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  • From Skopje: Vodno Mountain and Matka Canyon Tour

    1. From Skopje: Vodno Mountain and Matka Canyon Tour

    Depart Skopje and travel in air-conditioned comfort to Vodno Mountain. Ride the cable car up to Millennium Cross on arrival, and enjoy panoramic views back across Skopje from one of the biggest Christian crosses in the world. Take the cable car back down Vodno Mountain to continue to the mountain village of Gorno Nerezi by air-conditioned vehicle. Visit the small 12th-century Church of St. Panteleimon on arrival and marvel at the historical frescoes of Byzantine art inside. Next, make your way to the Matka Canyon to enjoy a tasty lunch in a nice restaurant by the lake. Take an optional boat trip to the Vrelo cave or go for a nature walk along the many marked trails. Fill your lungs with fresh country air before the return trip to Skopje, and get dropped off at the triumphal arch of the Porta Macedonia on arrival.

    Had an awesome time at Matka Canyon and Vodno Mountain. My tour guide, Vangel, was amazing! He has a lot of knowledge about the history of all the places we visited, and gave me a very culturally rich experience. If you happen to book this tour, I would highly suggest requesting Vangel as your tour guide if he is available.

  • Skopje & Matka Canyon: Day Tour

    2. Skopje & Matka Canyon: Day Tour

    After meeting the local guide, you will be guided through the Old Bazaar, the most charming part of Skopje. There, you will get to experience the authentic Balkan culture as you visit local coffee shops, the Kapan Han Inn from the mid-15th-century, and the colorful souvenir shops. As you move from the Old Bazaar through the Stone Bridge onto Alexander the Great Square, you will feel like you are moving through centuries of history and civilization. From the square, admire the new face of Skopje which was built after the earthquake of 1963. Next, you will be driven to the beautiful Matka Canyon which is one of the most popular destinations near Skopje, home to several medieval monasteries. Once there, take a boat tour of Matka Canyon and visit Vrelo Cave - one of the deepest underwater caves in Skopje.

  • Skopje: Guided Kratovo and Kuklica Tour

    3. Skopje: Guided Kratovo and Kuklica Tour

    After pick up from your accommodation in Skopje, you will begin your tour with a drive to Kratovo, where your local guide will be waiting for you. Your guide will begin to show you the city in his own style, which is bound to be very different from others. You will also have the opportunity to taste plenty of local home-style foods, some of which you will even help prepare. Following this, you will begin a city sightseeing tour where you will visit historical sites such as the church of St. Jovan Pretecha (18th century), the church of St. Nikola Chudotvorec (16th-18th century), the Clock Tower (14th century) the Simkjeva Tower (14th century), the Bazaar Bridge and the Argulichki Bridge. After your city tour visit, you will visit Kuklica, also known as the "Valley of Stone Dolls". According to local lore, a man was once struggling to choose between two women. Not able to make up his min...

  • From Skopje: Private Full-Day Guided Trip to Ohrid

    4. From Skopje: Private Full-Day Guided Trip to Ohrid

    Discover what many consider to be the most beautiful town in Macedonia, Ohrid, on a full-day tour from Skopje. After pickup at your hotel in Skopje, enjoy the scenic mountain views as your guide drives you for 2.5 hours to Ohrid. Once in Ohrid, take a walk by the lake and savor lunch in a local restaurant. Then, explore Ohrid Old Town on a sightseeing tour with your expert guide. As you walk, find out about the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Macedonia. During your tour, see local landmarks such as Samoil’s Fortress, St. Sofija Church, the Robevi House Museum, St. Bogorodica Perivleptos Church, the Gallery of Icons, the antique theater, and more. As well as sightseeing, visit the “charsija” bazaar and enjoy the chance to do some traditional pearl jewelry shopping. Get the opportunity to see the 1100 years old “Chinar” tree, too. At the end of your day in Ohrid, your guide will driv...

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What people are saying about Skopje Region

Overall rating

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based on 2 reviews

Very nice trip and professional guide

We had a lovely trip with a very nice and professional guide, Tony. Most highly recommended. This is good to know in front of the trip: We went to Matka Canyon first and the vodno mountain at the end. Because of limited time at the Matka Canyon we had to choose between lunch or a boat trip to the Vrelo cave (approx. 1h in total for the boat trip and cave). Our group did split up and some did the boat and some had lunch. We were all happy. You can also walk a very nice and spectacular path along the canyon. Lunch and boat trip is not included. Boat trip to the cave was 7€ per person.

Very intresant trip and professional guide

A half-day trip to Mount Vodno, the Matka Canyon and the Monastery was a great experience. We had a great and knowledgeable guide, Tony, who talked about Macedonian history and modern life. At Matka Canyon you can take a boat trip and a cave tour at an additional cost (7 €), though you will have to choose between the excursion or lunch. The visit to the Panteleimos Monastery is also interesting. Mount Vodno with Millennium Cross offers great views over the city of Skopje

Had an awesome time at Matka Canyon and Vodno Mountain. My tour guide, Vangel, was amazing! He has a lot of knowledge about the history of all the places we visited, and gave me a very culturally rich experience. If you happen to book this tour, I would highly suggest requesting Vangel as your tour guide if he is available.

We had a great day with Tony. The cross was closed due to Covid so we didn’t get to do that but everything else was wonderful. Matka canyon is beautiful and definitely take the boat ride to the cave.

Kate was a great tour guide. She was very knowledgable and offered a lot of insight on Macedonia. A visit to Canyon Matka is a must. Highly recommend.