2 independent reviews for Bulgaria vacation by train

Reviews for Bulgaria vacation by train

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review 5 Aug 2017

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

Everything was very good. The genuine welcome from every host hotel or guesthouse was excellent. Staying in guesthouses and eating their normal local food. Highlights were Veliko Tarnovo (especially Hotel Gurko), Plovdiv, and the hosts at Boyana Guest House (Vratsa) & Guest House Deshka (Gorno Draglishte) were great fun.

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

Because the Bulgarian signs are always in cyrillic, not our normal letters, translate before you travel all of the station destinations form the Latin typeface to Cyryllic, and make a note of them. You need to know the translation to see on the departure boards at each station & also the station name when you arrive. Sometimes English / Latin letters are used but not always. Quite a lot of older people do not speak English so make sure you have a phrase book, or a Translator App on mobile phone (this was very useful). Also take the free guided walking tours wherever possible - Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo and Sofia. Smile at the locals and they will appreciate it.

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

The local people definitely benefited - the small local shops, taxi drivers,- even though we went to many touristy places, much of the time we spent our time and money with people off the beaten track. Train travel will have definitely helped the environment.

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

Very enjoyable. A mixture of places, people and modes of transport.

review 8 Jun 2017

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

Both Plovdiv and Rile were interesting and enjoyable and despite communication problems the two homestays were interesting if challenging and the hosts we very friendly and kind.

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

Keep luggage to a minimum. Bulgarian trains - all rather elderly - are not too easy to board. The latest Rough Guide is a little short on detail compared with earlier editions (5th edition far better and not noticeably out of date).

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

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

Reasonably well organised overall. All hotels acceptable with one exception. Fair value for money I would say. We were the guinea pigs for this tour and Simeon Dimitrov was appreciative of our comments on our re turn to Sofia. He is a very pleasant young man, and most eager to please. Bulgaria's mountains are spectacular, the people most friendly and all the towns we visited had something of interest. The biggest problem is communication even if one can read Cyrillic. It is a tour I would particularly recommend for the elderly, those wishing to avoid self-drive, and of course train buffs.

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