30 days in Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

30 days in Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

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30 days in Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Ohrid
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Bitola
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kavadarci
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Strumica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kratovo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Mavrovo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Skopje
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

7
nights
Ohrid

Ohrid ©
Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Appreciate the collections at National Workshop For Handmade Paper and Icon Gallery-Ohrid. Saint Climent of Ohrid and Early Christian Basilica will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ohrid: Holy Mother of God (in Kalista), Vevchani Springs (in Vevcani) and Struga (Dr. Nikola Nezlobinski Museum & Saint Archangel Michael Cave Church). Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring at Lake Ohrid. Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at National Park Galicica. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Perivlepta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Saint Naum, take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Aini, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ohrid using our trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Ohrid is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In March in Ohrid, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bitola.

Things to do in Ohrid

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Struga, Holy Mother of God, Vevchani Springs, Golem Grad Island
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Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
Holy Mary Perybleptos ©
Holy Mary Perybleptos
Plaoshnik ©
Plaoshnik

4
nights
Bitola

Bitola ©
Bitola is a city in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. Let the collections at Tose Proeski Memorial House and НУ Завод и Музеј Битола (NI Institute and Museum Bitola) capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Heraclea Lyncestis and Zrze Monastery are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Bitola: Prilep (Markovi Kuli (Marko's Towers), Holy Metamorphosis Church, & more) and Krusevo (Sveto Preobrazenie Monastery & Nikola Martinoski Gallery). Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at National Park Pelister. There's more to do: stroll the grounds of Memorial d'Orient.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bitola trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ohrid to Bitola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Bitola can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kavadarci.

Things to do in Bitola

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Prilep, Krusevo
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1
night
Kavadarci

Kavadarci ©
Kavadarci is a town in the Tikveš region of the Republic of Macedonia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): do a tasting at Tikves Winery and then contemplate the long history of Stobi.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kavadarci trip maker .

You can drive from Bitola to Kavadarci in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Strumica.

Things to do in Kavadarci

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stobi
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Stobi ©
Stobi
Tikves Winery ©
Tikves Winery

3
nights
Strumica

Strumica ©
Strumica is the largest city in eastern Republic of Macedonia, near the Novo Selo-Petrich border crossing with Bulgaria. Explore hidden gems such as Carevi Kuli and Monastery of Bogorodica. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Strumica: Smolari Falls (in Smolari), Star Dojran (Dojran Lake & Dojrana Monument) and Berovo (Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael & Berovo Lake). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Monastery of St Leontius, take in the dramatic scenery at Koleshino Waterfall, see the interesting displays at Strumica Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Belasica Mountain.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Strumica online visit planner .

You can take a bus from Kavadarci to Strumica in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Kratovo.

Things to do in Strumica

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Star Dojran, Berovo, Smolari Falls
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Koleshino Waterfall ©
Koleshino Waterfall
Strumica Museum ©
Strumica Museum
Carevi Kuli ©
Carevi Kuli

3
nights
Kratovo

Kratovo ©
Kratovo is a small town in Macedonia. Get some historical perspective at Church St. George and Kokino. Step off the beaten path and head to Stone town of Kuklica and Saint Joachim Osogovski. Go for a jaunt from Kratovo to Staro Nagorichane to see The Zebrnjak Monument about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Clock Tower.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kratovo online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Strumica to Kratovo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Kratovo sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 19th (Tue), you'll travel to Mavrovo.

Things to do in Kratovo

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Staro Nagorichane, Saint Joachim Osogovski
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Church St. George ©
Church St. George
Stone town of Kuklica ©
Stone town of Kuklica
Kokino ©
Kokino

3
nights
Mavrovo

Mavrovo ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mavrovo National Park and Mavrovo Lake. Get some historical perspective at Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski and Old Mavrovo Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Sveta Bogorodica Precista Monastery (in Kichevo) and Clock Tower (in Gostivar).

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mavrovo trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Kratovo to Mavrovo in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Mavrovo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Mavrovo

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Gostivar, Sveta Bogorodica Precista Monastery
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Mavrovo National Park ©
Mavrovo National Park
Old Mavrovo Church ©
Old Mavrovo Church
Mavrovo Lake ©
Mavrovo Lake

8
nights
Skopje

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Xhamia E Larme and Old Bazaar, Skopje. Popular historic sites such as Church of St. Panteleimon and Macedonia Square are in your itinerary. Explore Skopje's surroundings by going to Tetovo (Isa Beg Hammam & Arabati Baba Tekke). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mustafa Pasha Mosque, take in the views from The Stone Bridge, admire the striking features of Daut Pasha Hamam, and contemplate the long history of Kale.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Skopje trip planner .

You can drive from Mavrovo to Skopje in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daily temperatures in Skopje can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tetovo, Macedonian Village Resort Ethnological Museum
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Xhamia E Larme ©
Xhamia E Larme
Church of St. Panteleimon ©
Church of St. Panteleimon
Church of St. Clement of Ohrid ©
Church of St. Clement of Ohrid

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