10 DAY National Biking Tour
Experience the best natural and cultural features of Macedonia through an unforgettable adventure.
We start from Skopje, taking quite an open road to Tetovo, and from there up to Sara Mountain (around 20k easy to moderate uphill), and a mountain tourist place called Popova Sapka, where there are a few mountain houses, motels and hotels. We will have our lunch in one of the few authentic restaurants there and sleep over in one of the motels at altitude of 1800 m. The place is claimed a natural rarity. (Total km ~70)
Downhill to Tetovo, and then to a secondary road (along side the bottom of Sara Mountain) through a few villages, all the way to Gostivar. Here we will visit the springs of the biggest Macedonian river Vardar, in a place called Vrutok. From there we start another uphill (around 15k, perhaps more, but not very hard) to a place called Mavrovo (there is also a little lake called Mavrovo Lake) also full of villas, mountain houses, motels and hotels. All the area around Mavrovo is a National Park, and it’s incredibly beautiful. We spend the night there. (Total km ~70)
By the beautiful river Radika we will have a flat road right to one of the oldest (and biggest) monasteries (St. Jovan Bigorski) in Macedonia. All of this is in the National Park. Then we take a road going along the beautiful river-lake Crni Drim all the way to Ohrid -and old town on the shores of Lake Ohrid (one of the oldest natural lakes in the world), where we spend the night renting a room in a private house. (Total km ~90)
(A rest day) -We walk around the town and visiting many important and old historic places (Tsar Samoil's Fortress, St. Sofia Church, Archeological museum on water called Bay of bones, Museum of Macedonian craftworks and similar...); -going to a beach on the lake and go for a swim.
riding along side the Ohrid Lake (our right-hand side), and Galicica Mountain (our left-hand side). After about 20 km, we start going uphill (about 10-15 km) to climb the mountain. It’s a moderate climb (asphalt, non-frequent road) to almost the top of the mountain. When we get to the top, we have a view of all of the Ohrid Lake, and the surroundings. It’s an unseen natural beauty. That would be a life-long unforgettable moment. From there we take a mountain trail around the peaks of the mountain, where there’s a place from where in one panoramic view of 200 degrees you could see both Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa. Finally we descend to a tourist resort – Otesevo (by the Prespa Lake) and continue to Bitola, where we are going to visit the ancient city Heraclea. We will spend the night in a near monastery (which is a very unique experience). (Total km ~ 100)
riding a very flat road to Prilep, then uphill (~8km) to Pletvar (900m alt.) and from there descending all the way to Kavadarci where we are visiting the old Tikvesh Winery with a tour inside the winery and traditional lunch and wine degustation. We are spending night in a local motel. (Total km ~80)
riding uphill (~13km) towards Karaorman (a small mountain), going past the biggest coil mines in the region and getting to Radovis. From there we have a nice road to Strumica, where we are visiting two waterfalls. One of them is the biggest waterfall in Macedonia, called Smolare and the second one is called Koleshino waterfall. We will spend the night in a motel in Strumica. (Total km ~85)
We start with a tough uphill slope to the mountain settlement Suvi Laki, which reminds on the famous Alpe d'Huez. From here we continue to the mountain town, Berovo (1200m alt.). This is one of the most beautiful regions in Macedonia, so depending on time we can take local rides. We can continue uphill (~10km) to a mountain artificial lake 'Berovo Lake', take a tour to the Bulgarian border. We will sleep over in hotel called “Hotel Monastery” with the most delicious food and potatoes specialties. (Total km ~50)
Short ride to near small town Pehchevo where we are going to visit two beautiful waterfalls. Then mostly descending all the way to Kocani -a town famous for the huge 'high-quality rice' valleys. After that we have mostly flat road to Stip where we are going to accommodated and taste the traditional “Pastrmajlija” in local restaurant. (Total km ~100)
Flat road towards town Sveti Nikole, where we are visiting the ancient archeological locality Bylazora, the protector of Macedon and the seat of the Paeonian and Macedonian kings. We will have our lunch in restaurant by the artificial lake in town Veles, near the center of Macedonia. Finally, the last 55km flat road to Skopje. (Total km ~95)
6 - 10
Jun - Oct
Appropriate bike, accommodation, meals, transfers by a van where appropriate, 24/7 support and professional tour guides. End to end tour.
Please let us know if you want to bring your own bike.