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From Skopje: Vodno Mountain and Matka Canyon Tour

1. From Skopje: Vodno Mountain and Matka Canyon Tour

Depart Skopje and travel in air-conditioned comfort to Vodno Mountain. Ride the cable car up to Millennium Cross on arrival, and enjoy panoramic views back across Skopje from one of the biggest Christian crosses in the world. Take the cable car back down Vodno Mountain to continue to the mountain village of Gorno Nerezi by air-conditioned vehicle. Visit the small 12th-century Church of St. Panteleimon on arrival and marvel at the historical frescoes of Byzantine art inside. Next, make your way to the Matka Canyon to enjoy a tasty lunch in a nice restaurant by the lake. Take an optional boat trip to the Vrelo cave or go for a nature walk along the many marked trails. Fill your lungs with fresh country air before the return trip to Skopje, and get dropped off at the triumphal arch of the Porta Macedonia on arrival.

Skopje: Matka Canyon and Vodno Mountain Half-Day Trip

2. Skopje: Matka Canyon and Vodno Mountain Half-Day Trip

Escape from the city into nature on this half-day trip through the woods and pastures of Mount Vodno. Admire the scenic views over the Skopje valley from the Millennium cross and the nature reserve at Matka Canyon. Start your adventure with pickup at your hotel for the drive up Vodno Mountain. Enjoy a stop at the 576-high summit to take some photographs of the vista. After that we are going to the biggest cross in Europe, the Millennium cross. We are going to reach with the cable car (if the weather is good) to take panoramic view over the city and whole Skopje valley. Next, move into witness the 12th-century Church of Saint Panteleimon. Admire its famous Byzantine-style coloring and dramatic composition. Get ready for nature with your final stop at Matka Canyon. Feel the fresh air and be surrounded by mountains and breathtaking landscapes. While there, complete your experience by taking the opportunity to go an optional boat trip (additional expense).

Day Tour from Sofia to Skopje, North Macedonia

3. 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. 

Half Day Tour from Skopje to Matka Canyon

4. Half Day Tour from Skopje to Matka Canyon

During this half-day spent in nature, you will feel removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. Matka Canyon is one of the most popular outdoor destinations surrounding Skopje. You will find many species of plants, animals and butterflies will make you want to come again! Sit back and relax by the lake with a spectacular view on the cliffs in front of you can rent a kayak and try your kayaking skills, or go on a boat tour and admire the tranquility of the canyon. Visit Vrelo Cave or simply explore the beautiful nature all around you. You can also enjoy a nice meal on the terrace of the restaurant overlooking the lake. 

Ohrid: Old Town Panoramic Boat Cruise

5. Ohrid: Old Town Panoramic Boat Cruise

This tour is common for the tourists who have limited time to spend in Ohrid, however they wish to experience Ohrid Lake on a boat. Regular departure point is the Ohrid central port located only 50 meters from the main square. It includes Ohrid Old Town, cruising close to the shore so you can have a detailed view, while on the way back the cruise will take you further from the shore, so you can enjoy a unique panoramic view of the entire Old Town. Most important things you will see are the Church of Saint Sophia dating from the 9th century, the fishermen settlement Kaneo, the Church of Saint John at Kaneo dating from the mid-15th century, it is the most famous and most photographed church in Ohrid because of its amazing location on a cliff overlooking the Ohrid Lake. Furthermore, you get to see the virgin beach Labino and the two so-called Caves of Love which are very popular within locals and getting a huge attention from tourist as well. On the way back you will see the Church of Saint Clement Pantelejmon at Plaoshnik, built on the foundations of an early Christian basilica back in the 9th century. On the top of the Old Town is the Tzar Samuel fortress from the 10th century which overlooks both the lake and the whole Ohrid area. End point of this tour is same as the departure, the Ohrid central port.

Ohrid: Monastery Winery Tour and Wine Tasting

6. Ohrid: Monastery Winery Tour and Wine Tasting

There is not a single household in the Ohrid region that does not make wine. There seems to be a special particle for winemaking curved into the people here. Like everyone else, we were also making delicious wines at home and sharing them with friends and family. After years of making and tasting, receiving compliments and praises, we decided to share our handmade wines with the world. We founded our small winery in 2019 and since then we’ve been making around 10.000 bottles of wine per year. Our process remains the same, call it primordial if you will, we haven’t changed a thing. We carefully handpick every single grape and give our utmost attention to all the processes that follow. We listen and let the wine tell us what it needs. And every year, every barrel even, has its own twist and story. When we drink and speak about our wines we refer to them as works of art. Every barrel with wine undergoes distinct influences and is altered by different elements so naturally they have different art tendency and style. Some of them are pure red Romanticism, others are as accurately tasty as Realism. While a couple of them are so good they’ll make you feel like you are born a new, and you guessed it they are part of our Renaissance collection. During the wine tasting, the guide will explain the traditional philosophy and criteria behind the making of our vintages. A well explained visit at the monastery of St. Cosmas and Damian is also included in the trip, along with a walk around the winery and cellar. Organized transfer from your accommodation to the winery and back is included in the tour price.

From Skopje: Ohrid Full-Day Trip with Guided Walking Tour

7. From Skopje: Ohrid Full-Day Trip with Guided Walking Tour

See the best of Ohrid in an economical way on this shared group day trip from Skopje. Take a walking tour with a local guide and discover Lake Ohrid, the Ancient Macedonian Theater of Ohrid, Samoil’s Fortress, and more. After heading to one of the pickup points in Skopje, board your transportation and let your driver whisk you off to Ohrid. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and explore Ohrid’s highlights on a guided walk. Marvel at the North Macedonian side of Lake Ohrid and the cultural and historic area of Ohrid, which have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1979 and 1980, respectively. Visit the Ancient Macedonian Theater of Ohrid and learn about its history from your guide. See the impressive Samoil’s Fortress, a fortification with foundations from the 4th century BC. Head to the Church of St. John at Kaneo and admire the picturesque architecture and spectacular scenic views. For an extra cost on the day, you can opt to take a boat tour of Lake Ohrid. You will also have some time for lunch (at your own expense). After exploring Ohrid, return to Skopje for drop-off at your original pickup point.

Albania/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

8. Albania/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Albania hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Albania and another 43 European regions (full list below). Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4, and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photos to confirm eligibility. Network coverage: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece (including Cyclades), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy (including Vatican, San Marino, Sardinia), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores and Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including Canary Islands and Balearic Islands), Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.

From Sofia: Serbia and Macedonia Tour

9. From Sofia: Serbia and Macedonia Tour

Meet your guide and embark on a 2-hour scenic drive. Admire the changing landscapes on the way, to the Serbian border. After crossing the border you will go the nearby town of Bosilegrad (the former Yugoslavia's main state) before you cross back over the border with Bulgaria and head for Northern Macedonia. After another short drive, you will arrive at the beautiful Monastery of Osogovo – an incredibly powerful place in the hills from the 12th Century, which was later turned into a mosque by the Ottomans, and then again converted into a church. This place is very scenic and peaceful - take time to go for a walk around the area. Afterwards, you will have lunch in a nice restaurant with good Macedonian grill (meat or fish) and Skopsko beer, of course.

From Skopje: Full-Day Kosovo Tour to Pristina and Prizren

10. From Skopje: Full-Day Kosovo Tour to Pristina and Prizren

This tour starts with a pick-up from your hotel in Skopje, traveling to Prishtina where your local guide will be waiting for you. First, visit Monastery Gracanica, and then arrive in Pristina where you will start a tour of Pristina. Your first stop in will be the Kosova National Library, an example of modern architectural design. Then make your way to the open air archaeological park with artifacts from the Neolithic period and Kosova Museum built by Austrians for the Turkish army in 1898, which has an extensive collection of archaeological and ethnological artifacts including the Neolithic Goddess on a Throne terracotta. Head to Çarshi Mosque, the oldest building in Pristina constructed in the 15th-century by the Turkish Sultan Bajazit. Afterwards, head to the Academy Building, a 19th-century Ottoman konak style private houses. Visit the Fatih Mosque or Imperial Mosque built in 1461 under the Turkish Sultan Mehmed II Fatih and the  Great Hammam – bath complex built in 1470 graced with 15 domes with small holes to let light stream in. Make your way to the Ethnographic Museum. The Emin Gjiku Complex is a extremely well-preserved building from 18th-century and it’s the only original building left in old bazaar area. The tour will finish with a visit of Gazimestan Tower. Contnue to Prizren for your walking tour of the city includes the attractive Ottoman old town, known for its gold and silver filigree craftsmen, the hammam, the Museum of Prizren League, the Helveti Tekke, Sinia Pasha Mosque and the Church of Our Lady of Ljevis. Prizren has the largest number of preserved Ottoman buildings in Kosovo, so simply wandering around the old cobbled streets admiring the town houses, mosques and tekkes is a delight. After a small break, return back to .

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Excellent day trip. The Lake Ohrid region of North Macedonia is beautiful. The tour was a bit demanding physically but it was worth all the walking up and down the town for the amazing sights and views. Excellent tour guides Ilir and Mustafah.

Vladimir was fantastic with showing us the highlights of Kosovo. A lot was fit in one day. He took care of all the details and planning and we didn't have to worry about anything. Thanks again for the experience.

The guide, Vladimir, was nice and engaged, happy to answer questions and tell about the history of the place quite thoroughly. I recommend the excursion.

Zlatko is really a great guide with a lot of knowledge

what a fantastic day trip, and the loveliest guide.