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(PROGRAMME No.6)

DURATION: 10-11 hours

Suggested departure: 08:00

SKOPJE – THE MACEDONIAN PHOENIX


The capital Skopje is also the largest city in the Republic of Macedonia, with about 600.000 inhabitants. It is without doubt the most important political, cultural, economic and academic centre in the country.

 


 

 

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Price List

Pricelist

2-3 persons

 92 euro / person

4-7 persons

 60 euro / person

8-16 persons

 45 euro / person

The price includes:

* licensed tour guide

* transportation

* entrance fees

* lunch in a national restaurant

Trip Program

PROGRAM ITINERARY


* Morning departure to Skopje (3 hrs drive) with one 15 min. stop for refreshment

* Arrival in Skopje and start of the sightseeing tour by foot (3 hrs). Most of the sights are in the proximity of the main square called Macedonia

The first writings (from the Roman period) report an urban settlement at this same location along the River Vardar, the so-called Skupi. It is a city with a rich and very turbulent history, Skopje has managed to rise as a phoenix from its ashes, after the two devastating earthquakes (in the years 518 and 1963). During the last 50 years Skopje has past years of development in the metal, chemical, textile, leather and graphic industries. Besides the rapid industrialization of Skopje, the development of trade, transport, banking, culture and sport have provided an extra dimension to this city. And finally, this city has in the past 20 years proved to be undoubtedly one of the most flourishing urban centres on the Balkan Peninsula.
Skopje, and especially the downtown, hides interesting sites that need careful attention: 
The Old Railway Station, (a reminder of the earthquake of 1963), The Archaeological museum, The Memorial House of Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, winner of the Nobel peace in 1979, born in Skopje in 1910), Macedonia Square with numerous monuments like the monumental statue of Alexander The Great, The Stone Bridge, The Museum of the Holocaust, The Old Bazaar, The Church of St. Spas with the beautiful wood-carved iconostasis (19th century), The Daut Pasha Hammam, now an art gallery, one of the largest and finest examples of Ottoman architecture in the Balkans urban,Kapan an, (15th century), The Mustafa Pasha Mosque(15th century), etc

* Stop for a lunch in the Old Bazaar in some of the national restaurants

* Finishing the walking tour 

* One hour free time for individual activities

* Departure back to Ohrid


End of the program

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HIGHLIGHTS: 


* Panoramic views of the beautiful nature and mountains on the way to Skopje

* Experiencing the history of the capital, especially the period of the Ottoman rule, while walking inside the Old Town and bazaar area

* Experiencing the modern live in the capital and its development after the destroying earthquake that hit the city 50 years ago

* Opportunity to do some shopping in the modern malls recently opened

* Enjoying the national cuisine in some of the charming restaurants in the Old Bazaar area