The Best of Skopje and the Region

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Explore Macedonian culture on a two days tour to Skopje from Sofia.

Enjoy the company of 2 professional guides - one from Bulgaria and one local from Macedonian.

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2 Days       Moderate

Travel the distance with ease via modern vehicle, and discover landmarks including the Skopje Fortress, Memorial House of Mother Teresa, and Old Bazaar, Matka Canyon with insights provided by your guides. During these 2 days tour, you will have the chance to explore one of the most bizarre cities on the Balkan Peninsula. Skopje is a mixture of authentic monuments from the Ottoman period, and new neo-classical buildings, complete with ornate columns and rooftop figures of nymphs. After the reconstruction of the new center has been done, as per the “Skopje 2014” project, the city became one of the popular destinations in Eastern Europe.

 

What’s Included?

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • English speaking professional Bulgarian guide/driver
  • English-speaking proffessional Macedonian guide

Exclusions

  • Food and beverages

 

ItineraryDay 1: The capital of North Macedonia

Sofia-Skopje

Our tour to Skopje will start with pick up from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia at 08:00 am. After approximately 3 and a half hours of drive, we will reach Skopje. During the long drive, you will learn the Bulgarian point of view regarding the history of the region. Then you will have two hours guided tour of the city made by a local Macedonian guide. You will have the chance to hear the stories about Yugoslavia and the modern way of life in the country from a native, which will make your experience much more fulfilled. In addition, you will compare the two historical interpretations and make your own conclusions. The highlights you will visit are the Old fortress, Sultan Murat Mosques, and the Old Bazaar, where we will have the chance to see Caravanserais (inns) from the Ottoman period when Skopje was one of the main trade centers on the Balkans.

Historical fortress located at the highest point in Skopje from where you will have the chance to admire the stunning view of the city.
A mosque from the Ottoman-era, built during the 15th century. It is a masterpiece of the architectural achievements of the early Ottoman empire.
We will cross the Vardar River by the Stone bridge, the only preserved bridge from the Middle ages and start our exploration of the new part of the city.

We will visit the new neo-classical square Macedonia. There we will admire the biggest statue of Alexander the Great and his father Phillip II. You will stop and learn the history of the ancient Macedonians and the adventures of their rulers.

We will continue to Mother Teresa memorial house. She is the most famous person born in Skopje. Her work and contribution to the world deserve huge respect. In the house museum, you will learn about her story and will track her life by the big photography collection. The walking part of the tour will finish at the Gate Macedonia (newly built triumphal arch). After the walking tour, you will have time for lunch and we will continue towards our next destination – Matka Canyon.

After approximately 30 minutes of drive time, you will reach Makka Canyon where you will have approximately an hour and a half to admire the beauty of nature. You will have a boat trip inside the canyon you will pass by probably the deepest underwater cave in the world. After we finish with the exploration of this site, your local Macedonian guide will drive you back to Skopje and drop you off at your hotel.

If you have booked the option “With included accommodation” you will overnight at Hotel Senigallia 4* or similar

Day 2: Free Time to Explore Skopje on Your Own

During this day you will have the chance to explore Skopje on your own and take your time to visit some of the highlights which you couldn’t during the previous day. Of course, your local Macedonian guide will advise which museums and attractions are worth visiting and suggest you the most suitable according to your interests. At 15:00 pm local time you will be picked up and transferred back to Sofia, Bulgaria.