Kosovo and North Macedonia Hiking Tour

Panoramic views from Kosovo, and North Macedonia Hiking Tour

Kosovo and North Macedonia Hiking Tour

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From $2,150USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, Huts

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Highlights

Discover the treasures in Kosovo and North Macedonia on this 9-day hiking tour

Hike among Matka Canyon and explore one of the deepest underwater caves in Europe.

Get panoramic views of Skopje standing next to the Millennium Cross, one of the world's tallest religious cross structures.

Revel in the unexpected beauty of the natural landscapes that comprise Kosovo and North Macedonia.

Spend your evenings enjoying the balmy climate and Balkan hospitality in well-selected accommodation.

If you’re looking for a journey on roads less travelled, a hiking tour through Kosovo and North Macedonia will appeal to you. Situated on the Balkan Peninsula, these two young countries are home to several natural wonders, national parks, and reserves. The wild terrain contains excellent hiking trails leading through canyons and mountains that are popular for skiing in the winter.

You'll discover the hiking highlights of the fascinating countries of Kosovo and North Macedonia on this guided tour. Starting in Kosovo, you’ll be acquainted with your guide and group in the village of Brod in the southern tip of the country. Over the next few days, your group explores the Zlipotok Mountain Range and Peskovi Peak for some incredible hiking routes and views. Get a taste of history with a visit to a medieval fortress sitting atop the town of Prizren. In each town, you’ll have time to explore leisurely and enjoy traditional meals with your group.

The second half of the tour reveals the treasures of North Macedonia. Visit St. Nikola monastery perched at the top of Matka Canyon for gorgeous panoramas of the natural scenery. The panoramas don’t stop there—hike among small villages on peaks and canyons for the remaining days. Local guides will lead many of the hikes, giving you plenty of opportunities to engage and learn about the nuanced history of the area. Your heart, mind, and camera will be filled!

This tour is rich in natural beauty and epic panoramic views. It offers a lesson in recent history that has shaped each country’s culture, and an opportunity to visit some off-the-beaten-track countries. If the above appeals to you, a 9-day hiking tour in Kosovo and North Macedonia should do the trick!

Kosovo and North Macedonia Hiking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Pristina

Welcome to Kosovo! Upon arrival at the Pristina Airport, your guide will meet you and bring you to Brod, a small village in southern Kosovo nestled among the Sharr Mountains. Your guide will prepare you for the week ahead with maps, a SIM card, and an overview of the tour. Depending on when you arrive, explore the narrow streets of Brod while admiring the surrounding mountains. Get some rest for an early start tomorrow.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Brod
Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Hike to Rudoka Peak

After breakfast, you’ll receive a transfer to the nearby Arxhena Hotel to begin today’s hike. The trail passes by a few water sources and springs and will lead up to a mountain ridge, opening up to panoramic views from Rudoka Peak. The landscape views reveal rocky plateaus and green mountains, with unique Balkan vegetation covering the grounds. It's not a forested area, so no tall trees impede the sights—you'll be able to spot streams and lakes with ease on a clear day. Return to the starting point on the same trail and be transferred to Prizren for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Prizren
Distance
12 km, 1,400m ascent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Sightseeing in Prizren

Today, you’ll get to know the heritage hotspot of Prizren very well. On a walking tour of the city, you’ll visit several sights that take you on a journey through time from the Byzantine Ottoman era until present day Prizren. End the walking tour looking over the city from the viewpoint of the Prizren Fortress. After the cultural lesson in Prizren, you’ll be transferred to Prevalla, a small mountain town sitting at 1,800 m / 5,906 ft, for the night to rest and prepare for a big hike tomorrow.

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

Day 4 Hike to Peskovi Peak

Wake up to the crisp mountain air and enjoy breakfast with the group. Today’s route leads hikers to the summit of Peskovi Peak at 2,651 m / 8,698 ft. The moderate climb will take roughly 2–3 hours, including breaks. Your local guide will explain the history of the area as you enjoy the mountain's astounding views. On a clear day, you can see the neighbouring North Macedonia where you'll spend the second half of this 9-day tour. Take your time walking around the summit before returning to meet your guide for a transfer to Brezovica.

Overnight Location
Mountain Hut in Brezovica
Distance
5 hours, 850 m of ascent, 850 m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Summit Two Peaks in Sharr National Park

Spend the morning relaxing in the resort area of Brezovica, a prime recreating spot year-round with cat-skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. You’ll start the ascent towards Piribeg Peak, which is the fourth highest mountain in Kosovo at 2,524 m / 8,281 ft—the views of the surrounding mountains will take your breath away. Traverse over to Ligeni a Malit, the second peak on today’s hike, then hike down to Brezovica for a bite to eat and a short break before being driven across the border into North Macedonia. Settle into your hotel in Skopje, North Macedonia’s capital, and get a good night’s sleep.

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

Day 6 Hike Mount Vodno, Matka Canyon, Vrelo Cave

Get ready for a day of adventure to explore some religiously significant spots and hiking highlights in North Macedonia. After breakfast, receive transportation to the gondola at the base of Mount Vodno. Hike to the summit and admire the iconic Millennium Cross overlooking Skopje. Continue hiking the path towards Matka Canyon, breaking to have a peek at St. Nikola Monastery and incredible canyon views. The day of adventure continues walking down to Matka Lake for lunch, followed by a boat exploration and visit one of the deepest caves in Europe, Vrelo Cave. You’ll be driven to Mavrovo for dinner and a well-earned sleep.

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

Day 7 Explore Mavrovo National Park

After a hearty breakfast in Mavrovo, the group will be driven to the trailhead for Carevec, a peak in Mavrovo National Park, sitting at 1,798 m / 5,899 ft. Hiking along trails and enjoying the scenery will eventually lead you to Galicnik village, a village where the residences are interspersed among the trees, clinging to the mountainside—there’s a biblical atmosphere about this place. From the town, hike to the highest point nearby for a stunning view of Radika Canyon, a picturesque gorge of moss-covered cliffs, rivers, and trees. The hike continues through more small villages, and your guide will teach you about how locals use herbs in their traditions. You’ll be transferred to the lakeside town of Ohrid for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Ohrid
Distance
1.5 hours village to village
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Sightseeing in Ohrid and Galichica National Park

Wake up in this stunning lakefront town and take a 2-hour city tour with a local guide. Learn about the rich tapestry of the area culminating from myriad civilizations settling here. Once you’ve completed the tour and asked your local guide all the questions, get a transfer to Velestovo village in Galichica National Park to start today’s journey. Hike towards Elsani village through dry grasslands and Balkan shrubbery, and marvel at sweeping views of Lake Ohrid along the way. Take a quick break in Elsani overlooking the lake, then hop in the car for transfer to Skopje for your last night.

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

Day 9 Farewell

Enjoy breakfast with your group and recount your highlights and favourite memories of the last 9 days. Receive an transfer to Skopje Airport when you’re packed and ready.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Kosovo and North Macedonia Hiking Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in Kosovo and North Macedonia is always run as a private 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: $2,150USD

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

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Accommodation on Kosovo and North Macedonia Hiking Tour

The hotels on this trip are 3- and 4-star. You will spend one night of the tour in a mountain hut in a National Park. 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 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.

Arxhena Hotel in Brod

This rather big hotel, surrounded by the beautiful mountains, has comfortable rooms and a good restaurant.

Venisi Hotel in Prizren

This small but comfortable hotel is in a very convenient location in Prizren, within a walkable distance to the city’s landmarks, as well as numerous restaurants.

Morea Hotel in Prevala

Stylish and comfortable rooms, restaurant that serves local cuisine, friendly hosts and amazing mountains – what more could you ask for!

Molika Hotel in Brezovica

Lovely hotel tucked in the forest, surrounded by beautiful mountains and the views to Pelister National Park.

Victoria Hotel in Skopje

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

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.

Victoria Hotel in Skopje

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

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Kosovo and North Macedonia Hiking Tour?

Meals

All 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 8 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for all 8 nights is included in the tour.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included throughout the tour in a private car or minibus (depending on number of travellers), including the airport transfers.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide services
  • Map of North Macedonia, Ohrid, and Skopje

Not included

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

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Pristina
  • Extra night in Skopje
  • Optional activities like cooking class and farm visits

Frequenty Asked Questions about Kosovo and North Macedonia Hiking Tour

How hard is the Kosovo and North Macedonia Hiking Tour?

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. You should be comfortable with hiking up to 5 hours daily with significant ascent and descent. This tour can be customized for those that prefer a less active tour.

Do I need a visa to travel to Kosovo and 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 Kosovo and North Macedonia Hiking Tour?

All 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 8 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 Pristina to start this tour?

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

Is the Kosovo and North Macedonia Hiking Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

Where does Kosovo and North Macedonia Hiking Tour end?

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

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Kosovo and North Macedonia?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Kosovo and 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 Kosovo and North Macedonia for hiking is from mid-April to September.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. You should be comfortable with hiking up to 5 hours daily with significant ascent and descent. This tour can be customized for those that prefer a less active tour.


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Ohrid, North Macedonia

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