Meet your guide at the hotel for a private tour of Skopje, Macedonia’s welcoming capital.
In its 2,500 years of existence, the town has had many different embodiments. All of them – from Roman to Byzantine, from Ottoman to Yugoslav – have left permanent traces on the town of varied architecture and mix of cultures. Yet in addition to its strong historical associations, Skopje is a forward-looking town offering an abundance of modern amenities and attractions. Here one can find sleek modern hotels above the cobblestoned Ottoman streets, outstanding neoclassical homes right around the corner from grand old Yugoslav-era buildings, red-bricked Byzantine churches and rounded Turkish mosques, chic cafés, shopping malls and brightly-colored new offices. Your guide will show you all the exciting sites such as: the old Railway station – first railway station on the Balkans; the monument of Mother Teresa and The memorial house of Mother Teresa; The Stone Bridge – the most striking monument on the entire Balkan, built in the 6th century; Mustafa Pasha Mosque - one of the most beautiful Islamic buildings in Macedonia and many more… You will also visit the Fortress Kale – the most outstanding tourist attraction of the city of Skopje. The oldest section of the fortress is within the present day fortifications and was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian, born in the village of Taorion near Skopje. After the great earthquake of 518 when ancient Skupi was destroyed, Justinian decided to do something for his birth town and built Justinijana Prima on the site of present day Skopje. Unfortunately no major archeological work has been done for discovering the remains of Justinijana Prima. Most of the present day fortifications originate from the 10th century and 13th century. It was reinforced during them Turkish rule when the number of towers was up to 70 (today there are just 3 standing) and the fortress went down to river Vardar and up on the hill where today the Museum of Contemporary Art stands. The small gate from the side of the old bazaar is the only gate still standing and it was built in 1446. The fortress was badly damaged in the fire in 1689 and even more during the earthquake of 1963.
You will end your tour with a walk around the Old Bazaar.