BIKING MACEDONIA SELF-GUIDED

Explore Macedonia your way, at your pace! Enjoy the flexibility of a self-guided cycling trip where you can navigate yourself through different places and cultures, learn few Macedonian words and make new friends on your route. And don’t be surprised if you are offered a free drink or ‘meze’ somewhere on the way: Macedonia was among the 10 friendliest countries in the world according to the WEF report!
You can completely relax as we have planned your route in details, all your lodgings have been carefully selected, your luggage will be transferred and you will have access to our local support and emergency service 24 hours a day.

Evaluation of the Trek: Moderate – Difficult
Best period: May – October

ITINERARY:

DAY 1:
Transfer from Skopje airport to Krushevo, a picturesque mountain town in Central Macedonia. It is the highest town in the Balkans, famous for the first uprising revolution against the Ottoman suppression, but also for their traditional architecture, local traditional art crafts and delicious cuisine. Enjoy your first Macedonian meal in one of the best places to taste traditional cuisine and Macedonian local beer. Overnight in guesthouse in Krushevo.

DAY 2:
Starting from the hotel, ride down Mount Busava to the villages at its foothills. You can stop in village Obrshani to climb the bell tower for the best view over the tobacco fields of the region and continue to Stibera archaeological ruins of one of the biggest ancient cities that is still being excavated. It is always possible to have a local village style lunch in the villages on the way, supplied by a socialist time local store on the road. Afternoon continue riding on the old road to Bitola, and to Heraclea Lyncestis – an ancient city built by the father of Alexander the Great, Philip II. Arrive in Bitola in the afternoon. Bitola is the former city of consulates and embassies, today still one of the most beautiful cities in Macedonia which managed to maintain its 18th and 19th century neoclassical architecture and monuments. Overnight in hotel in Bitola.
Accommodation: family boutique hotel in Bitola
Difficulty: moderate.
Duration: 5h, distance 62 km, ascent 171 m, descent 813 m, max gradient 4,6%, surface: asphalt and 15% dirt road.

DAY 3:
Start riding from your hotel in Bitola in the morning on the old road to Prespa Lake, to join for a part the ancient Roman road Via Egnatia, built over old Candavian Road some 2.200 years ago. Next, ride up to Gjavato Pass and then make a descent to Lake Prespa, where you can visit a small village with lovely ethno museum. From here, ride by the Bird Habitat Ezerani and get to the other side of the lake where you can stop for a swim and for overnight in a hotel by the lake.
Accommodation: 2* hotel
Difficulty: moderate.
Duration: 6h, distance 50 km, ascent 752 m, descent 503 m, max gradient 8,6%, surface: asphalt, 5% dirt road.

DAY 4:
Ride up Galicica Mountain in the morning, on a local asphalt road through the dense forests of Galicica National Park. Today ride will start at the altitude of 860m, and up over Galicica pass at 1.590m where you can stop to enjoy amazing view over Ohrid Lake and surrounding mountains stretching all the way in Albania. Than cycle down on a windy road to Ohrid Lake, and following the road by the lake to the village Lagadin on the lake shore. Accommodation in a family guesthouse in Lagadin.
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 4h, distance 45 km, ascent 980 m, descent 1.159 m, max gradient 14,1%, surface: 100% asphalt
Optional: transport to Galicica pass where you can continue riding down to Ohrid Lake.

DAY 5:
A day to explore Ohrid, the city of UNESCO with 365 Orthodox churches, an antique theatre and the medieval city walls of Tsar Samoil. It takes less than 10km to get to Ohrid on the road by the lake
Accommodation in same guesthouse in Lagadin.
Difficulty: Light
Duration: 1h, distance 16 km, ascent 163 m, descent 163 m, max gradient 14,1%, surface: 100% asphalt.

DAY 6:
Ride on the old local road along the lake to Struga, the town of poetry and a nice old colorful bazaar in the center, where river Drim flows out from Ohrid Lake. From here continue riding towards the Albanian border to Radozhda village with stops along the route to visit a number of cave churches from 14th century. In Radozhda see again the remnants of Via Egnatia road and taste some fish in a restaurant by the lake. Afternoon ride to a village at the foothills of Jablanica Mountain, only 16km from the lake at Struga.
Overnight in guesthouse in Vevchani village.
Difficulty: moderate.
Duration: 5h, distance 52 km, ascent 527m, descent 364m, max gradient 14,1% , surface 100 % asphalt

DAY 7:
After a tasty village breakfast, transfer to Skopje for your flight back home.

PRICE: 578 euro per person in double/twin room
Price is valid for min 2 passengers
Email us at info@macedoniatravel.com to book your trip now!

INCLUDED IN PRICE:
Accommodation in private rooms on basis 2 pax sharing twin or double room: 4*guesthouse, 1 x boutique family hotel, 1 x 2* hotel
Meals: 6 x breakfast
Transport from Skopje airport to Krushevo on Day 1
Transport from Vevchani village to Skopje airport on Day 7
Luggage transfer
English route descriptions
Detailed cycling maps
Town maps
Stand-by support (cell phone and contact person)
Reforestation certificate for one tree planted in your name in Macedonia
Organization and full logistic by Macedonia Travel

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE:
Rent of bike: 21 euro/per day
Rent of Global Positioning System (GPS) console: 45 euro
Supplement for single accommodation: 83 euro
Optional dinner plan (6 dinners) – 85 euro / pp
Optional transport to Galicica pass on Day 4 – 20 euro/pp/ min 2 pax
Personal medical and travel insurance
Any extra expenses not mentioned under “Included in price”

IF YOU RENT EQUIPMENT FROM MACEDONIA TRAVEL:
100 euro deposit is required per bike.
40 euro deposit is required per GPS
Deposits can be paid in cash upon your arrival in Macedonia, and will be returned in full upon return of the bike provided there is no damage beyond normal wear and tear, and all accessories are present. A portion of the deposit will also be withheld if bikes are returned late, according to the daily rate.