31 days in Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

31 days in Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

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31 days in Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Skopje
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mavrovo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ohrid
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Bitola
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Kavadarci
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Strumica
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Skopje

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Get some cultural insight at Old Bazaar, Skopje and Daut Pasha Hamam. Macedonia Square and Kale will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, make a trip to Skopje Aqueduct, pause for some photo ops at Millennium Cross, and take in the views from The Stone Bridge.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Skopje tour planner .

Sydney, Australia to Skopje is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Skopje is minus 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in June, with highs in Skopje at 34°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Mavrovo.

Things to do in Skopje

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Macedonia Square ©
Macedonia Square

5
nights
Mavrovo

Mavrovo ©
Get in touch with nature at Mavrovo Lake and Mavrovo National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mavrovo: Gostivar (Clock Tower & Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski) and Sveta Bogorodica Precista Monastery (in Kichevo).

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mavrovo trip website .

You can drive from Skopje to Mavrovo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Skopje in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mavrovo: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 17°C at night. You'll set off for Ohrid on the 6th (Sat).

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
Mavrovo Lake ©
Mavrovo Lake
Ski Mavrovo ©
Ski Mavrovo

5
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.
Visiting Lake Ohrid and National Park Galicica will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Jovan Kaneo and Bay of the Bones Museum. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Monastery of Saint Naum, pause for some photo ops at Monuments of Saints Cyril and Methodius, make a trip to Samoil's Fortress, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Perivlepta.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ohrid online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Mavrovo to Ohrid by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Bitola.

Things to do in Ohrid

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

River Drim
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Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
Monastery Saint Naum ©
Monastery Saint Naum
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo

5
nights
Bitola

Bitola ©
Bitola is a city in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. Visit Heraclea Lyncestis and Clock Tower for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Bitola side-trips: Prilep (Old Clocktower, Markovi Kuli (Marko's Towers), & more) and Krusevo (Bear's Stone Monument, Macedonia Sky, & more). Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at National Park Pelister. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Shirok Sokak Street, pause for some photo ops at Philip II of Macedonia Statue, see the interesting displays at НУ Завод и Музеј Битола (NI Institute and Museum Bitola), and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bitola Metro Zoo.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bitola trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Ohrid to Bitola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Bitola, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kavadarci.

Things to do in Bitola

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Prilep, Krusevo
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National Park Pelister ©
National Park Pelister
Heraclea Lyncestis ©
Heraclea Lyncestis
Treskavec Monastery ©
Treskavec Monastery

4
nights
Kavadarci

Kavadarci ©
Kavadarci is a town in the Tikveš region of the Republic of Macedonia. Visiting Mladost and Marble Lake will get you outdoors. Stobi and Tikves Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kavadarci itinerary site .

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. While traveling from Bitola, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kavadarci, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. On the 20th (Sat), you'll travel to Strumica.

Things to do in Kavadarci

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Marble Lake, Stobi, Mladost
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Mladost ©
Mladost
Stobi ©
Stobi
Tikves Winery ©
Tikves Winery

5
nights
Strumica

Strumica ©
Strumica is the largest city in eastern Republic of Macedonia, near the Novo Selo-Petrich border crossing with Bulgaria. Visiting Belasica Mountain and Berovo Lake will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Strumica: Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael (in Berovo), Star Dojran (Dojrana Monument, Dojran Lake, & more) and National Museum of Gevgelija (in Gevgelija). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Monastery of Bogorodica, head outdoors with Monospitskoto Bog, explore the ancient world of Carevi Kuli, and take in the dramatic scenery at Smolari Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Strumica trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by bus from Kavadarci to Strumica takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Strumica

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Star Dojran, Berovo, National Museum of Gevgelija, Smolari Falls
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Belasica Mountain ©
Belasica Mountain
Koleshino Waterfall ©
Koleshino Waterfall
Berovo Lake ©
Berovo Lake