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Paola Dentifrigi  Identity Verified
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Feb 11, 2009

Hallo everybody,
I know it's probably a little too premature, but since I've learnt of this conference I'm daydreaming of the possible ways to reach Ohrid.
It's located in a part of the Balkans I haven't seen yet, so I'm planning to reach it via Tirana or Athens or Sofia* by car if someone wants to travel with me and share the expenses (we might rent a car, I am not travelling by car from Italy, although I might be capable of doing something like that). Otherwise, I'll jump on a bus or train in one of the aforementioned cities.
Anyone interested?
Paola
*There are low costs or direct flights to these cities from Italy

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Csaba Ban  Identity Verified
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Flight schedules Feb 11, 2009

Here's a useful list of links:

SKOPJE arrivals
http://skp.airports.com.mk/default.aspx?ItemID=360

SKOPJE departures
http://skp.airports.com.mk/default.aspx?ItemID=359

(both of these are winter timetables, hopefully this will change soon to summer timetables)

SKOPJE direct routes (flights per week)
Belgrade (12), Berlin (SXF) (1), Budapest (9), Vienna (12), Dusseldorf (3), Zagreb (7), Istanbul (9), Cologne (1), Ljubljana (14), Prague (6), Rome (FCO) (4), Sarajevo (3), Sofia (2), Tirana (2), Hamburg (1), Zurich (14)

SKOPJE low-cost routes:
http://whichbudget.com/en/cheapflights.php?from=SKP
Sofia, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Zurich



OHRID arrivals
http://ohd.airports.com.mk/default.aspx?ItemID=360

OHRID departures
http://ohd.airports.com.mk/default.aspx?ItemID=359

OHRID direct routes (flights per week)
Amsterdam (1), Ljubljana (3), Vienna (3), Zurich (1)

OHRID low-cost routes:
http://whichbudget.com/en/cheapflights.php?from=OHD
Zurich


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Paola Dentifrigi  Identity Verified
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Thank you Csaba Feb 11, 2009

But I am looking (possibly) for someone to rent a car with
Paola


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Csaba Ban  Identity Verified
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Dear Paola,

I understood your request...

I just thought I'd share flight information I found for everyone's benefit. So I was not replying, just adding new content.

Replying to you, Athens is pretty much far away from Ohrid. Even Thessaloniki seems to be difficult to reach - I checked if there are any direct buses, but apparently you have to take a series of buses and taxis to travel between these places.

Reportedly there's a direct bus service from Tirana to Ohrid, taking 4 to 5 hours. This service drops you off at a place called Struga, from where you have to take a taxi to Ohrid proper.

Two additional links:
http://wikitravel.org/en/Ohrid
http://wikitravel.org/en/Skopje


cs.


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Csaba Ban  Identity Verified
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stupid me Feb 11, 2009

Dear Paola,

I just realized that this is not a general Travel forum dedicated to this conference, but a single thread with the title "Travel".

Sorry for messing this up. Once the "official" Travel forum will be up and running, my posts here can be moved there.

cs.


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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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A trick Feb 11, 2009

Ciao, Paola,

This happened over a couple of decades ago, but it taught me a lesson. I don't know if with the EC all rental cars have a TT license or not. The idea may be interesting if you want to drive all the way there, but return by plane.

What happened to me then was that I would go to England, Israel, and then Italy and Switzerland. The problem was that I would fly into Rome, drive all the way to Zurich, and from there fly back home (Brazil). If I took an Italian car to Switzerland, they would charge me (in those days) USD 400 extra, for fuel, toll, and a driver to take it back. So I made a reservation for a cheap Fiat Panda at Hertz. It was then the most internationally widespread rental car company.

Every time I had contact with Hertz (England, Israel), I showed them my voucher for Italy, and told them "If you have a Swiss car in Italy, tell your colleagues to leave it at Fiumicino airport, I'll drive it back for you.".

When I landed there, they had a shiny 4-door Opel Rekord with all the options waiting for me. I would pay only the Fiat Panda rates, some nice free upgrade. The license plates were from Lucerne, but they'd be very happy (and wouldn't charge anything extra) if I dropped it off at the Zurich airport.

Maybe this will work for you. Just an idea. Italian and Brazilian drivers can get anywhere. Berlitz's travel guides to both countries contain exactly the same phrase: "To drive there you must have nerves of steel."


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Paola Dentifrigi  Identity Verified
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Don't mention that Feb 12, 2009

José Henrique Lamensdorf wrote:

"To drive there you must have nerves of steel."


Otherwise no one will dare to sit in a car with me

Paola


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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Update Feb 12, 2009

Just in case anyone hasn't seen Hristina's helpful explanation about travel plans in the thread I started, it is here:
http://www.proz.com/forum/6th_prozcom_conference_macedonia_2009/127103-announcement.html


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Elda CENALIA
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Hi all! Feb 15, 2009

I live in Tirana and I will not miss this opportunity to get together so any of you travelling any part of your trip Tirana - Ohrid, do not hesitate to et in touch with me.

This goes to Paola as well

Greetings,

Elda


Paola Dentifrigi wrote:

Hallo everybody,
I know it's probably a little too premature, but since I've learnt of this conference I'm daydreaming of the possible ways to reach Ohrid.
It's located in a part of the Balkans I haven't seen yet, so I'm planning to reach it via Tirana or Athens or Sofia* by car if someone wants to travel with me and share the expenses (we might rent a car, I am not travelling by car from Italy, although I might be capable of doing something like that). Otherwise, I'll jump on a bus or train in one of the aforementioned cities.
Anyone interested?
Paola
*There are low costs or direct flights to these cities from Italy


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Anna Semyonova
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Visa Feb 15, 2009

The program is very interesting!
I'm looking forward to take part in the conference! Is an official (written) invitation necessary?

Thank you!

[Редактировалось 2009-02-15 17:21 GMT]


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Sherefedin MUSTAFA
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Visa regime of Republic of Macedonia Feb 15, 2009

Dear all,

In this Word document to download/open from this link of the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs you can see the actual state of visa regime towards foreign citizens / other countries.

http://www.mfa.gov.mk/default1.aspx?ItemID=307

Please feel free to post any request for additional information regarding your travel to and stay in Macedonia.

Kind regards,
Sherefedin


[Edited at 2009-02-16 20:11 GMT]


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Marta Brambilla  Identity Verified
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Ciao Paola Feb 16, 2009

Hi Paola, I find your idea very interesting ... I would like to make the trip with you !!

And as I live in Switzerland, near the Italian border, just tell me where you live and I'll reach you !!!!

Let's keep in contact, if you wish write me at marta.translations@gmail.com for some travel details

have a great week
Marta


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Atanas Dakov  Identity Verified
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Travel from Bulgaria (Sofia) Feb 16, 2009

I might travel to Ohrid from Sofia, Bulgaria by my own car, so people who are interested travelling with me are welcomed to contact me.

Atanas


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Marta Brambilla  Identity Verified
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Hi Paola Feb 17, 2009

Hi !!! I gave a look at a map and I saw it could be a nice idea to take a ferry form Brindisi to Patra (Patrasso) and travel by car from there ...
And eventually to come back via Croatia and stopping here and there to enjoy sea and beaches ...

what do you think?
Anybody any suggestion???
Marta


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Nicole Maina  Identity Verified
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Car-sharing Tirana-Ohrid Feb 17, 2009

Elda CENALIA wrote:

I live in Tirana and I will not miss this opportunity to get together so any of you travelling any part of your trip Tirana - Ohrid, do not hesitate to et in touch with me.



Hi Paola and Elda,

I am considering to fly Cuneo-Tirana and I would really appreciate it if we could share a car or travel together with the bus or whatever from Tirana to Ohrid.

Reaching Skopje from Italy is really difficult and expensive...

Would anybody else be joining us? Possibly Marta from Switzerland?

Nicole

[Edited at 2009-02-17 14:30 GMT]


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