Explore the most significant sites along the Macedonian/Thessaloniki Front, where history was made and lessons from the Great War’s were written. Visit memorials, cemeteries and museums that serve as a reminder of the human cost of the war, more than a century after it began. Stay on the ground where more than 1.200.000 soldiers fought and earned their fame, giving their lives for the wellbeing of our modern civilization.
Day 1: Arrival of the guests
13:00 h – Meeting with the guide at the airport in Skopje. Visit of Skopje city center and lunch. Visit of French and English military WW1 cemetery and the church St. Archangel Michael in which the ossuary with remains of Serbian soldiers is located.
Departure toward Bitola.
Check-in to hotel in Bitola, 3 or 4* available.
Day 2: Bitola during WW1
Off road drive thru National Park Pelister to the summit of 2200 m.s.l at the glacial Lakes, Pelisterski oci. Few stops along the front line of WW1 where main battles took place ending in 1 million causalties just in few days. Lunch provided at the top.
In the afternoon the group will visit the German, French and Serbian military cemetery in Bitola city. The tour continues in Bitola city museum and the main street Shirok Sokak the most famous street in Macedonia. The guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the city and about the Dutch medical mission in Bitola during WW1 (then Monastir), when the city was constantly bombarded. The Dutch medical mission was among the few who risked their life to help the civilian population, bombarded even with gas bombs.
Also, group can visit the archaeological site Heraclea Lyncestis formed by Philip II of Macedon.
Return to Bitola city.
Overnight stay in Bitola.
Day 3: Kajmakcalan peak (2.521 m) – the most famous WW1 location on the Macedonian Front
After breakfast the group will visit the peak Kajmakcalan on Nidze mountain, one of the key positions on the Macedonian Front, during the First World War. Next stop are the Serbian military cemetery in village of Dobroveni at the foot of Nidze mountain and the story about the “Battle at Crna Band”.
*Return to Bitola city
*Overnight stay in Bitola or in guest house in the middle of Mariovo area in the village of Zovikj (availability up to 20 people)
Day 4: Battle of Dobro Pole – the breakthrough of the Macedonian Front
Visit with 4×4 vehicles of Dobro Pole locality, where the breakthrough of the Macedonian Front occurred and according to many historians, where the end of the First World War started (3 hours and 30 min drive in one direction). On the way back from Dobro Pole guests will visit the bunkers in village Staravina and will have the opportunity to learn more about the civilian population during the war. Next stop is the Ethno house in Zovikj village. Traditional Macedonian lunch from Mariovo region. Visit to the popular Stone Bridge on “Gradeska” River.
Return to Bitola city
Overnight stay in Bitola
End of tour
Day 5: Departure
06:00 h – Departure for NL / Bitola – Skopje Airport – 153 km / approx 2 hours driving.
* At the end of Day 3 – instead in Bitola the guests can spend the night in the Ethno house in Zovich village.