Macedonia

A Multi activity Adventure

Level

Easy – moderate

Duration

7 days

Route

Skopje; Matka canyon; Mavrovo national park; Ohrid; Makedonski Brod area; Skopje

Macedonia is a landlocked Balkan nation of mountains, lakes and ancient towns with Ottoman and European architecture. The capital, Skopje, is known for its sprawling Old Bazaar quarter and historic buildings turned museums, including the National Gallery of Macedonia, housed in a 15th-century Turkish bath complex. The southern city Ohrid, on a lake of the same name, has a medieval townscape and hilltop castle.

Our trip offers a variety of activities to give you the opportunity to experience both Macedonia’s natural beauty and rich culture. You will enjoy top rope climbing at Matka canyon, followed by short kayaking trip to the Vrelo cave; you will experience horseback riding  in Mavrovo national park and explore the Duf waterfall ; embark on a thrilling mountain biking experience  at  Bistra mountain massif; discover the country’s rich culture in Ohrid – UNESCO world heritage site ; enjoy an unforgettable caving day in the area of Makedonski Brod.

Facts:

Activities: kayaking / rock climbing / horse riding / mountain biking / boating/ caving/cultural sightseeing

Time to travel: May to October ( July and August  are considered best months

Our operation:

  • All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity and understanding of the local culture and environment
  • Our staff is highly experienced and has excellent knowledge, committed to provide exceptional service at all times.

Sustainability:

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.

We are committed to employing local people to the maximum extent possible. We pay our staff well and, just as important, we provide them with periodical training. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival Skopje/ sightseeing (D)

Meet and greet at Skopje “Alexander the Great” airport. Transfer to hotel, check in, followed by short rest. Optional lunch can be arranged in nearby restaurant. Afternoon sightseeing of Skopje old city (Skopje Fortress, Old Bazaar).

Welcome dinner. Overnight.

Meals: D (restaurant in Skopje)

Hotel: Skopje (Alexander Square http://www.hotelalexandar.mk/ or similar)

Day 2: Rock climbing and kayaking in the Matka canyon ( B, L, D)

Breakfast and check out from the hotel. Transfer to the Matka canyon, where the guests will enjoy top-rope climbing, followed by short kayaking trip to the Vrelo cave (sitontop kayaks, 2 hours; boat pickup is available on the way back). Picnic lunch is arranged at location inside the canyon. Afternoon transfer to the Mavrovo national park, with enroute visit of the Painted Mosque in Tetovo. Arrival at hotel in the village of Leunovo, followed by dinner at local family home. Overnight.

Activities: Rock climbing / kayaking

Meals: B, L (picnic lunch), D (family home in Leunovo)

Hotel: Mavrovo national park (Radika Resort http://radika.com.mk/ or similar)

Day 3: Horseback riding in Mavrovo National Park / Exploration of the Duf waterfall (B, L, D)

Checkout after breakfast, followed by transfer to the Galicnik area (cca 30 mins), where the guests will do horse riding tour (western style) in the vicinity of the village of Galicnik (3-4 hours; adequate for beginners and intermediate riders). Picnic lunch is arranged on site (local white cheese and other typical dishes of the area).

After lunch, we get transferred to the village of Rostushe in the south part of the national park. In the vicinity of the village we will visit the Duf waterfall (easy walk, 40min in both directions). . Overnight in Mavrovo national park.

Activities: Horseriding in Galicnik area / Walking to the Duf waterfall

Meals: B, L (picnic lunch), D (local restaurant)

Hotel: Mavrovo national park (Radika Resort http://radika.com.mk/ or similar)

Day 4: Mountain biking day in the Mavrovo National Park (B, L, D)

Checkout after breakfast, followed by transfer to the Galicnik area (cca 30 mins), where the guests will do mountain biking day in the Bistra mountain massif (there’s is big choice of trails with different terrain and difficulty, 10km/30km/40km easy/intermediate biking). Lunch is arranged in the village of Galicnik.

Afternoon transfer from Galicnik to Ohrid via Debar. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.

Activities: MTB riding in the Galicnik area

Meals: B, L (local restaurant in Galicnik), D (hotel)

Hotel: Ohrid (Park Lakeside http://parklakesidehotel.com/ or similar)

Day 5 Relaxing day in Ohrid – UNESCO world heritage site / boat trip to Trpejca ( B, L, D)

Relaxing day in the city of Ohrid, Macedonia’s prime tourist area. Departure for boat trip to the beautiful fishermen village of Trpejca , where the guests can enjoy the beautiful area and have lunch (local trout). Return van transfer to Ohrid in the afternoon hours, where the guests can spend the afternoon on their own, or have guided walking tour of the amenities in the UNESCO protected core of the old city of Ohrid (King Samuel’s Fortress, the Amphitheater, famous archaeological sites).

Dinner is arranged at restaurant by the lake shore.

Activities: Catamaran boat trip / sightseeing

Meals: B, L (restaurant in Trpejca), D (restaurant in Ohrid)

Hotel: Ohrid (Park Lakeside http://parklakesidehotel.com/ or similar)

Day 6 Caving in the Makedonski Brod area ( B, L, D)

After breakfast, we checkout and transfer (cca 1.5 hours) from Ohrid to the area of Makedonski Brod, area with great adventure potential and many wonders of nature.

There are 346 registered caves in Macedonia a haven for adventurers. Their number is believed to be between 400 and 500. Many of the Macedonian caves have underground rivers, waterfalls, and small lakes, while most of them abound in stalactites, stalagmites, pillars, drapers, and corals. The caves are also home to a variety of interesting fauna, such as crabs, spiders, bats, and various insects, which are accustomed to life in the dark and food shortage. Fossil remains of the extinct Pleistocene fauna, such as cave bears and sword tigers, are also found in many of the Macedonian caves.

Our caving day in the area of Makedonski Brod (Slatina area) includes the “Gorna Slatinska” cave (horizontal caving, 400m), followed by visit of the cave Peshna. After short safety briefing from our caving guides, we put on our suits, helmets with lights, and enjoy this unique adrenaline activity. The total duration of the caving is approx. 1,52 hours at Gorna Slatinska. Delicious local dishes prepared by our friendly hosts are served for lunch at location near the cave.

Once lunch is over and we say goodbye to our hosts, we get transferred (15min) to our next site, the “Peshna” cave. “Peshna”, located at 6 km from Makedonski Brod, is one of the most attractive natural beauties. This cave that is known only by few people is an undiscovered treasure and completely unused tourist attraction, although it was proclaimed as a natural monument. According to the speleologists,

Peshna is a cave with biggest cave entrance on the Balkans – the flooring of the opening is 30 m high.

Coffee/toilet break is arranged at a restaurant near the cave before we proceed to Skopje (transfer duration: 2.5 hours). Guests are dropped off at their hotel. Farewell dinner is arranged at nearby city restaurant.

Meals: B, L (family home), D (local restaurant)

Hotel: Skopje (Alexander Square http://www.hotelalexandar.mk/ or similar)

Day 7: Departure (B)

Check out from hotel and departure to airport.

1,750 USD

per person in a group of min 6 pax. Double occupancy.

Trip Dates

15 June 2018

NOTES

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

THIS INCLUDES

  • Transportation throughout the journey
  • Accommodation in standard  3*/4* hotels, Double occupancy
  • All meals as per the program ( selection of traditional dishes from locally sourced ingredients; beverages excluded)
  • Activities and equipment as per program (kayaks with vests; helmet/bike rentals; caving gear; rock climbing helmets and harnesses; horse riding helmets)
  • English speaking guide/ local support guides for horse riding, caving, rock climbing, mountain biking
  • Entrance fees in national parks and archaeological sites

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single Supplement
  • High Season supplements
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Important note:

The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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