GRAND TOUR OF MACEDONIA

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Category: Cultural, Traditions 
Area: Macedonia
Tour duration: 11 days (10 nights)
Evaluation of the Trek:
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing


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Walk back to Early Bronze age and beyond in North Macedonia: visit Kokino, the 4th oldest megalithic observatory in the world by NASA, and the Valley of the Stone dolls; take a relaxing spa break in a village setting and see how they crush the tasty local spice “K’cana sol” in the small ethno museum. Take a walk by the smaragd green lake up in Maleshevo Mountains and get some of their local pure pine honey and forest fruit jams. Visit the local manufacturers: the weaver, the blacksmith and the woodcarver! Enjoy a picnic by the waterfalls of river Bregalnica deep in the nature far from industry and pollution.

yuruci days

Take a tour of the most valuable Byzantine temples of East Macedonia: Vodocha and Veljusa. Up in the mountains, visit the colorful Yuruk tribes who lived isolated there for the last six centuries and taste the unique, traditionally prepared poppy-seed specialty. Continue to the wine area for a history tour of winemaking starting from the wine museum and the ancient city of Stobi, to the wine cellars of some of the best Macedonian wineries. You will taste Macedonian original rosé Stanushina, and the full-bodied red Vranec, along with the premium Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grown under the Macedonian sun!

heraklea column days

Drive by the tobacco fields by Prilep and visit the tobacco museum, the leaning clock tower, the grand Orthodox temple St Archangel Michael perched up on the rocks by the medieval city walls of King Marko. Take a tour of the ancient city Heraclea built by Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great. Walk in the nature reserve of cormorants, pelicans, herons, cranes and swans and taste the fishermen dishes in a village by Prespa Lake. You will visit here the small church of Kurbinovo and see the preserved frescoes from 12th century that made this Orthodox jewel one of the most important places in the World treasury of cultural heritage.

sofra nova days

Take a tour of Ohrid - the place with 365 Orthodox churches, a Roman amphitheater, the medieval Tsar Samoil city walls and world famous gallery of icons. Both Ohrid and Ohrid Lake have been put under UNESCO protection: the first for its great cultural value, and the lake for being the oldest lake in Europe with extreme biodiversity. You will visit the monk cells carved in the rocks above Ohrid Lake and drive along the border with Albania for a tour of the greatest Muslim and Bekteshi heritage sites in Macedonia. 

sharena dzamija nova days

Back in the capital we’ll take the cable car to the top of Mount Vodno for fantastic view over the capital and the surrounding mountains. Down in the city, continue with a guided tour of Mother Teresa memorial house, the Macedonia square with the grand fountain Alexander the Great and many monuments and baroque buildings and bridges; cross river Vardar over the old Stone Bridge and walk into the oriental Old bazaar in the maze of narrow cobblestoned alleys lined with high mosques, Turkish baths turned into art galleries, and many art craft, carpet and jewelry shops. Farewell dinner will be in a restored Ottoman Inn in the Old Town. Leave Skopje on Day 11.

Day 1
The ethno village complex offers outdoor pool and a relaxing spa, beautiful summer garden, a children playground, and tasty traditional Macedonian cuisine. All rooms are air-conditioned, with cable TV, private bathrooms and free WiFi throughout the property.

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Day 2 & 3
The hotel features a restaurant and bar with a summer terrace, spa facilities, a fitness room and sports facilities, as well as a children’s outdoor pool. All rooms are equipped with a direct telephone line, a minibar, cable TV, free WiFi and a private bathroom with a shower and toilet.

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Day 4
The Popova Kula Hotel offers unique experience to its guests with its distinct 4 suites and 7 rooms, each carefully named after, and decorated in the colors of the wine type they represent. Each is equipped with telephone and internet connection, air conditioning and balcony giving view to the breathtaking surroundings – true enjoyment for nature lovers.

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Day 5 & 6
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 7 & 8
The hotel is a four-star modern, luxurious and comfortable city hotel with outdoor swimming pool, centrally located in Downtown Ohrid Macedonia. It offers: 24 hour front desk service with English-speaking staff, safety deposit boxes, central air-conditioning and heating, business club with computers, internet, printer, scanner and fax available 24 hours, room service, laundry services, 24 hour aperitif bar at your service. Ideal for your relaxation, its outdoor summer pool and covered terrace are for hotel guests only.

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Day 9 & 10
The hotel in Skopje is settled in a quiet residential area at the foothills of Mt Vodno, on only 1km from the city center. All of its rooms are furnished with manually controlled air condition, central heating, LCD cable TV, mini bar, direct phone line, and free Wi Fi.

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Price: Call for Pricing

Included in price:
Accommodation: 2x4*,4xboutique, 3x3*, 1x ethno village hotel
Meals: 10 x breakfast,6 x lunch, 9 x dinner
Winetasting (4 wines) with dinner in Popova Kula winery
Winetasting (4 wines) with lunch in Stobi winery
Transport with air conditioned tourist van/ minivan
Full escort by professional tourist guide
Crushed salt demonstration and tasting in ethno museum
Poppy seeds specialties tasting
Boat ride in the lagoon at St Naum monastery
Cable car on Mount Vodno
All entrance fees
Reforestation certificate for one tree planted in your name in Macedonia
Full organization & logistic by Macedonia Travel

Not included in price:
Drinks with the meals
Any extra expenses not mentioned under “included in price”


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

TOUR EXTENSION FROM BITOLA

krushevo days

Visit Krushevo, the highest town in the Balkans, known as the center of the most important battles in the Macedonian history, but also for the rich Vlach traditions and art crafts, and for the mouthwatering dishes, including the Krushevo spiced sausage and their sweet, soft lokum deli. Take a tour of this picturesque town where nature and architecture are intertwined in perfect harmony and color. Afternoon drive back to Bitola in time to join the evening promenade in the old town.



TOUR EXTENSION FROM OHRID

pustec days

We’ll cross the Albanian border by Prespa Lake and drive to the fishing villages of “Little Prespa” region, home to most of the Macedonian minority in Albania who leave mainly from fishing and from building – they are among the best masters in building stone houses. The nature and the lake are totally unpolluted and clean, thus the big flocks of pelicans and cormorants in the bay, and on the little island that we’ll visit by simple wooden boats. Lunch will be their traditional meal made of fish from the lake and caviar in mushroom sauce. Afternoon drive back to Ohrid.

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