The beauty of Krusevo, Macedonia. Flickr:Milo van Kovacevic

Lake Ohrid is always a gorgeous backdrop! Macedonia. Flickr:By Inge

Magnificent Macedonia - 9 days Bike Tour

Macedonia Bike Tours

A partially self-guided or fully guided 9 day bike tour in Macedonia

  • A bike tour in Macedonia is the perfect solution to the problem of over tourism in mainstream Europe. This country remains one of Europe’s last undiscovered areas. Tucked away in a corner of Southeast Europe, Macedonia is a country with idyllic natural surroundings. Your bike tour in Macedonia begins with a transfer from Skopje International Airport to the city center, a perfect introduction to this multi-faceted country with its layers of history. Crossing the River Vardar via the 15th century Stone Bridge, you will enter an area dominated by a massive fortress. Stretching underneath is the old Turkish bazaar. In its bustling cobblestone alleys, you will find ancient mosques, former baths that have been converted into art galleries, and tiny shops selling intricate silver filigree jewelry made by local craftsmen.


    • Quirky Skopje
    • Lunch at a local home
    • Negotino - city of grapes and wine
    • Kruševo and the traditional architecture
    • Bitola's bustling Sirok Sokak street
    • Otesevo, on the shores of Lake Prespa
    • Monastery of St. Naum
    • Ohrid and the Lake
    • Rich history, great food, world-renowned wine, and great people!

    Want to spice it up? Check out our multi-adventure tour that includes Macedonia and our 8 day supported tour. We also offer other tours in the Balkans! Check out Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, and Greece.

  • Option A (two nights in Lagadin)
    Basic accommodation:
    Twin/double: £ 1023 $ 2,268 1204 $ 1814 NOK 11338 kr 10466 $ 1,361 Single supplement: £ 175 $ 388 206 $ 310 NOK 1940 kr 1791 $ 233 Upgraded accommodations:
    Twin/double: £ 1076 $ 2,384 1266 $ 1907 NOK 11922 kr 11004 $ 1,431 Single supplement: £ 222 $ 492 261 $ 393 NOK 2458 kr 2269 $ 295 Guided
    Basic accommodation:
    Twin/double: £ 1478 $ 3,277 1740 $ 2622 NOK 16385 kr 15125 $ 1,966 Single supplement: £ 175 $ 388 206 $ 310 NOK 1940 kr 1791 $ 233 Upgraded accommodations:
    Twin/double: £ 1557 $ 3,450 1832 $ 2760 NOK 17251 kr 15924 $ 2,070 Single supplement: £ 222 $ 492 261 $ 393 NOK 2458 kr 2269 $ 295 Option B (two nights in Ohrid)
    Basic accommodation:
    Twin/double: £ 1056 $ 2,341 1243 $ 1873 NOK 11705 kr 10805 $ 1,405 Single supplement: £ 191 $ 424 225 $ 339 NOK 2119 kr 1956 $ 254 Upgraded accommodations:
    Twin/double: £ 1079 $ 2,392 1270 $ 1913 NOK 11959 kr 11039 $ 1,435 Single supplement: £ 234 $ 518 275 $ 414 NOK 2590 kr 2390 $ 311 Guided
    Basic accommodation:
    Twin/double: £ 1512 $ 3,352 1780 $ 2682 NOK 16762 kr 15472 $ 2,011 Single supplement: £ 191 $ 424 225 $ 339 NOK 2119 kr 1956 $ 254 Upgraded accommodations:
    Twin/double: £ 1590 $ 3,526 1872 $ 2820 NOK 17628 kr 16272 $ 2,115 Single supplement: £ 234 $ 518 275 $ 414 NOK 2590 kr 2390 $ 311

    extra options

    Extra night in Skopje:
    Upgraded accommodation:
    4 * Hotel Alexander Square (or comparable), city center: 
    Twin/double:  £ 37 $ 83 44 $ 66 NOK 414 kr 382 $ 50 Single: £ 56 $ 124 66 $ 99 NOK 622 kr 574 $ 75 Basic accommodation:
    Twin/double: 3 * Hotel Monako (or comparable), 2 km from city center: £ 24 $ 53 28 $ 42 NOK 264 kr 243 $ 32 Single: £ 36 $ 79 42 $ 63 NOK 396 kr 365 $ 47

    Dinners included (8):
    Option A:  £ 121 $ 267 142 $ 214 NOK 1337 kr 1234 $ 160 Option B: £ 121 $ 267 142 $ 214 NOK 1337 kr 1234 $ 160 Optional local lunch on Day 2: £ 14 $ 30 16 $ 24 NOK 151 kr 139 $ 18 Transfer to Galicica pass on Day 4, min. 2 people, per person: £ 19 $ 41 22 $ 33 NOK 207 kr 191 $ 25

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Skopje International Airport

    Local Travel

    Arrival and departure transfers are included in tour price. Do note that transfers are group transfers. If you are arriving apart from your group, at a different time, a supplement will apply.


    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use to research local weather including average high/low temperature, average rainfall, and more is


    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

Where You’ll Stay

Two levels of accommodations are offered for this tour as well as two itineraries. You can choose to overnight in Lagadin for two nights and Ohrid for one, or in Lagadin for one and Ohrid for two. You can choose between basic accommodation or upgraded.

Two 3 hotels, one 2 hotel, one family boutique hotel, four guesthouses
Three 4 hotels, one 2 hotel, 1 family boutique hotel, and 3 guesthouses
Hotel lists will be provided on request.

What’s Included

  • Self-Guided
  • Accommodation in private room
  • 8 breakfasts
  • Single group transfer from Skopje Airport to hotel in Skopje on Day 1
  • Single group transfer from Skopje to Negotino on Day 2
  • Single group transfer from Chiflik (Demir Kapija) on Day 2
  • Single group transport from Vevchani village to Skopje airport on Day 9
  • Luggage transfer
  • English route descriptions
  • Guided cycling on Day 2 and Day 6
  • Detailed cycling maps
  • Town maps
  • Stand-by support (cell phone and contact person)
  • Hardtail mountain bike
  • Guided
  • All of the above plus guide for every day

What’s Not Included

  • Optional transfer to Galicica Pass on Day 5. See pricing
  • Optional lunch on Day 2. See pricing.
  • All other lunches.
  • Dinners (can be included with supplement). See pricing
  • Entrance fees, approx. €17
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory)
Length9 days
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Tour Dates

Departures any day from April 1 to October 31, 2019
Minimum of 2 people
Departures any day from April 1 to October 31, 2019
Minimum of 2 people

Skill Level

This is a moderate guided or self-guided bike tour (guided is included for two days).

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Skopje International Airport
Day 2: Transfer from Skopje to Negotino, bike to Chiflik, transfer to Kruševo
Day 3: Kruševo - Bitola, 39 mi. (62 km)
Day 4: Bitola - Otesevo, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Otesevo -  Lagadin, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Lagadin - St. Naum - Lagadin or Lagadin - Ohrid, 25 or 31 mi. (40 or 50 km)
Day 7: Ohrid
Day 8: Ohrid - Vevchani, 33 mi. (52 km)
Day 9: Transfer back to Skopje for flight home or extend your stay!

All distances are approximate. 

Day 1: Arrival at Skopje International Airport
Arrival and transfer to your accommodations in Skopje. We suggest for your first day that you enjoy a walking tour of Skopje, visit the Mother Teresa Memorial House and the central Macedonia square with the grand fountain of Alexander the Great. Be sure to walk over the old Stone Bridge into the maze of cobblestoned alleys of the old town of Skopje, lined with Ottoman mosques and hammams, arts, crafts, and jewelry shops. You can visit the old Holy Savior church and end your walk at the city walls ‘Kale’ with its panoramic view of the capital. Your afternoon is free to enjoy the old town.  Dinner is suggested in a restaurant located in a restored Ottoman Inn in the old town. Overnight in Skopje.

Basic: Hotel Monako 3 *
Upgraded: Hotel Alexander Square 4 *

Day 2: Transfer from Skopje to Negotino, bike to  Chiflik, transfer to Kruševo
Transfer from Skopje to the wine region of Macedonia. You will stop in Negotino, visit the church of St George with the holy springs, and start riding from here to Demir Kapija, and to the village of Chiflik. (ca 30 km on local roads). Here you can enjoy lunch paired with local rakiya and wines with Mrs. Maria and her husband Misho in their gardens.

Afternoon transfer to Kruševo, a picturesque mountain town in Central Macedonia. It is the highest town in the Balkans, famous for the first uprising revolution against the Ottoman suppression, but also for the traditional architecture, local traditional art crafts, and delicious cuisine. 

Basic: Villa La Kola
Upgraded: Hotel Montana 4 *  

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total drive: 220km / ca 3 hours 
  • Biking: 30 km

Day 3: Kruševo - Bitola, 39 mi. (62 km)
Starting from the hotel, you will cycle down Mount Busava to the villages at its foothills. You can stop in the village of Obrshani to climb the bell tower for the best view over the tobacco fields of the region and continue to Stibera, archaeological ruins (still being excavated) of one of the largest ancient cities.  It is always possible to have a local village style lunch in the villages on the way. The route leads along the old road to Bitola and to Heraclea Lyncestis, an ancient city built by the father of Alexander the Great, Philip II. You will arrive in Bitola in the afternoon. Bitola is the former city of consulates and embassies, today still one of the most beautiful cities in Macedonia. It has managed to maintain its 18th and 19th-century neoclassical architecture and monuments. You will overnight in Bitola.

Basic and upgraded:  Hotel Teatar

  • Difficulty: moderate  
  • Duration: 5h
  • Ascent 171 m/descent 813 m
  • Max gradient 4,6%
  • Surface: asphalt and 15% dirt road.

Day 4: Bitola - Otesevo, 31 mi. (50 km)
This morning you will cycle on the old road to Prespa Lake and then connect with the ancient Roman road 'Via Egnatia', built over the old Candavian Road over 2000 years ago. The route leads up the Gjavato Pass and then descends to Lake Prespa, where you can visit a small village with a lovely ethnic museum. From here, you will ride by the Bird Habitat Ezeran to the other side of the lake for your overnight in a hotel by the lake. 

Basic and upgraded: Hotel Lake View 2 * (Otesevo) 

  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Duration: 6h
  • Ascent 752 m/descent 503 m
  • Max gradient 8.6%. 
  • Surface: asphalt and 5% dirt road

Day 5: Otesevo -  Lagadin, 28 mi. (45 km)
You will cycle up Galicica Mountain in the morning, on a local asphalt road, through the dense forests of Galicica National Park. Starting at an altitude of 860 m, you cycle up and over Galicica pass at 1.590 m where you can stop to enjoy the amazing view over Ohrid Lake, and surrounding mountains stretching all the way to Albania. Descending, you will cycle down a windy road to Ohrid Lake and follow the road along the lake to the village of Lagadin on the shore. You can request a transfer over the Galicica pass for a supplement. See pricing. Overnight in Lagadin.

Basic and upgraded: Robinson Sunset

  • Difficulty: Difficult (without transfer over the pass)
  • Duration: 4h
  • Distance 45 km
  • Ascent 980 m/descent 1.159 m
  • Max gradient 14,1%
  • Surface: 100% asphalt

Day 6: Lagadin - St. Naum - Lagadin, 25 mi. (40 km) or Lagadin - St. Naum - Ohrid, 31 mi. (50 km)
From Lagadin, you will cycle with a local guide for a guided tour of  St Naum monastery, just before the Albanian border. The monastery complex is one of the most important Orthodox religious places, and it is considered as the birthplace of the Cyrillic script, still in use today in Russia, Macedonia, and many of the East European countries. The monastery is built on a cliff above the lake, next to the springs of Crni Drim River, which originates in  Galicica Mountain and flows into Ohrid Lake.

Option A:

On the way back to Lagadin, stop in Trpejca, a fishing village with one of the best beaches in Ohrid, and a restaurant which always serves fresh fish dishes. Ride back to Lagadin for overnight.

Option B:

From Trpejca, you will ride to Ohrid for overnight. 


Option A, overnight in Lagadin
Basic and upgraded: Robinson Sunset

Option B, overnight in Ohrid
Basic: Hotelnova Rivera 3 *
Upgraded: Hotel Royal View 4 *

Total ride: 40 km 
Lagadin – St Naum - Lagadin

  • Distance: 40 km
  • Ascent: 683 m
  • Descent: 730 m
  • Surface: asphalt

Ride to Ohrid will be and additional 10 km.

Day 7: Ohrid
Free day in Ohrid. If you have overnighted in Lagadin, you will cycle today to Ohrid (10 km).  Ohrid is the city of UNESCO with 365 Orthodox churches, an antique theatre and the medieval city walls of Tsar Samoil.  

Basic: Hotelnova Rivera 3 *
Upgraded: Hotel Royal View 4 *  

Day 8: Ohrid - Vevchani, 33 mi. (52 km)
Ride on the old local road along the lake to Struga, the town of poetry. You will enjoy the old and colorful bazaar in the center where river Drim flows out from Lake Ohrid. From here continue riding towards the Albanian border to Radozhda village with stops along the route to visit a number of cave churches from the 14th century. In Radozhda you will bike again on the remnants of Via Egnatia road. Be sure to  taste some fish in a restaurant by the lake. In the afternoon, you ride to a village at the foothills of Jablanica mountain, only 16 km from the lake at Struga. Overnight in Vevchani.

Basic and upgraded: Kutmicevica

  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Duration: 5h
  • Ascent 527 m/descent 364 m
  • Max gradient 14.1%
  • Surface 100 % asphalt

Day 9: Transfer back to Skopje for flight home or extend your stay!

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