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  • Cultural
  • April to November
  • Groups allowed
  • Tour guides

Description

Bitola, Ohrid, Prespa Lake, Kastoria

We offer unforgettable journey in which thru the most beautiful natural lakes and their surrounding you will experience two ancient neighboring countries Macedonia and Greece. The adventurists in this tour will find true “feast”. They will hike thru the National parks Pelister and Galicica, raise their adrenaline with rafting, experience Ohrid thru tandem paragliding or experience calmness of the body and spirit by visiting Macedonia’s largest island – Golem Grad. Within 5 days, you will experience the best of Balkans cuisine thru Macedonian and Greek traditional meals and with the visit of the ancient Heraclea Lyncestis, Lyhnidos, St. Naum and Shirok Sokak you will encounter with all cultures and civilizations that existed on this territory, from prehistoric times until today.

  • 4 overnights
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners and appetizers
  • 5 adventure activities
  • Homemade wine, beer and natural juices (in traditional doses)
  • Professional guides for all excursions and destinations
  • Entrance tickets for cultural and historical museums
  • Boat ride from Ohrid city to the monastery of St. Naum
  • Boat from Stenje village to Golem Grad Island
  • Local and transportation

Day 1: ADVENTURE IN IOANNINA

After all are ready, the party can begin!
The adventure begins with rafting on 5 different locations in the city of Ioannina. To re-gain the energy spent during this adrenalin activity, lunch served by the lake in a lovely peaceful atmosphere created especially for enjoyment will follow. The second part of the day is reserved for enjoyment and sightseeing of the city of Ionannina, visit of the old town and the city museum.

Day 2: ADVENTURE IN KASTORIA, GREECE

The city of Kastoria is located on the west coast of Orestiada Lake 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 delicious food.
The exploration of Kastoria continues with kayaking and visit of prehistoric lake settlements. After this adrenaline rush, a delicious traditional lunch follows – a great chance to taste the Greek traditional cuisine in an authentic atmosphere where you will have the chance to taste the Greek traditional cuisine. For all 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 specially 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: ADVENTURE IN OHRID

It is time for you to discover Macedonia! The pearl of the Balkans!

Paragliding over the beautiful Ohrid Lake from the slopes of Galicica National Park makes a perfect start of a day.  The afternoon is reserved for a unique experience with the cultural flavor of the adventure in 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, being on the coast of the oldest lake in Europe and having the abundance of churches and monasteries had earned 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 an experience of tandem paragliding from National 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. 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 nuts strong aroma thru the small city streets will dance a breathtaking dance with your senses taking 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 or simply being on the right place in the right time. Entering thru its gates, the monastery will open a scene of beauty, holiness and calmness. A treat that St Naum offers to all its guests.

After this beautiful discovery satisfies 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 in a traditional manner.

Day 4: ADVENTURE IN PRESPA

The fourth day of this lake adventure is reserved for the amazing Prespa and its breathtaking landscapes.  Prespa is the fourth lake which we will visit during this tour. Prespa dedicated day will begin with a visit of the largest Macedonian island – Golem Grad also known as the 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 by scientists, biologists, archeologists and many others interested in biodiversity. You will be taken to the island by the local fishermen with their boats while our professional guide provides you the specifics for island’s 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.

Day 5: ADVENTURE IN BITOLA

The adventure ends in Bitola. A variety of choices will be offered to you thru which you will experience the spirit of the region:

  • Homemade traditional food, Macedonian recipes tasting and a visit to a local honey producer in Dihovo village
  • Visit of the National Museum of Bitola
  • Visit of the antique Heraclea Lyncestis
  • Hiking on National Park Pelister’s slopes or off road SUV tour to the glacial lakes Pelister’s Eyes on a 2.200 m height above sea level.

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 Ionannina and from Bitola can be arranged upon request of the guests