MOUNTAIN BIKING IN CROATIA

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Passing through the unspoilt Velebit mountain range, surrounded by an array of wild flowers and clouds of butterflies. Descending the Mali Halan pass in the sunshine, taking in the amazing views on our way to the coast. Visiting beautiful, turquoise Plitvice Lakes - something I have always wanted to do. Just sitting on the terrace at our hotel in Novigrad, with a glass of wine (or beer!), watching the sun set.

What did you think of your group leader?

The group leader was professional, attentive and competent, with excellent local knowledge. The trip ran very smoothly and without adverse incident thanks to his efficiency. The assistant leader was extremely friendly and helpful - always looking out to make sure everyone was OK, and sharing the group's sense of humour. I think we all enjoyed their company.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Echoing Tony (Denis) Halpin's review, bring ear plugs for the mountain hut - and loo roll/wet wipes would be a good idea too as 'facilities' are limited! Make sure your off-road skills are up to scratch as there are quite a lot of slippy gravel climbs and descents to negotiate. Other than that all I can say is 'Come on this trip!' - I thought it was brilliant!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The food, drink and standard of hotel accommodation were really good. The trip notes rather underestimate the daily distances travelled and I would say that the trip veers much more towards the 'challenging' than the 'moderate' grading. But maybe that is just my perception as I am no superwoman! Having said that, it is in my top three holidays ever and I would go again tomorrow if I could!