Our travel agent was always responsive, listened to what we wanted, and crafted a trip that was truly wonderful. Perhaps the most valuable part of such arrangements is scheduling reliable and comfortable transportation during the trip. In two weeks there was not one transportation glitch, not one hotel glitch, not one guide glitch. The drivers were all well-spoken and helpful, the cars or vans were top of the line. When we went hiking or kayaking, cycling or sailing, they provided superb guides who oriented us to both the history and the natural environment. The City guides were also generally good, the weakest was in Hvar, the best was in Split. We also had an outstanding guide in Pula. The motor yacht from Korcula to Hvar was in great shape and the crew was excellent. The sailing was on a unique 38-foot boat with an even more unique and enjoyable captain, not just some bland Dufour or Bavaria boat. The reason I mention all these elements is that they demonstrate our travel agent's knowledge and connections and how they can provide an outstanding experience. If you take the time to learn about the destination and have some idea of what you want to do, she will craft an incredible trip for you. I was very impressed!
Croatia in June is beautiful, get outdoors and do stuff. Highlights were: Dinner at in Dubrovnik. Walking the walls of Dubrovnik. Kayaking tour at Dubrovnik. Oyster tasting in Ston. Hike and lunch on Korcula. The wonderful hike on Hvar Island! Luncheon in Milna. Sailing from Hvar to Vis and back. Touring Diocletian's Palace with our guide. Staying at the hotel in Rovinj. We rarely had disappointing wine or food. ( Independently we rented bicycles and cycled across the Stari Grad plain, highly recommended!) Also, the well educated and thoughtful guides were always willing to discuss local politics and history, and to talk about their families, giving us insight into Croatia that otherwise we would never have uncovered. So many people have family olives or grapes that bring the family together every fall for harvest. Family olive oil or wine is proudly produced and was sometimes even shared with us.
The only lodging mistake was staying in the hotel outside Split. It is a wonderful, new hotel next to the ruins of Roman Salona. Nothing is wrong with the hotel, it is in fact quite nice, but it is in a residential neighborhood with no restaurants, shops, or "vibe." We think it would have been better to stay in Split itself and have the chance to walk around a vibrant neighborhood. Every meal that was included in our trip was excellent, but some of the extra restaurants we chose for reservations were not so good. In Rovinj, the restaurant was nothing special and far too expensive. In Korcula, the restaurant had terrible service and gave off a tourist trap feel. I would avoid both in the future. Finally, we knew this would be the case, but Zagreb deserves more than one afternoon and evening. It is a vibrant, happening city and I regret we couldn't explore it more.
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