5 days in Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

5 days in Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

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5 days in Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
1
Ohrid
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Skopje
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Istanbul

2
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Samoil's Fortress, contemplate the long history of St. Jovan Kaneo, and then explore the activities along Lake Ohrid. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Climent of Ohrid, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Saint Naum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Plaoshnik, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sophia.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ohrid online tour itinerary builder .

Istanbul, Turkey to Ohrid is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in August, Ohrid is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Ohrid

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

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Skopje

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Memorial House of Mother Teresa, then explore the activities along Lake Matka, and then shop like a local with Old Bazaar, Skopje. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Mosque Iskhak-Bek, pause for some photo ops at Millennium Cross, then contemplate the long history of Kale, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Macedonia Square, and finally snap pictures at The Stone Bridge.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Skopje travel planner .

Getting from Ohrid to Skopje by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ohrid in August: highs in Skopje hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Skopje

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Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Macedonia Square ©
Macedonia Square

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