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Walking in North Macedonia: Mountains, Lakes & Wine

Group Tour

8 Days From $1,715

Overview


Straddling the ancient traditions of the Balkans and the Mediterranean, North Macedonia is home to a rich cultural pedigree that encompasses Hellenistic, Roman and Ottoman history. Landlocked and framed along its borders by towering mountain ranges, the country is perfect for exploring on foot, with an abundance of flora and fauna that provides a captivating backdrop to this spectacular walking adventure.

Beginning with a visit to the famed painted mosque of Tetovo we then take ...
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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

6 x Breakfasts
6 x Lunches
6 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

On this tour we will use minibuses and boats when not on foot.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 12

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

7 nights x Superior

ACCOMMODATION

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. On this particular trip we will be in a combination of comfortable hotels, a guesthouse and a winery hotel. In Vevchani on DAY 2 it may be necessary for the group to be split between different guesthouses. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability. 

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Moderate / High

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

Walking in North Macedonia: Mountains, Lakes & Wine
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DAY 1: SKOPJE AIRPORT - MAVROVO NATIONAL PARK

DAY 1: SKOPJE AIRPORT - MAVROVO NATIONAL PARK

Starting at Skopje airport's this afternoon we'll transfer to Mavrovo National Park. On the way we'll stop at Tetovo, a city built on the foothills of the Sar Mountain. Here we will visit the beautiful mosque of Sarena Dzamija, otherwise known as the Painted Mosque. An exquisite example of Ottoman baroque architecture, the painting to look out for is the standout depiction of Mecca; a rare painting and perhaps the only example of this illustration in south east Europe. After a quick coffee and sweet break we will then carry on to Mavrovo National Park, where we will enjoy dinner overlooking Mavrovo Lake.

Hotel Bistra or similar
Dinner

DAY 2: MAVROVO NATIONAL PARK - VEVCHANI

DAY 2: MAVROVO NATIONAL PARK - VEVCHANI

The largest of Macedonia’s three national parks, Mavrovo is blessed with breath-taking panoramas, impressive forests and the highest peaks in the country. Today the first part of our walk takes us to a local farm to enjoy a taste of Balkan cheese as well as even perhaps try a hand at goat-milking, before continuing on to the lovely mountain village of Galicnik. This village (with a permanent population of just 2) provides the starting point for the second part of our walk down to Jance which overlooks the Radika River Valley. From here we’ll pay a visit to Rajcica Monastery, one of Macedonia’s most important shrines and home to the 4th century remains of the hand of St George. We’ll then continue south to Vevchani, a typical village at the foothills of Jablanica mountain. Here we will have a chance to hear the story of the ‘Vevchani Republic’, while tasting some homemade wines paired with home-smoked prosciutto and cheese - a great opportunity to enjoy a true village feast.
Approx. 5hrs walking (750m descent. Total distance 10kms, highest point 1500m)

Kutmicevica Guesthouse or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: VEVCHANI - OHRID

DAY 3: VEVCHANI - OHRID

Moving on to the village of Gorna Bellica this morning we take a memorable hike up to the small church of the Holy Trinity, which provides some stunning views of Mount Jablanica, Ohrid Lake, a military road built by the French during World War I and the Albanian borderlands. Throughout our walk there is a good chance we will see Albanian shepherds herding their flocks across the mountains using ancient paths over which modern political boundaries hold no sway. Later we’ll transfer to nearby Ohrid and its spectacular lake, both of which are inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage listing.
Approx. 5hrs walking (600m ascent, 600m descent. Total distance 8kms, highest point 2040m).

Royal View Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: OHRID

DAY 4: OHRID

Ohrid lake itself is considered the oldest in Europe, whilst the historic heart of the city is home to a staggering array of picturesque houses and ancient monuments that include St Sofia’s Cathedral, Tsar Samuel’s fortress and the Church of St John of Kaneo. After a morning walking tour and lunch at a beachside restaurant, this afternoon and evening are free to explore Ohrid’s hidden valleys, artisan shops and traditional restaurants at your leisure.

Royal View Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: OHRID - GALICICA NATIONAL PARK – BITOLA

DAY 5: OHRID - GALICICA NATIONAL PARK – BITOLA

We hike up to Magaro Peak (2255m) this morning, the highest point on Mount Galicica, to enjoy some spectacular views of the Ohrid and Prespa Lakes and the surrounding mountains. Heading on down through the Galicica pass we then drive on to Prespa Lake and charming Bitola. On the city’s outskirts we’ll visit the ancient city of Heraclea Lyncestis, founded in the 4th century BC by Philip II as a major stop along the Via Egnatia and home to some of the best mosaics in the Balkans. Later we’ll take an evening stroll through the old town to see some of its beautiful neoclassical buildings which date from the period when Bitola was the seat of all the major European countries’ consulates and embassies.
Approx. 5hrs walking (700m ascent, 700m descent. Total distance 8kms, highest point 2255m)

Hotel Teatar or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: BITOLA - TRESKAVEC MONASTERY - DEMIR KAPIJA

DAY 6: BITOLA - TRESKAVEC MONASTERY - DEMIR KAPIJA

A short transfer to the medieval towers of King Marko this morning in Prilep brings us to the start of today’s trek, up to the remote 13th century Treskavec Monastery. Offering up some stunning views across the Pelagonia Fields, the visit provides an opportunity to see the ancient frescoes before we head for afternoon tea (and home-made cake) hosted by our friend Maria in her beautiful local house. Finally heading deeper into the vineyards of Macedonia’s wine growing region we will spend the evening enjoying the hospitality of a charming winery hotel.
Approx. 4hrs walking (500m ascent, no descent. Total distance 15kms, highest point 1256m)

Popova Kula Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: DEMIR KAPIJA - KRATOVO - SKOPJE

DAY 7: DEMIR KAPIJA - KRATOVO - SKOPJE

Our focus today is Kratovo, a fascinating town of medieval towers and bridges connected by an intricate network of tunnels and alleys all set in a volcanic crater. After a short walk up into the meadows above the town to get some wonderful views and meet a traditional beekeeper, we’ll sample some traditional Macedonian spices and have lunch in town. The end of the day sees us back in Skopje, where we will enjoy our final dinner in an old Ottoman trading inn.
Approx. 2hrs walking (200m ascent, 200m descent. Total distance 5kms, highest point 795m)

Hotel Alexander Square or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: TOUR ENDS IN SKOPJE

DAY 8: TOUR ENDS IN SKOPJE

Those on the suggested group flight will have a very early morning transfer to the airport. For anyone staying on, the tour will end this morning after breakfast.

ACCOMMODATION USED ON THIS TOUR

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation displayed here should be taken as a guide only. *Please refer to the Detailed Itinerary of your individual departure for more information.

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

REVIEWS OF THIS TRIP

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Giving Something Back

In conjunction with our local partners in Macedonia, we have helped sponsor reforestation tree-planting projects in the wine region of the country. In addition, in the same area we have been supporting local families by arranging for them to supply our groups with picnic lunches or more substantial meals in their gardens.

 

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.

If travelling to/from the start/finish of the tour from another European country you might also want to consider reducing your carbon footprint by travelling there by train. We are unfortunately not (yet) in a position to help you with the actual booking of the train tickets but lots of good information can be found here - www.seat61.com
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
W6 7702 London Luton (LTN) 08:55 Skopje Airport (SKP) 13:10
W6 7701 Skopje Airport (SKP) 06:05 London Luton (LTN) 08:25

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour UK passport holders currently do not require a visa for Macedonia. 

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements. 

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Bulgaria

Why not combine this trip with our Walking in Bulgaria trip? A 5hr bus journey links Skopje with Sofia making for an easy link between the two tours. Allow 11 days (+ any days between tours).

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

North Macedonia has a relatively dry Mediterranean climate. In the height of summer, temperatures in Skopje can reach 40C whereas in winter the mountains offer plentiful skiing opportunities. Our walking departures have been scheduled to coincide with early summer and early autumn to avoid the extremities of both temperatures and crowds. You should expect many fine sunny days but given changes in global climate these days and given the fact that much of the trip is in the mountains, you should come prepared for all eventualities.

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

This is a trip for those who enjoy good food, good hill-walks and the chance to discover a relatively unknown and unspoilt corner of Europe.  While all the walks can be opted out of (and luggage will be transported throughout by minibus) they form a key part of the trip and you should be fit enough to enjoy several days of moderate walking (3-5hrs/day on average). 

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation, but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement, we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.

On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £200 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 2416 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Airport Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

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