North Macedonia - Miyak Tribe Trail

  • Open May-Oct
  • Set arrivals
  • 7 to 8 nights / 6 days of riding | 5 to 9 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Skopje
  • Weight limit: 15st 9lbs (100 kg) (219 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 10

Explore Mavrovo National Park on horseback. From snow-capped mountains belted by pine forests, to rolling green hills and fields littered with wildflowers. In short, the perfect setting for a riding holiday.

This holiday is for those who enjoy the mountains’ treasures. Riding uphill along the valleys of Bistra Mountain and Mavrovo Lake, you will enjoy open views of countless mountain peaks. You will get closer to the shepherd’s life; visiting sheep farms to experience the traditional way of cheese making. This holiday gives you the opportunity to learn the traditions and history of the oldest North Macedonian tribe, the Miyaks.

 

You ride for between five to nine hours, covering a distance of 15 to 44 km each day so on the week long itinerary you ride over 200 km in total.

You must be riding and physically fit, confident and in control at walk, trot and canter in the open. The pace is dictated by the terrain and you will be required to dismount and lead your horse on foot at times. When leading your horse, the terrain can be rocky and uneven. It is essential that you have suitable walking/riding boots.

The horses are mainly Balkan mountain horses, with some purebred Arabs, Arab crosses. They are ridden in Western tack, but the riding style is English with a loose rein. The horses are trained to have a very forward going walk and will rarely trot. There will be fast canters where the terrain allows. To avoid racing, the canters will be in single file.

You can help with grooming and tacking up your horse, but if you would prefer not to the team will prepare your horses each morning.

Hard hats are mandatory. Body protectors are available to borrow.

During this trail you stay at a range of accommodations from comfortable hotels to simple dome tents. Overall, there are five nights in hotels and two nights of camping.

While camping, the team will set up tents, start the campfire and prepare all the meals. Chairs and tables are provided for meals and there are toilet tents. There is only cold water for showering on the camping nights.

The traditional North Macedonian diet is all about simplicity and high-quality produce in season. Meat is locally sourced from animals that have grazed freely on rich, herbal pastures.

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Upcoming Dates

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Miyak Tribe Trail 26 May 2024 - 2 Jun 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,388.11 View (.pdf) Full
Miyak Tribe Trail 9 Jun 2024 - 16 Jun 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,388.11 View (.pdf) Book
Miyak Tribe Trail 23 Jun 2024 - 30 Jun 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,526.92 View (.pdf) Full
Miyak Tribe Trail 7 Jul 2024 - 14 Jul 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,526.92 View (.pdf) Book
Miyak Tribe Trail with Galichnick Wedding Ceremony 7 Jul 2024 - 15 Jul 2024 8 nights 8 ngts £1,657.88 View (.pdf) Book
Miyak Tribe Trail 21 Jul 2024 - 28 Jul 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,526.92 View (.pdf) Book
Miyak Tribe Trail 28 Jul 2024 - 4 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,526.92 View (.pdf) Book
Miyak Tribe Trail 11 Aug 2024 - 18 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,526.92 View (.pdf) Book
Miyak Tribe Trail 18 Aug 2024 - 25 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,526.92 View (.pdf) Full
Miyak Tribe Trail 1 Sep 2024 - 8 Sep 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,526.92 View (.pdf) Full
Miyak Tribe Trail - Saturday Arrival 14 Sep 2024 - 21 Sep 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,526.92 View (.pdf) Full
Miyak Tribe Trail 29 Sep 2024 - 6 Oct 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,526.92 View (.pdf) Full
Miyak Tribe Trail 13 Oct 2024 - 20 Oct 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,388.11 View (.pdf) Book
Miyak Tribe Trail 20 Oct 2024 - 27 Oct 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,265.02 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

INCLUDES Riding and English-speaking guide; accommodation; all meals; other activities such as goat milking and cheese preparation; entrance fee to Mavrovo National Park; drinks at the ranch and while camping; all transfers; camping equipment.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT There is no charge for a single tent on the camping nights. Single rooms in the hotels are possible on most nights but it may not be possible to guarantee single accommodation throughout. Single rooms should be requested in advance and where available in the hotels are an extra €20 per night, payable locally. If you are willing to share, then no supplement is charged.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Alcoholic beverages and all soft drinks at the hotels and guesthouse; tips (optional).

NEAREST AIRPORT Skopje

TRANSFERS are included from Skopje airport.


Getting There

Return transfers are included from Skopje airport or from a hotel in Skopje (City Park Hotel recommended).

Guests arriving in the mid-morning, or who are already in Skopje, will be taken for a short sightseeing tour of the Old Bazaar in Skopje and the city centre and after lunch transferred to the start of the ride. Guests arriving in the afternoon will be transferred directly to the start of the ride. The journey from Skopje to your first night accommodation is about 2 hours.

The last night is at a hotel near to Skopje airport and so your flight can depart at any time.

For Miyak Tribe Trail - Saturday Arrival

Return transfers are included from Skopje airport.

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Location

North Macedonia is a southeast European country on the Balkan peninsula. It is landlocked by Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Greece.


Weather & Climate

North Macedonia's climate features hot summers and cold winters. Therefore, May to October is an excellent time to visit because it's the warmest and driest time of year.

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Guest Review

A most magically immersive experience full of adrenaline and stimulation. Set within the most inspiring of landscapes. Vasko led us on an invigorating journey into the heart and soul of Miyak mountain living.

Belinda, West Sussex

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Lucy Downes
This trail will lead you through some of the most beautiful and diverse mountain ranges of North Macedonia. It is a great chance to learn about the culture and history of the country and interact with local families at their sheep farms.

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