Our group of 6 young senior adults just returned from 12 days in Croatia, a trip organized by this travel agent. I can highly recommend this travel company. My travel agent was very responsive to every question I had, working tirelessly with me in designing our itinerary. She took time to come meet us during our stay in Split, with a gift of a bottle of Croatian wine. Everything about our trip was perfectly planned, well organized, and properly paced. We experienced places that we would never have found on our own. The hotels were all above expectations and well situated. All the guides were personable, knowledgeable, professional and responsive to all our needs. We enjoyed visits to several small family run wineries and a 4th generation oyster farmer who provided us a lunch of super fresh oysters and mussels on his private island. Having a truffle hunting demonstration was fun and informative. Our driver was with us for 10 days and was an absolute delight. He was much more than a driver. He was also knowledgeable and humorous, becomig part of our Croatian family, going out of his way to satisfy our every need and request, like organizing lamb and peka dinners. He promptly greeted us every morning with the Mercedes van clean and shiny, well stocked with water. He was a major reason for the success of our trip. Croatia is a beautiful, clean and safe country with very friendly people, good food and good wine. This trip designed by this travel company is one of our best trips, and we are avid travelers. We could not have asked for a better trip.
The entire trip is memorable so it is hard to pick a few. Meeting the local people, like our driver and his parents, was one of our best highlights. The lamb roasted on a spit dinner and freshly harvested oysters were highlight meals. Visiting the multi-generational family wineries, tasting wines from grape varieties unavailable to us in the U.S. was a wonderful experience. Getting a better understanding of Croatia's history from each guide helped in appreciating what the resilient Croatians have endured to finally become an independent country. The scenery was beyond beautiful from all the hilltops and seasides. Getting educated on the intricacies of olive oil was especially valuable to us novices who think olive oil is just olive oil. Oh so not true.
The only thing I would change is the timing of the trip. We were there from March 18-29. Given it was still low season, we appreciated that there were no crowds anywhere, not even in the most touristic of places. However, many of the restaurants and shops in the smaller seaside towns, especially on the Istria peninsula, were still closed for the winter. They generally start opening for the season around the first of April. Otherwise, everything was perfect, even the weather cooperated.
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