31 days in Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

31 days in Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

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31 days in Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

Start: Izmir, Turkey
Fly + Drive:  8 h 45 min
1
Mavrovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Ohrid
— 10 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Bitola
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Strumica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Palikura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Skopje
— 11 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Izmir, Turkey

2
nights
Mavrovo

Mavrovo ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Mavrovo Lake and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Old Mavrovo Church and then grab your bike and head to Mavrovo National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mavrovo road trip planning website .

Izmir, Turkey to Mavrovo is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Izmir in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mavrovo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Ohrid.

Things to do in Mavrovo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski
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Mavrovo National Park ©
Mavrovo National Park
Mavrovo Lake ©
Mavrovo Lake
Old Mavrovo Church ©
Old Mavrovo Church

10
nights
Ohrid

Ohrid ©
Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Workshop For Handmade Paper and Vevchani Springs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ohrid: Saint Archangel Michael Cave Church (in Struga), Holy Mother of God (in Kalista) and Golem Grad Island (in Resen). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Mary Perybleptos, steep yourself in history at Early Christian Basilica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Plaoshnik, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ohrid trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Mavrovo to Ohrid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bitola.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Struga, Golem Grad Island, Vevchani Springs, Holy Mother of God
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Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
National Workshop For Handmade Paper ©
Holy Mary Perybleptos ©
Holy Mary Perybleptos

3
nights
Bitola

Bitola ©
Bitola is a city in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Markovi Kuli (Marko's Towers) and National Park Pelister. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bitola: Krusevo (Nikola Martinoski Gallery & Tose Proeski Memorial House), Resen Museum (in Resen) and Prilep (Old Clocktower & St. Archangel Michael Monastery). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Heraclea Lyncestis and don't miss a visit to Shirok Sokak Street.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bitola visit planner.

You can drive from Ohrid to Bitola in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. March in Bitola sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Strumica.

Things to do in Bitola

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Prilep, Krusevo, Resen Museum
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Tose Proeski Memorial House ©
Tose Proeski Memorial House
Markovi Kuli (Marko's Towers) ©
Markovi Kuli (Marko's Towers)
National Park Pelister ©
National Park Pelister

3
nights
Strumica

Strumica ©
Strumica is the largest city in eastern Republic of Macedonia, near the Novo Selo-Petrich border crossing with Bulgaria. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Koleshino Waterfall and Monastery of the Most Holy Theotokos Eleusa. Get out of town with these interesting Strumica side-trips: Berovo (Berovo Lake & Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael) and Old City Clock Tower (in Star Dojran). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Monastery of St Leontius, take in the awesome beauty at Belasica Mountain, and get outside with Monospitskoto Bog.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Strumica trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Bitola to Strumica by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Palikura.

Things to do in Strumica

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Berovo, Old City Clock Tower
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Koleshino Waterfall ©
Koleshino Waterfall
Monastery of St Leontius ©
Monastery of St Leontius

1
night
Palikura

Palikura ©
On the 20th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Stobi.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Palikura online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Strumica to Palikura in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Skopje.

Things to do in Palikura

Historic Sites
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Stobi ©
Stobi

11
nights
Skopje

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to Xhamia E Larme and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Skopje: Tetovo (Arabati Baba Tekke, St. Nikolas Church, &more), Tikves Winery (in Kavadarci) and Marko's Monastery (in Markova Susica). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Brzanov Winery, steep yourself in history at Old Bazaar, Skopje, take in the views from The Stone Bridge, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Clement of Ohrid.

To find maps and more tourist information, read Skopje trip app .

You can drive from Palikura to Skopje in 1.5 hours. In March in Skopje, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Tetovo, Tikves Winery, Saint Joachim Osogovski, Prilep's Old Bazaar, Clock Tower
Highlights from your plan
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
Xhamia E Larme ©
Xhamia E Larme
Brzanov Winery ©
Brzanov Winery

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