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What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour
So hard to choose just one! The combination of ancient sites, beautiful churches and time spent outdoors come together to make this a brilliantly varied trip. There is a great balance of days packed with activites and free days to explore places at your leisure. Ohrid was a town I would love to go back to, its location on the shores of a lake give it a relaxed feel and it is home to so much to see and do - both ancient and modern. Other highlights included an exploration of the site of Phillipi, a maginficently preserved ancient town and time on Thassos Island, home to a wide range of different ways to spend your day - walks, museums, shops and even a beach for those who just want to relax. I had an amazing time visiting these three countries and learning about their history.
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How Was Your Explore Tour Leader
Goran was great - he was really knowledgeable about everywhere we visited and the history of the three countries. He was a lovley guy, so easy to get along with, really approachable and great at encouraging people to ask questions throughout the tour.
What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour
Do it! There is so much to the tour, including a lto mroe time spent outside than I expected. Having some knowledge of the history of the area would also be beneficial, though the Tour leader is definitely able to fill in any gaps in knowledge you may have.
Do You Have Anything Else To Add
Couldn't recommend this tour highly enough, there is so much more to it than I ever expected!
What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?
There were so many! These four really stick out: the museum at Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great - newly opened with magnificent displays; Rila monastery,hidden away in a valley which kept the flame of Christianity alive during centureis of Ottoman rule; cruise around Mt Athos; and time out in and around Kavala and Thassos.
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Adam Richardson - very well-prepared and gave us about the right amount of information, but always had more to hand if one inquired. A nice light touch with the group, most of whom were very well-travelled. Great suggestions for dinners!
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Expect to visit a lot of churches and ancient ruins. Do a little homework on orthodox Christianity if possible. Have an extra day or so in Sofia to visit the National and Archaeological museums.
Do you have anything else to add?
Overall, I was delighted with the trip. I enjoyed it far more than the muchmore expensive one I did directly after (not with Explore), which took me to Serbia and Romania. The accommodation was Explore's usual standard. Expect firm beds!
What I look for on a tour outside Australia are living cultures, ancient civilizations and their historical sites, and green mountainous scenery. We had it all in Bulgaria, Macedonia and northern Greece, with the added bonus of an excellent Macedonian driver and very pleasant tour leader.
Some unexpected little highlights for me were the nightingale singing all night at the spectacular Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski; the delicious lunch in the ancient crumbling mining town of Kratovo; the bubbling springs of Black Trim River that feed Lake Ohrid and the pearls made from fish scales; the World War I trenches below Hotel Molik in Pelister National Park; Vevcani with its own odd currency; the charm of the Thessaloniki Greeks; the paved Roman road at Philippi that went from Constantinople to Rome. My advice? See more of the Ballkans. (AM -22nd May 2011)