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Undiscovered Balkans KOA

Trip Duration 14 Days
 

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Undiscovered BalkansScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 8 reviews
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Difficult - there were so many. Probably the walk in the Valbona Valley on a glorious day with the stunning mountain scenery and woods and having mountain tea and raki with a local family in their remote farmhouse. Our walk through the attractive town of Prizren, with its fortress and narrow, winding streets alongside the river, was another highlight and watching the world go by as we sat having lunch in one of the pavement cafes. The wine tasting in and around Rahovec was also an enjoyable experience. Sitting on the shore of Lake Ohrid looking across the water to the mountains beyond was another highlight.Absolutely superb. He was very knowledgeable and interesting: we all learnt so much about Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia; not just about the history and archaeology but also the culture, way of life etc. As a native of Albania he was able to tell us all about the strong family links that Albanians retain. Endrit also coped superbly well with an accident that one of our group had, which involved getting her to hospital and then sadly, arranging for her to be flown back to her home in Italy. He was helpful at all times and nothing was too much trouble. He also had a very engaging sense of humour!
Confirmed traveller: 01 October 2014
Published on: 08 March 2016
(8 out of 10)

Tony

Dundee
Highlights were Albania, and the Valbona Valley in particular - a special place indeed.
Peja, Kosovo and Prizren were also great. Skopje was weird, but nice. Ohrid was fantastic.

Overall, a well balanced trip with just enough of everything to keep each day different!

Don't forget your sink plug, although the standard of hotels was generally high - with the notable exception of Hotel Briliant, somewhere near Prishtina, Kosovo.

Albania is incredibly cheap - 3 course meal, with 3 alcoholic drinks = £6. Kosovo gets a bit more expensive, and Macedonia is ridiculous - imagine actually paying £1 for a beer!

Endrit, our guide, and Fati, the driver, were a great team and kept us informed and entertained throughout.

The walks were not at all strenuous, if you are used to walking. But there are opportunities to avoid the walking entirely, if you wish (wouldn't advise it though!)

Only slight drawback was that doing the last trip of the season, we arrived at some places too late at night to be able to see anything (due to the dark!) - in particular, Mavrovo National Park, Macedonia - and then left first thing in the morning. Not a major issue.
Confirmed traveller: 03 October 2015
Published on: 03 November 2015
(9 out of 10)

Vivien

Hindhead
Highlights:
1. the spectacular scenery and peace and serenity of the Valbona Valley
2. the copious quantities of excellent food, economically priced.
3. the high standard of most of the hotels
4. the beautiful monasteries
5. the depth of knowledge, humour and friendliness of the Guide - Endrit and of the driver - Fati.

Tips:
1. find out when venues might be closed because of special holidays - difficult because it will vary from month to month.
2. look at the various options for flights carefully - we found out later that there was a direct flight Gatwick-Tirana, instead of changing and long wait at Vienna
3. read Explore paperwork carefully as several of us were caught out by not taking a hard copy of a questionnaire with us
4. ask Explore to find a different hotel to the Hotel Brilant.
Confirmed traveller: 03 October 2015
Published on: 31 October 2015
(9 out of 10)

Alison

Welwyn Garden City
The variety - mix of cultural locations (monasteries, mosques etc) and landscape. Excellent tour leader - Bledi Jubani - who was keen that we saw the best of his country (even took us home to meet his family!).
If anyone is going to do the quite strenuous hikes (definitely more than just gentle walks) do take proper walking boots.
Confirmed traveller: 26 September 2015
Published on: 18 October 2015
(9 out of 10)

Hilary

Hitchin
The Ethnographic Museum at Kruja.
The mountain scenery at Valbona & Boga
The cable car up the mountain to the milenniun Cross at Skopje.
Prizren
The Mosques
The Monastries tho' we were rushed through these and needed much longer.
Hikes require walking boots (luckily I took mine) and I would take poles as well next time.
Confirmed traveller: 05 September 2015
Published on: 14 October 2015
(8 out of 10)

Les

Weybridge
A very good tour company that employs local guides with lots of knowledge and experience. They often go beyond the last mile to please clients.
Confirmed traveller: 31 May 2015
Published on: 27 September 2015