Macedonia - Off The Beaten Track
Macedonia, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €1,115 (land only) - from $1,340 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Skopje. KE Land Only package services begin with the single-timed group transfer from Skopje Airport in the late evening. Overnight in the group hotel in Skopje.
Day 2: After breakfast and our first briefing, we take the cable car to the summit of Mt Vodno (1066m) to enjoy the spectacular views of Skopje and beyond. We'll hike down the ridge to the Matka Canyon, stopping off at St Nikola Shishevski Monastery, located beside the canyon waters. After lunch we transfer to our hotel in the ski resort of Popova Shapka (1800m). Walk distance approx; 4 hours.
Day 3: An early start for a long day of hiking. We follow the Vakafska trail across scenic high pasture and moorland, then ascend an easy ridge to the tower at the summit of Titov Vrv (2747m), the highest peak in the Shar Planina. Returning to Popova Shapka, we drive to our hotel in Mavrovo. Walk distance approx; 9 - 10 hours, 22km, 1137m of ascent.
Day 4: We make the short drive to the trailhead, the starting point for our ascent of Medenica (2166m), the high point of the Bistra Massif. The trail starts in the forest, and then reaches more open and rocky terrain. After a picnic lunch near Galicnik, we descend to Jance and transfer back to Mavrovo. Walk distance approx; 5 hours, 17km, 687m of ascent, 1500m of descent.
Day 5: Today, we drive to Bitushe and hike from the village to a high traverse trail for our first view of Golem Krchin (2345m). Trekking up to this summit (with its small ruined church) we have views of many peaks Macedonian peaks as well as Mount Olympos in Greece. Descending to the village of Rostushe, we drive to our hotel in Ohrid. Walk distance approx; 7 hours, 15km, 1387m of ascent and descent.
Day 6: A well-earned rest and sightseeing day in the fairy tale town of Orhid. We have a guided tour of the UNESCO Heritage listed city of 365 churches, one for each day of the year! We visit the Amphitheater, the Church of St. Sofia, Tsar Samuel's Fortress and the Church of St. Jovan Kaneo. After lunch in the old town, we have an afternoon at leisure before meeting in the evening for dinner.
Day 7: Today we`re in Galicica National Park and our aim is Magaro 2255m, the highest peak between lakes Ohrid and Prespa. The summit offers spectacular lake and mountain views. We'll then drive to Trpejc on the shores of Lake Orhid for lunch before transfering (4 hours) to Skopje. Our final group dinner is taken in the city. Walk distance approx; 2 - 3 hours, 8km, 680m of ascent and 733m of descent.
Day 8: In the morning we'll take a sightseeing tour of Skopje, taking in the main sights including the Mother Theresa Memorial before enjoying a final traditional Macedonian lunch. In the afternoon there will be a single-timed transfer to the airport. KE Land Only package services end after the transfer.