7 Days Macedonia Tour Package from Regent Holidays £921/- (Posted on Jun 5 2011)

7 Days Macedonia Tour Package from Regent Holidays £921/-


Highlights: 7 day tour
Any tour of Macedonia should include medieval monasteries, vineyards, orchards, timeworn Turkish bazaars, Orthodox churches and delicious wine. This new group tour to Macedonia takes in the highlights of this fabulous, often overlooked destination.

Price from: £921 pp

Time is given to explore the archeological sites of Heraclea, Stibera and Stobi, as well as the main cities of Bitola, Ohrid and of course Macedonia’s capital city, Skopje. This tour is on a full board basis, so will include many delicious waist expanding meals!
Spanning Roman to Byzantine, Ottoman and Yugoslav rule, Macedonia offers a fascinating architectural heritage and mix of cultures with Slavic, Albanian, Turkish, and Mediterranean influences in abundance.

skopje macedonia

skopje macedonia

Dates: 7-13 May 2011. LAST SPACE REMAINING!


Arrive Skopje and transfer to your hotel. After checking in for your 2 night stay, take a guided walking tour of Skopje which will include a visit to the monument and the memorial house of Mother Theresa and the old bazaar. With its mix of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture and hundreds of little craft shops, the old bazaar remains one of the biggest and the most colourful centres of its kind. Craftsmen such as tailors, cobblers, quilt makers, shoemakers and tinsmiths can still be found at the bazaar. If time permits, you will also visit Skopje’s Fortress – Kale . It was built of stone blocks from the ruins of the city of Skupi in the 6th century during the reign of Tsar Justinian the First. The ramparts of the Skopsko Kale are 121 metres long and one of the square, one of the rectangular and one of the round towers have all been preserved. (D)

After breakfast, start a full day sightseeing tour of Skopje and its environs. The tour will include visits to The Museum of the City of Skopje, which was once the most beautiful railway station in the Balkans (until it was partly destroyed by the earthquake of 1963) and which is today,  the home of the Museum of Skopje. The clock over the main entrance door still points to 5:17, the exact time when the tragic event occurred. Next, visit the archeological site of Scupi. Although the first settlements in Scupi date several centuries earlier, the first significant date in the history of Scupi was the year 168 BC, when the Romans  came to rule over the Macedonians. According to ancient history, Scupi was known as the most important city in the region of the Middle and Eastern Balkans during the Roman period. Continue with a visit to the aqueduct, which was specifically mentioned (dated 26.11.1514) in the vakufnama at the bequest of Mustafa Pasha, the builder of one of the most beautiful mosques in Skopje. The bridge has 55 arches, which are supported by pillars with a square base. It was constructed of brick and stone in a fashion similar to that of other monumental buildings from the Ottoman period. In the afternoon, visit  The Matka Canyon – the secret source of water behind which numerous caves can be found. The Matka Canyon is one of the most magnificent regions in Macedonia. The sides of the canyon are vertical rocks, which house ancient temples, medieval churches and monasteries. Here, you can visit the Holy Mother of God Monastery and St. Andrew’s Monastery.  After a late lunch, drive back to Skopje. Free time before dinner at a traditional restaurant.  (B,L,D)

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart forTetovo, where sightseeing will include The Tetovo Painted (Aladza) Mosque. The mosque was originally built in the 15th Century, in 1459. The donors were two women, Hurshida and Mensure Hanuma, who were buried in the eight-sided “turbe” in the yard of the mosque. Next, head for Egnatia, one of the most famous ancient routes that connected Rome and Byzantium (later Constantinople, now Istanbul) and which was a road that was constructed in the 2nd century BC by the Romans. The road crossed the Roman provinces of Illyricum, Macedonia and Thrace, which are nowadays territories of modern Albania, The Republic of Macedonia, Greece and the European part of Turkey. Before lunch, visit the Archangel Michael Cave Church, situated near the village of Radozhda and one of the most beautiful landscapes on the coast of Lake Ohrid. There are natural caves situated one above the other, high in the rocks, hidden from the eyes of tourists and a monastery compound with a church dedicated to the Holy Archangel Michael.  After lunch in a local fish restaurant, visit the archaeological excavations of St. Erasmus and the  cave church dedicated to St. Erasmus, (situated  just 3 km outside what is known today as the town of Ohrid).  It has been shown that in the 3rd century A.D.,  St. Erasmus founded one of the first monastic brotherhood and monastic cells in the Balkans. The small hill above the old fortification dates from the time of the great Macedonian kings, holding many undiscovered secrets. Continue to Ohrid, where you will arrive late afternoon and check-in to hotel for a 2 night stay. Take a short walk through the city before dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)

After breakfast, start your city tour with a visit to The City Museum, located in the centre of the town in the Robevci family house and a true example of 19th-century local architecture. The museum exhibits an archaeological collection from pre-historic times, a number of items originating from the Classical and Medieval periods of Ohrid’s history and 9,000 coins dating from the Classical Age. Continue with a visit to The Antique Theatre – dating from The Hellenic – to The Roman period. This ancient theatre was built on the hills of the old town of Ohrid in the 3rd century B.C. In the 2nd century, several rows of seats were added and a radical change to the orchestra pit was made in order to adjust it for fights with animals. The cages for the animals are adjacent to the surrounding walls. Next, visit The Upper Gate  – a fortification of the city and Samuil’s fortress datting back from the 3rd century to the 10th century B.C.). The earliest historic record of the Ohrid Fortress is mentioned by the classical historian Livius in the 3rd century B.C., when it was the fortress of the town of Lychnidos. The Ohrid Fortress of Tsar Samuel was described by the chronicler as a mighty stronghold that even Theodoric, King of the Ostrogoths, was unable to seize. Stop around midday for a coffee and refreshment break,  then continue with a visit to St. Clement Monastery at Plaoshnik. St. Clement built the monastery in 893 A.D. and dedicated it to St. Panteleimon, the protector of health. It lies near the remains of an old Christian basilica and is dedicated to Clement one of two famous disciples of Cyril and Methodius whose mission was to spread the Christianity and literacy among the Slavs. It is one of the oldest Slavic monuments of culture. Mid afternoon, visit  St. John the Theologian – Kaneo, whose building and frescoes date back to the 13th century.  The church is located on the most beautiful shore of Lake Ohrid. standing on a high rock above the former fishermen’s settlement of Kaneo and above one of the most beautiful beaches in the old part of the town. Take a late lunch at around 15.30 at a small restaurant in the old village. After lunch, take a boat trip to the hotel in Ohrid and have some free time before dinner and overnight stay in Ohrid. (B,L,D)

ohrid macedonia

ohrid macedonia

After breakfast, begin with a sightseeing tour of Bone Bay and Roman Castrum. The ‘city on water’ in Gradiste was built on ground pre-dating the Bronze Age and was inhabited from 1200 till 800 BC. The life of people in pre-historic times is illustrated throughout the museum. Continue with a visit to The Island of Golem Grad (Big City), which is today an uninhabited island. However, archaeological research shows that it was inhabited from The Hellenistic to Medieval times. There are remains from several basilicas and medieval churches which showcase one of the most interesting parts of Macedonia. Today, the island is visited daily by herons, wild geese, pelicans, moorhens and the occasional tourist! After lunch in the fishermen’s village of Otesevo, sampling the wonderful gastronomic pleasures of the Prespa region, depart for Bitola, arriving late afternoon/early evening.Traditionally a strong trading centre, Bitola is one of the most charming Macedonian cities with a rich history and home to many cultural diversities.Check-in to your hotel for your one night stay and then take a short walk around Bitola before dining in a restaurant in the old part of the city (B,L,D)

After breakfast, start your sightseeing tour with a visit  to Heraclea Lyncestis – dating from The 4th century B.C. Heraclea Lyncestis is an important settlement from the Hellenistic period to the Middle Ages. It was founded by Philip II of Macedon by the middle of the 4th century B.C. Several monuments from Roman times remain in Heraclea, including a portico, thermae (baths), an amphitheatre and a number of basilicas. The theatre was once capable of housing around 3,000 people. Next, visit the archeological site of Styberra. The archaeological remains in Styberra originate from the 3rd century B.C. to the 3rd century A.D. More than 30 statues, busts, inscribed slabs and marble sculptures of great artistic value were found here, suggesting that this was once the biggest workshop and art centre of Macedonia. Lunch will be  in a local restaurant  in Stobi Pavilion, followed by a sightseeing tour of Stobi. Stobi is an ‘open book ‘ that contains the path of cilvilisation of the people of this area starting as early as the 3rd century B.C. through and into the following nine centuries. The names of the two ancient Macedonian kings, Philip II and Philip V are connected with this town. Roman historians also wrote about Stobi. This is a rare opportunity to travel through time while touring the ancient road. Depart late afternoon for Skopje (journey is around 1.5 hours). Dinner and overnight stay in Skopje. (B,L,D)

Free morning before transfer to airport for flight back to the UK (B)

Price Includes:
Return flights in economy class with Malev Hungarian Airlines. All airport taxes and surcharges. Accommodation in three-star hotels on full board basis (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Transfers and transportation throughout. Sightseeing with English-speaking guide. Entrance fees on sightseeing tours.

Price Excludes:
Travel insurance, meals other than those specified, tips for driver/guide.

Single room supplement £160

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Posted by on Jun 5 2011. Filed under Bitola, Europe, Flights, Macedonia, Ohrid, Skopje, Tetovo.

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7 Days Macedonia Tour Package from Regent Holidays £921/-

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