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Cultural Discovery Tour of Greece, Bulgaria and Macedonia

Journey through eastern Bulgaria, northern Greece and Macedonia to uncover the lost empire of Alexander the Great. We explore a range of cultural landmarks including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Lake Ohrid and the Rila Monastery. We also take a boat trip along the Mediterranean coast to the fabled Mount Athos, visit the mosaics of Pella and walk in the pretty Pelister National Park.

Tour Highlights

  • Lake Ohrid - Enjoy a truly stunning lake and mountain setting; tour the historical buildings situated around the lake
  • Rila Monastery - Spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site with its brightly coloured frescoes
  • Matka Gorge - Experience the natural wonder of Matka Gorge; chance for a boat trip
  • Sofia - Old town sightseeing
  • Vergina - Visit the ancient capital of Macedonian Kings
  • Mt. Athos - Boat excursion along the coast of Athos to reach 'the holy mountain'
  • Thassos Island - Day trip by ferry to visit its Roman remains and Medieval fortress


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  • 1
    Join tour Sofia

  • 2
    City tour of Sofia; drive to Kriva Palanka

  • 3
    Drive to Skopje (Macedonia)

  • 4
    In Skopje

  • 5
    Drive to Lake Ohrid via Mavrovo National Park

  • 6
    See Lake Ohrid

  • 7
    Explore Lake Ohrid

  • 8
    Drive to Pelister National Park

  • 9
    Visit Heraclea, drive to Thessaloniki (Greece)

  • 10
    In Thessaloniki; visit Vergina

  • 11
    Drive to Kavala via the Halkidiki Peninsula

  • 12
    Visit Thassos Island, drive to Kavala

  • 13
    Drive to Bansko (Bulgaria)

  • 14
    Visit Rila Monastery, afternoon drive to Sofia

  • 15
    Tour ends Sofia

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Ancient Macedonia
4 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. Read reviews
Included meals 14 0 1
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Boat, Ferry
13 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Standard Monastery
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 12 - 18