- Fascinating holiday into a (surprisingly) little visited part of Europe, but one which has so much to offer. It helps if you're interested in ancient history (lots of Greek and Roman sites - spectacular sites at Pella, Heraklea and Philippi, with the added bonus of wonderful grave goods found at Philip II of Macedon's unraided tomb (think of a Macedonian equivalent of Tutankhamen, in terms of quality if not in volume); ditto lots of wonderful Orthodox churches and monasteries, some of which have frescoes dating back to seventh century. Also lots of opportunities to commune with nature (Macedonia in particular is blessed with wonderful unspoiled scenery) and chill - although, overall, it is a pretty busy trip!
Tips - come with a large appetite (food helpings are enormous, and quality is generally high); a good camera (it's a photographer's paradise, although in some of the museums photography is forbidden); bring a range of clothing (I went in Sept, and we had surprisingly good weather, although with a little rain; the trip in June had bakingly hot weather) and comfortable shoes; and remember - a surprisingly (by British standards, anyway) high proportion of the populations in all three countries speak a very reasonable standard of English and are extremely warm, hospitable people.
One key thing not to do - enter into the vexed debate about whether Philip II/ Alexander the Great were really Greek or Macedonian (sounds like a minor issue, but the two countries have nearly come to war over this, and the squabble still continues).....
Published on: 05 October 2016