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Skopje Kale Fortress (Skopsko Kale)
Skopje Kale Fortress (Skopsko Kale)

Skopje Kale Fortress (Skopsko Kale) Tours and Activities

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Dating back to the sixth century, Skopje's Kale Fortress (Skopsko Kale) sits on the highest point in the city overlooking the Vardar River. Just steps from the Old Town, the fortress is thought to have been built during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I using yellow limestone and travertine that came from the Roman city of Skupi, which was destroyed by an earthquake. The Kale Fortress itself was also partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1963, and excavation efforts have been underway for about 10 years, having thus far unearthed woodwind instruments and clay ornaments dating back thousands of years, as well as the foundations of a 13th-century church and the largest collection of Byzantine coins ever found in Macedonia.

Today the fortress is often visited on walking tours of the city, and visitors can walk along the restored fortress walls, which stretch for 130 yards (121 meters), or climb a couple of the turrets, which provide outstanding views all around Skopje. Theatrical performances are sometimes held in the summer.

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Half-Day Tour from Skopje: Millennium Cross and Matka Canyon

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Half-Day Tour from Skopje: Millennium Cross and Matka Canyon

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Explore the Millennium Cross and Matka Canyon on this half-day tour from Skopje. Travel from the historic Skopje Fortress to Vodno Mountain with a guide, then take the cable car to the Millennium Cross — widely considered among Skopje top attractions. Explore the village of Gorno Nerezi and admire beautiful Byzantine frescoes in the Church of St Panteleimon. Head deep into the Matka Canyon — home to ancient caves and medieval monasteries — then travel in comfort to Porta Macedonia.
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  • 4 hours
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$37.70
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Half Day Tour from Skopje to Matka Canyon

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Half Day Tour from Skopje to Matka Canyon

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If you enjoy being in nature, if you want to know and see more than the usual, if you want an experience beyond what every tourist does in Skopje, then go for our Canyon Matka tour and have a day to remember! Just sit and relax by the lake with a spectacular view on the cliffs in front of you, go on a boat tour to admire the tranquility of the canyon and visit the Vrelo Cave, enjoy a nice meal on the terass of the restaurant over the lake, rent a kayak and try your kayaking skills or simply explore the beautiful nature on the trails around! During this  half-day spent in nature you will feel as been somewhere far from the city but not a dozen kilometers away from it! The canyon Matka, one of the most popular outdoors destinations in the surrounding of Skopje, authentic nature, presented by the many endemic species of plants, animals and butterflies will make you want to come again!
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  • 4 hours
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$33.13
$36.82
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Skopje and Matka Canyon tour from Ohrid

Skopje and Matka Canyon tour from Ohrid

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With a local, English-speaking guide, explore Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. Learn about the city’s storied history of Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman rule, and see both the old and new parts of the city. The tour hits several highlights including the Stone Bridge, Matka Canyon, Skopje Fortress, the Archaeological Museum of Macedonia, and much more.
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  • 11 hours
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$171.29
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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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$532.18
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Full day tour of Skopje and Matka canyon

Full day tour of Skopje and Matka canyon

This tour is the best way to feel the atmosphere and explore the city of Skopje. You will be guided by a highly educated English speaking guide who will do his best to share with you all the knowledge and show you Skopje from the inside. You will also visit one of the natural wonders of North Macedonia-Matka canyon. The experience will be transformed into an adventure with a boat trip in the canyon and a visit of a cave.
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  • 8 hours
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$88.69
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Skopje and Countryside Highlights Private Full-Day Tour

Skopje and Countryside Highlights Private Full-Day Tour

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See the highlights of Skopje and its surrounds in one day on this private tour. Leave the city and ride a cable car up Mt. Vodno to admire its Millennium Cross before a visit to the nearby fresco-coated St. Pantelejmon Church and scenic Matka Canyon. Then, return to Skopje for a comprehensive city walking tour, viewing must-sees like the Stone Bridge, Old Bazaar, and Macedonia Square. Private air-conditioned transport with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
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$121.87
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Skopje Old and New Private Half-Day Walking Tour

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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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$59.34
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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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$23.52
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Full-Day Private Skopje Tour from Ohrid

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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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$157.53
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Skopje in Macedonia tour

Skopje in Macedonia tour

Skopje is the capital and largest city of North Macedonia. It is the country's political, cultural, economic, and academic center. The territory of Skopje has been inhabited since at least 4000 BC; remains of Neolithic settlements have been found within the old Kale Fortress that overlooks the modern city centre. Originally a Paeonian city, Skopje became the capital of Dardania in the second century BC. On the eve of the 1st century AD, the settlement was seized by the Romans and became a military camp. When the Roman Empire was divided into eastern and western halves in 395 AD, Skopje came under Byzantine rule from Constantinople. During much of the early medieval period, the town was contested between the Byzantines and the Bulgarian Empire, whose capital it was between 972 and 992.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$93.07
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Walking In Skopje

Walking In Skopje

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The North Macedonian capital of Skopje is known for its Ottoman-era Old Town, Byzantine fortress, and lively bazaar. On this private walking tour, get to know the city and take in all the highlights with your own personal guide. Visit landmarks including the Memorial House of Mother Theresa, the Stone Bridge, and the Parliament Building; browse the stalls at the Old Bazaar; and enjoy views from Skopje Fortress.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 10 minutes
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$15.88
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10-Day Private Western Balkans Tour from Skopje

10-Day Private Western Balkans Tour from Skopje

This 10-Day Private tour covers the most interesting parts of four Balkan countries - Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo. Some of the sights you will visit are Ohrid and Ohrid lake - UNESCO sites, the Albanian capital Tirana, the coastline of Montenegro and a picturesque town of Prizren in Kosovo.
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  • 10 days
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$2,993.84
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Travel program - North Macedonia& Kosovo in 5 days

Travel program - North Macedonia& Kosovo in 5 days

Introduce a more attractive place in North Macedonia and Kosovo. Most visited place in Macedonia included National Park Mavrovo, National Park Galicica, see Ohrid and Prespa Lake also cities Skopje, Ohrid Bitola and visit one of the best winery in North Macedonia - Stobi Winery. In Kosovo visit cities Pristina, Prizren and Pec and all beauty that this country offer
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  • 5 days
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$952.04
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Visit Kosovo and North Macedonia

Visit Kosovo and North Macedonia

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We work with tourism more then 12 years. We are very transparent and flexible with travelers. With us tourist are always happy.
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  • 2 days
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$368.12
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Skopje City Break 5 days tour

Skopje City Break 5 days tour

With this sightseeing tour Skopje city break, you have a 5-day tour package taking you through Skopje, Ohrid, Matka, and other destinations in Macedonia. Skopje city break includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport, and more.
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  • 5 days
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$1,014.23
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Skopje city tour

Skopje city tour

Complete Skopje experience ! Would you like to visit the favorite weekend destination of Skopje citizens ? This tour is combination of Skopje walking tour and visit to nearby mountain Vodno. Morning walk in the city center and Skopje Old Bazaar with our experienced and professional tour guide. At 11 o’clock you will be picked up by our driver to visit Vodno mountain, part of nature just few kilometers from the city center You will start with St. Panteleimon monastery and its unique fresco paintings from 12th century. Later on visit to the Millennium cross on the top of the mountain with panoramic view of Skopje valley from the cable car. Back to Skopje in the afternoon
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.51
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4-Day Kosovo and Macedonia Tour from Skopje

4-Day Kosovo and Macedonia Tour from Skopje

Spend a long weekend in Skopje combined with 2 day tours - full day to Kosovo and full day to Ohrid and Ohrid lake and complementary Skopje walking tour.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$493.82
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Travel program – Undiscovered Macedonia – 5 day program

Travel program – Undiscovered Macedonia – 5 day program

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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$774.33
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Skopje and Ohrid in two days

Skopje and Ohrid in two days

In just two days you will visit and see most famous tourist destinations in Macedonia, including walking tours in Skopje and Ohrid & complementary visit to Matka valley.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.83
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Private 3-Day Tour of West Macedonia from Skopje

Private 3-Day Tour of West Macedonia from Skopje

The Western part of Macedonia, according to many, is the most beautiful part of the country with several high mountains, three lakes, and two national parks. This private tour covers the most famous tourist places in Macedonia, like Mavrovo National park, the valley of the Radika river and, certainly, Ohrid and Ohrid lake, both UNESCO sites.
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  • 3 days
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$431.93
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The nature lovers

The nature lovers

Visit two most beautiful cities in Macedonia. Head out from Skopje on a full-day trip to Ohrid, the top tourist destination in Macedonia known as the Balkan Jerusalem. If you are interested in exploring the layers of history spread out on Ohrid hill, if you want to hear the story of the town and Ohrid Lake, if you want to see the authentic architecture and enjoy the many Byzantine-style icons and frescoes, we suggest you this private half-day sightseeing tour of Ohrid. You will have the chance to find out why the town and Lake Ohrid are preserved by UNESCO as places of environmental, historical and cultural significance!
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  • 2 days
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$419.56
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$290.70
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Private Heritage Tour of the Ottoman Empire in Skopje

Private Heritage Tour of the Ottoman Empire in Skopje

The architectural heritage of the Ottoman Empire (1392-1912/13) left impressive monuments in Skopje, mostly visible in the old part of the city. These monuments have been restored and rebuilt many times, and today, besides the status of monuments of culture, they have a new purpose in the cultural life of Macedonia. Probably the most intriguing part of Skopje is the old part of the city known as the Old Bazaar. The old part of Skopje is a mixture of churches, mosques, inns, hammams, public fountains, and a lot of other structures that represent an architectural complex protected by the law as the cultural heritage since 2008. During the tour, there is an opportunity for lunch in the restaurants or enjoying a lot of authentic cafe bars situated within the Old Bazaar.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$43.32
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Skopje and Matka valley

Skopje and Matka valley

Combine Skopje walking tour with visit to Matka valley - a unique part of nature near Skopje. Explore the canyon filled with monasteries, medieval ruins, and natural caves by lake Matka, Macedonia's first artificial lake. Do not miss to peek the entrance of cave Vrelo, one of the deepest underwater caves in Europe.
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  • 6 hours
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$49.51
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What are Skopje Kale Fortress (Skopsko Kale) hours of operation?
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Skopje Kale Fortress (Skopsko Kale) hours of operation: Dawn to dusk. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Skopje Kale Fortress (Skopsko Kale) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Skopje Kale Fortress (Skopsko Kale) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 28 Skopje Kale Fortress (Skopsko Kale) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Skopje Kale Fortress (Skopsko Kale) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Skopje Kale Fortress (Skopsko Kale) costs USD 15.88. Guided Skopje Kale Fortress (Skopsko Kale) tours start around USD 15.88 per person. See all 28 Skopje Kale Fortress (Skopsko Kale) tickets and tours on Viator.
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