Macedonia is an ancient and biblical country, with long and turbulent history. Great empires like Ancient Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, have left indelible traces both in terms of the spiritual and material culture of the Macedonians. These rich and diverse layers of history have determined the Macedonian cultural heritage as: multi-cultural, multi-ethnical and multi-religious.
On this tour discover: Remarkable late Roman urban architecture at Stobi; Traditional Balkan houses at Ohrid (UNESCO), as well as unique masterpieces of Byzantine iconography; Monumental Ottoman medieval buildings at Skopje, some still in function…
Accepting the group at Skopje Airport or Bus/Train Station in the afternoon hours. Transfer to Skopje by coach. Boarding to the hotel. Free afternoon for individual activities. Dinner at the hotel. Accommodation at hotel in Skopje.
Breakfast. Visit of: The Old Town with fortress, mosques, church, baths, museum, etc. Lunch at a local restaurant. Continuing sightseeing. Evening free for individual activities. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Skopje – Ohrid
Breakfast. Depart hotel and drive to Ohrid by coach. Visit the archeological site of Stobi. Exploring the extensive excavations of Roman and early Christian town, theatre, cathedral church, elegant 4/5 century houses. Vine tour: sightseeing of the Tikves Vinery at Kavadarci, the oldest Vinery in Balkans, and one of the largest in EU. Deputation of the finest Macedonian vines, possibility of shopping at factory prices. Lunch with national dishes at Tikves Vinery, Kavadarci. Continue to Ohrid, stop at Prilep en route and visit the old quarter and church. Boarding to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast. Day on foot in Ohrid with Roman theatre, numerous Byzantine churches with good frescoes; fortified upper city with early Christian churches; and some very nice 18/19th century Macedonian (Turkish-influenced) houses, one or two now museums. Visit of: Sv.Bogorodica&Sv.Nikola Bolnicki (outside look), Museum Robevci, Sv.Sofija, Sv.Bogorodica Perivlepta (Sv.Kliment), Icon Galery, Roman theatre, Car Samuil’s castle, Sv.Panteleimon (Sv.Kliment’s University), Sv.Jovan Kaneo(outside look). Lunch with fish specialities at a local restaurant. Continuing sightseeing. Evening free for individual activities. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Ohrid – Lake Prespa
Breakfast. Drive by coach to Lake Prespa. Visit of the church of St.George at Kurbinovo. Facultative excursion by small boats to Golem Grad Island, with findings from the Ancient and Mediaeval periods. Lunch at local restaurant with national dishes at the picturesque village of Brajcino. Sightseeing the village and visiting some of the local churches and the monastery of St.Petka. Return to Ohrid by coach. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Ohrid – St. Naum
Breakfast. By boat to Sv Naum via Sv Bogorodica Pestanka & Bogorodica Zahumska. Sightseeing the Springs of Crni Drim river. Visit of the church of Sv. Naum. Lunch at a restaurant at Sv Naum. Return to Ohrid by coach, and continue to Struga. Visit of Struga & Kaliste. Return to Ohrid by coach. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Ohrid – Skopje
Breakfast. Depart Ohrid and drive to Skopje by coach. Drive via Debar and stop en route at the monastery of Sv Jovan Bigorski. Sightseeing of the monastery (11th-19th century) with the biggest and most beautiful wood-carwed iconostas worldwide. Continue to Skopje via lake Mavrovo, Gostivar and Tetovo. Lunch in restaurant near Skopje. Transfer to Skopje Airport or Bus/Train Station by coach.
End of program.
The price includes:
· All transfers with modern high class tourist bus according to the program
· Accommodation in 3 star or 4 star hotels on half board base
· Full board (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners)
· Visit of a winery and vine tasting
· Boat cruising across Ohrid lake to Sv.Naum (OW)
· Authorized national guide full time during the program & local guiding
· Entrance tickets at all visited archaeological sights and cultural monuments
· 1 person free of charge on each 25 paying persons
· Organization, all taxes, V.A.T.
The price does not include:
o Everything that is not mentioned in the above program or is mentioned as optional or facultative
o Drinks and beverages, tips, gifts, any individual activities and gear
Valid part of the arrangement are the General traveling conditions