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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

Meet four Albanian children and discover how, despite living in poverty, they have big dreams for the future.

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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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How to Make Greek Moussaka

Learn how to cook traditional Greek moussaka, an iconic lamb and eggplant dish.

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Athens and the Peloponnese

Get to know iconic Athens and discover the legendary locales beyond its borders with travel expert Rudy Maxa.

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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.

Weather & Climate

Interested in what the climate and weather will be like on this trip? Take a look at the type of climates you’ll encounter, expected precipitation, and average temperatures by month for destinations you’ll visit.

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  • Greece has an almost ideal climate—plenty of sunshine and dry air most of the year. During spring and early fall, days are very comfortable, with temperatures ranging from 60 degrees F to 80 degrees F. The beaches are less crowded and the water is still warm enough for swimming. In spring, Athens's surrounding hills come to life with gentle hues of green and colorful wild flowers. Summer heat is greatly tempered by coastal breezes, but on calm days, Athens can be very hot.

    Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 56 43 1.7
    Feb 57 43 1.6
    Mar 61 47 1.6
    Apr 68 52 1.1
    May 77 60 0.6
    June 86 69 0.2
    July 91 74 0.3
    Aug 92 74 0
    Sept 83 67 0.5
    Oct 75 60 1.4
    Nov 65 53 2.9
    Dec 58 47 2.3
  • Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 56 43 1.7
    Feb 57 43 1.6
    Mar 61 47 1.6
    Apr 68 52 1.1
    May 77 60 0.6
    June 86 69 0.2
    July 91 74 0.3
    Aug 92 74 0
    Sept 83 67 0.5
    Oct 75 60 1.4
    Nov 65 53 2.9
    Dec 58 47 2.3
  • Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 56 43 1.7
    Feb 57 43 1.6
    Mar 61 47 1.6
    Apr 68 52 1.1
    May 77 60 0.6
    June 86 69 0.2
    July 91 74 0.3
    Aug 92 74 0
    Sept 83 67 0.5
    Oct 75 60 1.4
    Nov 65 53 2.9
    Dec 58 47 2.3
  • Albania has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters in the lowlands. Local climatic variation occurs from one region to another. The western part of the country, under the influence of warm maritime air from the Adriatic and Ionian seas, has more-moderate temperatures than the rest of Albania. For example, Saranda, on the southern coast, has average daily temperatures in the mid-70s F in July and in the upper 40s F in January.

    Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 53 36 5.1
    Feb 55 37 5.8
    Mar 57 38 4.2
    Apr 65 46 5.8
    May 73 54 5.7
    June 82 60 3.1
    July 88 63 1.5
    Aug 90 63 0.5
    Sept 82 57 1.6
    Oct 73 50 4.9
    Nov 62 46 6.0
    Dec 56 38 5.3
  • Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 53 36 5.1
    Feb 55 37 5.8
    Mar 57 38 4.2
    Apr 65 46 5.8
    May 73 54 5.7
    June 82 60 3.1
    July 88 63 1.5
    Aug 90 63 0.5
    Sept 82 57 1.6
    Oct 73 50 4.9
    Nov 62 46 6.0
    Dec 56 38 5.3
  • Macedonia has three distinct climate regions. The region where the city of Ohrid is located has the classic Mediterranean Climate. Like Greece, this area has plenty of sunshine and dry air most of the year, and winters tend to be mild. Whereas the climate for the capital of Macedonia, Skopje, has precipitation all year round.

    Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 40 31 ---
    Feb 42 33 ---
    Mar 50 38 ---
    Apr 56 44 ---
    May 65 53 ---
    June 72 59 ---
    July 78 63 ---
    Aug 78 63 ---
    Sept 72 56 ---
    Oct 61 49 ---
    Nov 50 40 ---
    Dec 42 34 ---
  • Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 38 25 1.5 in.
    Feb 46 29 1.4
    Mar 56 36 1.6
    Apr 64 43 1.5
    May 73 50 2.3
    June 81 57 1.9
    July 86 60 1.4
    Aug 85 60 1.1
    Sept 79 53 1.4
    Oct 67 45 1.8
    Nov 51 35 2.3
    Dec 41 28 1.8
  • Geographically, western Turkey is in Europe, while the rest of the country is in Anatolia and Asia Minor. As you move from the west to the east, the altitude goes up, first in the hills of Cappadocia and then again in the mountains of the Eastern Anatolia region. For eastern Turkey, think hilly and chilly. Snow is common in the winter (December-March), and so are below-freezing temperatures. Even during summer (June-August), when the days may be very warm, there can be a significant drop in temperature at night. No matter the season, wear layers so you can adjust when the weather changes. As we move towards the southern part of eastern Turkey, we descend towards the river valleys of the Tigris and the Euphrates. This area is hotter and drier, and as we approach the Syrian border, more like the Middle East.

    Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 46 37 3.7
    Feb 47 37 2.8
    Mar 51 40 2.3
    Apr 60 47 1.7
    May 69 54 1.2
    June 78 62 0.9
    July 82 66 0.7
    Aug 82 67 0.6
    Sept 76 61 1.1
    Oct 67 55 2.1
    Nov 57 47 3.5
    Dec 50 42 4.0
  • Serbia has varied weather within three climatic areas. The Adriatic-Mediterranean climate near the coast is the warmest and mildest, with long, hot summers and short, rainy winters. A continental climate prevails on the Pannonian plain and central hills, having warm and dry summers, and winters that are moderately cold with snow. The third climate zone includes the higher altitudes, which feature a mountainous climate: short summers and very cold, snow-filled winters.

    Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Mar 54 39 ---
    Apr 64 47 ---
    May 74 55 ---
    June 79 60 ---
    July 84 64 ---
    Aug 84 64 ---
    Sept 75 56 ---
    Oct 65 48 ---
    Nov 52 40 ---
    Dec 42 32 ---
  • Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
    Jan 41 31 1.3
    Feb 46 33 1.2
    Mar 55 39 1.5
    Apr 64 47 2.1
    May 74 55 1.9
    June 80 61 3.4
    July 84 64 2.3
    Aug 84 64 2.6
    Sept 74 56 2.4
    Oct 65 48 2.2
    Nov 52 40 2.1
    Dec 42 32 2.1

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