Hiking in North Macedonia and Albania

Byzantine Treasures and the Land of the Eagles

Repertory Trip: Next Offered June 25-July 7, 2020

Overview

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

Days 1-2, Jun 25-26, 2020
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.

The Stone Bridge Hotel
Skopje, North Macedonia
Day 1 (1 night), Day 12 (1 night)
Hotel Popova Kula
Demir Kapija, North Macedonia
Day 2 (1 night)
Days 3-5, Jun 27-29, 2020
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.”

Hotel Epinal - Bitola
Bitola, North Macedonia
Day 3 (1 night)
Hotel Molika
Pelister, Bitola, North Macedonia
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights)
Days 6-7, Jun 30-Jul 1, 2020
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.

Vila Falo
Voskopoje, Albania
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)
Days 8-9, Jul 2- 3, 2020
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.

Hotel St Naum
St Naum-Ohrid, North Macedonia
Day 8 (1 night)
Royal View Hotel
Ohrid, North Macedonia
Days 9 to 10 (2 nights)
Days 10-11, Jul 4- 5, 2020
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.

Royal View Hotel
Ohrid, North Macedonia
Days 9 to 10 (2 nights)
Hotel Bistra
Mavrovo, North Macedonia
Day 11 (1 night)
Days 12-13, Jul 6- 7, 2020
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.

The Stone Bridge Hotel
Skopje, North Macedonia
Day 12 (1 night)
Holiday Inn Skopje
Skopje, North Macedonia
Day 12 (1 night)

Highlights

Highlights

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

Details

Length: 13 days
Cost From: $4495  
Arrive: Skopje, Macedonia
Depart: Skopje, Macedonia
Lodging: 12 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=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)

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