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From Skopje: Full-Day Private Tour of Mavrovo and Ohrid

1. From Skopje: Full-Day Private Tour of Mavrovo and Ohrid

You will be picked up from your hotel and continue to the National Park of Mavrovo, passing the cities Tetovo and Gostivar. After arriving at Mavrovo, you will have a short visit of the place, visiting the center of Mavrovo, looking at the Winter facilities and seeing the new and old Church of St. Nicolas. After that, drive on to River Radika then continue on to one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia – St. Jovan Bigorski and Ohrid. Placed on the Bigor rocks on canyon valley of the River Radika, next to the exuberant forests in the North–West slopes of Bistra Mountain. After that, you continue to Ohrid, where you have a city tour. Your tour starts before the monument of St. Cyril and Methodius, and it then heads to the Lower gate, City museum, Church of St. Sofia, Antic Theater, Upper gate, Church of St. Virgin Mary, Perivleptos, the Gallery of effigies, Samoils fortress, Plaoshnik and finally the tour ends with a walk through Ohrid’s market-place. You will then return to your hotel.

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From Skopje: 6-Hour Private Mavrovo Tour

2. From Skopje: 6-Hour Private Mavrovo Tour

Start with a morning departure for Mavrovo. After arriving have a short informational session about Mavrovo and Mavrovo National Park. Visit the Cave Sharko and have a little walk and see ski passes and hotels around the area. After that, visit the village of Galicnik where Galicka Svadba (wedding) takes place. Galichnik is a mountain village in the Republic of Macedonia and along with Lazaropole, it is one of the two largest and oldest Mijak villages in the region. Galichnik has well-preserved traditional architecture, including an amphitheater in the village square, and is famous for its surrounding countryside and nature reserve. People from Galichnik and northwestern Macedonia appreciate the local yellow cheese (Kashkaval) that is produced in the region as well as the local salt brine white cheese "belo sirenje." After visiting Galicnik, drive along Mavrovo Lake and canyon of river Radika to the biggest monastery in Macedonia – Bigorski Monastery with its wood carved iconostasis from 18th century. After that, visit a natural place – Waterfall Duf. This tour then continues to visit the wonderful Monastery Rajcica. After that, have a traditional lunch in Mavrovo and return to Skopje.

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What people are saying about Bigorski Monastery St John the Baptist

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Perfectly organized tour, I liked everything very much - professional work of the guide, driver, selection of objects to visit. I recommend this excursion to lovers of nature, culture, architecture and history. Perfectly organized tour, I liked everything - professional work of the guide, the driver, selection of objects to visit. I recommend this excursion to lovers of nature, culture, architecture and history.

Fantastic day discovering Mavrovo and Ohrid

Many thanks to our tour guide and driver for taking us on an informative and enjoyable trip from Skopje to Mavrovo and Ohrid that also included a visit to a beautiful monastery and stops by three man-made lakes. We learned a great deal about Macedonian history both ancient and recent. This provided us with an excellent overview of the region.

We spent a whole day with dance, boss and our super driver that day, and Vaska, super guide and speaks perfect German, in Ohrid and Mavrovo. Vaska could explain and show us a lot about everything and has a great knowledge of all of Macedonia, the religion and the people. We had a lot of fun and we would book the tour again anytime!

absolutely wonderful

Very nice guide with a lot of knowledge. It's worth the money. We have learned a lot about the country and the visited places. Very comfortable car with a separate friendly driver who brouhgt us safely throuhg the journey.

Definitely go out of town to the country once. Now really get to know the country and its people. Lunch is really delicious. Learned a lot about tradition and history. Breaths in the green.