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Ancient Macedonia AM

Tour Duration 15 Days
Reviews for Ancient Macedonia 4 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.

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4.5 Ruth Ludbrook, 23/06/15

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Macedonia was a beautiful country with friendly people and a fascinating history. The tour was fairly relaxed and offered a range of things to see and do - my only criticism is that it was so nice I wanted more time there rather than going Greece and Bulgaria! Hopefully Explore will add more tours covering Macedonia. However I was especially pleased that our guide managed to arrange the option of a day trip over the border into Albania, which was a fascinating contrast. Matka Canyon, Lake Ohrid and Vergina were highlights for me.

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5 Peter Hartnall, 10/06/15

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I enjoyed this tour because it had a variety of aspects such as history, explained religious differences well, wonderful scenery, relaxing times at Ohrid, boat rides, walking, coach ride, good hotels, not too early starts to the day, a mix of three similar but different countries, a knowledgeable and helpful guide.

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We were concerned by the comments you made regarding the accommodation at the Monastery, and we agree that the light in your room should not have been in that condition. Our local agent has looked into this for us and the owners have been contacted regarding the issues you’ve mentioned - including not having hot water and loo rolls. We appreciate this accommodation is very unique, and adds greatly to the tour, but we expect a certain standard of facilities to be upheld. As we have had only positive feedback for this location in the past we will keep an eye on it to ensure this was a one off.

4 Phil and Anita Child, 03/12/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Rila monastery, Ohrid, and Vergina (tomb of Philip II)and monastery of St. Joakim Osogovski. Skopje was spectacular, but probably could use less time there, and more in the mountains.

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4.5 Linda Cassidy, 03/12/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

The museum at Pella, the tomb of Phillip 11 and the ruins at Philippi were all totally unexpected and amazing wow moments. The countryside is beautiful - fabulous river gorges, forests and mountains. The day on Thassos was very relaxing - do take time to see the theatre. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful - Sofia and Skopje are great places for people watching with lots and lots of photo opportunities.

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4 John, 09/07/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Philips tomb in Vergina. The museum incorporated into the tumulus where the ancient graves were discovered is amazing. It has to rank as one of the most tasteful museums in the world. The explanations and layout of the artifacts are excellent.

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5 , 16/10/13


Michelle Bird

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What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

So hard to choose just one! The combination of ancient sites, beautiful churches and time spent outdoors come together to make this a brilliantly varied trip. There is a great balance of days packed with activites and free days to explore places at your leisure. Ohrid was a town I would love to go back to, its location on the shores of a lake give it a relaxed feel and it is home to so much to see and do - both ancient and modern. Other highlights included an exploration of the site of Phillipi, a maginficently preserved ancient town and time on Thassos Island, home to a wide range of different ways to spend your day - walks, museums, shops and even a beach for those who just want to relax. I had an amazing time visiting these three countries and learning about their history.

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Goran was great - he was really knowledgeable about everywhere we visited and the history of the three countries. He was a lovley guy, so easy to get along with, really approachable and great at encouraging people to ask questions throughout the tour.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Do it! There is so much to the tour, including a lto mroe time spent outside than I expected. Having some knowledge of the history of the area would also be beneficial, though the Tour leader is definitely able to fill in any gaps in knowledge you may have.

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Couldn't recommend this tour highly enough, there is so much more to it than I ever expected!

5 Elizabeth Cowan, 17/07/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

There were so many!  These four really stick out: the museum at Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great - newly opened with magnificent displays; Rila monastery,hidden away in a valley which kept the flame of Christianity alive during centureis of Ottoman rule; cruise around Mt Athos; and time out in and around Kavala and Thassos.

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0.5 Ainslie Morris, 27/10/11

What I look for on a tour outside Australia are  living cultures, ancient civilizations and their historical sites, and green mountainous scenery. We had it all in Bulgaria, Macedonia and northern Greece, with the added bonus of an excellent Macedonian driver and very pleasant tour leader.

Some unexpected little highlights for me were the nightingale singing all night at the spectacular Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski; the delicious lunch in the ancient crumbling mining town of Kratovo;  the bubbling springs of Black Trim River that feed Lake Ohrid and the pearls made from fish scales; the World War I trenches below Hotel Molik in Pelister National Park; Vevcani with its own odd currency; the charm of the Thessaloniki Greeks; the paved Roman road at Philippi that went from Constantinople to Rome. My advice? See more of the Ballkans. (AM -22nd May 2011)

0 David Wilson, 08/07/11
A tour of great variety covering three different countries. Highlights included: staying in a monastery in a beautiful location, medieval churches around Lake Ohrid (also a beautiful location), the classical sites of Pella and Vergina (amazingly preserved tombs and exquisite gold objects), the vibrant Byzantine city of Thessaloniki, and boat trips up the Matka Gorge in Macedonia, and round Athos and to Thassos in Greece. Apart from the gold, the range of mosaics and frescos was stunning, and there was plenty to see in Sofia at the start and end of the tour. The Balkans are not easy to understand and the tensions and cross-cultural conflicts of the past are still in evidence in claims and counter-claims between the countries and communities, but walking around wherever we were was very safe and easy, and we were welcomed and people were interested in us wherever we went. Food and drink were good and varied, and good value especially in Macedonia and Bulgaria. Although I'd found information about most of the sites before travelling, they nearly all exceeded my expectations. It does help to have some background knowledge of the region so that the accounts you hear from the diffent local guides (all good) on the city and site tours can be fitted into context. I'd definitely recommend this -- it's one of the things Explore do so well, combining different and unexpected elements into an engaging and stimulating tour.
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