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Private One Day Tour of Ohrid from Tirana

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10 Hours
Tirana
Ohrid

Join us on this Day Tour of Ohrid & Lake Ohrid to explore the best of UNESCO Sites, enjoy an astonishing view of the lake, and of course the local culture and cuisine. During our tour, starting from Tirana, we will visit some of the ancient Orthodox Heritage of Ohrid, which is also called the “Balkan’s Jerusalem”. We will also explore Lake Ohrid and its remarkable natural resources to its fullest. One of the best tours in North Macedonia.

star rating  We had an excellent afternoon with Sindi, cooking traditional Albanian dishes and learning about the history, culture and traditions.

It was an incredibly wet and windy day and... read more

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December 11, 2022

star rating  Another brilliant day. This time with Skerdi who was knowledgeable. Lake Ohrid was beautiful. We walked around the lake and part of the pretty little town. Then... read more

Margaret K
October 7, 2022

star rating  Fantastic experience with two very kind and lovely hosts, and exceptional, passionate chefs. Could not have asked for or expected more.

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April 17, 2021

Tour Details

According to a UNESCO article, the town of Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Furthermore, it lies on the shores of Lake Ohrid, one of the oldest lakes in the world. In addition, for centuries Ohrid has been a crossway of different cultures, traditions, and the scene of different invasions.

Ohrid played a huge role in the spread of Slavic Orthodoxy which resulted in the town being called the “Jerusalem of the Balkans”. It had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, of which the oldest date back to the 11th century.

Departure & Return Location

Tirana 

Departure Time

08:00

Price Includes

  • Comfortable AC Car
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Entrance to the mentioned attractions
  • Hotel Pick Up / Drop Off
  • Road Taxes and Car Insurance

Price Excludes

  • Lunch / Snacks
  • Any Private Expenses or Tips

Complementaries

  • Comfortable Shoes and Clothes
  • Sunscreen / Hat
What to Expect

On this day tour of Lake Ohrid starting from Tirana, we will be able to visit four major cities in Albania and North Macedonia. The main focus will be on Ohrid and its highlights, but we also are passing by Pogradec, Struga, and Tushemisht to get an impression of the atmosphere of these places. In addition, along the tour we will visit: 

 

  • Samuel's Fortress in Ohrid
  • Church of St. John in Ohrid
  • Old Bazaar and Local Neighborhood in Ohrid
  • Monastery of St. Naum
  • Village of Tushemisht at the Albanian border
Itinerary

First Visit Samuel's Fortress in Ohrid

Leaving Tirana at 09:00 we will head toward the southeast of Albania. After crossing the Macedonian Border we’ll reach the first city, Struga, named after an ancient local legend of a young boy.
Ohrid, situated next to Struga, on the shore of the same lake,  has for centuries been a place of clash of different cultures. Founded by ancient Illyrian and Greek tribes it was part of various empires and states throughout the ages, such as the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Kingdom of Bulgaria, the Ottoman Empire, the Kingdom of Serbia, and Yugoslavia, before recently becoming part of the Independent Republic of North Macedonia.
Samuel’s Fortress situated on a hill near the old town of the city, was built under the rule of Bulgarian Tsar Samuil in the 10th century. It is believed that it was built on the settlements of an ancient fortification of 4 th century BCE, built by King Philip II of Macedonia.

Second Visit Church of St. John

Located on the cliff over Kaneo Beach overlooking Lake Ohrid in the city of Ohrid, the Church of St. John is dedicated to John of Patmos, the writer of Revelation, who has been by some considered to be the same person as John the Apostle.

Third Visit City Tour and Old Bazaar

Next, we are going to explore the city center and the neighborhood of the Old Bazaar where we will see the typical houses of Ohrid. Most of the city is paved in stone, the reason why it was first called Lyhnidas coming from the Latin language and meaning a precious stone that emits light.

4th Visit Monastery of St. Naum

After visiting Ohrid, we will drive toward the Monastery of Sveti Naum. This monastery was founded in the 10th century by the writer and missionary Naum who is buried here. It is considered a holy place where people from all over the world come to practice their religion. Furthermore, the monastery complex was part of Albania from 1912 – 1925 before it became part of Yugoslavia.

Visit at Tushemisht
Leaving North Macedonia we will head toward Albania and stop at Tushemisht. Unlike in most villages in Albania, the main religion here is Orthodox Christianity, similar to Ohrid.
After that, we will drive to Tirana where we will finish our tour.

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Aishwarya B

Solo Traveller

Our tour guide, Andi, made the day tour unforgettable. Andi always listened to our requirements and did everything to make us feel comfortable and satisfied! His knowledge about the history, tourist features and the land is marvellous. The spots for food were chosen perfectly!
I recommend this trip to solo and group travelers!
The stay in Ohrid will always be a special one thanks to „GO AS LOCAL“- team!😍

September 17, 2022

Dayna

Couple Traveller

Andi and Juli (sorry i don’t know if that is spelled right or not) were great tour guides. Both very knowledgeable, accommodating, smart, funny guys and made the trip so much better. Ohrid is beautiful, driving through the mountains was a great experience and we just had a great time. I highly recommend this tour.

July 21, 2022

David

Couple Traveller

From long time we were looking forward to visit Ohrid and the tour was exactly what we were looking for.
It was very informative and lots of fun. The history of the city was magnificent, and very well explained by Skerdi. We really recommend to everyone short in time like us.

July 21, 2022

max

Group Traveller

Incredible tour of a very beautiful town and churches surrounding Lake Ohrid. Xhulio, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable of the area and its history, friendly, and a fun person to hang out with. He also recommended us very interesting places to visit in Tirana. Highly recommend!!!

June 23, 2022

UlfJ

Solo Traveller

I and my son took this trip to Ohrid and the lake and we had a very good time. We stopped at interesting places and had a tour of most of the beautiful lakes. We even had time to have a short swim in lake Ohrid.
Our driver, Skerdi, was an excellent guide and he is a very safe and good driver.
I strongly recommend this trip to one of the oldest lakes in Europe and to the old country of North Macedonia.

June 10, 2022
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