Our Macedonia tours explore this landlocked Balkan nation, blessed with crystal clear lakes and ancient towns, rich in Ottoman, Greek and Roman history.
Once ruled by Macedonian kings, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottoman Turks, Our Macedonia tours are the perfect tonic for travellers looking for adventure.
Our Macedonia tours take you to some of its most popular attractions, such as its capital city of Skopje, which lies in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula and serves as the country's political, cultural, economic, and academic centre.
Our Macedonia tours also visit the Kale Fortress - situated on the highest point in the city overlooking the Vardar River as well as the city of Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the 'Macedonian Jerusalem', due to the number of churches.
Do you want to know more about Macedonia tours? Or do you need accurate visa information?
Contact the Macedonia tourism board for more information.
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Macedonia is a very safe destination to visit and there have been little or no instances of violence against tourists.
The currency used in Macedonia is the Macedonia denar (MKD), which is subdivided into 100 deni.
Spring and autumn are good times to visit, as the weather is at its most pleasant and it is outside the high tourist season. Skiing is usually possible from December through to April.
Women dress conservatively outside of the big cities and in the old Turkish bazaars. As a tourist, you only need to cover your knees and shoulders when visiting churches and religious sites.
The tap water is generally safe to drink in Macedonia and youâ€™ll see a few public water fountains around the cities.
Planning a trip to Macedonia isn't that difficult, but it shouldn't have to be the admin that you need to do. Leave the trip planning to us by taking advantage of some our Balkans tours which run through Macedonia and all you have to worry about is packing your bags and having an amazing holiday.
If you're looking for fast food, you can expect to pay around $3 for a meal. If you're looking to pick up a coffee, expect to pay just over $1.
The younger generation speaks English, but not many of the older generation. The official languages of Macedonia are Macedonian and Albanian, so be sure to learn some basic words and phrases before you travel.
You do. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Macedonia: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
If you're planning on visiting Macedonia, then visits to the historic Church of St. John, the Monastery of St. Naum and the Old Bazaar should be on your travel to-do list.
Macedonia is best visited during the summer months of June to September, but this is also the busiest travel period.
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Dial Code: +389
Area: 25,713 km2
Elevation: The lowest point in Macedonia is the Vardar River (near Gevgelija) at 50m (164 ft.) | The highest point in Macedonia is Mount Korab at 2,764m (9,068 ft.)
Population: 2,085,051 (2018)
Government: Parliamentary republic
Macedonia, officially the Republic of Macedonia, is a country in the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. This landlocked country has borders with Kosovo to the northwest, Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south, and Albania to the west.
The geography of the country characterised by rivers, valleys and mountains. Skopje is the capital and the largest city in Macedonia. It is also the home of a quarter of the nation's inhabitants. Most of the residents are ethnic Macedonians and South Slavic.
The country is a member of the Council of Europe and the United Nations. Despite being one of the poorest countries in Europe, Macedonia has made noteworthy progress in creating an open, market-based economy.
A central valley formed by the Vardar River is a distinct geographical feature in Macedonia. Three large lakes lie on the southern border. Ohrid is believed to be one of the oldest lakes and biotopes in the world. This area is seismically active, and several destructive earthquakes have taken place in the past.
The climate of Macedonia alternates between Mediterranean and Continental. The country experiences hot, dry summers and reasonably cold winters. In the mountainous regions, the winters are long and snowy while the summers are cold and short.
The main religion in Macedonia is Eastern Orthodox Christianity and this makes up 65% of the population. Muslims constitute 33.3% of the population. Macedonia has the fifth-highest population of Muslims in Europe. The official language of Macedonia is Macedonian.
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