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review 7 Jul 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The beautiful wild flowers growing in the high level pastures, in among the rocky and tree-covered hills and mountains, were a great surprise. So peaceful with only the sounds of birds, occasional goats and some insects. It was also surprising that the rural areas were so underdeveloped (in western terms) but still it wasn't uncommon to see a teenage boy on a mule with an iPhone in his hand - there seems to be almost total mobile coverage in Albania. Our guide Dori knew the areas we went to really well - so we felt we were definitely experiencing real Albania not just tourist resorts. The food was very good and we felt safe everywhere. Everyone we met was very welcoming.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

As there were only the two of us plus Dori our wonderful guide we were able to tailor make the holiday to suit us - and even to make an alteration half way through. If you want more or less walking or a particular kind of sight-seeing just ask - the flexibility of the holiday company may make that possible. We flew to Ohrid in Macedonia - a very small airport with only a few planes a day - so a pleasant change from big British airports. But if you are flying Wizzair do follow the strict requirement of only one case of the size you have paid for (and no handbag as well) - and even if you have checked in on-line you have to do it again at the airport on the return trip - and have your case labelled there.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The holiday seemed to put some money directly into the hands of local B and Bs, restaurants, taxi drivers (next to no public transport where we were). We could see where it was going and that it was really needed as there is so little alternative employment. But it is a very poor country and not everything is up to the standard that would be expected in UK. The worst thing to me was the amount of rubbish that you come across - but there is no rubbish collection in most villages so no surprise that rubbish is just thrown along the edge of a river or field. Even the shores of Lake Ohrid - a UNESCO protected lake - were strewn with all kinds of rubbish.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

This was a really memorable holiday, well worth while. Edith Durham may have wandered alone through the Balkans at the beginning of the twentieth century but in the early twenty-first century our holiday was a much better way to experience the country in 12 days!

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks so much for the kind words, Geoff & Margaret! We're really happy you enjoyed your time with Dori exploring the mountains and villages of eastern Albania! It's a unique area with incredible nature, and it's great for the locals to have foreign visitors.

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