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Stone Bridge, Skopje

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From Sofia: Skopje, Northern Macedonia Day Tour

1. From Sofia: Skopje, Northern Macedonia Day Tour

The history of Skopje began with the settlements of the Thracians and establishing the fortress of Scupi. Since then, the town has changed its sovereign numerous times, being part of the Roman, Byzanatine, Bulgarian and the Serbian countries for short time.  The Ottomans conquered the city in 1392 and changed the name to Uskub, which became home for numerous Ottomans, Bulgarians and Albanians.  In 1912, the city was liberated from the Ottomans during the First Balkan war, and eventually became a part of the Serbian country. During the two world wars, it was eventually given to Bulgaria, before becoming capital of the Macedonian Federation in the Yugoslavian socialistic republic. The city then started growing rapidly industrially and economically.  Unfortunately a huge earthquake in 1963 destroyed a huge part of the town, leaving more than 100,000 people without homes. Skopje managed to recover quickly from it, just in time to become a capital of the independent country of Macedonia. Your Day in Skopje (North Macedonia) The departure is early, somewhere around 8.00 AM depending on your hotel pick-up time, because the driving time is 4 hours each way, and the border cross may take a while. On the way to Macedonia, you will use the picturesque road via the Osogovo mountains, one of the most beautiful mountain ranges both in Bulgaria and Macedonia. Somewhere around 11.30 AM (10:30 AM local time), you will arrive in Skopje. The walking tour will start with the Museum of History of Skopje, dedicated to the city, housed in the old railway station. From there, you will continue towards the Memorial House of Mother Teresa and learn about the life of the amazing Macedonian women with Albanian origin.  At this moment, your hunger for knowledge will be replaced with some good food, as youl head towards the main square, to see the huge statue of Alexander the Great and find a lovely restaurant on the south bank of Vardar river.  After lunch, you will continue your walking tour on the other side of Vardar, crossing it via the Stone bridge - the oldest and the most famous bridge in Skopje, today marked as the symbol of the city. You will then head towards the Old Fortress, for some remarkable pictures of the city from the top. Then you will end with a visit to the old quarter and its famous church - St Saviour. After a little free time to buy some souvenirs, you'll head towards the car, without forgetting to pass by the huge buildings of Skopje 2014's project.  Around 3:30- 4:00 PM, you will depart from Skopje and arrive back in Sofia at around 7:30-8:00 PM.

Skopje 4-Hour Walking Tour

2. Skopje 4-Hour Walking Tour

This 4-hour walking tour of Skopje usually starts on the plateau where the Museum of Contemporary Art is located. This offers a wonderful view of the central part of Skopje and here the story about the city begins. Afterwards, you will visit the Fortress Kale before visiting the Mustapha Pasha Mosque, the Church of the Holy Savior, and the small museum of Goce Delchev. Another optional visit is to the Museum of Macedonia which consists of 3 parts: an icon gallery, an ethnological department, and a historical department. Then you will continue your stroll through the Old Bazaar, where 2 more caravanserais can be seen as well as 2 Turkish baths: Chifte Hammam and Daut Pasha Hammam. The tour continues towards the modern part of the city. Before you cross the Stone Bridge, one of the oldest landmarks of Skopje, you can see the Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia and the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for Independence, IMRO and the Victims of Communism. On the other bank of the river is the main square, Macedonia Square, with a lot of new statues and monuments. You will walk along the main street, Macedonia Street, which connects the square to the old railway station. You will stay for a short visit to the Memorial House of Mother Teresa and end the tour in front of the Museum of the City of Skopje, situated in the building of the old railway station.

Best of Skopje City Tour

3. Best of Skopje City Tour

Your driver will pick you up from your hotel or any location in Skopje, with a comfortable A/C car/minivan and take you to the plateau where the Museum of Contemporary Art located. This offers a wonderful view of the central part of Skopje and here the story about the city begins. Afterwards, the Fortress Kale is visited. What follows is a visit to the Mustapha Pasha Mosque, and then the Church of the Holy Saviour. Another visit is the one to the Museum of Macedonia which consists of three parts: an icon gallery, an ethnological and historical departments. Then you continue you stroll through the Old Bazaar where two more caravansaries can be seen Turkish Baths – Chifte Hammam and Daut Pasha Hammam, dating back to the 15th century. The tour continues towards the modern part of the city on the right bank of the River Vardar. Before you cross the Stone Bridge, which is one of the oldest landmarks of Skopje, you can see the Holocaust Memorial Centre and the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for Independence, IMRO and the Victims of Communism. On the other bank of the river is the main square Macedonia, with a lot of new statues and monuments. You will walk along the main street Macedonia which connects the square to the Old Railway Station. You can stay for a short visit at the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, with the tour ending in front of the Museum of the City of Skopje situated in the building of the Old Railway Station, which was partially destroyed by the earthquake in 1963. From Mount Vodno, you continue by cable-car system to the Millennium Cross and back to middle Vodno. Once back at middle Vodno you continue by the car/minivan to the village Gorno Nerezi, to see the church St. Pantelejmon. The tour continues with a visit to the canyon Matka, about 17 km from Skopje, continue to walk along the bank of the River Treska, which is famous for the competitions in kayaking that take place on it. You will follow the path that goes by the dam and the man-made lake Matka and reach the Monastery of St. Andrew.   After this, you will go on a boat ride along the canyon Matka (8km long) and enjoy the magnificent surroundings, as well as a visit to the cave Vrelo.

From Sofia: Kosovo and North Macedonia 2-Day Tour

4. From Sofia: Kosovo and North Macedonia 2-Day Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Sofia at 8:00 AM. Travel for approximately 3.5 hours to the first destination of the two-day excursion, the city of Skopje, which is the capital of North Macedonia. During the drive, learn of the political history of the region.  Upon arrival in Skopje, enjoy a 2-hour city tour with a Macedonian guide. Explore both the old and the new parts of the city, seeing its major landmarks. After the walking tour, enjoy 1.5 hours of free time during which you will have the chance to rest and taste the local cuisine. Afterwards, continue the journey to Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, which will take approximately 2 hours. When you reach Pristina enjoy some free time to explore the highlights of the city after which you will travel to the cultural capital of the country, Prizen. Stay overnight in a 4-star hotel in the heart of the city.  On the second day, have breakfast in the hotel followed by a walking tour of Prizen at 8:30 AM. Explore the narrow cobblestone streets and authentic Ottoman buildings. Visit Mahmet Pasha Hamam, the 15th century stone bridge and the fortress situated high above the city. From here, get a fantastic view of the whole city. Then, begin the journey back towards Skopje for a lunch break, and subsequently onto Sofia, where you will arrive at approximately 3:00 PM.

Skopje: City Highlights Tour with Transfer and Food

5. Skopje: City Highlights Tour with Transfer and Food

Explore all the major landmarks of Skopje on this thorough guided tour through the most iconic areas of the city and beyond. Try some delicious local meals and treats as you discover your surroundings with a local expert. Have a lovely start to your day with a coffee at The Dude Specialty and breakfast at a small bakery, where you'll try the famous burek with yogurt. Begin the tour by heading up to Vodno Mountain. Take a thrilling cable car ride to the top to see the Millennium Cross and admire the spectacular views. Continue your drive to Matka Canyon and walk along the bank of the River Treska to reach the Monastery of St. Andrew. Afterward, take a relaxing boat ride to take in the magnificent scenery. Stop by Cave Vrelo, which is full of amazing stalactites and stalagmites and contains two small lakes. Drive back to Skopje and start the walking city tour with a visit to Kale Fortress, then Mustafa Pasha Mosque, and, finally, a stroll through the Old Skopje Bazaar where three caravanserais can still be seen, along with two Turkish baths dating back to the 15th century. Enjoy lunch at Destan, a great traditional kebab restaurant, and try Skopsko, the local beer. After lunch, the tour continues toward the modern part of the city. Cross the Stone Bridge to see numerous statues and monuments, then end your trip with a visit to the Memorial House of Mother Teresa.

Skopje: Private Walking Tour of Historic Sights

6. Skopje: Private Walking Tour of Historic Sights

Together with a professional guide, you will visit the most charming places in the city. Do you know Skopje is a country of the colorful revolution? Do you want to see the city from another viewpoint? The Kale Fortress is a good option for that. Are you familiar with brutalism architecture? Skopje is the perfect place to discover that. The Old bazaar area or Debar Maalo, a bohemian-like part of Skopje will offer you real balkanian coffee. You will be surprised how many stories are hidden in the streets, buildings, and corners of Skopje. A local charismatic guide will reveal the secrets and interesting facts about the monument of Alexander the Great, the old fortress Kale, and the monastery St.Pentelejmon. You will also get to experience the following attractions: - Skopje Fortress - Mustafa Pasha - Old Bazaar Skopje - Macedonia Square - Stone Bridge

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What people are saying about Stone Bridge, Skopje

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 44 reviews

Our excursion started right on time. Philip our Bulgarian guide is a very professional person, attentive to everything and very sociable. It was a real pleasure to spend the day with him. We arrived in Skopje at about 11 and we started our walking tour to discover the Macedonian capital together with a local guide. We visited the city for about 2 hours. It's really worth it. After having lunch in the old city in an excellent typical restaurant we left for Sofia to arrive in the evening around 19.30. I recommend this tour. In one day you have the opportunity to visit another state. Vote 10

Wonderful experience! Our guide was excellent, he told us loads about the history of the country while he drove us to North Macedonia. Once we got there, we met the local guide who showed us around Skopje. They even included a traditional lunch in the old part of the city. It was worth the long car ride. Definitely recommended!

Excellent Lence was extremely knowledgeable about Skopje and really nice! The Kosovo tour guide was great he knows all the best stuff to see and is really great about adjusting the schedule based on what you want to do!

The fabulous driver-guide and the great local guide, we loved and surprised The Capital of North Macedonia and very well used the time, a 10

Very well organized experience with two prepared, nice and helpful guides