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13 Hours
Tirana
Skopje

Tour of Skopje from Tirana in one day is build to offer the chance of visiting one of the most important cities in the History of the Balkans. Located in between Ancient Trade roads it has been an important strategic, cultural, and religious city with different communities and religions living together. We invite you to join the Private tour of Skopje or combine it with different tours in Albania, Kosovo, or Montenegro.

In this Tour of Skopje from Tirana, we will be pass by all the main attractions in Skopje and visit some of the most Interesting Sites. The tour somehow, gives the answer to “What to do in Skopje ?”.

Tour Details

The Private tour of Skopje from Tirana is build to offer a glimpse of the Capital city of North Macedonia. During the day you will be able to visit the most interesting Historical Sites, City Architecture, Religious Heritage, and the co-existence of many nationalities within the same city. 

The tour is also possible to be edited upon request, according to your specific needs and request. 

Departure & Return Location

Hotel Pick Up in Tirana 

Pick Up from Other Cities available on request 

 

Departure Time

07:00 am

Price Includes

  • Comfortable AC Car & Driver
  • Tour Guide
  • All Road Taxes and Fuel Expenses
  • Entrance Fees in the mentioned Attractions
  • Hotel Pick Up and Drop off

Price Excludes

  • Lunch, Snacks and Drinks
  • Private Expenses & Souvenirs

Complementaries

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes and Clothes
What to Expect

Tour of Skopje from Tirana is based on the unique values and authenticity of the Capital of the Republic of North Macedonia.  Skopje is now the largest Economical, Political, and Cultural Centre of the country. With a fascinating history dating back since the early Antiquity, the city has been the centre of many Ancients and Medieval Kingdoms. Known as “The Memorial City of Statues”, it resembles a huge memorial of the history and centuries. The Iconic Vardar River with its bridges, divide and the same connect the 2 faces of the city. At one side, you will discover the Contemporary Skopje, mainly build after the devastating earthquick of 1963. 

The other side is the mysterious, oriental and charming part of the city. It is where under the walls of the Castle you may find the old roots of locals, blended with the mix of Slavic orthodoxy and Orient, noticeable in every Mosque, Minaret or Hamman of the city. 

  • Visit at the Memorial Birthplace of Mother Theresa
  • Old Bazaar
  • The St Spas (Holy Savior) Orthodox Church
  • The Fortress Kale
  • Mustafa Pasha Mosque
  • Kurshumli Han
  • Kapan Han
  • Bezisten
Itinerary

DrivingTirana to Skopje

We will leave Tirana and Drive toward the City of Skopje. In its one-way distance of 300 kilometres, we will be able to see and experience the difference between cities, regions, and countries.  The memory of the communist days is still vivid in both countries and all the region, where you can still pass by old industrial complex, bunkers, and slogans where the communist period and its leaders were glorified to the sky. 

Once we enter the city, we will notice that city is now hugely spread, and build in the base of Yugoslavian and Modern blocks. A lot of change when the city was highly damaged at the earthquake of 1963, as 80 % of the city was destroyed. 

Walking Tour The bridges of Vardar River in Skopje

The tour will start close to the city center, next to the bridges of Vardar River. According to a mega Infrastructure Plan, Skopje 2014, the City was heavily redecorated and restored. Almost most of the history is also represented through the Statues, Memorials, and 2 extra significant bridges, “The Eye Bridge” and “The Art Bridge”. A lot of high importance buildings are also built next to the bridges making it one of the most attractive and picturesque parts of the city. 

 

 

 

Walking & ExploringThe Old Bazaar & Ottoman Bezisten

During the Ottoman period, Skopje was a city of High Importance. It was developed and a lot of its infrastructure was given the oriental shape and characteristic. The earliest settlers and documents mentioning the bazaar are from the late 12th century when it is described as on of the biggest marketplace in the Balkans, but it quickly expands and turns to the most lively part of the city during the Ottoman Period.

According to the Ottoman Traditions and Customs, the cities and the Bazaars with Bedesten in their compounds were of high importance and testify for a high value of goods and exchange. 

Kurshumli Han

Located into a very strategic position, between the east and west, Skopje was also a stopping place for al the travelers and caravans. In these circumstances, during the Ottoman Period, a lot of Hans bloomed in the city when Kurshumli Han is probably the biggest one remained. Located in the Old Bazaar it was a resting place for the travelers and their horses. With a capacity of around 100 horses, it has also been used as war horses stable and prison. 

 

VisitSt Spas - The Savior Orthodox Church

Located in between the eastern wall of Skopje Castle and the Old Bazaar this is one of the most remarkable Orthodox Churches in the city who has survived the time. Build in the mid 16th century, in a foundation of an older church, this church is famous for its fantastic wooden iconostasis and all hand-carved wooden part.  It also has remarkable frescos in the main doom meeting the Orthodox Style, under the Byzantian school of Religious Art. 

Visit Mustafa Pasha Mosque

Build at 1492, as Mustafa Pasha Testament, this is one of the most remarkable Mosques of Skopje today.  It is believed that has been build on the foundations of an early medieval church, and it has not been damaged by the earthquake of 1963. Renovated for the last time in 2011 it is a symbol of multi-religious prisms of the city and society. 

VisitingFortress of Skopje - Kale

Situated upon a dominant hill, over the city the fortress has been the earliest settlement of life in the early Skupi. Although restored, the outer walls are representing the importance of the castle and how it has been a key position in the city through all history. Definitely one of the best locations for great photos of the city. 

Walking by The City Center of Skopje - Macedonia Square

Definitely, it is the hart of the city where one of the most important families of Antiquity and the History of Macedonia and Balkans is represented through pompous statues. The Great Alexander is proudly stating in the center of the square and his parents Philip II and Olimpia are staying on the other side of the river, in the smaller square under his father’s name. The new face of the city and all the Baroque architecture build around has also given the city a new, different character. 

Mother Therese Birthplace and Catholic Community

Mother Theresa or Gonxhe Bojaxhiu is born is Skopje into a local Albanian family, native in the city. Educated from an early age at an Albanian Catholic School she decided to dedicate her life to God and to the poor. She lived most of her life in India and today her birthplace house is transformed into a museum. 

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