The Macedonian capital, Skopje is well connected with many European cities through low cost flights. This weekend break aims to offer any visitor a possibility to explore Skopje and its surroundings in a short weekend break.
Duration: 2 nights 3 days
Meet at the airport and drive to Skopje the capital of Macedonia. It is a very attractive tourist destination with its fortress, cultural and historical monuments, archaeological cities, caves in the canyon of the river Treska and Lake Matka and a health spa in the eastern part of the city. Skopje also is a modern, political, economic and cultural center. The downtown, hides interesting sites that need careful attention: the old station, (a reminder of the earthquake of 1963) the archaeological museum, the memorial house of Saint Teresa of Calcutta (born in Skopje in 1910as Agnes GonxhaBojaxhiu), Macedonia Square with numerous monuments like the monumental statue of Alexander The Great, the Stone Bridge, the Museum of Holocaust, the old bazaar, the church of St. Spas with the beautiful wood-carved iconostasis (19th century), the Daut Pasha Hammam, now an art gallery, one of the largest and finest examples of Ottoman architecture in the Balkans, KapanHan, (15th century), the Mustafa Pasha Mosque(15thcentury),etc.
Matka Canyon The Canyon Matka is situated close to the capital Skopje, in one of the oldest artificial lakes in Macedonia and spreads over 5000 hectares making it one of the most popular natural destinations for nature lovers. In the canyon, there are 10 caves. It is also referred to as the Butterfly Canyon. There are 119 species of diurnal and 140 species of nocturnal butterflies, 77 species of Balkan endemic small butterflies and 23 other species which are new to the science. You will visit also the Monastery of St. Andrea. It is located near the canyon of the river Treska. Vrelo Cave Located on the right bank of the Treska River, Vrelo Cave was listed as one of the top 77 natural sites in the world in the New7Wonders of Nature project and made it to the semi-finals. Vrelo Cave has many stalactites and two lakes within it making this a very interesting site. Though the exact depth of the cave is unknown, some speculate that it could be one of the deepest underwater caves in the world. Overnight in 3* hotel Skopje
After breakfast drive to Ohrid through Mavrovo visiting the monastery St. John Bigorski dedicated to St. Jovan the Baptist, is a 19th century monastery standing on the slopes of Debar’s Mountain Bistra, above the banks of the River Radika. It is one of the most beautiful monasteries in the Balkans and comprises the unique altar masterly wood-carved in deep carves. Worshippers believe that icons with his image are blessed with a miraculous healing power. After visiting the monastery St. John Bigorski we continue to Ohrid (the City of Light) with 365 churches in XIX Century, and with more than 50 active churches today, and certainly, a city built on the shores of one of the most phenomenal natural beauties – Lake Ohrid, is a central Macedonian tourist destination where we visit: Church “St. Sofia”, built between the 11th and 14th century, was the seat of the Archbishop. “St. Clement”, a classic Orthodox Byzantine church, dominating the Old Town, demonstrates the link between Byzantine and Italian Renaissance art. At “Plaoshnik”, in the 9 the century, St. Clement of Ohrid founded the first University of Europe and educated 3.500 students, St. John at Kaneo, stands alone on a small promontory which juts out into the Lake at the western end of the Old Town, and provides spectacular panoramic views of the Lake and surrounding mountains, Samuil fortress, etc. Other visits include Saint Painteleimon Church, The Holy Virgin of Peribleptos Church, Icon Gallery, and old Bazaar. Returning to Skopje. Overnight in 3* hotel Skopje.
After breakfast departure to Airport.
150 Euro p/personsharing a double/twin room for minimum 6 participants
195 Euro p/personsharing a double/twin room for minimum 4 participants
275 Euro p/personsharing a double/twin room for minimum 2 participants
Single room supplement = 25 Euro.(Single rooms will usually be double or twin for single use.)
Note: The above dates are for orientation purposes, to help people book on the same dates, and pay the cheaper price. However we will run this tour on other dates as per clients’ requests.