We took a custom itinerary 2 week trip or "Croatian Odyssey" this past May/June planned with this travel agency. From our first email exchange and phone conversation the travel agency listened to what we were looking for and made excellent suggestions. They were prompt in replying and accommodating as we made made decisions and even changed our minds a couple times. We are very selective about hotels, preferring small luxury hotels with local character and personal service, our agency made excellent suggestions to us for this. They are very knowledgeable about hotels, activities and restaurants throughout Croatia. In advance of our trip we were provided with a detailed custom itinerary for the arrangements we had agreed on, this itinerary included photos of and background on each of the cites we would be visiting as well as descriptions of the scheduled activities and hotel properties in addition to restaurant suggestions-very helpful. Our trip began when a travel agency driver picked us up in a private sedan in Budapest to drive us to Ljubljana where our "Odyssey" began. From there we traveled to Croatia, beginning in Istria, then by car to Split (via Plitvice Lakes) and on a private, staffed sail boat "Island Hopping" for 5 days to Dubrovnik. Every hotel and every outing they arranged for us was just what we were looking for on this trip. The driver they arranged was the best, not only a safe driver but a knowledgeable and charming man. In each city we had local guides for city tours and outings and these were excellent as well, knowledgeable, personable and accommodating. Some highlights were Truffle hunting in Istria, sailing through the islands on a private catamaran, meals in Croatia's finest restaurants and the extraordinary beauty of the Dalmatian Coast. I think this travel agency must be well regarded by hotels and restaurants in Croatia as we always seemed to get the best rooms or tables. A travel agency representative stayed in touch with us during our trip, just to assure everything went smoothly, which it did. I would highly recommend this travel agency for planning individual/personalized travel in Slovenia and Croatia. I would certainly use them again if we are fortunate enough to return to Croatia.
We were delighted with Ljubljana, thrilled to go truffle hunting in Istria, awed by the Plitvice lakes and waterfalls, impressed by the Zadar Sea Organ, had fun Oyster tasting in Mali Ston and loved sailing for 4 days on our own Catamaran (with Skipper and chef). It was a wonderful coincidence to have a full moon while we were on the sailboat, very romantic! While sailing we anchored each day for a refreshing swim in the Adriatic sea, this was delightful. Our on board private chef made wonderful breakfasts and lunches for us in the small kitchen! The boat was well stocked with Croatia beer and wine which we enjoyed. Dubrovnik was also highlight of course and from our hotel balcony we watched fireworks over the Old City on our last night. The meals we enjoyed in Croatia were among the best we've ever had, great fresh fish of course, but also, talented chefs combing flavors in creative ways (foie gras ice cream!) and located in beautiful, unique historic locations (a turret of a castle, along the roman wall, and or with views of sparkling Adriatic Sea). Croatia is producing some very good wines, we enjoyed getting acquainted with some of these. We had looked forward to planning and taking this trip for several years and we will remember it always.
I really don't think I'd change anything, of course it would always be nice to stay longer, but we really felt the schedule the travel agency arranged allowed to see what we wanted and appreciate each city on our trip.
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