Welcome to the journey where thru three beautiful lakes: Ohrid, Prespa and Orestiada, you will experience the beauty of Macedonia and Greece. If you are an adventurist, outdoor enthusiast and if you like adrenalin while exploring new horizons – this tour is the combination for you! It includes hiking, biking, rafting, paragliding, swimming, and of course traditional kitchen and authentic culture of ancient countries – Macedonia and Greece.
3 LAKES TOUR includes:
Day 1: EUROPEAN JERUSALEM- OHRID AND LAKE OHRID
It is said that Macedonian culture and literacy are born in this lakeside city, where in the past existed more than 300 churches and monasteries out of which 60 even today are still active. Ohrid’s geo- location on the coast of the oldest lake in Europe and its abundance of churches and monasteries had earned Ohrid the epithet “European Jerusalem”. Today, Ohrid is a real oasis of culture, spirituality, tradition, tourism and modern living. Your first Ohrid lakeside adventure will be tandem paragliding from Nationa Park Galicica.
The afternoon is reserved for enjoyment and admiration of the rich culture and historical heritage. A walk thru the old town and Ohrid Lake shore is a must-do in Ohrid. Here, the smell of Macedonian coffee mixed with the soft lake breeze caresses you gently. The soft smell of the cotton-candy mixed with the freshly backed fruits strong aroma thru the small city streets will dance a breathtaking dance with your senses and will take you to some other dimensions and times. True magic 🙂
In Ohrid, beauty and spirituality are carved everywhere. Your adventure continues with a visit of the Monastery complex St. Naum, located on a cliff with a breathtaking lake view. The monastery is named after his founder – Saint Naum and represents the finest of Macedonian history and culture. A piece of land where nature and divinity make you feel peace, tranquility and just being on the right place in the right time. Entering thru the Monasteries` gates will open a scene of beauty, holiness and calmness. A treat that St Naum offers to all its guests.
After this beautiful discovery that will satisfy your quest for peace and beauty, it is time to quench your appetite for good food. Lunch will be served nearby the life-giving springs of Crn Drim river. Here, you will have the rare privilege to enjoy the taste of world known Ohrid Trout, cooked on a traditional manner.
Next destination is the Bay of Bones. You will visit a reconstruction of a prehistoric settlement dating from the end of the Bronze and the beginning of the Iron Age, in the period between 1200 and 700 year B.C built on the lakes of Ohrid Lake.
Day 2: KASTORIA AND LAKE ORESTIADA
Kayaking and visit of prehistoric lake settlements will be a perfect beginning of the day in Kastoria. The city is located on the west coast of Orestiada Lake in a valley surrounded by mountains. The city together with the lake offers unforgettable landscapes of natural beauty. Kastoria is popular for the large number of churches dating from Byzantine time, the Ottoman architecture, lake Orestiada and its delicious food.
Before the afternoon walk and sightseeing of Kastoria’ s beauties, a delicious lunch will be served in one of the local restaurants where you will have the chance to taste the Greek traditional cuisine in a mountain atmosphere. For all you art and culture enthusiasts, in the center of the city there is a unique wax figures Museum, a must – see attraction when in Kastoria. The beauty of this lakeside city is perfectly complemented by the beauty of the natural Orestiada Lake. On the coastline there are many walking trails, little parks and specially adapted sightseeing locations designed to offer an amazing view throughout the entire year. Orestiada Lake with its morphology is considered as the most beautiful lake in Greece and has been proclaimed a Monument of nature.
Day 3: BITOLA AND PRESPA LAKE
The last day of this lake adventure is reserved for the amazing Prespa and its breathtaking landscapes. Prespa lake is the third lake on this tour. Last but certainly not least, Prespa Lake will offer unforgettable experience. We will start the day with a visit of the largest Macedonian island –Golem Grad, also popular as Snake Island. Golem Grad spreads on a territory of 20 hectares and it is a location where you can find untouched nature and rare flora and fauna. The island is highly visited destination for scientists, biologists, archeologists and many other visitors interested for its flora and fauna. You will be taken to the island by the local fishermen with their boats and our professional guide will provide you the specifics for islands` archeology and nature.
*If weather conditions do not allow us to realize the visit to Pelisterski oci, we offer you an alternative SUV tour thru Mariovo region. The extraordinary tour thru the ecologically cleanest parts of the Balkans includes visit of the famous film village Zovikj, a ride thru the largest canyon in Macedonia – the canyon of the Crna river, the historic Point 1050 and the bunkers from the World War I.
We will end the day in Bitola. Here, you will have a choice of activities thru which you will capture the authentic spirit of this region.
You will choose how you will spend your afternoon in the beautiful Pelagonija valley:
We guarantee you a great time.
After the fulfilled day, a walk along the popular Shirok Sokak in Bitola, the city of consuls, follows.
Here, you will have the chance to admire the beautiful old architectural style of Bitola houses, where a lot of love stories and serenades have been written. You will enjoy the promenade complemented with many shops, cafeteria, restaurants and souvenir shops.
*Additionally transportation to and from the nearest airports to Ohrid can be arranged upon request of the guest