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review 14 Aug 2018

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

I hate this question! The whole week was wonderful, and when the group was asked which walk they had enjoyed the most, everyone had the same trouble picking one! This was a walking trip geared towards fit experienced mountain walkers (warning for anyone thinking it is easy hiking in these Bulgarian mountains, read the blurb with care!), so the days were hard with steep climbs and long descents. The rewards were huge, amazing views, great biodiversity and a country that values National parks and well marked walking trails. The walks were well planned, with hard and easy days within the week, the guide was experienced and set exactly the right pace, and had a great sense of the group capabilities so everything felt safe. Accommodation and food was good.

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

Only attempt this if you have experience of mountain trekking as the routes required skills in managing boulder walking, steep paths and some long slippery downhills. No scree however, and no scary traversing with huge drops! One patch of scrambling which was very safe and not scary. The weather was perfect, warm and sunny with the odd cloud, but previous weeks had been wet and windy, so take waterproof trousers (not mention in the joining instructions) and base layers in case. Being in an international group was fabulous, the main language was English and the guide was fluent.

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

very much so, we stayed in locally owned small hotels and ate in local restaurants, most noticeably the "singing grannies" who cooked their local food, sang us traditional songs and dressed us up in real traditional local clothes - a really authentic and hilarious evening! Encouraged to drink local tap water (perfectly clean) and lots of information on the environment and ecology of the area.

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

Excellent, a wonderful walking experience better then I have experienced in the Alps. Brilliant value, Bulgaria is very cheap but offers good food and clean simple accommodation (with the odd power cut!).

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