CYCLING THE DALMATIAN COAST
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The ride back from Pupnat to Korcula was very pretty - topped off with a swim in the sea - perfect. In fact any day finishing with a swim was great. The last day of cycling along the coast was also very pretty. Cycling throught the vineyards was great too. I also thought the evening out at the home cooked food place outside Korcula was excellent - if a bit more pricey than we had been expecting (230 Kuna each) - this may have had something to do with the grappe.... Oh, and worth going to the Tower Bar in Korcula - good views in the day time, but make sure you can deal with ladders.
What did you think of your group leader?
This was Bojan's first tour on his own and I think he did a great job managing a varied group which had diverse demands.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Croatia is not a cheap place - though not overly pricey either. As breakfast is the only meal included in the price there is plenty of money to be spent on food (and ice cream). Many of our group requested thet we have some picnic lunches which I think was reasonable (but you need a ruckack or something to carry it in from the supermarket!). The meal at the the top of the hill on the first day's cycling was very nice, simple food (bread, cheese, proscuttio and grilled veg) but many felt over priced - and as we hadn't had any choice or say I think some felt a bit "had" - hence the request that the group have a bit more freedom of choice. Obviously we expect our guide to make good recommendations for dinners etc so most of the time most of the group went with his advice - and it was very good.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The cycling distances are great I would say. Bit of up and down and there were options for swimming (keep your togs in the bus). There was a fair bit of getting on and off the bus - but this is expected for a tour which isn't point to point. Our group didn't get to do the optional Mljet trip as not enough people wanted to do it which was a shame - but not sure how you get around this issue. It was another cost too - the boat, lunch on boat, entry to the park etc - but it came highly recommended! I would recommend doing the city wall walk in Dubrovnik - lovely early evening when not so hot. Accomodation was fine - nice not to be moving every night.