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From Skopje: Private Full-Day Tour of Ohrid and Saint Naum

1. From Skopje: Private Full-Day Tour of Ohrid and Saint Naum

Starting from Skopje, the tour begins with a 2-hour drive to Ohrid. Visit the church of Saint Sophia and the Roman amphitheater. Explore the Icon Gallery, to discover some of the most famous and valuable icons in the world. Then see the beautiful frescoes at the 13th century Saint Clement’s Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious. After this, continue to Tsar Samuel’s Fortress, named after the first tsar of the Macedonian Slavs. Then head to the Church of Saint Jovan at Kaneo, in a stunning location on the cliffs directly above the lake. From here, return to the town on foot or by boat. After a little break, visit the Bay of Bones Neolithic settlement to see how life was lived in 1,200 B.C. Continue along the picturesque lakeshore to the Monastery of Saint Naum, situated where the river Black Drin flows into Lake Ohrid. The springs at Saint Naum are part of the National Park Galicica. In the chapel of the church is the tomb of Saint Naum, with frescoes of his life and his miracles. Return to Skopje at the end of the tour.

From Skopje: Private Full-Day Trip to Bitola

2. From Skopje: Private Full-Day Trip to Bitola

Your driver/ guide will pick you up from your hotel or any location of your preference in Skopje, and then take you by comfortable air-conditioned car or minivan to Bitola. In about less than 3-hours driving, as a first stop in Bitola and an introduction to the city’s history, you will be able to visit and learn about the ancient settlement Heraclea Lyncestis and the well-preserved floor mosaics, fine examples of early Christian art. After visiting Heraclea, driving by the City Park, your driver/ guide will transfer you to the City Museum from where you will enjoy a walking tour through Shirok Sokak, among the nice colorful romantic and neoclassical buildings, housing cafes and restaurants, with time to taste some local bites or just relax with a coffee and people watching. The tour will further continue through the sites to the Old Bazaar, finishing at the Green Market, where you won’t miss the chance to buy a “pepper necklace” or some of the fresh, organic and seasonal products. Transfer back to your hotel or any location of your preference in Skopje.

Tirana: 3-Day Trip to Ohrid and Lake

3. Tirana: 3-Day Trip to Ohrid and Lake

Experience idyllic scenery, enjoy great food and immerse yourself in local culture on this journey through the towns and villages of Albania and North Macedonia. Day 1: Start your trip with convenient hotel pickup in Tirana, and board your luxury coach to start your journey. After a short drive, stretch your legs at your first stop in the city of Elbasan. Admire old Ottoman houses and Turkish baths, and walk the tiny streets in the shadow of its castle. Visit the lakeside city of Struga in your next step, and see its famous Cave Churches and monastery complex. Enjoy lunch on the water before traveling on to your hotel in Ohrid. Enjoy a free evening and explore the city's historic old town at your leisure. Day 2: Start your day in Ohrid with an inclusive breakfast, before joining a walking tour of city, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step inside the magnificent Church of Saint Sophia and witness a hand paper-making demonstration at the National Workshop. Continue your tour with a walk along the 4th-century walls of Samuel’s Fortress. Take in the Hellenistic-style Ancient Theater, and admire panoramic views of the lake and mountains from the cliff-top Church of Saint John at Kaneo. Feel free to take advantage of other activities which your dedicated tour director can arrange, including a boat tour or wine tasting. Enjoy some more free time for your final night in Ohrid. Day 3: Say goodbye to the lake with a delicious breakfast and a trip to the Bay of Bones Museum, a prehistoric settlement featuring fascinating bronze and stone age artifacts. Explore the medieval Monastery at Saint Naum, with its intricate frescoes and resident peacocks, before heading to the border at Pogradec. Enjoy a traditional Albanian lunch, before returning to Tirana and the end of your trip.

From Tirana: Day Trip to Korca, Pogradec and Ohrid Lake

4. From Tirana: Day Trip to Korca, Pogradec and Ohrid Lake

Venture into the heart of southeast Albania on this day trip from Tirana. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Drilon Natural park on Ohrid lake and take in the unique architecture in the cities of Korca and Pogradec, and the charming village of Tushemisht. Have your guide pick you up from your location in Tirana and relax in a comfortable vehicle on the way to Korca, which is close to the border with Greece. Stop at the Old Bazaar which was first established 500 years ago and has Ottoman and Roman-style buildings. Head to the tree-lined Pedestrian Boulevard and pass by shops and cafes. Admire the architecture of the main Orthodox Cathedral which was built just after the communist period. Uncover the history of how the city had the first Albanian school and was once a flourishing trade center. Visit Drilon Natural park to take in the greenery before continuing to Korca. Continue to the hillside city of Pogradec which is by the shores of Ohrid lake. Go to Drilon, a park with willow trees and swamps, which has been the poetic muse of many poets and artists. Travel to the village of Tushemisht which is mainly inhabited by Orthodox Albanians. Experience the unique culture of this village and see how the streams cross through the village. Hear about its part in Albanian cinematography. Make your way to the city of Pogradec to see the old town where some traditional architecture is still preserved. Combine the old with the new as you view the modern part of the city and take some time to take in views of the lake before returning to Tirana.

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.

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