Rod Kantor review 17 Oct 2018
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Overall the itinerary was fine but it could be enhanced. A night was spent in Vlores and a visit made to Durres. Neither town was inspiring and what we saw
there was incidental to the trip and would not have been missed if it had not been included. Cut Vlores and Durres out and spend more time in Gjirokaster
and / or Berat. Or reroute slightly and include other destinations not on the current itinerary. There was a feeling of being rushed around the Berat Castle
area in particular - a quick photo here then move on. No time to take in the scene. The photos have to be good as there's no time to retain a mental
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
If you're interested in what life might have been like in Albania in the last century and during the communist period in particular, get to Tirana a few days
before the trip starts or stay on for a few days after. The trip itinerary allows for surprisingly little time in the capital and during that time the only exposure to information about Albania in the 20th century is a visit to the national museum. However, that museum is far from the best place in and around Tirana to learn about the conditions Albanians were subjected to during the communist dictatorship.
The minibus concept for transport has shortcomings when the bus is full. Anyone in an aisle seat has little chance of seeing mountainous countryside as
line of vision is directed downwards by the top of the window for a tall person sitting in the middle of the bus.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
If it did it was not made clear to us during the trip.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Read the operator's response here:
We would like to thank Rod for his feedback, although we are sorry he did not fully enjoy his tour in Albania; this tour no longer visits Vlores and an extra night has been added in Berat. We are sorry that Rod was left feeling unsure about whether his trip was run in a manner that benefited the local communities and environment. On this trip, for example, there is the a home cooked lunch in a village close to Gjirokaster, offering a great insight into the life of Albanians and to witness the traditional methods of cooking.