Post-conference Tours

Shebenik

The Shebenik massif is a large ultramafic body, most of which is included in the National Park of Shebenik. These mountains can reach 2,100 m and host a wide variety of flora from Mediterranean to alpine environments. Beech forests appear at altitudes above 1400 m and alpine meadows are found at higher altitudes. These meadows host emblematic species including the hyperaccumulators Bornmuellera baldaccii subsp. markgrafii. Noccaea ochroleuca (perennial individuals), Alyssum smolikanum,…

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Chromite mine 

Although the production of nickel has stopped, chromium smelting is still going on in Albania. The country is rich of dozens of active underground chromite mines. There are several sites around Pogradec and the aim of the trip is to invite you to explore one of them in Prrenjas and to meet the operating staff.
The trip comprises the minibus transfer to the site. The duration of the visit is 4 hours.


Full Day to Ohrid Lake

The Jerusalem of the Balkans
 
After meeting with the guide and driver, you will be transferred to the border and then immediately to the St.Naum Monastery in Macedonia.
Visiting the monastery, the small chapel of St. Petka with its famous healing water spring, and the springs of the river Crni Drim.
After the sightseeing, there will be free time for coffee break.
 
You  continue your day driving to the North part of the lake on the Ohrid Rivijera side, an magnificent view of lake shore under the Galicicia National park.
Arrival in Ohrid, the so called "Jerusalem of the Balkans, is a city in the Republic of Macedonia located in the eastern shores of Lake Ohrid.
It has had a continuous inhabitation since its first settlements in 4th century BC from the Illyrian tribes of Enchelai and Dassaretae, mentioned as the city of Lychnidos.
Since the first centuries of Christianity, here the faith set roots so much that once is has been noted that had 365 churches, one of each day of the year.
The city and the area were colonized by the Slavs but the city continued its prosper under many Empires. Due to the many cultural inheritance from the centuries and being well preserved, Ohrid and the lake in 1978 were included in UNESCO World Heritage List.
 
Today Ohrid is the jewel of Macedonia and the pearl of Lake Ohrid.
 Your visit will start to the old quarter of Ohrid where you will meet the local guide that was born and grown in Ohrid.
The traditional houses, built close to each other have created some cobbled narrow streets like a labyrinth. They will lead you to the churches of Ohrid where the most important and the most special one is St. Sophia Church, coming from 9th-10th century from Bulgarian Empire, housing important medieval art of paintings, icons and frescoes.
Other special religious attractions are the churches of St. Bogorodica Perivlepta from 13th century, the St. Jovan Kaneo from 13th century, St. Pantelejmon Plaosnik Monastery from 10th century, etc.
 
On the way up, you will also see the Roman amphitheatre, a one of a kind in Macedonia coming since almost 2000 years ago. Up in the Saint Klement Pantelejmon Church, named after the saint patron of Ohrid, is one of the most beautiful mosaics of the Balkans, a Christian one, on the floor of the church.
 
Being in Ohrid, the best place to have lunch is, of course, by the lake.
And before continuing the itinerary back to Pogradec, you will have lunch in a fancy restaurant by the shores of lake Ohrid.
After lunch you will be transferred back to Pogradec by Qafe Thana Border and ,depending on the time, we can visit the idilic city of Struga right on the sources of Black Drim River.After border procedure end of your journey.