DAY 1: SKOPJE AIRPORT – SKOPJE CITY TOUR & NIGHTLIFE
Arrival at the airport of Skopje, meet and greet with tour leader. Transfer to Skopje Old Bazaar and sightseeing tour: Skopje Fortress, Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Kurshumli Han, Suli Han, Cifte Hamam, Kapan Han, Daut Pasha Hamam, Stone Bridge, Fountains at the central square, Mother Theresa Memorial House, Old Railway station. Nightlife experience. Hotel Overnight.
DAY 2: VODNO MOUNTAIN – ST. PANTELEIMON MONASTERY – MATKA CANYON
Breakfast. Transfer to Vodno Mountain and reach the top with cable car. Tea break to enjoy the magnificent view of the capital city. After the break, heading to “St. Panteleimon“ Monastery, recognized as the birthplace of the European renaissance, situated on the slopes of the mountain. Sightseeing of the Monastery with local guide. The tour continues 15 km west towards the Matka Canyon, known for its endemic species of flora and butterfly colonies. Lunch at a restaurant in the canyon with beautiful lake scenery, followed by a boat ride and visit of Vrelo Cave, one of the deepest caves in the world. Return to Skopje. Dinner. Hotel Overnight.
DAY 3: TETOVO – MAVROVO NATIONAL PARK – GALICHNIK VILLAGE – ST. “JOVAN BIGORSKI“ MONASTERY – JANCE VILLAGE
After breakfast, departure for Mavrovo National Park. On the way, we’ll make a short stop in Tetovo and visit the beautiful Colored Mosque, remnant of the Ottoman Empire. Arrival at Mavrovo Ski Center. Two possible options: 1) In case of good weather and if the group agrees, we can climb to the top of the ski center with chairlift. From there, we will continue the way to Galichnik Village for lunch and sightseeing by bikes, together with a bike guide (the path is considered easy and plain). 2) In case of bad weather, or the group is unwilling, we will head to Galichnik Village by van. After the lunch and visitation of Galichnik Village, we will visit one of the most spiritual monasteries “St. Jovan Bigorski“, dating to the 9th century, a place of miracles and interesting legends. We continue our way to the village of Jance. Traditional dinner with local plants & spices lecture. Hotel Overnight.
DAY 4: RAJCHICA MONASTERY – VEVCHANI VILLAGE – STRUGA – OHRID
Breakfast and transfer to Vevhcani village. On the way, we will make a stop at the nunnery of Rajchica, famous for holding a piece of The True Cross and a small part of the hand of Saint George the Victorious (St. Gjorgji Pobedonosec). The tour continues to the village of Vevchani. Arrival and visit of the beautiful waterfalls, with a traditional lunch afterwards. Transfer to Struga and visit to the place where Drim River flows out of the Ohrid Lake. Visit to the Brothers Miladinovi Memorial House. Continue to Ohrid. Dinner. Hotel Overnight.
DAY 5: OHRID – BAY OF BONES – ST. NAUM MONASTERY - OHRID
After the breakfast, we start with a sightseeing tour of Ohrid. We will visit the old part of Ohrid, the city museum, “St. Sophia“ cathedral, the Roman Theatre, Church “St. Mother of God“ with stunning frescoes, the Samuel Fortress. In the church “St. Clement“at Plaoshnik archeological complex, we can enjoy in the floor mosaics from the early Christian basilica`s and the first university. Then follows the picturesque “St. Jovan Kaneo“church, built on a cliff above the lake. Exiting the old town, we will walk to the Ohrid Port and embark cruise to “St. Naum“ Monastery. On our way, we will visit the Museum on Water ”Bay of the Bones”. Disembark at St. Naum port. Taste the local fish specialties at the restaurant. Boat ride to the Drim River Springs and sightseeing of the monastery. Return cruise to Ohrid. Enjoy Macedonian Folklore Night! Hotel Overnight.
DAY 6: GALICHICA NATIONAL PARK – ELSHANI VILLAGE - OHRID
Breakfast. Head to the second National Park Galichica. Arrival at Korita resting area, from where we will start with an easy hike through beautiful nature to Elshani Village. Arrival at the village and meet and greet with our hosts. Enjoy homemade lunch and beverages in their yard, overlooking the lake. Head back to Ohrid. Free afternoon. Dinner. Hotel Overnight.
DAY 7: BITOLA – DIHOVO VILLAGE – PELISTER NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, transfer to the second largest city in Macedonia, Bitola. Upom arrival, walking tour to the Shirok Sokak, where you can enjoy in the old city architecture. Head to Heraclea archeological site, famous for its dazzling mosaics, ancient theater and the Roman baths. Heraclea is the most vividly preserved city from the surviving Ancient Macedonian Empire in the country. We continue to the village of Dihovo for lunch. After lunch, we head to the third and last National Park in Macedonia, Pelister. Dinner and Hotel Overnight.
DAY 8: PELISTER NATIONAL PARK – KRUSHEVO
Enjoy your breakfast on Baba Mountain (Pelister National Park). Meet with local hiking guide and start with hour or two hiking on the WWI trail. Get to know the endemic tree Molika, found only on Baba Mountain. Our tour continues through Krushevo the highest town in Macedonia, and one of the highest in Europe, with unique architecture and a landmark of the Macedonian struggle for freedom. Lunch at a local restaurant. Sightseeing of the town with beautiful and unique architecture. Dinner. Hotel Overnight.
DAY 9: KRUSHEVO - MECHKIN KAMEN – MACEDONIA WINE REGION
After breakfast,we head to Mechkin Kamen, the monument recognized as the last stand for the defense of the Krushevo Republic. Head to Macedonia’s wine region. On the way, stop for lunch in the city of Prilep. After lunch, we continue to the winery. Wine tasting and dinner at the winery. Hotel Overnight.
DAY 10: SKOPJE AIRPORT
After breakfast, we head to Skopje Airport. Departure.