Photo tour – Macedonia05/04/2017
Western Macedonia tour27/11/2017
Day 1 Arrival in Skopje
Pick up from the Skopje airport. Accommodation in a hotel in Skopje. Orientation walk and time on your leisure. Overnight.
Day 2 City tour Skopje - Mountain Vodno cycling (B, L) (30 km)
Breakfast. After the breakfast, our walking tour starts 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 as well. After that, we head towards the Museum of Macedonian struggle, with possibilities to 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 land mark 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 that, we take a bike ride to the close mountain Vodno. We will visit the church of St. Panteleymon with Renaissance frescoes from the 12th century. Then we continue riding to the peak of the mountain up to the Millennium Cross. Through the village of Nerezi, we ride back to the hotel.
Total cycling: 30 km, riding uphill and downhill and some flat, moderate one
Day 3 Skopje - Bitola - Magarevo village (Pelister National Park) (B, D) (170 km)
Breakfast in the hotel and than driving to Bitola. Accommodation in a mountain hotel in the national park, Baba Mountain. Short introduction of the park and starting our ride to the mountain glacial lakes. We will follow the First world war trails and trenches, admire the view, explore unique flora and fauna, such as the indigenous 5 needle pine tree called molika, and observe natural phenomenon called rocky rivers. The terrain is mountainous. Then we'll get back on our bikes and ride to the hotel. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight
Total cycling: 35 km, mountain terrain, flat and rocky, hard one
Day 4 Magarevo - Brajcino (Lake Prespa) (B, L, D) (50 km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Today we start cycling from Magarevo, through the national park Pelister. From the mountain pass we will have excellent view over the Lake Prespa and its coast. We ride down to the Lake Prespa. The next stop is the village Brajcino. We will have traditional Macedonian lunch in this village. Accommodation and dinner in the village in the private apartments.
Total cycling: 50 km, uphill, downhill, flat, moderate to hard one
Day 5 Brajcino - Galicica National Park (Mountain Galicica) - Ohrid (B, L, D) (82 km)
Breakfast in the village. Today we ride the bikes around the lake Prespa with few stops to observe more than 300 species of births related to the lake. We continue riding uphill to the mountain pass of Galicica mountain. We'll enjoy in the breathtaking view over the Lake Ohrid, on the other side of the mountain. Then we ride downhill to the fishermen village Trpejca, in the Lonely Planet book mentioned as the Macedonian San Tropez, including lunch in the village, indigenous lake trout and homemade wine. Continue to the city of UNESCO, Ohrid. Accommodation and dinner in a hotel.
Total Cycling: 82 km, asphalted road, uphill, downhill, flat, moderate to hard
Day 6 Ohrid city tour (B, L, D) (4 km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Today we have a day off, but with possibility to join us to explore this unique town on foot. 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 King 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. Free time to explore more of this UNESCO site. Dinner in a national restaurant with a folk ansamble and traditional Macedonian songs and dances. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 7 Ohrid - St. Naum Monastery complex from 9th century - Ohrid (B, L) (60 km)
Breakfast in the hotel. From the city port, with the boat Alexandria we set sail to the other side of the lake, to the monastery St. Naum, founded in the 9th century. We will visit the monastery itself and the main springs of the lake. After the lunch in this extraordinary monument of nature, we take our bikes and ride along the lake shore back to the town Ohrid. Free evening.
Total Cycling: 30 km, asphalted road, little bit uphill, mostly flat, moderate
Day 8 Ohrid - Tetovo - Skopje (B, L, D) (180 km)
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. After that, on our way to the capital Skopje, we will visit one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe, Matka, with the river Treska. We will have a lunch break in the restaurant on the bank of the river, possibly river trout, and by small boats we will 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 9 Skopje - Airport (B) (30 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time. Driving to the Skopje International Airport, about 40 minutes from the hotel.