Day trip to Skopje and Matka Canyon from Sofia

Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Bulgaria, Sofia Region, Sofia

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  • 11 hours 30 minutes
  • Sofia
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  • Cancellable


By this day trip, you will visit two of the most important sites of Northern Macedonia – its Capital Skopje and one of the breathtaking natural wonders – Matka Canyon.
We will dive in the past, while exploring the old part of Skopje with its authentic sites, get to know the modern understanding of the history which the Macedonians have while walking in the new part of the city - rebuilt during the “Skopje 2014” project. In the end, we will take a break from all the history and new facts and rest our minds in the heavenly nature of Matka Canyon.

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 guided trip 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 musum you will learn about her storry 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).

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Matka Canyon, Street 1, Skopje 1000 Republic of North Macedonia

Unfortunately, the itinerary will not allow you to have free time for lunch in Skopje. It is good to take some fast food during the walking tour or bring some sandwiches with you. You can buy it from a petrol station before arriving in the city.
After the walking tour, your local guide will drive you to Matka Canyon where you will have approximately an hour and a half to admire the beauty of nature. You will have a boat trip inside the canyon you will pass by probably the deepest underwater cave in the world. After that at 16:00, you will meet with the rest of the group and depart back to Sofia.
During the driving, you will be able to discuss your impressions and ask your questions.

Duration: 2 hours

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • English speaking professional Bulgarian guide/driver
  • English-speaking proffessional Macedonian guide
  • Entry/Admission - Matka Canyon

  • Lunch - Food and drinks
  • Gratitude to the guides
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We understand your concerns in relation to COVID 19, therefore we've taken the needed measures for you to feel safe. All our guides and drivers go through regular medical checks, wear masks during the tours and in each vehicle, we have a disinfectant spray. Furthermore due to the situation nowadays we organize tours only for small groups (up to 7 persons) and we have the option for private tours.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick you up from any hotel or address that you provide in Sofia

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Voucher info

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


11 hours 30 minutes

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

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