Macedonia Tours

Macedonia Tours

The Balkan Peninsula is the last corner of Europe to see tourists. Located near the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Black Seas, the Balkans have been at the crossroads of great civilizations since antiquity. Greek, Roman and Ottoman relics are still visible to this day.

Within the landlocked country of Macedonia, a former Yugoslavia state, the country has a history that dates back to the period of antiquity. The Persian Empire occupied much of the Macedonian lands, with even Alexander the Great conquering much of the region. Romans would enter and occupy the land as well, establishing a province of Macedonia, however by the middle ages Byzantine influence would decline and other empires would emerge....   Read More
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Escape the beaten path
Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
All-inclusive comfort
Get more value with all-inclusive trips featuring top-rated restaurants and hotels.
Expert local guides
Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides
Safe Travels
Adventures Abroad has implemented new safety measures and has received the World Travel and Tourism Council's Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with the assurance that we have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so you can experience 'Safe Travels'.

 

 

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Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

The Balkan Peninsula is the last corner of Europe to see tourists. Located near the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Black Seas, the Balkans have been at the crossroads of great civilizations since antiquity. Greek, Roman and Ottoman relics are still visible to this day.

Within the landlocked country of Macedonia, a former Yugoslavia state, the country has a history that dates back to the period of antiquity. The Persian Empire occupied much of the Macedonian lands, with even Alexander the Great conquering much of the region. Romans would enter and occupy the land as well, establishing a province of Macedonia, however by the middle ages Byzantine influence would decline and other empires would emerge.

Macedonia tours travels to Skopje, the capital city, showcase a jigsaw puzzle of buildings influenced by ancient Rome, Byzantium, the First Bulgarian Empire and the Ottoman Turks. Located in a valley on both sides of River Vardar, Skopje traces its ancient history back over 2,000 years to when it was known as Skupi. One highlight includes the Skopje Old Bazaar which emerged and developed in an area between the Stone Bridge and the Bazaar, and between the Kale fortress and the Serava River. As early as in late middle age, all economic activity of the town took place here. In the period between the 16th and 17th century, the Old Bazaar reached its urban and economic zenith, developing into one of the largest and most significant oriental old bazaars in the Balkans.

Macedonia tours continues on to a mountainous landscape right at the heart of the Balkans, sprinkled with beautiful valleys and lakes, with a rich Hellenic heritage. Its churches and mosques contain many fine examples of art and architecture from the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Memorable stops include the stunningly scenic towns such as Ohrid. Perched on the northern slopes above Lake Ohrid, the 'city of 365 churches' is home to monasteries dating back to the 9th century which were once the cradle of arts and literature, even creators of the Cyrillic language.

On Macedonia tours, another important historical stop is at Heraclea Lyncestis, among Macedonia's best archaeological sites. Roman baths, portico and amphitheatre, and the striking Early Christian basilica and episcopal palace ruins, with beautiful, well-preserved floor mosaics depicting endemic trees and animals are found here.

Nearby in Bitola, is an area where the Consulates of European countries were located at the time of the Ottoman Empire. During this period, a fine assortment of mosques appeared across the country. Gazi Haydar Kadi Mosque, dating from 1561 is one of the most beautiful examples of classical Turkish style of architecture. The Yeni Mosque, built in 1558 is well-known for its exquisite decorative ornaments and stalactites. In contrast, the St. Dimitrija which was built in 1830, is a cathedral well-known for its wood carved ecclesiastical furniture.

Throughout this often overlooked corner of Europe, is a country with scenic mountains and abundant flowering plants lining beautiful river valleys. One trip to Macedonia will explain why this area has been inhabited by so many civilizations over the millennia.