Welcome to Lake Ohrid


At 300m deep, 34km long and three million years old, shared by North Macedonia (two-thirds) and Albania (one-third), Lake Ohrid is among Europe's deepest and oldest. The Macedonian portion is inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage list for its cultural heritage and unique nature – it's considered the most biodiverse lake of its size in the world.

To the east of Ohrid lies Galičica National Park with mountain villages and Magaro Peak, which can be summited. To the south, a long, wooded coast has pebble beaches, churches and camping spots. In summer the big, resort-style hotels and beaches can be unpleasantly crowded but there are better spots beyond them.


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TOUR OF ALBANIA THREE UNESCO SITES

Day 1: After your arrival at Tirana airport we start our journey toward the city of Kruja with its beautiful medieval castle. Kruja was the stronghold of Scanderbeg, Albania’s National Hero, who fought against the Ottoman invasion during the 15thcentury. Walking tour of Tirana, Albania’s Capital. Overnight in Tirana.Day 2: At 08:00 we continue our tour Tirana to Ohrid Lake. On our way to Pogradec we do a short city tour of Elbasan within castle. We take a city tour of Pogradec, Drilon (a beautiful natural park by Ohrid lake) home to many sources of cold drinkable waters coming from beneath the Mountain “Mali i Thatë”. We travel to Tushemisht Village, famous for its rich traditional cuisine and the unique way of cooking the Koran (an autochthone fish found only in Ohrid Lake). Overnight in Tushemisht.Day 3 : After breakfast by the Lake Ohrid, our tour continues towards Berat. City tour of Berat, an historic town also known as the city of the 1001 windows. Berat is an Albanian museum city also part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Overnight in a Traditional Berati House in Mangalemi Neighborhood.Day 4 : Our tour of South Albania continues to Apollonia (about 2000 years old civilization) with its beautiful Facade, the Odeon Theater, the Church of Saint Mary, the nymphaeum   (monumental fountains) the ancient statues of Illyrian times and mosaics. Our tour continues to Vlora, a beautiful Albanian city by the sea, formerly known as Aulona. Vlora has an astonishing view of the Ionian and Adriatic seas, with palm trees, sandy and rocky beaches. Overnight by the sea side in Vlora.Day 5 : Our tour of the Albanian Riviera continues to Orikumi, founded in III century B.C. We travel to Llogara Pass (a National Park) and stop in Dhermiu, a large village with about 30 old picturesque churches settled on a rough mountainous terrain. While traveling along the Albanian Riviera we stop at the bay of Porto Palermo, with its beautiful castle of Ali Pasha. In the evening we take a city tour of Saranda, including the synagogue and Lekursi castle. On the ruins of the old castle there is a bar with a breathtaking view of Saranda and Corfu Island. Overnight in Saranda.Day 6: We start our tour to Butrint an ancient city, part of the UNESCO world heritage. Butrinti is the most important archaeological site in Albania. On the tour to Gjirokastra we will visit the natural wonder of Blue Eye. Gjirokastra, is part of the UNESCO world heritage, with its great castle of Argjiroja and the weaponry Museum within the castle. We drive back to port of Saranda, where you can get on the ferry to Corfu, Greece. “Choose Balkans” Incoming Tour Operator thanks you for choosing our services and wishes your holidays had been gorgeous and full of unforgettable moments. We hope to see you again soon!

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14-Day Tour through Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro

Day 1: Transfer to Tirana and visit the National Museum of History. Afterwards take a driven tour of the major sites of Tirana, including the colourful buildings.Day 2:The archaeological site of Apollonia. After the visits continue on to Vlora where we stay overnight.Day 3: Depart to Saranda through the spectacular Albanian Riviera.Llogara National Park. Continue to the ancient city of Butrint, another UNESCO World Heritage site, considered the best archaeological site in Albania and one of the most important in the Balkans.Day 4: Depart for Gjirokastra, a UNESCO site. Afterwards, in Gjirokastra we visit the fortress part, Arms Museum and Ethnographic Museum.Day 5: Depart for Berat, one of the most visited and characteristic towns in Albania under the protection of UNESCO for its architectural uniqueness.Day 6: Depart for to the city of Ohrid. We stop at Elbasan for a visit at the castle. Afterwards proceed to Struga famous for its wall of water where the Black Drin River flows out of Lake Ohrid on its way to the Adriatic.Day 7We visit St. Sofia Church, a classic Orthodox Byzantine church, dominating the Old Town, demonstrates the link between Byzantine and Italian Renaissance art. Other visits include: Saint Painteleimon Church, The Holy Virgin of Peribleptos Church, Icon Gallery, and old Bazaar.Day 8: Drive to Stobi, archaeological site in Macedonia. Afterwards depart for Skopje. Visit the old Turkish bazaar, Mahmut Pasha Hammam, the memorial house of Mother Teresa, stone bridge and the Macedonia Plaza.Day 9: Visiting wonderful Gadima Cave. Next visit the 1389 Kosovo Battlefield and Sultan Murat’s grave. Visit Gracanica. Visit Ulpiana.Day 10: Visit Prizren, a true open air museum, one of the most beautiful towns of Kosovo. Rahoveci renowned wines; afterwards head towards Peja.Day 11: Drive to North West Kosovo and Montenegro takes us to Kolašin which is Montenegro's most famous ski resort, and its capital Podgorica. Day 12: Visit The Old City of Kotor. Cetinje is a town of immense historical heritage, founded in the 15th century. Day 13: On the way stop for a photo at Sveti Stefan. Afterwards proceed to Shkodra centre of Roman Catholicism in Albania. Overnight in Tirana.Day 14: Tirana-Airport

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Land Down Under

ItineraryDay 1: 1-Arrival in Tirana (Night in Tirana)Stop At: Blloku, Tirana, Tirana County-Airport pick-upMeeting with the group and introducing with our local guide at Mother Teresa International Airport. During the day we will serve the tour of Tirana, in which the highlights of the capital will be discovered and traditional delicious food will be tasted. Yummy!Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3 or 4 star HotelDay 2: Tirana-Elbasan-Pogradec-Korce (Night in Korca)Stop At: Clock Tower of Korce, Korce, Korce CountyOn this trip we will see some of the hidden parts of Albania. Our first stop is in Elbasan. It is located on the right side of the Shkumbin River spill where the famous Egnatia road extends to the city of Elbasan with the ancient name Skampis. During ancient history Elbasan changed it’s name often. Scampisi was a typical Roman kastium (castle) built in the 3rd century BC. In 1466 the Elbasan Castle fell into the hands of the Ottomans, who almost completely reconstructed them and named them Illyabhan (Elbasan).Pogradec is a fantastic tourist attraction located on 720 meters above sea level and surrounded by beautiful high mountains and the deepest lake in the Balkans, Ohri Lake. Pogradec is a town with a long history of occupation, as attested to by the archaeological findings and the remains of a fortified settlement dating back to the 5th century. In Pogradec we will taste the famous coran fish and lakror, a traditional kind of pie made with flour and butter. After the lunch we will go to Korca where we will spend the night. Korça, in the southeastern region of Albania, is one of the most beautiful and important cities in the country. Because of its beauty, French-styled villas and coffee culture, Korça is also called the ‘little Paris of Albania’.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3 or 4 star HotelDay 3: Korce-Prespa Lake-Voskopoje (Night in Voskopoja)Stop At: Voskopoje Village, Korce, Korce CountyIn the morning we will visit the National Museum of Medieval Art which is very interesting and we will see some of the most beautiful iconography in the Balkan. After the visit in the museum we will go at the Prespa Lake. The Prespa Lake is divided between Albania, Greece and Macedonia. The area contains three National Parks located in Albania, Greece, and the Republic of Macedonia respectively. In Prespa we can visit the island of Mal Grad (Small Town, in Albania). It is the site of a ruined 14th century monastery dedicated to St. Peter. Today the island is uninhabited. Because Great Prespa Lake sits about 150m. above Lake Ohrid, which lies only about 10 km (6.21 mi) to the west, its waters run through underground channels in the karst and emerge from springs which feed streams running into Lake Ohrid. Of course we will not pass Prespa without tasting the traditional grilled fish of the area. The next stop is Voskopoja where we will pass the night. Voskopoja is known for the many churches it has, we can count twenty-six. Most of them were built between 1630 and 1780 at Voskopojë, situated along the trade route from Venice to Constantinople in southeastern Albania. Voskopojë became an important religious hub in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The town was a significant center of Aromanian (Macedonian-Romanian) Christianity during a time when the Ottomans ruled the Balkans.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3 or 4 star HotelDay 4: Dardhe-Leskovik-Farma Sotira (Night in Farma Sotira)Stop At: Farma SotiraDardhe was founded by a group of Orthodox Albanians fleeing to mountains because of the Ottoman rule also. A hidden village we must say, you will see yourself how beautifully nature blends with humanity here. From Dardha we set off to Sotira. The farm stay here is located on the road from Leskovik to Erseke and the main phrase for the area would be untouched nature. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Farma SotiraDay 5: Benje-Kelcyre-Permet (Night in Permet)Stop At: Benja Thermal Baths, Permet, Gjirokaster CountyEveryone who was at least one time in Permet, has fallen in love with this city. Here we can find good food, good people, beautiful nature. It used to be called Tryfilia in the old days. It’s a.k.a “The city of Roses”...you guessed it! Because one of the most special characteristics of this city are the many roses which are found throughout the town and historic houses. Permet has always played an important role in Albanian politics. In 1944 the Congress of Përmet was held here, creating the provisional government which gave way to the communist regime. We will not go without visit Kelcyra. This village has many springs which flow and create many waterfalls along the gorge. Kelcyra is along the last wild river in Europe (Vjosa). The origin of this city is from a small Illyrian village, dating back to the 5th Century BC. I forgot we will taste the eggplant glico, tomatoes glico etc.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3 or 4 star HotelDay 6: Berat (Night in Berat)Stop At: Berat Fortress, Berat, Berat CountyIn the morning we will start our journey to Berat.Osum Canyon, on our way to Berat, is 26 km length, with an altitude of 450m from sea level a.k.a the last wild river in Europe. It is thought it has been formed 2-3 million years ago from water erosion that dips into the earth. Known for it’s legends and as a pilgrimage place for the Bektashi Order (a muslim derivation, but with not-so-strict rules, more serving as a spiritual reunion with God and the Universe. During the pilgrimage in Agugust for 3 full days believers and travelers alike go to drink rakia and celebrate life) the Skrapar district offers life for mountain lovers. The Tomorr mt. is the second-highest in the country and the first for the conspiracy theory lovers because of the many strange things that happen at the area.According to one of the legends, the Tomorr mountain was originally a giant, who fought with another giant, called Shpirag over a young woman. They killed each other and the girl drowned in her tears, which then became the Osum river.In Osum Canyon there are 6 straits where the canyon width ranges from 1.5m wide in its riverbed up to 35m wide up in the slopes. Besides at the Canyons one can find a Cathedral, The Eye, Demon’s door etc.Berat is the highlight of the southern old towns. As a 2400-year-old town making it is known as “The Town of a Thousand Windows” and “The Museum City".The oldest neighbourhood in town, called Mangalem, was inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List in July 2008. Berat is a city that offers sightseeing pearls for the travelers and locals alike and as one of the main tourism centers in the country.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3 or 4 star HotelDay 7: Berat-TiraneStop At: Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit), Corovode, Berat CountyOn this day we will discover the rest of berat and the Osumi Canyon. From there we will head back to Tirane and end our journey.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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Balkan Tours

Day 1: Meet at airport and transfer to Tirana. Visit: Clock Tower, Scanderbeg Square, National Historic Museum,National Art Gallery, National Archaeological Museum of Albania, Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral, Saint Paul Catholic Cathedral. Overnight in Tirana.   Day 2: After breakfast we will proceed to Kruja. Visit: Kruja Castle. Old pazar and then we drive to Vlora and in Vlora we will visit the Independence. Overnight in Vlora.  Day 3: After breakfast we depart to Saranda through the spectacular Albanian Riviera, the to the ancient city of Butrint another UNESCO. Overnight in Saranda.  Day 4: After Breakfast we depart to Gjirokastra, UNESCO as a World Heritage. One short stop to Blue Eye. Afterwards in Gjirokastra we visit the fortress, Arms Museum, Ethnographic Museum. Overnight in Gjirokastra. Day 5: After breakfast depart for Berat. We visit the Castle and the Onufri Museum,the Leaden Mosque, the King's Mosque, the Bachelor's Mosque and the Alveti Tekke. Overnight in Berat. Day 6: After breakfast depart for to the city of Ohrid. First we stop to Struga famous for its wall of water where the Black Drin River flows out of Lake Ohrid. Overnight in Ohrid.  Day 7: After breakfast visit: Church St. Sofia, St. Clement, Old Town, St. John at Kaneo, Samuil fortress, Saint Painteleimon Church, The Holy Virgin of Peribleptos Church, Icon Gallery, and old Bazaar. Overnight in Ohrid.  Day 8: After the breakfast we depart for Skopje. Visit, The old Turkish bazaar, Mahmut Pasha Hamma, Mother Teresa house, Stone Bridge, Macedonia Plaza. Overnight in Skopje.Day 9: After breakfast we drive to Prishtina. Visit Gracanica, Ulpiana an ancient Roman, Sultan Murat’s grave. Overnight in Prishtina.  Day 10: After breakfast we drive to visit Prizren, the most beautiful towns of Kosovo. Then we drive to Peja and we will visit, Decani Monastery, UNESCO World Heritage. Overnight in Peja.Day 11:After breakfast we drive to Montenegro. Then we continue on the coastal area around Budva. Overnight in Budva.  Day 12:After breakfast drive to visit The Old City of Kotor. Then we drive to Cetinje and Cetinje is a town of immense historical heritage. Overnight in Budva.Day 13: After breakfast drive to Shkodra. On the way stop for a photo at Sveti Stefan. Afterwards proceed to Shkodra centre. Visit the pedestrian area. After lunch return to Tirana. Overnight in Tirana.  Day 14: After breakfast transfer to Airport. 

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Full-Day Private Best of Ohrid and Lake Ohrid Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Lake Ohrid, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionEnjoy exploring the UNESCO protected town and lake of OhridStop At: Saint Sophia, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionVisit Ohrid's grandest church with beautiful Byzantine frescoesDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Ancient Theatre of Ohrid, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionTravellers will get few minutes to admire the old stones of the Ancient TheaterDuration: 5 minutesStop At: Tsar Samuel's Fortress, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionExcellent opportunity for a spectacular view over the town and lake of OhridDuration: 15 minutesStop At: St. Jovan Kaneo, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionThe most photographed spot on Ohrid Lake - the 13th century church set on a cliff over the lakeDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Monastery of Saint Naum, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionVisit the monastery that is 29km south of Ohrid, near the Albanian border and a popular day trip from OhridDuration: 40 minutesStop At: Bay of the Bones Museum, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionVisit the reconstructed ancient settlement on waterDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Saint Climent of Ohrid, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionStand on Ohrid's hilltop to enjoy the lake view and explore the place with layers of historyDuration: 10 minutes

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Full-Day Private Lake Ohrid and Albania Tour from Ohrid

Your driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel or any location of your preference in Ohrid, and take you by comfortable A/C car or mini-van, on a circle tour round Lake Ohrid.Driving along the shores of Lake Ohrid, by some of the most beautiful beaches, you first stop to visit the Museum on Water at the 'Bay of Bones' that represents a reconstruction of a settlement from the Iron and Bronze ages. Continue further on the south of the lake to visit St. Naum Monastery, a breathtaking scenery and atmosphere, followed by a border crossing to Albania. Driving through the little village Tushemishte where Enver Hoga had his summer house, we arrive at the small town Pogradec for a walk through the main sites of the town. In a restaurant near Pogradec you get the unique opportunity to taste some delicious fresh-water fish and other tasty local bites. After lunch, continue driving near Lin, before entering back to Macedonia at the border crossing on the north-west side of the lake.As a last stop, Struga, will impress you with the 'Poetry Bridge' that every August gathers poets and writers from across the world to attend the world known Struga Poetry Evenings; the typical 18 and 19th century architecture; the Old Bazaar and the beautiful sight from where the Black Drim flows out of Lake Ohrid on to its way to the Adriatic Sea.Some of the places you will most likely pass:Lake OhridMuseum on Water – Bay of BonesSt. Naum MonasteryTushemishtePogradecLinStruga