Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains

Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains

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Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains

8 Days Starting and ending in Sofia Airport

Visiting:

Sofia

,

Yagodina

,

Zmeitsa

,

Buynovo

,

Trigrad

,

Rodopi

,

Golyam Izvor

,

Sveti Ilija

,

Devinska Reka

Tour operator:

Exodus

Physical rating:

Moderate

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

TDB

Group size:

6 - 16

Age range:

16 to 99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:
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$1952 (USD)

including Flights from the UK

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Tour Overview

The Rodopi Mountains are a hauntingly beautiful and mysterious region which, according to legend were the home of Orpheus. Today they offer a refuge for many exceptionally rare plants, as well as brown bears, wolves, wild cats and a prolific number of butterflies and birds. This holiday provides the opportunity to discover the amazingly rich cultural and natural heritage of these remote mountains as we walk through a variety of landscapes including ancient coniferous forests and rugged limestone gorges, we also visit two impressive caves, and engage with the local people who maintain their traditional rural existence, working the fields by hand and tending their livestock on the surrounding meadows and pastures.

Highlights

  • Stunning mountain landscapes with deep gorges, spectacular caves, ancient forests and flowering meadows

  • Outstanding fauna, including brown bear, wallcreeper and an exceptional variety of rare butterflies

  • Unique opportunities to experience daily life in a traditional Bulgarian village

  • Delicious home-produced local cuisine

  • Unique flora rich in orchids and endemic species

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Sofia Airport; transfer to Yagodina.
Location:

  Sofia, Yagodina


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Yagodina Family Hotel


Meals Included:

  Dinner


Start at Sofia airport (Terminal 2), where we will be met by the leader and
transferred to the remote village of Yagodina, our base for the next 6
nights.  

icon Day 2 : Walk from Zmeitsa along route of ancient Roman road through meadows, forests and fields to the Buinovo Gorge.
Location:

  Zmeitsa, Buynovo


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Yagodina Family Hote


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Setting off on foot from the village of Zmeitsa, we follow the line of an
ancient Roman road through meadows, forests and fields where there are
opportunities to observe the local people engaged in their traditional
agricultural lifestyle. Finally, having descended a broad grassy ridge spur,
that offers stunning views towards the village of Yagodina, we drop steeply
into the Buinovo Gorge where our minibus will be waiting.

icon Day 3 : Walk along the Chairska Gorge; cross the Trigrad Plateau and visit the Devil's Throat Cave.
Location:

  Trigrad


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Yagodina Family Hotel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


We start today's extremely varied walk by first hiking down the gorge of the
Chairska River, and then climbing through ancient forests to emerge at an
extensive area of glorious flower-filled meadows. Having crossed these, and
then an interesting section of karst plateau, we eventually drop down into
the Trigrad Gorge to visit the 'Devil's Throat' cave, an enormous chasm with
a thundering waterfall. According to legend, this was the cave by which
Orpheus emerged from the Underworld after his tragically failed attempt to
reclaim his wife Eurydice. The crags around the cave entrance are also very
interesting for naturalists, being home to several local endemic plants as
well as the wallcreeper, a rare and elusive bird that flutters around the
rocks like a butterfly on strikingly crimson wings.

icon Day 4 : Walk around Mt Durdaga through a variety of habitats with rich flora and fauna.
Location:

  Yagodina


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Yagodina Family Hotel or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


A full day's circular walk starting and finishing in Yagodina. Our route
makes a tour of Mt. Durdaga, a high wooded peak that rises directly above the
village. During the course of our walk, we pass through a large variety of
habitats with an extremely rich flora and fauna. During the first half of the
day, as well as wandering through ancient forests that are home to bear, boar
and deer, we will also cross several flower covered pastures that are
normally enlivened by a spectacular assortment of butterflies. Later in the
afternoon, we return to Yagodina along the line of a former Roman road that
runs high above the Trigrad Gorge, which not only offers outstanding views,
but is also one of the most renowned botanic trails in the country.

icon Day 5 : Traversing the highest peaks of the Rodopi along the Perelik Ridge and Mt. Golyam Snezhnik.
Location:

  Rodopi, Golyam Izvor


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Yagodina Family Hotel or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After breakfast we set off in our bus for a 90 minutes’ drive east into the
highest part of the Rodopi Mountains. Having reached the end of the driveable
road, we begin a wonderful hike along the main ridge of the Rodopi Mountains.
First we skirt just below the military base on the summit of the Rodopi’s
highest peak Mt. Golyam Perelik (2191m), before ascending Mt. Golyam Snezhnik
(2188m), just two metres lower! Having enjoyed the expansive views from the
rolling open pastures, we then start to drop down into the forest, eventually
making our way down to the tiny, picturesquely situated village of Gela,
which according to legend was the birthplace of Orpheus. Here we will be met
by our bus for the drive back to Yagodina. Occasionally, during May,
late-lying snow makes it impossible to traverse the flank of Mt. Golyam
Perelik, so instead we will attempt a direct ascent of Mt. Golyam Snezhnik
from the village of Gela, climbing as high as the snowline.

icon Day 6 : Sveti Ilia ridge walk with panoramic views over Yagodina and most of the Rodopi.
Location:

  Sveti Ilija, Yagodina


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Yagodina Family Hotel or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

The focus of today's walk is the imposing Sveti Iliya (Saint Elijah) ridge
that rises up directly north of Yagodina. Our route starts directly from the
hotel, making its way through the meadows at the foot of the ridge. After
this gentle start, we then begin a steep, direct 350 metre ascent of Mt.
Sveti Iliya (1508 m), zig-zagging up the stony sun-baked southern flank to
reach the breathtaking viewing platform known as the 'Eagle's Eye'. Given
stable weather, we then make a complete traverse of the ridge to its eastern
end, first descending a jeep track to a saddle in the centre of the ridge,
before another steep and stony ascent to Mt. Vartkite (1470 m). The ridge
boasts its own unique flora and fauna, offering a chance to observe a variety
of interesting butterflies and birds. However, the panorama would itself be
reward enough for completing what is a fairly strenuous walk over rough and
stony terrain, with views stretching out across much of the Western Rodopi,
offering a chance to point out and identify the places one has walked during
previous days of this holiday. Finally, we conclude our circular walk by
descending back to our hotel.

icon Day 7 : Buinovo Gorge and Devinska Reka. Transfer to Sofia.
Location:

  Buynovo, Devinska Reka


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hill Hotel or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Setting off on foot from the hotel, we pick up yet another section of former
Roman road, now a beautiful forest trail that is famed for the great variety
of orchids. Suddenly the path emerges at a shelter, perched high on a rocky
viewpoint from which one can gaze down into the Buinovo Gorge below. From
here, the trail steadily descends to meet the river and road beside a
wonderfully preserved Roman bridge. On reaching the bottom of the gorge, we
will then spend about an hour exploring the Yagodina Cave. This is one of the
most beautiful in the country, and world renowned for its variety of cave
formations including stalagmites, stalactites, draperies, flowstones,
dendrites and cave pearls. The cave system also harbours a unique prehistoric
dwelling and subject to permission from the archaeologists, we will hopefully
have the chance to enter this and learn more about the surprisingly
sophisticated way-of-life of the people who inhabited it more than 6000 years
ago.

Having finished our visit to the cave, we then set off on the long but highly
picturesque transfer to the Bulgarian capital Sofia, where we will spend our
final night.

*Hill Hotel or similar*

icon Day 8 : End Sofia.
Location:

  Sofia


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Our tour ends after breakfast
**

What's Included

  • Transfer for group flights

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners included

  • All accomodation

What's Not Included

  • Single supplement

  • Visa's & Vaccinations

  • Travel insurance

Food

*Typical Meals* *Breakfast:* Will usually include tea or coffee, bread, jam, honey and cheese, supplemented in Yagodina by fresh home-made yoghurt and traditional local specialities such as thick pancakes known as 'katmi' and a rice-based dish called 'rodopski klin'. *Lunch:* Picnic lunches will be eaten in the mountains and typically comprise of bread, cheese, salami, salad, biscuits and fruit. *Dinner:  *will be taken in our hotel restaurant, and will normally include three courses comprising salad or vegetarian soup, followed by a main course, and a dessert of fruit, ice cream or cake/pudding. The cuisine reflects a mixture of Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish and Slavonic influences. We sample many traditional local specialities including 'smilyanski fasul', a delicious bean soup, and 'patatnik', a local delicacy made with grated potatoes, onions, and cheese, then seasoned with mint and other herbs. Jugs of tap water will be provided on the table with the evening meal. Bottled mineral water, soft drinks and alcohol are not included but can be purchased. There are several local wines that you may wish to try, including an excellent red 'Mavrud' from vineyards on the northern slopes of the Rodopi. *Vegetarians and Vegans:* Bulgaria is famed for its fresh vegetables and fruit, so vegetarians are usually well catered for. However, it is extremely difficult for vegans, as dairy produce and eggs form the staple part of the diet in this region, and occur in the vast majority of meals. Please note, special gluten-free products are not available, so those clients with wheat/gluten intolerance should, if needed, bring with them something to replace the local bread and pastries that make up the breakfasts and picnic lunches.

Accommodation

Our base for six nights will be the village of Yagodina, a traditional rural settlement famed for its self-sufficiency and the hospitality of its inhabitants. The village lies isolated and tucked away in the Trigrad Karst region, one of the most remote parts of the Rodopi Mountains. Here we stay in the ‘Yagodina’ Family Hotel, a small village hotel offering comfortable twin and single rooms with en-suite facilities and Wifi. The hotel is owned and run by a local family and most of the food (including milk, cheese, butter, jam, honey etc.) is either home produced or locally sourced. Our final night will be at Hotel ‘Hill’, a conveniently located 4-star hotel in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

Check out our Q&As

Are vaccinations required for this tour?

There are no specific health risks on this trip. However, ticks have been reported in this region and could possibly carry Lyme disease, Tick-Borne Encephalitis or other diseases.

Do you require a visa for this holiday?

Visas are not required for Bulgaria for British and other EU passport holders. Other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities.

What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

4-star hotel

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

Transfer for group flights

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Minimum 16 years age people can go on this tour.

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

    What is the maximum group size?

    16

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews

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A great walking holiday in unspoilt Bulgaria

This was an excellent trip in a relatively unspoilt and bucolic part of the world. The Rodopi mountains in southern Bulgaria, near the Greek border, make for relatively gentle but ....more

This was an excellent trip in a relatively unspoilt and bucolic part of the world.

The Rodopi mountains in southern Bulgaria, near the Greek border, make for relatively gentle but sublime walking.

We ambled along easy trails through deep gorges, natural forest and woodland, and, best of all, high alpine meadows, with carpets of wild flowers.

The hotel in Yagodina was excellent - clean, with plenty of hot water after a day out.

The food, even as a vegetarian, was varied, using a lot of local produce, and generally excellent.

At the hotel, local beers were cheap, about £1.

25 a bottle, though the wines were less so - think UK supermarket prices.

It even had fairly good wifi! less....


A wonderful get away in the mountains

A good week's walking in a rural location hosted in a great locally run hotel. This week was everything that I expected based on the detailed trip notes, the walks ....more

A good week's walking in a rural location hosted in a great locally run hotel.

This week was everything that I expected based on the detailed trip notes, the walks and the hotel were as described and ticked all the boxes for me.

I spent a couple of additional days in Sofia which was a good balance.

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A wonderfully authentic Bulgarian experience; interesting walks, comfortable accommodation and a lovely group

This trip provides a great introduction to a very special, unspoilt part of Europe which maintains traditional practices in agriculture and food production. Yagodina is a real find and ....more

This trip provides a great introduction to a very special, unspoilt part of Europe which maintains traditional practices in agriculture and food production.

Yagodina is a real find and I hope its uniqueness can be retained; the local people were friendly and the Yagodina Family Hotel offers a genuinely homely atmosphere, including comfortable accommodation and plenty of interesting and well presented food.

Maria, the proprietor, runs an impressive operation and is always available to ensure that guests' needs are met.

The walks were well chosen and the week's itinerary gave an excellent overview of the Rodopi mountains, including insights into the history, culture, flora and fauna of the area.

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Great trip

New to Bulgaria, great week discovering the landscape, flora & fauna and culture of this unique region.

New to Bulgaria, great week discovering the landscape, flora & fauna and culture of this unique region.


Rodopi Mountains

Excellent trip walking in the mountains and meadows of the Rodopi mountains. Lovely family run hotel with exellent food - very welcoming. We had a very peaceful and relaxing time in ....more

Excellent trip walking in the mountains and meadows of the Rodopi mountains.

Lovely family run hotel with exellent food - very welcoming.

We had a very peaceful and relaxing time in Yagodina and the walks were lovely - especially the time spent in the beautiful wildflower meadows.

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RODOPI MOUNTAINS

This was our 13th trip with Exodus and one of the most enjoyable. The walks were varied and leisurely and were easily altered to accommodate weather conditions. I was amazed ....more

This was our 13th trip with Exodus and one of the most enjoyable.

The walks were varied and leisurely and were easily altered to accommodate weather conditions.

I was amazed at how well our friendly group of 16 gelled in just a few days.

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Walking in wonderful Rodopi mountains

A memorable walking holiday. The walks were through forests, gorges and beautiful wildflower meadows. Lovely views! A very pastoral feel to the whole holiday - and very relaxing. Yagodina is ....more

A memorable walking holiday.

The walks were through forests, gorges and beautiful wildflower meadows.

Lovely views! A very pastoral feel to the whole holiday - and very relaxing.

Yagodina is a small friendly village in a peaceful location.

The hotel was clean and comfortable.

Food was good - lots of local produce was used.

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First Ones Back

I am ashamed to say that until we started looking for our next trip I had never heard of the Rodopi Mountains. They are a wonderful place, spectacular scenery ....more

I am ashamed to say that until we started looking for our next trip I had never heard of the Rodopi Mountains.

They are a wonderful place, spectacular scenery with vistas of ridge after ridge, after ridge, a week isn't really long enough, maybe we will have to return.

The walking was very enjoyable and the accommodation just what you want on a trip like this; clean and comfortable with a happy, relaxed atmosphere, a good shower, lovely staff and well cooked, tasty, locally sourced food .

There is an abundance of wildlife in the mountains, but it is just that, wild, so don't expect to see it all.

I have come to the conclusion that the wall creeper is a mythical bird! We were the first group in after two and a half years and everything worked really well.

If you haven't been you are missing out on a treat.

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Rodopi Mtns

A very enjoyable holiday with a good mix of people. Good hotel and food ,service was excellent.

A very enjoyable holiday with a good mix of people.

Good hotel and food ,service was excellent.


Bulgaria : Rodopi Mountains

A great week in a lovely unspoiled area. Gorgeous meadows. Lots of spring flowers, including rare orchids. Varied walks which give a good overall feeling for the area. The pace ....more

A great week in a lovely unspoiled area.

Gorgeous meadows.

Lots of spring flowers, including rare orchids.

Varied walks which give a good overall feeling for the area.

The pace gave plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings & wildlife.

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Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains

8 Days Starting and ending in Sofia Airport

Visiting:

Sofia

,

Yagodina

,

Zmeitsa

,

Buynovo

,

Trigrad

,

Rodopi

,

Golyam Izvor

,

Sveti Ilija

,

Devinska Reka

Tour operator:

Exodus

Physical rating:

Moderate

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

TDB

Group size:

6 - 16

Age range:

16 to 99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

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  • I’m a traveladdict (no surprise 😉), storyteller and photographer, mom of two and an environmental scientist and biologist when I’m not traveling.

Faroe Islands

Must pack items for Faroe Islands

"To get to Drangarnir and Tindholmur, make sure you're with a guide! As far as the hiking is concerned, bring layers (around 3 should be fine), as well as lots of water and some food!"

What do you love most about Faroe Islands?

"The road in Streymoy ends in the town of Tjørnuvik. This town is located in a valley, boasting its very own beach, and a great view of the North Atlantic!"

What do you love most about Faroe Islands?

"Visiting the Kallur Lighthouse on Kalsoy island was surreal. Plush green landscapes and adoring sheep families join you on this 1-hour hike. I had it entirely to myself too!"

@ck_the_explorer's Top Tips

"Views like this are found by hiking up to Klakkur, a viewpoint near Klaksvik in the Faroe Islands. Seeing the salmon cages in the distance and Faroe's 2nd largest city is quite the experience."

What do you love most about Faroe Islands?

"The old town Torshavn, in the capital of the Faroe Islands, still has old turfed homes in perfect condition. These houses are reminiscent of Faroese ancestors!"

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  • Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    59 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Iceland, Faroe Islands, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Stockholm

  • Dream Destination:

    Patagonia

  • About them:
  • I'm from Washington DC but currently call Sweden my home. I'm a self taught photographer and drone flyer and enjoy switching the fluorescent lights in my lab with golden hour in any destination.

Amsterdam

Netherlands

What do you love most about Amsterdam?

"The architecture with the canals are so amazing! The whole city has a really charming vibe!"

Favourite time of year to visit Amsterdam

"Amsterdam is truly an all year destination! "

@biankadventures's Top Tips

"- Avoid the peak season - Book in advance - Get the Amsterdam city card - Try the stroopwafel - Get lost in the canals - By some flowers in the market"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Loved visiting the Damrak and the iconic flower market! Nice to see so many beautiful flowers in one place! "

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  • Content Creator
  • Countries Visited:

    29 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    New York

  • Dream Destination:

    Peru

  • About them:
  • I am a huge travel addict who has a regular 9-5 job and outside of this try to explore the world, search for unique places and hidden gems! I hope my tips and photos can be an inspiration for you!

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

United States

What do you love most about Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area?

"The Columbia River Gorge has one of the best concentrations of waterfall hikes with over 90 waterfalls in the area waiting to be explored!"

Favourite time of year to visit Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

"Late spring or early autumn! Both provide good weather conditions, a chance to see new blooms or fall foliage & minimised crowds."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get lost in nature!"

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Wear layers & always bring a jacket. The Gorge is known to have big wind gusts, especially in the late fall, winter, and early Spring. Best to be prepared with a jacket or layers."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"The historic Vista House at Crown Point is an excellent starting point for your drive on HWY 30. Climb to the top for the best views of the Columbia River."

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  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    The world!

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Northern India

India

What do you love most about Northern India?

"From deserts and mountain ranges to ancient forts and step wells - Northern India is incredibly diverse. "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"The ancient monuments are wonders of architecture and colour. You'll feel like you're in Asia, the Middle East and even Europe at times. "

Favourite time of year to visit Northern India

"Winter! During summer temperatures get very high so winter (Nov - Feb) is much more comfortable. But don't worry! You'll still enjoy sunny hot weather, it just won't be unbearable. "

@lizaliddy's Top Tips

"Don't be afraid to get amongst it! India is so fun and energetic. There's always a lot going on - which can be overwhelming. But if you're open to it, it can be a really cool experience. "

Benefits of a tour guide for Northern India

"Finding hidden little gems, like the Bahubali Hills in Udaipur. An insider's guide is the best help when it comes to unique experiences and (most importantly) yummy food!"

Must pack items for Northern India

"A local (or international) SIM card. As the most populated country on the planet, India is BUSY. It can be confusing to get around, so having access to maps whenever you need them is a godsend. "

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  • Traveller
  • Countries Visited:

    54 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Vietnam

  • Dream Destination:

    Tunisia

  • About them:
  • Full time traveller and digital nomad wandering the world - just little me and my (not so little!) laptop. As an artist and graphic designer, creating is my passion.

Angkor Wat

Cambodia

What do you love most about Angkor Wat?

"You'll feel mesmerised by the ancient designs and each temple has a unique story. I loved exploring the forests to get to each temple. It felt like an adventure on its own. "

Benefits of a tour guide for Angkor Wat

"There are many tour guides at each temple waiting to give you a tour on a tuk-tuk. You can explore by yourself too. Rent a bicycle to get around easily. I'd recommend a motorbike, it's faster!"

Must pack items for Angkor Wat

"Wear appropriate clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. You'll spend a lot of time walking so wear comfortable shoes. Bring bug repellant and sunscreen!"

@tiffanyswindow's Top Tips

"Spend at least 2 days exploring! If you're not on a tour, rent a motorbike and have the freedom to explore on your own. Be careful with your money, as they don't accept any torn or ripped cash."

Where can you get tickets if you're not on a tour?

"You can purchase at the Angkor pass ticket counters. Book it a day before, have it delivered to your hotel and skip the line! Or, book online on the Angkor Enterprise website and show your ticket."

Are there restaurants nearby?

"You'll find shops at every temple, if not, then nearby. They sell drinks or snacks, and clothing (traditional clothes for photos). There is a place at Angkor Wat for sit-down food and drinks."

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  • Wanderer
  • Countries Visited:

    7 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Yunnan, China

  • Dream Destination:

    World

  • About them:
  • Welcome! I'm Tiffany, passionate about traveling and content creation. Journey with me while I capture and share my travel experiences. I'm currently living and exploring Vietnam.

White River Falls State Park

United States

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Walk down the trail to see the view of the falls from a different vantage point."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Stay on the trail when walking into the canyon, when the trail ends path becomes dangerous."

Must pack items for White River Falls State Park

"Sunscreen, sun hat, reusable water bottle, hiking shoes, trekking poles, & bug repellent. "

What do you love most about White River Falls State Park?

"Excellent place for a picnic, exploring & hiking to view the falls!"

Favourite time of year to visit White River Falls State Park

"Early summer/fall is the best for most reliable weather. "

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  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    The world!

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Masai Mara National Reserve

Kenya

@courtgoestravelling 's Top Tips

"Pack neutral colours like greens, browns and beige. Bring a portable charger- especially for long game drives. Remember your camera and pack some snacks! Game drive days can be 8+ hours long!"

What do you love most about Masai Mara National Reserve?

"No game drive is ever the same! Each time you will have a totally different experience! The ecosystem in Masai Mara is breathtaking and you have the chance to spot the Big 5!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Visit a Masai cultural village to learn about their way of life, take a walk along the Mara river and cross the bridge to have one foot in Kenya and one foot in Tanzania! Game drives are my favourite."

Favourite time of year to visit Masai Mara National Reserve

"I often visit in January and February when the parks are quieter and the rains bring out a lot of different experiences. July-September is the best time to visit for the great wildebeest migration!"

Benefits of a tour guide for Masai Mara National Reserve

"Masai Mara is so vast and the guides know the roads like the back of their hand. Their radio systems help each other to find great sightings for guests. A guide will give you the best experience."

What can you see in Masai Mara?

"The Big 5! lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants and rhinos. As well as cheetahs, hippos, giraffes, antelopes, zebras and so much more. "

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  • Travel Blogger
  • Countries Visited:

    20 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Kenya

  • Dream Destination:

    Vietnam

  • About them:
  • I am a travel obsessed scottish girl with a love for Africa, Kenya specifically! I don't think there's a single place I wouldn't go! I love solo and group travelling and volunteering across the world!

Nairobi

Kenya

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Visit the Giraffe centre to hand feed giraffes, watch baby elephants during feeding time at David Sheldrick, feed wild monkeys in the park, eat at Nairobi street kitchen and party at K1 Clubhouse. "

Do I book in advance?

"If you're not on a tour, it's important to book places like David Sheldrick in advance as they are a true sanctuary and only open to the public for 1hr each day to limited numbers. It can book up weeks in advance."

What can I do at night?

"Nairobi has a lot of restaurants and bars. My favourite is K1 Clubhouse with regular DJs, life music, an outdoor beer garden and club vibes! Great drinks, food and atmosphere!"

What do you love most about Nairobi?

"I love Nairobi so much because the people are so welcoming. Locals have always been so kind and helpful and of course, Kenya is so beautiful it keeps me coming back for more!"

@courtgoestravelling 's Top Tips

"Unless you're on a tour, plan the places you want to visit in advance and organise a guide for easiness and safety! Kenya has a lot to offer and there's a lot to pack into a trip!"

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  • Travel Blogger
  • Countries Visited:

    20 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Kenya

  • Dream Destination:

    Vietnam

  • About them:
  • I am a travel obsessed scottish girl with a love for Africa, Kenya specifically! I don't think there's a single place I wouldn't go! I love solo and group travelling and volunteering across the world!

Yosemite West

United States

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"There are so many hikes and beautiful scenic nature views, especially along the valley. Head to Mariposa for some scenic trails. "

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Sunset offers incredible opportunities to view wildlife & watch the colours highlight El Capitan as the sun sinks beyond the horizon."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Look for wildlife sightings throughout the park!"

Must pack items for Yosemite West

"-Warm layers (even in summer as temps can drop quite quickly when the sun goes down). -Reusable water bottle, sunscreen, bug repellent, sturdy hiking boots, binoculars, camera & sunglasses."

Benefits of a tour guide for Yosemite West

"Access to information about the best hikes, insights and tips to make your trip magical and unique! "

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Head towards the Hetch Hetchy reservoir for some amazing views of the stunning lakes along the Sierra Nevada mountain range."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Drive along the valley for amazing views of El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls and giant sequoia trees. Head up to Tunnel View for stunning views of the valley below."

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  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    The world!

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️