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Ancient Macedonia AM

Trip Duration 15 Days

Explore the highlights 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


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join trip in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria

  • 2
    Sofia city tour; stay overnight in a Macedonian monastery

  • 3
    Explore Kratovo and Skopje including Kale Fortress

  • 4
    Excursion to the dramatic Matka Gorge with the chance for a boat trip

  • 5
    Scenic drive to Lake Ohrid via Mavrovo National Park

  • 6
    Guided walking tour of Ohrid; afternoon relaxing by the lake

  • 7
    Free day in Ohrid with the chance to visit Albania

  • 8
    Visit to Saint Naum Monastery en route to Pelister National Park

  • 9
    Admire ancient Heraclea; guided tour of Thessaloniki (Greece)

  • 10
    Visit the birthplace of Alexander the Great and UNESCO listed Vergina

  • 11
    Drive to Kavala via Halkidiki Peninsula; boat trip to Mount Athos

  • 12
    Excursion to Thassos Island to explore or relax on the beach

  • 13
    Explore historical Philippi; drive to Bansko (Bulgaria)

  • 14
    Discover the beautiful Rila Monastery; free afternoon in Sofia

  • 15
    Trip ends in Sofia

Trip notes

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Ancient Macedonia
Why Book this trip
This trip is ideal for those travellers who are interested in history and culture. Stunning scenery intersperses our journey as we make our way through the lost empire of Alexander the Great. Staying at a 12th century monastery sheds light on life of times gone by.
Included meals 14 0 1
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Boat, Ferry
13 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Standard Monastery
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 12 - 18