High Trails of Macedonia Biking
Macedonia, Bike - Fat Tyre, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €995 (land only) - from $1,390 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group accommodation in Popova Shapka. A single timed group transfer is provided in the early afternoon from Skopje Airport to the group hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
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 Mavrovo. Hotel. Ride distance 39km (24 miles) with 1000 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 3: Biking in the Bistra Mountains, 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 55km (34 miles) with 950 metres of ascent and 1300 metres of descent.
Day 4: 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 Pelister. Ride distance 41km (25 miles) with 850 metres of ascent and 1250 metres of descent.
Day 5: After a short transfer, we ride to Golemo Ezero (Big Lake), and afterwards head back to the city of Bitola for lunch and sightseeing. Late afternoon, we transfer to Prilep. Ride distance 41km (25 miles) with 850 metres of ascent and 1250 metres of descent.
Day 6: Transfer to the Mariovo area for a ride amongst the region's beautiful villages, including Manastir and Zovik. After the ride, we make the long transfer back to Skopje and our hotel. Ride distance 47km (29 miles) with 950 metres of ascent and 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 morning group transfer from the hotel to Skopje Airport.