Zicasso and this travel team were both great agencies to work with. The travel team was incredibly responsive and willing to tailor our journey to specific events and areas of Croatia we wanted to see. We were even able to work in a day-trip to Mostar, Bosnia but be forewarned, it is a bit of a drive from Split! Everything was four and five-star accommodation and we appreciated having our own driver and transfers booked and pre-paid. Our agents were incredibly helpful overseas while traveling and we could even alter our itinerary or ask questions in the middle of our trip. It was nice to have that connection to a local agency.
LOCAL TIP: Where shoes with a grip! The streets of Old City Split are made of limestone and become VERY slippery when wet (which is all of the time). I slipped and fell more than once while wearing flip flops and sandals, resulting in my fair share of bruises and cuts.
On Day one, we had an amazing Boat excursion to the Blue Lagoon and Trogir. I highly recommend it! My friend’s and I found the tour through a third-party website BUT was able to book the package through the travel team and added it to our itinerary. The weather was perfect for our eight-seater jet boat and the waters were calm while traveling to our three destinations. The Beach Club was so relaxing and perfect for a light lunch before snorkeling at the Blue Lagoon. SUGGESTION: Bring water shoes or you will have to fight the sea urchins as you trek out to deeper water from shore (water shoes also help protect fee t that are used to sandy beaches)! From there we had a short time to visit Trogir which is a quaint island where 20 people live and takes you 20 minutes to walk around the perimeter. A beautiful place to watch the sunset!
Day 3, we went to Brac and Day 4, Mostar. Brac is a great half-day trip and our agency booked a guide to take us around the island (my highlight was that I saw a baby donkey and black sheep). We visited an olive oil refinery and a wine vineyard. Each of these places fed us a full tapas menu. We were getting full, so we only nibbled because we had lunch coming up. The locals criticized us for not eating all of the food and we laughed. We had to eat everything and then go to lunch?! We were stuffed! As a thank you, the agency booked us meals at a local Konoba. GREAT food but my cold was getting worse at that point, so I just ordered Croatia’s famous bone broth and beef soup (which was really good).
Bosnia was an interesting place, incredibly hot with very little shade; narrow streets and children running around asking for money, with numerous stalls competing for the sale of the same products. Apparently, we had visited the city when the Mostar Red Bull Cliff Diving world competitions were taking place, so the Stari Most Bridge and beach below were both packed. Not an enjoyable experience and we would have definitely moved our day-trip had we known the competition was taking place. TIP: Keep an eye on your belongings and do not wear backpacks; people behind you could unzip the bag. I was so paranoid that I wore my backpack on my chest because there were so many people. As my cold worsened, days 5-10 were spent confined to hotels in Hvar, Mljet, and Dubrovnik and didn’t get to see much of anything.
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