MACEDONIA & KOSOVO UNESCO HERITAGE

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Tour duration: 10 days (9 nights)
Category: Culture & traditions, Nature
Area: Macedonia and Kosovo
Tour difficulty:
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing


mother teresa days

Welcome lunch Macedonia Travel guide in Old town of Skopje. Afternoon  guided tour of Skopje: the medieval fortress, church of Holy Savior, and down through the maze of cobblestoned streets of the old bazaar with visit of the Ottoman heritage sites – the mosques, Turkish Inns, the Turkish Bath turned into art gallery and over the Stone Bridge to the Memorial house of Mother Theresa. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Skopje. (L, D)

alaya mosque days

Guided tour of Tetovo with visit of painted Alaya mosque and Arabati Baba Teke and the colorful open market. On the way to Ohrid visit of the monastery St Jovan Bigorski with the priceless iconostasis carved in wood by the Myak masters. Optional: lunch in traditional restaurant on the balcony overlooking river Radika valley. Free afternoon to explore Ohrid, the UNESCO protected town and lake. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Ohrid. (B, D)

st naum monastery complex days

Morning drive by Ohrid Lake to Bay of Bones – a prehistoric settlement on the water, and to St Naum monastery– the mute witness of the beginning  of the Slavic literacy where we’ll take a boat ride in the lagoon of River Crni Drim springs. Optional, lunch in a fishermen village by the lake. Afternoon guided tour of Ohrid old town,(St. Sofija church, Ancient Theatre, St. Virgin Mary Perivleptos church, Ohrid’s Icons gallery, Tsar Samuel’s fortress, Plaosnik and the Church of St. Panteleimon, St. John of Kaneo church). Dinner and overnight in a hotel in Ohrid. (B, D)

heraklea lion bull days

Drive to Pelagonia, the heart of the Macedonian Kings’ empire. Guided tour of Bitola, the city with 1600 years urban tradition and beautiful examples of architecture from different periods. Optional: lunch in a restaurant in the pedestrian area “Shiroksokak” (Wide alley). Afternoon visit of Philip II (father of Alexander the Great) ancient city Heraclea. Continue to Prilep just in time to join the evening promenade in the old town. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Prilep. (B, D)

wine tasting days

Visit of King Marko medieval towers, and down to the jewel of Byzantine art, the St Archangel Michael monastery complex. Continue the walk through the narrow alleys of old Prilep, the leaning Clock Tower, Charshi mosque, hammam, and to museum of tobacco. Optional: lunch in a traditional restaurant in Prilep. Finnish the day in a winery hotel with guided tour of its cellars. Dinner with wine-tasting, and overnight in the winery hotel in the wine area. (B,D, wine-tasting)

vodoca monastery days

A day to enjoy the fantastic nature by the waterfalls Koleshino with short walk through the dense forest of Belasica forests. Afternoon to visit 2 of the most spiritual places in Macedonia: monasteries of Vodocha and Veljusa near Strumica. Optional: lunch in a traditional restaurant at the foothills of Belasica mountain. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Strumica. (B,D)

meze days

Drive to Stobi, the eternal city founded at the sunset of the ancient Macedonian kingdom. Hear the story of ancient winemaking traditions in the cellars of Stobi winery. Visit Veles, the city of poetry, culture, history and tradition. The birthplace of pastrmajlija pie in Macedonia. Optional: lunch in a restaurant in Veles. Watch the sunset in Kokino, the 4th oldest megalithic observatory in the world by NASA, after Stonehenge (UK), Abu Simbel (Egypt) and Angkor (Cambodia). Finish the day in ethno hotel complex with traditional meze and dinner. Overnight in the ethno hotel complex. (B,D)

grachanica monastery days

Early in the morning we’ll cross Macedonian – Kosovo border and drive along Kachanik Gorge to our first stop, Grachanica monastery: a UNESCO world heritage site of extraordinary beauty, famous for its church devoted to Annunciation of the Holly Mother of God. Continue to the Kosovo greatest battlefield in its history, where Sultan Murad and Emperor Lazar fought with their armies back in 1389. Only few kilometers away is the tomb/turbe of the Ottoman Sultan Murad the First, who was killed in that battle. From here we head to the Kosovo Capital Pristina, for lunch and afternoon guided panoramic city tour followed by a walk along Pristina’s  main street and the pedestrian zone by the monuments of Mother Teresa, Skanderbeg, and the monument of the first president of Kosovo, Ibrahim Rugova. Transfer to Pec. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Pec.(B,D)

kosovo jewelry days

The Patriarchate of Pec is the next UNESCO World Heritage site on our tour, which had continuous life for over seven centuries. We’ll visit here a complex of four churches built and fresco-painted back in XIII-XIV century, and head back to Pec and Decani to visit one more UNESCO World Heritage site: the Serbian Orthodox Christian monastery Visoki Decani, famous for its frescoes declared as "one of the most valued examples of the so-called Palaeologan renaissance in Byzantine painting". Continue to Prizren driving by Djakovica, and by Terzi Most, an interesting bridge from XVIII century. After a traditional lunch in Prizren restaurant we’ll take a walking tour of this wonderful historic city of Kosovo with preserved old buildings, bazaar, mosques and orthodox churches, a catholic cathedral, bridges and a fortress. See why this ancient city is named “the Open Air Museum”!!! Departure to Skopje in late afternoon and finish the day with a grand farewell dinner in Skopje. Overnight in hotel in Skopje. (B,D)

skopje stone bridge days

Free time to explore the capital center completely rebuilt for the project Skopje 2014 with numerous monuments, baroque buildings and fountains until departure home. (B)

Day 1 & 9
The hotel in Skopje is a modern, 4* hotel, located on 2,8 km from the main city square. All rooms feature stylish design, high-quality mattresses, air-conditioning, a safe, flat screen TV with cable channels, minibar and private bathroom with modern amenities. The hotel offers 24 hours reception service, an on-site lobby bar, a snack bar, gift shop and free Wi-Fi.

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Day 2 & 3
The hotel in Ohrid (3*) is located only 500m from Ohrid Lake, overlooking the main pedestrian street of Ohrid Old Town. It offers 32 air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, minibar and private bathroom, and 1 restaurant.

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Day 4
The hotel in Prilep is located under the hills and medieval towers of King Marko. Each of its 29 rooms is equipped with an international direct telephone line, free wireless internet connection, mini bar, cable TV, SOS alarms, central air conditioning and fully equiped private bathroom. 24 hour room service is available to the guests.

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Day 5
The winery 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 6
The hotel in Strumica is 5* spa resort with indoor and outdoor pool, jacuzzi, steam and turkish bath, finnish sauna, gym and massage. The rooms are air-conditioned, with private bathroom, a minibar, cable TV and free WiFi.

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Day 7
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 8
Centrally located in Peje, the hotel features modern accommodation, an indoor pool, steam bath and gym, and free WiFi. Rooms are decorated elegantly, with LCD cable TV, a balcony and spacious bathrooms.

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Price per person: Call for pricing

Included in price:
Accommodation in 3 x 4*, 2 x 3*, 1 x boutique hotel, 2 x 5*, 1 x ethno lodge
Meals: According to meal plan: BB, HB or FB
Transport in air-conditioned van / minivan, coach
Full escort by professional tourist guide
Boat ride in the springs at St Naum monastery complex
Full organization and logistic by Macedonia Travel

Price doesn’t include:
Drinks during the meals
Entrance fees for monuments visited (32 euro)
Any extra expenses not mentioned under “Included in price”

What to pack


Footwear: comfortable walking shoes

Warm clothes

Camera

Passport

Trip voucher

Money: cash, or, you can also use your credit card in Skopje, Ohrid, Bitola and Prilep. Feel free to ask your guide for help

Travel insurance

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