I wasn't sure what to expect from Croatia, but liked it a lot. The trip was fairly leisurely: there is a half-day walk on Korcula and an afternoon walk on Mljet, but both were optional. Good food (particularly if you enjoy fish and other seafood) with decent wine and beer to wash it down.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
- Nothing particularly stood out: I just liked the whole area. It has splendid scenery (lots of islands and hills), and some very attractive old towns. It felt surprisingly Italianate - like Italy with a dash of central Europe mixed in.
- What did you think of your group leader?
She was very pleasant and seemed very able. Her evening restaurant recommendations were always good. She was prepared to adjust the itinerary to suit people's individual needs and local weather conditions (we were there during a heatwave), and always had some interesting options for people to do during their spare time.
Her enthusiasm for the area, and for Croatia in general, was infectious.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Croatia is not a cheap country. Food and drink costs are about the same as in the UK. The food was of consistently high quality though.
Although the walk on Korcula is not particularly strenuous, a couple of sections are a bit uneven underfoot. Wear good walking shoes.
Dubrovnik old town can get very crowded at times. I found it much more pleasant before mid-morning and in the evening than it was during the middle of the day.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would like to have had more time in Trogir and Split. Unfortunately the current flight times are such that you arrive in Trogir at 8 at night, and have to squeeze Trogir and Split into the next day before catching a late afternoon ferry. The restaurant where we ate in Split was about 15 minutes walk from the centre - it would have been better to have eaten somewhere more central so that we had more time to see the city. If I was doing this trip again I would consider making my own flight arrangements and arriving in the Trogir-Split area a day or two before the group flight.
The optional trip to Mostar is organised by a local Dubrovnik company and doesn't run all year round.
If Exodus were to run a similar trip in northern Croatia I would almost certainly go on it - I was very taken by what I saw of the country.