The Balkans

Design Your Own Trip to North Macedonia

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Handcrafted, Private Tours to North Macedonia


You want to do things your way. We get it. MIR has been planning custom, private tours from scratch for over three decades, and we understand just how important flexibility is in travel.

Traveling privately on a custom private tour affords a great deal of flexibility – flexibility to immerse yourself in your own exclusive experience, to craft an itinerary around your interests, to go at your own pace, and to travel when it’s right for you.

How does it work? We’ll connect you with one of our Private Tour Designers so that you can share your vision and expectations with us.

We’ll ask you questions to better learn about your interests: Want to hike around a national park, exploring waterfalls, glacial lakes, alpine meadows, and plunging canyons? How about venturing into cobbled backstreets to visit a paper maker and see how paper is made and then printed on a Gutenberg press?

We’ll share our extensive experience in the region – and our suggestions. And then we’ll dig into it and custom-craft a private tour itinerary for your review. Give us a call at 800-424-7289 to get started, or click here to be on your way.

Signature Experiences

Below are just a few examples of the signature experiences that MIR can arrange for you in North Macedonia. Let them be a source of inspiration, then get in touch with one of our Private Tour Designers to craft an itinerary uniquely suited to your travel goals, budget, and style.

  • Board a small private boat for a short ride on glistening, UNESCO-listed Lake Ohrid, one of Europe’s oldest and largest lakes dotted with hamlets, harbors, monasteries, and beaches.
  • Celebrate with locals in a traditional North Macedonian restaurant: feasting, singing, and even dancing for hours as the wine flows and scrumptious national dishes are piled on.
  • Dive into a discussion with a local expert on current political issues in North Macedonia, such as the decades-old dispute with Greece over its name, or the unprecedented influx of Syrian refugees into the country.
  • Set off into the countryside to Tikves, the “Napa Valley” of wine growing and production for 2,400 years, sampling some of the area’s delightful wines over lunch at a local winery.

Suggested Private Tours

And if you don’t feel that a fully-customized trip is what you seek, we’ve got the perfect solution. Whether you’re looking for a compact trip that hits the highlights or something more in depth, MIR offers suggested private tours that can be adapted to your choice of dates. Our itinerary, your dates – it’s a great option whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or in a small group.

Explore suggested private tours: Essential Balkans; Essential Albania, North Macedonia & Kosovo

Need a bit more encouragement? Or want a better lay of the land? Read more about how to design your own trip.

Also keep in mind that you can customize and tweak any of our small group tours to match your preferred dates of travel. Get in touch, we’re here to help.


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Traveler Reviews

  • "All three cities worth the visit. Ohrid was outstanding! Lively but not overbearing, great ambience- particularly for a romantic trip."

    V. Watkins

    Minnetonka, MN

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