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4,292
Hiking & Walking Tour Reviews - Summary
99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 3,062 Great 1,002 Average 156 Disappointing 35 Terrible 14
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Really interesting August 2018

5.0

The Best of the Via Dinarica

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I really enjoyed this trip, which included some fantastic treks in some of
the remoter parts of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. Some of the
accommodation was indeed basic (as flagged up in the brochure) but the
welcome from local folk was fantastic. Some of the food was less varied that
I am used to, but it was beautifully prepared - tomatoes, stuffed peppers,
locally-made cheeses, very tasty home-made bread, with some more elaborate
meals also provided. The walks - about 8 to 10 miles a day - were mainly
along good trails, and taken at a reasonable pace. The countryside was very
lush and pastoral, far less arid than the mountains of the southern Balkans.
Helpful guides, and a very friendly bunch of fellow travellers. This tour
gave us a real taste of a rural way of life that has died out elsewhere in
Europe.
I loved one of the early walks involving a trek over the mountains from
Albania, into Montenegro and Kosovo, with our main luggage carried by
horses/mules. And, although the hike up and down one of Albania's highest
mountains was long and not without its challenges, it was memorable and I'm
glad to have done it. The hospitality of the locals was memorable.


I found both leaders to be very friendly and helpful. Our minibus driver was
very careful and I felt safe with him driving.


If you like a luxury lifestyle 24/7, it is not for you but if you are
prepared to rough it slightly, it is to be highly recommended. The more basic
accommodation was mixed up with occasional nights in fair hotels. Well worth
doing. Although it was warm, it cooled down in evenings and was dark by just
after 8pm.


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Amazing local hospitality August 2018

5.0

The Best of the Via Dinarica

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is a fantastic trekking holiday taking you to parts which have barely
seen tourism before. The walks are all varied and you see some spectacular
scenery. The hospitality you receive is wonderful, you are welcomed
everywhere you go. The accommodation is basic, but very characterful with
lovely owners. It is a great adventure through a less known part of Europe.
The welcome we got everywhere we visited. Some amazing views along the way!


Dorien is a wonderful leader always looking out for people's needs. His
father once owned the company, and it is a lovely experience being shown
around someones homeland.


The walks are challenging and some of the paths are not always as well
maintained as you might be used to, so do prepare to get fit before
travelling, you will enjoy it much more. You are very rarely walking on the
flat and are either walking up or down.
It is worth the effort, one of the best Exodus trips I have been on!


If you are up for an adventure in an unexplored part of Europe and are ok
with basic accommodation, this is the trip for you!


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Extraordinary Region of Italy August 2018

5.0

Walking in Puglia & Matera

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I chose the walking tour of Puglia & Matera because I had never seen Southern
Italy. I was intrigued by the UNESCO World Heritage cities as well as the
unusual architcecture such as Trulli houses. It is hard to believe the range
of homes and times traveled - from Neolithic to present in just 7 days. My
two favorite cities were Matera and Aberobello. The food was incredible. I
ate great vegetarian dishes and seafood dishes all week!
I was most overcome by Matera and how this city transformed itself from a
slum in the 1950s to the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2019. Seeing frescoes
of the Madonna & Child painted on the walls of caves where monks lived in
the Middle Ages is transforming. Walking the rocky cliffs from cave to cave
took me out of this world.


I loved Marcella! She clearly loves Puglia & Matera and it shows in her
knowledge and exuberance. It was a treat when I could walk with her on a hike
and learn about her travel adventures. She also picked the most amazing items
at the grocery store for our picnic one day.


This is a hard trip in July as Italy was experiencing record heat. Two of our
walks were quite hard due to the heat. You really need to be able to deal
with the hot Italian sun and temperatures.


It is amazing how you travel through time on this Exodus tour of Southern
Italy - from Matera (Neolithic & Middle Ages) to Lecce ( Ancient Rome) to
Aberobello. Every town was charming. I also loved staying in a masseria and
eating Mama’s delicious homemade primi and secondi plats.


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A different view of Italy August 2018

5.0

Walking in Puglia & Matera

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This trip was exactly what I had hoped for - a fascinating and varied tour of
a part of Italy which hasn't yet become too full of tourists. Our three
centres were well chosen and close together - Matera was so interesting just
to wander and get lost among the tiny winding lanes and steps, the old
fortified farmhouse set in olive groves near Ostuni was so peaceful and in
Alberobello we did meet tourism but worth it just to see the trulli. The
walks were great - not too challenging and only took up part of the day so we
had chance to explore by ourselves as well. I didn't expect to see so many
wild flowers in June. We had excellent food in a wide variety of
restaurants, wine-tasting and two super picnics. We used a variety of
transport, including local buses and trains, and all went very smoothly.
The view of the duomo in Matera from my hotel room (in a cave) window - I
couldn't stop looking at it and taking photos in varying light conditions.


Vanessa was a super guide, bubbling over with energy and enthusiasm, very
helpful and keen to share typical Italian things with us.


Good walking shoes vital for the rocky limestone paths, and potentially
slippy steps in Matera.


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Fantastic trip August 2018

4.0

Walking in Puglia & Matera

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Wonderful trip in a beautiful part of Italy. The walking was not
challenging, which was a good thing given the heat in mid-June, and covered
some stunning and scenic routes. Great food and accommodation in all three
locations.
The views from Montescaglioso at the start of our walk


Vanessa was fantastic - knowledgeable, patient, and full of passion for her
native country and region


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Operator Exodus Travels

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