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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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Day Tour from Sofia to Skopje, North Macedonia

3. Day Tour from Sofia to Skopje, North Macedonia

Skopje is the capital of Macedonia situated approximately a 3.5-hour drive from Sofia. During this day tour to Skopje, you will have the chance to explore the city and its rich history and culture.  Your day tour will begin once you are picked up from your hotel or accommodations in Sofia then begin your 3-hour transfer to Skopje. Once in Skopje, you will begin your walking tour of the city beginning at Skopje Fortress where you can admire the wonderful view of the city. The next site you will visit is the Church of the Holy Savior, home to fantastic iconostasis. From there you will continue towards Sultan Murat Mosque and the Old Bazaar, where you can witness the remnants of the Ottoman Period and Skopje's history as one of the main trade centers in the Balkans.  After stopping for lunch at a typical Macedonian restaurant you will continue your walking tour crossing the Vadar River to start your exploration of a new part of the city. Here you will visit the new neo-classical square and continue to Mother Teresa memorial house. The walking part of your tour will end at the newly built triumphal arch Porta Macedonia. You will then journey back to Sofia and your tour will end once you are dropped off at your hotel or accommodations. 

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From Skopje: Vodno Mountain and Matka Canyon Tour

4. 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

5. 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: Private Romantic Tour

6. Skopje: Private Romantic Tour

Discover the romantic side of the charismatic city of Skopje with a local professional guide. Admire the beauty of the city with your partner on this romantic tour. Stroll through the narrow streets in the Old Bazaar, the biggest bazaar preserved in the Balkans today, and see the beautiful quay of the Macedonian river “Vardar” The town is internationally famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa.   Find the best place in the city for a date and where you can take the most beautiful photos. Hear about many historical love stories, hidden in the pretty old lanes, buildings, and parks in the city. Know about the heartbreaking and tragic to the hilarious or spicy stories of the romantic legends. Uncover the interesting love story of Theodora, a 6th-century Byzantine empress, and Emperor Justinian I. Admire the warm and welcoming vibe of the spectacular beauty of the city of Skopje on a romantic tour. This tour is especially recommended to take during the Saint Valentine period.

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Skopje & Matka Canyon: Day Tour

7. 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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Transfer from Skopje to Ohrid With Stop at Bitola

8. Transfer from Skopje to Ohrid With Stop at Bitola

Starting with pickup from your hotel or any location in Skopje, travel towards Ohrid in an airconditioned minivan. Pass through the beautiful mountain valleys, getting excellent views of the Macedonian countryside. Along the way, stop at the charming town of Bitola for a few hours for some exploration. Take the opportunity to visit Heraclea Lyncestis, an important settlement founded by Philip II of Macedon in the 4th century. Discover the beautiful, well-preserved floor mosaics which are fine examples of the early Christian Art period. See also a mixture of Ottoman, neo-classical, and 19th century romantic architecture within the town. Wander the pedestrian street of Shirok Sokak, lined with colorful and neoclassical buildings, almost of all of them housing charming cafés. After some time in Bitola, continue with your transfer to Ohrid.

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Skopje: Magical Christmas Tour

9. Skopje: Magical Christmas Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Skopje at Christmas time. See how the city celebrates this magical time of year and visit its most iconic sights. Join your guide as you set out to explore the city. Experience the lively atmosphere and charming decorations at Christmas time. Admire the monument of Alexander the Great titled "Warrior on a Horse", visit the Skopje Fortress, and the St. Panteleimon. Listen to interesting stories and discover tales about the magical things that can happen at Christmas time. Find out who invented the Christmas tree and learn about Skopje's Christmas traditions. Finally, head to the Christmas market and sample some of the local products on offer. 

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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 Region

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.

The tour from Sofia to Skopje was perfectly organized, pick-up on time and the updates on the booking came reliably in advance. Skopje is well worth a day trip. Interesting story with plenty of statues from history in the city center.

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.

Georgi was an excellent tour guide. Fun and full of information. And the tour was great. Mikail was great too. I really enjoyed it.