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From Skopje: Ohrid Full-Day Trip with Guided Walking Tour

1. From Skopje: Ohrid Full-Day Trip with Guided Walking Tour

See the best of Ohrid in an economical way on this shared group day trip from Skopje. Take a walking tour with a local guide and discover Lake Ohrid, the Ancient Macedonian Theater of Ohrid, Samoil’s Fortress, and more. After heading to one of the pickup points in Skopje, board your transportation and let your driver whisk you off to Ohrid. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and explore Ohrid’s highlights on a guided walk. Marvel at the North Macedonian side of Lake Ohrid and the cultural and historic area of Ohrid, which have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1979 and 1980, respectively. Visit the Ancient Macedonian Theater of Ohrid and learn about its history from your guide. See the impressive Samoil’s Fortress, a fortification with foundations from the 4th century BC. Head to the Church of St. John at Kaneo and admire the picturesque architecture and spectacular scenic views. For an extra cost on the day, you can opt to take a boat tour of Lake Ohrid. You will also have some time for lunch (at your own expense). After exploring Ohrid, return to Skopje for drop-off at your original pickup point.

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 Tirana: Guided Day Trip to Ohrid with Transfer

3. From Tirana: Guided Day Trip to Ohrid with Transfer

Head to the border of North Macedonia to reach Ohrid. Discover the best of this ancient city with your guide. Ohrid is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its art, history, architecture, and nature. Begin your day trip with a hotel pickup in a comfortable air-conditioned ride. Explore your first stop in North Macedonia, the Samoil's Fortress. Learn about the rich history of the medieval fortress and the city. Take a turn to visit the Church of St. John, located on the cliff over Kaneo Beach. Enjoy amazing views of the city and Lake Ohrid from here. Make your way to the city center to enjoy the sights and sounds of the old bazaar. Take a leisurely stroll through the Mezokastro district. Step inside to the Monastery of St. Naum, an enchanting Byzantine-style building along Lake Ohrid. Make your journey back to Tirana memorable with a stop at the Albanian side of Lake Ohrid.

From Tirana: Shared Day Tour of Ohrid (minimum cap needed)

4. From Tirana: Shared Day Tour of Ohrid (minimum cap needed)

Join us on this Day Tour of Ohrid & Ohrid Lake to explore the best of UNESCO Sites, Astonishing Lake Views, local culture, and Food. During this Day Tour from Tirana, we will visit some of the ancients Orthodox Heritage of Ohrid. It is also called the “Balkans Jerusalem”. Explore also at its fullest the Ohrid Lake and its remarkable Natural resources. One of the best tours in North Macedonia. Tour Details According to a UNESCO article, the town of Ohrid is one of the Oldest Human Settlements in Europe. Furthermore, it lies on the shores of Ohrid, one of the oldest lakes in the world as well. In addition, it has been in centuries a crossway of different Cultures, traditions, and different invasions. Called the “Jerusalem of the Balkan”, Ohrid played a huge role in the spread of Slavic Orthodoxy. It has had 365 Churches, one per each day of the year and dating from the 11th Century.

Tour of Kosovo, Montenegro & N Macedonia in 3 Days

5. Tour of Kosovo, Montenegro & N Macedonia in 3 Days

Day 1 - Tirana - Kotor - Budva - Shkoder We will leave Tirana at 07:00 to head toward the North of the country. The North West of Albania is characterized by mainly a flat surface and it is one of the main trading and industrial areas of Albania. Passing through the historical city of Lezha we will be soon by the Buna river. Our tour of Montenegro continues driving further and leaving behind the Scadar Lake. The next stop will be Kotor. Situated in an unusual gulf, named after its name it has been a very important historical, strategic, and trading center. Founded around the 6th century BC, Kotor resembles an Open Book of history where you can spot different tracks and records from different periods of history. In our days most of the influence is from Venetian time, as for a good amount of time it was part of the Venetian Republic. The Old City is very charming. We will walk around the small squares, surrounded by typical quarters, and visit some of the Old City Highlights for their architecture, historical values, and style. Finishing the Tour of Kotor we will continue driving toward the southern part of Montenegro, along some of the picturesque Riviera and tiny rocky beaches. The city of Budva is also one of the most important tourist cities of Montenegro with a fascinating history, dating 2600 years ago. The tour of Budva continues in the Old Part of the city with some quick visits to the Roman Ruins and the Budva Fortress by the coast offering spectacular views. Leaving Montenegro we will return back to Albania, for the final stop of the day, Shkoder. Known as the Capital of the North, Shkodra is the biggest and the most developed center in the North of Albania. Day 2 - Shkoder - Prizren - Prishtina - Skopje Leaving Shkoder we will head toward Prizren. It is also called the Cultural Capital of Kosovo. Lied on both sides of the Bistrica River, under the Prizren’s Castle this city has played a major role in Albanian History and Politics. It is one of the most important buildings and political events of the 19th century in Albanian History. Pristina is the Capital of Kosovo and furthermore, the largest city at the same time. Habited since the Old Stone Age from the Vinča culture. City tour of Pristina to and visit at National Library, Cathedral, and the Old Neighborhoods of the city. Last stop of the Day, Skopje, overnight in Skopje. Day 3 - Tour of Skopje - Ohrid - Tirana According to a UNESCO article, the town of Ohrid is one of the Oldest Human Settlements in Europe. Furthermore, it lies on the shores of Ohrid, one of the oldest lakes in the world as well. In addition, it has been in centuries a crossway of different Cultures, traditions, and different invasions. Called the “Jerusalem of the Balkan”, Ohrid played a huge role in the spread of Slavic Orthodoxy. It has had 365 Churches, one per day of the year dating from the 11th Century. Tour of Ohrid and return to Tirana in latte afternoon.

From Skopje: Private Full-Day Guided Trip to Ohrid

6. 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

7. 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.

Visit the Balkans in 3 Days

8. Visit the Balkans in 3 Days

Day 1: Our exciting journey begins in Tirana, where we pick up travelers from their hotels. Our first stop is Prizren, the cultural capital of Kosovo, we visit landmarks like Sinan Pasha Mosque, Albanian League of Prizren building, Church of Our Lady of Ljeviš, and Prizren Fortress. After a delightful lunch, our journey proceeds to Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo, with highlights such as the Newborn Monument, Mother Teresa Square, Imperial Mosque, and National Library. Next, we head to Skopje, North Macedonia for an overnight stay. Day 2: After eating breakfast, you will start exploring sites like Skopje Fortress, Stone Bridge, Old Bazaar, and Mother Teresa Memorial House. After leaving Skopje our scenic drive takes us to Ohrid, known for its 365 churches, where we visit Church of Saint Sophia, Church of Saint John, Church of Saint Clement and Panteleimon, Samoil's Fortress, and more. Overnight in Ohrid. Day 3: After entering Albanian territories, we reach Berat, the "City of a Thousand Windows." At the castle, we explore Saint Mary of Blachernae Church, Church of the Holy Trinity, Water Cisterns, Red Mosque, and Constantine the Great Garden. A traditional Albanian lunch with a local family awaits us. Descending to Mangalemi neighborhood, we witness the well-preserved Ottoman-era architecture. Finally, we arrive in Durres, exploring spots like Durrës Amphitheatre, Venetian Tower, Durrës Castle, and the picturesque waterfront boulevard along the Adriatic Sea. Finally, we arrive in the last stop of our Balkan tour, Durres City. The city has a rich history that dates back to ancient times. Durrës was founded by Greek colonists in the 7th century BCE and later became an important center during Roman rule. The city has witnessed various periods of influence, including Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman. Durres marks the end of our Balkan tour, concluding with a return to Tirana.

From Tirana, Day Tour: UNESCO site Ohrid Lake

9. From Tirana, Day Tour: UNESCO site Ohrid Lake

We start our journey from Tirana to Lake Ohrid, one of the most enticing destinations in North Macedonia, considered one of the oldest human settlements in all of Europe. The city of Ohrid and Lake Ohrid have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1980. Lake Ohrid and its surroundings are inhabited by the Illyrian tribe of Enkelej. The lake was named by the Romans as "Lyhnidas" (Lake of Light). We will visit the famous view of the church of Saint John, the church of Saint Nicholas and the Halveti Hayati Teqe mosque. Ohrid became an important center for Orthodox believers during the Byzantine Empire and is famous for its 365 Orthodox churches, said to have one for every day of the year. During the Ottoman Empire the city grew in the hills and surrounding lakeside areas. The houses were built with a very specific architecture that created narrow streets, tunnels and small courtyards in the hilly terrain, making it possible for each house to have a good view of the lake. Today the city is famous for its architecture, churches, castle on top of the city, amphitheater, beautiful view of the lake surrounded by mountains and pearls from the lake. After this unique experience, we return to Tirana.

Ohrid city walking tour

10. Ohrid city walking tour

We start the tour from the central square “St. Clement of Ohrid”. Strolling through the narrow streets of the old town, the first stop we make is in front of the Cathedral church St. Sophia. Then we walk to the next stop – the Ancient Theatre from the 1st century BC. Exploring other local sites on the way, we will visit the church St. Holly Mother of God, Peribleptos, with unique frescoes from the 13th century. We will also visit the complex of Panteleimon Church, the St. Clement of Ohrid, as well as the Samoil Fortress. The last site we visit today is another 13th-century church of St. John the Evangelist (Kaneo).

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From Skopje: Ohrid Full-Day Trip with Guided Walking Tour

From Skopje: Ohrid Full-Day Trip with Guided Walking Tour

See the best of Ohrid in an economical way on this shared group day trip from Skopje. Take a walking tour with a local guide and discover Lake Ohrid, the Ancient Macedonian Theater of Ohrid, Samoil’s Fortress, and more. After heading to one of the pickup points in Skopje, board your transportation and let your driver whisk you off to Ohrid. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and explore Ohrid’s highlights on a guided walk. Marvel at the North Macedonian side of Lake Ohrid and the cultural and historic area of Ohrid, which have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1979 and 1980, respectively. Visit the Ancient Macedonian Theater of Ohrid and learn about its history from your guide. See the impressive Samoil’s Fortress, a fortification with foundations from the 4th century BC. Head to the Church of St. John at Kaneo and admire the picturesque architecture and spectacular scenic views. For an extra cost on the day, you can opt to take a boat tour of Lake Ohrid. You will also have some time for lunch (at your own expense). After exploring Ohrid, return to Skopje for drop-off at your original pickup point.

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 Tirana: Guided Day Trip to Ohrid with Transfer

From Tirana: Guided Day Trip to Ohrid with Transfer

Head to the border of North Macedonia to reach Ohrid. Discover the best of this ancient city with your guide. Ohrid is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its art, history, architecture, and nature. Begin your day trip with a hotel pickup in a comfortable air-conditioned ride. Explore your first stop in North Macedonia, the Samoil's Fortress. Learn about the rich history of the medieval fortress and the city. Take a turn to visit the Church of St. John, located on the cliff over Kaneo Beach. Enjoy amazing views of the city and Lake Ohrid from here. Make your way to the city center to enjoy the sights and sounds of the old bazaar. Take a leisurely stroll through the Mezokastro district. Step inside to the Monastery of St. Naum, an enchanting Byzantine-style building along Lake Ohrid. Make your journey back to Tirana memorable with a stop at the Albanian side of Lake Ohrid.

From Tirana: Shared Day Tour of Ohrid (minimum cap needed)

From Tirana: Shared Day Tour of Ohrid (minimum cap needed)

Join us on this Day Tour of Ohrid & Ohrid Lake to explore the best of UNESCO Sites, Astonishing Lake Views, local culture, and Food. During this Day Tour from Tirana, we will visit some of the ancients Orthodox Heritage of Ohrid. It is also called the “Balkans Jerusalem”. Explore also at its fullest the Ohrid Lake and its remarkable Natural resources. One of the best tours in North Macedonia. Tour Details According to a UNESCO article, the town of Ohrid is one of the Oldest Human Settlements in Europe. Furthermore, it lies on the shores of Ohrid, one of the oldest lakes in the world as well. In addition, it has been in centuries a crossway of different Cultures, traditions, and different invasions. Called the “Jerusalem of the Balkan”, Ohrid played a huge role in the spread of Slavic Orthodoxy. It has had 365 Churches, one per each day of the year and dating from the 11th Century.

Tour of Kosovo, Montenegro & N Macedonia in 3 Days

Tour of Kosovo, Montenegro & N Macedonia in 3 Days

Day 1 - Tirana - Kotor - Budva - Shkoder We will leave Tirana at 07:00 to head toward the North of the country. The North West of Albania is characterized by mainly a flat surface and it is one of the main trading and industrial areas of Albania. Passing through the historical city of Lezha we will be soon by the Buna river. Our tour of Montenegro continues driving further and leaving behind the Scadar Lake. The next stop will be Kotor. Situated in an unusual gulf, named after its name it has been a very important historical, strategic, and trading center. Founded around the 6th century BC, Kotor resembles an Open Book of history where you can spot different tracks and records from different periods of history. In our days most of the influence is from Venetian time, as for a good amount of time it was part of the Venetian Republic. The Old City is very charming. We will walk around the small squares, surrounded by typical quarters, and visit some of the Old City Highlights for their architecture, historical values, and style. Finishing the Tour of Kotor we will continue driving toward the southern part of Montenegro, along some of the picturesque Riviera and tiny rocky beaches. The city of Budva is also one of the most important tourist cities of Montenegro with a fascinating history, dating 2600 years ago. The tour of Budva continues in the Old Part of the city with some quick visits to the Roman Ruins and the Budva Fortress by the coast offering spectacular views. Leaving Montenegro we will return back to Albania, for the final stop of the day, Shkoder. Known as the Capital of the North, Shkodra is the biggest and the most developed center in the North of Albania. Day 2 - Shkoder - Prizren - Prishtina - Skopje Leaving Shkoder we will head toward Prizren. It is also called the Cultural Capital of Kosovo. Lied on both sides of the Bistrica River, under the Prizren’s Castle this city has played a major role in Albanian History and Politics. It is one of the most important buildings and political events of the 19th century in Albanian History. Pristina is the Capital of Kosovo and furthermore, the largest city at the same time. Habited since the Old Stone Age from the Vinča culture. City tour of Pristina to and visit at National Library, Cathedral, and the Old Neighborhoods of the city. Last stop of the Day, Skopje, overnight in Skopje. Day 3 - Tour of Skopje - Ohrid - Tirana According to a UNESCO article, the town of Ohrid is one of the Oldest Human Settlements in Europe. Furthermore, it lies on the shores of Ohrid, one of the oldest lakes in the world as well. In addition, it has been in centuries a crossway of different Cultures, traditions, and different invasions. Called the “Jerusalem of the Balkan”, Ohrid played a huge role in the spread of Slavic Orthodoxy. It has had 365 Churches, one per day of the year dating from the 11th Century. Tour of Ohrid and return to Tirana in latte 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.

Visit the Balkans in 3 Days

Visit the Balkans in 3 Days

Day 1: Our exciting journey begins in Tirana, where we pick up travelers from their hotels. Our first stop is Prizren, the cultural capital of Kosovo, we visit landmarks like Sinan Pasha Mosque, Albanian League of Prizren building, Church of Our Lady of Ljeviš, and Prizren Fortress. After a delightful lunch, our journey proceeds to Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo, with highlights such as the Newborn Monument, Mother Teresa Square, Imperial Mosque, and National Library. Next, we head to Skopje, North Macedonia for an overnight stay. Day 2: After eating breakfast, you will start exploring sites like Skopje Fortress, Stone Bridge, Old Bazaar, and Mother Teresa Memorial House. After leaving Skopje our scenic drive takes us to Ohrid, known for its 365 churches, where we visit Church of Saint Sophia, Church of Saint John, Church of Saint Clement and Panteleimon, Samoil's Fortress, and more. Overnight in Ohrid. Day 3: After entering Albanian territories, we reach Berat, the "City of a Thousand Windows." At the castle, we explore Saint Mary of Blachernae Church, Church of the Holy Trinity, Water Cisterns, Red Mosque, and Constantine the Great Garden. A traditional Albanian lunch with a local family awaits us. Descending to Mangalemi neighborhood, we witness the well-preserved Ottoman-era architecture. Finally, we arrive in Durres, exploring spots like Durrës Amphitheatre, Venetian Tower, Durrës Castle, and the picturesque waterfront boulevard along the Adriatic Sea. Finally, we arrive in the last stop of our Balkan tour, Durres City. The city has a rich history that dates back to ancient times. Durrës was founded by Greek colonists in the 7th century BCE and later became an important center during Roman rule. The city has witnessed various periods of influence, including Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman. Durres marks the end of our Balkan tour, concluding with a return to Tirana.

From Tirana, Day Tour: UNESCO site Ohrid Lake

From Tirana, Day Tour: UNESCO site Ohrid Lake

We start our journey from Tirana to Lake Ohrid, one of the most enticing destinations in North Macedonia, considered one of the oldest human settlements in all of Europe. The city of Ohrid and Lake Ohrid have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1980. Lake Ohrid and its surroundings are inhabited by the Illyrian tribe of Enkelej. The lake was named by the Romans as "Lyhnidas" (Lake of Light). We will visit the famous view of the church of Saint John, the church of Saint Nicholas and the Halveti Hayati Teqe mosque. Ohrid became an important center for Orthodox believers during the Byzantine Empire and is famous for its 365 Orthodox churches, said to have one for every day of the year. During the Ottoman Empire the city grew in the hills and surrounding lakeside areas. The houses were built with a very specific architecture that created narrow streets, tunnels and small courtyards in the hilly terrain, making it possible for each house to have a good view of the lake. Today the city is famous for its architecture, churches, castle on top of the city, amphitheater, beautiful view of the lake surrounded by mountains and pearls from the lake. After this unique experience, we return to Tirana.

Ohrid city walking tour

Ohrid city walking tour

We start the tour from the central square “St. Clement of Ohrid”. Strolling through the narrow streets of the old town, the first stop we make is in front of the Cathedral church St. Sophia. Then we walk to the next stop – the Ancient Theatre from the 1st century BC. Exploring other local sites on the way, we will visit the church St. Holly Mother of God, Peribleptos, with unique frescoes from the 13th century. We will also visit the complex of Panteleimon Church, the St. Clement of Ohrid, as well as the Samoil Fortress. The last site we visit today is another 13th-century church of St. John the Evangelist (Kaneo).

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The local guide was very nice, conveyed all the information with enthusiasm and aroused the participants' interest in the city's history, culture and people throughout the ages. The walk was well planned around the old part of the city with different elements of content and offered the possibility of additional choices of extra experiences at the participants' own expense. I thank you for the experience and recommend for anyone willing to travel 170 km round trip for a very memorable day trip.

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 learnt a lot about the city of old town during a pleasant walk around it. Daniel was friendly and answered all our questions. The whole experience was not only following a professional guide to check out historical spots around -- it was also hearing the stories of the land from a local know-it-all who deeply and proudly loves his hometown.

Excellent tour. Beautiful sites, with excellent guide and good safe driver.

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