998 Reviews of Eastern Europe Tours
Beauiful Croatia July 20195.0
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Eastern Europe top trip with great company! January 20195.0
Operator Euroadventures LLC
Misleading and often just plain dishonest. October 20181.0
Operator Viking River Cruises
A wonderfully authentic Bulgarian experience; interesting walks, comfortable accommodation and a lovely group October 20185.0
Europe which maintains traditional practices in agriculture and food
production. Yagodina is a real find and I hope its uniqueness can be
retained; the local people were friendly and the Yagodina Family Hotel
offers a genuinely homely atmosphere, including comfortable accommodation and
plenty of interesting and well presented food. Maria, the proprietor, runs
an impressive operation and is always available to ensure that guests' needs
The walks were well chosen and the week's itinerary gave an excellent
overview of the Rodopi mountains, including insights into the history,
culture, flora and fauna of the area.
Lunch most days was in beautiful meadows with masses of colourful Spring
flowers and great views of the mountains - a real joy!
The traditional Bulgarian singing and dancing on our final night was very
enjoyable - Maria's mother and her team were an inspiration, and it was nice
to see three generations of the family joining in the fun.
Svetla is excellent, and her passion and affection for the area were
infectious. She is very well organised, always cheerful and positive, and
has a great sense of humour.
Her style in leading the walks was relaxed, whilst highly professional and
she always ensured that all members of the group were comfortable with the
If you have time, stay an extra night or two in Sofia but make sure you join
the group at the airport for the transfer to Yagodina - this can be arranged
via the Exodus Office when you book. Sofia is an interesting and historic
city, with impressive Roman ruins, a thriving music and cultural scene and
some excellent restaurants. It is compact and easy to get round with a
modern metro system.
There are free city walking tours, which are highly recommended - tips for
the local, well-informed, English-speaking guides are optional but well
Operator Exodus Travels
If you go down in the woods today.... October 20185.0
hotel with walks that make the most of what the region has to offer.
Realising that bears were probably within a kilometre or so of us as we
walked through the forest. Julian's enthusiasm about all things 'bear' was
catching. His expertise was not, however, limited to bears.
The most photographed moment was on the last night when a small group of
ladies from the village came to share traditional songs and dances. Seeing
fellow walkers joining in with enthusiasm was a special moment.
Julian is a superbly knowledgeable leader. His long association with the
region makes him an expert in the area's cultural heritage, as well as in
local flora and fauna. His extensive knowledge of the mountain tracks and
paths meant that there was always an alternative possible if weather
conditions dictated a change of route.
Be prepared for changes in the daily routes - the mountain weather is
unpredictable and thunderstorms meant we had to abandon one climb for a more
sheltered walk. Late snow also meant we did not reach the highest point
described in the trip notes. The alternative were always carefully explained
and fascinating. Bring waterproofs.
Delicious four course meals can become a habit. Be prepared either to keep
up the strenuous walking routine at home or suffer hunger pangs for the first
few days at home.
This is a great way to visit Bulgaria. You could add on a day or so to see
Sofia but the mountains are sufficient to justify the trip. The orchids were
plentiful and the traces of bears were a wonderful reminder of the varied
wildlife that makes its home in the region.