Water activity

From Skopje: Vodno Mountain and Matka Canyon Tour

Water activity

From Skopje: Vodno Mountain and Matka Canyon Tour

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From US$ 35.54 per person

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Skopje city center and get back to nature in the Matka Canyon. Ride the cable car up Vodno Mountain, see miraculous frescoes of Byzantine art and much more.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Get a panoramic view of Skopje from the top of Vodno Mountain
  • See amazing frescoes at the Byzantine Church of St. Panteleimon
  • Reconnect with nature in the Matka Canyon
Full description
Depart Skopje and travel in air-conditioned comfort to Vodno Mountain. Ride the cable car up to Millennium Cross on arrival, and enjoy panoramic views back across Skopje from one of the biggest Christian crosses in the world. Take the cable car back down Vodno Mountain to continue to the mountain village of Gorno Nerezi by air-conditioned vehicle. Visit the small 12th-century Church of St. Panteleimon on arrival and marvel at the historical frescoes of Byzantine art inside. Next, make your way to the Matka Canyon to enjoy a tasty lunch in a nice restaurant by the lake. Take an optional boat trip to the Vrelo cave or go for a nature walk along the many marked trails. Fill your lungs with fresh country air before the return trip to Skopje, and get dropped off at the triumphal arch of the Porta Macedonia on arrival.
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance tickets
  • Optional entrance to the Church of St. Panteleimon (€2) and St. Andrew's Church (€1), payable on the spot
  • Optional boat ride at the Matka Canyon
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tips and gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This is a small group tour of no more than 15 people
  • Tours operate all year round, whatever the weather
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Small entrance fees to the Church of St. Panteleimon and St. Andrew's Church are optional and not included in the price but can be purchased during the tour
  • The optional boat ride at Matka Canyon is not included in the price
  • Meals and drinks are not provided
  • Tips are not included in the price
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 220 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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The activity was really good and a lovely place to visit. Well worth it. However, my only complaint would be that the meeting point for the guide and transport is in a very obscure location. I even had to contact GYG via Whatsapp to try and figure our where the location actually is, and even customer care didn't know. Having spoken to other travellers on the tour, all of them said the same that the meeting point is very random, obscure and not easy to reach.

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October 13, 2022

Very well worth booking this. Only downside was out of his control, that being that the cable car was closed for maintainence. Otherwise some gorgeous views, a friendly and clear guide who knew Skopje well, and the tour of Makta Canyon was wonderful. Do go on the boat trip when you get there, it cost around an extra €10 ish.

September 29, 2022

We had a great afternoon with Vladimir! We were a small group of maybe 10 people, he took time to explain everything and talk to us and answer all our questions. The trip itself was very nice and Matka canyon was a lovely excursion. The cave itself doesn't present a huge interest but it was nice to go around with the boat (not included in the package). Maybe count for an extra hour as the cable car runs really only every 30min and it can happen to miss it. We left around 13:15 and came back around 18:00. Very nice experience which we recommend!

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September 21, 2022

Product ID: 79310