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Lake Ohrid Macedonia: history, art, and nature, protected by UNESCO

Join us on this day tour from Tirana to Ohrid Macedonia. You will visit a landscape that is full of life, protected by UNESCO for its history, architecture, and wonderful natural heritage. A territory where there have been many invasions, leaving castles, fortifications, churches, and monasteries.

Enjoy your guided tour! Lake Ohrid is one of the most popular destinations among those who travel around Albania and Macedonia. This land has ancient origins. Archaeological excavations tell us that one of the first human settlements in Europe developed right on the banks of this lake over 8000 years ago. From the seventh century AD, the city of Ohrid has developed and become an important religious and cultural center that is why it is called the Jerusalem of the Balkans. Byzantines, Bulgarians, and Serbs passed through here. In Ohrid, you will find the Monastery of Saint Clement and Panteleimon, the oldest Slavic Orthodox Church. The city preserves a heritage of over 800 Byzantine icons created between 1000 and 1300. This is why Ohrid has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage, to defend and promote the artistic beauty of the old town and the natural environment of Lake Ohrid Macedonia. A lake over 300 meters deep, dotted with springs, ⅔ of it being in Macedonia and 1/3 in Albania. Finally, you will arrive in the city center to refresh yourselves and reach the old Bazaar, an ancient district full of artisan shops with embroidery and terracotta artifacts.

Day tour from Tirana to Ohrid Macedonia Ohrid city tour

Leaving Tirana at 7.30 am you will head towards the southeast of Albania on the way to Ohrid. After crossing the Macedonian border, the first city you come to is Struga, which takes its name from an ancient local legend. Ohrid is located 15 kilometers from Struga, on the way towards the cliff;. Start the SS tour of Ohrid , go up to the Samuil fortress, located on the hills of the city. Built by the Bulgarian Tsar Samuil in the 10th century AD, the fortress may have incorporated some elements of the old castle of Philip II of Macedonia, dating back to the 4th century BC. Today the external structure can be visited and has been well preserved. Passing through the walkways of the walls, you will enjoy a unique panorama of the city. After the guided tour of the castle, go down to the lakeshore. Free time to explore on your own, Optional lunch in Ohrid not included. Then drive to St Naum Monastery

Inside Saint Naum is buried, a disciple of Saint Cyril and Methodius, writer and founder of the literary school of Pliska. The monastery complex, which was part of the Albanian territory from 1912 to 1925, is a special place from a spiritual point of view. Thousands of people from all over the world converge here to practice their religion. On the way back from Ohrid to Tirana, leaving the Macedonian border you will head towards Albania and then stop in Tushemisht. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Albanian side of the lake, which is also called Lake Pogradeci, and the wonderful area of the Drilon Natural Park. Tushemisht is a town different from most Albanian villages, more like Ohrid, with the predominant religion being Orthodox. Back to Tirana

Duration: 11/12 hour(s)

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION   at Your Hotel or From our Office Tours Albania & Balkans

Str, Luigj Gurakuqi 42 , 1001, Tiranë, Albania

The local guide will be waiting for you with TAB Sign

 

DEPARTURE TIME            the tour will depart at 07:30. Please be there 10 minutes in advance

RETURN TIME                    the tour will end approximately at 20:00

 

Price and Information:

This tour is offered as a private tour!

Private tours can be done any day of the year according to your needs.  For private tours, we can offer pick-ups in Tirana or from other spots

Payment Options: We accept bank transfers, PayPal and we have a debit terminal/POS available at our Office to accept Debit, VISA, and MasterCard payments (please keep in mind that 4% of the total will be added for the latter option.)  We can also accept cash payments where applicable.

Prices

  • 80 Euro per person for a minimum of 7 participants
  • 85 Euro per person for a minimum of 6 participants
  • 90 Euro per person for a minimum of 5 participants
  • 100 Euro per person for a minimum of 4 participants
  • 115 Euro per person for a minimum of 3 participants
  • 135 Euro per person for a minimum of 2 participants
  • 240 Euro for 1 participant
  • Language: Guide services, English, German, Italian, French, Russian, Spanish 
  • Transportation: With modern a/c vehicles
  • Museum entry fees:  Samuel Castle Ohrid, St Naum Monastery, Drilon National Park
  • Lunch
  • Guide/Driver gratuity

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