Hi all! I'm asking my 2 questions based on my interests - Eastern Europe and more importantly, the Holocaust and WW2:
I'm headed on the 6/25/17 Best of Bulgaria-12 days (after Turkey was cancelled) tour and am trying to figure out how much time Sofia deserves. As an educational historian, my interests are in the 20th C, especially WW2 and the Communist era. I will spend my own time in Sofia Synagogue and at the museums/parks that have Stalinist/Communist relevance. Besides what's included with RS (yes, I know the Synagogue is included), are my 2 days ahead of our tour enough? What do YOU suggest I add to my pre-tour itin?
Our tour "starts" Sunday dinner and I planned on arriving Friday afternoon. My return flight is mid-afternoon the day our tour ends. Last year, I did the best of Eastern Europe-16 days (I was out of the US almost 20 days), and I'm feeling that my 14 days away isn't enough, probably because we visited 6 countries in that tour. I'd love to revisit Budapest (more time in the Market and at the baths) and stay at our same hotel, but for me, this is feeling more like icing, rather than a cake that is close to being taken out of the oven.
That said, and this isn't going to sound right, I'm trying to conclude my intellectually, emotional journey with the Holocaust, after visiting numerous countries in E Europe (my dissertation covered clandestine education in the Warsaw ghetto) for a third consecutive year with both RS and another, even smaller tour.
Comments/suggestions? Thanks, Susie