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Activity: FAMILY
Difficulty: Easy
Duration:
15 Days
Accommodation:
14 nights in boutique traditional hotels"
Meals:
14 Breakfasts
Price:

Available on request

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Overview

A memorable family experience that will take you on new challenges, reconnect you with nature and show you places that you learned in history classes. You choose if you wish a dose of adventure, or to enjoy a less intensive holiday, or somewhere in the middle. Our approach is flexible, so let us know what you like and we’ll tailor your holiday to your needs.

Highlights

  • Skopje historic sites, the Mother Teresa memorial house, Charshi – the biggest Ottoman time market in Europe, the Millennium Cross on the top of Vodno Mountain
  • A fun day of truffle hunting with specialized dogs
  • Visit Kokino megalithic observatory and the Valley of the Stone Dolls
  • Fun and climb adventure at the rocks of the Iron Gate
  • Explore the mountain villages and historical trails in Pelister national parks
  • See Bitola, the town with urban tradition of 1.600 years and the famous mosaics of ancient Heraclea Lyncestis
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of Ohrid and Ohrid Lake – they are both on the UNESCO World Heritage list
  • Connect with nature on a camping trip in national park Mavrovo
  • Take a boating tour to Cave Vrelo in Canyon Matka nature reserve

Difficulty Grading

Easy walks, designed for people who enjoy the outdoors and relaxed walks with ample time to enjoy the attractions along the route.

Map

map family adventure

ITINERARY

DAY: 1-3

Your family adventure starts in Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia. Explore this ancient city with its eclectic blend of Byzantine, Ottoman, and Roman treasures. Take the cable car to the Millennium Cross for the spectacular 360 degree panorama of the mountain chains surrounding Skopje valley. Go truffle mushrooms hunting in the footsteps of professional truffle hunters and their specially trained dogs.

DAY: 4-5

Learn how the ancient community used Kokino megalithic observatory to observe the movements of the sun and moon. According to NASA, it is the fourth oldest observatory site in the world, after Abu Simbel in Egypt, Stonehenge in Britain, and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. See the “Stone Dolls,” eroded rock formations that over time have transformed into intriguing shapes that resemble humans. Explore Kratovo, the town of medieval bridges and towers, and enjoy the fun & climb experience at the rocks of the Iron Gate. Our guides and instructors will prepare everything for you, so you can only climb and enjoy.

DAY: 6-7

Explore Bitola, with its pedestrian-only walkway lined with colorful, romantic, neo-classical buildings that tell of the former glory of the town, when every major European country had a consulate here. See the mosaics at the archaeological site of Heraclea, founded in the mid-4th century BC by Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great. Walk through pine forests on the WW1 trail in national park Pelister and see the fascinating world of the honey bees at a local beekeeper. He will share with you the secrets of bees, beekeeping and bee products as you walk together around the bee hives (protective clothes included).

DAY: 8-10

Take a stroll through the cobblestoned alleys of Ohrid old town, one of the oldest settlements in Europe, with archaeological sites from the Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Hellenistic periods. See Tzar Samoil’s fortress, shop for Ohrid pearls and visit the unique workshop for hand-made paper. Take a boating tour and dine at the fisherman’s house, visit the ancient Bay of Bones on a kayaking tour and enjoy swimming on a hidden beach. Learn about the Cyrillic script at its birthplace, at St Naum monastery. Enjoy sailing, paddleboarding or a cruise in the calm waters of Ohrid Lake.

DAY: 11-13

Connect with nature! We will take you camping in the forests of Mavrovo National Park where you can switch off, relax and get back in touch with nature and the family. We will provide the tents, inflatable camping mattresses and sleeping bags. You will engage in the BBQ together with us.

DAY: 14-15

Explore Canyon Matka. Home to bald eagles, endemic plant-life and over 130 different types of butterfly, this scenic landscape plays host to few stunningly located 13th century Orthodox monasteries, as well as one of the deepest caves in Europe.

When To Go

PossibleJune to September
RecommendedJuly & August
Not availableAll other dates

Price

Available on request

INCLUDED IN PRICE:

  • Accommodation on bed & breakfast basis in family apartments
  • Private transfer from Skopje International Airport to Skopje
  • Rent-a-car
  • All activities of your choice
  • Stand by support
  • Extensive manual with tips and recommendations
  • 24/7 support by Macedonia Travel agents
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE:

Why Travel With Us?

LOCAL EXPERTS

Since 2004 we create authentic, high quality tours in the Balkans. North Macedonia is our homeland, we have walked and biked every corner of the country and we make sure that the balance between the activities, the "must see" attractions and the "off-the-beaten-track" experiences gives you the true Balkan - intense, hearth warming and often life changing experience.

SAFETY

* Strict company risk management on each tour that we operate available
* 24/7 for anything from enquiries to emergencies
* Macedonia Travel has liability insurance by Winner - Vienna Group
* "A" licensed by the Ministery of Economy of North Macedonia UP 113-101
* IATA license No. 76-3 2058

FLEXIBLE BOOKINGS

 * Change your travel plans up to 30 days before departure, with no fees.
 *After you pay the deposit, the rest of the amount can be paid any time until 30 days before departure

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