Day trip

From Sofia: Skopje and Matka Canyon Day Trip

Activity provider: Bultrips
Day trip

From Sofia: Skopje and Matka Canyon Day Trip

Activity provider: Bultrips

From US$ 129.12 per person

Take a day trip to Northern Macedonia and visit two of the most important sites of the country, its capital, Skopje, and the breathtaking Matka Canyon. Enjoy a walking tour through Skopje and free time in nature.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup from your accommodation in Sofia.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Discover the vibrant city of Skopje, both old and new
  • Learn more about the history and culture of Skopje from your professional guide
  • Visit one of the breathtaking natural wonders in North Macedonia, Matka Canyon
  • Enjoy a comfortable transfer with a modern vehicle
Full description

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.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking Bulgarian guide/driver
  • English-speaking Macedonian guide
  • All taxes and fees
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Please check if you need a visa to enter Macedonia
  • 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 food with you
Customer reviews

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A wonderfully organised tour covering Skopje and the Matka Canyon. This is a small group so ample opportunity to interact with your guides throughout your journey. You would be doing a 2 hour walking tour in Skopje followed by a lovely boat ride to a cave in the canyon. We had Daniel as our guide who was absolutely brilliant. I would highly recommend this tour that offers good value for your money.

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September 30, 2022

The views are stunning and everyone is so lovely and helpful. 100% recommend

September 20, 2022

Our Bulgarian guide/driver Philip was really great. The long drive to Skopje did not seem that long as he told us so many interesting facts about Sofia/ Bulgaria and answered all our questions. The Macedonian guide Lena was great as well. We could ask her any questions and she gave us very good recommendations in Skopje and Matka Canyon. Totally worth it!!

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May 19, 2022


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