Day tour to Skopje, North Macedonia

Duration: 11 hours
Destination: Bulgaria, Sofia Region, Sofia

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  • 11 hours
  • Sofia
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Appreciating the diversity of Balkan culture can be difficult, especially with limited time in the region. Explore Macedonian culture on a day tour to Skopje from Sofia, and tick off another Balkan capital in just 1 day. Enjoy the company of 2 professional guides - one from Bulgaria and one local from Macedonian. Travel the distance with ease via modern vehicle, and discover landmarks including the Skopje Fortress, Memorial House of Mother Teresa, and Old Bazaar, with insights provided by your guides. During this day tour you will have the chance to visit one of the most bizarre cities on the Balkan Peninsula. Skopje is a mixture of authentic monuments from the Ottoman period, and new neo-classical buildings, complete with ornate columns and rooftop figures of nymphs. After the reconstruction of the new center has been done, as per the “Skopje 2014” project, the city became one of the popular destinations in Eastern Europe.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Old Bazaar, Skopje, Skopje Republic of North Macedonia

Our day tour to Skopje will start with pick up from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia at 08:00 am. After approximately 3 and a half hours of drive, we will reach Skopje. During the long drive, you will learn the Bulgarian point of view regarding the history of the region. Then you will have two hours guided tour of the city made by a local Macedonian guide. You will have the chance to hear the stories about Yugoslavia and the modern way of life in the country from a native, which will make your experience much more fulfilled. In addition, you will compare the two historical interpretations and make your own conclusions. The highlights you will visit are the Old fortress, Sultan Murat Mosques, and the Old Bazaar, where we will have the chance to see Caravanserais (inns) from the Ottoman period when Skopje was one of the main trade centers on the Balkans.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Skopje Fortress Kale, Old Town, Skopje Republic of North Macedonia

Historical fortress located at the highest point in Skopje from where you will have the chance to admire the stunning view of the city.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Sultan Murad Mosque, Skopje Republic of North Macedonia

A mosque from the Ottoman-era, built during the 15th century. It is a masterpiece of the architectural achievements of the early Ottoman empire.

Stop At: The Stone Bridge, Skopje 1000 Republic of North Macedonia

We will cross the Vardar River by the Stone bridge, the only preserved bridge from the Middle ages and start our exploration of the new part of the city.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Macedonia Square, Centar, Skopje Republic of North Macedonia

We will visit the new neo-classical square Macedonia. There we will admire the biggest statue of Alexander the Great and his father Phillip II. You will stop and learn the history of the ancient Macedonians and the adventures of their rulers.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Memorial House of Mother Teresa, Macedonia Str. No.9, Skopje 1000 Republic of North Macedonia

We will continue to Mother Teresa memorial house. She is the most famous person born in Skopje. Her work and contribution to the world deserve huge respect. In the house museum, you will learn about her story and will track her life by the big photography collection. The walking part of the tour will finish at the Gate Macedonia (newly built triumphal arch).
After the walking tour, you will have 2 hours of free time during which you will have the chance to have a lunch and taste the traditional Macedonian cuisine. The tour will end with drop off at your hotel in Sofia

Duration: 20 minutes

  • English-speaking Bulgarian guide
  • English-speaking local Macedonian guide
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please bring your passport with you and check if you need a visa due to border crossing
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick you up from any point in Sofia

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


11 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 27 Jan 2020 -

Josef Z

Great trip, great guides. Can highly recommend to see Skopje, it’s worth the 3hour drive. Thanks a lot to the guides who did an excellent job

Image - 23 Dec 2019 -

Lisa D

We ended up with a private tour. Our driver was more than our transportation, he was also extremely knowledgeable in the history of the region, Bulgaria, and North Macedonia. We had a great conversation and learned so much on our way to Skopje. Our local guide in Skopje was also super knowledgeable. He spoke nonstop during our guided tour. He answered any questions we had and filled us in on so much of the history and current events of his country. I highly recommend this day trip.

Image - 09 Dec 2019 -

Mohamed V

This tour organised by Bultrips Sofia is excellent.
I felt however that I would have got a better pricing if I booked it through Bultrips directly rather than thru La Vacanza Travel. In any event you will have to liaise directly with Bultrips for pick up and other information.
Coming to the tour itself I would say it is excellent and if you have a free day in Sofia this tour is not to be missed. It is well organised. Timely pick up from your city hotel, a very good and careful driver in Daniel who was also a great guide explaining things on the way. At Sopkje too we had a very good guide in Mike for the walking tour. We also had enough free time to look around on our own after the guided tour. All in a very good and worthwhile experience.

Image - 19 Nov 2019 -

Hau W L

Very well organised. The tour guide rang and confirm on the pick up time with us the day before and came to the hotel spot on time. Everything went smoothly for the day, we arrived at Skopje and had a short tour with a local guide and was given a couple of hours to go round on our own which is more than enough. We even book another trip with the same company the next day ;)

Image - 30 Oct 2019 -

Neil C

I had a thoroughly enjoyable trip to Skopje - Adrian was a very polite driver, he arrived on time and was very knowledgeable. We arrived in Skopje and were met by Mike, who was equally friendly and very knowledgeable about this fantastic city. I had a brilliant time and would thoroughly recommend these guys!

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