A Short Break at Lake Ohrid
The Jewel of North Macedonia
Departing: Sunday 14 June 2020
Returning: Tuesday 16 June 2020
Duration: 3 days
The ancient town of Ohrid in North Macedonia is one of the oldest in Europe, Ohrid and its eponymous lake are UNESCO Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites, renowned for their exquisite beauty. At just about every turn, there are sweeping views over medieval cobblestoned streets to the translucent waters below.
But Ohrid is also known for its wealth of historical monuments Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman roots and a scholarly legacy (the first Slavic university was established here in the 9th century by Saints Kliment and Naum) and there are hundreds of other churches that once dotted the hillsides, supposedly one for every day of the year. There is also a Hellenistic theatre (200 BC), archaeology from the early Christian period (4th – 6th century), numerous Byzantine monuments with more than 2,500 square metres of frescoes, Bulgarian Emperor’s Samuil’s fortress (10th century), one of the world’s most important collections of icons with more than 800 artefacts, and fine architectural remnants from the Ottoman period.
All these great monuments were soaring buildings of their day, structures that involved immense building expertise and expense. But they have stood the test of time and as the city reinvents itself, their permanence is a reassuring reminder that while this city has changed hands more times than one can count, its beauty and its culture endure. Ohrid is a veritable visual and cultural feast and probably one the few ‘undiscovered’ gems remaining in Europe today.
- Admire some of the 800 artefacts at the Icon Gallery one of the world’s finest collections of icons
- The Museum on Water is a remarkable reconstruction of a prehistoric pile settlement, the remains of which have been uncovered
- Enjoy North Macedonia’s finest cuisine with homemade sausage, nettle pies and slow-roasted meats
HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE/CITY BREAK
ACTIVITY RATING: LOW
Price per person, not including flights. Single supplement £90.
$990 - please note that this US Dollar price is based on the exchange rate in June 2019. Contact the operator for the most up-to-date price information.