Travelers' reviews about Croatia

4.6
10 reviews
SaloM
5
Friends
All three destinations we went to - Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnic - were absolutely stunning. We had a memorable all ladies trip. Piltwick lake and Trogir were another excellent places to visit.
Best parts:
We enjoyed Igor's hospitality in Zagreb the most. He is a nice, simple and polite person to deal with. He was supposed to be there for city sightseeing for only 2 to 3 hours and we took 4 and half hours of him, while shopping in small shops along the way but he is the nicest person, didn't utter a word! The rest of the journey was very smooth with our driver Matthew. He showed some beautiful food-joints on the way. He opened up a lot when we were in Dubrovnik, he seems a patriotic man for Dubrovnik! All in all a great experience with your beautiful country and under Igor's arrangements!
Worst parts:
The driver who came to pick us up from the airport was not very cooperative but we managed as it was a short trip with him. Zagorje Castle, Trakoscan could have been avoided. It looks fabulous only from outside and in total rundown condition from inside, not worth a visit and waste one day over it. Beware for your next guest, choose another nice place instead.
Croatia in 12 days
5
Couple
This was a wonderful trip, start to finish. We drove from Opatija south to Dubrovnik stopping along the way at Plitvice National Park, Split, and Korcula Island.
Best parts:
Croatia is a beautiful country, the people were friendly and helpful, and the food is fabulous!
Worst parts:
Getting lost trying to find our hotel in Split!
Godiva2018
4
Couple
We picked Croatia as our destination because my grandparents lived there before coming to America. It is a beautiful country and the prospect of doing some genealogy searching made it the right place for us. We like to find the 'hidden gems' when we travel and not follow the crowd. My favorite place was Velika Planina in Slovenia. It took some effort to actually get to the settlement, but 100% worth it. We also loved driving the Julian Alps and visiting Pag, Croatia. Jelena arranged a rental car for us, and we drove from Zagreb to Slovenia and then down the coast to Dubrovnik. Everything at our own pace. If we saw something interesting we stopped. No tour group schedules to follow, no feeling like were were part of a herd. I enjoyed the safety of knowing that Jelena was just a phone call away should we run into any problems.
Best parts:
The best part of the trip was that it was tailored to our wants and needs. I did my research and knew exactly where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see. Our local guide Jelena was AWESOME in making that happen.
Worst parts:
There really were no bad parts.
RMS
5
Friends
We landed in Zagreb, spent a day or so there, moved onto the Adriatic Coast and Pula, stayed in Opatija for three days and traveled down the coast to Split. Every day was perfect.
Best parts:
Our guide, Jelena, was wonderful beyond words. We were four old friends traveling, but she fit in like the missing piece in a puzzle! Her plans worked out perfectly and she took us to some beautiful places we would have never found on our own. We can't thank you enough for helping us find her! (In the group photo, Jelena is wearing the white shirt)
Worst parts:
It ended too soon.
Hiker Docs
5
Couple
Plitvice Lakes National Park and Dubrovnik have become world renowned and were the magnets. When hiking in the Dolomites we tried but could not fit in Triglave NP and Bled so this was the beginning of this trip. My wife and I are 64 year old activity travelers and have checked off our last 2 bucket list locations with the help of Evaneos. (Portugal with Anna and now) Croatia / Slovenia with Jelena, our local agent. As busy as Jelena has been with small independents such as us or leading bus loaded tours, she always found time for us. Beginning the trip's process with variable dates and length of travel, she remained calm and organized. Jelena quickly found out we were doers and not leisure lizards. She offered various itineraries and guided or independent treks including a variety of accomodations and sites. From there, she and Lauri grew the trip to cover both history, culture, people interaction, beauty and action. They explored their options on the internet and came up with a slighty more extended plan with additional highlights. We started in Zagreb to find out how little, we Americans know of the region. That simply added to the mystery of the history and evolution of this Balkan region. Lauri and I kept reading as we explored the region from city-state-and now the national Countries of the area from Illyrian, Greek, Roman, Venetian, Nappleonic, Habsburg, Austro-Hungarian, Yugoslavian cultures and now the newly re-soverign nations with Ottoman and Islamic influences. This simply super-enhanced the architecture, flavors, people, wars of appreciation by Jelena's recommendations. We toasted with the locals in Vrhnika, ate in stone cities, mountains, lakes and hilltops with wild or farm to table local foods. We chose Slovenian truffles with Croatian wines and ate the best steaks ever. Jelena was soon to find out that Lauri and I are over-achievers; we added a hiking guide for 2 days in Triglav National Park and indulged in Lake Bled and Bovec / Soca activities. We added Skocjan Caves and Predjana Castle Cave, Piran and Motovun on our way to Opatija where we walked the lungomare and had an extensive breakfast buffet under covered tables on the Grand Palace's gorgeous deck overlooking the Adriatic sea. Each accommodation was increasingly thought out for our enjoyment and interest by Jelena and if we got lost getting there even with GPS in the tiny car-challenged streets, Jelena helped us through. She even met us at our up-scaled BandB to meet and talk in Plitvice. Understanding Croatia and site recommendations are definitely Jelena's strength! Zadar (harmonic steps), Trogir (effervescent energy), and seaside towns to Split along the coast road and not the super highway further enlightened the history and development of Jelena's country. Oh my, what an understatement Split is for it's more heavily tourists 'sister' Dubrovnik! We stayed in a re-gentrified home/UNESCO turned BandB at Heritage Palace Varos with original in-floor olive mill 2 blocks from Split old city and Diocletians Palace. Split has accommodated Croatia's attraction well. By adding a half day private tour to our schedule, Jelena only enhanced it's unique history, cobbled with a young, energetic esplanade and great restaurants, bars and squares, street music within the Palaces courtyard and a wonderful Marjan Park with great views highlighted the coastal towns. The Jewish immigration and current presence over the centuries was most interesting to us. We added options like walking Ston's walls and eating oysters and appreciating the still functioning Roman salt pans before we got to Dubrovnik. As Dubrovnik was a City Nation-State, we stayed just outside this living double walled millenial fortress at the gorgeous Blue Hotel resort. We continued our activity with an extended prearranged tour and fine foods of pastas and seafood, took a short 'fish-eye' view of this historic town from the sea and a 'bird's-eye' view from the top of the gondola. We better understood the development of this wonderful country following the third Balkan War and left grateful for Jelena's masterful arrangements including car pick-ups and deliveries to and from the airports. Jelena deserves 5 star kudos for a most wonderful trip. We look forward to using the services of Evaneos once again in the near future!
Best parts:
Everything because Jelena made it happen!
Worst parts:
Too much to do and not enough time. Other things including: rafting and rappelling down the Soca river, 2 day hike to Triglav peak, more time in Bled, a side trip to Trieste, a night in Ljubljana, a side trip to Krka National Park, side trip to Mostar and gosh, so much more.
Louisette
5
Family
We had a car from Split airport and drove directly to Plitvice Lakes which we visited the next day. By the end of our holiday, this was still our favourite day. The lakes and falls are something you should not miss. Then we drove down to Zadar and on to Sibenik. Sibenik is wonderful old town and we had a delightful apartment right in the old town. From there down to Split where we enjoyed a Wine tour and an afternoon sailing to the Island of Brac. Split old town is wonderful with so many things to see and we only covered a sample. Next a bus to Dubrovnik where we again stayed in the old town. So little time there to see all the wonders but we managed to go up in the cable car and take a ride to the Island of Lokrum where we spend a pleasant couple of hours.
Best parts:
I loved the beauty of Croatia and how varied it is. Waterfalls, the ocean, the old cities and the architecture. It really is a very lovely country and I would love to go back sometime.
Worst parts:
The worst part for me was driving in Split. It is a big town and we got there during the rush hour. I really should have read up on the Croatian highway code. One apartment that we stayed in was not really up to scratch. It was disappointing.
Evaneos
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Mary
5
Couple
Two week road trip through Slovenia and Croatia ..people were lovely .. most helpful. Both countries are beautiful ... so much to absorb and appreciate. Everyday brought a new highlight!
Best parts:
Our trip through Slovenia and Croatia was one of the best trips we have had. . Our trip planner - Jelena - did an excellent job in helping us plan the trip and making the arrangements. The tour guides, she arranged for us in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik, were top notch .. very knowledgeable and engaging. Our drivers to and from the airport were also very knowledgeable and provided us with insights. Jelena assisted us throughout our travels with any concerns we had as well as checked in on us periodically!. Without a fault, everything fell as was planned. Thank you, it was marvellous!
Fun Croatia, Herzegovina & Bosnia Days
5
Couple
Jelena did the following for us: Pick up from Zadar airport for drive to Troger. Local-food lunch in Troger and brief tour of the restaurant area. Dropped us off at the Cornaro Hotel in Split, making sure that our next morning tour would start at 9a when the weather was less hot. Arranged a van, driver and tickets for Krka National Park to accommodate us and extended friends and family. Picked up our luggage and delivered to new accommodations in Hvar Town. Made sure we had ferry tickets to get to these accommodations. Van driver dropped us at the ferry port. Picked us up at Hvar Town and drove us via ferry to Mostar, stopping at Kravice Waterfalls along the way. Took our son and daughter-in-law to bus station in Mostar for departure to Sarajevo and got us registered into City Hotel. Took us to Mostar guide and accompanied us throughout the old city tour. We enjoyed Bosnian coffee and sweets, lunch of cevapcici with local bread. Drove to Medjugorje where we climbed the hill. Drove back to Croatia, stopping at Ston Walls and enjoyed oysters in Peljesac Oyster bay and then on to Dubrovnik. Arranged tour of Dubrovnik city. Driver to Dubrovnik airport and departure to Rome. All in all, this was a great trip and it is all due to the many talents of our agent, Jelena, and the beautiful Croatia, Herzegovina and Bosnia countries! Thank you!
Best parts:
Jelena - We hope you appreciate her as much as we do. She is a master at guiding and helping travelers to enjoy their experiences. She helped us make so many memories; we will continue to enjoy each and all forever! Here are some areas where she excels: 1. People-Person. From the start she asked many questions, which I am sure is the “usual” for people who ask for your company’s help. Jelena, though, went beyond what we consider to be the “usual;” it’s more like she learn to read our minds. 2. Country Knowledge. Jelena did more than a “Wikipedia” recital of the areas we visited, she actually narrowed in on what we asked of her. We wanted to be more than a visitor; we wanted to be a part of the areas. We are foodies and she keyed in on the desire to “eat local, enjoy “local” and avoid American cuisine. She accomplished this over and over again. 3. Customer Service. What a “service” delight she was in that we only mentioned something and she went out of her way to deliver; she delivers beyond the traveler’s expectations. Example: At one point when my son and wife joined us, she juggled the desires of two generations but understood each. We experienced a landscape that each enjoyed but also the advice she provided was worded in the best way possible. Our son had plans to travel to Sarajevo via train. The train is inoperable and Jelena explained the safest means would be to travel by bus from Mostar. She drove them to the bus station, traversing through multiple detours and traffic jams, speaking with locals to find the best route and finally walked with them to be sure they purchased the correct ticket and were safely en route. This was well beyond a normal interest and used her expertise to overcome our concerns. 4. Selection of Guides that were like-minded. Split Palace Jelena gave great insight to the Palace but also focused on our interest in construction, charms of Split and our desire to see current local living as she explained the more interesting places to walk and eat to further our visit. Mostar Boris was such a delight as he explained the usual interesting parts of the old bridge but also his personal experiences and struggles with a country still recovering from “the war!” Dubrovnik Lijula was more traditional but held fast to Jelena advice to her for our need to rest and find local, interesting places to investigate and enjoy Lijula’s recommendation of Moby Dicks restaurant was perfect. 5. Jelena’s Energy. Jelena guided me up the Apparition Hill in Medjugorje, encouraging me along the way on a very hot day! She is always positive...sees that light at the end of EVERY tunnel. There are many more examples of her many talents but these come quickly to mind. (Please also read “Worst parts” for more!)
Worst parts:
Only two areas come to mind, both of which are totally unforeseeable and an “experience” of all travel. 1 The weather was unusually hot. I spoke with Jelena on our first day about my husband's diagnosis of prostate cancer, which we received after planning this trip. We wanted to take this trip and be as “normal” as possible. Jelena took this to heart and made every effort to advise us of better routes to take and where to rest whenever possible. 2. The steps to our last accommodation. Jelena had advised a hotel where we would take the local and usual bus to the old city. I requested a more “natural” setting for our last nights’ stay - a B&B outside the city walls, she mentioned inside the walls would prevent sleep due to the many visitors who like to party late, and experience more of the local setting with a good breakfast. Jelana accomplished exactly what I requested. The only problem was that it had 97 steps to get to it. As we struggled to get our luggage to our room (we packed far too much but needed seasonal wear for each country visited - Iceland/Italy/Croatia), Jelena was fighting traffic to help us. We did OK but were exhausted. Jelena got a large pitcher of juice and asked us to rest while she readied the room. The room was wonderful, the air conditioner worked great and the breakfast was the best of our trip; we had many, many great breakfasts. Looking at the terrain of the area, how else could these accommodations exist without steps??? The steps are a LARGE part of the charm and Jelena made sure that we would have help with our luggage when getting to the airport. The young driver was very polite and thought the luggage was easy to get into the vehicle. Jelena also made sure we had an easy route via foot to the old city by advising a minimal-step access...it worked well! Plus, she also arranged a package to the old city tours, which included using the local bus. While we honestly had no use for the bus due to cooler weather and the route she advised, we also took her advice for a tram ride and it was fantastic!
Eleni
5
Friends
We enjoyed the whole trip. It was great to have such an articulate knowledgeable guide with us who was also fun as well. It was interesting seeing the the whole range of different areas in the country heading from North to South. The guide also made good use of our route, stopping at intetesting places along the way. There was also a nice balance of time for Us to wander and shop and dine freely with the other couple we were with, in the evening and at some of the stops along the way.
Best parts:
The guide was great and the country beautiful and intetesting
Worst parts:
Theguide had arranged with the boat company for us to spend a longer time in HAvAR that day than we actually did. The time there was too short compared to the time we spent at another stop for lunch. Our guide was most responsive when she heard the next day and was going to address it with boat company so it did not happen again with other tourists.
FieldsKD
5
Couple
Croatia has always been on our bucket list. My grandfather's family is from Croatia, which added to our reason of visiting. I found a tour on evaneos that we liked and was contacted by Jelena. I do not think this trip would have been as amazing as it was without Jelena. She customized everything to exactly what we wanted. We emailed for months before our trip to make sure it was all perfect. She even helped find my family, and was our translator for the day, plus 2 days in Zagreb. Every city was amazing! We loved the Plitvica Lakes, Sailing trip to the Kornati Island, Diocletian's Palace, Hvar, Dubrovnik, and Mostar. The scenery, food, and people are breath taking. Jelena was in contact through phone or email the entire tip. She made sure we made it to each hotel and all the way back to Florida. I would love to go back. The price for the trip truly reflects in the activities, beautiful hotels/homes, excursions and food we had. It was all amazing. Thank you evaneos and Jelena for the trip!
Best parts:
The Food was amazing and beyond affordable! The Plitvica Lakes are absolutely gorgeous! Our Sailing Trip from Zadar to the Kornati Islands was amazing. I visited my family in Ogulin, Croatia for the first time. We loved Diocletian's Palace, Amazing! Hvar was such a beautiful island, we could stay there forever. Dubrovnik and day trip to Mostar, Bosnia is a must. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our guide Jelena and the Croatian culture. Everything was beautiful and everyone was friendly.
Worst parts:
The weather was a little colder than we would have liked, but that was unchangeable. We dodged all the crowds due to the time we vacationed. Prices are more expensive down the coast, alot of restaurants only take cash kuna and not card. We had trouble proving we were on the right bus for the Mostar tour because we only had an itinerary and not a 'ticket'