Hiking in Macedonia and Albania

Byzantine Treasures and the Land of the Eagles
Repertory Trip: Next Offered August 28-September 9, 2017

Hiking in Macedonia and Albania route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: TBA  
Length: 13 days
Arrive: Skopje, Macedonia
Depart: Skopje, Macedonia
Lodging: 12 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: A mix of moderate walks and hikes, some steep trails and rugged terrain, 2-6 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike)


  • Hike the exquisite—and untrammeled—mountain trails of Macedonia and Albania
  • Discover a rich collection of Greek and Roman ruins, Byzantine churches and monasteries, and old Ottoman towns
  • Stunning Lakes Ohrid and Prespa
  • Experience local cuisine like Selsko meso, a classic Macedonian dish of roast beef, pork, and lamb with mushrooms, white wine, and cheese

The hikes were challenging and varied with the rewards of lovely scenery and quaint villages along the way. Great food and wines everywhere we stayed were an added delight at the end of a perfect day!Lili H.—Taos, NM

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Choosing the Right Trip

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Repertory Trip

This is one of our special Repertory Trips offered every two to five years.  It will be several years before this journey is offered again. Now is the time to go!

Offering incredible opportunities for hiking, Macedonia and Albania are intriguing ancient lands that few have visited. We’ve crafted a journey that weaves together visits to compelling cultural sites like the Bronze Age observatory of Kokino and remote 13th century Treskavac Monastery, and hikes through pine forests and stream-laced valleys of rugged national parks. Crossing into once-forbidden Albania, our trails lead you through timeless villages and to the peak of Maja e Poshe Tepes. Along the way we sample savory regional cuisine, with its Mediterranean, Balkan, and Turkish influences, taste hearty, full-bodied local wines, and enjoy wonderful cultural encounters.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Skopje, Macedonia / Demir Kapija

Our explorations in Skopje include Byzantine, Ottoman, and Roman archaeological treasures, followed by a chance to sample local wines in Demir Kapija.

Days 3-5
Treskavac Monastery / Heraclea / Pelister National Park

Hike to Treskavac, a monastery with Byzantine frescoes, then explore Heraclea, renowned for its basilica’s mosaics. In rugged Pelister National Park, our trails lead to two glacial lakes known as the “Mountain’s Eyes.”

Days 6-7
Voskopoja, Albania / Maja e Poshe Tepes

Heading across the border to ruggedly beautiful Albania, explore Voskopoja, a peaceful village of farmhouses, and hike through pine forests to the summit of Maja e Poshe Tepes, with sweeping views.

Days 8-9
Korça / Galicica National Park

Korça’s bustling bazaar takes you into the heart of this cultural crossroads. Back in Macedonia, our hike in Galicica National Park offers you panoramas of Lakes Ohrid and Prespa right at your feet.

Days 10-11
Ohrid / Mavrovo National Park

After exploring the Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Hellenistic archaeological sites of lakeside Ohrid, hike to the tumbling waterfalls of Mavrovo National Park.

Days 12-13
Matka / Skopje

Our exploration of Matka Lake includes a visit to medieval Monastery St. Nicolas Shishovski, set atop a cliff with spectacular views. Depart from Skopje on Day 13.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 3+, Moderate. On most days, we hike anywhere from two to six hours over moderate to steep mountain terrain. You will carry just a daypack on the hikes, but the trails can be rugged and narrow. The hiking itinerary is planned as we have described it in the preceding pages. However, as in any mountain trip, we will remain flexible with regard to weather and other local conditions in choosing our routes. Tourism infrastructure in Macedonia and Albania is still in development and the services, facilities, and quality of hiking trails can be basic.

Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 p.m. Rooms in the hotels and inns we stay in are not always of uniform or international size. However, our leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single Rooms: Please note that single rooms in European hotels tend to be small by US standards.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

This is one of our special Repertory Trips offered only every two to five years. This journey will not be offered again for several years. Now is the Time to Go!

Aug 28-Sep 9, 2017  Ingrid Cercek

Trip Cost

Prices for this trip are being finalized. Contact us and we'll send them to you as soon as they are available. more on pricing

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in hotels and comfortable inns
  • All meals included except 1 dinner
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • Ground transportation throughout the trip
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees on group tours

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, airport/hotel transfers, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expense of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance or passports; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, hotel telephone calls, etc.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2017 Departures

Meeting Place:
Skopje, Macedonia
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Alexander the Great Airport, Skopje, Macedonia (airport code SKP)
Suggested arrival time: 3:30 pm
Skopje, Macedonia
Date: Day 13

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Alexander the Great Airport, Skopje, Macedonia (airport code SKP)
Suggested departure time: anytime

The Stone Bridge Hotel

The Stone Bridge Hotel

Day 1 (1 night),
Day 12 (1 night), Skopje, Macedonia

The modern Stone Bridge Hotel is located in the center of Skopje between the Old Town and the newer part of Skopje. Rooms are clean and comfortable ...
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Hotel Popova Kula

Hotel Popova Kula

Day 2 (1 night), Demir Kapija, Macedonia

This small wine country hotel, set atop a small hill with spectacular views of the surrounding vineyards, is a tranquil oasis just a short walk from ...
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Hotel Epinal - Bitola

Hotel Epinal - Bitola

Day 3 (1 night), Bitola, Macedonia

Set on the main street of town surrounded by lively bars and cafes, the Hotel Epinal offers quiet guest rooms decorated in modern furnishings and an ...
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Hotel Molika

Hotel Molika

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Pelister, Bitola, Macedonia

This chalet-style hotel, built for skiers and nestled within Pelister National Park, gives us access to the park’s hiking trails.
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Vila Falo

Vila Falo

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Voskopoje, Albania

This traditional, stone-built hotel, located in the center of the Old Town, is family run and offers a welcoming, homey atmosphere. Comfortable ...
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Hotel St Naum

Hotel St Naum

Day 8 (1 night), St Naum-Ohrid, Macedonia

Set on the shores of Lake Ohrid, the Hotel St. Naum complex encircles the ancient Chapel of St. Naum, which sits in the middle of the hotel’s ...
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Royal View Hotel

Royal View Hotel

Days 9 to 10 (2 nights), Ohrid, Macedonia

The Royal View is a very comfortable hotel within walking distance of the Old Town of Ohrid. Sunset views are grand from the rooftop bar and the ...
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Hotel Bistra

Hotel Bistra

Day 11 (1 night), Mavrovo, Macedonia

The Hotel Bistra, a lodge in Mavrovo National Park, gives us great access to the park’s hiking trails. It features an indoor swimming pool, a ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Ingrid Cercek

Departure Dates: August 28-September 9, 2017

Ingrid Cercek was born and raised in Slovenia. After 28 years living in the lovely capital, Ljubljana, she moved with her husband to a small wooden chalet to the countryside. Since her childhood, Ingrid has been exploring the mountains and villages of Slovenia as well as Croatia, Bosnia, ...
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Simon Simonovski

Simon Simonovski, a native of Bitola, Macedonia, has a university degree in the history of art and archaeology and has a dual career as a graphic designer and mountain guide. Most of his leisure time is spent in the mountains of Macedonia and its neighboring countries, and lately, he has become a ...
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Client Comments

The hikes were challenging and varied with the rewards of lovely scenery and quaint villages along the way. Great food and wines everywhere we stayed were an added delight at the end of a perfect day! Lili H., Taos, NM I thought this trip really highlighted the best of Macedonia and Albania. The sights, sounds, and culture were brought to life for me and I found the experience rewarding. Natalie S., Howard, PA We are SO glad to have been offered this unique travel opportunity! Each day surpassed our expectations and increased our interest in further Balkan explorations. Bonnie B., Bakersfield, CA
A great trip: lots of exercise in beautiful countryside in both Macedonia and Albania, and comfortable lodgings and good hearty food at the end of the day. Drew S., Alexandria, VA The scenary was spectacular, the walks exceptionally interesting and satisfactorily challanging, and the overnight stops clean and restoring. A very good trip indeed. Andrew S., Washington, DC