OFFROAD ADVENTURE MACEDONIA

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Tour duration: 4 days (3 nights)

Category: Offroad, Nature, Rural

Area: North-East Macedonia

Evaluation of the Trek:

Moderate - Challenging



kokino

07:30 Meet the group at meeting point in Skopje. From here we head north–east of Skopje. MacedoniaTravel.KokinoThe first day will be 180km long, where we drive 100km on asphalt and the rest of 80km will be off-road. We’ll make several short breaks for rest, good views and photographs, also we’ll cross several times rivers Kriva and Pcinja. Our stops on today’s route are: 09:00h - XI century church of St George in Staro Nagoricane village – fantastic example of XIV century byzantine art. 10:00h – ASNOM memorial center in Pelince 12:00h KOKINO - the prehistoric megalythic observatory – 4th oldest in the world according to NASA! (Abu Simbel, Stonehenge and Angkor Wat are the oldest three); 15:00h - TSOTSE’s STONE- prehistoric temple and observatory near Kratovo, here we make the lunch break; 17:00h - VALLEY OF THE STONE DOLLS – the valley of rock formations, natural phenomena of erosive landforms called earth pillars, or, accordin to the legend - stone dolls. 19:00h – monastery St Joakim Osogovski. Dinner and overnight in the monastery hotel. (180km - 100km asphalt, 80km offroad)

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After the breakfast and sightseeing of the church we had east into Osogovo Mountains.We will make few stops to rest in the woods, have our lunch, and to take photos. If weather (snow) conditions are good we will try to reach Ruen peak. If not, we continue to Ponikva. Today stops: 11:00h – KALIN KAMEN (1.637m) – coffee break at the hunters’ house. 13:00h – CAREV VRV Peak (2.085m) 15:00h – RUEN Peak (2.252m) , lunch break; 19:00h - PONIKVA recreational center (1.560m). Dinner (game) and overnight in a hotel on Ponikva. (65km offroad)

lesnovo
Breakfast in the hotel. We leave Ponikva and we head south east on Osogovo Mountain: 10:30h – MONASTERY St SPIRIDON (nunnery). 11:30h – MONASTERY OF THE HOLY VIRGIN. Break at the local fishpond and restaurant 12:30h –LESNOVSKI MONASTERY monastery – famous for the wood-carved iconostasis made by the Myak masters. Break for sightseeing; 14:30h – KRATOVO . Traditional lunch – pastrmajlija and visit to the entrance of the underground tunnels of Kratovo. 17:00h – KOCANI 19:00h - TURTEL Peak (1.689m) on Plackovica Mountain 20:00h – VRTESHKA mountain. Dinner and overnight in the mountain hut. There are enough blankets in the mountain hut, but if you consider it necessary you may bring your own sleeping bag. Dinner with music and barbeque. (BBQ masters are welcome to join the cook!) (105km - 35km asphalt, 70km offroad)

yuruk girl
Breakfast in the mountain hut. Morning walk to the old graveyards in the area and the abandoned village of Vrteshka. We start driving around 10:00h with stops on the route: 11:00h – the YURUK villages (see the 6 centuries old traditions of the Yuruks – a muslim entity that never mixed with the locals since their settling in Macedonia with the first Ottomans); 13:00h – RADOVISH - break 15:00h – GJAVOLSKI ZID (Devil’s Wall) 17:00h – SKOPJE (possibility to spend the afternoon in the turkish bath of Kezovica spa and than return in Skopje) (155km - 135km asphalt, 20km offroad)

Day 1
The accommodation complex offers nice rooms (2* category) with private facilities in the hotel within the complex. There is free Wi-Fi in the rooms and in the restaurant, 1 closed and 2 open restaurants with fantastic view over the churches and the surrounding mountains.

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Day 2
The mountain lodge in Osogovo mountains was built in 1995, and recently renovated into a lovely ethno lodge with 2* category rooms with private facilities and ethno restaurant with tasty traditional cuisine. It is located on 1500m height, on a location well known as air-spa since 1932 when the Kingdom of Yugoslavia built their first rehabilitation center here.

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Day 3
The hut is located on Plachkovitsa Mountain, at altitude of 1.095m. Accommodation is in 4 and 6 bed rooms, with shared bathroom and nice comfortable dining room with fireplace.

vrteshka
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DAY 1

Skopje – Pelince –Kokino – Staro-Nagoricane – Tsotsev kamen – Valley of the Stone Dolls – Kriva Palanka
Time:11h
Distance:180km
Asphalt: 100km Offroad:80km
Tour difficulty: moderate

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DAY 2

Kriva palanka – Kalin Kamen – Carev Vrv - Ruen – Ponikva
Time: 10h
Distance: 65km
Off road: 65 km
Tour difficulty: moderate - challenging

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DAY 3

Ponikva –Zletovo – Lesnovo – Kratovo - Kocani – Turtel – Vrteshka
Time: 11h
Distance: 105km
Asphalt: 35km Off road: 70 km
Tour difficulty: moderate

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DAY 4

Vrteshka –Kodzalija – Alikoch – Radovish – Gjavolski Zid – Skopje
Time: 11h Distance: 105km
Asphalt: 35km
Off road: 70 km
Tour difficulty: moderate

Note: Some flexibility on the itinerary due to weather, rest, etc. is always a possibility on off-road tours.

Price per person: Call for pricing

Price includes:
Accommodation in 2* hotels and mountain hut
All meals (start with lunch / end with breakfast)
T-shirt “Adventure Macedonia” & 2 stickers for each vehicle
Full escort by professional guide
Reforestation certificate for one tree planted in your name in Macedonia
Organization and logistic by Macedonia Travel

Price doesn’t include:
Travel insurance (obligatory)
Drinks during the meals
Fuel cost
Any individual costs

Please make sure that your vehicle is thoroughly serviced before the tour. Make sure your tires are up to the job. Good all-terrain tires are your best choice and will cope well with all of the terrain.

NOTE: Owners are entirely responsible for their vehicles, themselves and their personnel effects while on the tour. The organizer is not responsible for any damage, sickness, injury or death howsoever caused occurring to persons or vehicles whilst on the tour. Participants will be expected to sign a disclaimer before the start of the event.

It is also possible to rent a jeep for this tour. Please contact Macedonia Travel for prices and conditions at: info@macedoniatravel.com

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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
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