Ohrid

Ohrid is a city on the eastern shore of Lake Ohrid in the Republic of Macedonia. It has about 55,700 inhabitants. It is the seat of Ohrid municipality.

The town is notable for having once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and is referred to as the Macedonian Jerusalem. The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments, and tourism is predominant. In 1980, Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were accepted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The main tourist attraction are Samoil's Fortress, The Ancient Theatre, churches (St.John the Theologian - Kaneo, Holy Virgin Peribleptos with Gallery of Icons, St. Sofia, St. Nahum, St.Pantaleimon - Plaosnik), houses of Robevci (National museum) and Grigor Prlicev and of course Ohrid lake where is happened Ohrid marathon.

Ohrid summer festival is very popular cultural event.

2012EXCURSIONS:
Children ages 4-14 years old are -50% of the adult’s rates and minimum pax can be negotiated in the destination, so that the tours are profitable for both.


OHRID CITY TOUR – MIN PAX – 15

9.00-9.20 Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the city center
9.20 Start from the central sguare St. Clement of Ohrid
9.40-10.15 The Church of St. Sophia (from outside)
The church of St. Sofia is one of the largest medieval churches on this territory. For a long time it was the cathedral church ("Great Church") of the Ohrid Archiepiscopate whose ecclesiastical authority covered the territories up to the river Danube to the north, the Albanian coast to the west, and the Bay of Thessalonica to the east.
11.00-11.30 St. Mother of God Perivleptos (the entrance is included)
The existing church of St. Clement, built in 1295 and named St. Bogorodica Perivleptos (Mother of God the Most Glorious), is a completely preserved medieval monument located in Ohrid, famous for its extraordinary architecture and fresco paintings.
11.40-12.00 St. Clement's monastery "St. Pantheleimon" (we get in)

St. Clement's monastery "St. Pantheleimon" is located at Plaosnik (known as Imaret during the Ottoman times), southwards from the Samuel Fortress. This monastery is the oldest Slavic monument of culture. It had an extremely important role in the education of the Macedonians
during the period of strong influence of the Byzantine Empire. St. Clement of Ohrid is paton and protector of the town and the Macedonian Orthodox Church.
12.00-12.25 Coffee break at the St. Pantheleimon café (doesn’t include in price)
12.35-12.50 The church of St John the Theologian – Kaneo (the entrance is optional, 2 Eur per person)
Located on the southwestern side of the hill surmounting Lake Ohrid is the church dedicated to St. John the Theologian - Kaneo. It is not certain when it was built and fresco painted. However, a document about the church property suggests that it was built before 1447.
12.50-13.00 Return back from the St. Kaneo church to the City Harbour by small boats
13.00-14.00 Free time in the city. Optional: Visit the old crafts of the town – the way of producing original Ohrid pearls shop, woodcraft shop, handmade paper shop (one of the two replicas of the Gutenberg’s presses from 15 century.
14.00-14.15 Return to the hotels.

Price per person -    from 12 euro                                                                         

Price include:
Transfers Htl-S.Centre-Htl, Local profesional Guide, Entry fees for St. Holly Mother of God, small boats Kaneo - center.

The rates guaranteed high quality and high professionalism.

 

ST. NAUM BY BOAT – MIN PAX – 30

10.00-10.30 Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the city center
11.00 Sailing to st. Naum
11.40 Sightseeing of the Museum on Wather (Bay of Bones museum Ohrid)
09.30.-10.00  Visit of the Museum on Wather (Bay of Bones museum Ohrid)
12.10-12.40 Sightseeing of the monastery of St. Naum of Ohrid (entrance)
Visit the monastery of St. Naum.
The monastery of St. Naum is located on the southeast side of Lake Ohrid, in the immediate vicinity of the Macedonian-Albanian border. Its building is linked to the name of St. Naum, the closest associate of St. Clement of Ohrid. Records about the life and work of St. Naum can be found in three literature works dedicated to his life. Also the Archbishop of Ohrid, Constantine Cavassila, wrote about him.  In the Historical Archives of Ohrid there is a Chronicle written by a priest that lived in the second half of XIX century. It reveals a series of interesting details about the construction of the monastery, the estate of the church, and the lives of the monks. Among other things, there is a record about a disastrous fire that occurred on the night of 2nd and 3rd February 1875, when the largest part of the monastery compound was burnt to ashes.
12.45-13.10 Coffee break
13.10-13.50 Boat trip in the Black Drim Springs
14.00-15.30 Lunch
15.30-17.00 Free time
18.30-19.00 Transfer from the monastery St. Naum to the hotels

Price per person -    from 30 euro with lunch,   20 euro without lunch                       

Price include:
Transfers Htl-St.Naum-Htl, RT boat tickets to St. Naum, Local profesional Guide, Entry fees for St. Naum, Boat trip in the Black Drim Springs, Coffee break

The rates guaranteed high quality and high professionalism.

 

ST.NAUM BY BUS - MIN PAX – 15

9.00 Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the Museum on Wather (Bay of Bones museum Ohrid)
9.30.-10.00  Visit of the Museum on Wather (Bay of Bones museum Ohrid)
Ohrid was enriched with another cultural and historical landmark as well as with a tourist attraction - Museum on Water - an exceptional archaeological complex, which is one of a kind in the region.
On the southern coast of Gradiste Peninsula in the Bay of Bones, a pile-dwelling settlement has been erected, which in the past was spreading at a total surface of 8.500 m2. It is an authentic reconstruction of a part of the pile-dwelling settlement, dating back between 1200 and 700 BC.
10.00-10.30 Transfer from the Museum on Wather to the monastery of St. Naum of Ohrid
10.30-11.00 Visit the monastery of St. Naum of Ohrid. The monastery of St. Naum is located on the southeast side of Lake Ohrid, in the immediate vicinity of the Macedonian-Albanian border. Its building is linked to the name of St. Naum, the closest associate of St. Clement of Ohrid. Records about the life and work of St. Naum can be found in three literature works dedicated to his life. Also the Archbishop of Ohrid, Constantine Cavassila, wrote about him.  In the Historical Archives of Ohrid there is a Chronicle written by a priest that lived in the second half of XIX century. It reveals a series of interesting details about the construction of the monastery, the estate of the church, and the lives of the monks. Among other things, there is a record about a disastrous fire that occurred on the night of 2nd and 3rd February 1875, when the largest part of the monastery compound was burnt to ashes.
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.00 Boat trip in the Black Drim Springs
12.00-13.00 Free time
13.00-14.30 Lunch break
14.30-15.30 Transfer from the monastery St. Naum to the hotels

Price per person -    from 27 euro with lunch,   17 euro without lunch                       

Price include:
Transfers Htl-St.Naum-Htl, Local profesional Guide, Entry fees, Boat trip in the Black Drim Springs, Lunch

The rates guaranteed high quality and high professionalism.

 

STRUGA AND VILLAGE TOUR – MIN PAX – 15

15.00 Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the town Struga
15.30-16.00 Sightseeing of Struga, Park of Poetry, Bridge of Poetry, Brother Miladinov Street, With these resources it attracts tourists domestically and abroad. Struga Poetry Evenings have contributed to the cultural growth of Macedonia for over four decades. Over 3,000 poets from over 80 countries around the world have performed here during the festival.
16.00-16.25 Coffee break
16.25-17.00 Transfer from Struga to the Cave Church – Kalista, sightseeing
Cave church of St. Mary in the Kalista is another area of cave churches on the shore of Ohrid Lake. Built is 14th century. In the rock in which the church is located three monastir cells, two of the first floor and one second.
17.00-17.20 Visit the Cave Church – Kalista
17.30-18.00 Transfer from the Cave Church – Kalista to the village Vevcani
18.00-19.00 Sightseeing of the springs of Vevcani and the village
These springs are among the most rare pseudoperiodic siphon springs in the Republic of Macedonia. Springs are located on the eastern slopes of Jablanica Mountain, near the village of Vevcani, at 900 meters above the sea level. The main spring situated into the hole of a cave, illusory drains during summer months. At about ten meters lower, there are several permanent springs connected underground to the main spring. The aboundancy of Vevcani springs in wet periods of the year amounts at around 1500 l/sec.
19.00-19.30 Free time
19.30-21.00 Dinner
21.00-21.30 Transfer from Vevcani to the hotels

Price per person -   from 30 euro with lunch,   20 euro without lunch                         

Price include:
Transfers, Local profesional Guide, Entry fees for Kalista, Cofee break

The rates guaranteed high quality and high professionalism.

 

ST. JOVAN BIGORSKI (NATIONAL PARK MAVROVO), VEVCANI SPRINGS – STRUGA – MIN 15 MAX

8.30 Pick up from the hotel
8.30-11.00 Sight seeing on the river Black Drim and the town Debar
11.00-11.30 St, Jovan Bigorski, the most beautiful iconostasis in Europe
The Monastery of Saint Jovan Bigorski is a Macedonian Orthodox monastery located in the western part of Macedonia. The monastery church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. According to the monastery's 1833 chronicle, it was built in 1020 by Ivan I Debranin. The Ottomans destroyed the monastery in the 16th century. The monastery was restored in 1743 by the monk Ilarion, who also built several monk cells. Later, in the period from 1812 to 1825 the monastery was expanded by archimandrite Arsenius. Among the donors there is also a mention of a monk Iov, recognized by some researchers as the future educator Yoakim Karchovski. One of the most valuable treasures of the monastery is the iconostasis created by Petre Filipovski Garkata from the nearby village of Gari. This iconostasis is considered one of the most beautiful and most valuable wood-carved iconostasis in the Orthodox religion. Another valuable monastery treasure is an icon dating from 1020 with supposedly miraculous healing power.
11.30-13.00 Transfer to village of Vevcani
13.30-13.50 Vevcani springs
The famous Vevčani springs are some of the most famous springs to be found in the Republic of Macedonia. The springs are located on the eastern slope of the Jablanica mountain range which run through the village of Vevčani at an approximately sea level altitude at over 900 metres. The largest spring is located at the opening of one of the many caves in the region. Below the largest spring are ten minor springs which all converge together. The most famous spring is "Jankov Kamen" which is situated at 1200 metres above sea level. Another spring is "Mala Livada" from which the water has a unique flavour and colour. It is situated at over 1600 metres above sea level. The highest spring is "Golina" situated at over 2000 metres above sea level. The rate of water flow from the springs is estimated to exceed the rate of 1500 litres per second, most notably in Spring.
14.00-15.00 Lunch
15.00-15.20 Transfer to the Kalista Monastery
The Kalista monastery complex - Holy Mother of God, is located on the shore of the Ohrid lake, in a beautiful rocky area, south of Kalista village.
Central place in the Kalista monastery complex takes the new church Holy Mother of God, renovated in 1977 (over an older 17th century church). Today, there's a very important icon is kept, where the Holy Mother of God is painted with Black face and clothing, holding in her hands the Black Jesus.The oldest part of the Kalista monastery is an cave church, built in the 13th century, deep into a rock.Close to the Holy Mother of God church is the other smaller church dedicated to Saint Peter and Paul (built in 1990). From its basin flow water, which according the local can heal several diseases and spell.
15.30-16.00 Visit the cave church of Mother of God Kalista
16.00-16.20 Transfer to Struga
16.30-16.40 Short sightseeing on the town
16.40-17.00 Transfers to the hotels

Price per person -    from 30 euro with lunch,   20 euro without lunch                       

Price includes:
Transfers Htl-St. Jovan Bigorski-Htl, Local profesional guide, Entry fees for St. Jovan Bigorski and Kalista Monastery, Lunch.

 

BITOLA, LAKE PRESPA, GALICHICA NATIONAL PARK – MIN 15 PAX

8.30 Pick up from the hotel
8.30-10.00 Transfer to Heraclea Linkestis, an archeological site in Bitola
10.00-10.30 Visiting Heraclea Linkestis
Heraclea Linkestis is a cultural heritage site of international significance. It is located south of Bitola, 15 km from the border with Greece. The history of this site became a subject of great interest at the end of the19th and at the beginning of the 20th century, not only in Macedonia, but also within the scope of the broader international archaeological research.
Fortunate historic circumstances and geographical aspects contributed to Heraclea's prosperity in the ancient world. The terminus ante quem of the city’s foundation is provided by Demosten, who refers to Heraclea in the context of the first Philippic war (349 BC).
Situated in a fertile valley, the city was mentioned on all known itinerary maps of its time as a station on the Via Egnatia – the famous regional road of the classical epoch. In the first centuries of our era, Heraclea became a Roman colony, event confirmed by the inscription from the beginning of the 3rd century AD, displaying a well-known name of a Roman dynasty – Septimia Aurelia Heraclea. For many centuries, it remained within the borders of the Roman Empire and developed into an urban centre of considerable importance, it is still witnessed, by monuments such as the entrance gate to the Court House, the Thermal Baths and the Theatre.
10.30-10.40 Transfer to the City Museum (including the Kemal Ataturk Museum) in Bitola
The very first presentation in Bitola's Museum connected to the famous statesman, the father of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Attaturk, dates from 1978, with the promotion of the first exhibition of photos, documents and facsimiles presenting the life and activities of the great Turkish reformer. As it is known, he graduated from the military high school (Mektebi askeri idadi) in 1899. At that time the high school was housed in the building built for that purpose in 1848 and known as the old Bitola Barracks, where now we have the present day building of the Bitola Museum.
This permanent exhibition starts with the available materials, supplemented by certain items and copies accommodated in two glass cabinets, and a memorial statue of Kemal Ataturk.
10.45-11.15 Visting the Museum
11.15-12.15 Valking through the old Bitola streets and city bazaar
Bitola is a city in south-western part of the Republic of Macedonia. It is an important administrative, cultural, industrial, commercial and educational centre. It is located in the southern part of the Pelagonia valley, surrounded by
the Baba and Nidže mountains, 15 km north of the Medžitlija-Niki border crossing with Greece. It is an important junction connecting the south of the Adriatic Sea with the Aegean Sea and Central Europe. It is known from the Ottoman period as the city of the consuls, as many European countries had
consulates in Bitola. According to some sources Bitola is the second largest town in the country and by others the third.Bitola is also center of the Bitola municipality.
12.20-13.30 Transfer to the village Stenje, on the Lake Prespa, with more than 200 species of births, and big Pelicans population
13.30-14.30 Lunch in the restaurant  Riva
14.35-15.15 Transfer to the National Park Galicica, one of the best sightseeing in Macedonia
15.15-15.30 Free time and taking pictures in the National Park
15.30-16.30 Transfer to the hotels

 

 

Price per person -    from 30 euro with lunch,   20 euro without lunch                       

Price include:
Dayly bus rent, Local profesional Guide, lunch and a drink, AtlantiS Representetive

The rates guaranteed high quality and high professionalism.

 

ISLAND GOLEM GRAD, LAKE PRESPA – MIN 15 - MAX 20

09.00 Departure from Ohrid. We drive via National Park and mountain Galicica. On the way, we stop to admire beautiful panoramic view over the lake Ohrid, and later on, over the lake Prespa. We continue to the Lake Prespa
11.00 The first stop is village Stenje, for a small drink break.
11.30 From Stenje we continue to the village Konjsko, 7 km away.
12.00 From Konjsko we sail small local fisherman boats to the uninhabited island Golem Grad, a couple of hundred metres from the border of Albania and Greece. It is also known as the island of snakes and birds. You can also find one of the biggest population of European pelicans, sometimes in large groups. The island itself shows traces of old civilizations.
13.00 We walk through the island, and some part of the day
14.30 We make short break for sandwiches and refreshment and swimming in the lake.
15.00 Sailing back to Konjsko
16.00 Driving back to the hotels.
The island is a part of the National park and requires only small groups,. min. 15 max 20 pp

Price per person:                from 30 euro                                                                                     

The price includes:
Professional guide, fisherman boats, bus, drink, sandwiches, refreshments.

The rates guaranteed high quality and high professionalism.

 

MARIOVO REGION – OLD ABANDONED MACEDONIAN VILLAGES (PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR) - MIN 8 - MAX – 16 PAX.

09.00 Departure from the hotels by light vehicles, or jeeps. We are heading to the central part of Macedonia, the last inhabited region in the country.
10.15 Small break at the gas station in the town Bitola, 80 km away.
11.00 Entering the region of Mariovo, with spectacular views over the abandoned and collapsed houses, built some 150 years ago. We will drive slowly from a village to a village. Only few very old people remained there and possibly we will have opportunity to speak with them and to take some collective photos.
13.00 We stop in the village Zovik. We continue on food to the canyon and the river and we spend some time there, swimming, enjoying in the nature and the clean water and surrounding.
14.00 Lunch along the river (sandwiches and drinks)
15.00 Walking around the village, taking photos.
15.30 Driving back to Bitola
17.00 Small break in the town Bitola
17.30-18.45 Driving back to the hotels

Price per person:   from 40 euro                                                                                                  

The price includes:
Professional guide(s), light vehicles or jeeps, few drinks, sandwiches

The rates guaranteed high quality and high professionalism.

 

ELSHANI DONKEY SAFARI – MIN 15, MAX – 25 PP

09.00 Departure from the hotels by bus
09.45 Donkey safari starts in the mountain village of Elsani. We will visit two traditional Macedonian villages, with their inhabitants and customs, beautiful nature and breath taking views.

From this village, we continue riding on donkeys and on foot, and each donkey has his or her own escort. We ride to the upper village Gorno Kojnsko, 1.300 metres above see level. It is almost totally abandoned village, unlike Elsani which is an active village, and only old-aged people live here in the modest way.

12.00-14.30 We walk around the village, and get back to the starting point, village Elsani. Here we have lunch, homemade specialities, and the tourist have an opportunity to dress the national costume of our escorts.

17.00 We finish the tour here and get back to the hotels by minibus.

Price per person:   from 30 euro                                                                                                  

The price includes:
Professional guide, donkeys and its escorts, bus, drink, lunch.

ELSHANI DONKEY SAFARI / HOMEMADE NATIONAL FOOD MIN 15, MAX 40-45 PP

09.00 Departure from the hotels by bus
09.45 We divide the group into three smaller groups. They will be guests of the families from the village, and together with the local people, they will start preparing traditional dishes, in the old bakeries in front of the houses. The first group prepares bread, the second one prepares Macedonian pie, the third one the main course – peasant meat.
11.30 Before the lunch is ready, we start a small donkey tour around the village, visiting the best view points in the mountain, offering
homemade brandy and wine.
13.30 Serving the lunch in front of the house of the family host.
14.40-15.30 After the lunch, the home made specialities and local drinks, the tourist have an opportunity to dress the national costume of our hosts.
17.00 We finish the day here and get back to the hotels by minibus.

Price per person: from 35 euro                                                                                                    

The price includes:
Professional guide, donkeys and its escorts, bus, local drinks – home made brandy and wine, homemade juice (no limit), lunch – Macedonian local specialties, pie, bread, peasant meat, homemade cookies.

The rates guaranteed high quality and high professionalism.

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