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Church of St John at Kaneo, on Lake Ohrid

North Macedonia

North Macedonia delights with its often unexpected allure – the excellent local wine helps, of course

Tours in North Macedonia

North Macedonia, snugly tucked away in the heart of the Balkans, is sadly underrated. From the capital Skopje, surprisingly opulent for a former communist city and bursting with innumerable statues, to the expansive mirror-like lakes clean enough to swim in, surrounded by pastoral mountains dotted with villages that have remained unchanged for hundreds of years, North Macedonia holidays are full of surprises.

Here there are adventures aplenty. If you’re a keen cyclist, the borderlands of northern Albania and western Macedonia are a vista of sweeping gorges, crystal blue waters and plateaux rising high above lush greenery. Ancient villages lie along the carefully chosen route of our Macedonia trips, which offer cycling that challenges and rewards in equal measure.

Our travellers rate our North Macedonia holidays as

4.5 / 5 based on 27 reviews

North Macedonia Tours

Cycle the Balkans

10 reviews

Explore 4 countries by bike.

Activity level:
Moderate / Challenging
Ages: 16+
15 Days from $5,079 NZD
Guided (Excl. Flights)
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Balkan Explorer

5 reviews

Discover North Macedonia and get a taste of Bulgaria and Kosovo

Activity level:
Ages: 16+
10 Days from $3,549 NZD
Guided (Excl. Flights)
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Expert opinion: The Balkans

“Eastern Europe is a part of the continent that still maintains a slight hint of mystery, while steadily becoming far more accessible and popular thanks to cheaper flights and improvements in the region’s infrastructure. Travellers are intrigued by what these countries have to offer as for many years they were behind the Iron Curtain, and the modern history of Eastern Europe helped shape much of the 20th century. While the fall of the Berlin Wall might feel some time ago now, it has taken a very long time for countries in the east to be able to properly shine and allow their own unique cultural identities to emerge onto the world stage. In Macedonia there are stunning views. Climb up to the stately Orthodox Church of St John at Kaneo, which sits on a clifftop in the historic town of Ohrid, for stunning views across Albania and the terracotta-tiled Byzantine monastery of St Panteleimon. There’s also wonderful wildlife and walking: visit the forest-covered Mavrovo National Park and look out for lynx, wolves and even the occasional bear. And try its excellent food and drink.”

Exodus Product Manager Kelly Reid – read more from our experts here.

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