3 days tour with visits to
Tikvesh wine region, city of Bitola, Prespa lake and Galichica NP,
St. Naum monastery and UNESCO town Ohrid
09:00 You will start with St. Panteleimon monastery and its unique fresco paintings from 12th century.
11:00 Drive on the main motor way to the central part of the country where Tikvesh wine region is situated.
12:00 Stop and visit to the biggest ancient site in Macedonia – Stobi, dating from 1st century AC. Well preserved mosaics surrounded by remains of Roman palaces are “must see” of this site.
13:30 Arrival at Royal winery Queen Maria in Tikvesh wine region which story begins back in 1927.
Learn more about king’s vision of creating a wine and a place of extraordinary quality. We will feature a taste of our historically significant Vranec followed by four wines of your choice, as well as fresh concept dishes that continue to create culinary memories for new diners and our favorite regulars.
16:00 Departure towards Bitola. Upon arrival accommodation and evening at leisure in Bitola.
09:00 Morning walking tour in Bitola, the second biggest town in Macedonia.
11:00 Visit to Heraclea Lynkestis anceint site near Bitola.
13:00 Departure towards the second biggest lake in Macedonia, Prespa lake, with coffee stop.
Later on drive across Galichica NP, with spectacular views of both Prespa and Ohrid lakes.
16:30 Arrival at St. Naum monastery complex, with its unique church, originally built by St. Naum in 9th century. Free time for visit to the monastery or to have an unforgettable 40 minutes boat ride above the springs of Black Drim river (entrance fee and boat fee apply – to be paid on the spot) Arrival in Ohrid early in the evening, after drive along the lake. Overnight in Ohrid
09:00 Ohrid walking tour will start this day. Because of the religious importance and its numerous churches and monasteries, Ohrid is also famous under the name “Macedonian Jerusalem”. According the history facts, there used to be 365 churches – a church for each day! In 12th century, the city was also the seat of Archbishop of Ohrid.
Since 1979 the city and the lake of Ohrid are under protection of UNESCO. Do not miss to have a nice panoramic picture from Ohrid fortress and to visit remains of the first Slavic university in the Balkans, today founded at Holy area of Plaoshnik. You will go inside the recently rebuild Church of St Clement and pass by the unique church of St. John – Kaneo and visit the cathedral 10th century church , St. Sofia.
Free time lunch at some of many traditional restaurants by Ohrid lake.
Long distance drive back to Skopje in the afternoon.
End of the tour in Skopje