Day trip

Half-day cruise from Ohrid to the Monastery of St. Naum

Half-day cruise from Ohrid to the Monastery of St. Naum

If you’re spending a few days in the lakeside city of Ohrid, you cannot miss one of the most sacred places in North Macedonia: the Monastery of St. Naum.

Located 30km south from Ohrid, there’s no better way to explore the monastery than taking one of the frequent boats that leave from the port. During my visit, I took a half-day cruise from Ohrid to St. Naum not only to explore this interesting monastery and its water springs, but also to enjoy the views wonderful of Lake Ohrid on the way!

Pristina, a day trip to Kosovo from North Macedonia

Pristina, a day trip to Kosovo from North Macedonia

After the unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo has become the newest country in Europe. Still not recognised as an independent country by many nations, this landlocked territory is off the radar for most international visitors.

During my last visit to neighbouring North Macedonia, I decided to take a day trip to Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. Although the city lacks in historical sites, a visit to Europe’s youngest capital with its numerous cafes and welcoming people is still a must. I even was lucky enough to spot former President Bill Clinton, who was in town to celebrate the 20th anniversary since the NATO drove out the Serbian forces and put this former province on the path to independence!

Matka Canyon, half-day trip from Skopje

Matka Canyon, half-day trip from Skopje

Just on the outskirts of Skopje, Matka Canyon is one of the most popular destinations for a half-day trip from the capital of North Macedonia.

If you’re looking to explore the natural beauty that this country has to offer, read more to learn how to reach Matka Canyon from Skopje and what to do there during your visit!

The hanging monasteries of Meteora

The hanging monasteries of Meteora

Crowning the rocks of the Kalambaka region in Greece, the hanging monasteries of Meteora are a place like no other. A centre of spirituality for centuries, visiting this UNESCO Heritage Site is a must in any trip to the Hellenic Republic.

During my stay in Thessaloniki, I took an incredible day tour to Meteora with Ammon Express. Read more to discover with me this unique site with breathtaking landscapes!

Pella & Vergina: following the path of Alexander the Great

Pella & Vergina: following the path of Alexander the Great

With a kingdom that expanded all the way to Asia, Alexander the Great is one of the most emblematic figures of ancient Greece. Born in Macedonia in 356 BC, a visit to northern Greece is a great opportunity to discover the origins of one of the greatest emperors of all time.

During my stay in Thessaloniki, I took a guided visit with Ammon Express to Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great and the historical capital of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia, as well as Vergina, home to the Royal Tombs of Aigai where Alexander's father Philip II is buried.

GPSMyCity Travel App: the best self-guided city walks

GPSMyCity Travel App: the best self-guided city walks

As an independent traveller, there's nothing more helpful when organising my next trip than reading the experience of other fellow travellers so that I can plan my own walking tours and get to experience the city as a local. How many times I've wished that I had access to those incredible tips while on route? If you also love independent travel and getting off the beaten track, you may want to check the GPSMyCity App!

Alexandria: day trip from Cairo

Alexandria: day trip from Cairo

Founded by Alexander the Great, the city of Alexandria is one of the most modern cities in Egypt in spite of its fascinating role in ancient history. Located 2h 30m north from Cairo, this wonderful city often forgotten in a visit to Egypt.

During my last free day in the land of pharaohs, I decided to take a day trip from Cairo to this historical city that once was the centre of knowledge of the western world!

Touring Cairo, the city of a thousand minarets

Touring Cairo, the city of a thousand minarets

Best known for the three Pyramids of Giza, the city of Cairo has much more to offer outside of the Giza plateau. With millennia of history that span through all civilisations, a day visiting Cairo will give you the chance to discover some of the most relevant civilisations in the history of mankind.

My full day visit included the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel of Saladin with the majestic Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Coptic Cairo to enjoy the beautiful Hanging Church, and the labyrinthine Kahn el-Khalili bazaar. I finished the day by enjoying a breathtaking sunset and the sound and light show in the Pyramids of Giza.

Have a look to find out what to expect from this chaotic yet emblematic city!

Karnak Temple, exploring the East Bank of the Nile

Karnak Temple, exploring the East Bank of the Nile

Once the main place of worship of the Theban Triad, the stunning Karnak Temple in the city of Luxor is the biggest religious building ever constructed. The complex is so large that it constitutes an entire city of temples built over a period of 2,000 years.

This is what you can expect from a visit to the most prominent temple in the East Bank of the Nile!

Visiting Edfu & Luxor Temple

Visiting Edfu & Luxor Temple

Located in between the cities of Aswan and Luxor and dedicated to God Horus, the impressive Edfu Temple is a must in any trip to Egypt.

After arriving back in Luxor for the second time, I walked in the heat to also explore Luxor Temple on the East Bank of the Nile. A magnificent example of Egyptian architecture that changes completely when visiting by day and by night. That's why I decided to visit both times!