The Roman ruins at Butrint were wonderful, and having several hours to explore them at leisure was perfect (there are very good explanations in English, and if you have the Bradt guide that sets out a walking tour). The churches overlooking Lake Ohrid were beautiful - it's such a fantastic setting. Berat was a lovely town to be based in.
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Ed was fantastic - endlessly enthusiastic, helpful, well organised and knowledgeable. He really added value to the tour.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Need euros for tip kitty/1st meal,and can use as cash in Macedonia (small notes better).Get lek in baggage hall if you want to buy water at start,but you’ll go to an exchange next morning.
£150 plenty - cheap country, few chances to shop.
Need torch for badly lit potholed pavements; insect repellent and swimming stuff in summer - more opportunities to swim than listed, but pebbly/rocky.
In summer fleece/waterproof are useless (too hot–and little rain-but could take a brolly) as are long sleeves/trousers other than 2 eves in mountains when a bit cool for bare legs.T
irana mosque (optional) was only time women had to cover their legs, and (free) wraps were provided.
All hotels have soap and towels, and most shampoo.
There is quite a lot of bus travel so take books/iPod.Food good for veggies.