We have just booked an amazing holiday for August next year. We are going to Croatia and will be cruising and touring there for 3 weeks.
We tend to be independent travellers, finding our own deals, deciding on the itinerary and then getting a bit off the beaten track where possible. However this particular trip comes highly recommended to us and it’s appeal was very clear when we read about it, so we decided to give it a go.
A travel agent in Perth takes a small group of people to Croatia, his country of origin, each year to share the highlights of the country with them. Over a few years the trip has been refined, the cruise ship has been changed and the itinerary has been altered a little, but the spirit of the trip remains the same….A small group (34 people) having fun together and seeing the best that Croatia has to offer.
While we will be based on the cruise boat for much of the trip, we will meet in Zagreb and travel by road to Rijeka. Once we embark on the boat we won’t be confined to the coastal cities as a coach will be waiting for us in some places to take us to see special places inland then back to the boat. For the last 6 days of the trip we will leave our boat behind, staying in Dubrovnik then travelling by coach to explore some inland areas, including the Plitvice Lakes and National Park.
When I was a young backpacker Croatia, which was then part of Yugoslavia, was almost a “no-go” zone. Fellow travellers spoke of how beautiful it was and how cheap to travel but it was considered dangerous, especially for female backpackers. The only one of my friends who visited there was raped and she discovered, too late, that this was not uncommon. Politically so much has happened in the country since then, but the physical beauty and much of the history of the region remains intact. We will be visiting ancient Roman ruins, walled cities, beautiful islands and a coastline that is stunning in photographs. It sounds amazing to me!
So as the excitement mounts it’s time to start reading about Croatia, it’s history and geography, and choose a couple of good Croatian-related novels to read while relaxing on the cruise. Any suggestions?