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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.

Ohrid: Monastery Winery Tour and Wine Tasting

2. Ohrid: Monastery Winery Tour and Wine Tasting

There is not a single household in the Ohrid region that does not make wine. There seems to be a special particle for winemaking curved into the people here. Like everyone else, we were also making delicious wines at home and sharing them with friends and family. After years of making and tasting, receiving compliments and praises, we decided to share our handmade wines with the world. We founded our small winery in 2019 and since then we’ve been making around 10.000 bottles of wine per year. Our process remains the same, call it primordial if you will, we haven’t changed a thing. We carefully handpick every single grape and give our utmost attention to all the processes that follow. We listen and let the wine tell us what it needs. And every year, every barrel even, has its own twist and story. When we drink and speak about our wines we refer to them as works of art. Every barrel with wine undergoes distinct influences and is altered by different elements so naturally they have different art tendency and style. Some of them are pure red Romanticism, others are as accurately tasty as Realism. While a couple of them are so good they’ll make you feel like you are born a new, and you guessed it they are part of our Renaissance collection. During the wine tasting, the guide will explain the traditional philosophy and criteria behind the making of our vintages. A well explained visit at the monastery of St. Cosmas and Damian is also included in the trip, along with a walk around the winery and cellar. Organized transfer from your accommodation to the winery and back is included in the tour price.

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

3. 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.

From Tirana: North Macedonia, Lake Ohrid and Saint Naum Tour

4. From Tirana: North Macedonia, Lake Ohrid and Saint Naum Tour

Discover Europe's second oldest lake that borders the southwestern part of North Macedonia and eastern Albania. Drive along Lake Ohrid which inspired NASA in 2010 to name Titan's lakes after it, and its unforgettable serenity no matter what season you book your tour! One of Balkan's best kept secrets maintains its picturesque identity thanks to being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979, with its Albanian side also being designated world heritage status in 2019. We will depart from your Tirana hotel early in the morning with an air-conditioned vehicle, tracing the same itinerary as the Romans did, when they traveled towards the Constandinopole. We will have a quick coffee break by the Shkumbin River (15 minutes), prior to reaching the Albanian-North Macedonia border - two hours after leaving the capital of Tirana. In our full-day tour we will first visit the Ohrid city once known as "Jerusalem of the Balkans" for having 365 churches, one for each day of the year. Tourism is predominant in this pristine old town which is one of only 28 sites worldwide that is part of UNESCO's World Heritage as both a Cultural and Natural site. The first mention of Ohrid was 2,400 years before the new era, when the town was called Lychnidos, probably meaning "city of light" or literally "a precious stone that emits light". We will walk were Via Egnatia road once passed - the most significant Roman traffic route of the Balkans, and visit the Ancient Macedonian Theatre of Ohrid, the Church of Saint John the Theologian, and the Byzantine Church of Holy Mary Perybleptos build in 1295 and renown for its elaborate wall murals. There will also be a chance to find among the well preserved cable stones windy roads, original freshwater pearls jewelry that are locally made - a perfect gift for your loved ones. In those three hours, there will be pleanty of time to explore the Old Town and take in its breathtaking panoramas. You will also have the chance to take fantastic photos and enjoy local food and free time, prior to heading to the quiet and magnificent Saint Naum Monastery. We can stop briefly at the Bay of Bones Museum - a reconstructed village of stilt houses that displays Bronze & Iron Age items recovered from Lake Ohrid. You can take photos, and if you wish to visit it - there will be 30 minutes time, but tickets are not included. Then we will have one hour time to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of The Monastery of Saint Naum, an Eastern Orthodox monastery named after the medieval Bulgarian writer and enlightener Saint Naum, who founded it in 905. St. Naum of Ohrid who is buried in the church was one of the Seven Apostles of the First Bulgarian Empire, and is associated with the creation of the Cyrillic script. Following the visit to this iconic destination that still operates as a school, we will head back to the Albanian border in late afternoon, and then you will be dropped off in the Tirana hotel that you were picked up from.

Full-Day Tour of Ohrid from Skopje

5. Full-Day Tour of Ohrid from Skopje

This tour takes you to the city Ohrid from Skopje. The drive from Skopje to Ohrid takes about 2 hours. Upon arrival in Ohrid you"ll start the tour with a visit to the church of St. Sophia,  which dates back to the 11th century. The you'll go up to the Roman amphitheatre, which dates back to the 3rd century B.C. Afterwards, you will continue walking to the Icon Gallery, home to 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, or the Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious, which dates back to the 13th century and possesses some of the most beautiful and valuable frescoes from the 13th century not only in this country but in the whole of the Balkans. After that you will carry on walking to Tsar Samoil’s Fortress, named after the first tsar of the Macedonian Slavs, who, having conquered Byzantium, brought most of Macedonia under his rule. Then you will walk to Plaoshnik, where you will visit the newly built St. Clement’s Monastery Church. Dedicated to St. Clement - the patron of Ohrid - and St. Panteleimon, it stands beside the original site of St. Clement’s University, the first university of the Macedonian Slavs, founded in the 9th century A.D. 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 you will 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 you will go back to the town on foot. Another option is to return to the town by boat and at the same time make a tour of the lake providing you with a great view of the town. After a short break, you will return to Skopje.

Skopje Airport taxi

6. Skopje Airport taxi

Skopje Airport Taxi - from/to all hotel in Skopje we offer transfers to the Skopje Airport - Skopje Airport arrivals; 1. Clients will be met at arrival hall with a personalized sign with they names. 2. We provide full luggage assistance. 3. Clients will have full assistance until they reach the hotel reception desk. Departures to Skopje Airport; 1. Clients will be met in the hotel reception area at a prearranged time. 2. Upon the arrival at the airport, the clients will be dropped off at front terminal building. We transfer client to also to all addres in Skopje, Ohrid or other cities in Macedonia including Pristina, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Belgrade

Tirana: Lake and Town Ohrid Day Trip

7. 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

8. 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)

9. 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.

Tirana to Ohrid Discovery: A Full-Day Balkan Adventure

10. Tirana to Ohrid Discovery: A Full-Day Balkan Adventure

Embark on an exclusive day trip to Ohrid, North Macedonia, from Tirana. Immerse yourself in the rich history, cultural treasures, and natural beauty of this enchanting destination. With the flexibility of a private tour, explore Ohrid Old Town, visit the iconic St Naum Monastery, and experience the tranquil charm of Pogradec Itinerary: Hotel Pickup: Your day begins with a convenient pickup from your Tirana hotel, ensuring a seamless start to your private Ohrid adventure. Ohrid Old Town & Castle: Explore the charming Old Town of Ohrid, with its cobblestone streets, historic churches, and a medieval castle offering panoramic views. St Naum Monastery Visit: Embark on a scenic journey to St Naum Monastery, a cultural and natural oasis on the shores of Lake Ohrid. Visit Pogradec: Continue to Pogradec, where red-roofed homes create a tranquil atmosphere. Engage with local traditions and enjoy the serene beauty of this lakeside community. Customized Exploration: Take advantage of the flexibility to customize the latter part of your tour, tailoring it to your interests and preferences. Return Journey to Tirana: As the day concludes, board your private transportation for a comfortable return journey to Tirana. Flexible Drop-Off: Conclude your Ohrid adventure with a drop-off at your Tirana hotel or a central location. Enjoy the convenience of a personalized experience, leaving you with cherished memories of a day filled with cultural discoveries and natural splendor. Inclusions: All Fees and Taxes Border Crossing Fee Private Transportation Note: Your private day trip concludes with a flexible drop-off, providing you the freedom to further explore Tirana or relax at your accommodation. Customize your experience and savor the memories of an exclusive journey into the heart of Ohrid.

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4.8
(49 reviews)

Zeni was an absolutely amazing guide. He picked us up directly from our Airbnb and dropped us off at a restaurant of our choosing at the end of the day. Zeni is a kind knowledgeable man who’s born and bread Tiranian full of local knowledge and took great pride in explaining all things Albanian AND north Macedonia. A true local. Zeni really took the time to make us feel relaxed and was helpful at all times (simply asked for a loo break and we got it) ZenI has perfect English and thinks and speaks in English which is brilliant and helpful as some of our other guides didn’t have the best English. I’d rate this beautiful day trip out to anybody and couldn’t recommend Zeni enough

This was a great trip, the driver promptly met us outside of our Airbnb right before the scheduled time. Smooth quiet 0200 ride to the airport. The company was very accommodating when I messaged about needing a ride to the airport instead of from. This calmed our nerves about trying to get a taxi at two in the morning since it was planned and paid for. 10/10 would recommend this option for anybody visiting the city!

Great experience! Very good wine and delicious Macedonian tapas! Good introduction about the wines and also detailed history about North Macedonia and Ohrid. If you want a taste of the local cuisine and wine you should definitely try this experience.

Excellent day trip. The Lake Ohrid region of North Macedonia is beautiful. The tour was a bit demanding physically but it was worth all the walking up and down the town for the amazing sights and views. Excellent tour guides Ilir and Mustafah.

Perfect! Clean vehicle, perfect on time, nice driver. Very good available by whatsapp! It’s a recommendation to book your transfer from/ to airport or excursions with them!