Easy hiking trip in North Macedonia
A hiking vacation is a perfect way to ensure you deeply experience a new corner of the world. Sometimes the greatest beauty can only be appreciated at a slow pace—on two feet, immersed in the stories and the places around you. Old villages, mountains, valleys, stunning views, world heritage sites, and gracious local hosts await you on this walking tour. No experience is required, but you are healthy enough to walk 4-5 hours combined walking with wine tasting and traditional food there's nothing better than sitting down to an indulgent meal after a day on the trail, so relax and enjoy in these gently invigorating tour.
First day - Arrive at any time.Transfer to the hotel,accommodation, and depending on your arrival time we will be able to visit the city of Skopje.In the evening, gather at the hotel for dinner and trip briefing. Overnight at a hotel in Skopje.
Second day Matka canyon - After breakfast, we'll have a short transfer to Mount Vodno where we will board a cable car to reach the peak at 1060 m. above sea level. We start the hike to Canyon Matka and we pass the 14th-century monastery high on the cliff offering amazing views of the canyon. After we end the hike in Matka Canyon we continue with 2h. drive to Bitola city. Distance: 12km. Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Ascend:0meters,Descend: 740 meters.
Day Three Pelister National Park - We have a 20min.transfer to the start point of the info center NP. Pelister the trail with take us to the dense Molika pine forest. The unique 5-needled pine (Pinus peuce) is typical for this National Park. We will enjoy the peace and scent of the pines discovering beautiful scenery from the viewpoints called Jorgo Stone and Red Rocks at 1800m. After we end the tour we go to the local village for a traditional homemade lunch and visit the local bee farm and taste homemade honey. Back to the city. The duration of this hiking day is 3 to 4 hours. 10km. with a 400m. altitude difference.
Day Four Maloviste village- We head west for 30 minutes. drive from Bitola to the start point today we will hike in the area of the village Malovista, a mountain village at the foot of Pelister Mountain is the only settlement within the National Park Pelister. We start at 1140m. We pass the village and continue to the monastery Sv. Ana 1420m. From there we continue through the oak forest to the past at 1600m. We continue to the small church Holly Salvation at 1950m. With the view of the Pelister mountain, the area of the village and Prespa Lake 10 more min. to the peak above 2010m. with view much more beautiful view From the peak, we descend to the village of Malovista and continue for 40min. drive to the Ohrid city where we will spend the next 3 days. The duration of this hiking day is 4 hours. 12 km. with an 800m. altitude difference.
Day Five Ohrid- We can enjoy a fine rest day in the city of Ohrid and its surroundings. After breakfast, we will have a guided stroll as we dedicate this day to exploring Ohrid’s old town. The typical Macedonian bars lining the narrow cobbled streets and the illuminated Byzantine churches add to its charm. Your guide will explain the mixture of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, medieval, and modern influences on this unique town. an option is a wine-tasting session over dinner to familiarize you with four different Macedonian wines from different local wineries.
Day Six Galicica National Park- Today's hike starts from the village of Velestovo at 1070m 15min. drive from Ohrid. First, we go to the peak called Elen Peak at 1200m. nice viewpoint of Ohrid City and Ohrid Lake from there we start descending to village Elshani at 890m. Or village Pestani by the coast and we will be walking for 10km. on the way, we will pass through the old village Konjsko with stone houses and views of the Ohrid Lake The walk will take around 3 hours. Afterward, we will visit the Bay of Bones and Sv. Naum monastery and have lunch at the local village Trpejca after lunch with a small boat, we head back to Ohrid. The duration of this hiking day is 3 hours. 10 km. with ascending 130m. and descending 310 meters.
Day Seven Mavrovo National Park-Today we check out from the hotel and after breakfast, with under 2 hours, we drive towards the national park Mavrovo at the village of Lazaropole at 1290m for another hike to the local peak called Sokolica 1460m. With a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. After the peak, we will visit the waterfall at village Rostuse and before having lunch in the traditional restaurant we will visit St. Jovan Bigorski monastery. After the meal will head towards Skopje city. Accommodation in the hotel. Today tour distance is 5 km. Ascend 200 meters, Descend 200 meters, Hiking Time 2 hours.
Day Eight - Transfer to the airport.
Group size: Suited for 1 to 12 People.
Best time is: From May to November.
Duration: 8 days total / 5 days hiking.
Difficult of the tour: This trip has an activity rating of Easy strenuous.
Gear: Participants must additionally be prepared with essential hiking equipment. We will distribute a mandatory gear list closer to the start date of the hiking trip.
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