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OHRID AND OHRID LAKE TOUR – Full day
08:30 Tour starts from meeting point near the “Gate Macedonia”, which is entrance on the main square of Skopje. Morning drive on mountain road via Mavrovo NP, the biggest national park in Macedonia. Mavrovo Lake, river Radika canyon and lakes made by river Crn Drim together with the biggest monastery in Macedonia, Bigorski monastery, are just some of many attractions on this picturesque road. (due to weather conditions in winter, the road via Mavrovo NP could be closed for traffic, so tour will be operated via the main road and town of Kicevo)
Upon arrival in the city of Ohrid a walking tour starts from the point called Upper gate. 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. City tour starts with visit of the Church of Mother of God – Peribleptos, one of the most important Ohrid churches. Right across this church is the Icon gallery with its collection of more than 30 icons estimated as masterworks created in a period from 11th to 19th century.
Tour continues to the Tzar Samuil fortress, located the top of the hill, with a spectacular view over the city. Nearby is the Holly area of Plaosnik, the foundation of the Early Christian basilica and the recently rebuilt Church of St.Klement – the city patron, on the foundations of the original church from 9th century. The foundations of the first Slavic university on the Balkans are here as well. Bellow, in the locality called Kaneo, on the rock climbing over the lake is founded the Church of St.John of Devine. – a small church with three sided apse and octagonal dome, a typical peace of traditional architecture.
Do not miss the opportunity to see old Ohrid from the lake side, taking a short boat ride from Kaneo area to the city center (due to weather conditions, sometimes this boat ride can not be operated). Ohrid walking tour finishes with visit of the Cathedral church of Ohrid – St Sofia. This is the biggest and oldest church in Ohrid, with surprisingly well preserved fresco paintings from 10th century.
Time at leisure in Ohrid bazaar and Main Square
In the afternoon drive along the Ohrid lake coast line to the south part of the lake and Monastery of St. Naum. As a final surprise in this tour – a spectacular 40 min boat cruise above the springs of river Crn Drim. There are large amount of underwater and side springs who makes a beautiful lake. The water coming from these springs is actually the spring of river Black Drim who flows into Ohrid Lake.
Late afternoon drive back to Skopje and arrival in Skopje in the evening. End of the tour
Duration: Full day
Price: 59 EUR
Departure dates – every Sunday, all year around
Booking deadline: 72 hours before departure
We guarantee that this tour will depart as scheduled even with only two persons booked.
– Transportation according the itinerary;
– English speaking local professional tourist guide for Full day;
– Visits inside: Bigorski monastery, Churches of Mother of God and St Sofia in Ohrid, St Naum monastery, including entrance fees;
– complementary boat trip above the springs of Black Drim river
– “Visit Macedonia” organization, maps and brochures