A Short Break in Lake Ohrid: The Jewel of Macedonia. Cancelled in April 2020. The journey will be re-organised for 2021.13 - 16 June, 2020

Trip Dates:
13 - 16 June, 2020
Trip Price: £760
Single Room Supplement: £90
Trip Length: 4 days

The ancient town of Ohrid in Northern 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 cobble stoned streets to the translucent waters below.

But Orhid 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.

Maximum Party Size: 20

Trip Leader: NIrvana Romell

Nirvana Romell is an International lecturer in West European Art and Culture, she is a born and bred Dalmatian, coming from Dalmatia- the central coastal province of Croatia.With postgraduate degrees from the University of Zagreb (English Language and Literature / History of Art -Western Europe and the western Balkans). Her main areas of interest are the history of Western art, including Balkan art and culture. She also regularly researches, arranges and accompanies journeys  to the western Balkans and related countries and she has just accompanied a very successful journey to Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania for the Alumni of Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

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A Short Break in Lake Ohrid: The Jewel of Macedonia. Cancelled in April 2020. The journey will be re-organised for 2021. Trip Comments:

‘I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The days were always fascinating and of course Nirvana lifts everything to another level with her expertise.’
‘We thoroughly enjoyed travelling to a region pretty much unknown to us with excellent planning and services and with the academic rigour, yet amusingly accessible day to day guidance of Nirvana Romell.’
‘Meals included in the trip had been specially selected by Nirvana – we enjoyed a wonderful variation of local specialities and of such a high standard.’
‘Thank you for organising a super holiday. Nirvana really made the trip with knowledge, enthusiasm and unflappability.’