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Half Day Tour from Skopje to Matka Canyon

1. Half Day Tour from Skopje to Matka Canyon

During this half-day spent in nature, you will feel removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. Matka Canyon is one of the most popular outdoor destinations surrounding Skopje. You will find many species of plants, animals and butterflies will make you want to come again! Sit back and relax by the lake with a spectacular view on the cliffs in front of you can rent a kayak and try your kayaking skills, or go on a boat tour and admire the tranquility of the canyon. Visit Vrelo Cave or simply explore the beautiful nature all around you. You can also enjoy a nice meal on the terrace of the restaurant overlooking the lake. 

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Skopje: Matka Canyon Sightseeing Tour

2. Skopje: Matka Canyon Sightseeing Tour

Discover the most beautiful landscape in the Skopje region on this scenic sightseeing hike and cruise of the Matka Canyon. Sail between vertical rocks, see ancient temples, medieval churches, and hilltop monasteries. Start at the 14th-century Monastery of Matka, dedicated to the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, a religious festival celebrated on August 28 every year. Walk along the banks of the River Treska, famous for its kayak competitions, following the path past the Dam and manmade Lake Matka. Next, climb aboard a small boat to cruise along the 5-mile (8-kilometer) canyon, soaking up the surroundings and scent of flowers. Listen and look out for abundant birdlife, and keep your eyes open for wild boar and hare. On your return, stop opposite the Monastery of St. Andrew and climb up forested hills to the Monastery of St. Nikola. From the plateau, your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking views. A hospitable church-keeper, who built the surrounding mountain huts, will welcome you inside the monastery for yet another perspective of this magical and mysterious land.

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From Skopje: Vodno Mountain and Matka Canyon Tour

3. From Skopje: Vodno Mountain and Matka Canyon Tour

Depart Skopje and travel in air-conditioned comfort to Vodno Mountain. Ride the cable car up to Millennium Cross on arrival, and enjoy panoramic views back across Skopje from one of the biggest Christian crosses in the world. Take the cable car back down Vodno Mountain to continue to the mountain village of Gorno Nerezi by air-conditioned vehicle. Visit the small 12th-century Church of St. Panteleimon on arrival and marvel at the historical frescoes of Byzantine art inside. Next, make your way to the Matka Canyon to enjoy a tasty lunch in a nice restaurant by the lake. Take an optional boat trip to the Vrelo cave or go for a nature walk along the many marked trails. Fill your lungs with fresh country air before the return trip to Skopje, and get dropped off at the triumphal arch of the Porta Macedonia on arrival.

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From Sofia: Skopje and Matka Canyon Day Trip

4. From Sofia: Skopje and Matka Canyon Day Trip

Cross the border from Bulgaria and enjoy a day trip in Macedonia. Dive into the past as you explore Skopje's historic neighborhoods and see its attractions. Learn about the history of the Macedonians as you walk through the new part of the city, rebuilt during the Skopje 2013 project. After your visit to Skopje, head to Matka Canyon to take a break in nature. Your day trip begins with an 8:00 AM pickup from your accommodation in Sofia. Drive for approximately 3.5 hours and reach Skopje. During your drive learn about the history of the region from the Bulgarian point of view. Arrive in Skopje and have a 2-hour guided tour of the city from a local Macedonian guide. Learn about Yugoslavia and have the chance to compare the two historic perspectives of the region provided to you on this trip. During your guided tour of Skopje visit Skopje Fortress, Sultan Murat Mosque, and the Old Bazaar. Have the chance to see the caravanserais from the Ottoman period when Skopje was one of the main trade centers in the Balkans. Visit the new neo-classical Macedonia Square and be impressed by the statue of Alexander the Great and his father Phillip II. Continue on to the Mother Teresa Memorial House. In the house museum, learn about Mother Teresa's life story. Afterward, conclude your walking tour of Skopje at Macedonia Gate. Head to Matka Canyon where you will have approximately 1.5-hours to admire the beauty of nature. Have the chance to enjoy a boat trip inside the canyon and pass by one of the deepest underwater caves in the world. At about 4:00 PM, meet with the rest of the group and depart back to Sofia. On the drive back, discuss your day's impressions and ask your guide any remaining questions you may have. Unfortunately, the day trip's itinerary will not allow you to have free time for lunch in Skopje. It is recommended to take some fast food during the walking tour or bring some sandwiches with you. You can buy food from a petrol station before arriving in the city.

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Skopje & Matka Canyon: Day Tour

5. Skopje & Matka Canyon: Day Tour

After meeting the local guide, you will be guided through the Old Bazaar, the most charming part of Skopje. There, you will get to experience the authentic Balkan culture as you visit local coffee shops, the Kapan Han Inn from the mid-15th-century, and the colorful souvenir shops. As you move from the Old Bazaar through the Stone Bridge onto Alexander the Great Square, you will feel like you are moving through centuries of history and civilization. From the square, admire the new face of Skopje which was built after the earthquake of 1963. Next, you will be driven to the beautiful Matka Canyon which is one of the most popular destinations near Skopje, home to several medieval monasteries. Once there, take a boat tour of Matka Canyon and visit Vrelo Cave - one of the deepest underwater caves in Skopje.

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What people are saying about Skopje

This tour was our second tour with Plus Travel and this trip was great too! The boss Dance brought us safely from A to B and our great tour guide Vaska was able to explain and show us a lot about the whole area. Vaska is a really great tour guide with a very good knowledge of German! She is also a wonderful human being and knows an incredible amount about all of Macedonia! We would book this tour again in a heartbeat!

Great tour! Suzanne was very knowledgeable, super friendly. She was more than happy to let the tour go on longer so I could hang longer by thr lake. Bring your swimming costume so you can apend sometime just swimming in the lake after the tour.

Very nice variety of sights to see, within a short distance of the capital. Bring some money as the optional boat tour is worth it.

Awesome tour of an absolutely beautiful area. Highly recommended for a half day tour. Guide and driver were great!

Great expirience and tour guide was very cool! I recommend!!!