Discover Macedonia: Round trip Ohrid and Bitola

Guided by: Branko Bosilkov

Place

Ohrid

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DISCOVER MACEDONIA: ROUND TRIP OHRID AND
BITOLA

In Biblical Macedonia, every path leads to Ohrid. The person coming to Ohrid is at first amazed, and afterwards, deep within his soul, bows to its marks, which simply encourage you to understand or maybe to wonder –why certain places have been chosen to be different, praised and unique in the whole world.The ancient Lihnidos, whose fortress is mentioned for the first time by the historian Livius, way back in the third century B.C. According to explorers, this is where Apostle Paul has resided on his journey dedicated to teaching and spreading the faith in Christ. Ohrid is the center of Christianity for all Slavs, an archbishopric seat, a seat of schools and universities, the first ones in this region, and even further. Today Ohrid remains a center of archaeological sites and discoveries. Ohrid is the city of 365 churches. One church for each day of the year. This fact has been evidenced in the 14th century by Evliya Çelebi in his travel books, and in the Middle Ages Ohrid has been called the Slavic Jerusalem. The city of the first cave-churches in this region, where one forgets time and space and receives unique answers. The city where monasticism laid its wisdom and God His divine wisdom. Ohrid is the prize for Biblical Macedonia –can be said or thought of only by those who have seen and felt it. Feel Ohrid for once in your life and you already know why you will return and why it simply cannot be retold.During the sightseeing will be visited the Ohrid Fortress, St.Pantelejmon –St Klement Plaoshnik, St.Bogorodica Perivlepta13th c, St.John Kaneo church 13th c.St.Sophia church 11th c. The boat cruising will be additional attraction to have view from the lake side on the old city.At the night disco party will be organized in local discotheque. Accommodation in hotel on bed/breakfast.Sunday, after the breakfast trip is liding us to the city of Bitola, where we will visit the antic city of Heraclea Lincestis. Heraclea Lyncestis, also spelled Herakleia Lynkestis, was a town founded by Philip II of Macedonin the middle of the 4th century BC in what was once the north-western region of the ancient kingdom of Macedon. The town was named in honor of the mythological hero Heracles. The epithet Lyncestis is meaning "the Land of the Lynx”.The overwhelming position of Heraclea in the ancient world results from a fortunate coincidence of history and geography. Situated in the fertile plain, to the north protected by Baba mountain and from south by the Siva Voda river,it has alwaysbeen onthe road which, during the period of Roman rule, became interchangeable with the famous road of Via Egnatia from the classical epoch,the link between Adriatic and Aegean coasts.Bitola is a grand old town that still bears the marks of its turn-of-the-century importance as a center for diplomacy –while also exemplifying the country’s time-honored cafe culture. Bitola is nicknamed “city of consuls” and is the second largest city in the Republic of Macedonia, with a population of nearly 100,000. Near the border with Greece, it straddles the Dragor River at the foot of Mount Pelister, in the Baba mountain range.Bitola is quite nice, and it is favoritecity to the Macedonians, since it has most European atmosphere. It was a seat of consuls in the 19th century and with them they brought the European culture and influenced the local aristocracy, who started living in European fashion and building their houses in mixed neo-classical styles. Bitola is a nice place to visit since Pelister National Park is close, the ancient city of Heraklea is there, it has nice Ottoman architecture and 19th century romantic architecture, so some good examples of everything. It can all be done in a day including enjoying coffee on Shirok Sokak, but you have to put aside a separate day for Pelister National Park.
Meeting point for departure:Old railway station
Time for departure:09.00h
Price Included: bus transfer, all tickets, overnight in OhridBB bases, boat cruise, lunch in Ohrid and Bitola, diskotheque entrance, guide service

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