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Geo Tour Throughout Macedonia

Day 1: SKOPJE

Arrival at Skopje airport. Upon meeting transfer to hotel in Skopje.

16:30 Welcome drink
17:00 Easy walking sightseeing of Macedonian capital – Skopje. Visiting Skopje fortress – Kale, and continue down to the old part of Skopje – the old bazaar, church of St.Spas, Daut Pasha Baths, and over the 6th century landmark of Skopje – the Stone Bridge to the new part – the Macedonia Square, the monument and memorial house of Mother Teresa, Feudal Tower, to Skopje Museum – the Old Railway Station. Along the sightseeing discussion with the travel agency representative about the tour and local customs.
20:30 Dinner and overnight in hotel.  


Day 2: SKOPJE- MATKA VALLEY- MAVROVO

08:00 Breakfast.
09:00 Transfer to Matka valley, a unique gorge with breathtaking natural beauties.
09;30 visit of the Church of the Holly Mother (14th century) and the nuns workshop where they manufacture “coat” for the mitropolits.
10:30 short 30 min walk to the little bay of Matka lake where we take a boat ride to one of the magnificent caves of Matka- the deepest underwater cave in Europe- Vrelo Cave.
11:45 Arrival at the cave. We’ll have  30min for exploration inside the cave, than we take a boat again to take us to the other side of the lake.
12:30 start the most picturesque  walk back to the bay and the monastery of St Andrew on a path curved in the gorge cliff.   
14:00 Lunch (Macedonian traditional cuisine)  in a restaurant located in the rocks on the shore of Lake Matka.
16:00 Departure to Mavrovo.
18:00 Arrival in Mavrovo and panoramic bus ride around the Mavrovo Lake.
19:00 Arriving in hotel. Dinner and overnight.


Day 3: MAVROVO

08:00 Breakfast.
09:00 Meeting in front of the hotel and departure to Safari Park. Walk or  cycling around the safari park Bunec – a breeding center for dears. The walk takes around 3 hours and gives you magnificent views over the Mavrovo lake and pine woods. You will notice small groups of dears watching you quietly from the woods.
12:30 Follows drive and easy walk to Duf waterfalls.
14:30 lunch in nature under the waterfalls  (pita I k.mleko )
16:00 Departure to Struga. Along the way, before we enter Struga you’ll have the chance to walk on the old Roman road Via Egnatia.
17:30 Arriving in Struga. Accomodation in a hotel (h. Biser). Visit the nearby cave church in Kalishta and
18:30 free time for scroll and shopping  through the old cobblestone streets along the flow of River Drim out of the Ohrid Lake.
20:30 Dinner and overnight stay in Struga.


Day 4: STRUGA- OHRID

08:00 Breakfast.
09:00 Departure to Ohrid.
10:00 Arriving Ohrid start boat ride to St Naum and springs of river Drim.
12:00 Arriving St Naum, sightseeing of the monastery complex  and boat ride in the beautiful lagoon of the springs.
13:30 Lunch.
14:30  Bus transfer to Bay of bones.
15:00 Sightseeing.
15:30 Transfer to Ohrid
16:00 Sightseeing of Ohrid “Old city” -  walking tour which starts with visit of the Church of Mother of God - Peribleptos and the Icon gallery with 30 icons estimated as masterworks created in a period from 11th to 19th century.The tour continues to the Tzar Samuil fortress, located the top of the hill, with a spectacular view over the lake and the old city. Nearby, on Plaosnik locality, is the foundation of the Early Christian basilica and the recently rebuilt Church of St.Klement -the city patron.

Bellow this, in the locality called Kaneo, purched a top a rock rising from the lake is the Church of St.John of Devine - a small church with three sided apse and octagonal dome, a typical piece of traditional architecture. After the visit of the cathedral church of St.Sofia free time for shopping.
20:30 Dinner in a traditional restaurant
Overnight in Ohrid.


Day 5: OHRID- PRESPA- BITOLA

07:00 Breakfast.
08:00 Departure to Prespa Lake. We’ll drive over Mt Galicica to Prespa Lake – Konjsko.
10:30 Arrival in Konsko. Boat ride around the Hidden Island on Prespa Lake, which was the first (settlement) of Tzar Samuil; today remains of that buildings are hidden in the dense forest, and the only inhabitants of the island are thousands of snakes, cormorants and pelicans. Excellent point for birdwatching.
13:00 Transfer to a fish restaurant on the lake shore for lunch.
13:30 Lunch
15:00 Departure to archaeological site Heraclea Lyncestis with the most significant mosaics from the antic period in Europe
16:00 Sightseeing
17:00 Bitola – visit of the Neolith Museum
18:00 Sightseeing of the old town of Bitola – the city of consuls, with beautiful buildings in old traditional architecture, newly restavrated.
20:00 Dinner and overnight in Bitola


Day 6: BITOLA- PRILEP- POPOVA KULA

07:00 Breakfast.
08:00 Departure to Prilep.
09:00 Arrival in Prilep where we start easy hike (from Varos) and sightseeing of King Marko Towers.
12:00 Departure from Prilep to the vineyards of Popova Kula .
13:30 Vine tasting and lunch in one of the vineries.
16:00 Sightseeing around.
Overnight in Popova Kula.


Day 7: POPOVA KULA- GINOVCI- KOKINO- SKOPJE

07:00 Breakfast.
08:00 Departure to village of Ginovci where you will be fishing your own lunch.
16:00 After lunch departure to Kokino Megalithic Observatory.
18:00 Departure to Skopje. Dinner and party
Overnight in Skopje.


Day 8: SKOPJE- flight home
07:00 Breakfast. Visit to the Old Turkish Bazaar and transfer to the airport.


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