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Day tour to Skopje, North Macedonia - Small Group

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  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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 one day. Travel the distance with ease via private vehicle, and discover landmarks including the Skopje Fortress, Memorial House of Mother Teresa, and Old Bazaar, with insights provided by your guide.
  • Avoid hidden costs with entrance fees included in the price
  • Save time finding a meeting point with hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Benefit from the more personalized experience of a small-group tour
  • Learn about the city’s history and culture from your professional guide

What's Included

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

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

08:00 am

Pickup details

We will pick you up from any point in Sofia

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitisation during Day tour to Skopje, North Macedonia - Small Group?

A:The policies on sanitisation are:
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

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Traveller Tips


It makes for a long day so be prepared for the car ride.
Those who needed cash were directed to an exchange in the old town during the tour, so this is also an option if you have another currency with you.
Reviews
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Amazing
kelly_m, Aug 2022
Both our driver and tour guide were amazing , very informative tour and detailed. Would highly suggest this tour !
Great experience, can't say the same for Viator customer service
Riccardo_M, Aug 2022
Because of a huge story, with a car accident, a police statement and other stuff it was like being in a movie. The guides were amazing and even if we spent 3 hours at the border, and with a lot of unlucky messes, they arranged our trip the same and we did everything. What I am not happy for, is the viator assistance. We spent a full day instead of the required time, waited the police on a mountain for 1,5 hour, made a statement in a foreign language, without the chance to buy water or food and at the end of the day we were all exhausted. After all of this, Viator didn't think to provide a sort of refund, neither a partial one. It's the first experience with them and maybe there will be others in future, but I hope they'll understand that it's not the proper way to assist a customer, especially for a TripAdvisor company.
Great trip must do it if u have a day to spend in another country
Syed_A, Aug 2022
Vaso is a great guide and gave us so much info! Worth taking this tour from Sofia. We loved it😍. We really enjoyed!!!
Worth it to see Skopje
pavsangha, Aug 2022
Nice day trip to North Macedonia, really enjoyed the guided tour there, the tour guide was a lovely lady. Skopje is a great city to explore. I would suggest taking travel sick/motion medicines if you suffer from this as the car drive there is fast and on bumpy/winding roads which can make you feel unwell or feel anxious at times! Also suggest taking snacks/drinks as it is a 4 hour drive there and 4 hour drive back to Sofia.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Macedonia overall a good experience
Alan_D, Aug 2022
Our Guide Roshan was excellent.He kept good company all the way with History not only of Bulgaria but also a bit of Macedonia and other places in the world. He was punctual and disciplined and concerned about us all through the trip also suggested place to eat and dish to order and we relished our meal.We wish him good blessings always Macedonia
Excellent day out in Skopje
Amy_C, Jul 2022
Excellent trip to Skopje! Our driver was very friendly and the guide incredibly informative. I would recommend!
2 travelers found this review helpful
Great day out
Katie_H, Jun 2022
Great day trip! Skopje is a beautiful city and definitely worth visiting! Guide Vasco was a wonderful guide and a genuinely lovely person. He has travelled a lot and has so much knowledge. Obviously a long day, if you get motion sickness I suggest you take some tablets. It was definitely worth doing, just be prepared for a long journey.
Amazing tour to Skopje
Kevin_L, Jun 2022
The tour to Skopje was awesome! Ivo our amazing driver explained us the story of Macedonia and the city Skopje during the trip. Once arrived at the city, we met a local guide that show us around and explained us the story of the city. I highly recommend it!
Good tour 👍
mmchwu, Jun 2022
Had a lovely trip though time was short to explore Skopje. Driver was very friendly and knowledgeable. Only problem is that by mistake i left my expensive Ray-Ban glass in the tour bus. I notify them but couldn't get it . So i had to back London without the glass. Hope tour company will send my favourite Ray-Ban to my home address. Thanks
Well worth both time and money spent!
Anniken_S, Jun 2022
My friend and I really enjoyed the drive to Skopje with interesting facts and history about Bulgaria and North Makedonia during the drive. The guided tour of Skopje was informative and not too long so we had time to do things on our own before the drive back to Sofia. Trip well worth both the time and money spent!
Nice little trip in the heart of balkans
HUA_Y, May 2022
The tour guides were very informative and nice. Landscape is great all the way through. And cheap . If you re into balkanic history it s a great tour
Glob Trotter
Nalini_J, May 2022
Our guide Vascos was excellent and very knowledgeable guy. He had very wide knowledge on everything in the world. I wish I had more time to spare in Macedonia. Perhaps, one day soon.
Great trip for a wacky destination
Gregor_P, May 2022
It was a great tour - the guide was knowledgeable and told us a lot of interesting things about Bulgaria and Skopje. Car was very tight though. Skopje is a great destination for this kind of trip. Car had AC.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience, worth the drive
Caroline_M, May 2022
Vasco the driver and guide was very knowledgeable, he had an encyclopaedic knowledge of history and could answer any question asked of him, punctual and friendly. He was giving us information on Sofia as we left the city and history of Bulgaria and Macedonia as we drove towards and across the border. We stopped regularly for breaks and snacks which was super helpful. It’s a long drive, and if you sit in the back of the car you’ll have a very bumpy ride nor will you hear what’s being said at the front. It was a fascinating place to visit a city split literally into two halves. Seeing Mother Teresa’s memorial and museum was a nice surprise.
A great way to see Skopje
Stephen_M, May 2022
Great tour program and great guides. This is an excellent opportunity to visit Skopje without worry about any of the planning. The tour company was prompt with the confirmation. At exactly 8am Vasco my guide was at my hotel to pick me up. Couldn't have been smoother. Vasco is a true historian so he was able to really provide a background on the region from the Neolithic Period straight through the present day as we drove to Skopje. Skopje is really a very interesting place and it was a great balance of guided walking tour along with some free time to check out what interests you most. Between Vasco and the others on the tour by the time returned to Sofia it felt more like a few friends on a road trip than an organized tour. I had a great time and would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Sofia who wants to get a chance to visit a city with a completely different feel. You won't regret it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
An Epic Journey to an odd place.
Lewis_P, May 2022
Bit of a mixed bag this one full of drama and excitement, albeit most of it not to do with the destination. Firstly to start with the positive my tour guide Vasco was excellent, really knowledgeable and a good laugh, the kind of person that makes 4 hours in a van seem fun… on which point, it’s not completely obvious from the listing that Skopje is about 3.5 hours drive from Sofia on a good day. I’d worked this out beforehand, but the rest of my tour group were seemingly oblivious leading to a bit of unnecessary angst. This was exacerbated by one other guest forgetting to bring their passport, again not clear from the listing that you needed to, but a bit of thought and it’s obvious (ditto covid certificates for the time being). So don’t forget yours as there didn’t seem to be a whole lot to do at the border crossing if you get left there. Skopje itself was interesting in a bizarre Las Vegas-Esque way (how many faux ancient statues can one city possibly need?) but I’m not sure I’d feel compelled to go back. I also got to experience a bit of Macedonian police corruption first hand (calmly dealt with by our guide) which didn’t really give a great impression of the country…oh, and that happened three times. Scores: Destination 3/5 Guide 5/5 PreTrip Guidance 3/5 Fellow Passengers 2/5 OVERALL: 4/5
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello Lewis, Thank you for your detailed review of the tour. We are happy that you've enjoyed the company of Vasco and yes, he is a very knowledgeable person. Regarding the driving time to Skopje and the duration of the tour - it is mentioned several times in the description. Also, there is the following information in the description - Please bring your passport with you and check if you need a visa due to border crossing; as well as detailed information for the needed COVID certificates and tests. We believe that when people book a tour and decide to travel, especially to another country, they at least read the description and the important information that is provided. We did our best to provide all the needed information. Regarding the police in Macedonia, Vasco informed us that you were stopped for routine checks more than one time. This does not happen usually (to be stopped more than one time) but we can not mess with the work of the police. I hope that your mixed feelings about your trip were mainly good and wish you many nice trips 😊
Great trip, beautiful...
Michela_I, Apr 2022
Great trip, beautiful place, Peter (the driver) is very nice and knowledgeable. I had a wonderful trip. Recommended!!
excellent guides Peter and Skopje
DANIEL_D, Apr 2022
Peter was wonderful he is a true student of history and very willing to teach, we loved it Lynchia is Skopje was very good as well, she should be the number 1 guide for Macedonia Please make sure they are recognized
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hello, We are happy to hear that our team’s performance exceeded your expectations and we will make sure that Peter and Lenche receive the recognition they deserve. Hope to welcome you again in Bulgaria :)
Skopje trip
Emma_L, Mar 2022
Adrian was a friendly, knowledgeable guy. The day in Skopje was very interesting, worth a visit if you have the time and nice to see another country while you’re away
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Dear traveler, Thank you for the kind words :) We are happy that you liked the tour to Skopje and that you appreciated the knowledge of our guide Adrian. Wish you many great adventures!
Excellent Tour with Great Guides
mermanatlantis, Mar 2022
This was a fantastic tour from start to finish. Both our guides, Phillip and Lenca, were very friendly and informative and we felt completely safe and looked after the entire time. The journey was much smoother than expected and the roads were largely very good - the journey really didn't feel as long as it actually was and the border crossing was not an issue on our trip. Skopje is a fantastic city and certainly worth the effort - the only downside was that we could have easily spent several more hours wandering around Skopje.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Dear traveler, Thank you for the nice words and the great review. Our team is really happy that you've enjoyed Skopje and the company of our guides Philip and Lenca. Wish you many more wonderful trips and adventures :)
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