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Classic tour of North Macedonia, including a visit to the capital city Of Skopje, the UNESCO town of Ohrid, and Ohrid Lake, one of the oldest lakes in the region; Visit to archeological sites of Heraclea Lyncestis; and important Monasteries, the Monastery of Sveti Naum and the Monastery of St Bogirski, 2 boat rides, one through Ohrid Lake and the other in Matka canyon.

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Day 1

Skopje Airport- Skopje

Arrive in North Macedonia at Skopje’s Alexander the Great Airport. Meet and assist by our representative Macedonian guide and transfer to your hotel. Skopje is the country’s largest city and the political, cultural, economic, and academic center of the country. After check-in, we start with a walking tour in the city center beginning with the Old Rail Station. Today it is the home of the city museum of Skopje with permanent exhibits representing the history of Skopje. We will visit the Memorial House of Mother Theresa, on the same location where the old Catholic Church “Sacred Heart of Jesus” stood and where she was baptized on the 27th of August 1910. We are already on the pedestrian street “Makedonija” and nearby is the main square with many monuments representing the old and rich Macedonian history. The famous Stone Bridge is the symbol of the city connecting the main square with the Old Bazaar. According to certain data the Stone Bridge was built in the 6th century. We will have dinner at a restaurant in the city center. Overnight in Skopje. Hotel Bushi Resort

Day 2

Skopje- Matka Canyons- Skopje

After breakfast, we depart to the archeological site of Skupi, where we will start our day tour. Shkopje is one of the largest Roman towns dating from the Late Antiquity. Situated about 5 km northwest of Skopje, the site contains various structures, which date from the first to the sixth centuries, including a structure supposed to have been an early Christian church and tombs around it. It is estimated that the territory of Skopje has been inhabited for at least 4000 years with evidence of Neolithic settlements found in the Kale Fortress in the city center. During the era of Philip of Macedon and his son Alexander, Skopje became more important during their expansion of ancient Macedonia. Returning to Skopje we continue the tour starting from Kale Fortress, the Church of St. Spas, the Old Turkish Bazaar we explore the Ottoman monumental architecture of the beautiful Mustafa Pasha Mosque. Visit the old Turkish baths Kurshumli Han and Chifte Hammam, which now function as art galleries. We will visit the Museum of Macedonia which has archaeology, ethnology, history, and art departments. We will stop for a lunch at an authentic medieval Oriental inn. In the afternoon we depart to the Matka Canyon, which is a protected nature reserve and home to several medieval monasteries, amazing caves, and a wide variety of plants and animals.transfer back to your hotel. Hotel Bushi Resort

Day 3

Skopje – Tetovo – Ohrid

After breakfast, we check out from the hotel and depart to Tetovo. The city of Tetovo is located in the northwestern part of Macedonia in the foothills of Shara Mountain at an elevation of 500 meters. The town lies at the intersection of several trade routes. Archaeologists have found evidence of human settlement dating back more than six thousand years. In Tetovo there is an old fortress dating back to 1820 and many beautiful churches and mosques. We will visit the Aladza Painted Mosque with its beautifully-decorated exterior located in the old part of Tetovo on the River Pena. The mosque was built in 1495 and is an example of early Constantinople style, adorned with a unique elaborate painted facade and interior, making it unique in Macedonia. We continue our drive to the National Park of Mavrovo. We will stop for a coffee break in a restaurant that has amazing views of Mavrovo Lake. On the way to Ohrid we will visit the Monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski, or St. John the Baptist, founded in 1020. Inside the church, we’ll find unique works such as The Miraculous Icon of St. John the Baptist, more than 12 centuries old. The main attraction is the priceless awe-inspiring wood-carved iconostasis depicting biblical scenes. The monastery is rich in icons painted from the 16th to 20th centuries and is a synthesis of Byzantine, Renaissance, and Baroque influences. Arrival in Ohrid. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4

Ohrid – Bitola- Ohrid

After breakfast, we drive to Bitola where we visit the ancient Macedonian city of Heraclea, founded in the 4th century BC. Marvel at the pristine condition of ancient buildings and palaces with their well-preserved mosaics. Later, we drive to Ohrid, located on the shore of the fabled Lake Ohrid, one of the largest lakes in the Balkans. Lake Ohrid is one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes, preserving a unique aquatic ecosystem with more than 200 endemic species with worldwide importance. It was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. Overnight in Ohrid Hotel Millennium

Day 5

Ohrid- Kalista Cave Monastery- Vevcani Springs- Ohrid

Today after breakfast, we enjoy the most interesting sites in and around Ohrid. First, we visit Kalista cave monastery on the lakeshore, which is unique with its special settings and location. After lunch, near the lovely Vevcani springs, we return to Ohrid, where we visit the Icon Gallery, the archaeological site of Ploeshnik, the Church of St. Bogorodica Perivleptos, and the Samuel fortress. Overnight in Ohrid. Dinner in Local Restaurant with live Macedonian night music show. Overnight in Ohrid Hotel Millennium

Day 6

Ohrid- Galicia National Park and Lake Prespa

After breakfast, the group will enjoy the extremely scenic countryside as we travel. We make our way to Lake Prespa via Galicica Mountains National Park, situated between the two lakes of Ohrid and Prespa. Here, we can enjoy splendid views in every direction. This park has a wealth of endemic flora and fauna. If we are lucky, we may see eagles, vultures, Balkan butterflies, and even land turtles. Our destination is the (fishing) village of Stenje on the lakeshore. If time permits, we can enjoy a hike to a beautiful viewpoint. Lake Prespa is shared between Greece, Macedonia, and Albania. In 1999, the Society for the Protection of Prespa received the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award for its conservation efforts, primarily for protecting and breeding a colony of one of the most endangered waterbirds of the world, the Dalmatian Pelican. The area contains four National Parks located in Albania, Greece, and the Republic of Macedonia. For dinner, we can try the famous Koran fish (Lake Ohrid Brown Trout) which is only found in this area. Overnight in Ohrid. Overnight in Ohrid Hotel Millennium

Day 7

Ohrid – Skopje

After we arrive in Skopje we will take a cable car to visit the Millennium Cross, a 66 meter-high cross situated on the top of the mountain. It is one of the biggest crosses in the world, constructed to serve as a memorial of 2,000 years of Christianity in Macedonia and the world. Here we will visit the monastery of St. Panteleimon, which contains remarkable frescoes of a great artistic value of a non-static but more emotional style of Byzantine Art. Late lunch will be organized in the monastery restaurant with Macedonian music. Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 8

Skopje- Skopje Airport

After breakfast transfer to the airport. (B)

  • Transfers from and to Airport
  • All the transfers with modern a/c vehicles/throughout the tour
  • Experienced English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Polish. Speaking tour guide/driver (separate driver and guide only for 7 or more participants)
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in good 4* hotels, with breakfast
  • All taxes
  • Flight Tickets
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities/Tip to Driver/Guide
  • Entrance fees (approx. 40 Euro pp)

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