the archaeological site of Plaoshnik, the church of St. John (Kaneo) and many others.
  • Finishing the tour we will head to the village of Vevchani. The village is located 14 kilometers north-west of the town of Struga and is most famous for its springs. The largest spring is located at the opening of one of the many caves in the region. The most famous spring is "Jankov Kamen" which is situated at about 1200 meters above sea level. Lunch time will be provided at a restaurant in the vicinity of the location.   
  • After the lunch we head back to Ohrid. Next visiting location will be the National Ohrid Museum presented in the house of Robevci. The Robevci House is one of the finest examples of 19th century Macedonian architecture. Today the house is protected under the Institute for protection of cultural monuments in Ohrid.
  • Dinner time provided at the Ohrid old bazaar where many restaurants take place. After dinner we heading back to the hotel.

 

 

Day 7

  • Breakfast at the hotel and checking out.
  • Departure for Skopje with a coffee break at the point of Straza.
  • We are headed to the National Park Mavrovo while visiting St. John the Baptist (Bigorski) Monastery. According to the Monastery's 1833 chronicle it was built in the year of 1020 by Ivan I Debranin. It was burned, pillaged and ruined several times but reconstructed time after time. One of the most valuable treasures of the Monastery is the iconostasis created by Petre Filipovski Garkata from the nearby village of Gari.
  • After visiting the Monastery we departure to one of the local sheepfolds. Lunch time will be provided at the location.
  • Departure for the city of Tetovo follows with an overview of the Sharena Dzamija (Painted Mosque). The Painted Mosque was built in the year of 1459 on the foundation of an older edifice. An example of early Constantinople style, this mosque is adorned with an elaborate painted facade and interior, making it unique.
  • Departure for the city of Skopje where the tour ends.

 

 

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Macedonia Holidays and Tours

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