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Cycling Unknown Macedonia

  • 8 nights | 31 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Guided from: €1300
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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 description

Macedonia remains one of Europe's last undiscovered areas. Being centrally located in the Balkans, this country is a crossroad between the East and West, Christianity and Islam a melting pot of civilizations, which has been reflecting in it’s culture and overall way of life even today.

During this adventurous cycling exploration you will experience firsthand our beautiful nature in some of Macedonia hidden off-the-beaten track areas (Kozjak, Mariovo, Prespa, Demir Hisar and Kozuf), also pay a visit to Ohrid, UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage site. During the journey you will taste local cuisine typical for each area visited prepared by friendly locals, and combine the delicacies with premium spirits and wines of the Kozuf side of the Tikvesh wine region.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival in Skopje (airport or hotel pick up), followed by transfer to Skopje hotel (central location). If time allows, short walking sightseeing tour in the center of Skopje will be arranged (Old Bazaar, Skopje Fortress, New Center). Dinner is served in a local restaurant in the center of Skopje.
Overnight in Skopje.
Meals included: dinner

Day 2: Lake of Kozjak / Prilep Route (43 miles/69 km, elevation 1010m)
Breakfast and checkout. After breakfast we are transferred with van to the village of Batinci, from where we start our ride to a viewpoint to the lake of Kozjak (largest manmade lake in Macedonia). We will finish the trip cycling back to the Monastery of King Marko (last medieval king of Macedonia), one of most famous medieval monasteries of Macedonia. Lunch is arranged at beautiful site next to the Monastery. After lunch, we are transferred with van to the city of Prilep.
Overnight in Prilep.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Mariovo / Prespa (25 miles/41 km)
Breakfast and checkout. Van transfer to the outskirts of Prilep (village of Kalen, 30 mins), where Mariovo begins. Today we have the privilege to be among the handful of visitors to experience Mariovo, Macedonia's most celebrated highlands, and important economic and cultural center of Macedonia during the times of the Ottoman Empire. During the cycling we pass by archaic villages and meet friendly locals. Lunch is arranged in the village of Manastir. Late afternoon van transfer from Manastir to our next cycling area, the area of Prespa.
Overnight in Brajchino.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Prespa / Ohrid (29 miles/46 km, elevation 300m)
Checkout after breakfast. We start riding in the beautiful and off-beat area of Prespa, from the village of Brajchino to the village of Stenje. We will do enroute visit of the villages of Ljubojno (beautiful architecture), Podmocani (coffee break during the visit of the smallest ethno-museum in the world), Slivnica (Monastery built in the 17th century) and Kurbinovo (12th century, famous for the Byzantine fresco decoration). In Stenje we will enjoy lunch prepared by Andrej’s family (he’s born in Skopje, but moved to the Stenje to enjoy village life, and excelled in organic farming). Also, guests will have the opportunity to sunbathe on the beach. In the late afternoon we are transferred to Ohrid via the Galicica national park.
Overnight in Ohrid.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Sightseeing and rest day in Ohrid
Sightseeing tour of Ohrid after breakfast, visit of it’s most famous amenities (St. Clement’s temple complex of Plaoshnik, St. Sofia, Tsar Samuil’s Fortress, the Amphitheater). If it’s a warm day, we can bathe on the beach of Potpesh. Free afternoon. Dinner is served in a family home at the nearby village of Kuratica (15 minute drive from Ohrid).
Overnight in Ohrid.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Demir Hisar / Krushevo (32 miles/51 km)
Breakfast and checkout from hotel. Van transfer to Kichevo (1 hour, 38 miles/62 km). From Kichevo we will start cycling in the area of Demir Hisar, enjoying beautiful untouched nature. Demir Hisar bears huge historical significance to the Macedonian revolutionary struggle against the Ottomans in the 19th and early 20th century, many famous battles took place in this area, and the during the St. Elijah's day rebellion (February 8, 1903) few villages were liberated for a short period of time. Lunch is arranged at local restaurant in the village of Demir Hisar. After lunch we are transferred with the van to Krushevo, highest town in the Balkans (1350m above sea level).
Overnight in Krushevo.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7: Pelagonia / Bitola (45 miles/72 km)
Breakfast and checkout. Todays ride takes us around the Pelagonia plain, largest in Macedonia. We will start cycling from our hotel in Krushevo, and finish in the city of Bitola. The riding is laid back, and we will make few stops in en-route villages. Lunch will be arranged in the city of Bitola. After lunch we will ride to Heraclea Lyncestis, ancient Macedonian town found by Phillip II of Macedon (father of Alexander) in the middle of the 4th century BC. Most of the uncovered remains that can be seen in Heraclea Lyncestis today are from the Roman and the early christian period.
Overnight in Bitola.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8: Tikvesh wine region (Kozuf) / Skopje (27 miles/43km)
Early checkout from hotel after breakfast, followed by van transfer to the Tikvesh wine region, largest in the Balkans (1 hour, 59 miles/95 km). We will finish our cycling trip with epic ride in the wine regions of Mr.Kozuf (Kavadarci side). The beautiful views of untouched nature, endless vineyards will bring us to the village of Krnjevo, where our hosts will arrange wine tasting over lunch. Return van transfer to Skopje (2 hours). Farewell dinner is arranged in the bohemian district of Skopje.
Overnight in Skopje.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9: Departure
Check out and individual departure in the morning.

Dates

Jun 10, Aug 30, 2018. Daily, upon request: May 1-Jun 30, Sep 1-Oct 31, 2018 (minimum 4 participants)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1300
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€140
Discounts
Per person, groups of 7 or more (on base package price)
€-200
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  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
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  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Macedonia Experience Terms and Conditions

CANCELLATIONS AND TOUR CHANGES
Once we have a contract, you may not withdraw from it except as permitted by the Terms. We will accept a cancellation by you providing that any cancellation must be made in writing and the payments below are made. Any cancellation by you will be effective from the date of physical receipt by us. The date on which cancellation is received by us or our agents will determine the cancellation charges applicable. The cancellation charges are expressed as a percentage of the total tour price and based on the number of days notice before date of departure. Date of departure is defined as the day of commencement of any tour arrangements we have made for you. These charges are as follows:

  • More than 70 days before departure – loss of deposit
  • 69-45 days before departure 50% (including the deposit)
  • 44-31 days before departure 75% (including the deposit)
  • 30 days or less before departure 100% (including the deposit)

Underbooking is the situation in which the minimum number of persons required to run a tour is not met, in which case, we can cancel the tour/ your booking. We may cancel at any time once it becomes clear that the minimum number of persons will not be met. If we have to cancel your tour before the date of departure, we will if possible give you will the choice of taking an alternative tour (where this would cost more, you would be required to pay the additional costs but where the cost would be lower, we will refund the difference) or accepting a full refund. You will be required to make your election and to pay and additional costs within the time that we specify at the time that we make any offer of an alternative tour. Where you opt for an alternative tour, all of these Terms will apply to it, and the process for booking it will be as set out in these Terms.

The paragraph above also applies where an event of force majeure occurs i.e. where, for any reason beyond our reasonable control (including by way of example, war, civil strife, industrial disputes, and natural disasters), we have to cancel the tour/your booking. However, where, because of the event, it is not possible to offer an alternative tour, the only option will be for a full refund.

If, prior to your departure, we become unable to provide a particular activity that you have booked, we will if practicable, advise you before departure, but we are not obligated to do so or to pay you compensation. We will, if practicable, offer a replacement activity, which you may accept or decline. If you accept, then you will be required to pay any additional costs and if the costs are less than what had been contracted for, then you will only be required to pay the lesser amount. If you decline to accept any offer, then we will refund to you the cost of the activity. You will be required to make your election and to pay any additional costs within the time that we specify at the time that we make any offer.

If, prior to your departure, it becomes clear that we will not be able to provide a significant proportion of the services that you have booked, we will if practicable offer alternative arrangements for you, which you may accept or decline. If you accept, then you will be required to pay any additional costs and if the costs are less than what had been contracted for, then you will only be required to pay the lesser amount. If you decline, then the contract between us will be terminated and all monies paid by you will be refunded. You will be required to make your election and to pay and additional costs within the time that we specify at the time that we make any offer.

If, prior to your departure, we become unable to provide the destination that you have booked, we will advise you as soon as reasonably possible. We will, if practicable, offer (on the basis of these Terms) a replacement destination, with as many of the activities that you have booked as is possible, which you may accept or decline. If you accept, then you will be required to pay any additional costs and if the costs are less than what had been contracted for, then you will only be required to pay the lesser amount. If you decline, then our Contract will be terminated and all monies paid by you will be refunded. You will be required to make your election and to pay any additional costs within the time that we specify at the time that we make any offer.

If, after you depart, we become unable to provide a particular activity that you have booked, we will if practicable, advise you, but we are not obligated to do so or to pay you compensation. We will, if practicable, offer a replacement activity, which you may accept or decline. If you accept, then you will be required to pay any additional costs and if the costs are less than what had been contracted for, then you will only be required to pay the lesser amount. If you decline to accept any offer, then we will refund to you the cost of the activity. You will be required to make your selection and to pay any additional costs within the time that we specify at the time that we make any offer.

In the unlikely event that, for any reason, we become unable to provide a significant proportion of the services you have booked after you depart, we will if practicable offer alternative arrangements for you, which you may accept or decline. If you accept, then you will be required to pay any additional costs and if the costs are less than what had been contracted for, then you will only be required to pay the lesser amount. If you decline, we will provide you with transport back to your point of departure and a pro rata refund (as determined by us) for the cost of the remainder of your holiday.

Many of the best activities are weather dependent. If something is cancelled by an operator, then talk to the operator and see if they can get you on another departure. If not let us know as soon as possible as we may be able to fit a similar activity into your itinerary elsewhere. If that is not possible, then at the end of your tour, we can work out any necessary reimbursements and refund in a one off payment. Please note that no operator has authority to authorise any refund on our behalf.

THE CONTRACT
When you sign the booking form, you represent to us that you are authorised to sign it on behalf of everyone who is booked for the tour and that you and they will all be bound by these terms once a contract comes into force. By signing the booking form, you are liable to us for all payments that are required to be paid to us pursuant to these Terms.

Travel services that we can provide to you will be detailed in our travel quote and only those services will be provided.

The contract that will come into existence between us will be the entire agreement between us. We will not be bound by any representation or statement that is not set out expressly in these Terms and we accept no liability for any representation or statement that is not expressly set out in these Terms.

You may not assign or transfer your rights or obligations under the contract.

If any provision of the contract shall be invalid, void, illegal or unenforceable the validity, existence, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions of it shall not be affected, prejudiced or impaired.

TOUR PRICES
Prices quoted by us may be changed at any time until we have confirmed in writing acceptance of your booking. Even after that time, prices may be changed if we are charged additional costs after that time including, for example, where agencies that are used to provide services on tour raise their costs for any reason and should that occur, if that would result in your paying an additional amount of more than 10% of the tour price, you will be entitled to cancel your tour with a full refund of all monies paid to us. Should you decide to cancel because of this, you must exercise your right to do so within 5 days of the date of our advice. If there is less than 5 days before the departure date, then by no later than one day after you have received our advice of the increased costs.

SPECIAL REQUESTS
If you have special requests (including by way of dietary or medical requirements), you should inform us of such requests prior to departure. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met. Furthermore, we have no liability to you if such requests are not met.

ITINERARIES
The type of travel we offer requires flexibility and must allow for alternatives. The outline itinerary as given for each tour must therefore be taken as an indication of what each trip may accomplish, and not as a contractual obligation on our part. The final decision on the itinerary and conduct of any tour will be taken by us or our agents in the interests of the group/or clients as a whole. It is understood that the route schedules, itineraries, amenities and mode of transport may be subject to alteration without prior notice due to events beyond our reasonable control.

On receiving your itinerary and travel documents please check all documentation and tickets thoroughly and notify us as soon as possible of any discrepancy. We cannot accept any liability if we are not notified of discrepancies within 7 days of dispatch or (if you do not receive the documents at least 7 days before your departure date) before departure on tour.

Where we rely on third parties or act as a agent, we do not accept responsibility or liability for any failure by any third party or our principal in providing products or services to you. In the event that such a situation arises, we will make reasonable efforts to get the third party or our principal to rectify any problems or to find a suitable alternative for you.

UNUSED SERVICES
No refunds will be given for missed or unused services such as hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips or included activities irrespective of the reason why you have missed or not used the services. The quoted price is an inclusive price for the tour, as a package.

RISK
At all times the decision of the tour leader or representative will be final on all matters likely to endanger the safety and well being of the tour. You must at all times strictly comply with all laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations. Should you fail to do so then you may be ordered to leave the tour without any refund and without any legal claim against us.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is essential that all passengers are covered by insurance before setting out on holiday. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience. If you are undertaking a diving tour, your insurance must also cover this activity. We suggest that you ensure that the insurer is aware of the type of travel to be undertaken.

AMENDMENTS
If you wish to make any alterations to your holiday we will make every effort to accommodate these, but cannot guarantee that this will be possible. If alterations you request are possible, these will be subject to any additional costs or charges imposed by the relevant supplier, and a sum of USD$100 to cover our administrative costs. Requests for amendments must be made in writing by the person who signs the booking form.

If we accept a request to transfer you from one tour to another you will be liable for any costs imposed on us by our suppliers for the cancellation of your original tour. We also reserve the right to charge an administration fee of 20% of the value of the first tour booked, payment of which would be required before we confirm your booking for the alternative tour.

NO LIABILITY FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
Where your tour involves adventurous activities, you acknowledge that the nature of tour may involve a significant amount of personal risk, including by way of example, personal injury, disease, loss or damage to property, inconvenience, and discomfort. You further acknowledge that you are fully aware of the risks of injury associated with your participation in these various activities and agree to voluntarily assume all such risk.

Accordingly, it is a fundamental term that to the maximum extent permitted by law, neither we (nor any director, employee or agent of ours) nor any operator engaged by us will be liable in any respect for any death or personal injury or for any loss of or damage to any property arising out of or incidental to your tour.

NO LIABILITY FOR ANY FORM OF INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS
We accept no liability for any form of pecuniary loss (however arising and including without limitation loss of income or profit) suffered by you as a result of any breach of these Terms by us or by the failure for any reason to provide any of the services contracted for.

FURTHER EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
To the fullest extent permitted by law, we contract out of any condition, guarantee, warranty or any other form of assurance that would be implied by law and give only those conditions, guarantees, warranties, or assurances expressly set out (if any) in these Terms.

Should we have any liability to you under any head of law (including for breach of contract or negligence or anything else and whether for bodily injury, illness, death, damage to or loss of property, inconvenience or discomfort, or for damages or compensation of any kind or anything else ) or under any applicable statute, then to the extent permitted by law, our liability is limited to US$1000.00. To avoid doubt, where you have booked on behalf of more than one person, this limitation of liability is an aggregate sum, that applies to any claims of any kind by all persons on whose behalf you have made the booking.

You agree that you may not raise any complaint or, to the extent that we can insist on this by law, make any claim of any kind, at any time later than 3 months after the tour (including any alternative tour that is offered and accepted) has ended or been terminated or cancelled or not provided for any reason. Any complaint or claim must be in writing.

THIRD PARTY OPERATORS
We provide some of the services by booking services through third party operators/suppliers. We are not their agent nor are they ours. We have no control over the operators and accept no liability or responsibility (in either case of any kind), other than as expressly set out in these Terms, for the actions or omissions of the operators (of any kind and including without limitation any negligence or deliberate or wilful actions or omissions) or for any circumstances that have an adverse impact on the ability of the operators to provide any services or to provide them on time. This exclusion of liability relates to any form of personal injury (including death), any form of property damage, and any kind of cost, expense, loss, damages (including without imitation any form of loss of income or profit) or compensation. This exclusion of liability is separate.

COMPLAINTS WHERE SERVICES ARE NOT AS DESCRIBED
Subject to the other provisions of these Terms, we accept liability should any part of your holiday arrangements booked with us not be as described in your personal itinerary and not be of a reasonable standard. Provided that you follow the complaints procedure set out below, we will refund to you an amount equal to the cost of that activity. Any sums received by you as well as the cost of any alternative arrangements made for you by us will be deducted from any sum paid to you as compensation by us. Our liability in the previous paragraph will not arise where the reason why any part of your holiday arrangements booked with us not being as described in your personal itinerary and not being of a reasonable standard is not due to any fault on our part or of any operator engaged by us.

If you have a complaint as to any part of your holiday arrangements booked with us not being as described in your personal itinerary and not being of a reasonable standard, you must inform both us and any relevant supplier immediately. Matters can be most easily sorted out for you on the spot whilst you are on your tour. If the matter cannot be resolved to your satisfaction whilst on tour, we will deal with the matter promptly upon your return.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
You must be in possession of a valid passport, visas, permits and certificates as may be required for the tour. It is your sole responsibility to make sure that you have all necessary visas, health requirements for your entire journey, including transit visas where required. We do not accept responsibility for changes in regulations for visas or any particular requirements for visas and will not be held responsible for your failure to obtain the necessary visas. It is your sole responsibility to book for and pay for any flights. Any information and advice given by us on visas, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage, flights and anything else that is not a service that we contract to provide is given in good faith but without any liability or responsibility.

EXPERIENCE, LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS AND FITNESS
Certain activities require a minimum level of experience in order to participate and we expect you to be honest with us in assessing your level of fitness and abilities. Where applicable we will advise you of these requirements in good faith. You accept full responsibility for ensuring you have the relevant experience, licenses and certifications required to participate in these activities and carry documents to that effect. You agree to that we will not be liable for any refusal to allow you to engage in the relevant activity due to your lack of documentary evidence, insufficient experience licenses or certification or inadequate level of fitness.

By agreeing to these Terms, you confirm that you are in good health for the activities that you will be undertaking and have advised fully any medical history that could in any way adversely affect your participation in the tour. You agree that you will not participate in activities if you are feeling unwell or undertake any diving activities if you have a chest cold or respiratory congestion while on the tour. Where you will engage in diving activities organised through us, you must produce a diving medical certificate completed by a diving medical specialist if you have any medical condition contrary to these requirements.

EXPELLING TOUR MEMBERS
We reserve the right to withdraw services and expel from any tour any person who is causing risk to themselves or the environment, or negatively impacting on others’ enjoyment of their tour. In the event that this occurs, you agree that you will not be entitled to a refund of any sort and that you will be fully responsible for your travel arrangements from the point of expulsion.

EQUIPMENT AGREEMENT
You agree to reimburse us or the relevant operator/supplier for any of equipment lost or damaged whilst in your care.

PUBLICITY
You agree that we may use images of you taken during the trip without recourse you and without compensation to you, for publicity and promotion purposes through whatever medium we choose.

ERRORS AND OMISSIONS
We have endeavoured to verify the accuracy of statements made on the website or in any advertising material originated by the us but to the maximum extent permitted by law, we accept no liability for any error, omission, or inaccuracy.

PRIVACY POLICY
We will provide your personal information to operators and suppliers to enable the operation of the services requested by you. We do our utmost to protect your personal information. Please refer to our website for the Company’s Privacy Policy.

CONTRACTS PRIVITY
To the fullest extent permitted by law, any provision in these Terms in favour of any director, employee, or agent of ours or any operator is intended to be enforceable by them. Nevertheless, these Terms may be varied at any time without their consent.

LEGAL JURISDICTION AND PRINCIPLES
The contract will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Macedonia the parties submit to the nonexclusive jurisdiction of the Skopje Courts.

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