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How to Spend 2 Days in Skopje

How to Spend 2 Days in Skopje

With two days to experience Macedonia’s energetic capital, combine city sightseeing with trips into the countryside. You’ll walk winding streets in the Old Bazaar, sip Macedonian wine, sample local cuisine, visit Skopje landmarks, and check out a scenic canyon outside the city. Use these tips to make the most of your time.


Day 1: Skopje Sightseeing and Wine

Morning: Make your way to the Old Bazaar, a maze of shops and landmarks that’s best explored on foot. Take your time to browse for souvenirs, or join a tour to learn about local history, pausing to visit Mustafa Pasha Mosque, the clock tower, centuries-old Turkish baths, and more.

Afternoon: Choose from the many restaurants in the Old Bazaar for a leisurely lunch, then discover the unique flavors of Macedonian wine. Options include wine tastings in the city and guided vineyard tours that go straight to the source—don’t miss out on some of the unique local grape varieties, such as vranec.

Night: Skopje nightlife goes from laid-back jazz clubs to all-night parties, but for a taste of traditional culture, head straight for a kafana. In these traditional taverns you’ll find classic Macedonian foods, a welcoming atmosphere, and folk music on weekend nights; visit the Debar Maalo neighborhood to find a wide selection.


Day 2: From Macedonian History to the Countryside

Morning: Pick a Skopje history museum and peer into Macedonia’s past, whether you’re browsing the Museum of Natural History, the Archeological Museum of Macedonia, or the Museum of Skopje. At the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle, learn about Macedonia’s long fight for independence.

Afternoon: When locals want to escape the city, they head for scenic Matka Canyon, where you’ll find a lake just half an hour from downtown. By joining a half-day tour to the canyon, you’ll add a few other landmarks to your excursion, including the Millennium Cross.

Night: With your final night in Macedonia, focus on food. Dine at a local restaurant, or get hands-on at a cooking class where you’ll learn how to bring classic Macedonian flavors back to your home kitchen.

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Half-Day Tour from Skopje: Millennium Cross and Matka Canyon

Half-Day Tour from Skopje: Millennium Cross and Matka Canyon

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Explore the Millennium Cross and Matka Canyon on this half-day tour from Skopje. Travel from the historic Skopje Fortress to Vodno Mountain with a guide, then take the cable car to the Millennium Cross — widely considered among Skopje top attractions. Explore the village of Gorno Nerezi and admire beautiful Byzantine frescoes in the Church of St Panteleimon. Head deep into the Matka Canyon — home to ancient caves and medieval monasteries — then travel in comfort to Porta Macedonia.
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  • 4 hours
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$40.76
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Skopje Old and New Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Skopje Old and New Private Half-Day Walking Tour

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Want a comprehensive look at Skopje with the benefit of your own guide? This private half-day walking tour provides a complete round-up of the sights with the personalized insight of a private guide. Discover the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman heritage of Macedonia’s capital and explore both sides of the city: seeing the ‘Skopje 2014’ monuments, Macedonia Square, Stone Bridge, Old Bazaar, Kale Fortress, and more. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
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$67.94
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$67.94
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Skopje Airport Private Transfer for up to 3 Passengers

Skopje Airport Private Transfer for up to 3 Passengers

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Skopje Airport arrivalsClients will be met at arrival hall with a personalized sign with they names. We provide full luggage assistance. Clients will have full assistance until they reach the hotel reception desk.ORSkopje Airport departuresClients will be met in the hotel reception area at a prearranged time. Upon the arrival at the airport, the clients will be dropped off at front terminal building.
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  • 25 minutes
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$36.12
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Skopje Countryside Private Half-Day Tour with Mt. Vodno and Matka Canyon

Skopje Countryside Private Half-Day Tour with Mt. Vodno and Matka Canyon

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Discover the natural and historical highlights around Skopje on this half-day private tour. With a private guide, ride the cable car to the Millennium Cross on the summit of Mt. Vodno, and admire the bird’s-eye views down over Skopje. Next, see the Byzantine frescoes at St. Pantelejmon Church in Gorno Nerezi, and visit the Matka Canyon, a photoworthy steep-sided river gorge. Includes Skopje hotel pickup and drop-off, private transport, cable car, and St. Pantelejmon admission.
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  • 4 hours
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Traditional cooking class at winery

Traditional cooking class at winery

Learn to cook like a local at a picturesque winery in the the Macedonian countryside. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel in a private coach to Popova Kula in the picturesque town of Demir Kapija. Pick up ingredients at a local market and prepare a delicious lunch after learning the basics of Macedonian cuisine alongside an  informative host. Savor your creation and bring the recipe home to share.
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  • 6 hours
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Skopje city tour - the best of Skopje

Skopje city tour - the best of Skopje

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See Skopje and the surrounding area with ease on this full-day tour. Depart from your hotel with a guide and take in views of Skopje from the elevated Museum of Contemporary Art. Visit the fortress and learn about the history of the city from your guide. Stroll through the scenic Old Bazaar. Travel by car or minivan to the village Gorno Nerezi and see the church of St. Pantelejmon. Continue on to Matka Canyon. Walk along the canyon and then take a boat down the river.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Traditional cooking class at home

Traditional cooking class at home

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Taste local Macedonian cuisine and learn how to cook a traditional lunch on this culinary tour and class. Depart from your Skopje hotel in an air-conditioned coach and make you way to Kratovo, where you will visit a local market with your hosts. Afterwards, head to your hosts’ house and learn how to make a Macedonian meal in their kitchen.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Tikves Winery Private Wine Tour from Skopje

Tikves Winery Private Wine Tour from Skopje

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Taste local wines and learn about the history of Macedonian wine on this private tour. Travel from Skopje in an air-conditioned minivan and make your way to Tikves Winery with your guide. Taste four different wines and enjoy a three-course lunch of local cuisine. Explore the wine cellar and hear stories about the winery.
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  • 6 hours
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$61.76
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Private Wine Tour of Stobi Winery from Skopje

Private Wine Tour of Stobi Winery from Skopje

Indulge your passion for wine on this half-day excursion to Stobi Winery. After a convenient hotel pickup in Skopje, learn the basics of grape growing and processing from an expert guide and learn about the region’s rich history of wine making. Enjoy four of Stobi’s finest wines and some delicious gourmet snacks included in the tour price.
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  • 5 hours
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$96.33
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$96.33
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