Ohrid Day Tour from Tirana.
Ohrid is named after the lake, and it has been many years considered as the Jerusalem of Balkans for the many churches it consists of. It must be remembered, that you can see the churches are spread all around the city so you can choose whichever you would like. One of the most beautiful and important churches is St.Sophia. A Byzantine church with historical importance. During the Ottoman period they converted the church into a mosque.
Meanwhile, it is a beautiful city with picturesque views, monuments, and houses. The region is also under UNESCO heritage protection. However, Ohrid’s bazaar is a must to see in the city, the street where it’s located is named after St Clement. The old town of Ohrid dates back to the Ottoman period, and it consists of cobblestone narrow streets with beautiful old houses.
Here you can see what the city looked like in the past. Travel comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle from your Tirana hotel to Ohrid. With a licensed tour guide, explore the harbor area and the many churches that dot the town, including St. Sophia, St. Clement’s Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious, and St. Pantelejmon. After your day tour of Ohrid, we drive you back to your hotel Tirana.
This day trip of Ohrid from Tirana will be amazing. A trip full of history, adventure, and beautiful views A trip of Ohrid to remember.
Starting from your hotel in Tirana, driving to Ohrid for about 2.5 hours, for a half day tour with licensed tour guide. We start at the old part of the town and stop at the Lower Gate and the Museum of Robevi (the Robevi family) What follows is a tour of the church of St Sophia which dates from the 11th century and then go up to the Roman amphitheater which dates back to the 3rd century BC. Afterwards continue walking to the Icon Gallery, which shows 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 Sveta Bogorodica Perivleptos (St Clement’s Church of the Holy Mother of God Most Glorious) which dates from the 13th century and possesses some of the most beautiful and valuable frescoes from the 13th century not only in our country but in the Balkans as well. After that, carry on walking to Tsar Samoil’s Fortress which was named after the first tsar of the Macedonian Slavs, who having conquered Byzantium, brought most of Macedonia under his rule. Then walk to Plaoshnik, the place where we visit the newly built St Clement’s Monastery Church which is dedicated to St Clement (the patron of Ohrid) and St Pantelejmon, and which stands beside the original site of St Clement’s University, the first university of the Macedonian Slavs started in the 9th century AD. 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 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 go back to the town on foot. Another option is to return to the town by boat and at the same time to make a tour of the lake providing you with a great view of the town. In the end, we will drive back to your hotel in Tirana
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