Ohrid is the gem of Macedonian tourism and as such deserves to be explored. This weekend break gives you the opportunity to explore Ohrid and the Macedonian capital, Skopje in a short stay making use of the increasing low cost flights into Ohrid international airport.
Duration: 3 days
Meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After checking in the hotel we start the Ohrid visits with its main attractions: the Church St. Sofia, built between the 11th and 14th century, which was the seat of the Archbishop. “St. Clement”, a classic Orthodox Byzantine church, dominating the Old Town, demonstrates the link between Byzantine and Italian Renaissance art. At “Plaoshnik”, in the 9 the century, St. Clement of Ohrid founded the first University of Europe and educated 3.500 students. St. John at Kaneo, stands alone on a small peninsula which juts out into the lake at the western end of the Old Town and provides spectacular panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains, Samuil fortress, Saint Painteleimon Church, The Holy Virgin of Peribleptos Church, Icon Gallery and old Bazaar. After lunch, the tour continues with a boat trip to St. Naum monastery. Built on the rocky hill right above the lake, the monastery of St. Naum is one of the most beautiful pilgrimage spots in Macedonia. St. Naum was considered to be a healer and miracle-maker, which is witnessed by several fresco paintings in the grave chapel. Overnight in .
After breakfast driving to Skopje through Stobi where we visit: The old city of Stobi “…Stobis, vetus urbs…”, is considered by many to be the most famous archaeological site in the Republic of Macedonia, as the Roman historian Livy named it, was the largest city in the northern part of the Roman province Macedonia, later capital city of the Roman province Macedonia Secunda, an important urban, military, administrative, trade and religious centre of two large empires: Roman and Early Byzantine. After Stobi we continue our trip to Skopje The capital of Macedonia, situated in the Skopje Valley. It is a very attractive tourist destination with its fortress, cultural and historical monuments, archaeological cities, caves in the canyon of the river Treska and Lake Matka and a health spa in the eastern part of the city. Skopje also is a modern, political, economic and cultural center. Skopje, and especially the downtown, hides interesting sites that need careful attention: the old station, (a reminder of the earthquake of 1963) the archaeological museum, the memorial house of Saint Teresa (born in Skopje in 1910 as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu,), Macedonia Square with numerous monuments like the monumental statue of Alexander The Great, the Stone Bridge, the Museum of Holocaust, the old bazaar, the church of St. Spas with the beautiful wood-carved iconostasis (19th century), the Daut Pasha Hammam, now an art gallery, one of the largest and finest examples of Ottoman architecture in the Balkan, Kapan an, (15th century), the Mustafa Pasha Mosque (15th century), etc. After these visits return to Ohrid for overnight. Hotel 3*.
After breakfast free to explore on your own until the time of departure to the Airport.
165 Europ/person sharing a double or twin room for minimum 6 participants
210 Europ/person sharing a double or twin room for minimum 4 participants
299 Europ/person sharing a double or twin room for minimum 2 participants
Single supplement = 25 Euro. (Single rooms will usually be double or twin for single use.)