Exploring the Republic of Macedonia

A 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.

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