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New! 2017 Northern Greece, Albania & Macedonia: Ancient Lands of Alexander the Great

Greece: Thessaloniki, Meteora, Zagoria • Albania: Gjirokaster, Tirana • Macedonia: Ohrid, Skopje

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18 Days from only $4595 including international airfare

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Out of Sight

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36 Hours in Athens

Discover two sides of Athens—our pre-trip extension destination—from ancient ruins to a vibrant youth culture.

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Gjirokaster and Libohove, Albania

Soar above Gjirokaster for a unique perspective on the Albanian hillside town's Ottoman-era historic structures.

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Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

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Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

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Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

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Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

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Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

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Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Accommodations

Main Trip

Mediterranean Palace Hotel

Thessaloniki, Greece

The Superior First-Class Mediterranean Palace Hotel is located in downtown Thessaloniki, with a scenic view overlooking the nearby harbor. On-site amenities include a restaurant, bar, and swimming pool. Your room features air-conditioning, wireless Internet, satellite TV, and private bath with hair dryer.

Doupiani House

Kalambaka, Greece

This traditional hotel in the village of Kastraki features scenic views of the surrounding mountaintop monasteries of Meteora. Amenities at the Doupiani House include a terrace, sun deck, and bar. There is complimentary wired and wireless Internet in all public areas and the hotel’s 24 air-conditioned rooms, each with satellite TV, minibar, refrigerator, and private bath with hair dryer.

Aristi Mountain Resort

Zagoria, Greece

The Aristi Mountain Resort is situated on the highest point of Aristi village, near the Vikos Gorge and the Towers of Papigo. Constructed of traditional stone, the resort boasts an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam bath, bar, restaurant, and superb views of the surrounding mountains. There are 18 air-conditioned rooms, each with complimentary Internet access, safe, minibar, and private bath with robe, slippers, and hair dryer.

Hotel Kodra

Gjirokaster, Albania

Located in the center of Gjirokaster, the Hotel Kodra features a restaurant, bar, and sun terrace overlooking the city and surrounding mountains. There are 12 air-conditioned rooms, each with flat-screen TV, complimentary wireless Internet, and private bath.

Hotel Tino

Ohrid, Macedonia

The Hotel Tino is set along the shores of Lake Ohrid, and features a large restaurant, terrace, bar, and spa facilities. There are 27 air-conditioned rooms at the hotel, each with minibar, cable TV, telephone, and private bath with hair dryer.

Hotel StoneBridge

Skopje, Macedonia

As its name might indicate, the Hotel StoneBridge is situated next to the famous Stone Bridge over the Vardar River—the 15th-century symbol of Skopje. Hotel amenities include a rooftop restaurant, bar, fitness center, pool, and Jacuzzi. There are 30 air-conditioned rooms, each with LCD TV, direct telephone line, wired and wireless Internet, minibar, safe, and private bath.

Rogner Hotel

Tirana, Albania

The Rogner Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Tirana, walking distance from the presidential palace. Amenities include a bar, restaurant, swimming pool, and fitness center. There are 138 air-conditioned rooms, each with HD TV, complimentary wireless Internet, and a private bath.

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Best Western Hotel My Place

Nis, Serbia

Best Western Hotel My Place is conveniently situated near the Nisava River across from the Nis Fortress. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, rooftop terrace, and fitness center. There are 30 air-conditioned rooms, each with satellite TV, safe, minibar, and private bath with hair dryer.

Envoy Hotel

Belgrade, Serbia

Located near Belgrade’s central Republic Square, Envoy Hotel offers an on-site fitness center, spa, and restaurant. Each of its 49 contemporary guest rooms provides complimentary wireless internet access, a TV, a mini bar, a safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and a private bath with a hair dryer.

Hera Hotel

Athens, Greece

The Hera Hotel is ideally situated near the Acropolis and other archaeological sites, and is within walking distance of public transit. The hotel's 38 air-conditioned rooms include coffee- and tea-making facilities, high-speed wireless Internet access, telephone, a private bath with a hair dryer, and a safe.

Kydon Hotel

Chania, Crete

The Kydon Hotel is conveniently located the shopping district and nearby Old Quarter and Venetian Port. Each air-conditioned room features a balcony or terrace, wireless Internet access, telephone, satellite TV, and private bath.

Capsis Astoria

Heraklion, Greece

Conveniently located in Heraklion’s town center next to the Archaeological Museum, the Astoria Capsis features a restaurant, lobby café, and a pool and snack bar overlooking the city of Heraklion and the old Venetian port. Its 131 air-conditioned rooms include wireless Internet access, telephone, satellite TV, safe, and private bath with hair dryer.

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