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Explore Croatia Tour

Explore Croatia Tour

So if you are shouting I must visit Croatia this summer, then you are reading the right blog. In the next couple of lines I am going to explain what are the best routes to take to explore this beautiful country of ours. If you have decided to book your own flights or through your agents then aim to reach Zagreb in the morning hours. The capital of Croatia is naturally the starting point of your Explore Croatia tour. If you happen to aim at the luxury end of the market, and you also happen to have luxury agent, this is mainly the case with the USA, please make sure that you do not get ripped off. More often than not your trip to Croatia is just transferred on the shoulders of Croatian agency partner which is doing all strategic planning and is getting paid a fraction of what you are paying to your longstanding travel agent “chums”.

We at Dubrovnik Luxury Travel, advise our potential clients to have faith and book directly your Explore Croatia tour with a Croatian travel agency. The majority of them do indeed start in Zagreb then move south towards Dubrovnik before flying out of Zagreb again. When you make a query it does make common sense to outline your budget and places of interest, are you inclined more towards gastronomy, nature or culture. This is how you show that you are a potential client and it is important that you are not in the business of just squeezing the info out from the agent. Believe me you would be sussed out and many agents would make you unrealistic offer just to get rid off you.

Croatian travel agents make their profits in the transport of the tourists and this is done by getting the best deal out of the guy that in the 90% of the cases is the owner of the subcontracted vehicle. The cost is not passed on to the client We at DLT happen to own our own mini van and are always at the disposal to make you a good offer. However, what tourists fail to understand is the empty work of the different type of vehicles during your visit Croatia tour. This is a one more reason to take up Croatian agent who knows the business. I’ll try to explain this. When visiting Croatia it is enough to engage just one agent who will ensure that the rest of your journey is taken care off. You plan to get Zagreb – Dubrovnik route by the combination of land and sea routes. You engaged Dubrovnik based agency as you will need them to get a custom tailored excursions to Korčula, Mostar and Montenegro. Dubrovnik agency engages its Zagreb partner to welcome you. The afternoon tour of Zagreb is organized for you. The following day Zagreb partner takes you to Split with a stopover at Plitvice Lakes . This is a day two of your tour. The third day is mainly spent on Split sightseeing and getting you from Split to Hvar by a speedboat weather permitting. The fourth day is a one day yachting experience of Hvar and Vis. The fifth day would count as the expensive one and it is your yachting transfer experience from Hvar to Korčula,Mljet Elaphiti islands. This sea routes counts as a huge memorable experience and any other way to reach Dubrovnik and many would say, we would get a ferry from Jelsa on Hvar to Makarska mainland, is just a huge miss. Why is it a bit expensive. It is because the agency needs to pay out the fee for bringing the yacht empty once you get dropped off in Dubrovnik. This is the catch of the so called empty work phenomenon. Day six Dubrovnik Old City sightseeing. Day seven a visit to Montenegro, Day eight a visit to Mostar. Day nine getting some rest and saying good bye to Dubrovnik and day ten flying out of Dubrovnik via Zagreb home wherever is home for you.

Author: Srđ Portolan

We have asked Srđ Portolan what is so special about Split as Croatia’s emerging new destination?

Srđ Portolan smiled at me as I posed  this question to him but Srđ did not hide the fact that there is a great friendship between the natives of Dubrovnik and Split. Portolan adds that the element of friendly srđ portolan splitrivalry brings actually people together. They both live in what is known as Croatian province of Dalmatia, Dubrovnik celebrates its patron saint; St Blaise, Split on the other hand celebrates St Domnius. Both cities have churches devoted to their patron saints. Split’s Old City is not as stunning as that of Dubrovnik but in a sense it is much cosier and it does have this element of Roman past as Diocletianus palace is a well preserved monument. Srđ Portolan continues to add that in a same way as Dubrovnik has its Srđ hill, after which he and many Dubrovnik natives were named, Split does have its Marjan hill, which is covered in dense pine tree forest and it is ideal for running and cycling activities. Srđ Portolan tells me that names like his and that of Blaise which in Croatian translates as Vlaho are unique to Dubrovnik in a same way as the name of St Domnius or Duje in Croatian and that of Lovro are typical Split males names. Unfortunately this falls short of the EU Commission policy on gender equality,Srdj Portolan says jokingly, but it is a reminder of Croatia’s patrimony legacy.
Srdj Portolan says that the reason why is Split becoming more appealing to tourists is  because of its cultural, natural beauties and the entertainment factors. We have explained the cultural factors, Split’s Old City Peristil and Diocletianus Palace. Split is also known srđ portolan old city splitas a hub city for visiting Croatian islands of Ciovo, Brac, Hvar and Vis. In our previous blogs we have sung praises to Hvar’s beauty and rich night life and Vis’ Blue Cave phenomenon, undoubtedly the best diving spot in the whole of the Adriatic. Srđ Portolan further adds that Split is in within easy reach of the natural parks of Krka and Plitvice and if you are after adrenaline rush you can always raft down river Cetina.Split has also hosted a second year in a row Urban House music festival. For the lovers of luxury accommodation and all those yachting tourism enthusiasts Split does have two luxury five star hotels Le Meridien Lav and  Marjansrđ portolan marjan hill with their own small marinas where you can moor your “pet”. Last but not the least if you want your son to become the next Marin Cilic, the winner of the US Open 2014, just send him to Split. It is here that he moved from his home town of Medjugorje and Split is a home town to almost all Croatian world recognised tennis stars, Goran Ivanisevic, Mario Ancic,Iva Majoli,Mirjana Lucic just to name the few concludes Srđ Portolan.