We arrived back late last night and wanted to let you know we had a fantastic trip. Your suggestions for activities, accommodations and sights were perfect. In hindsight, i think the itinerary was the perfect way to see a good orientation to your beautiful country. Thank you for all of your efforts. It was an amazing vacation. I thought you might be interested in getting some feedback on some of the specifics of our experience for use with future travelers. As I mentioned, ALL of the connections and logistical considerations were executed flawlessly. The Hotel Astoria in Zagreb is nicely newly renovated and is located within walking distance to everything. The front desk staff were great, especially when I needed some assistance with delayed luggage. A half day in Zagreb was perfect for getting a feel for the city and resting after the long flights. We were all rested and ready to go when the driver picked us up the following morning. Plitvice Lakes was lovely and I am very glad we asked to make it part of our itinerary. I must have taken 200 photos there alone. The drive from there to Split was about 3.5 hours and we were settled in the Hotel Park by 7:00. Enough time to unpack, enjoy a drink outside and walk down to the Riva for dinner. The Hotel Park’s rooms are fine; clean and functional. It looks like a recent investment in the lawn and patio area outside the hotel was a wise investment. It is a beautiful setting for a pre and after dinner drink as well as breakfast.
Choosing an evening walking tour in both Split and Dubrovnik were the right choices. The weather was very very hot and I don’t think we would have been able to enjoy the tour in the heat of the afternoon. The evening walking tour also gave us the chance to scope out places for drinks and dinner afterwards. Hvar was magical and I think I could retire there tomorrow. I am also thrilled we switched from the Hotel Riva to the Amfora. The Riva has more intimate charm that the Amfora but the use of the pool and the beach at the Amfora were ideal. It was nice to be able to get away from the hassle and bustle of the marina area too. The strolls to and from the hotel for dinner were easy and very pleasant. The hike and sailing trip were FANTASTIC. We were lucky to have a cloudy day for the hike which made the six hour hike more pleasurable. Our guide Vese (I think) was a delight and their whole operation seemed great. The sailing trip to Vis was also a ton of fun. Our skipper Ricardo was good fun and the sights and luncheon were truly memorable. He even extended out day and took us to a beach club called carpe diem beach club and then dropped us off at our hotel. A great great day. The 6:30 a.m. ferry from Hvar to Split came early but we were glad we did it because it allowed us to arrive in Dubrovnik around lunch time. We met up with the guide for another evening city tour followed by dinner. She was very good. (Have I mentioned we drank and ate a lot?). We wrapped up the tour with a guided tour around the walls then drinks and dinner in a square. We spoke with Mariana twice while in Dubrovnik. She was very very helpful and a pleasure to deal with. I am glad you provided us with a local contact. She also adjusted our transfer time to the Dubrovnik airport on the last day to allow us to get a bit of extra sleep. Sorry for the long email, but wanted to give you my thoughts before I forget them. As I said, it was a super trip and your work on our itinerary and the seemingly thousands of small logistical details ensured a care-free and very memorable trip. I will be thrilled to recommend you and Jauntee to others who are considering a Croatia trip.
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