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National Parks of Dalmatia by Sue P. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The scenery and the weather made this a wonderful trip-- however, the participants were unusually amiable and everyone got along famously. One of the waiters was a real clown and kept us all entertained at mealtimes. The chef and his assistant put out some amazing food, and so much of it! The bikes were probably as good a fit as possible on this kind of trip. Our guides were great-- one wouldn't have known this was the end of their season. I can't think of anything that might have been improved upon. Good work!
Along the Dalmatian Coast (no longer available)by Valentina L. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
I loved cycling along the paths that hugged the ocean. So scenic and beautiful.
Southern Dalmatia by Claudia H. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most Memorable Part: The beautiful scenery, the people and guides and the biking
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Steve S. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Biking in Dalmatia islands is spectacular, and Harmonia crew and guides were particularly accommodating. We never could have seen these places on our own. That's a point worth reinforcing: don't expect to go off on your own too much--you need to stick with the group to make sure that you're at the boat at the time of departure, but the payoff in info and support from the guides is well worth it.
Bikes were excellent quality--make sure you make clear whether you want a regular bike or e-bike well in advance--staff will strive to meet your needs but it pays to be sure.
It was also a treat to get to know an international group of similarly inclined people--very friendly people who all meshed well.
Kvarner Bay E-Bike and Boat by Bet C. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most memorable part of trip was the beautiful little towns on the Croatian Islands with their medieval streets and the historical aspect of the towns with Roman remains.
Boat: Andela Lora
Kvarner Bay E-Bike and Boat by Heather & Bob D. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
We were totally looked after with no glitches and great service.
Venice to Poreč by Wes J. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Great scenery and a very good vacation. I recommend taking the boat out of Trieste to avoid the traffic.
Countries: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia
National Parks of Dalmatia by Terri Z. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The guides Dora and Marcus were great. The ship Romantica, and its crew were wonderful and the food was more than I expected. There was only one day where the riding seemed a bit short and not a great route but it was still a great view when we got to the top of the too steep hill. The whole trip was definitely a great experience and the scenery and other passengers on the trip couldn't have been better.
Kvarner Bay E-Bike and Boat by Franziska G. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Highlights: A walk through the old city of Rab at sunset Enjoying the scenery from the upper deck while sailing close to the shore A dip into the warm Adriatic after a bike ride
Kvarner Bay by Dennis B. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The guides were great. The islands were very fun to visit.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Gary A. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The guides were excellent and the biking was gorgeous!
National Parks of Dalmatia E-Bike and Boat by Joseph S. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
This trip was beyond the expectations of everyone on the trip. The guides were great as was the boat and food. It can't get better than this!!!
Boat: Princess Diana
Istria to the Adriatic by Yael S. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The trip was beautiful and what I would describe as completely worthwhile work/play.
Countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Italy
Istria to the Adriatic by knut S. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Most memorable: The local tour operator (Good Places) arranged a lunch and wine tasting at a small winery/restaurant. Excellent food, good wines, tour of the winery, interesting lessons about local wines in Croatia, excellent service and a welcoming atmosphere.Suggestion: We enjoyed staying in the small hotels with atmosphere and a la carte dinners much more than the big resort hotels serving big buffet dinners. So please look for cosy, smaller hotels with atmosphere.
Istria to the Adriatic by Michael E. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Tour route was beautiful, some costal some inland, hotels and food were excellent, I liked the smaller hotels much better than the large one as the small ones were very personal. Local wines were great. Had so much fun that I'm thinking about the next trip.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Janet C. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The guides were excellent for our amazing bike rides and boat vacation. The boat was well-appointed with clean, comfortable rooms. Our food was delicious and plentiful! We loved the beautiful scenery and would love to go back. Wonderful!
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Barbara T. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part was a combination of the boat, guides, people on the tour, food, scenery, biking, weather - it all added up to a great holiday.One thing which could be improved is information about bike options. We assumed since an E bike was included in the price that everyone would have an E bike and we didn't want to get left behind! There was no indication there was a discount for a hybrid bike. Only about half our group had E bikes and we would definitely have selected a hybrid bike if we had known that. (Those who booked directly with Island Hopping paid extra for an E Bike).
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Chelton T. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Great trip - exceeded my expectations- first class in every respect. Bike courses were challenging but you can't beat the scenery.
Along the Dalmatian Coast (no longer available)by Jenny M. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The most memorable part were the people we met, both crew and guests. The route had been well chosen to let us experience the beauty of the area. I would have rated the guide and food higher except for the following reasons: although the guide was very personable and knowledgable he did not carry a first aid kit or tools to deal with emergencies. I think this could be easily remedied. Although the food was well prepared the captain could have spent a little more money on his selection of meats, cheese, and wine.
Southern Dalmatia E-Bike and Boat by Nianne F. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
There is a reason why the default bicycle on the Southern Dalmatia Plus trip is an e-assist model; the islands of Croatia are very hilly! The e-assist made it easier for me to stop on an uphill, take photos of fellow riders or the amazing scenery, get re-started easily, and make it to the top without holding up the whole group. Everyone, from the guides and crew on board to the locals in cafes and restaurants, was very friendly, helpful, and willing to speak English for the benefit of us uni-lingual folks!
Along the Dalmatian Coast (no longer available)by Ailsa W. 2 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our trip was limited due to strong winds that had us harbour bound for a few days, but this is part of the adventure. Therefore we did not get to all the islands as planned. But the scenery and experience were all good.We were the first trip of the season and our bikes were not in top notch condition. They should have been ready to go. I had to use an electric bike the first day due to my assigned bike skipping gears.The crew were super - good natured, helpful and loads of laughs. It was a delightful tour.
Kvarner Bay E-Bike and Boat by Patricia T. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Our trip to Croatia was wonderful. Everything was perfect, from the size of the boat, our room, the food, the ebikes and especially the helpful and friendly staff. Our guides were fun, had great knowledge and love for their country. And yes, I have recommended this trip to everyone I know.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Laurie T. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Amazing guides - Senad and Lucia!! They were so fun, informative, professional! Boat experience exceeded my expectations in comfort, great food, friendly helpful crew, size of room.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Catherine B. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Senad and Lucija were an amazing team; they really made the trip a spectacular experience. Our entire group seemed to enjoy the history lessons that were incorporated into our daily biking adventures. Biking ability in the group was varied and they managed us very well.Mention must be made of the professional way that they handled 2 incidents that resulted in hospital visits, one of which was very serious! They are to be commended!
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Kim G. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The guides, Senad and Lucija, were outstanding. The food was great and almost too plentiful! The kitchen staff and waiter did an incredible job of meeting my specific dietary requirements. Our only suggestion is to change the pricing to include water, bike insurance, etc. We would rather pay it all in one shot as the extra costs were mandatory.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Janis W. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The trip exceeded our expectations! The guides, Senad and Lucija where both excellent. There were a few safety issues that came up on the trip and they knew exactly how to handle them. They were both professional and personable and were a huge part of the trip being so enjoyable.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Kelly F. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The boat staff and guides were fantastic! Would like to have had more time to roam the old cities of Korcula and Ston. The food was very good and plentiful- perhaps, the daily menu could be posted so one could pace themselves.
Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus by Joanne P. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
Fabulous guides who were very knowledgeable about the history of the region we were cycling in. Great people on the trip...met many interesting folks of various abilities who all got on bikes and enjoyed the rides.
Southern Dalmatia by Kathy H 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The Southern Dalmatia tour was the 2nd of a 2 week back to back bike tour we took in Croatia (first week was National Parks of Dalmatia). The cycling on this tour was considerably more challenging compared to our first week ... "moderate to difficult" is an appropriate descriptor if a non-electric bike is used. With more challenging cycling there less emphasis on site-seeing while cycling. However one hour walking tours before dinner at destination sites were interesting and appropriate.
The Croatian Coast and countryside is absolutely beautiful with it's small towns and marinas in every cove. Cruising among the islands in a beautifully clear sea was an unexpected highlight... and a welcome break after a morning or afternoon of strenuous cycling. The frequent opportunity to swim off the boat was amazing!
Romantica was a clean sailing yacht with good amenities. Although rated as "Comfort Plus", we would consider it on the lower end of that scale (relative to some of the other "bike and barge" boats that we have been on). But we recognize that "you get what you pay for" and the Romantica was in our view good value.
We found the ship's crew to be accommodating and friendly. The food was fabulous with 4 course lunches and dinners that went beyond our expectations (thank goodness we burned calories during biking!). Our guides Jelena and Ivan were very professional and explanatory, had great command of the group and emphasized "safety first". They contributed significantly to the quality of our biking and enhanced the total tour experience greatly.Overall, we had a fabulous 2 weeks of biking in Croatia. We so appreciate the assistance of Tripsite in helping us plan this trip (and others). We look forward to another "bike and sail" next fall.
Magic of Croatia by Elliot F. 3 years ago Verified Reviewer Permalink/Reply
The variety of scenery around Karlovac Croatia was awesome: rivers, farms, war ruins, small mountains, churches and more. The hotel was very nice and well-located along the river for a refreshing swim. The fixed menu was the same two night in a row until we finally asked for something different. Biking to the sister property in the mountains was far more strenuous than most would handle, so I'd caution anyone against staying at the rural hotel or biking there unless you are in fantastic shape. We loved it, of course. The only suggestion I'd make is for the hotel to provide printed maps and suggested routes. They had us rely upon a website and we have a difficult time matching up the website information with the routes described in the trip brochure/materials. We ultimately did fine (with one notably long detour upon getting lost!), but we like a logistical challenge. Others less inclined might become quite frustrated. Overall, it was an excellent trip and excellent value!
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