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I wanted to do two holidays back to back, one in Bulgaria spending an extra day in Sofia and then go on to Greece for my second week. I was concerned about the transfers/ pickups etc. However all turned out very well, using the metro in both countries was very easy, with the hotels provided very convenient to the stations and main attractions.
Getting to walk in the countryside of both countries plus being able to see the sites of both capitols. I would suggest that Exodus do this holiday as a standard trip. It makes for a good combination for a two week break.
Both the leaders I had were very good. As I have now done 13 trips with Exodus and 12 with another company who's name begins Ex, I can tell you this is not always the case!
Do it !! As I always say travel has made me poorer in the pocket but richer in the mind. I feel privileged to have been to so many places [all be it I worked hard to get the money to enable me to do so] My outlook on life and my opinions on things has been enhanced by my travels. As a person from a humble background, I would not have dreamed as a boy/young man that I would get to go to the places I have been to in my life time. Every trip is a bonus !
Due to a work accident in 2004, I got a compensation pay out in 2005, my 50th birthday year. So instead of walking the West highland way as originally planed for my birthday, I walked the Inca trail with Exodus instead. That trip blew me away !! It was fantastic in every way, I was hooked I had to have more. As I said above I have now done 25 adventure type trips plus travel that I have organised myself. Although every destination has been worth the effort, alas things have not always been as good as Peru. That is why one must give honest feedback, to make things better for the future. I know of some people who have had one bad experience and just give up on these type of holidays. My Exodus rucksack that I got on My China trip [my 60th birthday treat] was much admired on my last holiday, so much so I was asked a lot about my previous travels and opinions on places I had been to. I ended up as an unpaid ambassador for Exodus and this type of holiday !!
Very pleasant trip, walking was fine albeit rather more leisurely than I anticipated, food was excellent and the tour leader exceptional.
Our tour leader, he was an expert in Greek History, the island of Evia, Athens - in fact pretty much everything.
Brilliant - see above comment, also, he visited the locally bakery twice a day and carried 12 pastries up the mountain every day for our first stop, also provided pastries for everyone after our evening meal.
The walking is not difficult.
I personally found the walking a bit too leisurely, but, this was my first Exodus walking trip, so, probably this was more down to me. The local restaurants, a different one each evening were excellent, breakfast was good, and unusually, even the packed lunches were tasty. Hotel very pleasant with a lovely view from the balcony.
A great trip to an unknown part of Greece. Most of the walking is easy so the grading is about right, but be aware that some of the paths are through very prickly vegetation so have an alternative to shorts. All but the last night is based in the Hotel Galaxy in Karystos, which is run be a very nice local family and has a wonderful location on the waterfront on short distance from numerous bars and restaurants.
Seeing the Roman columns still in situ on Mount Ochi.
Thanos is very enthusiastic, seems to know everybody and runs the trip very efficiently.
I personally would have preferred to spent the final day on Evia and not gone to Athens.
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