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Tirana: Lake and Town Ohrid Day Trip

1. 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

2. 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.

Private day tour of Ohrid North Macedonia from Tirana

3. Private day tour of Ohrid North Macedonia from Tirana

Departing Tirana at sunrise, we set sail towards the South-East of Albania. Upon entering into the Macedonian border, the first settlement encountered is Struga, a city often revered for its association with an ancient folktale about a young boy. Next to Struga lies the city of Ohrid, where for centuries the cradle of different cultures converges together. Founded from the presence of Ilirain and Greek tribes, throughout its history it has been subject to the influence of various empires - from the Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian, Turkish, Serbian, Yugoslavian and finally, as part of the Independent Republic of North Macedonia. Perched atop the hills of the city, Ohrid has been standing since the rule of Bulgarian Tsar Samuil in the 10th Century. Before walking uphill to the fortress we can visit the Ancient Theatre of Ohrid, the only Hellenistic-type theatre in the country built in 200 BC. The open theatre has a perfect location: the two hills that surround it keep it protected from winds that could interfere with acoustics during performances. Perched atop the precipice of Kaneo Beach, facing Lake Ohrid in the ancient city of Ohrid, North Macedonia stands a majestic church devoted to John of Patmos, the author of Revelation, who some believe to be the esteemed John the Apostle. enture to the City center and the venerable Old Bazaar area, where we can observe the traditional dwellings of Ohrid. Much of the city is laid with Stone, explaining why it was initially known as Lyhnidas, derived from Latin (an exquisite gemstone radiating brightness). After our reverent visit to Ohrid, we shall venture to the illustrious Monastery of Sveti Naum. This revered place of worship is where the blessed St. Naum is laid to rest. People from lands far and wide gather here to pay tribute to their faith. Notably, the Monastery Complex was part of the Albanian border from 1912-1925, until it was subsequently returned to Yugoslavia. Continuing our pilgrimage, we shall make our way to the quaint town of Tushemisht, which holds many resemblances to the holy city of Ohrid, given its resounding adherence to the Eastern Orthodox faith We can enjoy a meal by the Ohrid Lake in the Albanian part. You will have the chance to try the local unique fish Koran, a type of fish in the trout family found nowhere else in the world but The Ohrid Lake. 

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.

From Skopje: Private Full-Day Guided Trip to Ohrid

5. 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.

Private One Day Tour of Ohrid from Tirana

6. Private One Day Tour of Ohrid from Tirana

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.

Explore OHRID: Private Full-Day Tour from Tirana & Durres

7. Explore OHRID: Private Full-Day Tour from Tirana & Durres

Embark on a captivating full-day excursion from Durres at 7:00 am and Tirana at 8:00 am, immersing yourself in the cultural tapestry and natural splendor of Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our journey begins with a scenic drive through the picturesque landscapes of Elbasan and Librazhd, tracing the path alongside the tranquil Shkumbini River. As we approach the border of Qafe Thane, our knowledgeable guide will offer fascinating insights into the region's history, geography, and biodiversity, setting the stage for an enriching day ahead. Arriving in Ohrid City, you'll step into a world steeped in centuries of history and tradition. Explore the labyrinthine lanes of the Old Bazaar, where vibrant stalls brim with local crafts, spices, and souvenirs, providing a glimpse into daily life in this ancient city. Marvel at the architectural marvels of the Church of Saint John the Theologian, a masterpiece of Byzantine artistry adorned with intricate frescoes and stunning mosaics. Learn about Ohrid's diverse population, spanning various ethnicities and religions, and discover how its rich cultural heritage has shaped the city's identity over the centuries. Next, we'll delve into the mesmerizing history of Ohrid as we wander through its charming streets, lined with well-preserved medieval buildings and Ottoman-era architecture. Take in panoramic views of the shimmering waters of Lake Ohrid, whose crystalline depths have enchanted visitors for generations. Learn about the lake's ecological significance and its role as a haven for endemic species, offering a sanctuary for biodiversity in the heart of the Balkans. Continuing our journey, we'll cross over to Pogradec on the Albanian side of Lake Ohrid, where a leisurely stroll along the bustling promenade awaits. Absorb the laid-back atmosphere as you soak in the sights and sounds of local life, perhaps stopping to sample traditional Albanian delicacies or browse the waterfront shops for unique souvenirs. As the day draws to a close, we'll bid farewell to the serene shores of Lake Ohrid and embark on our return journey to Durres and Tirana, reflecting on the unforgettable memories created during our exploration of this cultural gem nestled between the mountains and the lake.

Ohrid Wine Tasting Boat Cruise - Unlimited Wine

8. Ohrid Wine Tasting Boat Cruise - Unlimited Wine

Embark on an unforgettable 1 hour journey through the world of wine on our exclusive Wine Tasting Cruise on Boat. Glide along picturesque waters, surrounded by stunning landscapes of historic Ohrid, while tasting the finest selection of wines from local vineyards. Let the gentle sway of the boat enhance the flavors and aromas as you savor each sip, guided by our expert captain who will unveil the secrets of each vintage. Enjoy every moment on board as a memorable escape from the ordinary! You will taste 4 different white, rose and red wines paired with a platter of local cheeses. You can drink unlimited quantity of wine in one hour time during the boat ride.

Ohrid city walking tour

9. 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).

Ohrid - Walking tour

10. 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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St. John the Theologian Church: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

Private day tour of Ohrid North Macedonia from Tirana

Private day tour of Ohrid North Macedonia from Tirana

Departing Tirana at sunrise, we set sail towards the South-East of Albania. Upon entering into the Macedonian border, the first settlement encountered is Struga, a city often revered for its association with an ancient folktale about a young boy. Next to Struga lies the city of Ohrid, where for centuries the cradle of different cultures converges together. Founded from the presence of Ilirain and Greek tribes, throughout its history it has been subject to the influence of various empires - from the Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian, Turkish, Serbian, Yugoslavian and finally, as part of the Independent Republic of North Macedonia. Perched atop the hills of the city, Ohrid has been standing since the rule of Bulgarian Tsar Samuil in the 10th Century. Before walking uphill to the fortress we can visit the Ancient Theatre of Ohrid, the only Hellenistic-type theatre in the country built in 200 BC. The open theatre has a perfect location: the two hills that surround it keep it protected from winds that could interfere with acoustics during performances. Perched atop the precipice of Kaneo Beach, facing Lake Ohrid in the ancient city of Ohrid, North Macedonia stands a majestic church devoted to John of Patmos, the author of Revelation, who some believe to be the esteemed John the Apostle. enture to the City center and the venerable Old Bazaar area, where we can observe the traditional dwellings of Ohrid. Much of the city is laid with Stone, explaining why it was initially known as Lyhnidas, derived from Latin (an exquisite gemstone radiating brightness). After our reverent visit to Ohrid, we shall venture to the illustrious Monastery of Sveti Naum. This revered place of worship is where the blessed St. Naum is laid to rest. People from lands far and wide gather here to pay tribute to their faith. Notably, the Monastery Complex was part of the Albanian border from 1912-1925, until it was subsequently returned to Yugoslavia. Continuing our pilgrimage, we shall make our way to the quaint town of Tushemisht, which holds many resemblances to the holy city of Ohrid, given its resounding adherence to the Eastern Orthodox faith We can enjoy a meal by the Ohrid Lake in the Albanian part. You will have the chance to try the local unique fish Koran, a type of fish in the trout family found nowhere else in the world but The Ohrid Lake. 

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.

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.

Private One Day Tour of Ohrid from Tirana

Private One Day Tour of Ohrid from Tirana

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.

Explore OHRID: Private Full-Day Tour from Tirana & Durres

Explore OHRID: Private Full-Day Tour from Tirana & Durres

Embark on a captivating full-day excursion from Durres at 7:00 am and Tirana at 8:00 am, immersing yourself in the cultural tapestry and natural splendor of Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our journey begins with a scenic drive through the picturesque landscapes of Elbasan and Librazhd, tracing the path alongside the tranquil Shkumbini River. As we approach the border of Qafe Thane, our knowledgeable guide will offer fascinating insights into the region's history, geography, and biodiversity, setting the stage for an enriching day ahead. Arriving in Ohrid City, you'll step into a world steeped in centuries of history and tradition. Explore the labyrinthine lanes of the Old Bazaar, where vibrant stalls brim with local crafts, spices, and souvenirs, providing a glimpse into daily life in this ancient city. Marvel at the architectural marvels of the Church of Saint John the Theologian, a masterpiece of Byzantine artistry adorned with intricate frescoes and stunning mosaics. Learn about Ohrid's diverse population, spanning various ethnicities and religions, and discover how its rich cultural heritage has shaped the city's identity over the centuries. Next, we'll delve into the mesmerizing history of Ohrid as we wander through its charming streets, lined with well-preserved medieval buildings and Ottoman-era architecture. Take in panoramic views of the shimmering waters of Lake Ohrid, whose crystalline depths have enchanted visitors for generations. Learn about the lake's ecological significance and its role as a haven for endemic species, offering a sanctuary for biodiversity in the heart of the Balkans. Continuing our journey, we'll cross over to Pogradec on the Albanian side of Lake Ohrid, where a leisurely stroll along the bustling promenade awaits. Absorb the laid-back atmosphere as you soak in the sights and sounds of local life, perhaps stopping to sample traditional Albanian delicacies or browse the waterfront shops for unique souvenirs. As the day draws to a close, we'll bid farewell to the serene shores of Lake Ohrid and embark on our return journey to Durres and Tirana, reflecting on the unforgettable memories created during our exploration of this cultural gem nestled between the mountains and the lake.

Ohrid Wine Tasting Boat Cruise - Unlimited Wine

Ohrid Wine Tasting Boat Cruise - Unlimited Wine

Embark on an unforgettable 1 hour journey through the world of wine on our exclusive Wine Tasting Cruise on Boat. Glide along picturesque waters, surrounded by stunning landscapes of historic Ohrid, while tasting the finest selection of wines from local vineyards. Let the gentle sway of the boat enhance the flavors and aromas as you savor each sip, guided by our expert captain who will unveil the secrets of each vintage. Enjoy every moment on board as a memorable escape from the ordinary! You will taste 4 different white, rose and red wines paired with a platter of local cheeses. You can drink unlimited quantity of wine in one hour time during the boat ride.

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).

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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3.5
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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.

A fantastically interesting day, beautiful landscape, and learning lots about a country I did not know much about. Also enjoyed spending the day with a young Albanian guide who provided professional information about history and culture of North Macedonia, but for me more interesting stories from everyday live. Thank you!

Fantastic day trip to this gorgeous town. And our guide Flori really took good care of us. Thank you!

Absolutely amazing trip, so much natural beauty to be seen. Would definitely recommend!

Giulio my guide was excellent, very informative, knowledgeable and humourous