8 days
Duration
Macedonia, Europe
Location

Macedonia, a paradise yet to be discovered!

Macedonia remains one of Europe’s last undiscovered areas! It is centrally located in the Balkans, between the East and West, between Christianity and Islam. This melting pot of civilizations has been reflecting in its culture and everyday life. Join our MTB tour of Macedonia and let the country impress you!

The MTB tour around Macedonia will show you this gorgeous country on a bike! This is a great sport to practice in Macedonia. Why? Because there are more trails, that you will be able to ride in one week. Besides riding, there will be also some historical and natural sightseeing. During all our activities, we promote local sustainable tourism. Our goal is also to enforce responsible travel around Macedonia. Therefore, we choose the restaurants and accommodation providers who are small family-owned businesses. They were carefully selected for their premium quality and top service. Our cooperation with them is crucial to their existence. Most importantly, by working with them, we make a true local impact that the country could benefit from!

Areas visited

Shar Planina, Mavrovo national park, Mt. Jablanica, Galicica national park, Skopje, Ohrid

Notice: Should weather conditions worsen, we reserve the right to offer some alternative area activities.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Skopje International Airport (Macedonia)
DEPARTURE TIME as per request
RETURN TIME as per request
WEAR Comfortable bike and athletic clothing, sport shoes (biking shoes), jacket and sunscreen
INCLUDED
all ground transfers, including the airport transfer
English speaking local guide
accommodation in 3*/4* hotels and traditional ensuite homestays
meals as per program (8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners; selection of traditional dishes arranged at hotels or local restaurants or family homes)
water, fruit, snacks during the tour
entrance fees at national parks and archaeological sites as per program
activities (boat trip in Ohrid and visit of artisans on day 5 )
24/7 assistance from our team
NOT INCLUDED
airfare (we can help you purchase the best ticket possible)
individual transfers from the airport
single bed supplement
bike and helmet rental during the trip
vehicle support
travel insurance
extra personal expenses
tips are optional and not included in price

Additional information

DateDec-Apr
1

Day 1 – Arrival in Skopje and transfer to Shar Planina

The arrival of guests in Skopje Airport. If time allows we will have a short sightseeing tour in Skopje. Transfer to Popova Sapka ski center, located in the Shar Planina mountain massif. Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Accommodation: Popova Sapka

Meals: dinner

2

Day 2 – MTB in Shar Planina & transfer to Mavrovo national park

Breakfast. The first day we will ride off road from the hotel on a wide backcountry road called Waters of Shara. First, we will ride through the vast ski area and climb to more than 6500 ft. We will then connect to the road full of rivers and spring with clean drinking water along. We will end the first day with a long descent down.

Short transfer to a restaurant at the springs of Vardar River where we will have a trout for lunch. Transfer to Mavrovo National Park NP and the beautiful village of Jance. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Accommodation: in Mavrovo national park

Distance: 36 miles

Climb: 2300 ft, Descent: 5500 ft

Meals: (B-hotel,L-local restaurant,D-hotel)

3

Day 3 – MTB in Mavrovo national park

Breakfast. Short transfer to the starting point. Today we will go offroad on Bistra Mountain and its never-ending pastures. We shall visit one of the sheep barns along the route and make a stop in the picturesque mountain village of Lazaropole. Again, a long and fast 9 miles descent to the end of the route.

Homemade lunch in the area and short transfer back to our hotel. Dinner in a nearby traditional restaurant with splendid local dishes. Overnight in the village of Janche.

Accommodation: in Mavrovo national park

Distance: 31 miles

Climb: 2100 ft, Descent: 5500 ft 

Meals: (B-hotel,L-local restaurant,D-local restaurant)

4

Day 4 – Hiking in Mavrovo national park & transfer to Ohrid

Breakfast. Transfer to the starting point of today’s adventure as we will go conquering the highest peak in Macedonia. Expect some unforgettable panoramas and endless views.

Afternoon transfer to Ohrid. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight in a hotel in the old town of Ohrid.

Accommodation: in Ohrid

Distance: 10 miles

Climb: 4100 ft, Descent: 4100 ft

Meals: (B-hotel, L-packed lunch, D-local restaurant)

5

Day 5 – Rest day in Ohrid

Morning walking sightseeing tour of the UNESCO protected old part of Ohrid (amenities visited: Tsar Samuel’s Fortress, Church of St. Sofia and the ancient Theater. We will also do short scenic and panoramic boat trip in the area of the town.

We will also spend time visiting few interesting venues in the old bazaar of Ohrid, such as wood carving and filigree studios. In all of these venues, besides a short presentation about themselves and their work,  our host will also give a hands-on preview of how they work. Guests have free afternoon and evening to explore Ohrid on their own.

Accommodation: in Ohrid

Meals: (B-hotel). Not including lunch and dinner in Ohrid!

6

Day 6 – MTB and cycling (Mt. Jablanica and Ohrid)

Breakfast. Transfer to Jablanica Mountain and our starting point. We will start with a downhill and then climb to 5200 ft. We will ride along the border and with the second long downhill arrive at the border crossing. We will enter Albania and continue with the downhill on the asphalt road until we will reach the lake Ohrid. Option to continue on the flat asphalt road along the lake and arrive at the restaurant by bikes.

Traditional lunch is arranged at a local restaurant in the Albanian town of Pogradec by the Ohrid lake. After lunch, transfer back to Ohrid for a free afternoon. In the evening, we will head to the village of Kuratica where we will enjoy the hospitality of a local Goran and his family, who will arrange a dinner for us, as well as some of their own brew of rakija which Goran infuses with special herbs growing only in this region. If we will be lucky he may even entertain us with some music by the fireplace.

Accommodation: in Ohrid

Distance: 21 -22 miles

Climb: 2000 ft, Descent: 4000 ft 

Meals: (B-hotel, L-local restaurant in Albania, D-family home)

7

Day 7 – MTB in Galicica national park & transfer to Skopje

Breakfast. Short transfer to our starting point. Today we will be biking on Galicica, the mountain between Ohrid and Prespa Lake. Galicica is an open-air botanical garden with breathtaking views of the two lakes. Great descent via singletrack or backcountry roads from the highest point to Lake Ohrid.

Short transfer to the most beautiful fisherman’s village where we will have the tasty Ohrid trout for lunch. Transfer to Skopje and arrival in the evening. Farewell dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Accommodation: in Skopje

Distance: 26 miles

Climb: 2300 ft, Descent: 3600 ft

Meals: (B-hotel, L-local restaurant, D-local restaurant)

8

Day 8 – Departure day

Checkout and single timed airport transfer to the Skopje airport for onward flight. End of the program.

Meals: (B-hotel)

We are passionate adventure travelers ourselves. We have spent our lives in search for the ultimate outdoor experiences. You will gain skills in outdoor activities and meet like-minded individuals to share wonderful adventures. Passion and full dedication to details for each itinerary as well as an excellent relationship with our suppliers in Slovenia have built up the Bikehiketours brand.
Your adventure guides are local and experienced professionals who have a real passion for outdoor activities and for the culture and landscape.
Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. We choose our guides for their expertise in outdoor activities. They are experts in their fields.
We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible and not get lost in the crowd. There will generally be between seven and 14 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our tours is four.
Our tour caters for a wide age range, typically between 30 and 60 years old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! 
Tours are designed at your own pace and you will enjoy no matter what your age.

Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s activities and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.
We recommend following a general training in the weeks leading up to your trip.
Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your bike adventure. 

As fellow sports enthusiasts, we understand the comfort you may find in riding with your own gear. Due to things can get a bit challenging when it comes to traveling please consult our booking manager prior to departure.

Q. Will I have to carry my own luggage?
You will never have to worry about your bags on tour. You only need to carry a daypack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.
On your holiday you will be staying in a range of comfortable, welcoming local accommodations, including traditional guest houses, small hotels, and a boutique hotel. For details please consult with your booking manager.
Traveling light is the key. Although the daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary in the mountains, so you must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot. 
You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, waterproof jacket, flip-flops, specific shoes for cycling.
Where the meals are included in Bikehiketours itineraries they are in a group setting. 
Your Bikehiketours guide will also be with you during these scheduled meals. 
During the meals that are not included in the itinerary, you are free to choose where you would like to dine. Your guide will advise you the best places to dine for these meals. You can choose to join with others and decide to dine together somewhere or, if you desire some independent time, you are also always welcome to do your own thing.
Medical insurance is mandatory on all of our holidays. We also recommend trip cancellation insurance. Contact your booking manager and we will help you choose the right plan for your holiday.
Many of our travelers join as singles. We charge single supplement fee to solo travelers for single room use. But don’t worry, we can pair you with another traveler of the same gender if you like.


A single supplement is an additional charge for a private room for guests traveling alone.
The cost of our holidays does not include international airfare. However, we are happy to assist you in booking flights to join with each tour. The prices vary depending on the season and the point of departure.
We can arrange early arrivals and extended visits. We will be happy to provide suggestions and ideas.
The more in advance you book, the greater availability of dates you’ll find.

Attention to the smallest details, expertise, and great local guides are the key to a successful adventure.