Cycling tour through the Western part of Macedonia05/04/2017
Religious tour through Macedonia27/11/2017
Day 1 Arrival in Skopje
Pick up from the Skopje airport. Accommodation in a hotel in Skopje. Orientation walk and time on your leisure. Welcoming dinner in a national restaurant. Overnight.
Day 2City tour Skopje (B, L) (5 km)
Breakfast. After the breakfast we start a walking tour from the centuries old Kale – Skopje fortress. We will continue to the Old Turkish Bazaar, mingling with the locals, meeting different cultures and religions, old forgotten crafts. After that we go to the Museum of Macedonian struggle, with possibilities to also visit the Archaeological museum of Macedonia with one of the biggest ancient coins collection in the world exclusively from the Macedonian territory. We walk across the Stone Bridge, the landmark of the city, and stop in front of the biggest monument and fountain of Alexander the Great. The next stop will be the Memorial house of Mother Teresa. She was born in Skopje in 1910.
Lunch in a national restaurant. After, we drive up to the close mountain Vodno to visit the church of St. Panteleymon with Renaissance frescoes from the 12th century. Free time for individual activities. Overnight.
Day 3 Skopje – Stobi – winery Tikves – Prilep – Bitola (195 km) (B, L, D)
Breakfast. Today we will visit the biggest ancient city in Macedonia – Stobi (80 km). The oldest synagogue in Europe, from the 1st century A.D. is found in this archaeological site. After that we are going in the biggest winery in the Balkans – Tikvesh (20 km). We will have lunch there with wine tasting and tour around the winery. Transfer to the city of Prilep (50 km), where we will visit Marko’s towers and the monastery Archangel Michael, see the frescoes of King Marko and King Volkashin, the last Christian medieval Macedonian kings from XIV century. After that, we will have some free time to stroll the streets of Prilep before we go to Bitola (45 km). Accommodation in a hotel and dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight.
Day 4 Bitola (15 km) (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the ancient city Heraclea Linkestis, dating back from the time of the ancient Macedonian king, Philip II of Macedon (359-336 BC), the father of Alexander of Macedon (Alexander the Great), who founded this town. Visit the museum of Bitola and Kemal Mustafa – Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey, who finished the military school in this very building. Stroll to the most famous Macedonian street, Shirok Sokak. Accommodation in a hotel.
Day 5 Bitola – Galichica – Prespa – Elshani – Ohrid (110 km) (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Our first site for today will be the Ethno museum in Podmochani (35 km). Drive through the National park Galichitca at 1.700 metres altitude, with the most spectacular view over the two lakes, Ohrid and Prespa, to the village of Elshani (65 km). In this village the local families will welcome us with home-hosted lunch. Later, we will have a chance to ride a donkey. After this special event, we will go in our hotel in Ohrid. Accommodation and overnight.
Day 6 City tour Ohrid (5 km) (B, L, D)
After the breakfast, we will have a tour through the old city of Ohrid - town of UNESCO. Ohrid is one of the oldest towns in Europe full of history with traces of four thousand years of civilization. We will visit famous untouched medieval churches, the fortress of Tsar Samuel with a beautiful panorama, the ancient Macedonian-Roman theatre, sailing with small boats on the way back to the centre. Explanation of the history, the biggest open air museum of the Byzantheum. Lunch in a national restaurant. After that we will visit the church St. Sophia and visit a pearl workshop and a store, where the workers will explain the pearl making process. Free time to explore more of this UNESCO site. Dinner in a national restaurant with a folk ensemble and traditional Macedonian songs and dances. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 7 Ohrid – St. Naum – Ohrid (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Boat trip to the unique reconstructed prehistoric settlement on water from the Bronze Age and most visited site in Macedonia, The Bay of Bones. Explanation by the professional curator. We continue sailing to the extraordinary monument of nature - lake springs and the monastery of St. Naum from 9th century. Lunch in a restaurant near the springs. Free time. Sailing back to the town. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 8 Ohrid – Struga – Vevhani – Ohrid (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit the other Macedonian city on the Ohrid lake - Struga, internationally known for the festival Struga poetry evenings in the honor of the famous brothers Miladinovi. Then, we will visit the village Vevchani and Vevchani springs. We will have lunch in a restaurant. Return to Ohrid and we will have free time. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in a hotel in Ohrid.
Day 9 Ohrid – Tetovo – Skopje (180 km) (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. We drive to the ethnically and religiously mixed town Tetovo to visit the unique Colourful Mosque, painted from outside and inside in different colours, presenting paintings of towns and cities from 19th century, a kind of a Renaissance in the Islamic world. Next, close to the capital Skopje, we will visit one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe, Matka, with the river Treska. We will have lunch break in the restaurant on the bank of the river, possibly river trout, and by small boats set sail 6 km upstream to visit the cave Vrelo, full of cave decorations like stalactites and stalagmites. Accommodation in a hotel in Skopje. Farewell dinner in a national restaurant.
Day 10 Skopje (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time. Driving to the Skopje International Airport, about 40 minutes from the hotel.