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From Sofia: Skopje, Northern Macedonia Day Tour

1. 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.

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Food by Foot Skopje City Tour

2. Food by Foot Skopje City Tour

The Food by Foot Skopje Tour introduces you to the local food culture and authentic local dishes of Skopje on this three to four-hour tour. Take a stroll and discover the story of Old and New Skopje while stopping to taste some great local highlights of Skopje’s food scene. During this tour, your guide will guide you through the history of Skopje, beginning with the new “Skopje 2014” project, across the Stone Bridge through the Old Town. Walk through the cobblestone streets, lined with little crafts shops and cafés. Taste your morning burek with yogurt, then make your way through the colorful open market, and stop to try some of the best cheese in the city. Then, continue to an eatery for tasty local bites, rakia, and an incredibly sweet delicacy. Finally, end your tour by trying the best beer and “kebapi” in town. This is more than just a food tour. It is a chance to get to know the people, the lifestyle, the history, and the food culture of Skopje. Discover city highlights, such as Porta Macedonia, the Green Market, the Old Bazaar, and much more while tasting the best of what the city has to offer.

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

3. 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: Half-Day Stobi Wine Tour

4. Skopje: Half-Day Stobi Wine Tour

Depart for Stobi Winery where a professional guide will be waiting for you. There is no better way to get to know the wine and history of this region than by being apart of this Stobi Wine Tour.  Let expert guides introduce you to the basics of wine technology, as well as the wine growing and wine drinking tradition from this area. Find out more about the local wine culture while enjoying the culinary masterpieces of the chefs, always ready to surprise you with traditional Macedonian delicacies or international cuisine specials. Leave Stobi richer from this epicurean experience. Enjoy a winery tour with a professional guide, tasting four of the best wines along with cold snacks such as cheese, yellow cheese and meat specialties like Galichnik. Afterwards, return back to Skopje.

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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.

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From Skopje: Private Full-Day Trip to Bitola

6. From Skopje: Private Full-Day Trip to Bitola

Your driver/ guide will pick you up from your hotel or any location of your preference in Skopje, and then take you by comfortable air-conditioned car or minivan to Bitola. In about less than 3-hours driving, as a first stop in Bitola and an introduction to the city’s history, you will be able to visit and learn about the ancient settlement Heraclea Lyncestis and the well-preserved floor mosaics, fine examples of early Christian art. After visiting Heraclea, driving by the City Park, your driver/ guide will transfer you to the City Museum from where you will enjoy a walking tour through Shirok Sokak, among the nice colorful romantic and neoclassical buildings, housing cafes and restaurants, with time to taste some local bites or just relax with a coffee and people watching. The tour will further continue through the sites to the Old Bazaar, finishing at the Green Market, where you won’t miss the chance to buy a “pepper necklace” or some of the fresh, organic and seasonal products. Transfer back to your hotel or any location of your preference in Skopje.

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Skopje: Private Romantic Tour

7. 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: Magical Christmas Tour

8. 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: Private Full-Day Guided Trip to Ohrid

9. 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.

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Skopje: Private Walking Tour of Historic Sights

10. 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. 

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What people are saying about Skopje Region

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 16 reviews

The guide man was really nice! He thought us first and tried to meet our wishes as much as possible. This tour was like a private tour because there were no participants except us. While traveling by car, he also provided detailed information on the geography and history of Bulgaria and Macedonia, and the Balkans. He was very knowledgeable. English was very fluent and easy to hear. After a three-and-a-half to four-hour drive one-way, they guided me through the new town and the old town, and took many pictures. He told me about restaurants, souvenir shops and good places to exchange money. He also taught me to be careful when sightseeing with only two girls. The sightseeing of Skopje itself is only 4 hours, but it was a satisfying trip! The distance traveled by car was long, but the guide man talked happily and told me various things during sightseeing, so I was able to spend all my time happily. I was worried at first because the number of reviews was small, but I really recommend this

A great almost private tour of the center of Skopje right from the start. During the tour they were introduced to places that they would not otherwise have gone to or could not even go to. Guide Kate was wonderful and was able to tell openly about local life and the story. Suorittelen!

Because of the hot weather, I was the only participant and got the tour by private! Tourguide was nice to be with and she told more than I expected! For every question she had several answeres!

Our guide was very friendly and informative. He was very knowledgeable, and explained the history so that we understood it. We loved Skopje, and it’s well worth the travel time.

Go to this trip hungry :) Very nice and good guide Kate. We went by most of the important features of the city, learning about their history. Food was excellent. Recommend.