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Via Egnatia tour

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Vasilka Dimitrovska, founder of HAEMUS Travel, above the remains of the ancien regional road Via Egnatia at the village of Radožda, Struga

Full day tour along the famous road Via Egnatia including the visit of the hidden city of ancient Lychnidos (within today Ohrid, city of UNESCO), remains of the road at the village of Radozda (Struga) and Heraclea Lyncestis (near modern Bitola).

Via Egnatia is known as a significant antiquity regional road which connected the Roman imperial center with the Balkan Peninsula hinterland and asia Minor, i.e. it connected the city of Rome with Constantinople. It is a actually a large reconstruction of the already known prehistoric trade road known as Candavian road (the name was given because of the Candavia mountains, the old name for the mountain ridge of the current Jablanica and Mokra Mountain, as well as the mountain ridges that came close to the Pindus mountain).

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The reconstruction of this communication route started around year 130 BC when Macedonia was a Roman province for already twenty years, and it was named according to Gn. Egnatius, the head of the reconstruction of this regional road. It connected Rome with Brindisi on the west coast of the adriatic Sea, and then it continued to durres (dyrrachion) on the east coast of the same sea, via lychnidos (Ohrid), Heraclea (at Bitola), Pella and Thessalonica to Byzantion in asia Minor. This road had a great military, trade and cultural significance at the time of the Roman expansion, but also before that.

The stations of Via Egnatia were noted in several old itineraries: Itinerarium antonini, Itinerarium Burdigalensis and Tabula Peutingeriana. On the territory of the Ohrid region, part of this road has been preserved on the hilly part west of the village of Radožda, on the west coast of the Ohrid lake, 2.50 m wide. The road was built of amorphous stones with various dimensions, mad smooth from usage, and at times there are remains of the edges made of larger stone slubs. Near the last village houses of Radožda the road is lost, but it is assumed that it went towards the lake, along the very coast of the lake (now under the water level) and that it connected Lychnidos (nowadays Ohrid) to the rest of stations along this road including famous city of Heraclea Lyncestis.

On the other side of the road, we will visit Heraclea Lyncestis, an archaeological site from Antiquity, Roman and Early Christian period originally founded by Philip II of Macedon and later important because of its location on the famous VIA EGNATIA.

Itinerary: Lychnidos (Ohrid) – Via Egnatia (Radozhda) – Heraclea Lyncesis (Bitola)

Departure: at request
Duration: 7-9 hours
Time: at request
Guide: Professional licensed tourist guide and archaeologist
Price: 85 EUR per person

MORE INFORMATION:
Included: Licensed guide; transport, coffee brakes
Excluded: Gratuities (optional)
Getting around: Walking, Driving
Minimum people required: 3
Maximum people allowed: 6

You can book a tour, or you can contact us in the following ways:
By email: contact@haemustravel.com 
By phone: 00 389 77 432 861

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