Our travel agent and travel company prepared and executed an outstanding 15 night trip in Croatia and Slovenia. Our trip took us to Dubrovnik (3 nights), Hvar (3 nights), Split (day visit), Mostar (Bosnia), Montenegro (day visit), Trogir, (1 night), Plitvice Lakes (1 nights), Rovinj (3 nights), Ljubljana (2 nights), Lake Bled (day trip) and Zagreb (1 night). We covered a lot of villages, but the time in each location was perfect! We never felt rushed or bored with each location. We stayed in small 3 and 4 star hotel/villas for the most part. However, Ljubljana and Zagreb were larger hotels. Vehicles/drivers were always on time and all of them added their local knowledge to each of the locations. Tours were 1 to 2 hours each and the guides were all great. With private drivers and tours, we had the ultimate flexibility – if we decided to cut an event short, we just called the driver to come pick us up. If we wanted to skip a castle and do a wine tour all we had to do was ask. If we were interested in one area, the tour guides would tailor their tours to meet our interests.
Our US based agent was located in Chicago, which made it easy to coordinate flight details. Our agent did a great job coordinating travelers from two US locations (Boston and Chicago) and getting us meet up in London, for our connecting flight to Zagreb. Our local agent was located in Zagreb and was always available for our questions and minor change requests to our itinerary. Even though the office was closed on weekends, she was always checking her emails and we would usually get responses to requests within an hour or so. I think I called her 6 times during our trip and she always treated me like an old friend. She really took the time to understand all our interests, needs and concerns and prepared a fantastic trip for 7 people (one handicapped). We brought our own wheelchair, which was a Roughrider brand. It did well in all the towns and the cobblestones were not a big problem, but we did have to deal with some stairs in every location. Relative to this travel agency – go with them, you won't regret it.
Most memorable parts? Every location was memorable, but a few really stood out - Hotel Villa Nora in Hvar and Hotel Casa Garzotto in Rovinj – Awesome back alley boutique hotels that can’t be beat. We also liked Ljubljana Slovenia and Plitvice Lakes. Dubrovnik is everything they say it is, but a little to commercial for me. Very expensive and hard to stay downtown without blowing your budget. You don’t want to miss Dubrovnik, but it would not be where I would go, if I went back to Croatia. I would go to Hvar, Rovinj or Ljubljana, as my top choices.
Don’t bother with the National park Brijuni islands, outside of Rovinj. Very expensive 4 hour island tour of former Yugoslavia’s President Tito’s summer get away. We spent an hour and were ready to go back to Rovinj. Luckly we had a private driver who was a phone call away and we made it happen. If you take a wheelchair to Croatia, do not take a normal thin wheel version (cobblestones will kill you), get a roughrider or something comparable. Plitvice lakes is a little tough with any wheel chair, but if the person can walk some stairs, it is possible. Recommend someone with a strong back to escort them to all locations. All locations have hills, but Ljubljana is the most forgiving for the handicapped. Lots of wheelchairs in the city.
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