Flight to Skopje, arrival around noon. Pick up from the airport. Transfer to Ohrid with a stop for a visit of the colourful mosque in Tetovo. Accommodation in a hotel in Ohrid. Overnight.
Day 2 Ohrid city tour (5 km) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. We start the tour from the central square “St. Clement of Ohrid”. Strolling through the narrow streets of the old town, the first stop we make is in front of the Cathedral church St. Sophia. Than we walk to the next stop – the Ancient Theatre from the 1st century BC. Exploring other local sites on the way, we will visit the church St. Holly Mother of God, Peribleptos, with unique frescoes from the 13th century. We will also visit the complex of Pantaleimon Church, the St. Clement of Ohrid, as well as the Samoil Fortress. The last site we visit today is another 13th century church of St. John the Evangelist (Kaneo). Going back to the centre by small boats. We will have free time for lunch in the restaurant in the city centre. Then, we continue our stroll with visit of National museum “Robevci Family House”, Cathedral “St. Sofia”, Paper museum and Pearl shop. Overnight.
Day 3 Ohrid – Bay of bones - the Monastery St. Naum - Ohrid (60 km) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. We will take a car/bus or large boat and sail to the monastery of “St.Naum”. On half way there, we will visit the “Museum on water” which is a reconstruction of a pre-historic Palaeolithic settlement. We will arrive at the monastery of “St.Naum” and later we will go to the famous springs, and have a small boat ride on the crystal clear small lake that these springs are forming. After that, we will have time for lunch at one of the local restaurants. We drive back with car or we sail back to Ohrid, and in the end, we will drop you off in the centre of the city. Free time in the Old Bazaar. Overnight.
Day 4 Ohrid –national park Galichica – Podmochani – home hosted lunch in Dihovo - Bitola (80 km) (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to Bitola via the National Park Galichica. We will drive through the park and we will frequently stop to enjoy the magnificent views. Another brief stop we will make at the place where once was the front line called Macedonian front line during World War One. Then we will go down the mountain to Lake Prespa. We will visit ethnological museum in the village Podmochani and some of our travellers could dress national Macedonian clothes from XIX century and to make pictures. Drive to village Dihovo and we will have home hosted lunch. After that, we will visit the ancient Macedonian city Heraclea near Bitola. Visit of the “Institute and Museum of Bitola” – Memorial Room dedicated to Atatürk. Visit the center of Bitola: old houses along the Main Street, orthodox cathedral “St.Demetrius”. Check in to a hotel – central street “Shirok Sokak” – Bitola. Overnight.
Day 5 Bitola – Wine region – Stobi – Skopje (140 km) (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Driving to Prilep (42 km) and visit the monastery “Archangel Michael” in Prilep, stroll to the city centre. After that, we are driving for the biggest wine region in Macedonia – Tikvesh. There we will visit a winery where we will have lunch and wine tasting. Then, we will visit Stobi, an ancient city and archaeological site. The last stop for this day will be the capital city of Macedonia – Skopje. We will make short orientation tour through the city. Check in the hotel. Overnight.
Day 6 Skopje city tour (5 km) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. We take you on a walking tour in Skopje. We will start with the Fortress Kale, where we will see the earliest history of Skopje. After that we will visit the Church of Holly Salvation, where we can find the tomb of the most famous Macedonian revolutionary – Goce Delchev. We will continue our stroll through the old Turkish bazaar, which is the largest and most well preserved in south-east Europe. We will see a few hammams, inns and mosques from the Ottoman period. Our next sightseeing will be the Archaeological Museum of Macedonia. We will take a little break for coffee, next to the bank of the river Vardar. After this break, we will visit the modern center of Skopje, which includes the monuments of Alexander the Great, Justinian, Tsar Samuil… After that we will visit the Memorial house of Mother Theresa, the most famous citizen of Skopje. The last two sightseeing is the Museum of Skopje and the National Assembly. After that free time for the shopping centres. Overnight.
Day 7 Skopje – Vodno – Matka – Skopje (40 km) (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer with our vehicle to the hill Vodno and driving with a Cable car and visit of the Millennium cross. We are driving 20 minutes (around 20 km) to the Matka Canyon. We will walk around 30 minutes through wonderful nature in the area of Matka Canyon and Treska river. After that, we will have lunch in the restaurant Canyon Matka. After lunch, we will sail on small boats to the cave Vrelo, where we will see from above the incredibly deep underwater cave. After that we will return with the boats and visit the monastery St. Andrej from 1389, built by the brother of the last medieval king, Marko. Back to Skopje. Free time to visit the the “Museum of the Holocaust”. Overnight.
Day 8 Skopje – airport (20 km) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, before the flight, we may take you in the old City Bazaar for shopping, or simply for chatting with local people and find out more about their everyday life and the culture here. Afterwards, we will take you from the hotel to the Skopje International Airport. We hope that you truly Experienced Macedonia!