Your Day in Skopje (Northern Macedonia)

The departure is early, somewhere around 8.00 depending on your hotel pick up time, because the driving time is 4 hours each way and the border crossing may take a while. On the way to Macedonia, we will use the picturesque road via Osogovo mountains, one of the most beautiful mountain ranges both in Bulgaria and Macedonia. Somewhere around 11.00 (local time), we will arrive in Skopje. We will start our walking tour with a local guide at the Museum of history of Skopje, dedicated specially to the city, housed in the old railway station. From there we will continue towards the Memorial house of Mother Teresa and learn about the life of the amazing Macedonian women of Albanian origin.

At this moment our hunger for knowledge will be replaced by some good food. We will head towards the main square, to see the huge statue of Alexander the Great and to find a lovely restaurant on the south bank of Vardar river.

After lunch we will continue our walking tour on the other side of Vardar, crossing it via the Stone bridge - the oldest and the most famous bridge in Skopje, today marked as the symbol of the city. We then head towards the Old fortress, for some remarkable sights of the city from the top. We will end with a visit of the old quarter and its famous church - St Saviour. After a little free time to buy some souvenirs, we head towards our car, without forgetting to pass by the huge buildings of Skopje 2014's project.

Around 15.30-16.00 we will depart from Skopje and arrive back in Sofia at around 19.30-20:00.

Skopje Overview


Skopje, the largest city in Northern Macedonia, will amaze you with its long and captivating history, which has been shaped from its turbulent past. The city has always been desired from the empires, which have been fighting for supremacy above it and to proclaim it part of their lands. Thus Skopje today is unique in its charming diversity, found and revealed in front of you behind every corner.

The history of Skopje starts with the settlements of the Thracians and the establishing of the fortress of Scupi. Since then the town has changed its sovereign numerous times, being part of the Roman, Byzanatine, Bulgarian and for a short period, of the Serbian countries.

The Ottomans will conquer the city in 1392. They will change the name to Uskub and the place will convert into unique of its kind town, which will be called home from numerous Ottomans, Bulgarians and Albanians.

In 1912, the city will be liberated from the Ottomans during the First Balkan war and eventually become a part of the Serbian country. During the two world wars will be eventually given to the Bulgarian country, before in the end to became part and a capital of the Macedonian Federation in the Yugoslavian socialistic republic. The city will start growing rapidly in economic and industrial way.

Unfortunately a huge earthquake in 1963 has destroyed a huge part of the town, leaving more than 100 000 people homeless. Skopje managed to recover quickly from it, just in time to become a capital of the Independent country of Macedonia.

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Every Friday: 69€ per person. A minimum group of 3 persons is required to run the tour, fully refundable if cancelled. Every other day the price is based on the number of people in your party and includes hotel pick-up:

Prices 1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4-8 persons 9-18 persons
189 € / 312 BGN per person 99 € / 174 BGN per person 79 € / 155 BGN per person 69 € / 135 BGN per person 49 € / 96 BGN per person

The tour price includes: transfer to/from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia, guide in English, parking fees, entrance fees. Meals and personal expenses not included. Small group tour. Private option +30%. Children (1-16yrs) 20% discount.

*Minimum number of people to confirm the tour not later than 48 hours before the tour: 3 persons. In case the tour is cancelled, all bookings are entitled to a full refund.


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Departure point every Friday at 8:00 from St. Alexander Nevski square (see map below).

Departure point every other day from your hotel or accommodation.

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    12/30/2019

      Well worth the money.
    The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.
    Picked up from outside our apartment and taken right into the heart of Skopje.
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    hankey5
    1/25/2020

      Really good trip in comfortable mini bus. The tour guide was well informed and had very good English. Rila Monastery is impressive (both inside and out) and it's... read more

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          Great opportunity to see the beauty of the Balkans driving on scenic mountain roads.

          Explore North Macedonia's capital old and new town.

          Try amazing local specialties like "Tavce Grafche".

          Learn about the thousands year old history of the Balkan Peninsula.

          Visit of Skopje Fortress and Mother Teresa House-Museum.

          Free time to capture pictures of hundreds of amazing statues, based on historical figures from the area, including Alexander the Great.

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