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Discover Macedonia: Biking and Hiking (Guided)

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  • 8 nights | 21 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Guided from: €1994
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Experience endless combinations of unspoiled natural beauties and scenery. Macedonia is a small and mountainous country with some of the most attractive and highest massifs in the Balkans. It has more than 50 lakes, 16 mountains higher than 2000m, and thousands of kilometres of back country roads. It is a land of hospitality, mixed cultures, splendid wines and delicious cuisine. With nearly 300 sunny days each year and ideal temperatures, Macedonia is the perfect place to be.

This trip takes you to the best locations and on the most exciting routes for active tourism. From the capital of Macedonia, Skopje, to remote places in Mavrovo, to Galichica and Pelister National Parks, Prilep, it's a perfect holiday accompanied by tasty food and great wines. Enjoy!

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival to Skopje
Arrival at Skopje airport, where you will be greeted by a company representative. Upon arrival, you will have individual transfers (included) from the airport to the hotel (approximately 30 minutes). The Hotel is situated in the Center of Skopje, just a few minutes from the City Square.

Your tour leader will meet you in Skopje for the initial briefing. Depending on your arrival and if time allows, you will have an evening sightseeing in Skopje followed by dinner in the old part of the city.
Meals included: dinner
Overnight in Skopje.

Day 2: Skopje – Vodno Mountain & Matka Canyon – Mavrovo National Park (17 miles/27km cycling; 2 miles/3km walking)
After a restful night, enjoy breakfast. Morning transfer to Vodno Mountain, and we go to the top of Vodno with the cable car. We cycle down the mountain and towards Pantelejmon, a monastery from the 12th century. After a short tour in the monastery, we continue to Matka Canyon through several agricultural villages.

Matka has 10 caves, several medieval monasteries and churches, over 250 butterfly species, and is the perfect place for alpine hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, fishing, etc. The road is paved, almost flat with some short uphills.

After a light lunch, we walk through the canyon for a boat trip to Vrelo Cave, one of the deepest underwater caves in the world. Optional activities like kayaking, or rock climbing (has to be pre-arranged a few days earlier) are also available.

Then we'll transfer to Mavrovo National Park (approximately 90 minutes). Mavrovo encompasses the most beautiful parts of western Macedonia, and with more than 730 square kilometers is the biggest National Park in Macedonia. Traditional meals for dinner in a local restaurant will complete this day.
Meals included: breakfast, light lunch, dinner
Overnight in Mavrovo.

Day 3: Mavrovo Lake, Vrben and Janche village (22 miles/35km or 30 miles/48km cycling; 1 miles/2km hiking)
After breakfast, we’ll have a short transfer to the starting point. You’ll cycle around the emerald green Mavrovo Lake, visiting villages Nikiforovo and Leunovo, with short stops at the surrounding mountain villages with lots of places along the shoreline for photos. The road around the lake is asphalt, almost flat with some short uphills and downhills.

Optionally, we disconnect from the main road and head to the village of Vrben, an old and rare mountain village, where it seems time has stopped. The road to Vrben is hilly, so feel free to hop in the vehicle if the ride is too tough. We will explore the beautiful nature and make a short stop for a photo session at the River Valley.

We continue back by bike or by van and have light lunch at a local restaurant. Once we’re rested and ready, we continue to our next adventure, an easy hike to Duf waterfalls. The trails is narrow, and almost flat with a few short steep sections. After the hike, we go to Janche village.
Meals included: breakfast, light lunch, dinner
Overnight in Janche.

Day 4: Janche – Vevcani village, Ohrid Lake – Ohrid (17 miles/27km or 27 miles/44km cycling, 2 miles/3km walking)
Following breakfast, we will have 1-hour transfer to Vevchani village to visit the famous springs on foot. Then we continue on our bikes to Ohrid Lake to visit some of the medieval cave churches in the area. Light lunch and we continue cycling through fishing villages and along the lake to our hotel in Ohrid. Night walk and dinner in a local restaurant.
Meals included: breakfast, light lunch, dinner
Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 5: Ohrid
After your breakfast, you’ll spend some time sightseeing in Ohrid, “Jerusalem of the Balkans,” the city that once had 365 churches, one for every day. As one of the oldest continuously populated cities in the world (over 2500 years), Ohrid offers many places and things to see. The ancient theater, the Citadel, churches St. Sofia, Pantelejmon, Kaneo, and a small boat ride on the lake. Enjoy a light lunch in a fish restaurant.

This afternoon you're free to choose optional activities on your own: exploring Ohrid area by bike, kayaking, diving, tandem paragliding (possible in the morning, and dependable on the weather conditions). Please note that some of the activities have to be prearranged a few days before.

Enjoy the evening and dinner (optional) on your own.
Meals included: breakfast, light lunch
Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 6: Ohrid – Albania and St. Naum – Ohrid (24 miles/38km or 42 miles/68km cycling)
After an early breakfast, you’ll have a transfer from the hotel to the border crossing with Albania. We cross the border on our bikes and cycle on a paved road along Ohrid Lake on the Albanian side, passing through several Albanian villages.

Take a break in Pogradec city for coffee and lunch in a restaurant on the beach. We re-enter Macedonia at St. Naum monastery, one of the most popular destinations in Macedonia. The road is almost flat with a few small uphills and starts with a descent to the lake.

We will visit the Monastery, built in the 9th century, rest and swim on the beach. You could take an optional rowboat tour at the springs. Transfer to Ohrid and dinner in a restaurant.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 7: Galichica NP, Prespa Lake, Dihovo, Bitola (22 miles/36km or 42 miles/68km cycling)
Enjoy an early breakfast. We will visit the Bay of Bones, a prehistoric pile-dwelling settlement and then have transfer to the starting point of today’s adventure (60 minutes). Short stop for some photos at the viewpoint over Ohrid Lake. We cycle downhill towards Prespa Lake and continue along the Lake on an almost flat paved road.

Following a coffee break and light lunch at the beach restaurant, we continue through the endless apple fields and Ezerani Nature Reserve. We end our ride in one of the neighboring villages, and have transfer to Dihovo village.

Or for more of a challenge, you may cycle directly to Dihovo (68m/600m) with lunch box along the way. Honey-tasting tour and a chance to experience the process of making honey. Tasty traditional dishes for dinner and evening transfer to Bitola, the City of Consuls. Beer and sightseeing/night life in Bitola.
Meals included: breakfast, light lunch, dinner
Overnight in Bitola.

Day 8: Treskavec monastery, Tikvesh Wine Region (3 miles/5km or 5 miles/9km hiking)
Early breakfast. Transfer to Marko’s Tower in Prilep (60 minutes). The first part of our hiking tour takes us to the 14th century Medieval Castle for some scenic panoramas over Prilep area. The road leading to the Castle is gravel and hilly.

We then continue on the hilly terrain, following a narrow trail to Treskavec monastery. Expect amazing rock formations, some steep sections, and plan up to 5 hours in total for this hike. After the arrival, we meet Father Kalist and join him while he shares the history of the Monastery with us.

The well-deserved lunch box will also be available there. Please note that vehicle support is not available during today’s hike. House visit to experience the traditional method of tobacco leaves threading done by hand (available in September). Transfer to Popova Kula winery in Tikvesh Wine Region (75 minutes). Wine tasting and dinner.
Meals included: breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Overnight in Demir Kopija.

Day 9: Skopje
Following breakfast, group transfer to Skopje airport. If your departure flight is later in the afternoon, you'll have the option to spend some time in Skopje.
Meals included: breakfast

Route map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

May 8, Jun 17, Sep 2, 2019, and daily, upon request: May 1-Oct 31, 2019 (minimum 2 participants)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1994
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€173
Extra Nights, Skopje
Per person, double occupancy
€35
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€55
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Ride Macedonia/Visit Macedonia Terms and Conditions

Cancellation policy (general):
- Cancellations free of charge are accepted up to 90 days before starting of services;
- For cancellations between 60 and 90 days before arrival a cancellation fee in the amount of 30% from the package price per person will be charged;
- For cancellations less than 60 days before arrival a cancellation fee in the amount of 50% from the package price per person will be charged;
- For cancellations made less than 30 days before arrival or no show, a cancellation fee for the total amount of services will be charged.
- Bike rental is not refundable.

Delayed arrival:
No refunds for missed flights or late arrivals and subsequently late start/no start of the tour are covered by the local tour operator. All additional expenses have to be arranged on the spot.

Accommodation:
All hotel descriptions are based on hotel classifications valid for the country where accommodation is provided. Please note that standard policy is that hotel rooms are available for check-in after 14:00. Early check-in should be specified in advance. The tour operator cannot guarantee that early check-in will be free of charge, since the standard policy requires a pre night to be booked and paid for.

Local holidays:
During national holidays some facilities (museums, restaurants, sightseeing tours and shopping) may be limited or inaccessible. Alternatives will be offered if it is possible.

Refunds for unused services:
The tour operator does not cover refunds for unused services once travel arrangements have commenced, especially in the cases where tourists are unable to travel due to different reasons (invalid travel documents for instance). No refunds will be made for unused portion of services which are included in tour price and program, as well as for any unused transfer services.
Any complaint during the tour should be made immediately to local representatives (hotel management, tour leader and others).

Overbooking:
The tour operator reserves the right to change or modify a reservation in case of unpredicted circumstances and conditions which are not depending on the firm. Booked accommodation can be substituted only by an accommodation unit of the same or higher category and at the price confirmed during reservation.

All photos used by permission. ©Ride Macedonia/Visit Macedonia

Ratings

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4.3
  • Included meals 5
  • Bikes & equipment 4.7
  • Hotels or boat 3.7
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 5
  • Tour documents 4.7
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 4.3
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

BianchiMan June 27, 2017

Wonderful trip in lovely country

Plenty of biking, hiking and outdoor activity. Lots to see and great food!

Shoetie June 26, 2017

Life-Changing Trip!

Every day we said, "The trip is perfect, it can't get any better than this!" but to our surprise, every day surpassed the one before. The biking was amazing - equipment was new and fine tuned, routes were well planned and safe, and the tour guides exceeded our expectations. The food was all home cooked, fresh and authentic. The itinerary took us from the city to the villages, to the crystal clear lake, a winery and beyond. What was the highlight? It would be impossible to pick just one. Well done Bike Tours!

JimJ December 3, 2015

Macedonia tour deepens my love affair with the Balkans

(Staff review) In the past two years I've fallen in love with the Balkans. It's Europe the way we imagine it once was: farmers tending fields by hand, horse carriages rolling across cobblestones in tiny villages, traditions that haven't changed in centuries. During this tour in Macedonia last summer, my love affair with Macedonia deepened. Our tour wound across mountains and across lakes and traversed deep forests. We met local people in their wonderful towns and villages and delighted in local cuisine. Our knowledgeable guide was passionate about his country and gave us an insider's view. Some of the riding was challenging, but for the most part it was leisurely (our group was mostly 60+). We had plenty of time to stop, take pictures, snack and take everything in. I'll be back!