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Ancient Macedonia AM

Trip Duration 15 Days

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Ancient MacedoniaScores 7.9 out of 10 based on 27 reviews
(8 out of 10)


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).....
Confirmed traveller: 02 October 2016
Published on: 05 October 2016
(3 out of 10)


Itinerary and activities poorly thought through; making for a fairly dull trip. If you like driving fairly long distancies and monastries without much in between it will suit. No walks or possibility since stops mainly in towns; could be reorganised to make it so much better since individual places were attractive.
Low spots: Sofia/grim, Mt Athos/why?
High spots:St Osogovski Monastery;Ohrid
Bizarre; Skopje- a weird jumble of Disney renovation/ dreadful but good food

Tip: if you want an even moderately active trip don't go for this.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 25 September 2016
Published on: 29 September 2016

Hi Simon, I appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us for your recent trip, although I am sorry to hear you were unhappy with your overall experience. The current feedback has been very enthusiastic for this departure and how the itinerary is arranged. This being said, I have taken the time to review your feedback with our operations manager for the area to see if we can make some refinements and ensure we are getting the best out of the trip.

(7 out of 10)


The itinerary of the tour is excellent. The range of sights is well-planned and varied. You see loads of churches and amazing frescos and the ruins of Pella and Heraclea were a particular highlight. I also loved the tomb of Phillip II. Our Explore guide was lovely, but very new to the job, meaning she often had to use wikipedia to look up information. She also struggled with explanations which meant she then repeated herself a lot. Most of the local guides were excellent, with the exception of one at Heraclea who wasted most of the tour chatting about mindless facts meaning the majority of the group didn't get to see the beautiful mosaics. Overall, the tour was great - well organised and a great itinerary. The guide was inexperienced, but lovely.
Confirmed traveller: 07 August 2016
Published on: 03 October 2016
(10 out of 10)


This is a most imaginative and well-planned tour. Every day brought something very special. The highpoints were the Tomb of Philip II at Vergina (Greece), which still has me reeling, the Rila Monastery (Bulgaria) and Lake Ohrid. Macedonia is a real find - a stunningly beautiful country of monks and monasteries, lakes, forests and mountains. Ohrid itself is a particularly attractive town.

One of Explore's strengths is the quality of its local. With one exception they were excellent, especially Maria in Thessaloniki and Soula at Philippi.

Very strongly recommended.
Confirmed traveller: 07 August 2016
Published on: 17 August 2016
(10 out of 10)


The tour was great! I've really loved Sofia, Ohrid lake, Skopje, Thassos and Bansko.
It was lovely to enter in contact with a local family in Kratovo. The archaelogical sites of Pella, Heraclea, Philippi and Vergina are wonderful.
Everything was perfect. The only tip that I have for this trip is to be prepared for hot weather in summer.
Confirmed traveller: 03 July 2016
Published on: 09 July 2016
(9 out of 10)


This tour is very well thought-out, providing a fascinating overview of what used to be Macedonia in ancient times. The amount of history in the region is incredible and the local guides throughout the trip were very knowledgeable in imparting their knowledge about the sites we visited. Pella, the tombs at Vergina and Rila monastery were big highlights in terms of historical sites. The scenery was also stunning at times, particularly in Macedonia - Lake Ohrid was a beautiful place to spend a couple of days. The food and wine in the region was very good.

I really enjoyed the optional day trip to Albania from Lake Ohrid and would recommend this. Also the optional lunch in the Macedonian family's house near the start of the trip was great.
Confirmed traveller: 19 June 2016
Published on: 05 July 2016
(8 out of 10)


Since as per usual this is not really a review I will write a proper email as I always, however, I am too busy this week with work issues.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 19 June 2016
Published on: 25 June 2016
(7 out of 10)


Emmen. Netherlands
The itinerary was OK but I would have liked to be in Bansko an extra day.
It was a highlight of the tour together with Ohrid and Mount Athos.
Confirmed traveller: 05 June 2016
Published on: 11 June 2016
(8 out of 10)


This is a really diverse and interesting trip, taking in up to four countries in 2 weeks. You will see beautiful landscapes, historic monasteries and churches and fascinating capital cities. There is a good mix of organised activities and time to spend exploring on your own. Our guide Daniel provided an excellent historical and cultural context throughout the trip.

This trip is very good value with relatively low costs to eat out etc. Accommodation is of a modest standard. Local transport was comfortable and more than adequate for the size of the group (17).

Wild flowers were abundant at the time of year we travelled (May/June).

It's worth exchanging money early on in the trip in each country as money exchanges become less frequent and arrival times do not always coincide with opening times.
Confirmed traveller: 05 June 2016
Published on: 09 June 2016
(7 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Macedonia was lovelier than I ever expected. Bulgaria was also great. Did an extra 1 day excursion into Albania - what a great last minute addition. Lake Ohrid stay was a highlight, but go to another beach (not the one in front of the hotel - it's ROCKY!). Take beach shoes & beach towel as none are provided.
Confirmed traveller: 20 November 2015
Published on: 15 April 2016