2 nights in Skopje at 5* star hotel (best available),
2 nights in Ohrid at 4* star hotel (best available),
2 nights in Sofia at 4* Downtown hotel or 5* Radisson Blu,
Macedonia: 12 meals: 4 breakfasts + 4 lunches + 4 dinners
Bulgaria 5 meals: 2 breakfasts +1 1unches + 2 dinner
professional English speaking local guide in Skopje ,Ohrid and Sofija
transportation from/to Skopje airport, throughout, by a private a/c bus and with English-speaking escort.
fuel & parking fees included,
sightseeing tours and transfers,
Admissions to museums, sites, churches as per itinerary
all guides’ & driver’s expenses,
VAT and all local taxes.
Arriving at Skopje airport. Pick up from Skopje airport. Meet your local guide. Transfer to the hotel. Enjoy free afternoon in Skopje.
D, Accommodation at a hotel 5* in Skopje.
Skopje – Matka – Skopje
Following breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, a historical crossroads between East and West. See the OldStoneBridge, the old bazaar, City fortress, the Church of Holy Salvation with the marvelous wood-carved iconostasis, Monument of Mother Teresa- she was born in Skopje. Lunch in a local restaurant in Skopje.
Proceed to Canyon Matka, and enjoy in the beautiful nature of the lake and the canyon. Transfer back to Skopje.
B,L,D, Accommodation at a hotel 5* in Skopje.
Skopje – Bigorski Monastery – Vevchani – Ohrid
Following breakfast, proceed to Ohrid via Debar, across the gorge of Treska River and visit the largest monastery in Macedonia – St Bigorski Monastery, the most important monastery in Macedonia. Proceed to village of Vevchani where you will visit the beautiful springs of Vevchani and you will enjoy in traditional lunch in a local restaurant. Proceed to Ohrid.
B,L, D, Accommodation at a hotel 4* in Ohrid.
Ohrid – St.Naum Monastery – Ohrid
Following breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of Ohrid, the Ohrid Lake and the surrounding. Visit the old town with the fantastic Mediaeval Orthodox Churches: Church of St Clement – UNESCO site, Church of St Sofia, Church of St. John Kaneo, RomanTheatre, Fortress of Tzar Samuil. Enjoy boat cruise on the Ohrid Lake, cruising on the east shore of the lake, enjoying in the hotel Riviera nad the national park Galichica. Visit the Monastery of St. Naum, located in the southern banks of the Ohrid Lake. The monastery was established in the year 900 A.D. by St Naum of Ohrid himself, who is also buried here. St Naum is one of the most prominent disciples of St St Cyril and Methodius, who in 855 A.D. developed the first Slavic alphabet (Glagolitic). Short boat tour in the spring area near the monastery – the main water supply of the lake. Lunch in a restaurant near the springs. Boat ride back to Ohrid for overnight.
B,L,D, Accommodation at a hotel in Ohrid 4*.
Ohrid – Delchevo – Rila Monastery – Sofia
After an early breakfast, leave Ohrid and drive to Bulgaria. Border crossing at Delchevo. Lunch on route. Visit the Rila monastery, in the heart of the RilaMountain. Founded in the 10th century, it has been the biggest spiritual and cultural centre in Bulgaria for hundreds of years. The visitor’s first sight of Rila monastery huge towering walls gives the impression of a fortress. However, a step through the archway produces a wonderful surprise. The Rila monastery is the largest in the Balkans and included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. Tour of the monastery includes a visit to the Monastery Church, which is of particular artistic value, for it was adorned by the foremost 19-century masters of the Samokov, Bansko and Debar schools of painting and woodcarving. In the Monastery’s museum you can see the famous woodcarved Raphael’s cross. It took monk Raphael 12 years to finish the cross with its 140 biblical scenes and 1500 human figures, not larger than a grain of rice.
Drive to Sofia for dinner and overnight at hotel.
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Sofia – Boyana church – Koprivshtica – Sofia
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour, starting with Sofia sightseeing (2 hrs)and Boyana church UNESCO site. See the city’s most important places of worship – AlexanderNevskiMemorialChurch and St.George Rotunda. Walk along the main streets and see the most important landmarks in the city centre – St. Nedelya Square and St. Nedelya Church, St. Petka of the Saddlers, the Synagogue, the Central Baths, the Mosque, the underpass outside the President’s Office, Alexander Battenberg Square, the National Theatre, the former Royal Palace, the Russian Church, St. Sophia Church and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. Proceed to Koprivshtica museum village. Lunch at a local restaurant with home-made cuisine. Koprivshtica is museum town of Bulgarian National Revival architecture, a town where the past seems to come alive. Situated at an altitude of some 3,000 feet above sea level amid lovely meadows and pine forests, the town has long had a magnetic appeal for tourists. Koprivshtica is home to the world-famous folklore festival, once in 4 years (Next one in 2014). Tour of the town (mainly on foot) includes visit to the beautiful old Bulgarian-style houses of Oslekov, Debeljanov, and Kableshkov, which will fascinate you not only with their original architecture but also with their interior 19-century decoration and furnishing. Every single house here is part and parcel of Bulgaria’s history. It was here that the first shot of the AprilUprising against Ottoman rule rang out in 1876. Although drenched in blood, the uprising resounded in all of Europe. It is a miracle that Koprivshtica itself was spared destruction and survives in its original appearance. Drive back to Sofia.
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Sofia – Skopje
Following breakfast, drive to Skopje. Free time in the center until departure time. Transfer to the airport.