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

Thessaloniki • Meteora • Zagoria • Gjirokaster • Tirana • Ohrid • Skopje

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18 Days from only $4595 including international airfare

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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.

Physical Requirements

Pacing

  • 7 locations in 17 days
  • Early morning departures with 1 pre-dawn flight

Physical Requirements

  • Not appropriate for travelers using wheelchairs, walkers, or other mobility aids
  • You must be able to walk approximately 3 miles unassisted and be comfortable participating in 6-8 hours of physical activities each day
  • Trip Leaders reserve the right to modify participation, or in some circumstances send travelers home, if their limitations impact the group’s experience

Climate

  • Temperatures are mild and seasonable throughout most of the year, with the hottest temperatures in July and August averaging 80°F; temperatures begin dropping in November with the possibility of rain or even snow

Terrain & Transportation

  • Walk on rugged paths and cobblestoned streets, and travel by bus over rural roads that may be bumpy and narrow
  • Hikes along steep trails in Meteora and up and down hills in mountain villages in the Zagoria region; good hiking shoes are recommended for these activities
  • Agility and balance are required for boarding or disembarking rafts on optional Vikos Gorge Rafting tour
  • Travel by air-conditioned minibus, donkey, and small boat

Accommodations & Facilities

  • Hotel rooms are smaller than those in the U.S. and offer basic amenities
  • All accommodations feature private baths with showers

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