Saint Sophia Church, Ohrid

Saint Sophia Church, Ohrid

Saint Sophia Church, Ohrid: Our most recommended tours and activities

Ohrid: Old Town Panoramic Boat Cruise

1. Ohrid: Old Town Panoramic Boat Cruise

This tour is common for the tourists who have limited time to spend in Ohrid, however they wish to experience Ohrid Lake on a boat. Regular departure point is the Ohrid central port located only 50 meters from the main square. It includes Ohrid Old Town, cruising close to the shore so you can have a detailed view, while on the way back the cruise will take you further from the shore, so you can enjoy a unique panoramic view of the entire Old Town. Most important things you will see are the Church of Saint Sophia dating from the 9th century, the fishermen settlement Kaneo, the Church of Saint John at Kaneo dating from the mid-15th century, it is the most famous and most photographed church in Ohrid because of its amazing location on a cliff overlooking the Ohrid Lake. Furthermore, you get to see the virgin beach Labino and the two so-called Caves of Love which are very popular within locals and getting a huge attention from tourist as well. On the way back you will see the Church of Saint Clement Pantelejmon at Plaoshnik, built on the foundations of an early Christian basilica back in the 9th century. On the top of the Old Town is the Tzar Samuel fortress from the 10th century which overlooks both the lake and the whole Ohrid area. End point of this tour is same as the departure, the Ohrid central port.

Tirana: Lake and Town Ohrid Day Trip

2. Tirana: Lake and Town Ohrid Day Trip

Following a pickup from your accommodation in Durrës or Tirana, embark on a guided tour of the charming city of Ohrid. Explore the charming city on a guided tour with a local guide. Pass by the glorious Church of Saint Sophia and the National Workshop for a handmade paper-making demonstration. Enter Samuil’s Fortress and walk along its historic 4th-century walls. Discover the Ancient Theatre of Ohrid, built in the Hellenistic style. Walk up to the cliff-top Church of Saint John at Kaneo for panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Enjoy free time for lunch and explore this pretty lakeside town before returning to Tirana in the late afternoon.

From Skopje: Private Full-Day Guided Trip to Ohrid

3. From Skopje: Private Full-Day Guided Trip to Ohrid

Discover what many consider to be the most beautiful town in Macedonia, Ohrid, on a full-day tour from Skopje. After pickup at your hotel in Skopje, enjoy the scenic mountain views as your guide drives you for 2.5 hours to Ohrid. Once in Ohrid, take a walk by the lake and savor lunch in a local restaurant. Then, explore Ohrid Old Town on a sightseeing tour with your expert guide. As you walk, find out about the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Macedonia. During your tour, see local landmarks such as Samoil’s Fortress, St. Sofija Church, the Robevi House Museum, St. Bogorodica Perivleptos Church, the Gallery of Icons, the antique theater, and more. As well as sightseeing, visit the “charsija” bazaar and enjoy the chance to do some traditional pearl jewelry shopping. Get the opportunity to see the 1100 years old “Chinar” tree, too. At the end of your day in Ohrid, your guide will drive you back to your accommodation in Skopje.

From Tirana : Visit Ohrid , Struga / North Macedonia

4. From Tirana : Visit Ohrid , Struga / North Macedonia

Departure from Tirana to explore Ohrid Lake and its two beautiful cities located in North Macedonia. Ohrid is a city that has many cultural and natural attractions to visit. Our journey will start with the Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon(Attributed to Saint Clement of Ohrid, a disciple of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius) the church dates from Byzantine, the location standing on a hill overlooking Lake Ohrid. The next stop is the Church of Saint Sophia, a very important monument for North Macedonia, housing architecture and art from the Middle Ages. Very close to the Upper Gate of Samuel’s Fortress, you can find the Ancient Theatre of Ohrid. Built-in 200 BC, it served as a venue for performances and gladiator fights. Later, it became the site of Christian executions by the Romans. This caused the locals to despise the theatre, so after the fall of the Roman Empire, they decided to abandon and bury it. We will reach the highest peak at Samuel's Fortress. This fortress was built on the place of an earlier fortification, dated to the 4th century BC, which was probably built by King Philip II of Macedonia, It was the capital of the First Bulgarian Empire during the rule of Tsar Samuel of Bulgaria at the turn of the 11th century. Nowadays the fortress is a major tourist attraction where you can enjoy exceptional panoramic views of Lake Ohrid and the old town. We will return down at our beginning spot through Ohrid Boardwalk which connects the old town with Potpesh beach. As you walk alongside a cliff, surrounded by crystal clear waters, it’s the perfect place to take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty of Ohrid. Free time to have a coffee and enjoy the Old Bazaar full of souvenir shops and good local restaurants. As we return to Albania our last stop will be Struga City lying on the shore of Lake Ohrid. Struga is the place where the river leaves the lake and flows through the town. You can take a walk along one of the river banks full of small cafes and enjoy the picturesque town.

Ohrid - Walking tour

5. Ohrid - Walking tour

In this tour you will discover the rich history of Ohrid, dating from ancient times and you will visit some of the most important and sacred places in this hidden gem of Europe. Having 365 churches, so one church per every day of the year, Ohrid is also called the Jerusalem of the Balkans. You will have a unique opportunity to visit the most representative churches with unique Byzantine architecture and Medieval collections of frescoes from the 11th, 12th and the 13th century. You will also discover why Ohrid is the home of Slavic literature and visit the place where St. Clement created the Cyrillic alphabet and the first Slavic university. The walk through the streets of the old town will give you the opportunity to enjoy the most amazing sights of Ohrid Lake, the oldest and one of the deepest lakes in Europe. Also, you will have the opportunity to try some of the lake endemic fishes in the local restaurants and enjoy the tasty national cuisine and our traditional drink Rakija. Ohrid is waiting for you and it will surely impress you with its charm, incredible nature, lovely people and great food.

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Saint Sophia Church, Ohrid: Our most recommended tours and activities

Ohrid: Old Town Panoramic Boat Cruise

Ohrid: Old Town Panoramic Boat Cruise

This tour is common for the tourists who have limited time to spend in Ohrid, however they wish to experience Ohrid Lake on a boat. Regular departure point is the Ohrid central port located only 50 meters from the main square. It includes Ohrid Old Town, cruising close to the shore so you can have a detailed view, while on the way back the cruise will take you further from the shore, so you can enjoy a unique panoramic view of the entire Old Town. Most important things you will see are the Church of Saint Sophia dating from the 9th century, the fishermen settlement Kaneo, the Church of Saint John at Kaneo dating from the mid-15th century, it is the most famous and most photographed church in Ohrid because of its amazing location on a cliff overlooking the Ohrid Lake. Furthermore, you get to see the virgin beach Labino and the two so-called Caves of Love which are very popular within locals and getting a huge attention from tourist as well. On the way back you will see the Church of Saint Clement Pantelejmon at Plaoshnik, built on the foundations of an early Christian basilica back in the 9th century. On the top of the Old Town is the Tzar Samuel fortress from the 10th century which overlooks both the lake and the whole Ohrid area. End point of this tour is same as the departure, the Ohrid central port.

Tirana: Lake and Town Ohrid Day Trip

Tirana: Lake and Town Ohrid Day Trip

Following a pickup from your accommodation in Durrës or Tirana, embark on a guided tour of the charming city of Ohrid. Explore the charming city on a guided tour with a local guide. Pass by the glorious Church of Saint Sophia and the National Workshop for a handmade paper-making demonstration. Enter Samuil’s Fortress and walk along its historic 4th-century walls. Discover the Ancient Theatre of Ohrid, built in the Hellenistic style. Walk up to the cliff-top Church of Saint John at Kaneo for panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Enjoy free time for lunch and explore this pretty lakeside town before returning to Tirana in the late afternoon.

From Skopje: Private Full-Day Guided Trip to Ohrid

From Skopje: Private Full-Day Guided Trip to Ohrid

Discover what many consider to be the most beautiful town in Macedonia, Ohrid, on a full-day tour from Skopje. After pickup at your hotel in Skopje, enjoy the scenic mountain views as your guide drives you for 2.5 hours to Ohrid. Once in Ohrid, take a walk by the lake and savor lunch in a local restaurant. Then, explore Ohrid Old Town on a sightseeing tour with your expert guide. As you walk, find out about the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Macedonia. During your tour, see local landmarks such as Samoil’s Fortress, St. Sofija Church, the Robevi House Museum, St. Bogorodica Perivleptos Church, the Gallery of Icons, the antique theater, and more. As well as sightseeing, visit the “charsija” bazaar and enjoy the chance to do some traditional pearl jewelry shopping. Get the opportunity to see the 1100 years old “Chinar” tree, too. At the end of your day in Ohrid, your guide will drive you back to your accommodation in Skopje.

From Tirana : Visit Ohrid , Struga / North Macedonia

From Tirana : Visit Ohrid , Struga / North Macedonia

Departure from Tirana to explore Ohrid Lake and its two beautiful cities located in North Macedonia. Ohrid is a city that has many cultural and natural attractions to visit. Our journey will start with the Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon(Attributed to Saint Clement of Ohrid, a disciple of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius) the church dates from Byzantine, the location standing on a hill overlooking Lake Ohrid. The next stop is the Church of Saint Sophia, a very important monument for North Macedonia, housing architecture and art from the Middle Ages. Very close to the Upper Gate of Samuel’s Fortress, you can find the Ancient Theatre of Ohrid. Built-in 200 BC, it served as a venue for performances and gladiator fights. Later, it became the site of Christian executions by the Romans. This caused the locals to despise the theatre, so after the fall of the Roman Empire, they decided to abandon and bury it. We will reach the highest peak at Samuel's Fortress. This fortress was built on the place of an earlier fortification, dated to the 4th century BC, which was probably built by King Philip II of Macedonia, It was the capital of the First Bulgarian Empire during the rule of Tsar Samuel of Bulgaria at the turn of the 11th century. Nowadays the fortress is a major tourist attraction where you can enjoy exceptional panoramic views of Lake Ohrid and the old town. We will return down at our beginning spot through Ohrid Boardwalk which connects the old town with Potpesh beach. As you walk alongside a cliff, surrounded by crystal clear waters, it’s the perfect place to take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty of Ohrid. Free time to have a coffee and enjoy the Old Bazaar full of souvenir shops and good local restaurants. As we return to Albania our last stop will be Struga City lying on the shore of Lake Ohrid. Struga is the place where the river leaves the lake and flows through the town. You can take a walk along one of the river banks full of small cafes and enjoy the picturesque town.

Ohrid - Walking tour

Ohrid - Walking tour

In this tour you will discover the rich history of Ohrid, dating from ancient times and you will visit some of the most important and sacred places in this hidden gem of Europe. Having 365 churches, so one church per every day of the year, Ohrid is also called the Jerusalem of the Balkans. You will have a unique opportunity to visit the most representative churches with unique Byzantine architecture and Medieval collections of frescoes from the 11th, 12th and the 13th century. You will also discover why Ohrid is the home of Slavic literature and visit the place where St. Clement created the Cyrillic alphabet and the first Slavic university. The walk through the streets of the old town will give you the opportunity to enjoy the most amazing sights of Ohrid Lake, the oldest and one of the deepest lakes in Europe. Also, you will have the opportunity to try some of the lake endemic fishes in the local restaurants and enjoy the tasty national cuisine and our traditional drink Rakija. Ohrid is waiting for you and it will surely impress you with its charm, incredible nature, lovely people and great food.

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We took a ride around lake Ohrid with Nikola and greatly enjoyed it. He showed us sights around the lake and shared with us details about each one. On top of this, we enjoyed hearing the voice of a local, to give perspective about not only the town's history, but the present too. We had clear communication from the start and no issues with coordinating or finding the meeting point. Piece of advice: wear wind-proof clothes.

The excursion was much enjoyed and very comfortable at all times. I would like to point out the excellent job done by Saimir, our guide, who was super helpful and very thoughtful throughout the day. Thanks to Saimir, my wife and I truly appreciated the beauty of the place and the car journey was very pleasant! I hope to repeat similar experiences soon.

We had the best most relaxing boat trip. Our guide Nikola was so informative and friendly. He offered to take pictures for us and made us feel relaxed. We enjoyed the trip so much. Can't recommend it enough

The cruise was good! We enjoyed the time in the boat with Nikola guide. He also organized a celebration for my friend’s birthday on the boat with the a cake and music. Really recommend this tour

The tour was amazing! Nikola shared a lot of information and even brought cake to celebrate someone that had their birthday! Excellent service, 100% recoomend this tour!