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Skopje: Matka Canyon Sightseeing Tour

4.9 / 5

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Skopje: Matka Canyon Sightseeing Tour

From US$ 96.06 per person

Explore the stunning Matka Canyon in Macedonia on a full-day sightseeing tour from Skopje and cruise by small boat between the vertical rocks. Pass ancient houses, temples, and medieval monasteries. Hike to the Monastery of St. Nikola.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian
Pickup included
Pick-up from hotels in Skopje
Private group


  • Explore the magnificent scenery of the Matka Canyon, the most breathtaking landscape in Macedonia
  • Hike through forests filled with the scent of flowers and the sounds of birds
  • Cruise by small boat past the vertical rocks
  • Look out for hidden medieval monasteries
  • Climb to the Monastery of St. Nikola for a peek inside courtesy of the church keeper
  • Walk along the banks of the River Treska
Full description
Discover the most beautiful landscape in the Skopje region on this scenic sightseeing hike and cruise of the Matka Canyon. Sail between vertical rocks, see ancient temples, medieval churches, and hilltop monasteries. Start at the 14th-century Monastery of Matka, dedicated to the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, a religious festival celebrated on August 28 every year. Walk along the banks of the River Treska, famous for its kayak competitions, following the path past the Dam and manmade Lake Matka. Next, climb aboard a small boat to cruise along the 5-mile (8-kilometer) canyon, soaking up the surroundings and scent of flowers. Listen and look out for abundant birdlife, and keep your eyes open for wild boar and hare. On your return, stop opposite the Monastery of St. Andrew and climb up forested hills to the Monastery of St. Nikola. From the plateau, your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking views. A hospitable church-keeper, who built the surrounding mountain huts, will welcome you inside the monastery for yet another perspective of this magical and mysterious land.
  • Hotel transfers
  • Introducion of Skopje
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Boat trip
  • Entrance ticket (EUR 2 per person)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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  • Please note that you must feel comfortable traveling in a small boat for this tour
Customer reviews

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4.9 /5

based on 26 reviews

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This tour was our second tour with Plus Travel and this trip was great too! The boss Dance brought us safely from A to B and our great tour guide Vaska was able to explain and show us a lot about the whole area. Vaska is a really great tour guide with a very good knowledge of German! She is also a wonderful human being and knows an incredible amount about all of Macedonia! We would book this tour again in a heartbeat!

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September 13, 2021

We really enjoyed this tour outside the city. Suzanna Sich was our tourist guide and was able to explain us a lot about Macedonia ranging from economics, politics, culture and history. It was a very pleasant day. If you book with Suzanna, please ask her for the walk back from the cave to the boat station. It's a real experience!

April 22, 2018

Nice and pleasant trip

Due to a problem of incorrect communication between GYG and the travel agency our trip started with a delay of more than 1 hour. But the travel agency solved the problem correctly and satisfactory! We chose for the one-day trip to Matka for a relaxing visit and to spend more time at the lake.. It was very nice. Suzanna was an excellent guide. We enjoyed it very much.

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August 24, 2017

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