17 days in Novi Sad & Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

17 days in Novi Sad & Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
1
Novi Sad, Serbia
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 5 nights
Bus + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
3
Mavrovo, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  4 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Novi Sad, Serbia

Novi Sad ©
The regional and cultural center of northern Serbia, the riverside city of Novi Sad occupies a strategically advantageous position between Belgrade and Budapest.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Upper Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery Grgeteg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manastir Velika Remeta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery Petkovac. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Monastery Beocin, then steep yourself in history at Monastery of Vrdnik-Ravanica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Staro Hopovo Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Lower church from 1718.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Novi Sad trip planning website.

London, UK to Novi Sad is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in May, with highs in Novi Sad at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Skopje.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Sremski Karlovci, Monastery of Vrdnik-Ravanica, Monastery Beocin, Staro Hopovo Monastery
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Monastery Grgeteg ©
Monastery Grgeteg
Staro Hopovo Monastery ©
Staro Hopovo Monastery
Monastery of Vrdnik-Ravanica ©
Monastery of Vrdnik-Ravanica

5
nights
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Get outdoors at Matka Canyon and Lake Matka. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mustafa Pasha Mosque and Xhamia E Larme. Change things up with these side-trips from Skopje: Tetovo (Isa Beg Hammam & Arabati Baba Tekke) and Stobi (in Palikura). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Panteleimon, make a trip to Skopje Art Bridge, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and snap pictures at Skopje Eye Bridge.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Skopje road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Novi Sad to Skopje in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Skopje, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Mavrovo.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Tetovo, Stobi
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Church of St. Panteleimon ©
Church of St. Panteleimon
Xhamia E Larme ©
Xhamia E Larme
Stobi ©
Stobi

2
nights
Mavrovo, Republic of North Macedonia

Mavrovo ©
On the 19th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Mavrovo National Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Sveta Bogorodica Precista Monastery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mavrovo Lake, and then contemplate the long history of Old Mavrovo Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mavrovo trip itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Skopje to Mavrovo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Skopje, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mavrovo, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bitola.

Things to do in Mavrovo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski, Sveta Bogorodica Precista Monastery
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Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski ©
Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski
Mavrovo National Park ©
Mavrovo National Park
Mavrovo Lake ©
Mavrovo Lake

2
nights
Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia

Bitola ©
Bitola is a city in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Clock Tower, take an in-depth tour of Auto & Ethno Museum Filip, then stroll around National Park Pelister, and finally delve into the distant past at Heraclea Lyncestis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Archangel Michael Monastery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Memorial d'Orient, and then examine the collection at НУ Завод и Музеј Битола (NI Institute and Museum Bitola).

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Bitola visit planner.

Traveling by car from Mavrovo to Bitola takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daytime highs in Bitola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Bitola

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

St. Archangel Michael Monastery
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Heraclea Lyncestis ©
Heraclea Lyncestis
National Park Pelister ©
National Park Pelister
Clock Tower ©
Clock Tower

5
nights
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Climent of Ohrid and Monastery Saint Naum. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Lake Ohrid. Step out of Ohrid to go to Vevcani and see Vevchani Springs, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Mary Perybleptos, see the interesting displays at National Workshop For Handmade Paper, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia, and steep yourself in history at Early Christian Basilica.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ohrid road trip planning website.

Getting from Bitola to Ohrid by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Ohrid are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ohrid

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Vevchani Springs, River Drim
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Holy Mary Perybleptos ©
Holy Mary Perybleptos
Saint Climent of Ohrid ©
Saint Climent of Ohrid

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