This tour was created especially for you to escape from the everyday concrete and asphalt, mobile & telephones and to try truly experience this magical place. You will bike the mountain roads into a place enriched with spacious grassing fields & forests, crossing creeks and small rivers into place that will leave you breathless. You will have a chance to hear local legends and tales, to mingle with the local households and to enjoy our open hospitality. You will get in touch with our wilderness of the western Macedonia and discover the uncharted boundaries of vast mountain terrains and pastures. Have a taste of homemade cheese and wine, take a deep breath of the endless fields of wild flowers and tea, that decorate our vast lands. Enjoy the music of our traditional pipes and drums as you sip slowly our homemade moonshine – Rakija (Brandy). Listen and learn about our culture and traditions, about our lifestyle and religion. From every place visited you will encounter a unbelievable section of knowledge, stories and adventure
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Ohrid/Skopje/Tirana/Thessaloniki – Airports|
|DURATION||8 days – 7 nights|
|TYPE OF MTB||Cross country – Guided/Self guided tour|
|WEAR/LUGGAGE||Comfortable clothing, biking clip shoes, hat, jacket, small back pack, reserve parts, pump, spear tire, first aid and sunscreen for every day biking. Pack your belongings in one piece up to 15 kg in soft bag only|
Best time/period: late May to early October
NOTE: Our staff reserves the right to modify the tour depending of the weather conditions and costumer physical fitness.
Should you have any further requirements or desires, please do not hesitate your self to contact us!
Arrival in Skopje. Preparation for the biking program. If its possible we will have sightseeing of the city with bikes. Start from the fortress of Kale and bike down to the old Turkish market. Bike across the old town In to the new to visit Skopje, including the monuments and museums. Bike to hotel. Dinner and welcome drinks.
Day SKOPJE — MATKA CANVON — SHARR MOUNTAIN
After breakfast where we will drive up to the chair lift on the mount of Vodno and climb to the top of the millennium cross. From here we continue biking to the canyon of Matka, with stops for unbelievable view of Canyon Matka. We will bike down to lake Matka for lunch, short walk around the lake and visit the cave Vrelo, one of the deepest world cave lakes and applicant for the wonder of the world. From here we continue to Sharr Mountain for overnight and dinner.
Day SHARR MOUNTAIN — MAVROVO
This day will start with a ride to the village Vrutok. Today, we ride through the beautiful area of Sharr mountain where we will enjoy in the beautiful landscapes of the Polog Valley and later in the second part we will enjoy the beauty and ambience of rural villages that are part of NP Mavrovo. At the end we will enjoy delicious food and fish specialties in the village Vrutok. Finally, in the end we can relax in a beautiful view of Mavrovo lake, fresh mountain air and traditional homemade dinner
Day MAVROVO – OHRID
At the very beginning we have easy ride on asphalt road to the village Leunovo and this section can be used as warming up for our muscles. From this position, we begin our climb to the sheepfold Chavkarnik, where we visit the sheepfold and on the site we will have that opportunity to meet with herdsmen and then learn about the production process of cheese and finally to taste it. Afterwards we head towards the village of Galicnik, where we will visit the Church of St.Peter and Paul, dairy, and then we will have lunch in the village. From the first hand, from our host we will learn something about the traditions and culture of the village. At the end for this day, we ride to the village Selce, the point where we meet our van and trailer, and from there we have transfer to Ohrid, but before that we are going to see the Monastery of St. John the Baptist.
For this day we have two options:
1 Rest day, which would include: city tours, boat tour, lunch and free time for sightseeing, shopping and so on. And the tour from the second option we can ride next day.
2. Early in the morning to ride in N.P.Galichica, where we will have a rare opportunity to enjoy in the beauty nature in the N.P. Galicica, enjoy the beautiful views of the lake, taste local food for the lunch and finally we can enjoy and chill our bodies in one of the oldest lakes in Europe, sipping our favorite drink, accompanied by beautiful sunset.
Day OHRID - BITOLA
This day we start riding from village Velestovo to the highest point that we are going to clim for this day, and this is the place Krstec. Then we will continue with our ride through three karstic fields in the national park, to the asphalt road that leads to village Stenje – Prespa lake. From that point we start our descent to the village Stenje, where we wait our van and trailer. In the end we have transfer to Bitola.
Day BITOLA – DEMIR KAPIJA
We will start riding from our hotel and head to Mariovo, one of the most beautiful areas in the Pelagonija Valley. In this area you will have opportunity to here the storie about clever Pejo, we will visit the bridge in the village Zovikj, we will visit the monastery of St. Nicholas where we have lunch and from here we have transfer to the town of Prilep. In this city we will visit the museum of tobacco, the city center, female monastery Varos and fortress of King Marko. In the end we have transfer to Popova Kula winery, where we can enjoy in our wonderful dinner and taste different varieties of wines, walking through the winery and later you will be able to relax.
Day DEMIR KAPINA – SKOPJE
We have transfer to Skopje airport