Six amazing days of walking on the VERY quiet tracks and paths of the Western Rodopi mountains. Scenery is beautiful and the weather was simply stunning. Mountains are wooded right to their summits, so very different from, say, the Alps or (as we understand) from the Rila or Pirin Mts further west. Walking generally easy on tracks, with some climbing, but quite long walks each day (12-15 miles). We wore fabric boots, which were perfectly adequate for the job, though might have been less so in wet weather! The walk descriptions were excellent and very detailed, mostly very easy to follow, an supplemented by Google Earth printouts. Official area maps are only down to 1:100,000 scale. Hotel accommodation ranged from a plushy spa hotel in Devin to simple family-run guesthouses in Kosovo village and in Lyaskovo. Special mention should be made of Rumon (?spelling) the proprietor of the Guest House Rosenovi in Lyaskovo. He obviously loves his job and is a great communicator even though we spoke very little of each other's languages. The Rosenovi is a hidden gem of a place, and the food there was especially good. Thankyou! Also our driver, George, who never gave a straight answer when a joke could be offered, and took us around between venues with great care and good conversation. Highlights were the Devil's Cave and the Trigrad Gorge, a chance encounter in a tiny hamlet resulting in coffee in a half built house with a lovely English-speaking resident, another chance event where we happened on the preparations for a village festival and were treated to accordion and bagpipe performances, and simply walking through the fascinating farms and streets of "downtown" Lyaskovo in the early morning, being greeted warmly by almost everyone we passed. In contrast with so many more developed tourist areas, local people were unfailingly warm and friendly - learn just a few words of Bulgarian and numbers one to ten and it makes such a difference. This holiday was SO much more than just a walking trip - it was a fully rounded cultural experience, topped off by an excellent tour of the wonderful Bachkovo Monastery, and Plovdiv with its Roman remains and Old Town - the icing on a very tasty cake! We would recommend Traventuria very highly and will think seriously about a return trip for one of the other tours.