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From Sofia: Skopje, Northern Macedonia Day Tour

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Activity provider: V Travel Ltd

From Sofia: Skopje, Northern Macedonia Day Tour

Activity provider: V Travel Ltd

From US$ 95.46 per person

Skopje has amazing history, which has been shaped from its turbulent past. The city has always been desired by the empires, and today is unique in its charming diversity, revealed behind every corner.

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Duration 12 hours
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Please provide the exact address and name of your hotel. A driver-guide will pick you up; please be ready in front of the accommodation/hotel.


  • See the most interesting sites of Skopje
  • Find out more about the history of Macedonia
  • Explore the old city
Full description
The history of Skopje began with the settlements of the Thracians and establishing the fortress of Scupi. Since then, the town has changed its sovereign numerous times, being part of the Roman, Byzanatine, Bulgarian and the Serbian countries for short time.  The Ottomans conquered the city in 1392 and changed the name to Uskub, which became home for numerous Ottomans, Bulgarians and Albanians.  In 1912, the city was liberated from the Ottomans during the First Balkan war, and eventually became a part of the Serbian country. During the two world wars, it was eventually given to Bulgaria, before becoming capital of the Macedonian Federation in the Yugoslavian socialistic republic. The city then started growing rapidly industrially and economically.  Unfortunately a huge earthquake in 1963 destroyed a huge part of the town, leaving more than 100,000 people without homes. Skopje managed to recover quickly from it, just in time to become a capital of the independent country of Macedonia. Your Day in Skopje (North Macedonia) The departure is early, somewhere around 8.00 AM depending on your hotel pick-up time, because the driving time is 4 hours each way, and the border cross may take a while. On the way to Macedonia, you will use the picturesque road via the Osogovo mountains, one of the most beautiful mountain ranges both in Bulgaria and Macedonia. Somewhere around 11.30 AM (10:30 AM local time), you will arrive in Skopje. The walking tour will start with the Museum of History of Skopje, dedicated to the city, housed in the old railway station. From there, you will continue towards the Memorial House of Mother Teresa and learn about the life of the amazing Macedonian women with Albanian origin.  At this moment, your hunger for knowledge will be replaced with some good food, as youl head towards the main square, to see the huge statue of Alexander the Great and find a lovely restaurant on the south bank of Vardar river.  After lunch, you will continue your walking tour on the other side of Vardar, crossing it via the Stone bridge - the oldest and the most famous bridge in Skopje, today marked as the symbol of the city. You will then head towards the Old Fortress, for some remarkable pictures of the city from the top. Then you will end with a visit to the old quarter and its famous church - St Saviour. After a little free time to buy some souvenirs, you'll head towards the car, without forgetting to pass by the huge buildings of Skopje 2014's project.  Around 3:30- 4:00 PM, you will depart from Skopje and arrive back in Sofia at around 7:30-8:00 PM.
  • Transfer to/from your hotel in Sofia
  • Tour guide in English
  • Entrance fees
  • Activities as mentioned
  • Parking fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses and tips

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Meeting point

The meeting point is above Ancient Serdika Complex, opposite McDonalds restaurant, Serdika Metro Station.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Valid passport or ID and visa (when required) for cross-border point for North Macedonia
  • Food will not be provided
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 17 reviews

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Our excursion started right on time. Philip our Bulgarian guide is a very professional person, attentive to everything and very sociable. It was a real pleasure to spend the day with him. We arrived in Skopje at about 11 and we started our walking tour to discover the Macedonian capital together with a local guide. We visited the city for about 2 hours. It's really worth it. After having lunch in the old city in an excellent typical restaurant we left for Sofia to arrive in the evening around 19.30. I recommend this tour. In one day you have the opportunity to visit another state. Vote 10

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January 5, 2023

Wonderful experience! Our guide was excellent, he told us loads about the history of the country while he drove us to North Macedonia. Once we got there, we met the local guide who showed us around Skopje. They even included a traditional lunch in the old part of the city. It was worth the long car ride. Definitely recommended!

February 27, 2022

The guide man was really nice! He thought us first and tried to meet our wishes as much as possible. This tour was like a private tour because there were no participants except us. While traveling by car, he also provided detailed information on the geography and history of Bulgaria and Macedonia, and the Balkans. He was very knowledgeable. English was very fluent and easy to hear. After a three-and-a-half to four-hour drive one-way, they guided me through the new town and the old town, and took many pictures. He told me about restaurants, souvenir shops and good places to exchange money. He also taught me to be careful when sightseeing with only two girls. The sightseeing of Skopje itself is only 4 hours, but it was a satisfying trip! The distance traveled by car was long, but the guide man talked happily and told me various things during sightseeing, so I was able to spend all my time happily. I was worried at first because the number of reviews was small, but I really recommend this

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November 16, 2019

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