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 – Stobi – winery Tikves – Prilep – Bitola (195 km) (B, L, D)
Breakfast. Today we will visit the biggest ancient city in Macedonia – Stobi (80 km). 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 Balkan – Tikves (20 km). We will have lunch there with wine degustation and tour around winery. Transfer to the city of Prilep, where we will visit city fortress – Marko’s towers (50 km) and 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. After that, we will have a little free time to stroll to the street of Prilep. After that we will go for Bitola (45 km). Accommodation in hotel and dinner in local restaurant. Overnight.
Day 4, Bitola (15 km) (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. 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-5. Bitola – Galichica – Prespa – Elshani – Ohrid (110 km) (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Our first site for today will be ethno museum in Podmochani (35 km). Driving through the National park Galichitca at 1.700 metres altitude with the most spectacular view in Macedonia over two lakes, Ohrid and Prespa till the village – Elshani (65 km). In this village local families will expect us for home hosted lunch. After that we will have chance to ride a donkey. After this special event, we will go in our hotel in Ohrid. Accommodation and overnight.
Day-6. City tour Ohrid (5 km) (B, L, D)
After breakfast at hotel, we will have tour through the old city of Ohrid, town of UNESCO. Ohrid is 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, fortress of Tsar 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. After that we will visit church “St.Sophia” and we will visit pearl shop store, where we will have explanation how they are producing this pearls. 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 – 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-8. Ohrid – Struga – Vevhani – Ohrid (B, L,D)
Breakfast at hotel. We will go to visit second city on the Ohrid lake – Struga . Struga is internationally known with festival “Struga poetry evenings” in the honor of famous brother Miladinovi. After that we will visit village Vevchani and Vevchani springs. We will have lunch in the restaurant. After that we will return for Ohrid and we will have free time. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.
Day-9. 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-10. Skopje (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free time. Driving to the Skopje International Airport, about 40 minutes from the hotel.
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