From Skopje: Vodno Mountain and Matka Canyon Tour

From Skopje: Vodno Mountain and Matka Canyon Tour

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From US$ 33.59 per person

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Skopje city center and get back to nature in the Matka Canyon. Ride the cable car up Vodno Mountain, see miraculous frescoes of Byzantine art and much more.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Get a panoramic view of Skopje from the top of Vodno Mountain
  • See amazing frescoes at the Byzantine Church of St. Panteleimon
  • Reconnect with nature in the Matka Canyon
Full description
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.
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance tickets
  • Optional entrance to the Church of St. Panteleimon (€2) and St. Andrew's Church (€1), payable on the spot
  • Optional boat ride at the Matka Canyon
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tips and gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This is a small group tour of no more than 15 people
  • Tours operate all year round, whatever the weather
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Small entrance fees to the Church of St. Panteleimon and St. Andrew's Church are optional and not included in the price but can be purchased during the tour
  • The optional boat ride at Matka Canyon is not included in the price
  • Meals and drinks are not provided
  • Tips are not included in the price
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 175 reviews

Review summary

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The cable car and monastery visit were good as expected. The canyon visit was not great because it was Sunday and the whole city was trying to get up the narrow road to the canyon. We had to park and walk for 15 minutes to get to the top. The guide did his best but traffic was bad and we were an hour behind schedule getting home. Moral of the story: Don't book on Sunday!

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June 20, 2022

My husband and myself we really enjoyed the tour. Smilej ( not sure about the spelling) its a great tour guide , very knowledgeable and a kind soul. He created a nice atmosphere so we were able to bond immediately with the others travellers and with Smilej , sharing experiences and lots of laugh.

February 27, 2022

Had an awesome time at Matka Canyon and Vodno Mountain. My tour guide, Vangel, was amazing! He has a lot of knowledge about the history of all the places we visited, and gave me a very culturally rich experience. If you happen to book this tour, I would highly suggest requesting Vangel as your tour guide if he is available.

November 19, 2020

Product ID: 79310