15 days in Republic of North Macedonia & Larnaca Itinerary

15 days in Republic of North Macedonia & Larnaca Itinerary

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15 days in Republic of North Macedonia & Larnaca Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
1
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mavrovo, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Larnaca, Cyprus
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + train:  3​h 30​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

3
nights
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

Ohrid ©
Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring at Lake Ohrid. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at National Park Galicica. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Saint Naum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, steep yourself in history at St. Jovan Kaneo, and make a trip to Samoil's Fortress.

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Istanbul, Turkey to Ohrid is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Ohrid. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Ohrid. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mavrovo.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
National Park Galicica ©
National Park Galicica
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Mavrovo, Republic of North Macedonia

Mavrovo ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mavrovo National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Mavrovo Church, head outdoors with Zare Lazarevski, and then explore the activities along Mavrovo Lake.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Mavrovo trip builder app .

You can drive from Ohrid to Mavrovo in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Mavrovo sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Mavrovo

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Mavrovo National Park ©
Mavrovo National Park
Mavrovo Lake ©
Mavrovo Lake
Ski Mavrovo ©
Ski Mavrovo

3
nights
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Skopje is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Matka, take in the views from The Stone Bridge, contemplate the long history of Kale, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Macedonia Square.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Skopje online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Mavrovo to Skopje takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Mavrovo in August, expect nights in Skopje to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Larnaca.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
Mountain of Vodno ©
Mountain of Vodno

5
nights
Larnaca, Cyprus

Larnaca ©
Situated on the southernmost coast of Cyprus, the 6,000-year-old city of Larnaka features a bustling promenade full of bars, cafes, restaurants, and plenty of spots in the sun.
Explore Larnaca's surroundings by going to Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement (in Choirokoitia), Limassol (Kourion, Kolossi Castle, & more) and Aphrodite's Rock (in Kouklia). There's still lots to do: make a splash at WaterWorld Waterpark, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hala Sultan Tekke, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Profitis Elias, and contemplate the waterfront views at Konnos Bay.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Larnaca online journey planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Skopje to Larnaca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Skopje to Larnaca due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Larnaca when traveling from Skopje in August, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Larnaca

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ayia Napa, Protaras, Limassol, Stavrovouni Monastery, Aphrodite's Rock
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Nissi Beach ©
Nissi Beach
Aphrodite's Rock ©
Aphrodite's Rock
Konnos Bay ©
Konnos Bay

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