This itinerary allows walkers to immerse themselves in a magnificent part of southern Europe that few people get to see, whilst also visiting Macedonia's unique historical sites and societies that are relatively unknown.
Your journey begins in the capital of Skopje before being treated to wine tasting, lunch at the winery and then a guided tour of the historic Heraclea Lyncestis – one of the most impressive archaeological features of Macedonia. After this, the trails begin and you will work your way through Pelister and Galicica National Parks, summiting peaks and hopefully encountering a wide variety of wildlife on the way.
Spend some time in Ohrid and cruise the pristine lakes in the south west corner of the country before taking the trails back through Mavrovo National Park with the option to summit Mount Korab – the highest point in Macedonia – and then a transfer back to Skopje for a final night.
Across this itinerary, you will encounter a mixture of moderate to challenging walks offered across three national parks. These natural parks are rich in flora and fauna, as well as providing some of the most stunning scenery in Macedonia. Throughout the trip, you will get to discover traditional villages which are rich with local culture and highlight the individuality of Macedonia.
The trip also incorporates the chance to discover a variety of historical sites such as Byzantine churches, UNESCO World Heritage sites, ancient town squares and monasteries, as you make your way through the mountains, lakes, ancient pine forests and sleepy villages of Macedonia.
Fly from the UK to Skopje, meet with your group at Skopje airport for a group transfer to Bitola. There will be a stop at a local winery for lunch and wine tasting. On arrival in Bitola there will be a guided walking tour of the town and a visit to the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis.
Visit a beekeeping farm on the way to Nize Pole Village. Continue to Pelister National Park where you will summit Golemo Ezero and continue along the Vetemica Ridge with enchanting views of Prespa Lake, before descending to Brajcino Village.
Drive through the traditional village around Prespa Lake and stop at the folklore museum before beginning your hike along a scenic gravel path along the coast of the lake from Stenje to Konjsko village.
This afternoon, take a boat ride to Golem Grad Island for a walk around the island, where you will encounter rare Foya pine forest and see archaeological remains of Roman settlements.
Later in the day you will be transferred to the Galicica National Park with an option to climb Magaro Peak for views of Lakes Ohrid and Prespa.
Transfer to the slopes of Mount Galicica, walk through traditional villages with beautiful scenery and stop for lunch at a local farm. This afternoon, visit the springs of the Crni Drim River and the famous St Naum monastery.
Drive to Mavrovo National Park, one of the most picturesque regions of Macedonia. Hike from Jance to Galcnik Village where you will find historic churches and a museum. In the afternoon you will hike to Medenica Peak found on Mount Bistra, before descending and heading to the village of Mavrovo for your overnight stay.
Today you will hike to the highest peak in Macedonia – Mount Korab. This will take rougly eight hours to complete and is graded as challenging. For those not wanting to climb the peak, there is the opportunity to stay in Mavrovo and expore the town.
Today you will transfer by road to Matka Lake, where you can visit the Byzantine church of St Andreas. Take a boat across the lake, visiting a cave en route. Afterwards, hike over the Matka Gorge to Mount Vodno where you can enjoy the views over a picnic lunch. Transfer back to Skopje by cable car and local bus.
Day 8: Transfer to Skopje airport & fly back to the UK
Price and Other Information
- Duration and price excluding international flights: 8 days from £1,399 per person
- Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 8 days from £1,899 per person
- Single room supplement: From £150
- Walking grade: Demanding
- Guiding: Guided Group Private-Guided
- Max alt: 2,760m
- Group size: 4-14
When to go: View Dates & Prices
- Hotel x 6 nights, guesthouse x 1 night
- 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
- Experienced English speaking guide
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