31 days in Republic of North Macedonia & Lesotho Itinerary

31 days in Republic of North Macedonia & Lesotho Itinerary

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31 days in Republic of North Macedonia & Lesotho Itinerary

Start: Nassau, Bahamas
Fly + Drive:  20 h 30 min
1
Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Mavrovo, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Taxi + Bus:  1 h 45 min
4
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 8 nights
Fly:  26 h
5
Maseru, Lesotho
— 3 nights
Bus + Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  34 h
End: Nassau, Bahamas

3
nights
Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia

Bitola ©
Bitola is a city in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bitola: Prilep (Holy Annunciation Church, Treskavec Monastery, &more) and Krusevo (Sveto Preobrazenie Monastery & Tose Proeski Memorial House). And it doesn't end there: stroll around National Park Pelister, examine the collection at НУ Завод и Музеј Битола (NI Institute and Museum Bitola), take an in-depth tour of Auto & Ethno Museum Filip, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Memorial d'Orient.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bitola trip planner.

Nassau, Bahamas to Bitola is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nassau in May: highs in Bitola hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Ohrid.

Things to do in Bitola

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Prilep, Krusevo
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Heraclea Lyncestis ©
Heraclea Lyncestis
National Park Pelister ©
National Park Pelister
Treskavec Monastery ©
Treskavec Monastery

7
nights
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

Ohrid ©
Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Explore Ohrid's surroundings by going to Golem Grad Island (in Resen), Holy Mother of God (in Kalista) and Saint Archangel Michael Cave Church (in Struga). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ohrid, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Mary Perybleptos, and make a trip to Samoil's Fortress.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ohrid trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Bitola to Ohrid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mavrovo.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Struga, Holy Mother of God, Golem Grad Island, Vevchani Springs
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
Monastery Saint Naum ©
Monastery Saint Naum
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo

3
nights
Mavrovo, Republic of North Macedonia

Mavrovo ©
Get out of town with these interesting Mavrovo side-trips: Gostivar (Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski & Clock Tower) and Sveta Bogorodica Precista Monastery (in Kichevo).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Mavrovo holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Ohrid to Mavrovo in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Mavrovo, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Mavrovo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gostivar, Sveta Bogorodica Precista Monastery
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Mavrovo National Park ©
Mavrovo National Park
Mavrovo Lake ©
Mavrovo Lake
Old Mavrovo Church ©
Old Mavrovo Church

8
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Xhamia E Larme (in Tetovo), Saint Joachim Osogovski (in Kriva Palanka) and Kokino (in Staro Nagorichane). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, contemplate the long history of Kale, appreciate the history behind Millennium Cross, and wander the streets of Old Bazaar, Skopje.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Skopje road trip website.

Traveling by car from Mavrovo to Skopje takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Mavrovo in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Skopje, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Maseru.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Saint Joachim Osogovski, Kokino, Xhamia E Larme
Highlights from your plan
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Macedonia Square ©
Macedonia Square

3
nights
Maseru, Lesotho

Maseru ©
Founded in 1869 by the British, Lesotho's main city--Maseru--lies on the border with South Africa on a plateau surrounded by red hills.
Explore Maseru's surroundings by going to Gates of Paradise Pass (in Malealea) and Morija Museum & Archives (in Morija). There's still lots to do: see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam, contemplate the long history of Thaba-Bosiu National Monument, browse the exhibits of National Museum, and try your luck at Lesotho Sun Casino.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Maseru road trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Skopje to Maseru. The time zone difference when traveling from Skopje to Maseru is 1 hour. Traveling from Skopje in May, you will find days in Maseru are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Butha-Buthe.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Gates of Paradise Pass, Morija Museum & Archives
Highlights from your plan
Katse Dam ©
Katse Dam
Maluti Mountains ©
Maluti Mountains
Gates of Paradise Pass ©
Gates of Paradise Pass

3
nights
Butha-Buthe, Lesotho

Butha-Buthe ©
Butha-Buthe is the capital city or camptown of the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): hit the slopes at Afriski Mountain Resort. On your second day here, Head underground at Liphofung Caves and then cruise along Mafika Lisiu Pass.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Butha-Buthe visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Maseru to Butha-Buthe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Butha-Buthe when traveling from Maseru in May, with lows around 3°C. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Butha-Buthe

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Afriski Mountain Resort ©
Afriski Mountain Resort
Liphofung Caves ©
Liphofung Caves

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