City of Light: Ohrid's St. Sophia Church, the Amphitheater, and Lunch

4 Hours 30 Minutes
Group Activity

From (USD) $118 Per Person (Based on 2)

City of Light: Ohrid's St. Sophia Church, the Amphitheater, and Lunch

4 Hours 30 Minutes
Group Activity

From (USD) $118 Per Person (Based on 2)

Choose your date


Choose an available time


    For Groups of 20 or more, please contact our GoTo Crew.


      JavaScript is required to complete booking

      City of Light: Ohrid's St. Sophia Church, the Amphitheater, and Lunch

      Ohrid, Macedonia
      From (USD) $118 Per Person (Based on 2)
      • Ohrid sightseeing: "The gem in Macedonia's crown." "The Jerusalem of the Balkans." Starting in Old Town, you'll wonder how Europe's other City of Light remains a little-known travel secret.
      • St. Sophia: The queen of Ohrid cathedrals is going on 1,000, and only grows more magnificent. Inside you'll see some of the world's best-preserved Byzantine-era frescos, created in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries.
      • St. Clement: See the famous Gallery of Icons and learn the interesting history of "Mother of God Most Glorious," one of only four churches with frescos signed by Byzantine masters Michael and Eutychios.
      • Ancient theater: Macedonia's only Hellenistic-type amphitheater was built between two hills to enhance acoustics, and still thrills audiences; it's in great condition because it was only uncovered in the 1980s.
      • Samoil's Castle: Worthy of any kingdom in Game of Thrones, the Bulgarian Czar's fortress goes back a thousand years and features massive turreted walls, with amazing lake and town views from the ramparts.
      About this Ohrid Tour

      The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization recognizes many places for their historic importance, and many for their natural and biological importance. Nestled on the shores of a 3-million-year-old lake ("a superlative natural phenomenon," as UNESCO puts it), Ohrid is one of the few acknowledged for both.

      That natural beauty brought humans here so long ago that the first settlements are only roughly dated. But she hit her cultural prime beginning in the 7th century, when she was still known as Lychnidos: Greek for "City of Light." There were already many churches and basilicas here, and more were to come: Ohrid became "the Jerusalem of the Balkans" because there were so many churches that one could worship in a different one every day for an entire year.

      There are no longer 365 churches lining the streets here, but those that remain hold priceless cultural treasures. And the streets themselves have cultural significance: As you'll see during your tour, the foundations of houses are above the streets. Walking the city's narrow paths, you find yourself going through tunnels that take you under buildings. That's because the Ottoman Muslims who arrived in 1395 first settled outside the city walls. As the population of the Christians inside grew, they were forced to start using the space between buildings above the streets for new construction, creating tunnels underneath.

      Like so many cities in warmer climates, the houses were painted white to reflect the strong sun. But unlike typical Macedonian towns, the houses in Ohrid don't have the typical open spaces between them – that would let the strong winds coming off the lake blow through full force.

      Living on a superlative natural phenomenon does require some sacrifices.

      Blending into the environment

      On the west wall in the Church of St. Clement, there's a painting celebrating the Dormition of the Virgin Mary – her "falling asleep" (death) before her Assumption to heaven. The artists, Michael and Eutychios Astrapas took pride in signing their work, but not too obviously. If you examine the blade of St. Mercurius you'll see an inscription that translates to "by the hand of Michael Astradas." Their names can also be found as part of the clothing of of two other military saints.

      Getting prepared
      Tour Participation Requirements
      Great photo opportunities Great photo opportunities
      Bring water Bring water
      Bring water Bring water
      Wear light clothing Wear light clothing
      Wear comfortable shoes Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear Hat Wear Hat
      Wear Sunglasses Wear Sunglasses
      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

      100 countries, 915 cities… limitless possibilities


      All our tours are offered by expert local guides & operators


      Head off the beaten path with our unique tours & activities


      You can rely on our team of travel industry experts

      General disclaimer

      Your order is subject to TourTrek's Booking Ticket Agreement, including all TourTrek and GoBe policies incorporated therein.

      Have you been on this experience?

      Write a Review

      Fields marked are required.

      Please enter your review.


      Looking for other experiences in Ohrid?

      To book this tour for a large group, visit ourGROUPS PAGE for special discounted group rates