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 national restaurant. Overnight.
Day-2, City tour Skopje (B, L)
Lunch in a national restaurant. After that, we drive up to the close mountain Vodno to visit so called complex Ethno village, that presents various houses built in Macedonian architecture from different regions in the country. Next to the complex, we visit the church of St. Panteleymon with Renaissance frescoes from 12th century. Than free time for individual activities. Overnight.
Day-3, Skopje – Kriva Palanka (150 km) (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the megalithic observatory Kokino (3800 years old), the fourth oldest and most important in the World, ranged by NASA. On the way to the observatory, we make a stop in one of the most beautiful medieval churches in Macedonia, st. George, with well preserved spectacular frescoes. Lunch in Ethno restaurant. After that, we will visit the site Kuklica, where you can see stone dolls. Legends have been told for centuries about creation of this stone dolls. Arrival at Kriva Palanka and overnight in the isolated monastery St. Joakim Osogovski, high in the mountain with a breath taking view and possibilities to meet some of the Macedonian orthodox rituals. Dinner in the monastery. Overnight.
Day-4, Kriva Palanka – Berovo (150 km) (B, L, D)
Day-5, Berovo – Strumica –Demir Kapija (170 km) (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel. We drive to Strumica, where we can visit medieval monasteries: “St. Leonthius” – Vodocha and “Holy Mother Merciful” – Veljusa, nuns monasteries, dating back in 9th century. You can buy souvenirs and products, handmade by the nuns. Lunch in a national restaurant. After that we are going to visit Smolare waterfall, the biggest in Macedonia (39 metres). Than we drive for Demir Kapija. We will finish the day with wine tasting in the winery Popova Kula in Demir Kapija. From this region, Alexander the Great drank wine in 4th century B.C. and still some of the varieties from that period can be tasted. Overnight and dinner in the winery hotel.
Day 6, Demir Kapija – Stobi – Tikves – Demir Kapija (145 km) (B, L)
Breakfast. Today we will visit the biggest ancient city in Macedonia – Stobi. The oldest synagogue in Europe, from 1st century A.D. is found in this archaeological site. After that we are going in the biggest winery in Macedonia – Tikves. We will have lunch there with wine degustation and tour around winery. Transfer back to the hotel . Free time for leisure. Overnight.
Day 7, Demir Kapija – Prilep – Bitola (145 km) (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. We will continue our tour for Prilep where we will visit the monastery “Archangel Michael”, where we will see the frescoes of King Marko and King Volkasin, the last Christian medieval Macedonian kings from XIV century. Also you can visit centre of Prilep with the old leaning clock tower from Turkish period. Our tour continues to Bitola. Visit of the ancient city Heraclea Linkestis, dating back from the time of ancient Macedonian king, Philip II of Macedon (359-336 BC), the father of Alexander of Macedon (Alexander the Great), who founded this town. Visit of museum of Bitola and of Kemal Mustafa – Ataturk, father of modern Turkey, who finished the military school in this building. Stroll to the most famous Macedonian street, Shirok Sokak”. Accommodation in a hotel.
Day-8. Bitola – Ohrid (110 km) (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel. Driving through the National park Galichitca at 1.700 metres altitude with the most spectacular view in Macedonia over two lakes, Ohrid and Prespa. Tour through the old city of Ohrid. Town of UNESCO. One of the oldest tows in Europe. Full of history with traces of four thousand years of civilization. We will visit famous untouched medieval churches, 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-9. Ohrid (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Boat trip to unique prehistoric settlement on water from the bronze age, the most visited site in Macedonia. Explanation by the professional curator. We continue sailing to the extraordinary monument of nature – lake springs and the monastery of St. Naum from 9-th century. The first Cyrillic and Glagholitic alphabet was found in this monastery and they are still standing at the pillars there. Lunch in the restaurant in the springs. Free time. Sailing back to the town. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.
Day-10. Ohrid – Tetovo – Skopje (180 km) (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel. We drive to the ethnically and religiously mixed town Tetovo to visit the unique colorful 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, 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 hotel. Farewell dinner in a national restaurant.
Day-11. Skopje (B)
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