Excursions with Tourist Guide - Ohrid, Struga, Bitola, Skopje, Macedonia

For a tourist sightseeing we show you which are the most beautiful and most visited cities, places and cultural and historical monuments by tourists in Macedonia.

We organize different Macedonia tours, despite to the cities and places shown, other cities, places, cultural and historical monuments, museums, etc. can be visited too.

Macedonian sightseeing tours are done with a Professional licensed Tourist Guide.

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Ohrid city tours through the perspective of Ohrid Tourist Guide

If you choose Ohrid tours and you like to go on tour of Ohrid with Ohrid tourist guide we will show you the most beautiful places and monuments for Ohrid travel that are worth visiting on day tour during your stay in Macedonia. Sightseeing tours in Ohrid with Ohrid tourist guide is the best way to know for the rich history of the town of Ohrid and to feel and see the most beautiful places in Ohrid and Ohrid surroundings. One of the most wanted Macedonia tours is the city of Ohrid and Lake Ohrid.

The ancient city of Ohrid, situated on the shore of lake Ohrid, has for many years been a center and a true pearl of Macedonia's tourism and has gathered more than a thousand tourists. Because of the large number of churches it is called European Jerusalem, the christianity dates back from the time of Saint Paul, St Paul came in Macedonia to spread the chrisitanity and the first women that take christianity was called Lidija. Ohrid and Ohrid Lake are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as a monument of culture and nature and its one of the most visited Macedonia sightseeing places.

Ohrid Lake represents one of the most beautiful lakes in the Balkans, the largest depth of 286 meters is measured between the villages Pestani and Trpejca, about 5 km from the lake shore. The lake is located at an altitude of 695 meters, the maximum water transparency is about 22 meters, that its very appealing for every tourist group that goes on balkan tour and likes scuba diving. Lake Ohrid is located in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. Ohrid lake its divided between 2 countries: Albania Macedonia, Macedonia cost and part its bigger than Albanian part. This lake fills part of the Ohrid-Struga valley which is extended around the mountain chains of Mokra mountain, Jablanica, Karaorman, Ilinska, Plakenska mountain, Petrina and Galichica. Ussualy in summer time there is boat line on Lake Ohrid from Ohrid port to Saint Naum that every tourist need to take, because without it you will not get the full impression of the Ohrid tour, also with Ohrid guide you will know more details for Ohrid Lake and national park Galichica.

1. The old town of Ohrid

We start with all Ohrid tours from the old town of Ohrid which is called Varos by the people from Ohrid, there are many roads, but all roads lead you to the Ohrid pearls which you can not miss and you will hear more information from the Ohrid tour guide how they are produced and which 2 families produce the original Ohrid Pearls, also near you can find the national workshop for handmade paper, where you can see how handmade paper was produced in the middle century. Continuing with the Ohrid tour, walking the streets of the town of Ohrid you can enjoy traditional Ohrid architecture. Ohrid is a city that has many cultural and historical monuments, narrow streets, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and top hotels. Apart from the historical-cultural core, you can enjoy many cultural events and festivals throughout the year or relax with coffee somewhere on Ohrid lake's shore.

The ancient name of Ohrid is “Lychnidos”, that in translation means the city of light, by the telling of Ohrid guides and Macedonian history, the town of Ohrid is one of the few cities in the Balkans whose continuity and traces of existence have been followed for two and a half millennia, but there are also foundings of ancient prehistoric habitats where people live on the lake shore 7000 years ago. Near ohrid you can find the Museum on water “Bay of Bones” which is Reconstruction of the prehistoric settlement that existed 1200 BC, almost every Ohrid tourist guide will recommend you to visit the museum "Bay of Bones" on your Ohrid tours. At 6 century there was strong earthquake that destroyed the city and with the arrival of the Slavs at 6-7 century the city change its name from Lychnidos to Ohrid and keep this name till now.

2. Church of Saint Sophia

If you go through the center of the city, you will first reach the Church of Saint Sophia, one of the oldest church in the city, St Sophia has beautiful frescoes and is characterized by its special acoustics for which it is a favorite place for concerts of classical music in Ohrid. Church of saint Sophia was cathedral church of the Ohrid Archbishopric, your Ohrid guide will tell you more for its history, there are 3 assumptions when the church was built, the first assumption its that was built in 9 century, the second assumption its that was built in 10 century in the time of king Samuel’s and the third assumption its that was built in 11 century, we can say that at least its from 11 century because of the found old frescoes that date from that time. You should continue with the Ohrid sightseeing inside the church St Sophia, because it’s the biggest and oldest church in Ohrid and on your tours in Ohrid, the Ohrid guide will show you the beautiful frescoes.

3. Ancient Theatre of Ohrid

Together with your Ohrid tourist guide If you go a little further on the tours in Ohrid, you will reach the Ancient Theatre of Ohrid which was built more than 2000 years ago. Take a little rest from the Ohrid sightseeing tour, sit on its walls and enjoy the acoustics it provides. The Ancient Theatre is located at the foot of the eastern slope of the higher Ohrid, near the theater it’s the Upper Gate which is one of the entrances of the fortification of the city and near the theatre it’s the Samuel's Fortress. Almost all groups that go on Ohrid tours visit the Ancient Theatre of Ohrid.

4. Samuel's fortress

A minute walk further on your Ohrid travel adventure, the street will bring you to the impressive Tsar Samuels Fortress that gives you an unforgettable view of the whole city and the beautiful lake. The Ohrid fortress dates back to the 4th century BC, it was erected by Philip II of Macedonia, and carries its name by tsar Samuel who ruled the Samuel's kingdom from Ohrid.

When you will go inside tsar Samuels Fortress on your Ohrid tour, you just hear the history for this incredible fortress by your Macedonia guide. The kingdom of Samuel was formed by tsar Samuel and his three brothers David, Moses and Aron in 969, initially the capital of the kingdom was in Prespa, and after Prespa the capital was the city of Ohrid. They liberated Macedonia from Bulgarian rule and became independent, forming the Kingdom of Samuel. Two of his brothers, David and Moses, were killed in battle, while Aron was killed by order of Tsar Samuel. Tsar Samuel possessed extraordinary military and state abilities, in a short time he managed to liberate all of Macedonia (except Solun) and began to conquer territories outside the borders of Macedonia. The Ohrid guide will also tell you that after losing the battle with Basil II at Mountain Belasica, Tsar Samuel managed to escape, but his army was captured, about 14000 soldiers were blinded, and on every 100-th soldier one eye was left to lead the soldiers to Tsar Samuel, when Tsar Samuel saw the sight, he died in 1014, probably of a heart attack. Samuel's kingdom existed until 1018, when Macedonia came under Byzantine rule.

5. Church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon

We continue with the Ohrid city tour, when you go downhill from the Ohrid fortress you will reach the church of Saints Clement and Panteleimon. The church was built around 9th century, it is interesting to note that on this place was the first Ohrid Literary School of the famous Saint Clement of Ohrid and that church was his last resting place. The Ohrid Literary School was of great importance for the spread of Slavic literacy, as well as for the preparation of priests in the service of the Slavic language. St Clement, as a teacher, was able to teach, how to write and read, about 3500 students in the Slavic language, in addition he translated church books and wrote many literary works in the Slavic language. The Ohrid School became the center of Slavic writing and culture, opening Slavic schools in other cities and building churches and monasteries. You will also hear about the most important fact from your Ohrid tourist guide, St. Clement in honor of his teacher St Cyril invented the Cyrillic alphabet, which is still used today in Macedonia and other countries. When St Clement became bishop, his teaching position was taken by St Naum, who continued his missionary and enlightening activities.

6. Church of Saint John Theologian - Kaneo

From Saint Clement's Church we continue with Ohrid Sightseeing tour to the church of Saint John theologian -Kaneo, which is located on breath taking place. That small church of st john at kaneo (macedonian - st jovan kaneo) is on small hill from which you can enjoy the view of the Ohrid Lake and make a photo for memories. By climbing down the stairs you will return to the shores of Lake Ohrid and into the city center, continuing on your Ohrid sightseeing tour you will find the monument of Saint Clement on the square who greets you.

7. Biljana's Springs

From the main square of Ohrid, 15-20 minutes walking beside the shores of Lake Ohrid we continue with the tour of Ohrid to the famous Biljana's Springs, which are the most famous springs in Macedonia, your Ohrid guide will tell you for the legend of Biljana and her springs, there is also song for this springs that is called "Biljana platno beleshe" which its very famous in Macedonia and balkans. Near Biljanas springs are the biggest pumps of the town of Ohrid for Ohrid citizens who drink the tap water.

8. Monastery of Saint Naum

Also every group that goes on Ohrid Sightseeing, continues to go to the monastery of Saint Naum, which you can find on every Ohrid travel program, that means that you will go on full day tour, because half day tour is enough only for Ohrid. The monastery of Saint Naum it's approximately 29 kilometers from Ohrid, that you can visit taking a Ship on Lake Ohrid or take a bus from bus station and almost every tourist that visited Macedonia, visits this monastery near Ohrid. The church was built by Saint Naum at the begining of 10th century, approximetly 900 or 905 year. There you can find the Saint Naum Springs, which are very beautiful with pure water that fills Lake Ohrid and very beautiful nature of Galichica National Park and few restorants where you can taste macedonian cuisine. If you go with tourist guide on Ohrid sightseeing tour also you will hear the legend for the building of Naum monastery and St Clement Church, that is interesting.

For Ohrid Sightseeing tour, you should not miss:

The Old Town of Ohrid - Varosh

The Old Town of Ohrid is filled with Old Town architecture, that every group who goes on tour of Ohrid needs to see.

Ancient theatre of Ohrid

Built more than 2 millenniums ago, sometime at the end of the 3rd or early 2nd century BC

Samoil's fortress

The fortress known for King Samuel who ruled Samuil's kingdom, but it is believed that the first fortress was erected by Philip II of Macedonia in the 4th century BC

St. Clement and Panteleimon

Built around 893, this temple was renowed and consecrated in 2002 and there is the tomb of St. Clement of Ohrid

St. John the Theologian Kaneo

Saint John at kaneo is most photographed church in Ohrid that dates back to the 13th century

Saint Sophia

One of the oldest churches in the city of Ohrid, a cathedral church of the Ohrid Archbishopric, with old frescoes from the 11th century

Biljana's Springs

One of the most famous springs in Ohrid, from which derives the most famous Ohrid song "Biljana platno belese"

Old wood Chinar

The oldest tree in Ohrid, which according to the legend was planted by St. Clement

Museum on water “Bay of the Bones”

Reconstruction of the prehistoric settlement that existed 1200 BC. and is very interesting for tourists

Saint Naum monastery

One of the most visited monasteries in Republic of North Macedonia, which dates from the 10th century. It is located about 29 km from Ohrid through a local road or a boat line

To find out more about the history of the city and these places, make a reservation for Ohrid sightseeing tour with Ohrid tourist guide.

Struga and Vevchani Tours

Struga is a town along the Ohrid Lake in the southwest of the Republic of Macedonia, which is increasingly developing in a tourist direction, despite if you are going in tourist group or on Macedonia private tours, usually we start the tour from Ohrid, because Struga its very close to Ohrid and its nice place for Macedonia travel adventure. The city it lies on the plane of Struga field, and through it flows the river Crni Drim. Struga is the birthplace of Macedonian poets Konstantin and Dimitrija Miladinov. The ancient name of Struga is “Enhalon” that in transaltion means eel, with the coming of the slavs at 6-7 century the city change it name to todays name Struga. If you visit the town on half day tour with tourist guide you will hear more information for the church St. George, that its church from 13 century and you can find this church in the center of Struga

Also on your day trip, few kilometers from the town on the shore of the lake, there is a monastery of the Holy Mother of God, dating from the 14th century, with particularly beautiful frescoes dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, located inside the monastery church (partially built in the rock). In the monastery there is new church that is dedicated to St Virgin Mary and also inside this church you can find the icon of Black Virgin Mary.

Struga poetry evenings - are one of the oldest and most important poetry events in Southeast Europe, held since 1962 in Struga. Since 1966, the festival has evolved into an international poet's world-wide encounter, where the winner of the encounter, a poet who deserves it with his total opus by the opinion of the jury is awarded with Golden Wreath of Poetry, which became a highly appreciated prize.

Vevchani is traditional Macedonian village located near Struga that you need to visit on your day tour, together with group or maybe on private tours. Vevchani is most know by its carnival that its held every year, its good destination for day trip with tourist guide despite the rest of the Macedonian tours. We can start the tour from Ohrid or Struga or meet in the village and start with walking tours. The Carnival of Vevchani is carnival that existed for over 1 400 years. It is held every year on 13-th January and there are different masks that people wear, but the most common are masks of musicians, grooms, brides and August the Stupid. On 14 january every year this carnival ends with the burning of the masks, the people of vevchani plan 365 days before the carnival which mask they will wear. Vevcani carnival its member of the world federation of carnival cities. Vevchani springs are springs that flow through the village of Vevcani, the approximate sea level altitude is 900 meters, and you can find this springs on the eastern slope of Jablanica mountain. They are one of the most beautiful springs on mountain Jablanica that you need to visit with tourist guide, the water flow of vevchani springs is approximetly 1500 litres per second in Spring, in other periods like summer its little smaller.

For Struga and Vevchani Sightseeing tour, you should not miss:

Museum Dr. Nikola Nezlobinski

Within the museum, which was opened in 1928 by Nikola Nezlobinski, there are a biological, ethnological, archaeological, historical and department for fine arts

The house of Miladinov Brothers

Miladinovci are important for the Macedonian cultural history; they were teachers, collectors of Macedonian artifacts, poets and publicists

Church St. George

The church dates back to the 13th century and is located in the center of Struga

Monastery of the Holy Mother (Kalista)

Monastery located along the Ohrid Lake, which contains multiple churches, among which the "Cave Church Of The Holy Mother of God" is the oldest and dates back to the 14th century

Vevcani

A traditional Macedonian village located near Struga, Vevcani is most famous for the Vevcani Carnival, which is held every year

Vevchani Springs

Vevcani springs represents a monument of nature

To find out more about the history of the city and these places, make a reservation for sightseeing tour with tour guide - Struga and Vevcani, Macedonia.

Bitola Tours

Bitola is town in Macedonia, located in the south-western part of north Macedonia travel map, below the mountain Baba at the river Dragor, in the center of the most widespread Macedonian basin - Pelagonia, 15 km north of the Greek border and 576 m above sea level. Pelagonia valley its big and extends in Macedonia and Greece. Regardless of whether you go on group or private tours, we can start the tour from Ohrid or meet in Bitola. Bitola its known by its most famous street “Shiroki sokak” that goes to the square of Bitola and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Balkans with the most beautiful decorated corridors, parks and the city in general, that its worth visiting on road trips within the Macedonia sightseeing tours.

In Macedonia there are 3 national parks, Mavrovo national park, Galichica national park and on Baba mountain is the third that is called Pelister national park, you can find this park between Prespa valley and Pelagonia valley, this national parks are very good for north macedonia travel. Pelister national park area is very big, its 10.400 hectares and it was decleared like national park in 1947 year, when Macedonia was part from Yugoslavia. Pelister is ski resort where you can get unique experiences for skiing on the snow in winter. Despite Mavrovo national park and Galicica, Pelister its very beautiful place for walking tours in nature or road trips. This park covers area on Mountain Baba and it get its name by the the highest peak which its called Pelister and its tall 2601 metars. The most close city of national park Pelister its Bitola. Pelister it has very beautiful nature and wildlife and also its famous by its pine that its called on Macedonian “Molika”.

Bitola, according to the last census is second largest city in Macedonia, also known as a consular city because during the Ottoman Empire there were numerous consular representatives of different European countries, also the city has jewish heritage, because in the city till the second world war where living jews.

The city is located on the Roman road Via Egnatia, where is also the ancient city of Heraclea Lyncestis. Heraclea lyncestis its ancient city that was build by Philip 2 Macedonian in 4 century BC, almost every tourist group that comes on sightseeing tour in Bitola visits this markable place on day tour with guide. You can find its ruins in the southern part of Bitola, approximetly 2 kilometars from the center of Bitola. The name Lyncestis of this ancient city, originates from the Macedonian tribe that lived there and was called Lyncesti, This ancient city exsisted till 6 century, at the earlychristian period in 4 century it was bishop seat and it has very beautiful mosaics like the small and greath basilicas and you should not miss on this day tour the roman theater that was built approximetly at the 2 century.

If you go on day tour of Bitola and national Park Pelister, despite the ancient city Heraclea and the main street “Shiroki sokak” you should visit with Macedonian tourist guide also the Church of St. Demetrius which you can find in the center of Bitola near the square of Bitola which was built in 19 century. You should see Bitola national museum, despite many things that you can see there, also you can find things that are kept from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, which represents the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk finished officers school in Bitola. Also on your day trip you need to see the Clock tower of Bitola in the main square which is high 30 meters, we suppose it was built in 16 century by the ottoman empire, according to the legend every Macedonian guide say that when it was built the ottoman authorities used large quantity of eggs, approximetly 60 000 egs for the mortar that makes this clock tower walls very strong. In bitola there are objects that had influence from middle east like some of the Mosques that where built in the Ottoman empire.

Despite the cultural facts, Bitola represents industrial and economic center in Macedonia, many big companies are working in this city, also Pelagonia valley is one of the biggest food producers in Macedonia, which food has excellent quality and is used all over the world and also in North Macedonian cuisine.

For Bitola Sightseeing tour, you should not miss:

Heraclea Lyncestis

An ancient city founded by Philip II of Macedonia in the 4th century BC

Shirok Sokak

The most famous street in the city center with a large number of shops and coffees

Clock Tower

The Clock Tower is located in the city park in the heart of Bitola

Church of St. Demetrius

This church is located near the square and it is built in 1830

National Museum

Museum in the center of Bitola - Republic of North Macedonia

To find out more about the history of the city and these places, make a reservation for sightseeing tour of Bitola with Macedonia travel guide.

Skopje Tours

Skopje - capital city and modern metropolis located in a strategically important position in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula. The town is located in the narrow valley of the Vardar River, which is enclosed by the mountains of Skopska Crna Gora in the north and Vodno in the south. Because of this geographic position, it is a characteristic elongated form of the city, Skopje from Ohrid is approximately 172 kilometars and its also popular North Macedonia tour. You can best capture the city on day trip to Skopje with Macedonia guide that will present the most important historical events for the development of the city and take you on unforgettable city tour, where you can make lots of pictures with the beautiful monuments and experience balkan.

It is interesting to note that the history of this place goes far enough, assuming that the first settlements existed from prehistoric times. In ancient times in this area was the town of Scupi founded by Roman legionaries. In the Middle Ages, Skopje is part of the Eastern Roman Empire (later Byzantine). Instead of Scupi, who was devastated by the earthquake, king Justinian in the 6th century founded a new town called Justinian Prima. In 1346 the Serbian king Dušan declared Skopje to be the capital of his empire, which empire broke down after his death. In 1392, the Turks occupied Skopje and the town remained under their rule for more than 500 years. In the long period of the Turkish rule, the town of Skopje takes on the look of the oriental city.

Every city tour guide visits the Stone bridge which is over the Vardar River in the central part of the city and connects the old part of the city with the new part, it cannot be determined exactly when it was built, but by the Macedonian history and telling of the Macedonian guides we know that it suffered major construction renew during 15 century by the Ottoman Empire, from the Sultans Murat II or Mehmed II. Petar Karposh, who was proclaimed king of Kumanovo, was executed on this bridge. He started an uprising against the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century, which was suppressed, and in his honor today there is a municipality in Skopje called Karposh and also on the bridge there is monument in honor of Karposh.

Crossing the Stone bridge with your private guide you will get to the old part of Skopje, where is the Old Bazaar there are many monuments with influence of middle east from the Ottoman empire, that are worth visiting on day tour with private guide and the most famous are Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Daut-Pashin Amam, Kursumli an etc. Mustafa Pasha Mosque is made in 15 century on the foundations of church. Also on your Skopje sightseeing tours you should visit the Church of the Ascension of Jesus, which was built at 16 century and there is the tomb of Goce Delchev, who is Macedonian national hero for liberation of Macedonia and Macedonians, he fight against the Ottoman empire. After this church you should continue your city tour to Skopje Fortress – Kale, from which you can see the city.

On the main Square of Skopje there are many monuments, but the most impressive where all Macedonia guides start from is the monument of Alexander III Macedonian who is the most known military leader with amazing military skills that manage to spand Macedonian empire to India. Also near you can find the memorial house built in honor of Mother Teresa, which was born in Skopje, you should go inside the house where you can find things that are kept from Mother Teresa and hear the story of here life from the Macedonia guides. West from central Skopje you can find matka canyon, matka canyon its very beautiful for Skopje walks, regardless if you are on Macedonia private tour or part of tourist group, you should visit canyon matka.

Skopje is the largest and the capital city of the Republic of Macedonia, which is an administrative-political, economic, cultural and educational seat ideal for road trips for every tourist that plan to visit North Macedonia. The city is rich with cultural-historical monuments, top hotels, restaurants and night clubs and deserves to be visited on your North Macedonia tour.

For Skopje Sightseeing tour, you should not miss:

Memorial House Mother Teresa

Memorial House built in honor of Mother Teresa who was born in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Square Macedonia

The main square of the city of Skopje, which is filled with monuments that represent the history of Macedonia

Stone Bridge

One of the most significant landmarks in the city of Skopje, Republic of north Macedonia

Old Bazaar

Commercial and cultural historical part in Skopje and one of the biggest sights in the city, ideal for Skopje walking tours.

Church of the Ascension of Jesus

This church is located in the old bazaar and there is the tomb of Goce Delchev who is a Macedonian national hero

Fortress Kale

The fortress, which was built in the 6th century, is located in the old part of Skopje

To find out more about the history of the city and these places, make a reservation for sightseeing tour with tourist guide - Skopje, Macedonia.

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