Macedonia

Magical Macedonia 

Day 1 Arrival in Sofia, transfer & orientation 16.00 - 18.00
The modern capital of Sofia has a long history literally hidden beneath it. Visit the now revealed Roman ruins in the heart of the city and contrast this with the imposing Soviet buildings atop. Not just a historic city, Sofia embraces the modern and chic. You can stock up for the tour in Prada, Louis Vuitton and Hugo Boss. Sink a few Guinness in JJ Murphy's lively Irish boozer, before whiling away the wee small hours in the bohemian Candle Bar, short on electricity, long on atmosphere. Whatever you choose to do, we are on hand to see you safely there and back. 
  • Vitosha Boulevard

    Vibrant evening culture that will keep you going into the wee small hours

  • Roman Sofia

    Roman Sofia

    The Metro interweaves the ancient into the modern

  • Full of Tradition

    Palace Guards on parade

  • Alexander Nevski Cathedral

    Showpiece Architecture

    Alexander Nevski Cathedral

  • Parklife

    Relaxing comes easily for Bulgarians

Day 2 Sofia - Skopje 9.00 - 14.00
The Macedonian border is 90 minutes drive from our starting point and via some absorbing scenery rarely travelled. Once across, join us for a stop at the Monastery of St Joacim Osogovski, in Kriva Palanka. As a first view of Macedonia, it really doesn't come any better than this. Peaceful forest, ornate church, soviet transportation. It's a great scene setter. This is the moment where time and the modern world fades into the background to be replaced with trouble free serenity, punctuated with a two-stroke zip-buzz of course. Onto Skopje and the delights of ancient and modern Skopje with a zip-buzz of its own!
  • St Joacim Osogovski Monastery

    Surrounded by forest, it's elevated position is both tranquil and spectacular

  • Archaeological Museum

    Skopje offers a wonderful riverfront walk with classical architecture in abundance

  • Skopje Old Bazaar

    Stroll among the artisanal shops in the old bazaar and pick up some souvenirs

  • Kale Fortress

    Climb to the highest point of the city and explore this most revered Macedonian icon

Day 3 Skopje - Ohrid 10.00 - 13.00
Our relatively short drive today allows for maximum time in the UNESCO Heritage Site of Ohrid, The most popular tourist destination in Macedonia. Once known as the Jerusalem of the Balkans, its 365 churches allow a different spiritual venue for every day of each year. If religious icons sound too commonplace by now, worry not. Ohrid boasts a rich history, picturesque architecture and a rare natural beauty to occupy any visitor for days on end. We are here to point the way to the best Ohrid has to offer. Ohrid is also twinned with both Veliko Tarnovo and Plovdiv, which can be found on our Beautiful Bulgaria tour. 
  • Lake Ohrid

    Lake Ohrid

    Find yourself the perfect spot for looking out on the expanse of azur

  • Ohrid at night

    UNESCO Ohrid

    The town shines in every sense

  • King Samoil Fortress

    Wander the old town to this impressive fortification, or just stop in a bar and enjoy from afar!

Day 4 Ohrid - Bitola 11.00 - 13.00
We travel East over some wonderful driving roads, on a somewhat shorter journey today. Our destination is Macedonia's second largest city, Bitola. After a couple of very busy days, Bitola offers us the chance to unwind and take things easy, but the town retains a variety of eating and drinking options for the weary traveller and for those with energy to spare, late night entertainment is available and willing. Our lunchtime stop is at  Heracles Lyncestis. The extensive and beautiful mosaics interwoven among the ruins of this ancient forerunner to modern Bitola are unsurpassed. 
  • Macedonia Driving Road

    Fabulous Driving Roads

    Breathtaking views in a serene environment

  • Ancient Macedonia

    Heracles Lyncestis

    Discover the history of ancient Macedonia

  • Macedonian Mosaics

    Magical Mosaics

    See some of the most impressive surviving mosaics from the ancient world

Day 5 Bitola - Shtip 10.00 - 15.00
We leave Bitola behind us today and head for the centre of wine production in Macedonia. Vranec, the most famous of the native grape varieties, produces wines of an increasingly high reputation, and we will be visiting a local producer to experience why Vranec has become so admired. We will also have the chance to visit the most famous archeological site in Macedonia, Stobi. This important historical site, sprawls across the plain and one can sense the scale of the site and imagine this busy trading centre as it was by walking through the old streets, now preserved. Our day finishes with our arrival in the town of Shtip, and the chance to find a traditional restaurant and enjoy a glass of Vranec over dinner.
  • Macedonia Winery

    Winery Tour

    Vranec may be a new variety to some, but it's making big waves in the world of wine

  • Historical Stobi

    Wind your way through the streets and imagine it in full swing back in the day

  • Tikves

    Tikves

    Visit the home of Vranec and quality Macedonian wine

Day 6 Shtip - Rila 11.00 - 15.00
A later than usual start is suggested to ensure we wipe away any cobwebs from last night before setting off for Rila. Rila is a hugely important National Park and spiritual location, in addition to being a great place to relax after a busy previous night. The Rila Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the area provides us with our final night of accommodation. Our last opportunity to cut loose and reflect upon our week together. Our overnight stay is in the vibrant and recently upgraded town centre of Blagoevgrad. Its bars, restaurants and buzzy evening culture offers plenty of options for a final hurrah! 
  • Rila

    Rila

    A final delightful drive to our final stop of the tour

  • Rila Monasery

    Rila Monastry

    Colourful and grand, you can't fail to be wowed by this fabulous place of worship

  • Rita National Park

    Rila National Park

    Enjoy a final walk among the most famous of all Balkan National Parks

Day 7 Rila - Sofia 9.00 - 11.00
After a hearty last breakfast, a short drive back to Sofia for final farewells to new friends, vehicle handover and transfers to the airport.
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