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  • Visiting the treasure trove of Roman ruins.  Rome conquered the area in the 2nd century BC, ruled there for some 500 years and left behind profuse evidence of their stay.  
  • Discovering the Colosseum-like amphitheater in Pula, one of the best-preserved in the world, which held 23,000 people when gladiators fought there.
  • Sharing very personal stories at the memorably named Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, which describes with poignant words and interesting artifacts the sad endings of bonds between married couples, lovers, and parents and children.
  • Spending a night at a farmhouse in Slavonoa, Croatia’s “breadbasket” from which much of the country’s crops and livestock come.  What now are guest rooms were once used to store equipment, crops and other farm-related items.
  • Savoring Croatia’s eclectic cuisine, which combines Italian, Turkish and other culinary influences. 
  • Accompanying a truffle hunter and his dog on a search in the woods, then sampling the finds served in a variety of ways.  (The best white truffles in the world come from the Istrian Peninsula, which Croatia shares with Slovenia and Italy).
  • Enjoying the humor that Croatians employ to poke fun at both themselves and their former Yugoslavian neighbors.  Old animosities among ethnic and religious groups that sparked armed conflicts in the past remain, but today they’re largely replaced by verbal attacks that combine jests with jibes.       
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Tour Tips
  • Traveling with a knowledgeable guide in Croatia can provide invaluable background on the long history of the country, as well as its more recent history in the Bosnian War of the early to mid-1990s.
  • Look for tours that combine both the dramatic coastal cities and islands with excursions into the interior of the country; Zagreb is well worth a visit.
  • Be aware that traveling in Croatia requires climbing some steep steps to walk on Dubrovnik’s city walls and more climbing to visit Roman ruins, medieval castles and other sites, many of which were built on top of high hills for defensive purposes.   
  • Because of the hilly terrain in some places, bus rides can induce motion sickness.  If you’re prone to that malady, carry along pills to combat the sensation.
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    Croatia Travel Reviews & Ratings
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    Tour Reviews

    They Made It Difficult For Me To Get Money Back

    Balkan Adventure

    1.0 August 2017 Intrepid Travel Recommend: No I booked a 981euro holiday with Intrepid in July 2017. They emailed me a few days after booking to tell me that trip was cancelled and that I was entitled to a refund. Fair enough. I emailed back that day to say I would accept the refund. No response or returned money ensued so I contacted them about this again a few days later. A lady told me via email that my refund had now been requested and was on the way. A little peeved that I had to remind them of money they owed, esp as they had cancelled.
    Almost a week later and my bank account still empty. I contacted again and they told me they would authorise my refund. I was getting really worried at this stage. They seemed so indifferent. Meanwhile I didn't have the money in my account to book another holiday during my annual leave. I continued to call and email. Finally after numerous unanswered phonecalls and 15 emails (all unanswered bar 2), I finally got my money back almost two weeks after they cancelled. It was hard work and stressful trying to get it back. I am distrustful of intrepid and will steer clear of them.
    Be warned - once you have paid they don't care. Customer service atrocious - over a dozen unanswered calls and emails. I will never have dealings with them again.
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    Excellent week, lovely islands

    Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

    5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This was an excellent trip, that we thouroughly enjoyed. The islands of Hvar,
    Korcula and Midjet are lovely. The cycling is fairly straightforward, with
    the first two being the most challenging.
    Cycling in the countryside of Korcula and Hvar.


    We had an excellent group leader (Alan) who was well experienced and very
    organised. He knew when to lead the group, and when to stay at the back.
    First class.


    Some accommodation is not great. Dubrovnik is very busy, don't hang around
    there if you want to avoid the crowds. Go out to Split a few days early - do
    a bike tour or kayak tour, both excellent.uhebc


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    Cycling the Dalmation Coast - May 2017

    Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

    5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Once again Exodus has delivered a fabulous holiday in a beautiful
    destination. We highly recommend this trip and could easily have spent more
    time cycling the islands and exploring the coast. The cycling was interesting
    with a variety of terrain - some long but not steep climbs, which meant some
    refreshing descents. The moderate rating felt right. We'll definitely go back
    to explore Dubrovnik and other parts of Croatia. Can't recommend this trip
    highly enough!
    It's difficult to decide on a single inspirational moment as Croatia proved
    to be a beautiful country with stunning scenery everywhere! Cycling along the
    coastal roads of Korcula and the vineyards of Peljesac Peninsula were
    particularly memorable - the views are spectacular. We walked to the top of
    cable car in Dubrovnik - well worth it for a magnificent view of the old
    city. We were blessed with excellent weather and great company with our
    group. This holiday was all the better for having people to share it with.


    Alan Skulic was excellent - well organised, knowledgeable, reassuring, calm,
    sociable and at ease with everyone in our group. Most of all, he had a great
    sense of humour - he understood the British sense of humour, apparently as a
    result of watching British comedy programmes when growing up.


    Yes! Do it! It's a beautiful country and the holiday will stay in our
    memories forever. We are leisure cyclists and were a bit intimidated by the
    hill climbs but Alan was reassuring and supportive. We faced the challenge
    and feel much more confident about overcoming future cycling challenges. And
    we were rewarded with stunning scenery. The roads are quiet and the road
    surfaces are in much better condition than those at home, which again made
    cycling much more pleasurable. We highly recommend taking the optional trip
    to Mljet and the guided walk around Dubrovnik. Ana, our guide was excellent.


    We went in mid-May and it was warm enough for us! It's important to drink
    plenty and make the most of breakfast and snack stops - especially if going
    when the weather is even warmer.


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    Cycling the Dalmation Coast

    Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

    5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes As a group of six ladies who are hobby cyclists, there was some in
    trepidation, but we needn't have been concerned. The support of our guide,
    Marijo and the group, along with our driver, Dani, made for a highly
    enjoyable week and so much was packed in. We needed to cycle each day to work
    off the lovely food we ate each day
    For me the countryside was so beautiful. It was really quiet with not much
    traffic and the smells of cypress trees, rosemary and jasmine were just
    sublime. When there were hills ( and boy there were some!) the encouragement
    of the group was tremendous and don't forget at the top are some fantastic
    views, but a glorious ride down!!


    Mario was so supportive to all the different abilities within our cycle
    group. Not once did he get impatient or make you feel awkward. He was always
    informative in his briefings without making you feel patronised. He could
    enjoy a laugh with the group and if there was any language barrier in the
    shops etc he was always there to help out. He especially sourced one
    restaurant for my croatian friend who wanted a particular dish and several
    craft beer cafe for our brewer friend. He was the element that made our
    holiday so special.


    I am glad I took padded cycling shorts and although I had done some training
    before, perhaps I should have done more to be able to cycle all those hills.
    I did take the bus on one occasion but was never made to feel a failure.
    Make sure you're happy to cycle in some traffic although in Croatia it is
    quite quiet. Don't forget your cycling gloves (some in our group did). We
    also asked Exodus before we went if there were bike bags, they said no, but
    infact there were bags to sit on the front of your handle bars, very useful
    to carry sunscreen or jackets etc. Also take your own water bottle. Pack
    light, as you don't want to pack and unpack full suitcases.


    The hotels are basic but clean and breakfast is probably not the same
    standard as we are used to in central Europe , but quite adequate for a day's
    cycling. In the evenings you mainly eat with the group at some lovely
    restaurants, but you're not obliged to and can go solo if you wish. When you
    reach Dubrovnik, you will need money for extra trips (which you will do on
    your own) e.g. the bus from the hotel to the town, The walls of the Old City,
    cable car and boat trip to Lokrum. Dubrovnik is busy as many of the cruise
    ships call in, but still a fascinating place. If you just want peace & quiet
    go to Lorum and take your swimming costume for a swim in the beautiful
    Adriatic sea. Here there are some lovely restaurants and even sunbeds.
    If you are in a group or on your own don't hesitate to go, can't remember
    when I've laughed so much!!


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    Cycling in Croatia

    Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

    5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Just brilliant !
    Just beautiful!
    Just about achievable for those that haven't put in the training.
    Just easy (ish)for those that have .
    Just great people, guide , hotels, views, sea.
    Just go !
    The guide encouraging someone to achieve cycling up THAT hill!
    And the smile that said they made it - to cheers from everyone.


    You couldn't ask for better.


    Put in some training if not a regular cyclist to prepare your legs for the
    hills.


    No


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    Croatia Trips & Tour Advice

    If any country has played a role as a crossroad of history, it’s present-day Croatia.  Because of its key location spanning Eastern and Western cultures, this West Virginia-size nation, along with neighbors which comprised the former Yugoslavia, provided a bridge and melting pot of peoples over the centuries.  Among those who came, went and left their influences were ancient Greeks, Romans and Venetians. 

    This rich kaleidoscope of cultures, ethnicities and religions, along with its storied history, natural beauty and other attractions, has elevated Croatia into a major magnet for travelers seeking an authentic experience. The result: While the country ranks only 127th in size, it’s the world’s 18th most popular tourist destination.

    Croatia’s cities, towns and villages serve as living history museums that immerse visitors in centuries past.

    Dubrovnik, “Pearl of the Adriatic”

    Dubrovnik, a World Heritage Site, was a major city-state and maritime trade center from the 14th through 18th centuries. Its reach and power throughout the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas rivaled that of Venice. 

    The intact fortress walls that surround the old city, its wealth of stunning architecture, historic monuments and maze of narrow streets transport visitors back to those heady times -- one of the main reasons it has served as a shooting location for the HBO TV series Game of Thrones

    Dubrovnik suffered heavy damage in the early 1990s, when Croatia sought to become a sovereign country following the breakup of Yugoslavia but was opposed and attacked by local Serb forces and the Serb-controlled Yugoslav People's Army. 

    Since then, the historic core of the city has been restored to its former splendor.  The city walls, accentuated by three forts, 16 towers and other fortifications, are among the best-preserved and most beautiful in Europe. Built over a span of 600 years beginning in the 12th century, they create a 1-1/4-mile long defensive ring around the old city, and a “walk on the walls” is a favorite activity for visitors.     

    Zagreb, Split, and Beyond

    Trip to Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, claims architectural treasures that echo the charms of Vienna, Budapest, Prague, and other great European cities. Many historic monuments grace the Lower Town and Baroque Upper Town. More contemporary touches include the seemingly wall-to-wall cafes and coffee houses that are packed with people throughout the days and evenings.

    Split boasts Roman ruins – the 4th century Emperor Diocletian’s Palace -- built right into the center of the city. (Remnants of Roman structures are grouped along the coastline, dotted throughout the countryside and preserved in cities.) A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Split also contains medieval and Renaissance architecture. Tiny Trogir,  another World Heritage Site along with coast, is a medieval gem.

    The defensive walls that encircle the medieval hill hamlet of Hum (pronounced Hoom) are distinctive because houses were built into them. Tiny Hum consists of just two short streets, has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest town in the world, and locals claim a current population of 17, 18 or “about 20.”

    The adjacent seaside resorts of Lovran and Opatija (oh-pah-tee-uh) have a history of tourism dating back to Roman times, when both were popular with patrician families who built impressive villas. At the end of the 19th century, the towns once again became fashionable vacation destinations for aristocratic families, whose elegant homes still grace the setting.

    Mother Nature at Her Best

    The main natural attraction is Plitvice Lakes National Park, which encompasses a series of 16 lakes linked by waterfalls and rivulets that cascade from one to another.  The lakes themselves reflect the colors of their surroundings, from emerald green and turquoise to blue and gray.

    Another popular setting is the line of beaches strung out along Croatia’s long coastline on the Adriatic Sea.  While most are pebble beaches, there also are inviting sandy stretches – and 97 of them have Blue Flag status, an international award based upon water quality and other standards.

    The Croatian coast is also lined with a thousand little islands like Korcula and Hvar, which combine medieval architecture and natural beauty. Small ship cruises often stop there. 

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    Continent:

    Europe

    Local Attractions: 

    Dubrovnik, Hvar, Plitvice National Park, Rovinj, Pula Arena, Diocletian's Palace & Many More

    Top Activities:

    Small-Ship Cruises, Sailing Cruises & Historic Sightseeing

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