North Macedonia Grand Hiking Tour

North Macedonia Grand Hiking Tour

North Macedonia Grand Hiking Tour

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From $2,425USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, Guesthouses, Huts

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Highlights

Linger in the magic of North Macedonia on this 12-day guided hiking tour

Hike to unparalleled views of the highest peak in North Macedonia, Mount Korab at 2,764 m / 9,068 ft.

Visit Treskavec Monastery, a medieval complex built on top of a mountain that offers breathtaking 360-degree views.

Trek to two stunning alpine lakes in Pelister National Park known as “Pelister’s Eyes.”

Spend your last night at the Popova Kula Winery, enjoying the surrounding vineyards and reminiscing about your journey's highlights.

If you’re looking to go hiking in a new destination that combines history, culture, beauty, friendly locals and great food? Then in North Macedonia deserves your consideration. This 12-day guided hiking tour is a gem. You’ll explore three of the country’s National Parks, and several villages and towns, many of which are recognized by UNESCO. The itinerary is jam-packed with activities—you will never be bored!

Begin the tour in the capital of North Macedonia, Skopje. Take a city tour of the old town and get accustomed to the North Macedonian way of life. You’ll have your guide with you to get you acquainted.

Then hike from Skopje into Matka Canyon, where you will walk among tall rock faces next to a beautiful blue river. There are several hamlets and historic structures along the way, including the Millennium Cross at the top of Mount Vodno.

One of the days includes a boat ride to the deepest underwater cave in Europe. The trails will lead you past views of the Sharr Mountains and several natural lakes among the peaks.

Later in the 12-day itinerary, you’ll explore Mavrovo National Park, which is home to the highest peak in North Macedonia, Mount Korab (2,764 m / 9,068 ft). Get your fill of moss- and rock-covered mountains as you discover Galichica and Pelister National Parks. These areas consist of various terrain—you’ll be impressed at each bend in the trail with the next epic view.

When you return to town or village centres to rest, you’ll enjoy North Macedonian culture. The towns during this 12-day tour you’ll explore have had many civilizations, and you’ll see their influence in the array of religious structures from crosses, to monasteries, to mosques. You’ll visit places that were relevant during the Ottoman Empire, and significant land used in World War I. North Macedonia became an independent country in 1991, but prior to that, the area had been occupied by myriad rulers, which makes the country ever more intriguing.

For adventurers who want to take things a bit more slowly and learn about the deeper side of North Macedonia, culturally and geographically, this 12-day tour hits the bullseye.

North Macedonia Grand Hiking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Skopje

Welcome to Skopje, North Macedonia! Your guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to the hotel in central Skopje. Once you settle in, meet your group for a short city walk with your local guide, wander the old city centre and learn about the history of North Macedonia’s capital. In the evening, you’ll have an introduction dinner with your group in a traditional restaurant. Get some rest for the days ahead!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Skopje
Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Explore Mount Vodno and Matka Canyon

After filling up on breakfast, you’ll get a transfer to Mount Vodno, one of the hills overlooking Skopje. Take a cable car ride followed by a short hike to reach the top. Marvel at the Millennium Cross when you arrive: a religious structure emulating the Eiffel Tower's construction, but in the shape of a cross. Take some pictures here as you will be in front of an incredible view of Skopje. From here, the group will follow the guide towards Matka Canyon. The route passes by some fascinating wonders: St. Nikola monastery built into the rocks overlooking the canyon and Lake Matka, where you’ll stop for a packed lunch and short stroll. Vrelo Cave is one of the deepest cave lakes in the world, and you'll have the chance to visit it. At the end of the trail, you’ll be transferred to the small ski village of Popova Shapka for dinner and rest.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Popova Shapka
Distance
4-5 hours
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Hike Popova Sapka and Sightsee in Tetovo

Popova Sapka is a ski resort in the winter with awesome hiking when the snow melts. After breakfast, you’ll get well acquainted with this area. Today’s morning hike will offer incredible views of the Sharr Mountains, and many natural lakes in the area. You’ll pass by agricultural land where sheep farms and local farmers have settled in the mountains. Have lunch back in Popova Sapka and get transferred to the nearby city of Tetovo for some sightseeing; you’ll be especially impressed by the Colorful Mosque. Dinner tonight will be in Mavrovo, and you can settle into your cozy guesthouse for the night.

Overnight Location
Mountain Hut in Mavrovo
Distance
4-5 hours
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Discover Mavrovo National Park

Get ready for a full day exploring the biggest national park in North Macedonia, Mavrovo National Park. The park comprises several peaks, including Mount Korab, the highest peak in North Macedonia at 2,764 m / 9,068 ft. Receive a short transfer to the starting point at Carevec then get your legs moving as you pass by views of Mavrovo Lake, Medecina Peak, and Mount Korab. You’ll descend after reaching Cavkarnik Peak and return to the hut in Mavrovo for a well-earned dinner.

Overnight Location
Mountain Hut in Mavrovo
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Visit North Macedonian Villages

Fill up on breakfast in Mavrovo then take a transfer to Carevec, a viewpoint you saw yesterday. Start the hike here through Mavrovo National Park on a trail that will take you through many cute villages. First, you’ll stop in the mountain village Galichnik to explore its beautiful architecture and amphitheatre. Climb to the highest spot in Galichnik for a majestic view of Radika Canyon that surrounds the village. Hike another hour and a half to reach Jance, a village with lots of opportunities to participate in eco-tourism and learn about local traditions. At the end of the day, you’ll get a transfer to Ohrid for a traditional dinner and comfortable sleep in a hotel.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Ohrid
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Hike Jablanica and Visit Vevcani Springs

Enjoy breakfast in the beautiful lakeside town of Ohrid, then head to the starting point for the morning hike to Jablanica Mountain. Follow your guide on the trail that nears the Albanian border, passing by the Parumba church, as it’s locally known. Descend through a stunning valley to complete the trail loop. You’ll stop in another village for lunch and spend the afternoon strolling around the Vevcani springs. Admire this natural water feature nestled in the North Macedonian brush, replete with wooden bridges and stone houses. After the day’s adventures, you’ll head back to the hotel in Ohrid for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Ohrid
Distance
4-5 hours
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Tour Galichica National Park

Check another national park off the list today as you set out to explore Galichica National Park after breakfast. You'll be immersed in fragrant flora and fauna and witness some stunning views of Lake Ohrid and the surrounding terrain. Hike to the village of Pestani where you’ll meet the driver to be taken to Bitola. As you drive through Galichica National Park, you’ll be wowed by the peaks and valleys and catch glimpses of the exceptional natural lakes. Settle into a cute hotel in the neighbouring Pelister National Park.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Pelister National Park
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Pelagonija Valley

Fuel up on breakfast for a big climb today—and don’t forget your camera for some terrific panoramas. Starting at Hotel Molika, you’ll follow a trail through dense pine forests until reaching an excellent viewpoint looking over Pelagonija Valley opening over Bitola. Get a quick history lesson from your guide when you see Kajmakcalan Mountain on the Greek border, with its small church perched atop a historically significant peak. The grounds were used as a battlefield in World War I. You’ll descend from here into the adorable Dihovo village for dinner and sleep.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Dihovo
Distance
3-4 hours
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Hike through Pelister National Park

After breakfast, you’ll start the journey into Pelister National Park, which is home to several pristine alpine lakes. Today’s trail will lead you to Pelister’s Eyes, two side-by-side lakes left over from the Ice Age and maintained by snow and rainfall throughout the year. You may think the “eyes” are winking, as one is much smaller than the other. You’ll hit some amazing viewpoints like the Jorgov Stone stop, a popular break spot for mountain bikers and hikers alike. Once you reach Dihovo again, you’ll be transferred to the town with the highest altitude in North Macedonia for the night: Krusevo, sitting at 1,350 m / 4,429 ft.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Krusevo
Distance
16 km, 800 m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Get to Know Krusevo

Take your time enjoying breakfast; today is not as packed as the previous days. You’ll stay locally in Krusevo to explore. First, take a city walk with a local guide and learn why this town is historically significant to the area. This town was the center for the initial uprising against the Ottoman Empire, and the Republic of Krushevo was the first republic of the Balkans. Continue strolling the streets, and taste local flavours in the marketplaces and cafes and have lunch with your group in a local restaurant. You have a free afternoon to continue exploring, do some shopping, or relax. Spend the night in the hotel in Krusevo, and get a good night’s sleep for your last full day tomorrow.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Krusevo
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 From Treskavec Monastery to Popova Kula Winery

Fuel up for your final full tour day. You’ll start with a visit to Treskavec Monastery, a medieval complex built atop a peak that gives 360-degree views. You’ll be overcome by the serene atmosphere here. Take a moment in a unique spot to admire the views and enjoy the peace. Begin hiking towards another medieval structure, King Marko’s Fortress. You’ll have amazing views from here as well—don’t forget to ask your guide about the history. Visit another religious complex before heading to lunch in the city. Wrap up the tour in one of the best ways—a visit to a local winery! Spend the evening tasting local products and have your final dinner at the winery. Popova Kula Winery has a hotel to accommodate you for the night, so you don’t have to go far to find your bed after all that food and drink.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Popova Kula Winery
Distance
3-4 hours
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Farewell

Sadly, your 12-day grand hiking tour has come to an end! Enjoy a final breakfast with your group and discuss all the memories you made in the past 12 days. Your airport transfer to Skopje International Airport will be ready when you are.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

North Macedonia Grand Hiking Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in North Macedonia is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price always depends on the number of people in your group.

Prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Guided Groups of 4: $2,425USD

Please note that the pricing might change depending on your group size.

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Accommodation on North Macedonia Grand Hiking Tour

The hotels on this trip are 3- and 4-star. You will stay in some guesthouses and spend two nights in a mountain hut. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $325USD to have a private room in a hotel while traveling with your group. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Victoria Hotel in Skopje

Cozy hotel within the walking distance of Skopje City center, with clean and comfortable rooms and many convenient amenities.

Scardus Hotel in Popova Shapka

This hotel, located in Sharr Mountains, is surrounded by stunning mountain views and has all the amenities needed to make your stay comfortable.

Carevec Mountain Hut in Mavrovo

Carevec Mountain Hut is a wonderful, authentic family-run establishment with rustic décor and friendly and knowledgeable hosts.

City Palace Hotel in Ohrid

This hotel is located at the heart of Ohrid – just steps away from the town center, facing the beautiful marina.

Sumski Feneri Hotel in Bitola

Beautiful hotel with nice and clean rooms, garden, stunning views, and a restaurant that serves local food.

Ilinden Guesthouse in Dihovo Village

This cozy guesthouse, located at the gateway to Pelister Mountain National Park, has rustic interior, friendly hosts and great cuisine.

Casa La Cola Vill in Krusevo

Clean and comfortable family-run hotel. Offers tasty breakfast, free wi-fi and beautiful views.

Popova Kula Hotel in Demir Kapija

This great hotel, located high on the hill, has spacious and clean rooms, big well-kept garden and even the vineyard!

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the North Macedonia Grand Hiking Tour?

Meals

All 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches (4 packed lunches and 6 restaurant lunches), and 11 dinners are included.

Accommodations

All 11 nights are included in the tour.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included throughout the tour, including the airport transfers.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide services
  • Map of North Macedonia, Ohrid, and Skopje
  • Boat ride in Matka Canyon

Not included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • All entrance fees at sites (average €2 per site)
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Anything not mentioned as “Included”
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Skopje
  • Optional activities

Frequenty Asked Questions about North Macedonia Grand Hiking Tour

How hard is the North Macedonia Grand Hiking Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be comfortable with day hikes up to 18km (12 miles) and distances up to 800 m ascent gain.

Do I need a visa to travel to North Macedonia?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the North Macedonia Grand Hiking Tour?

All 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches (6 packed lunches and 6 restaurant lunches), and 11 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Skopje to start this tour?

You can reach Skopje by plane from most major cities in Europe. You will be picked up from Skopje Airport.

Is the North Macedonia Grand Hiking Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

Where does the North Macedonia Grand Hiking Tour end?

The tour ends in Skopje, with a drop-off at the Skopje Airport.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to North Macedonia?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for North Macedonia?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Balkans for this tour?

The best time to travel to North Macedonia for hiking is from mid-April to September.

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We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be comfortable with day hikes up to 18km (12 miles) and distances up to 800 m ascent gain.


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