Macedonia & Albania tour26/03/2019
Trip to Albania27/03/2019
Day 1 Diner in sheep farm (180 km) (D)
Arrival at the Skopje International Airport and transfer to Ohrid. Orientation walk in the city center of UNESCO and 10 minutes transfer to the mountain village of Velestovo, with a breath-taking view on Lake Ohrid. Accommodation in a farmhouse and dinner prepared by the hosts.
Day 2Viewpoints – traditional Macedonian mountain villages – cooking classes (9,8km, 736m+, 330m-, 4h) (B, L, D)
We prepare for mountain hiking to the village of Elshani. On the way to this mountain village, we stop at the village of Gorno Koynsko, a place that will get you back a 100 years in the past, abandoned old ruined houses with old furniture and old tools still standing inside, there we might see some elderly villagers as well. We finally get to Elshani, where we spend the rest of the day in the kitchen together with the family hosts. They will share the traditional recipes with us. Lunch, free time, overnight in the host family house in Elshani.
Day 3Camp fire NP Galichitsa (10km, 120m+, 800m-, 2h and 30min to 3h) (B, D)
Today, we take a steep path to reach the high peaks of the National park and mountain of Galichitsa. Hiking from Elshani to the mountain house in Galichitsa. As an option for those who want to avoid climbing the high mountain, we can hire an SUV to take you to the beautiful and wild scenery of Galichitsa. Exploring this mountain with its extremely rich flora and fauna and spending the night in a mountain house along the camp fire, we will end the day with a barbeque, together with the hosts of the facilities in the National Park Galichitsa.
Day 4Boat ride – Pelican/snake island of Lake Prespa – Braychino (11km, 300m+, 300m, 3h 30min) (B, D)
From the peak of the mountain, we walk down to the lowland of Prespa region, famous for its apple fields. We reach the village of Koynsko, and from here local people will take us by small boats to the uninhabited island Golem Grad (the Big Town) or snake island on the Lake Prespa. Today, the last point of interest is the village of Braychino. We can spend the rest of the day on the sandy beach of Lake Prespa and get some suntan. Accommodation and home-made dinner in a host family in Braychino.
Day 5 Churches – traditional natural laundry machines – Macedonian night in Ohrid (5km, 310m+, 100m-, 1h to 1h30min) (B, D)
In the morning, we start walking to Slivnitca village and then Kurbinovo village, to admire the frescoes in one of the oldest monasteries in Macedonia, St. George of Kurbinovo. Later, visit one of the local sandy beaches for some sunbathing and swimming in Lake Prespa and finally get back by bus to Ohrid, where we overnight. Tonight, we have a traditional Macedonian night in a national restaurant with a folklore ethno group.
Day 6Jewish cemetery of Bitola – ancient cities – wine region – Skopje (240 km) (B, L)
Today, we visit the city of consuls - Bitola and the ruins of the ancient city of Heraclea Lynkestis, founded by Phillip the Second of Maqedon, the father of Alexander the Great. Later, we move further to the biggest Macedonian archaeological site Stobi and the wine region of Tikvesh, where we visit the winery, tasting Macedonian varieties of wine followed by lunch. Our last destination for this day is the capital of Skopje. Free evening and overnight.
Day 7Skopje airport (30 km) (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Skopje International Airport.