Ohrid – a city in the southwestern part of Macedonia, on the northeast coast of Lake Ohrid, which also has its name based on the city. Ohrid and Lake Ohrid are one of the main tourist destinations in Macedonia. Due to the large number of churches and monasteries, the city is known as the Balkan and European Jerusalem. Ohrid is also known as the “city of light”, a literal translation of its old name, Lychnidos. The Ohrid region is included in the UNESCO World Heritage. Modern Ohrid is the heir of the ancient Lychnidos.
Ohrid is a large town in southwestern Macedonia and is the capital of Ohrid Municipality; it is the eighth-largest city in the country with over 42,000 inhabitants. Ohrid is a town of vast history and heritage and is one of the most remarkably well-preserved historic sites in Europe; it was made a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage site recognized for its Cultural and Natural World Heritage sites in 1980. Ohrid is the leading tourist town in Macedonia; it has 365 churches and offers beautiful images of nature and eons of history and culture.
Pick up from your accommodation in Skopje
Drop off to your accommodation in Skopje
Everyday at 08:00
The Tour includes visit to the city Ohrid, starting from Skopje. Drive time Skopje – Ohrid its take about 2 hours.
After arrive in Ohrid – starting a tour with visit of the church of St. Sophia which dates from the 11th century and then we go up to the Roman amphitheater which dates back to the 3rd century BC. Afterwards we continue walking to the Icon Gallery, which shows a range of some of the most famous and valuable icons in the world right after the ones on Athos and in Russia. In the vicinity of the gallery is the church of St. Clement’s Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious which dates from the 13th century and possesses some of the most beautiful and valuable frescoes from the 13th century not only in our country but in the Balkans as well. After that we carry on walking to Tsar Samoil’s Fortress which was named after the first tsar of the Macedonian Slavs, who having conquered Byzantium, brought most of Macedonia under his rule.
Then we walk to Plaoshnik, the place where we visit the newly built St. Clement’s Monastery Church which is dedicated to St. Clement, the patron of Ohrid, and St. Panteleimon and which stands beside the original site of St. Clement’s University, the first university of the Macedonian Slavs started in the 9th century AD. Inside the church you can also see the tomb with St. Clement’s relics. Beside the church you can see the foundations of the 5th-century basilica with beautifully preserved mosaic floors and some swastikas also discovered on the floors. From here we head towards the Church of St. Jovan at Kaneo, which was built at the end of the 13th century, and is one of the most frequently visited churches in Ohrid because of its beautiful location on the cliffs directly above the lake.
After this we go back to the town on foot. Another option is to return to the town by boat and at the same time to make a tour of the lake providing you with a great view of the town.
After a little break, we start from Ohrid port to our next destination – St. Naum monastery. Firstly we will visit the ‘Bay of Bones’ Neolithic on water settlement and chance to have illustrative returning in a life 1200 years BC. The road continues along the picturesque lake shore to monastery St. Naum. Situated between the lavishly green, where the river Black Drim flows into Lake Ohrid, 29 km distance from Ohrid and 1 km from the Albanian border, St. Naum is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Ohrid.
The springs at St. Naum is part of the national park Galicica zone regime of strict protection, where passenger transport is carried out only by boat and is not permitted use of the engine. The church built by the monk St. Naum, beginning of X century, dedicated to the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel was destroyed. Many pilgrims visit his grave and believe that if you put your ear to the grave, you can hear the beating of his heart. Church celebrates this patron saint of the 5th January and 3rd of July. Frescoes painted by the master Trpko, a local artist. In the chapel of the church is the tomb of St. Naum, with frescoes of his life and his miracles.
Besides the cultural inspiration that gives this tour, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful nature, to cruise the sources by boat, to drink coffee in one of the restaurants or while enjoying or opportunity for national organized lunch menu.
After that, we are returning to Skopje….