Collection of daily city sightseeing tours of Skopje, Bitola, Prilep, Strumica and Ohrid..

Tour descriptions

Tours in Skopje

Tour of the Skopje surroundings: Morning transfer to the Matka canyon, Skopje's most popular tourist destination. Visit of the monasteries and churches of the area, with possibility for boat trip to the Vrelo cave. Lunch is arranged at local restaurant with traditional setting near the canyon. Optional walking on marked and secured trail along the canyon for the nature lovers. Tour continues with en-route visit of the Monastery of St.Pantelejmon, the ruins of Scupi and the Skopje aqueduct.  

Tour of old part of Skopje: The walking sightseeing tour of Skopje includes the following amenities: The old railway station – first train station on the Balkan, and in that time was the most beautiful object on the Balkan; The monument of Mother Teresa; The house of Mother Teresa; The Stone Bridge – monumental building in the center of the city, and the most imposing monument in our country and on the Balkan, built in the beginning of the VI century; Amenities of the Skopje Bazar (Daut Pashin Hammam – monument of the Islam architecture from the XV century / church St. Spas, built at the end of the XVII century, and place which holds the relics of the greatest Macedonian Revolutionary Goce Delcev (1872-1903) / Fortress Kale). Lunch is arranged in the Skopje Bazar. 

Note: Please contact us for pricing details or if you have special tour requests during your stay in Skopje (we can also arrange culinary trips, cooking classes, wine tasting, crafts, photography or painting trips in this area).
 



Tours in Ohrid 

Tour in old city of Ohrid: The road leads from “Dolna porta”, the entrance to the old town, near two small churches - St. Nikola and St.”Bogorodica Bolnicki”. You'll see some of the old and new architecture of Ohrid, of which Robevci house dominates the scenery. Today the house hosts the museum of Ohrid - which keeps the most important archaeological discoveries of Ohrid and its area. Next we will visit and enter church St. Sofia - the former cathedral church of Ohrid’s archbishopry. This church from the XII century is impressive for its construction as well as the frescoes - Byzantine style of painting cultivated in the former capital, Constantinople. In this tour the ages are mixed because Ohrid is one of the rare towns with continuous living for more than millenia. What follows is visit of the ancient amphitheatre, built in I century BC, accidentally discovered and revived again today, for holding plays and concerts. Plaoshnik - a place that is spiritual and cultural canter of the city Lyhnidos (Ohrid), complex which consists of  an old Slavic church and university, is also included in our tour. The whole site was rebuilt in 2002 following the example of ancient sanctuary.  Nearby there are also remains of two early Christian basilicas that have impressive mosaics. Tsar Samuel's Fortress, the fortress which dominates the town is visited afterwards. The tour continues to the church St. Jovan Kaneo and Kaneo area, from where one gets the most wonderful view of the entire city, the lake with the whole coastline. Returning to the city centre, walk through Ohrid Bazaar, we will have the opportunity to buy the famous Ohrid pearl. Lunch is arranged at restaurant in the old city. 

Tour of the Ohrid surroundings: Transfer from Ohrid to St.Naum. En-route visit of the Museum on water located in the Bay of Bones in Gradishte (replica of neolithic fishermen village recently discovered in the coastal waters). Archeaological diving trip is possible in this area (2-3 hours), please inquire for this activity. The trip continues to the St.Naum monastery complex, one of most remarkable amenities of Macedonia, important for it's architecture, artistic and historical legacy. Lunch is served at restaurant located by the lake shore. Guests also have the option to take short boat trip in the springs and explore this unique wonder of nature in the Ohrid area (also spot the endemic Ohrid trout). Tour continues to the west coast of Ohrid, where villages of Kalishta and Radozda are visited.    

Note: Please contact us for pricing details or if you have special tour requests during your stay in Ohrid (we can also arrange culinary trips, cooking classes, wine tasting, crafts, photography or painting trips in this area). 

Full day tour of Bitola

The tour of Bitola starts with a visit the ancient city of Heraclea Lincestis, the best preserved ancient city in Macedonia. Built in the 4th century BC by Philip II of Macedonia (father of Alexander the Great), it was conquered by the Romans 2 centuries latter. The Via Egnatia road passed through this city, it was the main road connecting the Roman Empire with Asia. Heraclea Lincestis is famous for its beautiful mosaics, antique theater and roman baths. First excavations were undertaken here after WW1, and then was discovered the beauty and importance of this ancient city – the Roman baths, Episcope basilica, Synagogue, portico, Roman theater – in which in modern times plays and music concerts are held.

The tour goes on to city of Bitola, city which vibrates in Renaissance style in architecture. The reason for this is that Bitola, was a center of international diplomacy during the times of the Ottoman empire. The city was then called “city of consuls”. The elegance of those times is felt even today can be seen in the faded facades of the buildings in the main street – Shirok Sokak – which is bustling with cafes, restaurants and shops.

What follows is a visit of Bitola’s museum. Also, we will visit the church of St. Dimitrija, where we can see fine example of wood carved iconostasis, work of the masters from the Mijak school of woodcarvers.

Visit of the Turkish bazaar, Isak Pasha mosque, visit of the place where first movie theater was (opened by brothers Manaki – who have first filmed the life in Macedonia during the Ottoman times), visit of the Magaza – art gallery, officer house.

Free time for individual exploration of the city. Return back to hotel in the afternoon hours.

Note: Please contact us for pricing details or if you have special tour requests during your stay in the Bitola area (we can also arrange culinary trips, cooking classes, wine tasting, crafts, photography or painting trips in this area). 




Tour of Prilep

Departure from hotel. Arrival in Prilep - visit of the Tobacco Museum. Prilep is known as the city of tobacco from Ottoman period till today. Known worldwide for its strength and clean white appearance it encouraged many of the world largest cigarette makers use this tobacco to enrich the aroma and quality of their cigarettes. Its museum has over 2.200 tobacco related items and represents one of the 4 most valuable collections in the world.

Visit of King Marko`s Fortress, and the Village and Churches of Varosh. The composition of grand granite rocks that surrounds the space and the spirituality that springs from its monasteries and churches makes this site exceptional for those who want to hear stories for its medieval life. There used to be 77 churches built by King Marko of which same still remain: St. Archangel Michael Varosh, St. Nicolas, St. Virgin Mary Perivlepta, St. Atanasij and St. Petar are the most beautiful ones. What follow is lunch in a traditional restaurant. After lunch, the tour continues with Prilep’s Old Bazaar. Prilep has small, pleasant and well maintained bazaar with orthogonal streets. Of interest are the Clock tower (the most beautiful one in Macedonia) built in 1858 and Carshi Mosque built in 1475, the only one in Europe with two balconies on its minaret (awaiting restoration).

Last site we visit today is the Mogila of the Undefeated. This is a monument dedicated to the victims of the fascism in which are buried more than 650 fighters from this area. This represents a testimony about the sacrifice of the people in the liberation war. Departure for hotel in the late afternoon hours.

Note: Please contact us for pricing details or if you have special tour requests during your stay in the Prilep  area (we can also arrange culinary trips, cooking classes, wine tasting, crafts, photography or painting trips in this area). 

Tour of Strumica

Out tour of Strumica starts with a visit to the cultural and historic places of interest in the town and its surroundings. First we visit the monastery complex Vodocha which is located in the village of Vodocha. The legend about the etymology of the name of this place is linked to the day when in 1014 AD Tsar Samoil’s army was defeated by the army of the Byzantine Emperor Basylus II, and 15,000 Macedonian soldiers had their eyes gouged out afterwards. Following this event, the village got the name Vodocha (ochi = eyes). What follows next is a visit to the Monastery of the Holy Mother of God – Eleusa which is a convent now and is situated in the next village of Veljusa. We also have lunch in a local restaurant which offers traditional dishes from Strumica. Return to hotel in the late afternoon hours.

Note: Please contact us for pricing details or if you have special tour requests during your stay in the Strumica area (we can also arrange culinary trips, cooking classes, wine tasting, crafts, photography or painting trips in this area). 

Prices



Price (per person):

Please inquire (price depends on group size)

Included:

- Transportation during the tour

- 3-5 hours walking city tour of Bitola / Prilep / Strumica OR

- Choice of Ohrid tour options: walking tour of Ohrid old city amenities OR tour of the Ohrid surroundings (the prices given above include  one of the tour options; Note: Please contact us for pricing details if you wish to do both tours in the Ohrid area)

- Choice of Skopje tour options: walking tour of Skopje old city amenities OR tour of the Skopje surroundings (the prices given above include  one of the tour options; Note: Please contact us for pricing details if you wish to do both tours in the Skopje area)

- Lunch with traditional Macedonian dishes (3 course meal ; beverages excluded) 

- English speaking host (or other languages per request)

Not included:  

- Transportation to/from point of departure (if you are staying in a city other than the city of Your visit;  please contact us for pricing details)

- Optional boat trip to the Vrelo cave in Matka (cca 2 hours) (valid for guests that choose Matka canyon tour option; cca 10 euro per person)

- Optional boat trip of the springs of Crn Drim river at St.Naum (cca 1 hour) (valid for guests that choose St.Naum tour option; cca 10 euro per person)

- Optional visit of the Treskavets monastery complex (cca 3-4 hours) (valid for guests that choose Prilep tour option; please contact us for pricing details)

- Optional visit of the Prespa or Pelister national park areas (cca 3-4 hours) (valid for guests that choose Ohrid, Bitola or Prilep tour option; please contact us for pricing details)

- Entrance fees (vary between 5 and 10 euro per person, depending from tour option) 

- Entrance fees in national parks (applies to Pelister and Galicica national parks, payable on spot) 

- Individual expenses

- Travel insurance 

Additional information: 

- Locations: Skopje / Ohrid / Bitola / Prilep / Strumica

- Minimum required: 1 person

- Best time to go: Year round

- Place of departure: Your hotel/hostel

- Reservations: 2 days before

- Time of departure: Daily, 09:00 am

- Confirmation for this product will be received in the same day the booking is made

- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated

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