15 days in Bulgaria & Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria & Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
1
Borovets, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
2
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

3
nights
Borovets, Bulgaria

Borovets ©
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Explore hidden gems such as Tsari Mali Grad and Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School. Take a break from Borovets with a short trip to Rila National Park in Rila, about 1 hour away.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Borovets travel route planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Borovets is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Ohrid.

Things to do in Borovets

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tsari Mali Grad, Rila National Park
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Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School ©
Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School
Tsari Mali Grad ©
Tsari Mali Grad
Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park

5
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.
Visit Saint Sophia and Saint Climent of Ohrid for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Park Galicica and National Workshop For Handmade Paper. Venture out of the city with trips to Bitola (Heraclea Lyncestis, НУ Завод и Музеј Битола (NI Institute and Museum Bitola), &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Mary Perybleptos, steep yourself in history at Plaoshnik, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and look for gifts at Anastas Dudan.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ohrid travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Borovets to Ohrid takes 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Ohrid can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Ohrid

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bitola
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National Workshop For Handmade Paper ©
National Workshop For Handmade Paper
Holy Mary Perybleptos ©
Holy Mary Perybleptos
Saint Sophia ©
Saint Sophia

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.
Head to Skopje City Mall and Old Bazaar, Skopjefor plenty of shopping. Visit Mustafa Pasha Mosque and Church of St. Panteleimon for their historical value. When in Skopje, make a side trip to see Xhamia E Larme in Tetovo, approximately Tetovo away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Clement of Ohrid, examine the collection at Museum of Macedonian Struggle, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Memorial House of Mother Teresa.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Skopje journey maker tool.

Getting from Ohrid to Skopje by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Ohrid in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Skopje, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Xhamia E Larme
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Mustafa Pasha Mosque ©
Mustafa Pasha Mosque
Xhamia E Larme ©
Xhamia E Larme
Church of St. Panteleimon ©
Church of St. Panteleimon

3
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
National Museum of Military History and Church of St Petka of the Saddlers are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church and Elephant Bookstore. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Art Shop Hand Made, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Tsar Alexander II, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Natural History, and steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre of Serdica.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Sofia holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Sofia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Skopje in August, you will find days in Sofia are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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National Museum of Military History ©
National Museum of Military History
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church ©
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church
Art Shop Hand Made ©
Art Shop Hand Made

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