Exploring the Republic of MacedoniaA land of lakes, mountains, canyons and history.
FYROM (the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia), snappily named to avoid confusion with the regions of Macedonia in Greece, Bulgaria and Albania, is a stunningly beautiful place. Hugely popular back in the days of Yugoslavia, the views across Lake Ohrid remain unsurpassed and the Matka Canyon as impressive as ever. What is changing is the ever improving infrastructure; the country is now better equipped for the 21st centrury visitor and this, along with its natural and cultural attractions, make it an enticing destination.
We fly to Tirana in Albania and transfer the short distance across the border to Ohrid to enjoy the beauty of the scenery on foot or during a dip in the lake from our lakeside hotel.
From Bitola we can enjoy walking in the Pelister Mountains and the history of this impressive town, including a visit to the
Roman town of Heraclea to view the mosaics. We will also visit Prilep and walk up to the monastery of St Michael that has frescoes dating from the 11th Century.
Moving north we stay close to Skopje and have a tour of the capital, the birthplace of Mother Theresa in 1910. We then visit the Matka Canyon for a boat trip and walk, before heading west to Struga. We return to Tirana for our flight home.
- The view from Tzar Samuels Fortress over Lake Ohrid, possibly the most beautiful lake in Europe.
- The Mosaics at the Roman town of Heraclae.
- Walk in the Matka Canyon
Ohrid (3), Bitola (4), Skopje (1), Struga (1).Holiday Information Sheet
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- Return flights and airport transfers.
- Half board en-suite accommodation.
- Boat trip and walk through the Matka Canyon.
- Services of a dedicated leader.
Tourist class hotel accommodation throughout – all rooms with private facilities. Most accommodation is equivalent to comfortable Western European three-star rating.Travel
- Arrival transfer by road (c3hrs).
- Flights Gatwick–Tirana, Albania (c5hrs 15 mins), British Airways.
- UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
- Upgrades Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.
Holiday: Very interesting country to visit. Both Ramblers and local guide were excellent. Good food in all centres.
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Alan and Amanda Williams
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