BIKING MOUNTAINS AND LAKES

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Category: Selfguided, Biking
Area: Macedonia
Tour duration: 4 days (3 nights)
Evaluation of the Trek: Moderate
Best period: May - October  
Price per person: 354 €



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As you leave urban Bitola, you enter the old local road that used to connect Bitola with Prespa Lake in the times of Yugoslavia. Today it is rarely used, as it hasn’t been maintained since the opening of the new motorway from Bitola to Prespa, and it is still covered with cobblestone in parts. One part of this road is on the ancient route of the Roman road Via Egnatia, built over old Candavian Road some 2.200 years ago. You will know that you are close to Lake Prespa when you notice the apple orchards around you. It is the region that supplies all of the Balkans with apples.
Unlike Ohrid Lake, Prespa Lake has only few commercial beaches (one of them by hotel Lakeview), as most of the coast is covered with reed – this lake is the refugee for many rare bird species. Some of them are threatened with extinction worldwide, such as the Dalmatian Pelican and the Pygmy Cormorant. They still breed here in large numbers and benefit from the extraordinary wealth of fish in the lake.
Cycling: 6h (50 km, ascent 752 m, descent 503 m)

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A beautiful and challenging cycling route over Mount Galicica, with wonderfull views over the two biggest lakes in North Macedonia. Once you leave Prespa Lake behind, you will enter Galicica national park. Here you start a 14km long uphill (860m to 1590m) on a curvy narrow road leading to Mount Galicica pass. (if you think that this is too challenging for you, please ask our agents to arrange a transfer up to the mountain pass, so you can enjoy riding only the downhill to the lake, and by the lake coast).
Don’t rush to your destination, take some time to stop and visit Trpejca fishing village, with a lovely beach hidden between the rocks by Ohrid Lake. There are also couple of fish restaurants on the shore where you can enjoy fresh trout for lunch. Also, we recommend to make one more stop on your way to visit the archaeological site on water – the Bay of Bones.
Your destination is family guesthouse in a small settlement by the lake, some 9 km from Ohrid. Located between the lake and the mountain, it is a perfect place to go swimming, or, to relax in a hammock in their gardens.
Cycling: 4h (45 km, ascent 980 m, descent 1.159 m)
Optional: transfer to Galicica pass where you can continue riding down to Ohrid Lake.

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It takes some 10km (30-40min easy ride) to get from Lagadin to Ohrid. You will be cycling on a local road along the lake coast, passing hotel resorts, villas and nice cafés on the beach. As you enter Ohrid, continue cycling by the lake to the main square, where the old town begins. You will probably decide to spend the day here, exploring the many layers of Ohrid history, as well as the restaurants and cafés along the cobblestoned alleys of the old town, or by the beach. If you would rather spend the day kayaking or sailing, paragliding or flying with a hot-air balloon above the lake please let us know, we will be happy to arrange it for you.
Cycling: 1h round trip (20 km, ascent 243 m, descent 243 m)

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You will be riding on the scenic local road along the lake coast all the way from Ohrid to the villages before the border with Albania. A nice stop on the route is the colorful Struga open market, with great choice of fresh fruit and veggies, along with all housewares and souvenirs. Your last stop before the border is Kalishta monastery with the icon of the Holly Mother painted black. Next to the church, you will find the entrance that leads you up the stairs to an old cave church and to few monk cells dug into the rocks centuries ago. Here would be also the place for your last swim in Ohrid Lake before you head to Jablanica Mountain, and to Vevchani village at its foothills, which is your destination. Treat yourself with tasty homemade dinner in one of the guesthouses in Vevchani
Cycling: 5h (52 km, ascent 614 m, descent 440 m)

Small, family run hotel in Prespa, and guesthouse with en-suite facilities in Lagadin.
*Upgrade is available on all our tours, please contact our agents.

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Departure dates: On request
Price per person: 354 €
Price is valid for min 2 participants


Included in price:
Accommodation based on 2 participants sharing double room
Luggage transfers
Detailed cycling route descriptions and maps
Local safety information and contacts
Stand-by support (cell phone and contact person)
Organization and logistic by Macedonia Travel


Not included in price:
Airplane tickets to/from Skopje
Personal medical and travel insurance (mandatory)
Any extra expenses not mentioned under „included in price“


Options & Supplements:
Supplement for single room accommodation: 42 €
Supplement for half board instead of standard bed & breakfast accommodation (3 dinners):
43€ / per person. Vegetarian and vegan meals available on request
Private arrival / departure transfers available upon request
Extra night in Skopje:
3* hotel: from 26 € / per person sharing double room; Single supplement from 15 €
4* hotel: from 40 € / per person sharing double room; Single supplement from 20 €
Extra night in Ohrid
Guesthouse (private room): from 25 € /per person sharing double room; Single supplement 20 €
4* hotel: from 35 € / per person / sharing double room; Single supplement: 25 €
Extra night in Bitola
Family traditional hotel: from 25 € /per person sharing double room; Single supplement: 15 €
4* hotel: from 35 € / pp / sharing double room; Single supplement: 20 €
Rent of bike: from 21 € /per day
Rent of Global Positioning System (GPS) console: 45 €
Optional transfer for the longer uphill on Galicica mountain (Day 4): 40€ / per car



What to pack

Small backpack for daily use
Waterbottle
Footwear:
comfortable sport shoes
Casual shorts/cycling bibs
Shirts/jersey
Water/windproof jacket with hood
Toiletries
Sunglasses
Camera
Passport
Trip voucher
Money:
cash, or, you can also use your credit card in most cities in Macedonia
Travel insurance
Personal medications

Protection: Helmet (please contact us if you need to rent a helmet in Macedonia), gloves
Additional: Tools, spare tire, patches and kits

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