Lakes Prespa and Ohrid, Greece,
Albania and Macedonia
Mon 20 May - Mon 27 May
This is a new course and presently has free places. Organised with Chris Mounsey of Balkan Tracks, the holiday involves a partial circuit of Great Prespa, one of the oldest and largest lakes in Europe. It holds a gloriously diverse wildlife - more flowers than the entire UK, for example - that is matched only by the complexity of its cultural context and history. To see half the shoreline of this inland sea we will visit three countries - northern Greece, Albania and Macedonia.
Whether it it the huge waterbird colony visible from Aghios Achillios, the roadside flowers in the Prespa farm fields of eastern Albania, or the birds and butterflies that flourish on the limestone slopes of Macedonia's Galicica National Park, this region is full of natural spectacle and abundant wildlife. Yet a big part of the week is getting a full flavour of Balkan life - sampling the many types of tsiporo (the orange one is delicious) in Korce, or talking to a Greek beekeeper about the manufacturers of his glorious honey or eating grilled trout on the shores of Macedonia's Lake Ohrid.
Prices and Arrangements
Single: £1445; Shared: £1345 Dates: 20-27 May 2019