Day 1: Pick up from the airport in Skopje and transfer to a hotel in Skopje followed with a 3 hour sightseeing tour of the capital city that will include: Skopje Fortress, Church of St. Spas, The Holocaust Museum, The Stone Bridge, The 30 meter high Statue of Alexander the Great, The old Turkish Bazaar, The Monument House of Mother Teresa (She was born in Skopje) and a panoramic tour of the Skopje neighborhoods by vehicle (Including the biggest Roma-Gipsy community in Macedonia). In between the tour of the capital city we will have free time for lunch and for shopping. Dinner in a typical Skopje household with authentic homemade local food. During the dinner's communication we will have a unique opportunity to see how a typical big city family lives their every day life. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 2: After Breakfast in the Hotel we will start the tour with the Beautiful Canyon of Matka (20km from Skopje) where we will have a boat ride on the Artificial Treska Lake (Vivid Nature). From there we will continue to the city of Ohrid (On the Ohrid Lake about 160 km from Matka) where we will have a sightseeing tour of the city that will include: The Ohrid Samoil Fortress, The Ancient Theater, St. Klement of Plaosnik church, St. Sophia and St. John of Kaneo Church. From there we will take a short boat ride on the Ohrid Lake to the City Center where we will have free time for lunch and for sightseeing of the Ohrid's main shopping and pedestrian walkway. Dinner and Overnight in a hotel in Ohrid.
Day 3: After Breakfast in the hotel we will continue to the Prespa Lake (Second biggest Natural lake in Macedonia after the Ohrid Lake) and the Fishermen village of Stenje (1hr and 45min from Ohrid) where we will have a short rest for toilet, refreshment drink and homemade pancakes . From there we will continue to St.Naum (Located on the Ohrid Lake) via the National Park of Galicica. At one spot close to the Parks highest peak we will stop for a breathtaking view from where we can observe the both lakes Prespa & Ohrid. In St. Naum (Which is close to the border with Albania) we will have a boat ride on the springs of River Drim and entry in the St.Naum Monastery. After free time given for lunch in St. Naum we will continue to visit the so called "Bay of the Bones"- Water Museum, which is a model of a Prehistoric Settlement. Transfer back to Ohrid where we will have dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight.
Day 4: After breakfast we will continue to the village of Vevcani (30min drive) where we will see the famous Vevcani Springs as well as their authentic style of built houses and to have a closer interaction with the locals. Next, we go to sight see the city of Struga (The second biggest city on the Ohrid Lake) where we will have a free time for shopping and to buy a small snake since we will have today late lunch.
From there we will continue to the villages of Kalista and Radozda located on the Ohrid Lake by the Albanian border. In Kalista we will enter the church of St. Marry and in Radozda we will enter the Cave Church dedicated to St. George, followed with 30 min sightseeing of the village. After we finish with sightseeing the village we will enter one of the 7 fish restaurants in the village, located by the lake and you will have an unique opportunity to taste the most famous Ohrid Trout and Ohrid Eal. Around the whole lake of Ohrid, you are able to taste them only in this village. This late lunch will also catch the early hours of dinner time so after we finish eating we will go back to the hotel in Ohrid for overnight.
Day 5: After Breakfast in the Hotel we will start a village Eco tour that includes the villages of Recica (Ohrid Region) where we will visit the so called "Washing Machines" a natural cleaning of carpets and other textile by using mountainous spring water and Eco detergents. From there we will continue to the village of Kuratica (5km from Recica village) where we will have a sightseeing and brief history of the village. After the sightseeing we may purchase local products such as “ajvar” (Made of red peppers), forest fruit jam, homemade wine and brandy, fresh forest mushrooms, fresh forest fruit juice and other. It is important that all of these products are organic and home made.
The village of Podmocani (Prespa region) is our next stop, where we will visit the Ethnology Museum a place with Authentic Macedonian Folklore Dresses and other artifacts. At the Museum we will also have a chance to see how they make the dresses by hand as well as a collection of over 200 dresses from all over Macedonia. Next, is the village of Kurbinovo where we will stop for picnic in the nature to have lunch on the front porch of the Church St. George. Perfect view of the Prespa lake from the spot. Back to the village of Kuratica for dinner and overnight in one of the village households.
Day 6: After breakfast in the village we start a 2.5 hour tour with Donkeys in the nearby forest that includes 45minute ride in one way to a place with small waterfalls where we take a break and we will be served one alco/no alco drink, fruits and caffe. After we finish with the donkeys we will go back to the village where we will have a lunch that will include: salad, home made white cheese, roosted peppers with garlic, homemade bread and home made pie; local main meal with beef or pork meat and a desert. One alco/ne alco drink will be included. After the lunch, free evening and overnight in the village.
Day 7: In the morning we will have a unique chance to learn how we make our most famous homemade pitas and pies. Our local village woman will demonstrate to us and we will be able to follow her and than when its baked we will also be able to eat what we have prepared. After this late breakfast, we continue towards Western Macedonia along the Artificial lake of Debar and the beautiful Canyon of Radika river to one of the most famous Macedonian Monasteries of St. George the Triumphant and St. John the Baptist. After we enter the both of them we arrive at the Artificial lake of Mavrovo where we will overnight and have dinner in the Mountainous Shale "Srna".
Day 8: After breakfast, we continue to the village of Galichnik (45minutes drive). The landscape from Mavrovo to Galichnik is so unique that can only be seen in this part of Macedonia. In Galichnik we will visit the Church St Peter and Paul, the Ethological Museum that is dedicated to the famous Galichnik wedding that takes place every year on the 12th of July. When we Finish with the village we will start a 6 hour horse riding tour a quick getaway that will include a ride through the forest of Sushica and downhill riding to the village of Selce and Tresonce, with panoramic views of the north side of Mountain Stogovo. On the way to the caves we will be passing through the village of Tresonce where we will experience the folklore and the old village architecture. After crossing the river we arrive at the caves where we will have a break and BBQ lunch. Back to the village of Galichnik for dinner and overnight in the village pension.
Day 9: After breakfast we continue with our last horse riding tour that includes riding uphill along the valleys of the Mountain Bistra, where we can enjoy in the huge open views on many Mountain peaks. On this tour you will get closer to the shepherds life by visiting few sheep farms and tasting traditional white cheese and yogurt. After we finish with the horse riding tour we go back to Mavrovo where we settle again in the Mountainous shale and will rent mountain bikes for a tour around the Mavrovo lake. Dinner and overnight in the Shale.
Day 10: After breakfast we continue to the Airport in Skopje, end of the tour.
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