Macedonia Bike Tour

Cycle the Balkans

OVERVIEW

It is easy to see why Macedonia was selected by the New York Times as one of the top travel destinations of 2015. Home to some of Europe’s oldest cities, offering stunning natural beauty, great wine and a fabulous local food scene Macedonia is a travelers dream. For anyone seeking an off the beaten track adventure travel experience, now is the time to visit. Tourism is still developing so you won’t find over the top luxury. What you will find is a unique and ancient culture, friendly locals, stunning views and amazing cuisine.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit the Lakeside monastery of St Naum
  • Discover the UNESCO heritage town of Ohrid
  • Enjoy Macedonian wine, cheese and cuisine

2017 Dates

July 9-16
September 3-10

Price $2195.00 p p

SOUNDS LIKE FUN (Easy)I OWN BIKE SHORTS (Moderate)
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ITINERARY

map of MacedoniaPick Up/ Drop Off

Skopje

Day 1 Discover Skopje

Guides will meet you at the Skopje airport. For those who arrive early we will arrange a city tour featuring; the old bazar, the Skopje fortress, Mother Theresa memorial house (she was born in Skopje). We will all gather for a welcome dinner will be served in traditional restaurant, where typical dishes of the Skopje area will be served.

Day 2 Cycling the Matka Canyon and visiting a 12th Century Monestary

We start cycling from the hotel to Mt. Vodno, then take the chairlift to the highest point of the mountain (1076m asl). From there we cycle to the famous Matka canyon in the vicinity of Skopje, with a stop at the Monastery of St. Pantelejmon in the village of Gorno Nerezi, dating from the 12th century, with magnificent Byzantine architecture and fresco-painting. Lunch takes place in the canyon of Matka, one of Macedonia’s most popular outdoor destination, home to endemic floral and animal species, as well as distinct geological formations, caves. You will enjoy a scenic boat ride to the world’s deepest underwater cave. In the afternoon guests are transferred to the Mavrovo National Park. we will arrange visit of the village of Galicnik. Galičnik (Macedonian: Галичник) is a mountain village in the Republic of Macedonia and along with Lazaropole is one of the two biggest and oldest Mijak villages in the region. Galičnik has well preserved traditional architecture, including an amphitheater in the village square, and is famous for its surrounding countryside and nature reserve. People from Galičnik and northwestern Macedonia appreciate the local yellow cheese kaškaval(Kashkaval) that is produced in the region as well as the local salt brine white cheese “belo sirenje” which is homemade speciality for this region. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3 Cycling in the Mavrovo National Park

Your morning ride carries you through a number of traditional Macedonian villages. We pause in the Village of Janche for lunch and exploration. After lunch transfer to the village of Vevchani. Along the way we visit the monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski, one of most remarkable landmarks of the area, built in 1020, famous for it’s wooden carved iconostasis.

  • Trip features – distance: 53 km
  • Accommodation:Villa Denarius
  • Meals: B, L, D

Day 4 Cycling into Albania and Ohrid Lake

Grab your passports as you are cycling across the border and into Albania. Your ride takes you through picturesque mountainside villages and lakeside towns before re-crossing the border and finishing at the monastery complex of St. Naum, for lunch and exploration. Established 965 by St.Naum himself the lakeside monestary offers some of the most stunning views of Macedonia. From St.Naum we will pack our bikes and transfer to Ohrid. Dubbed the “Jerusalem of the Balkans” Ohrid is one of Europes oldest settlements and features 365 churches.

  • Cycling:: 55 km
  • Accommodation: 2 nights at Villa Denarius
  • Meals: B, L, D

Day 5 Discover Ohrid and Wine Tasting

We take the day to explore the town of Ohrid known as the “Pearl of the Balkans”. The day begins with a walking tour of the city where you can enjoy architecture from the neolithic, hellenistic, roman, and medieval ages. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before we gather in the evening for a tasting of Macedonian wines.

  • Meals: B, L, D

Day 6 Cycling in the Galicica National Park – Ohrid to Prespa

You begin the day with a climb up the Baba mountain pass into the Galicica National Park. At the summit, we pause to enjoy great views of of the Ohrid and Prespa lakes. Lunch will be served in the village of Stenje, by the coast of the Prespa lake. An afternoon transfer takes you to the village of Brajchino, in the outskirts of the Pelister National Park. If time allows, en-route stops will be made in the beautiful authentic villages of Kurbinovo or Dolno Dupeni, where we can even sunbathe at the beach. Dinner (fish) and overnight takes place in Brajchino.

  • Cycling: 52 km
  • Lodging: Family homes in Brajchino
  • Meals: B, L, D

Day 7 Cycling in the Pelister National Park – Prespa to Pelister

Today we will discover the beauty of the Pelister National Park by bike. After lunch and exploration in the town of Dihovo we will transfer to Skopje. Along the way we will visit the archeaologial site of Heraclea Lyncestis, an important town from ancient times, built by Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.

  • Cycling: 50km
  • Accommodation:Ibis Skopje
  • Meals: B L, D

Day 8 Departure

  • Breakfast and transfer to the Skopje airport
  • Meals: B
Browse Trips

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Transfer to and from Skopje airport
  • English speaking guide
  • 7 nights lodging
  • All meals
  • Wine tasting
  • Scenic boat ride
  • All park and attraction entrance fees
  • All taxes
  • A Summer Feet water bottle and t-shrt
  • Hybrid bike rental

DATES/PRICING

Upcoming Trip Dates

July 10-17, 2016
September 4-11, 2016

Pricing

Macedonia Bike Tour $1400.00 per person

Bike Rentals: hybrid  bike included
Lodging Extras: Single Supplement: $300

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