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Private Full-Day Tour of Ohrid and Saint Naum from Skopje


Ohrid and Saint Naum from Skopje

Embark on a private full-day tour from Skopje to explore the enchanting towns of Ohrid and Saint Naum. This personalized journey lets you discover the rich history, stunning architecture, and serene beauty of these lakeside gems, with an expert guide ensuring a memorable experience tailored just for you.

Timing: 8 am, 11.55 pm
Duration: 12 hours
Cost: 11.4K MKD (€185)
Guide language: Spanish, Turkish, English, French, German, Italian, Russian
Pick up: Your hotel in Skopje
Vehicle Transport: Air-conditioned vehicle

What to expect on the private tour to Ohrid

Set out on a captivating full-day guided tour with a 2-hour drive from Skopje to Ohrid. 

Your adventure starts at the Church of St. Sophia, which leads you through the renowned Icon Gallery, and the Church of St. Clement, celebrated for its exquisite frescoes.

Marvel at Tsar Samoil’s Fortress, explore the spiritual site of Plaoshnik, and enjoy the panoramic views from the Church of St. Jovan at Kaneo. 

Choose between a scenic walk or a boat ride back to town, offering stunning views of Ohrid. 

Visit the intriguing ‘Bay of Bones’ Neolithic settlement, then proceed to the St. Naum Monastery. 

Enjoy a boat cruise, sip coffee at a lakeside restaurant, or relish a national lunch menu before returning to Skopje.

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Places you’ll see on your tour

Kick off on a journey through time as you visit Ohrid and Saint Naum from Skopje, exploring ancient churches, historic fortresses, and serene lakeside settings, all while uncovering the rich tapestry of Macedonian culture and history.

Church of St. Sophia

The 11th-century Church of St. Sophia in Ohrid stands as a monumental beacon of Byzantine architecture. Renowned for its exquisite frescoes and intricate mosaics, this historic edifice not only serves as a spiritual center but also as a testament to the rich cultural and religious tapestry of Macedonia.

Roman amphitheater

This exclusive tour takes you to the Roman amphitheater, dating back to the 3rd century BC. It is a remarkable relic of antiquity, originally used for gladiatorial battles and theatrical performances. This ancient structure captivates visitors with its historical significance and enduring craftsmanship.

The Icon Gallery is a treasure trove of religious art, housing an impressive collection of Byzantine icons that are among the world’s most significant and valuable. Each piece tells a story of faith and craftsmanship, making the gallery a must-visit for art enthusiasts and historians.

St. Clement Church

Visit the Church of St. Clement, which dates back to the 13th century and is a magnificent example of medieval architecture. It is celebrated for its stunning paintings and historical significance, marking the spot where St. Clement, a patron saint of Ohrid, established a center of learning and spirituality.

Tsar Samoil’s Fortress

Tsar Samoil’s Fortress, perched atop Ohrid’s highest point, offers a commanding view of the city and lake. Named in honor of the first Tsar of the Macedonian Slavs, this 10th-century stronghold symbolizes the medieval power struggles in the Balkans and remains a poignant reminder of Macedonia’s rich historical tapestry.

Plaoshnik Church

On this private full-day tour, explore Plaoshnik and the newly built St. Clement’s Monastery Church which stands as a testament to Ohrid’s spiritual and educational heritage. Located on the historical site of St. Clement’s University, the area is revered for its ancient basilica that honors St. Clement, Ohrid’s patron saint.

St. Jovan Church

Situated atop a cliff with a view of  Lake Ohrid, the Church of St. Jovan at Kaneo is an architectural marvel of the 13th century. Its stunning location and exquisite Byzantine style make it the most iconic and photographed site, offering visitors breathtaking views and a serene atmosphere for contemplation.

‘Bay of Bones’

The ‘Bay of Bones’ is a fascinating reconstruction of a Neolithic pile-dwelling settlement on Lake Ohrid’s shores, offering a glimpse into life 1200 years BC. The tour lets its visitors see these ancient dwellings built on stilts above the water, providing insight into the prehistoric lives and culture.

St. Naum Monastery

St. Naum Monastery, nestled on the shores of Lake Ohrid near the Albanian border, is a serene sanctuary dating back to the 10th century. Founded by St. Naum, it is renowned for its stunning frescoes, the holy springs believed to have healing powers, and the tranquil beauty of its surroundings.

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Special instructions for the tour

For tourists embarking on the private full-day tour from Skopje to Ohrid and Saint Naum, here are some key instructions to ensure a memorable and hassle-free experience. 

Be prepared for a 2-hour drive to Ohrid, during which you can enjoy scenic views and anticipate the adventure ahead. 

Wear comfortable shoes, as the tour involves a considerable amount of walking, including visits to historical sites and possibly uneven terrain. 

Since entrance fees to attractions and food and drinks are not included in the tour price, carrying some local currency for these expenses is advisable. 

Keep in mind the weather conditions; bring appropriate clothing and accessories such as hats, sunglasses, or raincoats, depending on the season.

Remember, this tour may not be suitable for individuals with back problems or pregnant women due to the physical demands of some activities. 

Ensure any cancellations are made at least 24 hours before the tour begins to receive a full refund.

By following these guidelines, you are set for a journey through some of Macedonia’s most historic and breathtaking landscapes, enriched by the expertise of your guide.

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