Welcome to Bitola

Crumbling and colourful 18th- and 19th-century townhouses, coupled with an authentic, workaday Čaršija (Old Ottoman Bazaar), make Bitola worth a day trip or an overnight stay if you've made it as far as Pelister's westerly mountains for some hiking.

Join the locals in sipping a coffee and people-watching along pedestrianised Širok Sokak, the main promenade and heart of the city, and explore the wonderful Čaršija. Don't miss visiting the ancient ruins of Heraclea Lyncestis, one of the country's best archaeological sights.

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$3906.15 Cultural & Theme Tours

Balkan Culture and UNESCO Sites

Day 1: Tirana – Kruja – Marikaj – Tirana If the group lands in Albania early in the morning then we travel directly to the city of Kruja to visit the castle and Scanderbeg Museum.  Free time in the afternoon in Tirana. Dinner on group expenses.Overnight: TiranaDay 2: Tirana – Durrës – Berat  On our way to Berat our first stop will be in the historical city of Durres where we will take a guided walk through the town centre, fWe continue traveling to Berat, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Day 3. Berat – Ardenice – Gjirokastër – Sarandë  Breakfast in Berat. Today we travel to the monastery of Ardenica to visit the beautifully preserved Saint Mary Church with frescoes dating since 1744.  Day 4. Saranda – Butrint – Saranda   Today we travel to Butrinti in Albania and visit the UNESCO archeological site.Day 5. Saranda – Kalambaka Breakfast in Saranda. In the morning we head to Greece .Day 6. Kalambaka – Meteora – Kalambaka  Kalambaka was burned to the ground by the Nazis in World War II, but it is a modern city nowadays. Day 7. Kalambaka – Niki – Heraklea – Ohrid Today we travel toward Heraklea archeological site near Bitola, Macedonia.  Day 8: Ohrid – Saint Naum – Ohrid  Breakfast: Ohrid. Today with the assistance of the local guide we will visit Samuel castle, Saint John Caneo, the amphitheater etc. Day 9: Ohrid – Kavadartsi – Skopje Breakfast in Ohrid. Today we drive to Kavadartsi in to visit one of the most important and well known wineries in Balkan, Tikvesh Winery.  Day 10: Skopje – Brezovica – Prizren Breakfast in Skopje. Today we travel to Prizren. Prizren is one of the few cities in Kosovo to have 3 religious communities cohabiting together (Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim).  Dinner on group expenses in Prizren.Overnight: PrizrenDay 11: Prizren – Prekaz – Prishtina  Today we head to Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo. One of the first sites we visit is Prekaz village from where the war of Kosovo started in 1999. The afternoon is free to be enjoyed at group leisure.Overnight: PrishtinaDay 12: Prishtina – Rugovë – Pejë Breakfast in Prishtina. Next we travel to Peja and visit an important religious site for the Serbian people, the Peja Patriarchate.  Day 13. Peja – Deçan – Gjakova – Valbona (AL) We start driving today toward Visoki Deçani to visit this 14-century Monastery (UNESCO) built by the Serbian King Stefan Urosh III. Day 14: Valbonë – Koman Lake – Shkoder Today we travel to Fierza to take a boat tour through Koman Lake.Overnight: ShkodërDay 15: Shkoder – Kotor – Podgoricë  Today we travel to Kotor, today to visit the UNESCO Town. After the lunch and the visit we drive to Podgorica Airport. End of the program

$3002.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tastes of Western Balkans

  Day 1, ZAGREB: D The agency representative will meet&greet you. Evening tour of the center of Zagreb.   Day 2, ZAGREB-SARAJEVO: B, L, DDeparture towards Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sightseeing tour of Sarajevo in the afternoon, followed by a traditional Bosnian dinner.   Day 3, SARAJEVO-MOSTAR-BUDVA: B, L, DSightseeing of Mostar with lunch in the best local restaurant. After lunch we depart towards Budva (Montenegro). Leasure evening in Budva.   Day 4, BUDVA-KOTOR-BUDVA: B, L, DExcursion to Kotor. We'll take a boat ride to the Isle of The Lady of Skrpjel, followed by a guided tour of Kotor- UNESCO World Heritage city.   Day 5, BUDVA-CETINJE-LOVCEN-BUDVA: B, L, D Our excursion starts at Cetinje, and continues towards Lovcen mountain. On top of the most imposing peak sits the highest mausoleum in the world.   Day 6, BUDVA-VIRPAZAR-SKHODER-TIRANA: B, L, DThe cruise on the largest Balkan lake includes a lunch with three types of fish. In the afternoon we continue to Shkoder and later towards Tirana.   Day 7, TIRANA-KRUJE-TIRANA: B, L, D Kruje excursion, to the hometown of Skenderbeg. Sightseeing and lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch we return to Tirana for a guided tour.   Day 8, TIRANA-OHRID-STRUGA–OHRID: B, L, D We head towards Ohrid (Macedonia). We'll visit the nearby Biljana spring, contiunue to the village of Struga, and further to the etno village Vevcani.   Day 9, OHRID-BITOLA- ST.NAUM–OHRID: B, L, D Half-day excursion to Bitola and the nearby ancient town of Heraclea. In the afternoon we’ll take a boat excursion to the Monastery of St.Naum.   Day 10, OHRID-DEBAR–SKOPJE: B, L, D Along the way to Skopje we'll visit the 1000 yrs old Bigorski Monastery. We'll arrive to Skopje in the afternoon and enjoy the walking tour.   Day 11, SKOPJE–BELGRADE: B, L, DLunch in Nis- the city with the best Serbian barbecue. Once in Belgrade it's a must to go out and explore the famous clubs and rafts.    Day 12, BELGRADE–NOVI SAD–OSIJEK: B, L, D We start at the historic Petrovaradin fortress, followed by a tour of Novi Sad and lunch in one of the best restaurants in Serbia. After lunch we depart to Osijek (Croatia) where we'll enjoy the old city center.   Day 13, OSIJEK-KOPACKI RIT–ZAGREB: B, L, D Kopacki rit- the European Amazon, is a part of the Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve under UNESCO protection. The park tour is followed by a traditional fish lunch. Leisure evening in Zagreb.   Day 14, ZAGREB: B And everything comes to an end. At the agreed time we will transfer you to the airport from where you will take a flight back home.

$44.95 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Private Bitola Tour from Ohrid

Your day begins with a 9am pickup from your Ohrid accommodations, or any other preferred location in the city. Board the comfortable air-conditioned car or minivan and drive about 1.5 hours to Bitola.Upon arrival in Bitola your driver/guide offers an introduction to the city’s history and leads you to the ancient settlement of Heraclea Lynceststis to admire its well-preserved floor mosaics, fine examples of early Christian art.After the visit to Heraclea Lynceststis, drive by the City Park to the City Museum from where you embark on a walking tour along the pedestrian street of Shirok Sokak. While walking, admire the colorful neoclassical buildings, housing cafes and restaurants. There is time to sample some local bites or just relax with a coffee while people watching (at own expense). The tour continues to the Old Bazaar, from where you walk to the Green Market, passing by such historic sites as the Clock Tower and Yeni Mosque. At the Green Market, where the tour concludes, don't miss your chance to buy a traditional pepper necklace or to stock up on some fresh, organic produce.Your day ends with a drop-off back at your accommodations in Ohrid.

$57.09 Day Trips & Excursions

Bitola Private Tour from Skopje

Your driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel or any location of your preference in Skopje, and take you by comfortable A/C car or mini-van to Bitola.In about two and a half hours driving, as a first stop in Bitola and an introduction to the city’s history you will be able to visit and learn about the ancient settlement Heraclea Lynceststis and the well preserved floor mosaics, fine examples of Early Christian Art.After the visit of Heraclea, driving by the City Park, your driver/guide will transfer you to the City Museum from where you will enjoy a walking tour through Shirok Sokak, among the nice colorful romantic and neoclassical buildings, housing cafes and restaurants, with a time to taste some local bites or just relax with a coffee and people watching! The tour further continues through the sites, to the Old Bazaar, finishing at the Green Market, where you won’t miss the chance to buy a 'pepper necklace' or some of the fresh, organic, season’s products!Transfer back to hotel or any location of your preference in Skopje!Some of the places you will most likely pass:Veles, Gradsko, Trans-pass Pletvar, Prilep, Heraclea Lyncestis, City Park, Military Academy Kemal Ataturk, City Museum, Shirok Sokak, Center of Culture, Catholic Cathedral, Clock Tower, Jeni Mosque, Isak Beg Mosque, Ajdar Kadi Mosque, Bezisten, Old Bazaar, Little Montmartre, Green Market

$59.37 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Private Bitola, Stobi, and Wine Tasting Tour from Ohrid

Your driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel or any location of your preference in Ohrid, and take you with A/C car or van on a private full day wine tour to Demir Kapija.You will, first, be taken for a drive of about one and a half hours to Bitola, enjoy a short walk through Shirok Sokak, then the tour continues to one of the best known and preserved archaeological sites, Stobi.After the visit of Stobi, you continue by car/van for about 20 min driving to a winery at Demir Kapija. During the few hours stay at the winery, an experienced oenologist will take you on a tour through the process of wine making, you will be able to see the wine cellars and if it is the 'right' time of the year, even take part in grape harvesting. You then take time to simply relax and enjoy the authentic wines and tasty, fresh, organic food from the region.At the end of the tour, you will be taken back by car/van to your hotel or any location of your preference in Ohrid.Some of the places you will most likely pass:ResenBitolaPrilepRosomanStobiDemir KapijaLake MladostArcheological site StobiPopova Kula winery

$62.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Bitola Tour Full Day Tour from Skopje

On arrival in Bitola, on the right, you can see Mount Pelister (2,601 m tall) and Pelister National Park, which is the smallest but oldest national park in Macedonia (opened in 1948). It is famous for its ancient Molika pine trees and many other different types of flora and fauna and it conserves some rare glacial lakes, Pelisterski Ochi (the Pelister Eyes). It is a famous winter ski resort with hotels and ski-lifts.In Bitola you visit the church of Sveti Dimitrija (St. Dimitri), dating back to the 19th century and renowned for being one of the biggest churches in the Balkans. Then you just have a quick glance at Yeni Mosque (built in 1559) which is now an art gallery, then the Yahdar-Kadi Mosque (built in 1562) and the Isak Mosque (built in 1508-09).At the heart of the town is the Clock Tower. The River Dragor runs through the town. Sirok Sokak (a long pedestrian area) is renowned for the beautiful old houses that belong to the 19th-century architecture. Bitola is a town of consulates, also the town where the Manaki brothers, famous for their pioneering work with the camera, opened their Studio of Art Photography in 1905. In honor of their work in photography, and later, cinematography, the first international film camera festival in the world was started here in 1979 and is held every September.After this, you will go to the ancient Macedonian town of Heraclea Lyncestis by bus. It was the first major town established in the rich Pelagonia valley in the 4th century BC. It was founded by Philip II of Macedon, the father of Aleksandar III of Macedon. Archaeological excavations are still going on at this site and so far a Roman Bath, a Roman amphitheater, a Courtroom and a small and big Basilicas from the 5th century have been discovered. The basilicas have the most beautiful and well preserved mosaic floors which are also the biggest in the Balkans and considered to be ones of the most valuable in the world from this period.You will have a free time and after that you are going back to Skopje where the tour ends.