Eastern Europe & Russia
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: Albania, Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria
Discover the enduring legacy of Alexander the Great as you learn about defining battles, religious landmarks, preserved ruins and Byzantine monuments in this historic region of Europe.
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Program No. 18351RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

Explore the ancestral lands of Alexander the Great. As we make our way along the ancient Via Egnatia, a 2,000-year-old road built by the Romans to link Rome and Byzantium (Constantinople), we study local history and culture focusing on art, architecture and folklore. We discuss current events, meet locals in their homes and talk to university students about their dreams and aspirations.
Activity Level
Walking up to one mile a day on unpaved lanes, standing for up to one hour; some stairs without railings.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the 13th-century castle in Kruja, Albania, where attacks by the Ottomans were successfully repelled for 35 years.
  • Journey around Lake Ohrid in Macedonia to the monastery of St. Naum, more than 1,000 years old and dedicated to a disciple of ninth-century Byzantine Christian missionaries.
  • In Vergina, Greece, step into the Royal Tombs of the kings of Macedon and marvel at the golden crowns and splendid weapons buried for their journey to the underworld.
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