A weekend for some of the best cultural and historical sites in North Macedonia. Start from Bitola, the city with more than 1600 years of urban tradition; cycle through the bird habitat by Lake Prespa and in national park Galicica; swim in the oldest and deepest lake in Europe; end the weekend with a walk in the old town of Ohrid – a true time travel through the many layers of history of this UNESCO World Heritage city.
Day 1: Bitola – Oteshevo (Prespa Lake)
Day 2: Oteshevo, Galichica, Lagadin
Day 3: Lagadin - Ohrid
As you leave urban Bitola, you enter the old local road that used to connect Bitola with Prespa Lake in the times of Yugoslavia. Today it is rarely used, as it hasn’t been maintained since the opening of the new motorway from Bitola to Prespa, and it is still covered with cobblestone in parts. One part of this road is on the ancient route of the Roman road Via Egnatia, built over old Candavian Road some 2.200 years ago. You will know that you are close to Lake Prespa when you notice the apple orchards around you. It is the region that supplies all of the Balkans with apples. Unlike Ohrid Lake, Prespa Lake has only few commercial beaches (one of them by hotel Lakeview), as most of the coast is covered with reed – this lake is the refugee for many rare bird species. Some of them are threatened with extinction worldwide, such as the Dalmatian Pelican and the Pygmy Cormorant. They still breed here in large numbers and benefit from the extraordinary wealth of fish in the lake.
Cycling: 6h (50 km, ascent 752 m, descent 503 m)
A beautiful and challenging cycling route over Mount Galicica, with wonderfull views over the two biggest lakes in North Macedonia. Once you leave Prespa Lake behind, you will enter Galicica national park. Here you start a 14km long uphill (860m to 1590m) on a curvy narrow road leading to Mount Galicica pass. (if you think that this is too challenging for you, please ask our agents to arrange a transfer up to the mountain pass, so you can enjoy riding only the downhill to the lake, and by the lake coast). Don’t rush to your destination, take some time to stop and visit Trpejca fishing village, with a lovely beach hidden between the rocks by Ohrid Lake. There are also couple of fish restaurants on the shore where you can enjoy fresh trout for lunch. Also, we recommend to make one more stop on your way to visit the archaeological site on water – the Bay of Bones. Your destination is family guesthouse in a small settlement by the lake, some 9 km from Ohrid. Located between the lake and the mountain, it is a perfect place to go swimming, or, to relax in a hammock in their gardens.
Cycling: 4h (45 km, ascent 980 m, descent 1.159 m)
Optional: transfer to Galicica pass where you can continue riding down to Ohrid Lake.
It takes some 30-40min easy ride to get from Lagadin to Ohrid. You will be cycling on a local road along the lake coast, passing hotel resorts, villas and nice cafés on the beach. As you enter Ohrid, continue cycling by the lake to the main square, where the old town begins. You will probably decide to spend the day here, exploring the many layers of Ohrid history.
299 € / per personPrice is valid for min 2 participants
Price is valid for min 2 participantsINCLUDED IN PRICE:
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE:Options & Supplements:
- Accommodation based on 2 participants sharing double room
- Luggage transfers
- Detailed cycling route descriptions and maps
- Local safety information and contacts
- Stand by support (cell phone and contact person)
- Organization and logistic by Macedonia Travel
- Supplement for single room accommodation: 42 €
- Supplement for half board instead of standard bed & breakfast accommodation (2 dinners): 28€ / per person. Vegetarian and vegan meals available on request
- Private arrival / departure transfers available upon request
- Extra night in Skopje
3* hotel: from 26 € / per person sharing double room; Single supplement from 15 €
4* hotel: from 40 € / per person sharing double room; Single supplement from 20 €
- Extra night in Ohrid Guesthouse (private room): from 25 € /per person sharing double room; Single supplement 20 €
4* hotel: from 35 € / per person / sharing double room; Single supplement: 25 €
- Extra night in Bitola
Family traditional hotel: from 25 € /per person sharing double room; Single supplement: 15 €
4* hotel: from 35 € / pp / sharing double room; Single supplement: 20 €
- Rent of bike: from 21 € /per day
- Rent of Global Positioning System (GPS) console: 45 €
- Optional transfer for the longer uphill on Galicica mountain (Day 4): 40€ / per car
Small, family run hotel in Prespa, and guesthouse with en-suite facilities in Lagadin.
*Upgrade is available on all our tours, please contact our agents.
The original tour starts in Bitola, and ends in Ohrid. If you are not located in Bitola, please contact our agents to arrange your transfer to Bitiola, and / or from Ohrid.
If you are in Skopje, to get to Bitola it will cost you ca 9 € by bus, or by train, and app. 120 € if you prefer car transport.
To get to Skopje from Ohrid, options are: by bus (9€) or by car (150€).
Please contact our agents for further information regarding transport and transfers.