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. Welcoming dinner in a national restaurant. Overnight.
Day 2. City tour Skopje (2 Km) (B, L)
Breakfast. After the breakfast we start the walking tour from the centuries old Kale, the 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 go to 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 admire 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 traditional restaurant. Free time for exploring Skopje on your own. Overnight in Skopje.
Day 3, Skopje – Kratovo- Kriva Palanka(B, L, D) (160 km)
After the breakfast, we drive towards the city of Kumanovo and the megalithic observatory “Kokino” near the border with Serbia. From there we head to the place called “Kuklice”, also known as “Doll Wedding” near the city of Kratovo (It is famous for the hundreds of naturally formed “stone pillars” that resemble humans). Next is the city of Kratovo (also known as the city of bridges and towers), we will make a city tour with a local guide and have a homemade lunch. Our next stop is the city of Kriva Palanka (on the Bulgarian Border), where we will have accommodation and dinner in the monastery St. Joakim Osogovski. Excellent chance to see how people live in the rural areas, and to experience some of the rituals in a Macedonian Orthodox Church. Overnight.
Day 4. Kriva Palanka–Probistip–Stip-Stobi-Demir Kapija (B, L, D) (220km)
After the breakfast, we will drive and visit the next active Monastery of St. Gavril Lesnovski (75 km) (near the city of Probistip), with a chance to communicate with the monks in the monastery. Our road heads to the town of Stip (40 km) where we will visit the town museum. There we will have lunch, taste the local speciality “Pastrmajlija” (bread with meat). Our tour heads to the Archaeological Site of “Stobi“(40 km) (famous antique and early Byzantine City) where we will have guided sightseeing of the biggest Archaeological Site in Macedonia. Our next stop is the Popova Kula Winery (65 km), near the little town, Demir Kapija, where we will have a dinner with wine tasting and guided sightseeing of the Winery. Overnight in the beautiful hotel of Popova Kula Winery.http://www.popovakula.com.mk
Day 5, Demir Kapija–Tikves–Gevgelija–Demir Kapija (B, L) (160 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. First, we will visit and explore the town of Kavadarci (30 km), and after that we will visit the biggest winery in Macedonia –Tikves. There we will have tour around the winery and a wine tasting with light lunch. Transfer back to Demir Kapija (30 km). In the evening optional tour for Gevgelija (50 km), “The Macedonian Las Vegas”. You will have a chance to try your luck in the luxury casino hotels. Transfer back to the hotel (50 km). Overnight.
Day 6, Demir Kapija – Strumica(B, L) (130 km)
After the breakfast in Popova Kula Winery, we continue to the city of Strumica, where we will visit Smolare waterfall (85 km), the highest waterfall (38 meters) in Macedonia. Lunch in a local restaurant. Next stop are the beautiful medieval monasteries from the XI century – the Monastery of Vodoca (30 km) and the Monastery of Veljusa(5 km) dedicated to the Holy Mother Merciful. After we finish with the Monasteries, we will be accommodated in a hotel in Strumica (10 km). Free evening for city stroll and dinner on your own. Overnight.
Day 7. Strumica – Berovo (B, L, D) (60 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Berovo (50 km), little mountain town with beautiful nature. There we will visit Bacilo (tea hut)and have the option to walk to Bacilo about (800 m) step terrain or, to use a tractor from the main road to the tea hut. It is a private property in the middle of the mountain and the owners grow their own fruits and vegetables around the hut and, also have their own cattle. They will take us around the property and serve us homemade food. After that, we come back to Berovo and have free time to stroll around Berovo Lake. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight.
Day 8. Berovo – Vinica – Veles – Skopje(B, L, D) (170 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the town of Vinica (45 km), where we will visit the museum of terracotta icons, one of the rare examples for that kind of Christian art in Europe. After that we will pass Kochani, city of rice and we will drive for Veles (75 km), city know as the birthplace of many Macedonian writers, revolutionarys and other important people. There we will have lunch in a restaurant on the bank of the Veles Lake. Transfer to Skopje (50 km). Accommodation in Skopje. Free time. Farewell dinner. Overnight.
Day 9. Skopje Airport (B) (20 km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Driving to Skopje International airport.
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