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How to Spend 3 Days in Skopje

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

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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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Sightseeing Transfer from Skopje to Tirana with a stop at Prizren

Sightseeing Transfer from Skopje to Tirana with a stop at Prizren

Turn your regular transfer to Tirana into a tour with our Sightseeing Transfer from Skopje to Tirana via Prizren. This sightseeing transfer will enable you enjoy in the marvellous landscapes, driving through mountains and valleys, by rivers and lakes . It will give you a unique opportunity to visit the the authentic, picturesque and traditional Prizren; it is an excellent chance to enjoy the “cultural” capital of Kosovo, the town that has been around since the 11th century, the town of mosques and churches…an open air museum. Grab some time to enjoy among the many cafes and restaurants nestled around the Shadervan! What you definitely shouldn’t miss is trying some of the tasty, local bites all around you!
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  • 9 hours
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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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Kosovo Day Trip: Pristina and Prizren Tour from Skopje

Kosovo Day Trip: Pristina and Prizren Tour from Skopje

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Visiting Kosovo’s main cities of Pristina and Prizen from Macedonia can be tricky unless you hire a car. On this full-day tour, travel comfortably by air-conditioned minivan from your Skopje accommodation and meet your guide in Pristina. Visit landmarks like the Monastery of Gracanica, the Kosovo National Library, the Open Air Archaeological Park, Carshi Mosque, Gazimestan Tower, and more. Head to Prizen and take a walking tour of the Ottoman-era Old Town.
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  • 10 hours
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From Skopje private tour of National Park Mavrovo and Ohrid

From Skopje private tour of National Park Mavrovo and Ohrid

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Discover the treasures of Skopje, Mavrovo, and Ohrid with your own private guide on this day-long tour. Visits to the National Park Mavrovo, Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski, and Lake Ohrid are all included, along with commentary about Macedonia's history and sights from your guide. Explore the winding streets of Ohrid city during a walking tour around its churches, theaters, and markets, and then finish the day with a drop-off at your Skopje hotel.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Visit 2 UNESCO sites in 2 countries in a day-Rila and Osogovo monasteries

Visit 2 UNESCO sites in 2 countries in a day-Rila and Osogovo monasteries

With this tour, you will easily add one more country to your list-Bulgaria. During the day you will visit 2 UNESCO sites-some of the best examples of Orthodox Christian architecture in North Macedonia and in Bulgaria. Both are surrounded by very beautiful nature. The roads are also very scenic and definitely not boring. It is a great way to spare a day in Macedonia!
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  • 10 hours
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Kosovo Day trip from Skopje

Kosovo Day trip from Skopje

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The driver/guide will pick you up from the hotel or any location of your preference in Skopje. This full day tour will start with a visit to a beautiful medieval monastery in Grachanica (90 km, approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes from Skopje), rebuilt in 1321 on the foundations of an Orthodox church from the 6th century. Then, we drive to Kosovo’s capital Prishtina (20 minutes from Grachanica). We will be able to visit the 26m high clock tower and the National Library. In the Independent House of Kosovo we will find out the story of the former president Ibrahim Rugova in the campaign for independence from Serbia, and see the Newborn Monument from 2008, when Kosovo declared its independence. Sultan Mehmet Fatih Mosque and Jashar Pasha Mosque are two beautiful Ottoman mosques and famous local attractions. Somewhere on the way, we will have lunch. In the end, we drive back to Skopje and will drop you off in any location of your preference in Skopje.
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  • 8 hours
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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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Ohrid and Tirana tour in 2 days (with overnight in Ohrid) from Skopje

Ohrid and Tirana tour in 2 days (with overnight in Ohrid) from Skopje

You have probably heard about the beauty of the Ohrid town and Lake Ohrid by now. Well, now it is time to see it. On this tour, we will visit this Balkan Jerusalem and enjoy the most beautiful places on the shores of Lake Ohrid. Enjoy a full-day guided tour with a knowledgable local tour guide. Hear the unbelievable local stories and legends visiting the extraordinary Museum Bay of bones. Visit the beautiful beach in St. Naum settlement and make a small boat ride in the crystal clear waters in Drim Springs. In the evening you can have dinner in a local restaurant on the lake shores and taste a dish of the local trout specialty. Our second day is reserved for visiting the Albanian capital Tirana. You will be able to see this city of contrast. On one side you have the remains of communism, that flourished here not so long ago, and on the other side, you have the Modern Tirana, with all the modern infrastructure and buildings.
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  • 2 days
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Full Day Food by Foot Skopje City Tour plus Matka Canyon

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Full Day Food by Foot Skopje City Tour plus Matka Canyon

If you simply want to see the best and most important of Skopje, starting with canyon Matka in the morning and then the highlights of Old&New Skopje, while also tasting delicious local bites along a glass of excellent rakija and local beer – then this is your tour! This tour is a bundle of our two most popular half-day tours, the Half Day Tour from Skopje to Matka Canyon and the Food by Foot Skopje City Tour. The first part of the tour will take you to 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 and animals. The second part is a whirlwind tour of Skopje’s food, drink and history scene. It is more than just a food tour, it is a chance to get to know the people, the lifestyle, the history, the ups and downs of the city, a chance to learn about the Macedonian authentic food you are eating, the drink in your hand and the city around you!
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  • 7 hours
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Departure Transfer: Hotel to Skopje Airport SKP

Departure Transfer: Hotel to Skopje Airport SKP

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Enjoy a hassle-free departure from Macedonia with this private transfer service. Meet your personal chauffeur at your Skopje hotel and relax on the journey to Skopje ‘Alexander the Great’ Airport (SKP) when your vacation comes to an end. Skip the stress of finding a taxi or shuttle service when you book and pay in advance. Private vehicles can accommodate up to seven passengers.
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  • 30 minutes
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Transfer Skopje to Tirana with Half Day Tour of Ohrid

Transfer Skopje to Tirana with Half Day Tour of Ohrid

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Break up your travel from Skopje to Tirana with a half-day tour of Ohrid. Travel comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle from your Skopje hotel to Lake Ohrid. With a guide, explore the harbor area and the many churches that dot the town, including St. Sophia, St. Clement’s Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious, and St. Pantelejmon. After your tour, continue on to your Tirana hotel.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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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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Skopje Nis, Serbia - One day tour

Skopje Nis, Serbia - One day tour

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Visiting Nis from Skopje can be tricky without hiring a car. On this full-day tour, travel from your Skopje hotel in a private transfer and admire the scenic views on the drive. Accompanied by a guide, visit Medijana and spend time among the Roman ruins. Take time to stroll around Nis and stop by many of the city’s historical highlights.
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  • 10 hours
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Private transfer Skopje Sofia or vice versa

Private transfer Skopje Sofia or vice versa

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This services included a Shuttle taxi from Skopje to Sofia or vise versa. We will pick up you from your address in Skopje (or Sofia) and make a transfer to Sofia (or Skopje). We organize this trip with car for maximum 3 persons or van with maximum 8 persons.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Mavrovo Day Trip from Skopje

Mavrovo Day Trip from Skopje

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The naturally beautiful region of Mavrovo can be tricky to visit from Skopje without hiring a car. On this full-day tour, visit with ease and learn about the area from a guide. Depart from your Skopje hotel and learn about Mavrovo and its National Park on the way. Visit the monasteries of St. Jovan Bigorski and Rajcica and admire the stalactites and stalagmites at Sharko Cave. Enjoy a traditional Macedonian lunch.
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  • 7 hours
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Ohrid Full Day Tour from Skopje

Ohrid Full Day Tour from Skopje

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Visit Ohrid with ease from Skopje on this full-day tour. Depart from your Skopje hotel in a private vehicle. Admire the beauty of Lake Ohrid and learn about the area’s history from your guide. Visit the area’s many churches, including St. Sophia, St. Clement’s Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious, and Plaoshnik, as well as the Roman amphitheater.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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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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$283.23
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Skopje Countryside Private Half-Day Tour with Mt. Vodno and Matka Canyon

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Skopje Countryside Private Half-Day Tour with Mt. Vodno and Matka Canyon

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Discover the natural and historical highlights around Skopje on this half-day private tour. With a private guide, ride the cable car to the Millennium Cross on the summit of Mt. Vodno, and admire the bird’s-eye views down over Skopje. Next, see the Byzantine frescoes at St. Pantelejmon Church in Gorno Nerezi, and visit the Matka Canyon, a photoworthy steep-sided river gorge. Includes Skopje hotel pickup and drop-off, private transport, cable car, and St. Pantelejmon admission.
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  • 4 hours
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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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$288.79
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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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$358.91
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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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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 Matka Canyon and Tetovo Tour from Skopje

Full-Day Matka Canyon and Tetovo Tour from Skopje

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Experience Macedonia’s rich culture and spectacular nature on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit beautiful Matka Canyon and travel in a small boat to Vrelo, one of the deepest underwater caves in the world. Check out the historic St. Andrej monastery, enjoy a delicious optional lunch, marvel at the Painted Mosque, and stop by an Ottoman-era Teke.
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  • 7 hours
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$161.85
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$161.85
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