Meet your guide and driver for a full day tour of the Ohrid Lake, the deepest lake of the Balkans. Your first destination will be the St. Naum Monastery, built on a rock above the Lake that offers spectacular views of the Lake Ohrid and the Black Drim River. You will also visit the springs of the Black Drim River. The water feeds forty-five springs from Lake Prespa making a huge lake-like spring, which flows into Ohrid Lake. The water is cold and clear like nowhere else and the area is inhabited by wild ducks and other birds. Enjoy a private traditional rowboat “kajc” tour of the springs and get closer to this miniature paradise.
Then your guide and driver will take you to visit the village of Vevcani – the capital of the self-proclaimed “Vevcani Republic”. It was created in 2002, after the locals (possibly in an attempt to attract more visitors) voted to become independent from Macedonia and established their own “currency” and “passports”. Running through the village, you will also see the Vevcani springs which stream from the hills above.
Then you will continue to the town of Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a highlight of every trip in Macedonia. Your guide will take you for stroll through this jewel box of medieval architecture and historical monuments. You will walk through the Old Bazaar with its small square, a 1000-year old tree and the clock tower. You will visit the most famous church of Ohrid – the Church of St. Sophia with the biggest composition of 11th century frescoes preserved in the world. It is the cathedral of Ohrid’s Archbishops that have always flirted with Roman Catholicism, so it would keep its important position with the Orthodox Church. You will continue to the Kaneo Settlement, the most scenic sport of Ohrid with the St. John Kaneo church from the 13th century that stands on a cliff over Lake Ohrid. Among other exciting sites, you will visit the Tsar Samuel's Fortress from 11th century. The three kilometers of towers and high walls were originally built to protect the town on the three sides not facing the lake. The fortress now dominates the town and provides splendid views of the lake and the mountains.
At the end of your tour your guide will take you for a CALVADOS CLUB Extraordinary Experience: a Tale of Ohrid Pearls. The Ohrid pearls, one of the trademarks of Ohrid, are very valuable because of natural origin and hand-made production. The most famous Ohrid family Talevi has more than 80 years of tradition of producing Ohrid pearls. The family uses only natural materials, even the brush is made from fibbers from squirrel and horse. Every grain of pearl is smeared by special emulsion, which is a family secret. You will visit the Talev family shop and learn more about the unique and wonderful product.
In the late afternoon, your guide and driver will take you back to your hotel.