High Trails of Macedonia Biking
Macedonia, Bike - Fat Tyre, 8 days - from £745 (land only) - from €1,045 (land only) - from $1,220 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group accommodation in Popova Shapka. KE Land Only package services begin with a single group transfer from Skopje Airport to the group hotel.
Day 2: Today's great introductory ride takes us into the Shar Planina Mountains. Following easy off-road tracks, we ride into the Leshnica Valley and see the new downhill track at Ceripashina. Returning to the road, we visit the city of Tetovo, before driving to our hotel in Bistra. Ride distance 34km (21 miles) with 1000 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 3: Today we cycle the first of two days through the Mavrovo National Park. Riding an ever changing combination of tar and compact gravel roads leads us through a fairytale scene of grassy meadows and snowy peaks. Our route today follows the Radika River and depending on conditions the finishing point today will decided on the day. Ride distance 50km (30 miles) with 950m ascent and 1300m descent.
Day 4: Biking in the Bistra Mountains of Mavrovo, we visit the villages of Nikiforovo, Leunovo and Galicnik, whilst riding through green pastures dotted with ancient sheepfolds. Pick up from Tresonche and transfer to Ohrid. Ride distance 70km (43 miles) with 1000 metres of ascent and 1650 metres of descent.
Day 5: Today we take a short transfer to the lower slopes of Mt Jablanica. Starting with a dirt road climb our route follows the Albanian border and through traditional Macedonian mountain life. From our highpoint, we enjoy a superb 14km descent to Lake Ohrid, where the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure. Ride distance 46km (28 miles) with 700 metres of ascent and 1100 metres of descent.
Day 6: The Galicica National Park is our objective today, riding from Velestovo with great views of the Ohrid and Prespa lakes. Mix of off-road and backroad with some singletrack. From Eleshec, we drive to Trpjeca for lunch, then on to Skopje. Ride distance 41km (25 miles) with 850 metres of ascent and 1250 metres of descent.
Day 7: A final morning of riding in the Skopje area, from Vodno Mountain to the Matka Canyon, where we take lunch before heading back. Time for sightseeing in Skopje. Ride distance 40km (25 miles) with 800 metres of ascent and 990 metres of descent.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end with the early afternoon group transfer from the hotel to Skopje Airport.