Most Inspirational Moment
We took an optional boat trip on Lake Ohrid to the Bay of bones. 9 people went and it was 20 euro pp. We were out for approx 3 hours. Stunning views of the shore. Lovely captain on the boat giving us facts and pointing out various birds.
The visit to the Beekeeper was my favourite part . You saw how the hives worked, got to taste amazing honey ( which lots of us bought) and ever saw a bee being born! Then we had lunch at his house. Fabulous home cooked food.
Dinner at the private house was lovely too. We came out and did some stargazing as the sky was so clear! We saw the international space station pass over us !
Also our leader knew a great restaurant for our evening in Skopje. Near to the fountain in the main square.Fabulous food and lots of different choices that suited everyone's taste. I had squid ink risotto and it was one of the best meals I've ever had.
Wine tasting at the winery was fun. We had a light 3 course meal with several wines.
Thoughts on Group Leader
Kristina Pesheva-Dinovska was fantastic. Always punctual, happy, laughing, full of energy. A real 'pocket rocket' . An encyclopedia of knowledge on history and politics in the region. Always tried to get the best deal for our group. Very sociable. Very respectful of the different religions and cultures we came across on the trip ( we visited churches, cathedrals, monasteries and mosques) Was very welcomed by our hosts and our captain on the optional boat trip on Lake Ohrid. Also our driver, Iko, was excellent. Would happily travel with both of them again and would highly recommend them.
Advice for Potential Travellers
This tour is marked as leisurely but I have advised Exodus to change their trip notes. There is only one hotel you stay in for more than one night so you are constantly on the move. Most of the hotels DO NOT have lifts, so even though your bags are carried to your room you are not! And there are stairs EVERYWHERE! Also some of the places you visit have old cobbled streets which are slippery. We had 3 people on the trip who had reduced mobility and had to either miss out on some things or get taxis to places because the walk and/or climb was too arduous. They all said had they known before hand they would not have chosen to book this particular tour . I also think some people are not booking it because it's classed as leisurely. I'm 5"10 and was walking approx 10,000 steps per day, often more than that.
The weather is very changeable so read the packing list!
We had rain both times in Sofia but was incredibly hot and sunny elsewhere. Ideally have an umbrella which will protect from rain and sun!
The food is 'hearty' .Carb loaded with white bread, rice , potatoes and pasta . There's lots of meat and cheese, including for breakfast. There is fresh fish in places, like lake Ohrid, but if you are a fussy eater ( we had one and nothing was ever right!) I'd advise you to read up on what to expect. Even the salads and some meat dishes come covered in cheese! Vegetables will usually be corgette and aubergine.