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review 23 Jun 2022

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

I loved the ancient town of Pilov. And especially attending a concert at the Roman ampitheater. And, sad as the story is, it was a happy ending to see the new life of the rescued bears in the sanctuary. The village dressing up in costume and dancing was a bit of fun, even though it was pretty contrived, but fun nonetheless!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The tour is relatively short. I had a couple of extra days that I chose to use to stay in Sofia and do two day-long excursions: 1. to Macedonia and 2. to Serbia. This added to my understanding of the complex and conflictual history of this part of the world. Also, I personally found the mountain climb in snow too much, although I did my best to keep up.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I hope so! I don’t use bottled water, myself and I carry my recycling until I can find a place to deposit. I believe firmly that our drivers should be educated in the importance of turning off their engines when we are stopped. I appreciate that a local homestay was part of the journey.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I was glad to have chosen this trip. I would have liked it to be a little longer and to spend more time in Romania. It felt like we were tagged on the end of the Hungary/Romania tour and in fact we only spent one night in Bucharest and left the country the next day. Perhaps it should be renamed since “Eastern European” doesn’t really reflect the fact that it is actually Bulgaria. Our guide, Dani, was helpful and knowledgeable. I will never forget that one our first night he took a bus ride and got me an electrical outlet adaptor. He answered all my questions and researched what he couldn’t answer. He really went the extra mile helping me navigate the train and bus system that I needed after our tour was over.

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