DUBROVNIK & THE DALMATIAN COAST
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Difficult to pick just one, but first entering Dubrovnik in the evening, with the walls floodlit and alpine swifts screaming overhead takes some beating. Trogir, Diocletian's Palace at Split, Korcula Island (Agroturismo Grubinjac evening meal not to be missed!), Ston, and everything about Dubrovnik will linger long in the memory.
What did you think of your group leader?
Marija was extremely knowledgeable about the area (she lives in Split) and about Croatian culture and history in general. She inspired confidence from first meeting at the airport and kept everyone informed and supported individuals as and when required. Her varied choice of restaurants provided the venue for an entertaining group meal every evening if desired. She ensured that the group gelled from the first evening at the Tragos Hotel in Trogir Old Town. The city guides she fixed up for Split and Dubrovnik were excellent.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
If you stay at the Hotel Liburna in Korcula, try to get a sea-view room from an upper floor; these were (reputedly) very nice. Our ground floor room facing in the opposite direction, looked out on an overgrown grass bank and the bathroom was smelly, with original communist era fittings and plumbing. The room itself was fine and the Hotel interesting in style and ideally located. Walking shoes/boots advisable for Korcula walk on loose stones for much of the way.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Great fun from start to finish with an amazingly diverse gang of people who quickly blended into a sociable and entertaining group - a great advert for Exodus style holidays for our first venture.