North Macedonia, known as ‘The Land of Lakes’, is truly one of the best kept secrets in the Balkans. This tailor-made tour will take you to beautiful stone monasteries and churches, resplendent with colourful frescoes and icons.
Travel by private car with a driver-guide and explore old Roman ruins, wander along the shores of tranquil mountain lakes and discover remote national parks, where little appears to have changed in the rural mountain villages for hundreds of years. With a history spanning the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Yugoslav empires, a fascinating mix of architectural heritage and distinctive cultures awaits.
Our “Cultural Landscapes” itineraries are tailor-made holidays offering greater in-depth explorations with highly qualified experienced private driver/guide throughout.
Fly to North Macedonia’s compact capital and transfer to the hotel for two nights.
Drive through the canyon of the Vardar River to reach the ancient city of Stobi. This archaeological site offers sweeping views of the central North Macedonian plain and contains a 2nd century amphitheatre and early Christian ruins with extensive, ornate mosaic floors. Continue on to the Popova Kula Winery for lunch and to sample the wine which North Macedonian is famous for producing. Continue to Bitola, North Macedonia’s second largest town, and check into the hotel for two nights. (B,L)
Enjoy an excursion to Galicica National Park, a mountainous region of outstanding natural beauty which covers an area of 227 km² between the lakes of Ohrid and Prespa. Visit the monastery of St. Naum, one of the most beautiful monasteries in North Macedonia and an important place of pilgrimage, situated close to the springs of the Black Drim River and famous for its miraculous healing powers. (B)
Visit Struga, famous for its wall of water where the Black Drim River flows out of Lake Ohrid on its way to the Adriatic. The town has many ancient churches as well as wooden framed houses characteristic of 18th and 19th century North Macedonian architecture. Continue to the canyon of the Radika River and visit the monastery of St. John Bigorski before driving through Mavrovo National Park, where the highest peaks in North Macedonia can be found. Arrive back in Skopje and check in for a two night stay. (B,L)