One week vacation in Ohrid with a local: sunbathing, swimming, enjoy delicious traditional food, try paragliding, explore nature springs and much more

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Ivana

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👋 Hello there future Trip Mates! 🙄 Wondering if Macedonia is the right travelling choice for you? In this small country, you will find vibrant and lively culture, as well as archaeological sites and monuments of turbulent & rich history, exceptionally good cuisine, and some of the very best wine in the Balkans (as the land and climate are ideal for producing wine - Macedonians have been producing it for more than 4,000 years now!). 👉 Although Macedonia is a relatively young independent country, its roots go back deep into history (archaeological evidence shows that old European civilization flourished in Macedonia between 7000 and 3500 BC.). As such - Macedonia is home to one of Europe’s oldest and deepest lakes, one of the world’s oldest space observatories, one of the oldest bridges in Europe, as well as to one of the world's deepest underwater caves. 🌄 85% of Macedonia’s territory is covered in mountains making it the second most mountainous country in the world, so please don't get too surprised by all the incredible nature, stunning sceneries, untouched mountains, and lakes that we will undoubtedly come across! Ah, and did you know that Skopje is the birthplace of Mother Teresa? 🤔 ⛳ Our one week-long adventure through Macedonia will have the captivating town of Ohrid as our main destination. The planned itinerary promises the perfect blend of relaxation and exploration, combining leisurely beach days and refreshing swims in the crystalline waters of Lake Ohrid, nature springs, as well as captivating visits of the area's top tourist attractions: ➡ Journey to Ohrid, hailed as one of Macedonia's most enchanting cities and boasting the title of Europe's oldest lake. Often dubbed the "Jerusalem of the Balkans" for its abundance of churches and monasteries, Ohrid promises a rich tapestry of history and natural splendour. We will embark on a captivating boat tour to the revered St. Naum Monastery, explore the intriguing Bay of Bones, wander through the old city's cobblestone streets, and immerse ourselves in the beauty of Ohrid's pristine beaches. 🏖 ➡ One day escape to Struga, charming town known for its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Famous for its poetry evenings held annually in August, Struga attracts writers and literature enthusiasts from around the world. We will stroll along the picturesque waterfront promenade, relax and swim in the tranquil waters of the lake. 🏊‍♀️ ➡ Embark on an unforgettable journey to Vevčani, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Macedonia, renowned for its rejuvenating local natural springs and crystal-clear waters. We will wander through Vevčani's quaint streets, adorned with traditional Macedonian architecture, and soak up the authentic atmosphere of this timeless destination. Prepare to be captivated by the beauty of Vevčani and its natural springs, offering a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 🌊🌳 ➡ Visit of the Canyon Matka in Skopje, a wonderful nature sight where we will take a boat trip to the cave so-called Vrelo. Plenty of other activities are available on site: kayaking, hiking, visiting old monasteries or simply having a nice drink and enjoying the beauty of this amazing area. ➡ Sightseeing tour in Skopje, visiting the Macedonia square, Memorial House of Mother Teresa, the old Bazaar with its' mid-15th century han buildings: Suli An & Kapan Han, and much more. ➡ You can't say that you've been to the Balkans without truly immersing yourself in the local culture - which in this case would be visiting a kafana! We will visit a unique social gathering place with a live music performance and traditionally prepared food. 🥙 ➡ Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Now is your chance to soar through the skies above Ohrid with an exhilarating paragliding experience! Take in the breathtaking vistas of this picturesque destination from a bird's-eye view, creating memories that will last a lifetime. 🪂 ➡ Time for chilling-out, proper rest, and enjoyment on your own is also planned. 😉 💸 Included in the price 👉 Transport from / to airport & during the whole trip. We will travel as a group with a car / mini-van. 👉 Accommodation in apartments in 2 cities 👉 1 traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. All other food & drinks during the trip are not covered in the price. 👉 Visits of cities: Skopje, Ohrid, Struga and Vevčani; 👉 Other activities: boat ride/kayaking at the canyon Matka; admission tickets to monasteries, fortresses & museum and boat lake tour. I am looking forward to meeting new, amazing, open-minded people and spending unforgettable moments together! Cheers to life and travelling! 🥂 ✨For more information, please feel free to contact me in the Q&A section.

About me ⬇ My name is Ivana and I am originally coming from Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. Travelling 🌍 has been my passion since my early 20s and honestly, I don't think that I'll ever get enough of it 😁. You can always find me in nature (as I am a huge nature lover), enjoying the sun, reading a good book, or simply having fun with my friends. Travelling, along with exploring different cultures and meeting interesting people had a huge impact in widening my perspectives, opening my mind and growing as a person. I highly recommend it to everyone. Nevertheless, I am enthusiastically looking forward to new adventures and the creation of worth-remembering memories together with you! 🍀

🏡 We will be suited in comfortable apartments (in Skopje & Ohrid) surrounded by many restaurants, shopping stores and other facilities nearby. Rooms are shared (2 people per room) with single/double bed options available. If you would like to have a private room - there will be a small additional fee, but I can also gladly arrange that for you, feel free to let me know. 😊

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Trip Itinerary
1

Skopje

Day 1-2
🌟 On the first day, I will pick you up from the airport and take you to the accommodation in the center of Skopje. This day is planned for settling down and getting to know each other. We will embark on a walking sightseeing tour of Skopje where we will visit the Macedonia square, Memorial House of Mother Teresa, Skopje Fortress Kale, the old Bazaar with its' mid-15th century han buildings: Suli An & Kapan Han and much more. 😊
2

Canyon Matka Tour

Day 2-3
We will start the morning with a visit of a wonderful nature sight: the canyon Matka. 🌄 We will take a boat trip / kayaks to the Vrelo cave (arguably the deepest in the world). Afterwards, we will hit the road to Ohrid. At the half way stop we will enjoy a traditional meal (included in the price). 📍 Arrival in Ohrid in the late afternoon hours and checking in the accommodation. Then we will have an evening open for relaxation and leisure time.
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Ohrid

Day 3-7
🌞 Our Macedonian trip wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of the most beautiful, picturesque cities in Macedonia, home of Europe's oldest lake - Ohrid. Ohrid is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few in the world that is both a natural world heritage site (the lake itself) and a cultural world heritage site (the Old Town). It is said that in the past there were 365 churches in town, one for each day of the year hence the place was often called “Jerusalem of the Balkans”. Still today Ohrid is known for its numerous churches. ⛪ During our stay we will: 👉🏻 explore the Old Town with its beautiful ancient churches, the ancient amphitheatre and the Samuel’s Fortress that offers an incredible view of Ohrid (admission tickets included); 👉🏻 take a boat tour (inclusive) that will take us around and all the way to Saint Naum Monastery, a very popular touristic spot; 👉🏻 visit the Bay of Bones museum (inclusive) - a reconstructed village of stilt houses displaying Bronze & Iron Age items recovered from Lake Ohrid; 👉🏻 swim and sunbathe at some of the lovely Ohrid beaches; 👉🏻 try out paragliding (if you wish to!); 👉🏻 spend a day by the lake in Struga, a charming town close to Ohrid famous for its poetry evenings held annually in August. We will enjoy the beauty of this city and have a tasty traditional dinner there (included). 🌄 At the last day, after checking out of the accommodation we will hit the road to Vevčani - a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Macedonia, renowned for its enchanting natural springs. We will wander through Vevčani's streets, adorned with traditional Macedonian architecture, and soak up the authentic atmosphere of this timeless destination. We will also refresh ourselves and swim in the local natural springs, renowned for their crystal-clear waters and therapeutic properties. Lunch in a traditional restaurant in Vevčani is envisioned and included in the price. In the late afternoon hours we will embark on our road journey back to Skopje and overnight there.
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Skopje

Day 7
Checking out. On this day, depending on your flight departure time - we can have nice breakfast/lunch together and be open and flexible for different activities. I will then of course take you all back to the airport. Hate to say it - but our trip will end here. Nevertheless, I will be looking forward to having other trip adventures together again in the future. 💕
Trip Summary
Accommodation
Apartments
7 days trip
Skopje, Canyon Matka Tour & 2 more
Transportation
Car, Other
What's excluded?
International flights
Food and drinks
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