An extraordinary hiking tour combining three countries with remarkable sceneries from the vast mountain regions of the Macedonian mountains, to the agricultural landscape of the Northern Greek territories, from the tranquillity of the scenery of the Ohrid lake to the vast mountains and spectacular rock scenes of the Meteora hanging monastery. Hike with the Greek Gods on mount Olympus, or explore the slopes of the best Bulgarian national parks, Rila and Bansko where world renowned skiers compete.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Ohrid/Skopje/Tirana/Thessaloniki – Airports|
|DURATION||15 days – 14 nights|
|TYPE OF WALKING||Self guided or guided Trekking|
|WEAR/LUGGAGE||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket, small back pack and sunscreen for every day walks. 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.
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Arrival in Skopje from Luton London in the afternoon. Sightseeing in Skopje including the fortress of Kale, old Turkish market, the new Skopje downtown and Holy Mother Teresa memorial house. Accommodate and dinner with briefing for the tour.
Day SKOPJE — MATKA CANVON — MAVROVO
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 hiking to the canyon of Matka, with stops at the St . Nikola monastery for unbelievable view of Canyon Matka. We will climb down to lake Matka for lunch, short hike 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 Mavrovo for overnight and dinner.
Day MAVROVO—KORAB (2730m)-lANCHE
After breakfast we depart to the village of Strezimir at 1440 m we will climb to the highest mountain top in Macedonia , Korab at 2730m. the trekking time will be aprox. 9 hours to and from the same location. We will enjoy the remarkable views from the highest mountain and have a chance to be on a highest peak in Albania and Macedonia . We will stop for small rest and lunch break on the way and after returning continue to the village Janche for well earned rest and dinner.
Day lANECHE - OHRID
Today is da day of rest. after breakfast, we will continue to the village of Vevchani for short hike through the Vevchani springs and continue to Ohrid. In Ohrid we will have a sightseeing tour. We will visit the fortress of Tzar Samoil, the church of John Kaneo and St. Sofia and enjoy a boat ride. From here we will continue to St. Naum for sightseeing of the monastery, ride with a boat on the natural springs and lunch. Returning to the hotel and free time in the city .
Today’s day is dedicated to climbing the highest part of the National Park Galicica. After breakfast we will be transported to the bottom of the Magaro peak. We will pass some amazing views of the lake Ohrid with stops for pictures. We will climb to Magaro 2255m . From here we continue hiking to the village of Stenje for ﬁsh lunch and rest. With local boats we will visit the Pelican and continue to the village of Brajchino for dinner and overnight.
Day BRAJCHINO - PELISTER - METEORA
Today we will hike to the top of the National Park Pelister to the big glacierlake. known as Pelister eyes. The hike to the top is 17 km. and will take us through beautiful streams and cracks, mountain views of the surrounding lake Prespa and the National Park Pelister. (duration 9 hours). After returning to the asphalt we continue driving to Greece to Kalambaka for overnight.
Day METEORA - LlTOCHORO (mount Olympus)
After breakfast we depart by bus to Meteora. We will climb up to the monastery to witness the unique lifestyle of the local monks. We will spend time enjoying the views and relaxing in the tranquillity of this holy place. After the lunch we have transfer to the city Litochoro for accommodation and preparation for the next day.
Day MOUNT OLVMPUS (climbing with the Gods)
Today we have a full trekking transfer to the small village of Prionina, under the great mount Olympus. From here we will start climbing up to the place called Spilios Agapitos at 2060 m for rest and ﬁlling up water. From here we continue onwards to the two peaks Skolio at 2904 m and Mytikas 2918 m. On route we will stop for some rest and picnic and upon return we drive to Thessaloniki for overnight and dinner.
Day TESSALONlKl - BANSKO
After breakfast we have sightseeing of Thessaloniki. We will visit the old city and the defending walls, the famous White Tower and the promenade of the city. After the sightseeing some free time for lunch and exploration on your own. We continue driving to Bansko in the afternoon. Arrival and accommodate.
Today we will enjoy the greatness on the Bansko Ski resort and Bansko National Park. . We will be transferred to Banderica from where we will start climbing to the top of Pirin mountain. Our starting point is at Vihren Hut at 1950 m and we will be climbing for 3 hours to the top Vihren 2914m. Upon return we will have lunch in one of the small villages and coninue driving Maljovica to the Rila mountains. On route we will visit the Rila monastery. Overnight.
Day RILA MOUNTAINS - camping
Morning departure to the Rila mountains. We will hike the remarkable trail to the top of the mountain for visit of the seven lakes located on the top of the Rila mountain. Enjoy the nature, spectacular views and crystal clear waters of these natural lakes. Set up camp and enjoy b-bque cooked meals and homemade stew. Overnight in the camping .
Day RILA MOUNTAINS - BOROVEC
After breakfast and clearing camp, continue hiking the trail and further exploring the lakes and nature surroundings. We will arrive to the village of Panchiste and transfer to the ski resort Borovec for dinner and overnight.
Day BOROVEC- MUSALA
After breakfast we will take the gondola transfer to the top at 2100 m and from there continue climbing to the Musala ( second highest top in the Balkans.) As we arrive at the location lastrebec at 2215 m we continue a 4 hour hike to the top 2913 m above sea level. We will witness the best ski terrains in the Balkans where some of the Europe‘s best skiers have skied. After climbing down we will rest and relax in Borovec enjoying the local cuisine and music. Overnight in Borovec.
Day BOROVEC- SKOPlE/SOFIA
After breakfast we will have depart for Skopje. On route we will stop in the city of Sofia for short tour with possible shopping for home and some free time for lunch. Continuing to Skopje following the route crossing at Deve Bair. Arriving in Skopje for overnight and some free evening time.
Day SKOPJE/SOFIA depart
Morning departure for airport
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