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From Skopje: Full-Day Kosovo Tour to Pristina and Prizren

1. From Skopje: Full-Day Kosovo Tour to Pristina and Prizren

This tour starts with a pick-up from your hotel in Skopje, traveling to Prishtina where your local guide will be waiting for you. First, visit Monastery Gracanica, and then arrive in Pristina where you will start a tour of Pristina. Your first stop in will be the Kosova National Library, an example of modern architectural design. Then make your way to the open air archaeological park with artifacts from the Neolithic period and Kosova Museum built by Austrians for the Turkish army in 1898, which has an extensive collection of archaeological and ethnological artifacts including the Neolithic Goddess on a Throne terracotta. Head to Çarshi Mosque, the oldest building in Pristina constructed in the 15th-century by the Turkish Sultan Bajazit. Afterwards, head to the Academy Building, a 19th-century Ottoman konak style private houses. Visit the Fatih Mosque or Imperial Mosque built in 1461 under the Turkish Sultan Mehmed II Fatih and the  Great Hammam – bath complex built in 1470 graced with 15 domes with small holes to let light stream in. Make your way to the Ethnographic Museum. The Emin Gjiku Complex is a extremely well-preserved building from 18th-century and it’s the only original building left in old bazaar area. The tour will finish with a visit of Gazimestan Tower. Contnue to Prizren for your walking tour of the city includes the attractive Ottoman old town, known for its gold and silver filigree craftsmen, the hammam, the Museum of Prizren League, the Helveti Tekke, Sinia Pasha Mosque and the Church of Our Lady of Ljevis. Prizren has the largest number of preserved Ottoman buildings in Kosovo, so simply wandering around the old cobbled streets admiring the town houses, mosques and tekkes is a delight. After a small break, return back to .

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From Skopje: Full-Day Private Tour of Mavrovo and Ohrid

2. From Skopje: Full-Day Private Tour of Mavrovo and Ohrid

You will be picked up from your hotel and continue to the National Park of Mavrovo, passing the cities Tetovo and Gostivar. After arriving at Mavrovo, you will have a short visit of the place, visiting the center of Mavrovo, looking at the Winter facilities and seeing the new and old Church of St. Nicolas. After that, drive on to River Radika then continue on to one of the most beautiful monasteries in Macedonia – St. Jovan Bigorski and Ohrid. Placed on the Bigor rocks on canyon valley of the River Radika, next to the exuberant forests in the North–West slopes of Bistra Mountain. After that, you continue to Ohrid, where you have a city tour. Your tour starts before the monument of St. Cyril and Methodius, and it then heads to the Lower gate, City museum, Church of St. Sofia, Antic Theater, Upper gate, Church of St. Virgin Mary, Perivleptos, the Gallery of effigies, Samoils fortress, Plaoshnik and finally the tour ends with a walk through Ohrid’s market-place. You will then return to your hotel.

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Skopje: Transfer to Tirana w/ Half-Day Tour of Ohrid

3. Skopje: Transfer to Tirana w/ Half-Day Tour of Ohrid

Starting from your hotel in Skopje, travel to Ohrid for about 2 hours. Afterwards, break in Ohrid for a half-day tour with a licensed tour guide. The walking tour will start from the town’s harbor. Then, you will head towards the old part of the town and stop at the Lower Gate and the Museum of Robevi (the Robevi family). Have a tour of the Church of St. Sophia which dates from the 11th century and then go up to the Roman amphitheater, dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Afterwards, continue walking to Icon Gallery, which shows a range of some of the most famous and valuable icons in the world right after the ones in Athos and in Russia. In the vicinity of the gallery, you will find the Church of Sveta Bogorodica Perivleptos (St Clement’s Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious) which dates from the 13th century and possesses some of the most beautiful and valuable frescoes from the 13th century, not only in this country but in the Balkans as well. Then, carry on walking to Tsar Samoil’s Fortress which was named after the first tsar of the Macedonian Slavs, who having conquered Byzantium, brought most of Macedonia under his rule. Then, walk to Plaoshnik, the place where you will visit the newly built St. Clement’s Monastery Church which is dedicated to St. Clement (the patron of Ohrid) and St Pantelejmon, which stands beside the original site of St. Clement’s University, the first university of the Macedonian Slavs started in the 9th century A.D. Inside the church, you will also see the tomb with St. Clement’s relics. Besides the church, see the foundations of the 5th century basilica with beautifully preserved mosaic floors and some swastikas also discovered on the floors. From here, head towards the Church of St. Jovan at Kaneo, which was built at the end of the 13th century, and is one of the most frequently visited churches in Ohrid because of its beautiful location on the cliffs directly above the lake. After this, go back to the town on foot. Another option will be to return to the town by boat and at the same time, to make a tour of the lake providing you with a great view of the town. There will also be the possibility for free time or lunch. Continue your trip to Tirana with a drop-off at your address or hotel accommodation.

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Transfer Between Skopje and Tirana and Prizren Half-Day Tour

4. Transfer Between Skopje and Tirana and Prizren Half-Day Tour

Starting from your hotel in Skopje or Tirana, travel to Prizren in a private vehicle for a half-day tour with a licensed guide. Prizren is one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Kosovo. It is known for its ancient history, a rich cultural and religious heritage, traditional handicraft shops, and a variety of festivals, including film, music, and art. It is the most multiethnic, multireligious, and multicultural city in Kosovo.   Visit the old part of the town and the Stone Bridge, dating from the 16th century. See the Sinan Pasha Mosque, the Catholic Cathedral, and the Serbian Orthodox church of Our Lady of Ljevis. Visit a hammam, a Turkish public bath, and the Albanian League of Prizren, the city's most visited historical museum.   You'll also travel to the Archaeological Museum, the castle of Prizren, and the Workshop of Silversmith Filigree. At the end of the tour, enjoy some free time to explore on your own, or have lunch. Afterwards, continue your private transfer to Tirana or Skopje, where you will be dropped off at your chosen address.

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Full-Day Tour of Ohrid from Skopje

5. Full-Day Tour of Ohrid from Skopje

This tour takes you to the city Ohrid from Skopje. The drive from Skopje to Ohrid takes about 2 hours. Upon arrival in Ohrid  you"ll start the a tour with a visit to the church of St. Sophia,  which dates back to the 11th century. The you'll go up to the Roman amphitheater, which dates back to the 3rd century B.C. Afterwards you will continue walking to the Icon Gallery, home to a range of some of the most famous and valuable icons in the world, right after the ones on Athos and in Russia. In the vicinity of the gallery is the Church of St. Clement’s, or the Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious, which dates back to the 13th century and possesses some of the most beautiful and valuable frescoes from the 13th century not only in this country but in the whole of the Balkans. After that you will carry on walking to Tsar Samoil’s Fortress, named after the first tsar of the Macedonian Slavs, who, having conquered Byzantium, brought most of Macedonia under his rule. Then you will walk to Plaoshnik, where you will visit the newly built St. Clement’s Monastery Church. Dedicated to St. Clement - the patron of Ohrid - and St. Panteleimon, it stands beside the original site of St. Clement’s University, the first university of the Macedonian Slavs, founded in the 9th century A.D. Inside the church you can also see the tomb with St. Clement’s relics. Beside the church you can see the foundations of the 5th-century basilica with beautifully preserved mosaic floors and some swastikas also discovered on the floors. From here you will head towards the Church of St. Jovan at Kaneo, which was built at the end of the 13th century, and is one of the most frequently visited churches in Ohrid because of its beautiful location on the cliffs directly above the lake. After this you will go back to the town on foot. Another option is to return to the town by boat and at the same time to make a tour of the lak,e providing you with a great view of the town. After a short break you will return to Skopje.

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From Skopje: Pristina and Prizren Private Sightseeing Tour

6. From Skopje: Pristina and Prizren Private Sightseeing Tour

Benefit from pick-up at a location of your choice in Skopje, and then travel by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to Kosovo. Visit the 14th-century Gračanica Monastery on the way to Pristina, and then take a sightseeing tour of the city to see some of its beautiful attractions on arrival. Discover the new Cathedral of Saint Mother Teresa, along with highlights such as the National Library and equestrian statue on Skanderbeg Square. Stroll along pedestrianized Nane Theresa and visit the Old Bazaar. Break for lunch at your own expense, and then spend the afternoon in the small town of Prizren. Learn about its rich cultural heritage on a guided tour of the town center. See highlights such as the Old Stone Bridge and medieval Church of St. George. Pass the 17th-century Sinan Pasha Mosque and Bajrakli Mosque behind the Albanian League Museum. Find fine local handicrafts in the many craft shops, and watch the world go by on Shadervan Square.

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From Skopje: Private Full-Day Tour of Ohrid and Saint Naum

7. From Skopje: Private Full-Day Tour of Ohrid and Saint Naum

Starting from Skopje, the tour begins with a 2-hour drive to Ohrid. Visit the church of Saint Sophia and the Roman amphitheater. Explore the Icon Gallery, to discover some of the most famous and valuable icons in the world. Then see the beautiful frescoes at the 13th century Saint Clement’s Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious. After this, continue to Tsar Samuel’s Fortress, named after the first tsar of the Macedonian Slavs. Then head to the Church of Saint Jovan at Kaneo, in a stunning location on the cliffs directly above the lake. From here, return to the town on foot or by boat. After a little break, visit the Bay of Bones Neolithic settlement to see how life was lived in 1,200 B.C. Continue along the picturesque lakeshore to the Monastery of Saint Naum, situated where the river Black Drin flows into Lake Ohrid. The springs at Saint Naum are part of the National Park Galicica. In the chapel of the church is the tomb of Saint Naum, with frescoes of his life and his miracles. Return to Skopje at the end of the tour.

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Skopje: Private Half-Day Surrounding Beauties Tour

8. Skopje: Private Half-Day Surrounding Beauties Tour

This tour will start from your hotel or any location of your preference in Skopje. Your guide will take you by comfortable air-conditioned car or minivan to the middle of Mount Vodno and then by cable car system to the Millennium Cross and back to middle Vodno. Once back at middle Vodno, the tour will continue by car or minivan to the village of Gorno Nerezi to see the Church St. Pantelejmon. Witness the frescoes that are among the highest achievements of Byzantine art at St. Pantelejmon.  Then, you will continue to the Matka Canyon, one of the most popular outdoors destinations about 17 kilometers from Skopje. After the visit of Matka Canyon, transfer back to Skopje, to your hotel or any location of your preference in Skopje.

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Skopje to Sofia Transfer with Rila Monastery Tour

9. Skopje to Sofia Transfer with Rila Monastery Tour

Starting from your hotel in Skopje, travel to the Rila Monastery and enjoy at least 2 hours of free time to explore the most visited UNESCO site in Bulgaria. See the arcaded balconies, unique frescoes, gilded iconostasis, set in front of fabulous mountain views. Enter the main church and take photos of the narthex's gallery, admire the exhibits in the History Museum of the Monastery, try the tasty 'mekitsi' (Bulgarian doughnuts) with delicious buffalo yogurt, or take a short walk in the area. Break for coffee or lunch before continuing your trip to Sofia where you will be dropped off at your hotel or accommodation.

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From Skopje: Guided Pristina Day Trip

10. From Skopje: Guided Pristina Day Trip

Visit the newest state in the Balkans on this day trip to the beautiful Kosovan city of Pristina. While there, discover the scale of rebuilding and development in the short time since the Kosovo War ended in 1999. Depart from the meeting point in Skopje and head toward Pristina, enjoying the views out the window as you go. Upon arrival, visit the Newborn Monument, a typographical sculpture built to commemorate Kosovo’s freedom. It’s repainted each year to represent another year of freedom. Then, see the National Library of Kosovo, a truly striking and unique piece of architecture. You'll also be able to admire the Cathedral of Mother Teresa, another impressive building. Even though Kosovo is largely a Muslim country, this cathedral was built for the minority Orthodox community and is an important landmark in Pristina.  Next, visit Kosovo's Scanderbeg Square, named after a medieval Albanian who fought against Ottoman forces. At the Ethnographic Museum, find out how life used to be for Kosovans. At the end of the tour, return to the original meeting point in Skopje.

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What people are saying about Skopje

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 35 reviews

We spent a whole day with dance, boss and our super driver that day, and Vaska, super guide and speaks perfect German, in Ohrid and Mavrovo. Vaska could explain and show us a lot about everything and has a great knowledge of all of Macedonia, the religion and the people. We had a lot of fun and we would book the tour again anytime!

The whole set u (pgments in Kosovoick up at Skopje hotel, tour itself, and return to the Skopje hotel) worked "like clock work". The tour segments in Kosovo were OUTSTANDING. I learned a lot about Balkan history, Pristina, and Prizen, This a fun, informative, and all around great tour.

Excellent day trip from Skopje to Lake Ohrid. Guide was great and the drive was easy. You will leave wishing you had longer to stay. Highly recommended.

Great day try to pristina and Prioren. Tour covers all the main stuff yes and the guide and the driver were amazing and really knowledgeable

Good and understandable explanations and the place Ohrid is beautiful. In addition, a very good driver who speaks English. Perfect!