WALKING MACEDONIA AND SERBIA

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Category: Trekking, Rural, Traditions
Area: Macedonian & Serbia
Tour duration: 9 days (8 nights)
Departure date: On request
Evaluation of the Trek: Moderate/Challenging


day_1

Arriving at Skopje Airport. Welcome by Macedonia Travel guide and transfer to Skopje. Sightseeing tour of Skopje on foot: the memorial house of Mother Teresa, Skopje city square with the numerous monuments from project “Skopje 2014” including the Warrior on the horse fountain, the Triumph Arch, and over the Stone Bridge passing by the museum of Macedonia and the Holocaust museum into the maze of cobblestoned narrow streets of the Old Bazaar with many handcrafts shops, mosques dating back to ottoman Empire times, Turkish baths turned into galleries. Transfer to Stobi archeological site. Later, transfer to the wine region of Macedonia . Accommodation in a winery hotel. Visit of the winery cellars with introduction into Macedonian wines, their history and the wine production. Dinner with wine tasting and overnight in the winery hotel.

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Breakfast in the winery hotel . Transfer to Prilep. Start hiking from the medieval towers of King Marko just above Prilep, to Treskavec monastery (1.300m).  This is certainly not the highest peak in Macedonia, but its landscapes are so amazing and almost unreal, like walking on another planet, passing by unique set of rocks and boulders painted in all colors from grey and yellow to dark green.  And, almost at the top, you arrive in a sacred, centuries old church, the medieval pilgrimage center with frescoes dating back to fourteenth century, including the first known representation of the Heavenly Court.  Short break at the monastery, with possibility for the bravest adventurers to boulder to the peak Zlatovrv, just above the monastery. Picnic lunch at the monastery. Hike down to Prilep via Varosh. Drive to Bitola. Dinner in a restaurant in the pedestrian zone of Bitola, and free evening for walk through the “city of consuls” with typical neoclassical architecture from 19th century and maybe for a drink in one of the many bars in its pedestrian area.  Overnight in hotel in Bitola.

day_3

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Pelister National Park for a serious hike to the peak Pelister (2.600m) and to the glacial lakes (so-called “the eyes of Pelister”) , or, for relaxing trekking through the dense pine forest with endemic five-needled pine “Molika”,  to Crvena voda, Jorgov Kamen and Kopanki localities.  Whatever route you take, this National Park will amaze you with its rich forest, many springs and streams, and its abundance of forest fruit. Picnic lunch on the hike. In the afternoon, optional visit (depending on available time) to archeological site Heraclea. Dinner and overnight in hotel in National park Pelister.

day_4

Breakfast in hotel. Hike down from Pelister to village Dihovo at the foothills of the mountain. Apart of its ancient cultural heritage and natural beauties, Macedonians are very proud of their traditions, the stories, the music and dances that have always been a part of the Macedonians’ everyday life. And, of the rich mix of Mediterranean-Balkan–Oriental cuisine.  It’s a cook-your-lunch day today. You will be introduced to a variety of spices and how to use them, you will pick your own veggies in the villagers’ garden, put the apron on, and cook like Macedonians.  Bonn appetite! After the lunch drive to Macedonian-Serbian border with stop on the way to visit Kokino Megalythic Observatory (the 4th oldest observatory in the world by NASA, after the Stonehenge, Abu Simbel and Angkor). We’ll do easy 10 min trekking to the sacred thrones of the Kokino observatory to view the last sunrays of the day through the ancient rock markers in Kokino. Drive to Serbian border and further to the Vlasina Lake, at the altitude of 1250 meters. Accommodation in mountainous villa, traditional dinner, overnight.


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After breakfast half-day 2 hrs hike to the Cemernik Mt peaks. Drive via Nis and Pirot along breathtaking landscape to Stara Planina Mt. Break for lunch and visit to the Ponisavlje Museum. Accommodation in leading authentic rural household providing tourist services. Dinner, overnight.

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After breakfast full-day Stara Planina hiking – Midzor peak, Babin zub peak... pastures, meadows, springs.... Picnic lunch, dinner, overnight.

day_7

After breakfast drive to Knjazevac with stop over in Timacum Minus Archaeological site for sightseeing. Continue to Zajecar and tour of the Felix Romuliana Archaeological site. Break for traditional lunch. Drive to Brestovacka Banja Spa and hotel accommodation. Dinner, overnight.

day_8

After breakfast drive to nearby mystical Rtanj Mountain and climb to its peak which resembles the pyramid. Outdoor lunch. Drive along highway to Belgrade. Hotel accommodation. Belgrade introductory tour. Farewell dinner, overnight.

day_9

After breakfast time at leisure until transfer to Belgrade Airport, departure flight and end of program.

Day 1
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 2
The hotel (3*) is located in the heart of Bitola, on the main pedestrian street where all important events take place, with view over the bustling cobblestoned zone full of restaurants and cafes . Rooms are equipped with own bathroom, air-conditioning, cable TV and WiFi.

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Day 3

The hotel (3*) is located in the pine forest of the National Park Pelister. One of the rare places where you can become one with the untouched nature, rest from the daily life and enjoy the impeccable service of the hotel's personnel.  All rooms are equipped with phones, TV with satellite program, free WiFi in public areas, mini-bar, toilets and central heating.

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Day 4
The Villa is located on the shore of beautiful Vlasina Lake, some 300 km south of Belgrade, 5 km from the Vlasina dam. Accommodation capacity of the Villa at Vlasina Lake is around 30 beds,a huge restaurant fully equipped in wood and stone with some 60 seats and a spacious open terrace, overlooking the Vlasina Lake

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Day 5 & 6

The Vila on Stara Planina Mountain is household situated in the remote Stara Planina eco-village of exceptional beauties, surrounded by fragrant meadows, orchards and pastures of Stara Planina slopes, while the mountain stream passes just beside the house. The accommodation is arranged in 3 spacious and comfortable bedrooms (one double, one three-bed room and one room with 4 beds) all with private facilities, TV, DVD and satellite programs. An extra bed is always available if needed. The Villa is nicely arranged and furnished with authentic details and wooden furniture and has central heating and small kitchen.

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Day 7

Recently refurbished hotel of Club Spa is one of the most luxurious accommodations in Eastern Serbia. It has 18 standard and 12 luxury rooms (3 apartments), 4 halls and a TV hall with Satelite TV and home cinema, a modern restaurant with excellent traditional and international cuisine.

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Day 8
The hotel in Belgrade (3*) is located directly in the Belgrade downtown, and offers 93 rooms, all with telephone and fully equipped bathrooms, new furniture, TV, air-conditioning, mini-bars and WiFi.

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DAY 1
Skopje – Demir Kapija
Time: 1h 15min
Distance: 110 km
DAY 2
Demir Kapija – Prilep - Bitola
Time: 1h 40min
Distance: 130km
DAY 3
Bitola – Pelister
Time: 25min
Distance: 15km
DAY 4
Pelister – Kokino – Vlasina Lake
Time: 5h
Distance: 361 km
DAY 5
Vlasina Lake – Stara Planina
Time: 2h 40 min
Distance: 132km

DAY 6
Stara Planina
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DAY 7
Stara Planna – Brestovacka Spa
Time: 1h 40min
Distance: 101 km
DAY 8
Brestovacka Spa - Belgrade
Time: 3h 15min
Distance: 242km
DAY 9
Belgrade – Airport
Time: 10min
Distance: 17km

Departures: On request 
Price per person: Please request pricing as it depends on number of participants  

Price includes:
Transport by van / minibus / bus 
8 x breakfast, 6 x lunch, 1 x lunch with cooking classes, 7 x dinner, 1 x dinner with winetasting
Accommodation in: 1 x winery hotel, 3 x 3* hotel, 1 x spa hotel, 3 x traditional rural household 
Entrance fees for 
Ponisavlje museum, Stobi and  Heraclea Lyncestis archeological ruins
Proffesional hiking guides throughout the tour 
Organization and logistic by Macedonia Travel & PanaComp

Price doesn't include
Drinks during the meals
Travel insurance (obligatory)
Any personal expenses


What to pack

 
Footwear: comfortable walking shoes
Warm clothes
Raincoat
Sunglasses
Hat 
Suncream 
Insect repellent 
Camera 
Passport
Trip voucher

Money: cash, or, you can also use your credit card in most places along the tour. Feel free to ask your guide for help.
Travel insurance
Personal medications
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