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Reviewed September 27, 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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AmeliyaIlieva, Guest Relations Manager at Traventuria - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2019

Hello!

Our highest priority is customers satisfaction and we are so pleased to read that you had a wonderful experience with our tour of the Rhodope mountain.

"Walking in the Steps of Orpheus" is a great opportunity to see different aspects of Bulgaria- the nature, the cities, the villages and the so welcoming people.

Thank you for taking the time to review this tour and giving us a 5-star!
We hope to see you again in the future.

Kind regards,
Ameliya

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Reviewed September 27, 2018

I did this tour with a group of 5 other travelers on a beautiful warm day in September. Vasco was our guide and he was very friendly, knowledgable and enthusiastic about sharing his love of nature and Bulgaria. We began the tour in Sofia and drove up towards the mountains, where we left the van and rode a chairlift to a hut. We began the hike with a moderate climb up to a ridge, which provided sweeping views of the mountains below. Vasco made sure everyone was able to walk at their own pace, but stayed generally together as a group. After several hours of hiking and enjoying the many lakes, we returned to the chairlift and the van. Our group had been asking about Bulgarian foods, so Vasco asked if we would like to stop for a snack on the way to the monastery. The group agreed and we stopped at a small local shop to taste a few typical foods. Then we continued on to the Monastery were we did a tour and had a little free time to explore before returning to Sofia. It was a long day, but absolutely one of the highlights of my time in Bulgaria. I highly recommend this tour!

Date of experience: September 2018
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AmeliyaIlieva, Guest Relations Manager at Traventuria - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2019

Hello!

Thanks so much for writing this review - we love hearing about the experiences that our guests have had, especially when they're so positive, it lets us know we're doing something right!
We hope to host you on another one of our tours in the future.

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Ameliya

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Reviewed September 26, 2018

I had an amazing time with this tour; the tour guide was extremely nice, spoke good English and even shared some of his food with me. There was information provided throughout the whole visit and the time spent in the van was less then advertised, which was great! My only request is that there would be more and longer breaks for pictures (around 1 hour more worth of tour), but I understand that for most people that's negligible.

Date of experience: September 2018
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AmeliyaIlieva, Guest Relations Manager at Traventuria - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2019

Hello!

Thanks so much for writing this review - we love hearing about the experiences that our guests have had, especially when they're so positive, it lets us know we're doing something right!
We hope to host you on another one of our tours in the future.

Kind regards,
Ameliya

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Reviewed September 24, 2018

We chose this tour because we wanted to see both the Boyana Church and the Rila Monastery, and we were not disappointed. Our guide, Marina, was friendly, knowledgeable, and provided interesting details to go with the historical facts. Her command of English is excellent. The bus was full—about 30 people. At the very small, old Boyana Church, we needed to pay 10 lev (Bulgarian currency only, but at the kiosk next door, we were able to buy a bottle of water with Euros and get change in Leva). The drive into the mountains goes through rural landscape and some villages. At the monastery, Marina gave us a tour and then gave us time to eat lunch and explore on our own. It is important to know that when boarding the tour bus, one must pay cash in either Leva or Euros. Dollars and credit cards are not accepted. The monastery is beautiful; the frescoes are stunning. Walking on uneven cobblestones is not easy. It is not handicap-accessible. Also, the public toilets in the monastery are squats.

Date of experience: September 2018
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AmeliyaIlieva, Guest Relations Manager at Traventuria - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2019

Hello!

Thanks so much for writing this review - we love hearing about the experiences that our guests have had, especially when they're so positive, it lets us know we're doing something right!
We hope to host you on another one of our tours in the future.

Kind regards,
Ameliya

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Reviewed September 24, 2018

Our family of, ages 17 to 53, went on a great 4 day hiking tour of the Rila mountains. Everything worked like clockwork-pick ups, drop offs, accommodations, meals, maps, communication. Hikes were challenging but fun, the nature is stunning. Would highly recommend. Prices are fair and well worth it.

Date of experience: September 2018
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AmeliyaIlieva, Guest Relations Manager at Traventuria - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2019

Hello!

Thanks so much for writing this review - we love hearing about the experiences that our guests have had, especially when they're so positive, it lets us know we're doing something right!
We hope to host you on another one of our tours in the future.

Kind regards,
Ameliya

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