HIKING MACEDONIA 8 DAYS

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Category: Hiking, Nature
Area: Macedonia
Tour duration: 8 days (7 nights)
Evaluation of the Trek: Moderate
Best period: May - October
Price per person: 699 €



vodno cross days

WELCOME TO SKOPJE
Meeting with Macedonia Travel representative at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Skopje. Afternoon hike on Vodno Mountain rising from the center of Skopje. Dinner will be in the bohemian quarter of Skopje where we'll discuss the tour logistics and local customs while sampling Macedonian grilled cheese, peppers, and courgettes. Overnight in hotel in Skopje.

Hike: 10km one way; 325m –1060m – 325m (3-4hours)
Tour difficulty:
Total drive: 25km (30min)

matka days

CANYON MATKA
Take a hike on the history trail in Matka Canyon. It was once the place where only Orthodox monks lived in the monasteries bult in the rocks. Today it is also a nature reserve, home to the Bold Eagle and Egyptian Vulture, as well to over 200 diferent butterfly species. After the lunch we'll take a boat ride along the canyon to one of the deepest caves in the world – Vrelo cave. Drive to Popova Shapka in the Sharr Mountain Range for dinner and overnight in a mountain hut.

Hike: 350m –780m – 320m (4-5h)
Tour difficulty:
Total drive: 57km (1h)

titov vrv viki days

TITO’S PEAK
Hike to Titov vrv - named after Marshall Tito, is an all-day tour full of great panoramic views of Shar planina and Jakupica range, Pelister, Korab, and even Rila mountains in Bulgaria. Below the peak is probably the most beautiful area in Macedonia – the alpine style Leshnica area with pine trees, deep river valleys, and impressive overhanging rock faces. Dinner and overnight in a mountain hut.

Hike: 1.730m –2.746m – 1.730m (8-9h)
Tour difficulty:
Total drive: 0km

sofra nova days

JOIN THE SHEPHERDS ON MT BISTRA
After breakfast, a 2 hour scenic drive in the mountains and along the river Radika canyon takes you in the national park Mavrovo. Your hike today will start from Bitushe village to one of the peaks of the mountains bordering with Albania: Krchin peak. It is a moderate to demanding 7hours hike to the Krchin Peak with fantasticviews over Macedonia and Albania. Drive for another 1h 20min to a village above lake Ohrid. It is famous for their traditional village hospitality and amazing homemade dishes. Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse in Vevchani.

Hike: 13,5km round trip/ 1.115m – 2.400m – 1.115m (7-8h)
Tour difficulty:
Total drive: 162 km (3h 10min)

galicica new view two lakes days

OHRID & GALICICA NATIONAL PARK
After the hearty village breakfast we decide about our hike today:
1. 6-7 hours scenic hike on the same mountain starting from village Gorna Belica to peak Crn Vrv; After the hike drive to Ohrid, explore the town in the afternoon and have dinner in a restaurant by the lake.
2. drive to Ohrid, and to the guesthouse on Ohrid Riviera where you will be staying tonight. From here take a easy-moderate hike on a forest path to village Gorno Konsko. Enjoy the beautiful view of Ohrid Lake and experience the old rural traditions of this almost abandoned village. Afternoon is free to explore Ohrid old town and have dinner in a restaurant by the lake.
Overnight in village Lagadin (7km from Ohrid)

Hike Nr 1: 12km round trip / 1.455m – 2.300m – 1.455m (7h)
Tour difficulty:
Hike Nr 2: cca 8km / 715m – 1090m – 715m (4h)
Tour difficulty:
Total drive: 50km (1h 20min)

galicica new view two lakes days

GALICICA NATIONAL PARK
We drive around 30min in the morning to the pass of Galicica mountain, rising like a huge whale between Ohrid and Prespa Lakes. From here start a 4-5hours hile to the peak Magaro, which gives great views over both lakes and the fishing villages by the shore. From Galicica conitinue driving to Prespa Lake, and to Bitola, the former city of consulates and embassies, today still one of the most beautiful cities in Macedonia. Join the evening promenade on the main cobblestoned street of Bitola and have dinner in one of its traditional restaurants. Overnight in Bitola.

Hike: 13,5km round trip/ 1.575m – 2272m – 1.575m (4-5h)
Tour difficulty:
Total drive: 93 km (2h 30min)

treskavec days

TRESKAVEC
After breakfast drive to king Marko’s towers above Prilep, where you start a moderate 5 hours hike to the monastery of Treskavec - a XIV century church hidden between the boulders of Gold Mountain. It is worth visiting for its great Byzantine treasure, for the remains of the 2nd century Apollo temple and for the relaxing cup of tea with father Kalist, an Orthodox priest that lives in the monastery. Afternoon drive to Skopje. Stop on your way to visit the ancient city Stobi, and to taste some premium Macedonian wines over dinner in the Stobi Winery. Overnight in Skopje.

Hike: 723m – 1.256m – 723m (4-5h)
Tour difficulty:
Total drive: 183km (2h30min)

skopje0 days

LAST DAY
After breakfast transfer to Skopje airport for flight home.

Day 1 & 7
Set 1 km from the centre of Skopje and 300 m from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and free parking. Each room provides anatomic medical beds with triple pocketed spring core and latex agave fiber which are anti-allergic. Additionally, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a minibar and an en-suite bathroom with a shower is provided. An additional toilet is also available. A safety deposit box is offered as well.

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Day 2 & 3
The mountain hut in Popova Sapka is part of the monastery complex St Naum in Popova Sapka, located at 1.760m height. The accommodation is basic in 1/4 rooms, there is one shared bathroom and 5 toilettes, dining room with bar, and open terrace, free WiFi and satelite TV.

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Day 4
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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Day 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
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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Departure dates:
03 June 2017
09 September 2017
Price per person: 699 €
Price is valid for min 2 persons

Included in price:
Accommodation: 2 x 3* hotel, 1 x boutique hotel, 2 x guesthouse, 2 x mountain hut
Meals: 7 x breakfast, 7 x dinner
Full escort by professional hiking guide
Expenses for the guide
Transport with AC economy class car/van
Boat ride in Canyon Matka
Entrance fees for National parks
Winetasting (4 wines) with the dinner in Stobi winery
Full organization and logistic by Macedonia Travel;
Certificate of Reforestation for one tree planted in your name in Macedonia

Not included in price:
Drinks during the meals
Supplement for single accommodation = 65 €/pp (N/A in mountain hut on Days 2 and 3)
Personal medical and travel insurance
Any personal 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

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