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Half-Day Tour from Skopje: Millennium Cross and Matka Canyon

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Skopje, North Macedonia

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore the Millennium Cross and Matka Canyon on this half-day tour from Skopje. Travel from the historic Skopje Fortress to Vodno Mountain with a guide, then take the cable car to the Millennium Cross — widely considered among Skopje top attractions. Explore the village of Gorno Nerezi and admire beautiful Byzantine frescoes in the Church of St Panteleimon. Head deep into the Matka Canyon — home to ancient caves and medieval monasteries — then travel in comfort to Porta Macedonia.
  • Half-day Skopje tour including the Millennium Cross and Matka Canyon
  • Travel from Skopje Fortress to Vodno Mountain with a guide
  • Take the cable car up to the Millennium Cross
  • Marvel at Byzantine frescoes at the Church of St Panteleimon in Gorno Nerezi
  • Explore the Matka Canyon
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Local English speaking guide
Cable-car ride to Millennium Cross
Transport by private vehicle
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Meals and drinks
Entrance tickets
Optional entrance at St. Pantelejmon (2 EUR) and St. Andrew (1EUR) payable on the spot
Optional boat ride on canyon Matka
Personal expenses
Tips and gratuities

Departure Point

2C2M+V3P, Skopje 1000, North Macedonia

Parking is in front of the main entrance to the fortress. Marked as parking B10 (Parking Skopje Citadel on google maps)

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

11th October St., Skopje 1000, North Macedonia
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the tour
  • Tour operates rain or shine, hot or cold, year round.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Skopje Daily Tours - See you in a day!

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.


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Great Experience
Diana_K
, Jun 2021
The trip was wonderful. Riding the boat to the caves was enjoyable. A lot is packed in four hours, you’ll get your money’s worth for sure! Our guide Vangel was so knowledgeable about history and culture, all your questions will be answered!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for the review!
star-5
Matka Canyon - a MUST!
Antoinette_F
, May 2021
Perfect half day tour! Matka Canyon was amazing and glad we did it! Our guide Smile provided great service and we couldn’t have been happier!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for the review!
star-4
Fantastic experience, especially the...
Mercy O
, Apr 2018
Fantastic experience, especially the Matka canyon. The view to and in the cave was breathtaking. The guide was good and friendly. I will recommend that viator should be more specific with regards to the start time of the half day tour.
star-4
My wife and I took the half-day tour...
markgill08
, Apr 2018
My wife and I took the half-day tour at the end of March and very much enjoyed it. Our tour guide Michal was excellent and gave us plenty of information about the places we saw. We particularly enjoyed going up Vodno and seeing the views of Skopje and the snow-capped mountains in the distance. We felt the tour was a little rushed with only 20 mins on Vodno and 1 hour in Matka Canyon. However, it's a half-day tour so I guess we couldn't have expected much different. Overall, we'd recommend this tour as we did have a good time.
star-5
I went on this tour with a tour...
Amy S
, Mar 2018
I went on this tour with a tour guide who spoke very good English and his knowledge of the area was impressive and very interesting. He explained everything very well and I enjoyed the trip very much. Definitely a highlight of my trip to Skopje. Thank you very much!
star-5
Great tour. Friendly and...
Steve K
, Nov 2017
Great tour. Friendly and knowledgeable guide Martin and driver Orhan. Flexible and accommodating to the customers interest and preference. Opportunity to hire a canoe and paddle Matka Canyon.
star-3
The sights in itself weren't bad...
Andreas K
, Oct 2017
The sights in itself weren't bad, and they're musts when in Skopje. Except maybe from the church, which seemed like a filler. But the Matka valley is so beautiful, as is the view from Vodno. However, our guide was pretty much phoning it in, seeming like he'd rather be anywhere else in the world. He was accommodating and informative when I asked about the sights, however he didn't do anything to build a relaxing atmosphere, so it was hard to break the ice and connect with the other visitors. If you're going with others and don't mind spending a few extra bucks so you don't have to arrange going by public transportation, this trip might be worth it. But in retrospect I'd have preferred hooking up with other travelers at the free walking tour and simply splitting a taxi.
star-5
Excellent half day out. Stunning...
Matthew F
, Sep 2017
Excellent half day out. Stunning view of Skopje from the Millennium Cross, and beautiful, dramatic scenery through the Matka Canyon. The boat ride through the canyon was a pleasure, and very relaxing!
star-5
Definitely a tour worth the money...
mirob.vs.dave
, Sep 2017
Definitely a tour worth the money! It's a shared tour, so if you are a solo-traveller, or duo/trio travellers, this is a good option to go on a tour that is also affordable, when you aren't a big group of people. The tour starts at 13:00 and ends around 17:30-18:00. The first part of the tour takes you to the beautiful Matka Canyon, where you have an hour of doing what you want e.g. swimming, canoeing, trekking or sailing in a boat. I did the latter option and we visited a big cave. Afterwards we drove to a mountain church and stopped for a bit, followed by the last stop of the day the Millennium Cross situated high above Skopje. We reached it with cable car and the view was astounding. The tour guide was really nice, knowledgable and good at answering additional questions. I can definitely recommend this tour!
star-5
A great little tour to get the know...
MM86
, Sep 2017
A great little tour to get the know the surroundings of Skopje, the highlights being the visit to the Monastery of St. Panteleimon with beautiful fresco paintings, and above all a boat ride in Matka Canyon, which is just stunning. Our guide Martin was super friendly and knowledgeable and was able to give us good insight into how things are in Macedonia in general. Would recommend this to everyone.

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