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How to Spend 3 Days in Skopje - page 2

How to Spend 3 Days in Skopje

If you have three days in Skopje, combine the best of the city with a trip that goes farther afield. After getting the basics of Macedonian history and culture, hit the road for the gorgeous Ohrid region, where medieval churches line a picturesque lake. Add some food, wine, and modern art for the perfect 3-day trip. Here’s how to plan.

Day 1: City Sightseeing and Traditional Culture

Since Skopje’s historic center is packed with sights, you can cover key spots in a day of exploring; guided tours offer a window into the deeply layered history here. Along the typical route, you’ll see the winding streets of the Old Bazaar, which is packed with souvenir shops, mosques, and Ottoman-era baths. Then, cross over the landmark Stone Bridge into Macedonia Square. Other highlights include the hilltop Kale Fortress, the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, and the Warrior on a Horse statue. In the evening, keep the energy high with a trip to one of Skopje’s traditional restaurants, dining on hearty Macedonian fare. Some taverns, known as kafanas, also feature singers and dancers, which can turn a simple meal into a fun night on the town.

Day 2: Ohrid Region Day Trip

The waters of Lake Ohrid make a scenic backdrop for this area’s historic churches and fishing villages, making Ohrid among the best day trips from Skopje. To cover as much ground as possible, consider a guided tour to minimize time spent in transit. While options vary, popular stops include Tsar Samuel’s Fortress, Saint Sophia church, the National Ohrid Museum, and the Byzantine artwork on display in the Icon Gallery.

With narrow, cobblestone streets and traditional architecture, the lakeside town of Ohrid is another highlight: Stroll the Old Quarter to find charming cafés, souvenir shops, and hundreds of churches. From there, make your way to one of Ohrid’s beaches, which are ideal for enjoying a sunset drink before returning to Skopje.

Day 3: Food, Drink, and Art

With your final day in Skopje, delve into the city’s creative cuisine and artwork, starting with a tiny cup of Turkish-style coffee at an old fashioned café. Next, choose a Skopje art museum—options range from classic to contemporary. You’ll find cutting-edge works at the Contemporary Art Museum of Macedonia near the Old Bazaar, while the National Gallery of Macedonia has paintings, icons, and abstract art housed in Chifte Hamam, a 15th-century bathhouse. After the museum, check out some local galleries. Their frequently changing exhibits keep a fresh perspective on local art, and favorites include the Acanthus Gallery and the Gral Gallery. In the afternoon and evening, focus on food and drink, whether you’re visiting local bakeries for savory pastries, taking a cooking class, joining a gourmet walking tour, attending a wine tasting, or securing tickets for a dinner show.

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Tirana City tour from Skopje (with a stop in Ohrid)

Tirana City tour from Skopje (with a stop in Ohrid)

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On this tour, you can admire the large differences between Macedonia and Albania, in the landscape, culture, art... Until recently, Albania was a very closed country, and now it is a popular travel destination. Although it is a longer ride, it is worth it.
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  • 14 hours
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$270.17
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$270.17
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Travel program – Undiscovered Macedonia – 5 day program

Travel program – Undiscovered Macedonia – 5 day program

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Tour which cover part in Macedonia which are not popular and not see many people or many tourist. You will see allot unique place, cities and place and local people which they all day experience.
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  • 5 days
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$738.60
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Private transfer Skopje Tirana or vice versa

Private transfer Skopje Tirana or vice versa

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This services included a Shuttle taxi from Skopje to Skopje Tirana or vise versa. We will pick up you from your address in Skopje (or Tirana) and make a transfer to Tirana (or Skopje). We organize this trip with car for maximum 3 persons or van with maximum 8 persons.
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  • 5 hours
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$275.47
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$275.47
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Travel program - Beautiful Macedonia - 4 day trip

Travel program - Beautiful Macedonia - 4 day trip

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Macedonia tour or original name “BEAUTIFUL” Macedonia Tоur included visiting all main tourist atraction in Macedonia, including major city SKopje, National park Mavrovo and No1 tourist destination in Macedonia - Ohrid with wonderfull and beautifull Ohrid lake
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  • 4 days
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$507.63
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$507.63
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Transfer Skopje to Tirana with Half Day Tour of Prizren, Kosovo

Transfer Skopje to Tirana with Half Day Tour of Prizren, Kosovo

Though many travelers book direct travel from Skopje to Tirana, it's a shame to rush between these cities, and miss the historic sights in between. With this one-way transfer tour, you not only enjoy easy travel to Tirana, but you stop for a tour of historic Prizren along the way. Explore the old town of this charming Kosovo city, take an included guided tour, and enjoy free time get to get lunch, at your own expense.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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$413.19
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$413.19
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Skopje Old and New Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Skopje Old and New Private Half-Day Walking Tour

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Want a comprehensive look at Skopje with the benefit of your own guide? This private half-day walking tour provides a complete round-up of the sights with the personalized insight of a private guide. Discover the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman heritage of Macedonia’s capital and explore both sides of the city: seeing the ‘Skopje 2014’ monuments, Macedonia Square, Stone Bridge, Old Bazaar, Kale Fortress, and more. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
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$66.61
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$66.61
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Transfer Skopje to Sofia with Rila Monastery Tour

Transfer Skopje to Sofia with Rila Monastery Tour

Make the most your trip from Skopje to Sofia with a one-way transfer that includes a guided tour of Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site set high among the Rila Mountains. Visiting Rila Monastery on a day-trip from Skopje—or Sofia—would require hours on the road, but adding a stop to your trip between the two capital cities is a great way to explore without the extra drive time.
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  • 6 hours
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Full-Day Private Bitola, Stobi, and Wine Tasting Tour from Ohrid

Full-Day Private Bitola, Stobi, and Wine Tasting Tour from Ohrid

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Enjoy Macedonia’s historic monuments, fine wines and delicious cuisine on a private full-day tour from Ohrid. Explore the historic town of Bitola, visit the Paeonian ruins of ancient Stobi, then indulge in a delicious wine tasting lunch at the Popova Kula winery in Demir Kapija.
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  • 9 hours
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$164.57
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Private transfer Skopje Pristina or vice versa

Private transfer Skopje Pristina or vice versa

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This services included a Shuttle taxi from Skopje to Skopje Pristina or vise versa. We will pick up you from your address in Skopje (or Pristina) and make a transfer to Pristina (or Skopje). We organize this trip with car for maximum 3 persons or van with maximum 8 persons.
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  • 2 hours
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$118.05
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$118.05
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Sofia City tour from Skopje

Sofia City tour from Skopje

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If you want to explore a little further, this is one of the tours that will take you out of Macedonia, and into Bulgaria, to see and experience its capital, Sofia. Although, it’s a longer ride, we will be able to visit the most significant monuments and sites in Sofia, and enjoy in a tasteful lunch and coffee in one of the restaurants in the Central Square.
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  • 13 hours
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$199.42
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Sightseeing Transfer from Skopje to Ohrid Via National Park Mavrovo

Sightseeing Transfer from Skopje to Ohrid Via National Park Mavrovo

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Our sightseeing transfers will enable you enjoy in the marvelous landscapes, driving through mountains and valleys, by rivers and lakes. It will show you how architecture and life differ from village to village, from town to town! The sightseeing transfers are pleasant, touring drives that give you the opportunity of exploring and visiting beautiful sites in Macedonia that otherwise would have been missed out. Our Sightseeing transfer from Skopje to Ohrid via National Park Mavrovo is an excellent chance to see one of the most beautiful mosques, the Painted Mosque in Tetovo, then enjoy driving through the National Park Mavrovo, visit St. Jovan Bigorski Monastery with its exceptional wooden iconostasis, you will have an option for a stop for local, tasty lunch at the picturesque village Jance, you will be driven along Debar and Globocica Lakes and along the purest river Radika. Just before arriving to Ohrid, you will pass through the second biggest town on Ohrid Lake, Struga.
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  • 6 hours
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$230.06
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Arrival Transfer: Skopje Airport SKP to Hotel

Arrival Transfer: Skopje Airport SKP to Hotel

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Ensure a stress-free start to your Macedonia vacation by booking this private airport transfer. Meet your driver at Skopje 'Alexander the Great' Airport, and relax on the journey to your hotel or private residence in Skopje.
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  • 30 minutes
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$141.66
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Ohrid city and lake tour - from Skopje

Ohrid city and lake tour - from Skopje

Every Sunday we operate this guided full-day tour to the UNESCO protected Ohrid and Ohrid Lake, the most famous tourist destination in Macedonia. You book - You go, Guaranteed departures. More persons booked at once - lower price apply. Explore the picturesque Ohrid old town and its churches and monuments. Visit the impressive St. Naum monastery complex and source of Black Drim river at Galichica National park.
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  • 12 hours
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$114.51
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$114.51
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Private tour form Skopje - Beautiful Eastern region

Private tour form Skopje - Beautiful Eastern region

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Tour through the Eastern part of Macedonia which includes the cities of Kratovo, the Lesnovo Monastery and the city of Stip. We will drive through a very interesting and not so developed region, rich in very picturesque nature. During the tour we will have lunch with local specialties.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$145.30
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$145.30
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Kokino, Kuklici & Kratovo tour from Skopje

Kokino, Kuklici & Kratovo tour from Skopje

We will be able to visit Kokino, the fourth oldest observatory in the world, right after Stonehenge in England, Angkor Watt in Cambodia and Abu Simbel in Egypt. We will visit an extraordinary stone formation in the place called "Stone dolls", and hear the legend of their creation. And we will visit the small town of Kratovo, located in the crater of an extinct volcano.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$161.05
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$161.05
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Full day tour of Strumica from Skopje

Full day tour of Strumica from Skopje

See one of the most beautiful city in Macedonia - Strumica with a wonderful nature place as Kolesino and Smolari waterfalls and Vodocha and Veljusa Monastery - beauty that you didn't see in some other monasteries.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$145.30
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$145.30
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Wine Tasting Tour in Family winery Kartal in Skopje

Wine Tasting Tour in Family winery Kartal in Skopje

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KARTAL winery has been founded as a result of family tradition as well as deep respect for wine and grapevine. Our mission is to continue the bond between nature and mankind through nectar from Gods. Our winery, which is located in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, has a small capacity of 100.000 liters per year, the most contemporary wine processing and riping equipment as well as carefully chosen grapes from our vineyards enable very high quality and pleasure with every drop of wine. Mergence of tradition and science is an ideal combination which our enologists have turned into perfection. These excellently balanced wines, their sort characteristics, fruit nuances and the love devoted deserve your attention. Every single bottle that has been caressed by our staff thousand times has witnessed changes in mood, reaching frontiers of the mind, years of hard work, passing of seasons and patient but steady fulfillment of the ultimate goal.
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  • 2 hours
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$48.44
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$48.44

Full-Day Kosovo Tour from Skopje with Guide

Full-Day Kosovo Tour from Skopje with Guide

This tour starts from Skopje, where we will drive towards the beautiful city of Prishtina, Kosovo. Kosovo is a beautiful country with great landscapes. It has recently been declared a state and it’s the newest in Balkans. Kosovo has a lot to offer as its war was recent and it has been built in a short time. Visit the NEWBORN typographic sculpture which is built as a result of Kosovo’s freedom. Then we will head towards the National Library of Kosovo, which is built in a prison-like theme to show that even though Kosovo was conquered so many years now it is looking towards the future, as the books are the future of every nation. Visit the Cathedral of Mother Teresa. Even though Kosovo is considered a Muslim country, a cathedral is built for the minority of the Orthodox Community, and it’s an important landmark. Visit the second Scanderbeg Square in the world, which is located in Kosovo, Also, not to forget is the Ethnographic Museum which shows how life was in Kosovo.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$151.36
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$151.36
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Private Rocky Monasteries Tour with Lunch from Skopje

Private Rocky Monasteries Tour with Lunch from Skopje

Unique tour where we will see a Rocky Monasteries with very high attitude - over 1000m. Also these monasteries show an amazing view of the nature of the region. Learn about the interesting and unique history of these monasteries.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$212.50
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$212.50
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Full-Day Private Skopje Tour from Ohrid

Full-Day Private Skopje Tour from Ohrid

Discover the Macedonian capital of Skopje on this full-day tour from Ohrid and explore at your own pace on a private tour. Visit sights including Skopje Fortress, Mustafa Pasha Mosque, the Stone Bridge, and the Memorial House of Mother Teresa; walk around the atmospheric Old Town and Old Bazaar, and admire views along the Vardar River.
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  • 10 hours
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$176.79
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$176.79
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Skopje Walking Tour

Skopje Walking Tour

Touring Skopje independently may leave you only scratching the surface of the city’s history and cultural heritage. This small-group walking tour ensures a deeper and wider appreciation, with a guide to show you around the new city center and old quarter. Explore the main square, Mother Teresa Memorial House, and Stone Bridge; and delve into the Ottoman-style Old Bazaar district, all while hearing detail and history you’d miss if alone.
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  • 2 hours
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$22.43
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West Macedonia in 3 days - from Skopje

West Macedonia in 3 days - from Skopje

In 3 days you will pass and visit the most interesting cities and sights of west Macedonia, including walking tours in Skopje and Ohrid, complementary Matka valley tour & half day visit to St. Naum monastery.
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  • 3 days
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$277.29
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$277.29
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Private transfer Skopje Belgrade or vice versa

Private transfer Skopje Belgrade or vice versa

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This services included a Shuttle taxi from Skopje to Belgrade or vise versa. We will pick up you from your address in Skopje (or Belgrade) and make a transfer to Belgrade (or Skopje). We organize this trip with car for maximum 3 persons or van with maximum 8 persons. We can pick up you
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  • 5 hours
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$330.55
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$330.55
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Full-Day Private Tour to Ohrid from Skopje

Full-Day Private Tour to Ohrid from Skopje

Already in Skopje, but you want to see more! We recommend this full-day tour to Ohrid and Ohrid lake - the most famous tourist destination in Macedonia. Why a private tour? No other people on board, the departure date is chosen by you, possibility to extend or reduce the program, flexibility during the tour.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$129.86
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$129.86
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