Roll up your sleeves and get hands-on with conservation projects working to preserve North Macedonia’s most spectacular unspoiled wilderness. This tour gives you the opportunity to explore national parks like you’ve never done before, roaming with park rangers to spot, record and preserve some of Europe’s last truly wild populations of bear, lynx, deer, wolf and boar. After, spend a few days exploring the pretty lake-side town of Ohrid.
Wake up early and enjoy a bear watching hike to densely populated bear areas. Transfer to Pelister National Park and check-in in to your accommodation. Enjoy a traditional North Macedonian slow-food lunch. In the evening, embark on a bear watching hike with the opportunity to spend the night in hide. (B,L,D)
Spend the day exploring the charming town of Ohrid at leisure. Discover incredible ancient churches, many adorned with vibrant frescoes, and look out for the numerous artisan workshops where a wide range of handmade arts and crafts can be found. Consider booking an optional excursion to the village of Kalishta or in the summer months take a boat trip to St Naum Monastery at the other end of the lake near the border with Albania. In the evening perhaps relax with a glass of delicious North Macedonian wine and freshly caught Ohrid trout, watching the sun set over the lake. (B)
Overall the holiday was very enjoyable and we saw a lot of Macedonia which I really appreciated. Our guide was brilliant and made the tour so interesting, and he couldn’t have done enough for us. We all had fun and a laugh. I will have fond memories of this holiday for years to come.
If I were to rate our guide in terms of hotel stars I would rate him 5 star. He was always courteous and polite, and very knowledgeable about all the places we visited. His enthusiasm was infectious and he always had a smile. I have never been on a holiday where I have laughed so much which was all down to my travelling companions including our guide. Last but by no means least Ellie Marr’s cheerfulness and help also made this a very enjoyable holiday.