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Day Tour from Sofia to Skopje, North Macedonia

1. Day Tour from Sofia to Skopje, North Macedonia

Skopje is the capital of Macedonia situated approximately a 4-hour's 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. 

Best of Skopje City Tour

2. Best of Skopje City Tour

Your driver will pick you up from your hotel or any location in Skopje, with a comfortable A/C car/minivan and take you to the plateau where the Museum of Contemporary Art located. This offers a wonderful view of the central part of Skopje and here the story about the city begins. Afterwards, the Fortress Kale is visited. What follows is a visit to the Mustapha Pasha Mosque, and then the Church of the Holy Saviour. Another visit is the one to the Museum of Macedonia which consists of three parts: an icon gallery, an ethnological and historical departments. Then you continue you stroll through the Old Bazaar where two more caravansaries can be seen Turkish Baths – Chifte Hammam and Daut Pasha Hammam, dating back to the 15th century. The tour continues towards the modern part of the city on the right bank of the River Vardar. Before you cross the Stone Bridge, which is one of the oldest landmarks of Skopje, you can see the Holocaust Memorial Centre and the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for Independence, IMRO and the Victims of Communism. On the other bank of the river is the main square Macedonia, with a lot of new statues and monuments. You will walk along the main street Macedonia which connects the square to the Old Railway Station. You can stay for a short visit at the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, with the tour ending in front of the Museum of the City of Skopje situated in the building of the Old Railway Station, which was partially destroyed by the earthquake in 1963. From Mount Vodno, you continue by cable-car system to the Millennium Cross and back to middle Vodno. Once back at middle Vodno you continue by the car/minivan to the village Gorno Nerezi, to see the church St. Pantelejmon. The tour continues with a visit to the canyon Matka, about 17 km from Skopje, continue to walk along the bank of the River Treska, which is famous for the competitions in kayaking that take place on it. You will follow the path that goes by the dam and the man-made lake Matka and reach the Monastery of St. Andrew.   After this, you will go on a boat ride along the canyon Matka (8km long) and enjoy the magnificent surroundings, as well as a visit to the cave Vrelo.

From Sofia: Skopje, Northern Macedonia Day Tour

3. From Sofia: Skopje, Northern Macedonia Day Tour

The history of Skopje began with the settlements of the Thracians and establishing the fortress of Scupi. Since then, the town has changed its sovereign numerous times, being part of the Roman, Byzanatine, Bulgarian and the Serbian countries for short time.  The Ottomans conquered the city in 1392 and changed the name to Uskub, which became home for numerous Ottomans, Bulgarians and Albanians.  In 1912, the city was liberated from the Ottomans during the First Balkan war, and eventually became a part of the Serbian country. During the two world wars, it was eventually given to Bulgaria, before becoming capital of the Macedonian Federation in the Yugoslavian socialistic republic. The city then started growing rapidly industrially and economically.  Unfortunately a huge earthquake in 1963 destroyed a huge part of the town, leaving more than 100,000 people without homes. Skopje managed to recover quickly from it, just in time to become a capital of the independent country of Macedonia. Your Day in Skopje (North Macedonia) The departure is early, somewhere around 8.00 AM depending on your hotel pick-up time, because the driving time is 4 hours each way, and the border cross may take a while. On the way to Macedonia, you will use the picturesque road via the Osogovo mountains, one of the most beautiful mountain ranges both in Bulgaria and Macedonia. Somewhere around 11.30 AM (10:30 AM local time), you will arrive in Skopje. The walking tour will start with the Museum of History of Skopje, dedicated to the city, housed in the old railway station. From there, you will continue towards the Memorial House of Mother Teresa and learn about the life of the amazing Macedonian women with Albanian origin.  At this moment, your hunger for knowledge will be replaced with some good food, as youl head towards the main square, to see the huge statue of Alexander the Great and find a lovely restaurant on the south bank of Vardar river.  After lunch, you will continue your walking tour on the other side of Vardar, crossing it via the Stone bridge - the oldest and the most famous bridge in Skopje, today marked as the symbol of the city. You will then head towards the Old Fortress, for some remarkable pictures of the city from the top. Then you will end with a visit to the old quarter and its famous church - St Saviour. After a little free time to buy some souvenirs, you'll head towards the car, without forgetting to pass by the huge buildings of Skopje 2014's project.  Around 3:30- 4:00 PM, you will depart from Skopje and arrive back in Sofia at around 7:30-8:00 PM.

Skopje: Guided Kratovo and Kuklica Tour

4. Skopje: Guided Kratovo and Kuklica Tour

After pick up from your accommodation in Skopje, you will begin your tour with a drive to Kratovo, where your local guide will be waiting for you. Your guide will begin to show you the city in his own style, which is bound to be very different from others. You will also have the opportunity to taste plenty of local home-style foods, some of which you will even help prepare. Following this, you will begin a city sightseeing tour where you will visit historical sites such as the church of St. Jovan Pretecha (18th century), the church of St. Nikola Chudotvorec (16th-18th century), the Clock Tower (14th century) the Simkjeva Tower (14th century), the Bazaar Bridge and the Argulichki Bridge. After your city tour visit, you will visit Kuklica, also known as the "Valley of Stone Dolls". According to local lore, a man was once struggling to choose between two women. Not able to make up his mind, he figured he would marry both on the same day and not tell the other. Unluckily for him, during his morning wedding, the second wife came to check out the scene and was horrified upon having to watch her husband’s double-crossing nuptials. In a rage, she cursed the whole wedding party and they turned to stone, where they stood forever and created Kuklica. After finishing your tour, you will return to Skopje.

Best of Skopje: Private Full-Day Tour

5. Best of Skopje: Private Full-Day Tour

The driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel or any location of your preference in Skopje, with a comfortable air conditioned car/minivan and take you to the middle of Mount Vodno from where you continue by cable-car system to the Millennium Cross and back to middle Vodno. Once back at middle Vodno you continue by the car/minivan to the village Gorno Nerezi, to see the church St. Pantelejmon. The tour continues with a visit to the canyon Matka, about 17km from Skopje. You will then have lunch at a nice restaurant by the lake. After the visit of canyon Matka, you will head back to Skopje for a walking tour through the old and new parts of the town.

Skopje: Private Walking Tour of Historic Sights

6. Skopje: Private Walking Tour of Historic Sights

Experience the beauty and history of Skopje in this private walking tour. Climb Skopje fortress, and go inside the Mosque of Mustafa Pasha, the Church of St. Spas, and wander through the Old Bazaar, as your guide reveals the history of the capital to you.  Start by meeting your friendly guide at the fortress Kale, and climb the fortress for a breathtaking view of the city. Let your charismatic guide tell you interesting facts and stories about Phillip II Square, Macedonia Square, and the monument of Alexander the Great.  Learn more about the past as you visit a city ruled by the Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans. Discover when the Stone Bridge, the symbol of Skopje, was built. See how the old blends with the new in the city center. 

From Skopje: Private Full-Day Guided Trip to Ohrid

7. From Skopje: Private Full-Day Guided Trip to Ohrid

Discover what many consider to be the most beautiful town in Macedonia, Ohrid, on a full-day tour from Skopje. After pickup at your hotel in Skopje, enjoy the scenic mountain views as your guide drives you for 2.5 hours to Ohrid. Once in Ohrid, take a walk by the lake and savor lunch in a local restaurant. Then, explore Ohrid Old Town on a sightseeing tour with your expert guide. As you walk, find out about the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Macedonia. During your tour, see local landmarks such as Samoil’s Fortress, St. Sofija Church, the Robevi House Museum, St. Bogorodica Perivleptos Church, the Gallery of Icons, the antique theater, and more. As well as sightseeing, visit the “charsija” bazaar and enjoy the chance to do some traditional pearl jewelry shopping. Get the opportunity to see the 1100 years old “Chinar” tree, too. At the end of your day in Ohrid, your guide will drive you back to your accommodation in Skopje.

Skopje : Mountains and Countryside Walking Tour

8. Skopje : Mountains and Countryside Walking Tour

Depart Skopje and travel to Mount Vodno, where you'll ride the cable car up to the Millennium Cross. Enjoy panoramic views back across Skopje from one of the biggest Christian crosses in the world. Take the cable car back down Mount Vodno and continue to the mountain village of Gorno Nerezi. Visit the small 12th-century Church of St. Panteleimon and marvel at the historical Byzantine frescoes inside. Enjoy history, nature, and Macedonian culture on this countryside escape from Skopje.

Transfer from Skopje to Ohrid With Stop at Bitola

9. 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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What people are saying about Skopje Region

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Skojpe is an interesting capital city. I had a tour leader on Bulgarian side who is a history major and was just fascinating to learn from. Thank you Vasko!!!! and Lena, the guide in Skojpe was also an amazing educator and guide. The history of North Macedonia and Bulgaria is complex and the guides presented everything so well and answered my many questions. The drive from Sofia to Skojpe is beautiful, that was worth the trip alone. It was definitely and enjoyable day!

An amazing trip. We experienced no traffic at all, despite the Easter holidays and road works in North Macedonia. Our Bulgarian guide Peter was an absolute joy and so incredibly informative. No travel sickness here and plenty of stops for toilet and coffee breaks! The guide in Skopje was also lovely and gave us a well-rounded insight into the small and unusual city. A highly recommended trip that has left me wanting to return again.

A perfect day. This is the perfect way to visit Skopje without worry about any of the planning. There was no problem or delay during the border crossing which surprised me. Skopje is very interesting place and it was a great balance of guided walking tour along with some free time to explore it on your own or to try the local cuisine.

Great trip with wonderful guides! I was picked on time by the Bulgarian tour guide. The drive was a bit long (4 hours in each direction) but the road was beautiful and we've learnt a lot from our guide. Skopje is awesome as well as the guide there Lanche. We've spent 4 hours but we could have stayed more, definitely.

Nice and comfortable ride, not a very big group so it was not crowded. I was sitting in front with the driver and asking questions and he was patiently explaining everything well. We stayed there for 4 hours but it was worthwhile, particularly enjoyed the experience of walking in the old market.