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(PROGRAMME No.4)

DURATION: 7-8 hours

Suggested departure: 08:30

ST. JOVAN BIGORSKI - A UNIQUE MONASTIC COMPLEX SURROUNDED BY NATURAL BEAUTIES AND THE NATIONAL PARK MAVROVO


...The Monastery is one of the rare monuments that immediately attract the attention of tourists, its attraction lying both in its setting and in the treasures contained within it. At an elevation of 740 meters, surrounded by Mount Bistra and deeply embedded into the rocks, the architecture of the monastery is unique. Of special note is its vast carved iconostasis or altar screen wrought by well known Macedonian wood-carvers. Within the monastery there is a gallery of icons and liturgical objects.

This monastic complex is astonishing with its unique location and character, but what is perhaps even more astonishing is the splendor of the natural beauty of the rivers Crn Drim and Radika together with their lakes, valleys and canyons, lying between Mt. Bistra and Korab, two of the most beautiful mountains in the Balkans, not to mention the attractive tourist and ski centre of Mavrovo...

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Price List

Pricelist

2-3 persons

 65 euro / person

4-7 persons

 45 euro / person

8-16 persons

 39 euro / person

The price includes:

* licensed tour guide

* transportation

* entrance fees

* lunch in a national restaurant

Trip Program

 PROGRAM ITINERARY


* Morning departure and traveling towards Mavrovo National Park.

The journey will proceed via the rivers Crn Drim and Radika with views of the picturesque scenery of the canyons of the River Radika.

Arrival  in the monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski and sightseeing of the area. The Monastery is one of the rare monuments that immediately attract the attention of tourists, its attraction lying both in its setting and in the treasures contained within it. At an elevation of 740 meters, surrounded by Mount Bistra and deeply embedded into the rocks, the architecture of the monastery is unique. Of special note is its vast carved iconostasis or altar screen wrought by well known Macedonian wood-carvers. Within the monastery there is a gallery of icons and liturgical objects.

This monastic complex is astonishing with its unique location and character, but what is perhaps even more astonishing is the splendor of the natural beauty of the rivers Crn Drim and Radika together with their lakes, valleys and canyons, lying between Mt. Bistra and Korab, two of the most beautiful mountains in the Balkans, not to mention the attractive tourist and ski centre of Mavrovo.

Lunch in national restaurant in  a small village close to the monastery St. John Bigorski.

Departure to the Mavrovo Lake. 
It`s artificial lake at 1200 m. altitude, perfectly incorporated into its surroundings. Short stop and walk in the area. 
The National Park - Mavrovo is the largest of all three national parks in Macedonia. As a result of the great relief differentiation, it has an outstanding floristic wealth as well as rather diverse fauna with many different species of birds and mammals. It was founded in 1949 and is located in the western part of the country between the Lake Mavrovo and the Macedonian - Albanian border.

Departure to Ohrid


 
End of the program

Note

HIGHLIGHTS:


* Beautiful views of the River Crn Drim and the Canyon of Radika River

* Panoramic views of 2 artificial lakes and their dams (Lake Globochica and Lake Debar)

* Clean and fresh air and untouched nature

* Visit of a very popular pilgrimage spot, attended by the locals on a daily basis

* The master piece - wood carved icons` screen (iconostasis), from the XIX century

* Tasting the local foods, especially the cheese and milk from the National Park area