The trip was our first to Europe, and we are very happy that we chose Croatia and this travel agency. It was a wonderful experience, and extremely well planned. Everything went smoothly. All of the people we were involved with were wonderful.
The drivers were very knowledgeable and we learned a great deal from them. We enjoyed talking to all of them, particularly on contemporary life in Croatia. We especially enjoyed our guide, as we had a full day with him and he was amazing! All of our drivers were on time (or early) and transported us with ease in clean, luxury cars. Their professionalism eased any worries we might have had in keeping to our itinerary.
The licensed local tour guides that were arranged by the agency were the backbone of our trip. We cannot overstate their historical and cultural knowledge of their country. We couldn't have possibly gotten the same information from travel books or on our own. They were all so highly educated and passionate about their hometowns, and made the historical cities come to life.
It's very difficult to list our favorite moments, as each day brought a new activity that rivaled the last. However, there were a few highlights.
The entire day trip to Hvar Island was astounding. The clear waters, the beautiful architecture, and the natural surroundings (including lavender fields) were striking. The meal we had at a family-owned farm-to-table restaurant was one of the best meals of our lives.
A trip to the Plitvice Lakes is a must for any traveler to Croatia. An entire day could be spent there, marveling at the waterfalls and aquamarine waters.
Also, the entire time in Dubrovnik offered the perfect balance of history (like walking the walls of the Old Town) and the natural beauty of the beaches and views of the Adriatic.
We must also mention the accommodations, the hotels were all exceptional. The staff at the Solin hotel was particularly helpful, friendly and created a personal experience for us. The hotel in Zagreb was regal and beautiful. The hotel in Dubrovnik was gorgeous, with stunning views and beautiful beaches.
I would allow even more time. We would recommend spending as much time as possible, this is not a trip to do quickly. It was planned so well by our agent that our time was maximized and we did not feel rushed, but we would have enjoyed seeing even more of the country, and enjoying the places we did visit for an even longer time.
As as side note, make sure to bring water shoes, as most of the beaches are rocky. You won't want to miss swimming in those beautiful waters just because you don't have proper footwear.
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