15 days in Bulgaria & Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria & Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

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15 days in Bulgaria & Republic of North Macedonia Itinerary

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Tsari Mali Grad. When in Borovets, make a side trip to see Rila National Park in Rila, approximately 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Borovets trip itinerary maker.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Borovets is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. 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

Rila National Park, Tsari Mali Grad
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saint Sophia and Sveti Kliment Ohridski. Visit Heraclea Lyncestis and Plaoshnik for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Bitola (НУ Завод и Музеј Битола (NI Institute and Museum Bitola) & Clock Tower). Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at National Park Galicica. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Workshop For Handmade Paper, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Jovan Kaneo, don't miss a visit to Samoil's Fortress, and stop by Anastas Dudan.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ohrid tour planner.

Drive from Borovets to Ohrid in 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Borovets to Ohrid. In July in Ohrid, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 15°C at night. 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 ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Old Bazaar, Skopje and Museum of Macedonian Struggle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Xhamia E Larme and Church of St. Clement of Ohrid. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Skopje City Mall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Panteleimon, get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Memorial Centre, and steep yourself in history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Skopje travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ohrid to Skopje in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ohrid in August: highs in Skopje hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°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 Tours

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Do your shopping at Art Shop Hand Made and Vitosha Boulevard. Popular historic sites such as Sveta Petka Samardjiyska and Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Military History, stop by Paradise Center, explore the world behind art at Museum of Socialist Art, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Natural History.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Sofia tour planner.

Drive from Skopje to Sofia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Skopje to Sofia is 1 hour. Traveling from Skopje in August, you will find days in Sofia are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

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

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