Macedonia holiday, self guided walking

“Self guided walking in quiet, unexplored Macedonia. A mix of circuits and point-to-point routes, with bags transferred to hotels, for a fantastic price.”


Skopje | Sar Mountain range | choice of walks, including option to ascend Titov Vrv, the highest peak completely within Macedonia | Mavrovo | Mavrovo to Galicnic walk | Galicnic to Lazeropole | Ohrid | Galicica Mountains

Description of Macedonia holiday, self guided walking

Explore Macedonia on foot, on this eight-day self guided walking holiday. Enjoy a great variety of walking, passing tiny villages and green forests, roaming up mountains and above lakes. The walks are mostly in the mountainous west of the country, near the Albania border, in three of the countryís national parks. This is a remote area, but you will still be able to experience the rural life of the country and meet the friendly local people.

You wonít be scaling rugged peaks Ė the mountains here have softly rounded summits with no vertiginous sections. Some days the walks are quiet lengthy but the paths are generally good. There is often a choice of routes each day and all out-and-back walks can be shortened to suit your ability and preference. You have the chance to walk to the top of the highest mountain in Macedonia, 2,748m high, and to visit the lovely old city of Ohrid, one of the prettiest in the country, which sits on a lake. Walking above it gives a wonderful view down over this pretty setting. There is a mix of circuit routes and point-to-point walks, staying in different hotels. You baggage is transferred for you, so you need only hike with a small day pack.

Macedonia is home to just two million people and was part of the former Yugoslavia. It has been independent for over a decade and is revitalising its tourism industry, to attract visitors from further afield. The country of Macedonia is sometimes confused with the region of northern Greece of the same name - and the two Macedonias share a border.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We advise all of our clients to stay to the marked paths. This is to maintain the environment as they pass so that it remains pristine for walkers using the pathways in the future. It is also important in order to keep some distance from the local wildlife which can include bears and wolves in the woods. We also advise that they take all of their rubbish with them until the end of the day and recycle or dispose of it as is appropriate.

On this holiday you visit the historic UNESCO site of Ohrid. By visiting itís sites such as the Roman amphitheatre an other historic buildings with Turkish and Slavic influences the city is able to maintain itís natural beauty for plenty of time to come.

As much as is possible on this trek we have tried to ensure that the walking is done from hotel to hotel, meaning that there is no need to be transported from or to a hotel each day and reduces the need for transportation journeys and their effect on the environment. When the luggage needs to be transferred we use the hotels or local companies to ensure that the driving required is kept to a minimum.

The Impacts of this Trip

All of the hotels we use in Macedonia are small and family run enabling these establishments to continue into the future. They are the establishments which are most in need of the tourism income and their ability to continue their success is important to this mountainous area of Macedonia. We also arrange for our clients to eat either at the hotels or at small local restaurants, again keeping the income in the small towns and villages where they stay overnight. We also use either the hotel, local companies or local taxi companies for the luggage and people transfers necessary for this trek. This also keeps the environmental impact to a minimum.

For the time that our clients have in Skopje we have included a brief half day walking tour of the city. This enables our clients to get the most of their time in the city and experience local activities and traditions as well as the history of the city and country.


2 Reviews of Macedonia holiday, self guided walking

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Walking in unspoiled mountain terrain with wonderful views and very few people

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Beware of the sheep dogs!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not particularly

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Well organised and a great alternative to small group travel, which we've done before.

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Stunning scenery and empty mountains apart from a few shepherds and lots of sheep

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Ensure you have a compass and take the maps provided.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Probably benefited the local people as the majority of hotels in remote villages where tourism is important to the economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent. Great variety of walking from open moorland to forests. Also variety of accommodation from ski resorts to basic but lovely hotel in a mountain village. Macedonians friendly and food good.

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