Day-1, Arrival in Skopje (20 km) (D)
Pick up from the airport. Accommodation in a hotel in Skopje. Orientation walk and time on your leisure.
Day 2 – City tour Skopje – Mountain Vodno cycling (B, L) (30 km)
Total cycling: 30 km, riding uphill and downhill and some flat terrain, 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 WW I trails and trenches, admire the view, explore unique flora and fauna, such as the indigenous five needle pine tree called molika, observing a natural phenomenon called rocky rivers in the mountainous terrain. Then we will get back on our bikes to the hotel. Dinner in the hotel.
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 biking from Magarevo, riding 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 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 local births. 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, 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 explore this unique town on foot. One of the oldest tows in Europe, Ohrid. Full of history with traces of four thousand years of civilisation. 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 center. Guide through history in 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 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. Overnight.
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 the 19th century, a kind of a Renaissance in the Islamic world. After that, 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 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. Overnight.
Day 9 – Skopje – Airport (B) (30 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time. Driving to the Skopje International Airpost, about 40 minutes from the hotel.
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