Private tour

Skopje: Matka Canyon Sightseeing Tour

4.9 / 5

35 reviews

Activity provider: Plus Travel Skopje
Private tour

Skopje: Matka Canyon Sightseeing Tour

Activity provider: Plus Travel Skopje

From US$ 107.98 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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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian
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  • 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)

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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 35 reviews

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This was such a fun tour! Suzanna was an excellent guide and very informative. Matka Canyon is definitely a must see. You should try to do some hiking/walking along the river trail in addition to the boat ride to the cave. The energy museum is also worth visiting.

March 28, 2023

My partner and I booked this fascinating private tour, and we were lucky to have Susanne. During the excursion, she explained the country's history so well and in a way that made it easy to follow and would answer any questions I had, adding many personal experiences and anecdotes. We did the (optional) hiking, the tour lasted 1,5h more, and we were never bored. The hike was well worth it, but it's rather steep in a few parts – I'd not recommend it to people with a poor fitness level. Also, Danielle was a great driver. A totally recommended private tour experience overall, a must-do when visiting the Skopje area! Thank you so much, Susanne and Danielle!

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March 28, 2023

The tour was great! The Canyon is just amazing and with a local guide I was able to know a lot of details regarding Skopje and its history. Also, everything was organized very well and I didn't have to worry about anything. Lida my guide was very cool!

March 28, 2023

Product ID: 31583