BIKING MACEDONIA SELF-GUIDED

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Category: Mountain bike tour, Nature
Area: Macedonia
Tour duration: 7 days (6 nights)
Evaluation of the Trek:
Moderate - Difficult
Best period: May - October
Price per person: 497 €
Local Payment: 111 €



krusevski lokum days
Transfer from Skopje airport to Krushevo, a picturesque mountain town in Central Macedonia. It is the highest town in the Balkans, famous for the first uprising revolution against the Ottoman suppression, but also for their traditional architecture, local traditional art crafts and delicious cuisine. Enjoy your first Macedonian meal in one of the best places to taste traditional cuisine and Macedonian local beer.

heraklea ancient days

Starting from the hotel, ride down Mount Busava to the villages at its foothills. You can stop in village Obrshani to climb the bell tower for the best view over the tobacco fields of the region and continue to Stibera archaeological ruins of one of the biggest ancient cities that is still being excavated. It is always possible to have a local village style lunch in the villages on the way, supplied by a socialist time local store on the road. Afternoon continue riding on the old road to Bitola, and to Heraclea Lyncestis – an ancient city built by the father of Alexander the Great, Philip II. Arrive in Bitola in the afternoon. Bitola is the former city of consulates and embassies, today still one of the most beautiful cities in Macedonia which managed to maintain its 18th and 19th century neoclassical architecture and monuments. Overnight in hotel in Bitola.
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 5h, distance 62 km, ascent 171 m, descent 813 m, max gradient 4,6%, surface: asphalt and 15% dirt road

ohrid lake days

Start riding from your hotel in Bitola in the morning on the old road to Prespa Lake, to join for a part the ancient Roman road Via Egnatia, built over old Candavian Road some 2.200 years ago. Next, ride up to Gjavato Pass and then make a descent to Lake Prespa, where you can visit a small village with lovely ethno museum. From here, ride by the Bird Habitat Ezerani and get to the other side of the lake where you can stop for a swim and for overnight in a hotel by the lake.
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 6h, distance 50 km, ascent 752 m, descent 503 m, max gradient 8,6%, surface: asphalt, 5% dirt road

galicica new view two lakes days

Ride up Galicica Mountain in the morning, on a local asphalt road through the dense forests of Galicica National Park. Today ride will start at the altitude of 860m, and up over Galicica pass at 1.590m where you can stop to enjoy amazing view over Ohrid Lake and surrounding mountains stretching all the way in Albania. Than cycle down on a windy road to Ohrid Lake, and following the road by the lake to the village Lagadin on the lake shore.
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 4h, distance 45 km, ascent 980 m, descent 1.159 m, max gradient 14,1%, surface: 100% asphalt
Optional: transport to Galicica pass where you can continue riding down to Ohrid Lake.

Kaneo days

A day to explore Ohrid, the city of UNESCO with 365 Orthodox churches, an antique theater and the medieval city walls of Tsar Samoil. It takes less than 10km to get to Ohrid on the road by the lake
Difficulty: Light
Duration: 1h, distance 16 km, ascent 163 m, descent 163 m, max gradient 14,1%, surface: 100% asphalt.

struga days

Ride on the old local road along the lake to Struga, the town of poetry and a nice old colorful bazaar in the center, where river Drim flows out from Ohrid Lake. From here continue riding towards the Albanian border to Radozhda village with stops along the route to visit a number of cave churches from 14th century. In Radozhda see again the remnants of Via Egnatia road and taste some fish in a restaurant by the lake. Afternoon ride to a village at the foothills of Jablanica Mountain, only 16km from the lake at Struga.
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 5h, distance 52km, ascent 527m, descent 364 m, max gradient 14,1% , surface 100 % asphalt

sofra ponova days

After a tasty village breakfast, transfer to Skopje for your flight back home.

Day 1
The hotel in Krusevo is warm and authentic, designed in typical Krusevo style. It's located in the town center. All of the rooms have private bathrooms, TV, free WiFi and excellent service and hospitality.

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Day 2
The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Each room features a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a minibar. The en-suite bathroom is fitted with a shower and free toiletries. An on-site café-bar is available.

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Day 3
The hotel in Prespa is a cozy lakeside resort with 21 rooms, most of them with beautiful beach-front balcony view. All rooms have fully equipped private bathrooms and free WiFi. There are two restaurants: an indoor restaurant and outdoor garden with lake view where traditional Macedonian dishes are served.

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Day 4 & 5
Located at the edge of Galichica Nation Park, the guesthouse enjoys views of Lake Ohrid 100 m away. All rooms have a balcony and fireplace. Wi-Fi is available free of charge. A seating area, TV, bathroom and refrigerator are also in the rooms. Simple furnishings and wood ceiling beams are further features.

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Day 6
Accommodation in village Vevcani is in traditional, 19 century houses, built in original, old architectural style. The hospitality of the hosts is original and warm, and their cuisine is one of the best in Macedonia. All rooms are equipped with own bathrooms, and WiFi is free of charge. As there is limited capacity for accommodation in each house, we picked few of the best hosts to welcome you here.

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mapa selfiguided biking

Departure dates: Any day April through Octomber
Price per person: 497 €
Local Payment: 111 €
Price is valid for min 2 persons

Included in price:
Accommodation in private rooms on basis 2 pax sharing twin or double room: 4*guesthouse, 1 x boutique family hotel, 1 x 2* hotel
Meals: 6 x breakfast
Transport from Skopje airport to Krushevo on Day 1
Transport from Vevchani village to Skopje airport on Day 7
Luggage transfer
English route descriptions
Detailed cycling maps
Town maps
Stand-by support (cell phone and contact person)
Full organization and logistic by Macedonia Travel;
Certificate of Reforestation for one tree planted in your name in Macedonia

Not included in price:
Rent of bike: 21 € per day
Rent of Global Positioning System (GPS) console: 45 €
Supplement for single accommodation: 122 € per person
Optional dinner plan (6 dinners): 85 € per person
Optional transport to Galicica pass on Day 4: 20€ per person / min 2 pax
Personal medical and travel insurance
Any personal expenses not mentioned under “included in price”

IF YOU RENT EQUIPMENT FROM MACEDONIA TRAVEL:
100 € deposit is required per bike.
40 € deposit is required per GPS
Deposits can be paid in cash upon your arrival in Macedonia, and will be returned in full upon return of the bike provided there is no damage beyond normal wear and tear and all accessories are present. A portion of the deposit will also be withheld if bikes are returned late, according to the daily rate.

WHAT IS THE LOCAL PAYMENT?
The local payment is a part of the overall tour cost paid on the morning of tour departure, and it covers a portion of the local expenses at the destination, including local food fund, expenses of the local guide and the operation. The local payment does not cover extra costs like additional meals, entry fees, drinks, tips, personal expenses or other type of travel costs which are not stated in the “Included in price” section.


What to pack

Footwear:
comfortable walking shoes
Casual clothes
Water/windproof jacket with hood
Hat
Toiletries
Sunglasses
Camera
Passport
Trip voucher
Money:
cash, or, you can also use your credit card in most cities in Macedonia. Feel free to ask your guide for help
Travel insurance
Personal medications

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