High Trails of Macedonia Biking
Macedonia, Bike - Fat Tyre, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €995 (land only) - from $1,340 (land only)
By: Iris Wuenschmann-Lyall, Chelmsford, UK
The trip was beyond expectations. One of the most enjoyable and interesting trips I have been on for a long time. The local agent was beyond excellent. It has been a great privilege to experience the hospitality of families in their homes, to visit ancient villages, and to eat superb food in unforgettable places. The planning and organisation have been faultless. Everything worked perfectly: hotels were welcoming and comfortable, transfers were always efficient, and even the weather seemed part of the team. The biking is world class and the high mountain trails are truly magical. Our highlights? Lunches with wild mushrooms, with Pavle in Galicnik, and with grilled fish by the lake in Ohrid; supper of tavce gravce in Leunovo; delicious Macedonian wines at the vineyard; and of course riding endless high mountian prairies above Mavrovo and in the Galicica national park. We have had a superb week in Macedonia and intend to be back soon!
By: Robert Oakeshott, Cambridge, UK
One of the best cycling holidays I've been on: good riding, good views, good food, good company, good weather. Lots of good riding, with a mix of forest and highland tracks and a little bit of single track thrown in. Some rough roads - but very very little loose stuff. I enjoyed all the riding, but most especially the ride through Galicica National Park: wide open space to descend down into and then with mostly dryish earth track to tide on; a little single track at the end to complete a great ride. I also enjoyed the wine tasting: some great tasting wines combined with cheese and smoked meats, and the food, especially the cheeses and mushrooms.
There were great mountain and valley views. The view going over the mountain into the heart of Galicica national park and the views descending into there and riding through there were a particular highlight.
Our guide Aleksandar is a really good tour leader, great company, a good judge of how much harder riding to put in, and with a good sense of the logistics and timing to make the tour work.