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Day Tour from Sofia to Skopje, North Macedonia

1. Day Tour from Sofia to Skopje, North Macedonia

Discover Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, on this full-day trip from Sofia. During this day tour to Skopje, you will have the chance to explore the city's highlights and hear its rich history and culture from your guide.  Be picked up from your accommodation in Sofia and board an airconditioned vehicle. Relax, and take in the countryside on the transfer to Skopje. Once in Skopje, begin your walking tour of the at Skopje Fortress. Admire sweeping views of the city from the fortress before heading to the Church of the Holy Savior, home to fantastic iconostasis. Continue towards the Sultan Murat Mosque and the Old Bazaar, where you can witness the remnants from Ottoman Period.  Listen as your guide tells you about Skopje's history as one of the main trade centers in the Balkans. Stop a typical Macedonian restaurant where you can purchase a delicious lunch before crossing the Vadar River explore the other side of the city.  Visit the new neo-classical square and continue to the Mother Teresa memorial house. End your walking tour at the newly built triumphal arch Porta Macedonia. Journey back to Sofia and be dropped off at your hotel or accommodation. 

From Sofia: Skopje and Matka Canyon Day Trip

2. From Sofia: Skopje and Matka Canyon Day Trip

Cross the border from Bulgaria and enjoy a day trip in Macedonia. Dive into the past as you explore Skopje's historic neighborhoods and see its attractions. Learn about the history of the Macedonians as you walk through the new part of the city, rebuilt during the Skopje 2013 project. After your visit to Skopje, head to Matka Canyon to take a break in nature. Your day trip begins with an 8:00 AM pickup from your accommodation in Sofia. Drive for approximately 3.5 hours and reach Skopje. During your drive learn about the history of the region from the Bulgarian point of view. Arrive in Skopje and have a 2-hour guided tour of the city from a local Macedonian guide. Learn about Yugoslavia and have the chance to compare the two historic perspectives of the region provided to you on this trip. During your guided tour of Skopje visit Skopje Fortress, Sultan Murat Mosque, and the Old Bazaar. Have the chance to see the caravanserais from the Ottoman period when Skopje was one of the main trade centers in the Balkans. Visit the new neo-classical Macedonia Square and be impressed by the statue of Alexander the Great and his father Phillip II. Continue on to the Mother Teresa Memorial House. In the house museum, learn about Mother Teresa's life story. Afterward, conclude your walking tour of Skopje at Macedonia Gate. Head to Matka Canyon where you will have approximately 1.5-hours to admire the beauty of nature. Have the chance to enjoy a boat trip inside the canyon and pass by one of the deepest underwater caves in the world. At about 4:00 PM, meet with the rest of the group and depart back to Sofia. On the drive back, discuss your day's impressions and ask your guide any remaining questions you may have. Unfortunately, the day trip's itinerary will not allow you to have free time for lunch in Skopje. It is recommended to take some fast food during the walking tour or bring some sandwiches with you. You can buy food from a petrol station before arriving in the city.

Skopje: Old town walking tour & Food tasting

3. Skopje: Old town walking tour & Food tasting

Explore the mystical small streets in the old town and find out why old bazaar is the hidden gem. Learn how the people were living in Byzantine and Ottoman Skopje. We started to make this tour only with one idea: How to introduce our country for the people who are coming for a first time in Macedonia ? For any of you who are curious about the history in Skopje, our habits and our food you are welcome on the tour. We will make walking tour through the small streets in the old bazaar, taste local food & drinks and in a interesting way introduce you to the rich history of the city and you will learn about the why the Macedonians are known for one of the most hospital people in the world. The activity will start at Museum of the Macedonian struggle for independence we will make the walking tour though the small streets in the old bazaar, make a food tasting during our way and gonna end the tour into the new part of the city at the city square.

Walking in Skopje

4. Walking in Skopje

The North Macedonian capital of Skopje is known for its Ottoman-era Old Town, Byzantine fortress, and lively bazaar. On this private walking tour, get to know the city and take in all the highlights with your own personal guide. Visit landmarks including the Memorial House of Mother Theresa, the Stone Bridge, and the Parliament Building; browse the stalls at the Old Bazaar; and enjoy views from Skopje Fortress. Comprehensive tour for first-time visitors: see all the highlights Magnificent views and photo ops around Skopje Old Town Customized tour itinerary: visit only the sites that interest you Private tour ensures the undivided attention of your guide

From Sofia: Kosovo and North Macedonia 2-Day Tour

5. From Sofia: Kosovo and North Macedonia 2-Day Tour

Start with a pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Sofia at 8:00 AM. Travel for approximately 3.5 hours to the first destination of the two-day excursion, the city of Skopje, which is the capital of North Macedonia. During the drive, learn the political history of the region.  Upon arrival in Skopje, enjoy a 2-hour city tour with a Macedonian guide. Explore both the old and the new parts of the city, seeing its major landmarks. After the walking tour, enjoy some free time (discuss this with your guide) during which you will have the chance to rest and taste the local cuisine. Afterward, continue the journey to Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, which will take approximately 2 hours. When you reach Pristina enjoy some free time to explore the highlights of the city after which you will travel to the cultural capital of the country, Prizen. Stay overnight in a wonderful hotel in the heart of the city.  On the second day, have breakfast in the hotel followed by a walking tour of Prizen at 8:30 AM. Explore the narrow cobblestone streets and authentic Ottoman buildings. Visit Mehmet Pasha Hamam, the 15th-century stone bridge and the fortress situated high above the city. From here, get a fantastic view of the whole city. This is the last site that we will visit in Prizren. Then we will go back to Skopje (which will take approx. 2.5 hours drive) where we will have some time to relax and have lunch. At 15:00 we will head back to Sofia, where you will be dropped off at the location you want.

Skopje: Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Old & New

6. Skopje: Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Old & New

During this walking tour, your friendly and knowledgeable guide will lead you through the story of Skopje, beginning with the new Skopje 2014, across the Stone Bridge through the different Old Town and even further back in history up to the Fortress Kale, where you will find the earliest evidence of human existence. The driver/ guide will pick you up from your hotel or any place of your preference in Skopje and take you to the center of Skopje for a walking tour. Walk through the main square of the city, while listening to the story of the town with its well-known fountains, statues and monuments, passing by the Memorial House of Mother Theresa and the old railway station among the fresh products in the green market. Hear the story about the famous park Women Fighters, the Parlaiment building and the old city mall, while preparing yourself to discover the oriental part of the city - The Old Bazaar. Once there, you can feel the mix of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture while witnessing the best preserved part of Skopje with its hundreds of little craftsman shops and tearooms. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to your hotel or any other location of your preference in Skopje.

Best of Skopje City Tour

7. Best of Skopje City Tour

Your driver will pick you up from your hotel or any location in Skopje, with a comfortable A/C car/minivan and take you to the plateau where the Museum of Contemporary Art located. This offers a wonderful view of the central part of Skopje and here the story about the city begins. Afterwards, the Fortress Kale is visited. What follows is a visit to the Mustapha Pasha Mosque, and then the Church of the Holy Saviour. Another visit is the one to the Museum of Macedonia which consists of three parts: an icon gallery, an ethnological and historical departments. Then you continue you stroll through the Old Bazaar where two more caravansaries can be seen Turkish Baths – Chifte Hammam and Daut Pasha Hammam, dating back to the 15th century. The tour continues towards the modern part of the city on the right bank of the River Vardar. Before you cross the Stone Bridge, which is one of the oldest landmarks of Skopje, you can see the Holocaust Memorial Centre and the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for Independence, IMRO and the Victims of Communism. On the other bank of the river is the main square Macedonia, with a lot of new statues and monuments. You will walk along the main street Macedonia which connects the square to the Old Railway Station. You can stay for a short visit at the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, with the tour ending in front of the Museum of the City of Skopje situated in the building of the Old Railway Station, which was partially destroyed by the earthquake in 1963. From Mount Vodno, you continue by cable-car system to the Millennium Cross and back to middle Vodno. Once back at middle Vodno you continue by the car/minivan to the village Gorno Nerezi, to see the church St. Pantelejmon. The tour continues with a visit to the canyon Matka, about 17 km from Skopje, continue to walk along the bank of the River Treska, which is famous for the competitions in kayaking that take place on it. You will follow the path that goes by the dam and the man-made lake Matka and reach the Monastery of St. Andrew.   After this, you will go on a boat ride along the canyon Matka (8km long) and enjoy the magnificent surroundings, as well as a visit to the cave Vrelo.

Skopje: City Highlights Tour with Transfer and Food

8. Skopje: City Highlights Tour with Transfer and Food

Explore all the major landmarks of Skopje on this thorough guided tour through the most iconic areas of the city and beyond. Try some delicious local meals and treats as you discover your surroundings with a local expert. Have a lovely start to your day with a coffee at The Dude Specialty and breakfast at a small bakery, where you'll try the famous burek with yogurt. Begin the tour by heading up to Vodno Mountain. Take a thrilling cable car ride to the top to see the Millennium Cross and admire the spectacular views. Continue your drive to Matka Canyon and walk along the bank of the River Treska to reach the Monastery of St. Andrew. Afterward, take a relaxing boat ride to take in the magnificent scenery. Stop by Cave Vrelo, which is full of amazing stalactites and stalagmites and contains two small lakes. Drive back to Skopje and start the walking city tour with a visit to Kale Fortress, then Mustafa Pasha Mosque, and, finally, a stroll through the Old Skopje Bazaar where three caravanserais can still be seen, along with two Turkish baths dating back to the 15th century. Enjoy lunch at Destan, a great traditional kebab restaurant, and try Skopsko, the local beer. After lunch, the tour continues toward the modern part of the city. Cross the Stone Bridge to see numerous statues and monuments, then end your trip with a visit to the Memorial House of Mother Teresa.

Visit the Balkans in 3 Days

9. Visit the Balkans in 3 Days

Day 1: Our exciting journey begins in Tirana, where we pick up travelers from their hotels. Our first stop is Prizren, the cultural capital of Kosovo, we visit landmarks like Sinan Pasha Mosque, Albanian League of Prizren building, Church of Our Lady of Ljeviš, and Prizren Fortress. After a delightful lunch, our journey proceeds to Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo, with highlights such as the Newborn Monument, Mother Teresa Square, Imperial Mosque, and National Library. Next, we head to Skopje, North Macedonia for an overnight stay. Day 2: After eating breakfast, you will start exploring sites like Skopje Fortress, Stone Bridge, Old Bazaar, and Mother Teresa Memorial House. After leaving Skopje our scenic drive takes us to Ohrid, known for its 365 churches, where we visit Church of Saint Sophia, Church of Saint John, Church of Saint Clement and Panteleimon, Samoil's Fortress, and more. Overnight in Ohrid. Day 3: After entering Albanian territories, we reach Berat, the "City of a Thousand Windows." At the castle, we explore Saint Mary of Blachernae Church, Church of the Holy Trinity, Water Cisterns, Red Mosque, and Constantine the Great Garden. A traditional Albanian lunch with a local family awaits us. Descending to Mangalemi neighborhood, we witness the well-preserved Ottoman-era architecture. Finally, we arrive in Durres, exploring spots like Durrës Amphitheatre, Venetian Tower, Durrës Castle, and the picturesque waterfront boulevard along the Adriatic Sea. Finally, we arrive in the last stop of our Balkan tour, Durres City. The city has a rich history that dates back to ancient times. Durrës was founded by Greek colonists in the 7th century BCE and later became an important center during Roman rule. The city has witnessed various periods of influence, including Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman. Durres marks the end of our Balkan tour, concluding with a return to Tirana.

Skopje 4-Hour Walking Tour

10. Skopje 4-Hour Walking Tour

This 4-hour walking tour of Skopje usually starts on the plateau where the Museum of Contemporary Art is located. This offers a wonderful view of the central part of Skopje and here the story about the city begins. Afterwards, you will visit the Fortress Kale before visiting the Mustapha Pasha Mosque, the Church of the Holy Savior, and the small museum of Goce Delchev. Another optional visit is to the Museum of Macedonia which consists of 3 parts: an icon gallery, an ethnological department, and a historical department. Then you will continue your stroll through the Old Bazaar, where 2 more caravanserais can be seen as well as 2 Turkish baths: Chifte Hammam and Daut Pasha Hammam. The tour continues towards the modern part of the city. Before you cross the Stone Bridge, one of the oldest landmarks of Skopje, you can see the Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia and the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for Independence, IMRO and the Victims of Communism. On the other bank of the river is the main square, Macedonia Square, with a lot of new statues and monuments. You will walk along the main street, Macedonia Street, which connects the square to the old railway station. You will stay for a short visit to the Memorial House of Mother Teresa and end the tour in front of the Museum of the City of Skopje, situated in the building of the old railway station.

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Alexander was a wonderful guide - full of valuable insights and high energy. He also speaks perfect English, great German, ... and I suppose some other languages. I had a great time and look forward to hire Alexander again when back in Skopje.

Excellent guide, recommended. He speaks perfect English, very friendly and happy to show you the both the good and bad side of the city.

The time was too short, perhaps the tour should start earlier or last 2 days.

An excellent excursion but an extra 1 hour in Skopje would have been great.

The day would have been perfect with a French speaking guide