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A historic lakeside retreat. Boating, swimming, and historic architecture, all on the shores of Lake Ohrid.

A serene city on a beautiful lake, Ohrid combines ample history, scenery, and outdoor activities, which helped it attain UNESCO World Heritage status. The Old Town is set on a hill with a wealth of sites to explore, from monasteries to an ancient Greek amphitheater, and an imposing fortress. Since the city is right on Lake Ohrid, everywhere you go you’ll have breathtaking views of the water and all the surrounding natural beauty. One of the most incredible things to see is the view of the Old Town jutting out into the lake, especially when lit up at night, an image summing up the lake region's unique charm. If you’re visiting in the summer, you’ll find a rich cultural atmosphere, with many concerts and outdoor events.

The lake gives the region its unique charm and also offers many excellent outdoor activities. It’s the perfect place to take a dip, kick back, and relax at one of the beachfront bars, or even climb aboard a boat. The water is very clean and is consistently warm, since it’s fed by hot springs spread across the lake. One of the activities our guests love best here is a trip to the St. Naum monastery at the other end of the lake. But that’s just one of the boating options that will give you a chance to enjoy the lake from the center of it, and to get a new point of view on the city. Ohrid is reasonably priced, so you can really live it up while you’re here. The city remains relatively untouched, but it does seem poised at the edge of a tourist boom. See it before the crowds do.

What we love about Ohrid

Lidija

Trip Planner

Ohrid is like a fairy tale setting, a small town on the shore of the most beautiful lake in this part of the world. But what really struck me in Ohrid was the unparalleled warmth and hospitality of the locals, as well as the most amazing fresh food and even more amazing local wine.

Antonia

Adriatic Team Leader

Aside from Ohrid being truly beautiful and vivid, I found there, and liked the most, the calm vibe this town offers. There is a lot to see and do, but even if you do nothing, just enjoying views over the lake while maybe sipping some of the excellent Macedonian wine, this place makes you relaxed, charges your batteries and makes you wish to stay longer.

Josipa

Dubrovnik City Host & Adriatic Destination Expert

My first impression of Ohrid is related to beautiful lake scenery that was somewhat mystical. I will never forget the view from my hotel room overlooking the spacious lake that seemed as frozen in time. The feel of serenity was constant while in Ohrid and local people are very relaxed and warm. I liked the combination of strong historical background and natural beauty of the area and I strongly believe I wasn't in Ohrid for the last time.

Where to stay in Ohrid

Our Ohrid accommodation selection comprises the town's best hotels and apartments so you can be certain you're choosing from the best. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Classic Modern Hotel
This lake-front hotel is designed in the classic local style. A great mid-range option in the perfect location.
Small Design Hotel
Just outside Old Town, this is a pleasant hotel with classic four-star accommodation and decor.
Charming Boutique Villa
A nicely decorated villa with beautiful views, along with a restaurant and winery.

Things to do in Ohrid

Not many lakeside towns have a history stretching back to ancient times. We've curated a variety of tours to not only showcase that aspect but also help you discover the local culture. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider adding later.
Ohrid and St. Naum Private Tour
St. Naum Private Tour
Private Hiking Tour in National Park Galicica

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Ohrid

Spend some time in Ohrid on a tour that takes in other cities in North Macedonia and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Ohrid and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5
Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Ohrid vacation packages
Based on 5 reviews
Review by Ryan Dugan

Ryan Dugan

Missouri

Everyone involved from my driver to the guides and the JayWay Travel local representatives on the phone make a solo trip not feel so solo and that I was cared for and well taken care of

Everyone involved from my driver to the guides and the JayWay Travel local representatives on the phone make a solo trip not feel so solo and that I was cared for and well taken care of

Year : 2020
Visited : North Macedonia
Itinerary : Skopje, Ohrid, Skopje
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2020
Visited : North Macedonia
Itinerary : Skopje, Ohrid, Skopje
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Todd & Jennifer

Todd & Jennifer

Ontario

The JayWay Travel experience is customized and personalized. Each trip will be unique to you and it is a wonderful way to ensure you focus on what matters most while travelling (sights, activities, etc.) rather than booking hotels, transfers, etc. that take up so much of your time and energy.

The JayWay Travel experience is customized and personalized. Each trip will be unique to you and it is a wonderful way to ensure you focus on what matters most while travelling (sights, activities, etc.) rather than booking hotels, transfers, etc. that take up so much of your time and energy.

Year : 2019
Visited : Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria
Itinerary : Bucharest, Sibiu, Belgrade, Kotor, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Sofia, Burgas, Constanta
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria
Itinerary : Bucharest, Sibiu, Belgrade, Kotor, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Sofia, Burgas, Constanta
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Review by Russell MacLeod Stormont

Russell MacLeod Stormont

Virginia

Albania and Macedonia were exotic and fascinating and the people were very welcoming to me. Without the localized staff to assist me I do not think this trip would have been so satisfying. I highly endorse all services.

Albania and Macedonia were exotic and fascinating and the people were very welcoming to me. Without the localized staff to assist me I do not think this trip would have been so satisfying. I highly endorse all services.

Year : 2018
Visited : Albania, Macedonia
Itinerary : Tirana, Gjirokastra, Ohrid, Skopje
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Albania, Macedonia
Itinerary : Tirana, Gjirokastra, Ohrid, Skopje
Rating :
5 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Ohrid

What are prices like in Ohrid?

A quick lunch with a drink in the city center, is around 300 MKD/$5.5. Museum and landmarks only cost a few dollars. For dinner, budget around 500 MKD/$9 per person.

How can I get around Ohrid?

Ohrid's Old Town is quite compact, and is pedestrian-only, so walking around is quite easy, although the local cabbies charge low fares. If you're visiting St. Naum, we recommend enjoying a round-trip boat ride to get there.

Is Ohrid safe?

Ohrid is quite safe to visit.

Does Ohrid have options for those with dietary restrictions?

Although Macedonian cuisine focuses on meat, increasingly more restaurants offer gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options, including Dr. Falafel.

How long should I stay in Ohrid?

We recommend a night or two, but Ohrid can also be a stop on a transfer between Tirana and Skopje.
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