Full-Day Tour of Skopje, with Round-Trip Travel from Ohrid and Free Time

Full-Day Tour of Skopje, with Round-Trip Travel from Ohrid and Free Time

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      Skopje, Macedonia
      9 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 213
      • Distinctive landmarks: Visit the Holy Savior Church, Skopje Fortress, and Old Bazaar; see the Stone Bridge, Memorial House of Mother Teresa, Museum of the City of Skopje, Jewish Quarter, and Holocaust Memorial Centre.
      • Macedonian chaperones: Relax on the convenient motorcoach to and from Ohrid and Skopje, and follow your expert GoBe guide on an enlightening adventure. 
      • Free time: For one hour, explore the city center on your own, perhaps shopping for divine trinkets or stopping for refreshing Turkish tea, coffee, or treats.

      Meeting point

      Please proceed to the Ohrid City Center at Memorial House of Mother Theresa to meet our GoBe Rep with the displayed logo sign.

      Helpful hints

      Entrance fee to the Holy Savior Church is included but you may wish to bring spare change for any donations.

      Getting around

      Plan to walk for about a mile, over cobblestones and flat terrain, and climb up to 75 steps. Tour is not a suitable for you if you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility.

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic

      Languages

      English

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-MKD-OHRI-EN-1008

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Talk about a power trip! Inhabited since at least 4,000 B.C., the Skopje territory has been claimed by numerous empires and kingdoms, including Romans, Bulgarians, Byzantines, Serbians, and Ottoman Turks. Inevitably, today's population remains wide-ranging and largely linked spiritually to the Eastern Orthodox Church and Islam.

      No wonder, then, that Macedonia's multicultural capital also borders on the divine. Mother Teresa herself, the sainted Catholic humanitarian, was born in Skopje and lived here from 1910 to 1928. Pause outside the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, built in 2009 on the site of the church where she was baptized. It houses a museum and her signature white sari with blue stripes.

      Nearby, enter Holy Savior Church and be awestruck by the iconostasis, a high relief, walnut carving showing scenes of religion and nature. Keep an eye out for its creators, who whittled themselves in one corner. Be moved by the Jewish Quarter. Until World War II, Skopje housed a community primarily descended from Spanish Sephardis who escaped the Inquisition. Most survivors settled in Israel. The Holocaust Memorial Centre records the heartrending story.

      Many mosques dot the townscape, too. Spot some, among other historic buildings, as you walk the streets of the Old Bazaar. Pop in and out of picturesque shops, bursting with local crafts, exquisite jewelry, and intriguing cafes. Delve into Skopje Fortress, commonly known as Kale Fortress...a tad redundant, since "kale" is the Turkish word for "fortress." What's the result of all these landmarks? An enthralling mosaic that's yours to worship.

      Browse the largest bazaar in the Balkans

      Even the Old Bazaar gives a nod to Skopje's majority religions. Centuries ago, it began in part, as it remains, a shopping zone. But the market area was also a hub where Christians and Muslims, who lived on separate sides, could connect. Lined with small shops of equal size so they could be contained under "one roof," each street hosted a different trade, like food, gold, shoes, dresses, and pots. And of course, it encompassed Turkish baths, hotels, mosques, and churches.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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      Skopje, Macedonia
      Skopje, Macedonia
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring money
      Bring water
      Bring snack
      Wear light clothing
      Wear comfortable shoes
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