The stay in Thethi National Park - simply wonderful and probably the most remote area I have ever stayed in. Any minor discomfort entailed in staying in what was effectively a hostel was more than made up for by the stunning scenery, the friendliness of the owners and the experience of having meals outside consisting of delicious home-produced food. The walks were also excellent.
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Very good. By his own admission he was a mountain guide and not an expert on cultural aspects. For me, this was a massive relief as it saved me from the long, laborious explanations I've come to expect when visiting castles/museums/churches/other cultural icons on Explore trips. If people are interested in these things, then surely they will have researched them beforehand in their guide books - or will do so afterwards?
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Definitely bring a head-torch as this is imperative for visiting the Black Cave.
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"The food was excellent throughout - similar to Greek food but a fraction of the price you would pay in Greece. The beach did not live up to its description in the Trip Notes (a typical Eastern European beach really) but it was still pleasant to enjoy a beach swim in a truly pleasurable temperature.
I definitely think the trip would benefit from its itinerary being reversed and saving Thethi to towards the end of the week as all members of my Group found it the highlight of their trip. Given the timing of the return flight it would be completely feasible to spend Wednesday and Thursday nights in Thethi, return from Thethi to Kruja on the Friday and spend the Saturday morning visiting Kruja Castle and museums."