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Trip Report Guided tour to Croatia, Slovenia and Venice

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My wife and I are not the type to tag along with groups on organized trips. We like
to see things at our own pace and have always done a good job of planning and
getting around on our own. Friends of ours talked us into a guided tour of Croatia,
Slovenia and Venice this past April and we were both blown away by how much we
enjoyed this trip.
Starting with low expectations always helps but honestly this
trip was so much fun we are already planning another one with this same group.
The trip was for 13 days, starting and ending in Venice. If you love seeing and doing as much as you can on a trip this trip is for you. It covered over 2,000 miles which sounds
like a lot, but over a 2 week period was at a good pace. It hit all of the high spots
along the Dalmatian coast Pula, Ravinj, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. It also included the capitals of Croatia, Zagreb and Slovenia, Ljubijana which had delightful old town sections. Of course Venice was a gem in and of its self.
On any guided tour you are only given a certain amount of time at each
location which in my opinion is never enough. However the trip included a 2 to 3 hour tour by a local guide in each city visited. On these tours you are given a Bluetooth type earpiece so that you can easily hear the guides even with a larger group.
Another thing I liked about this trip was the option of adding additional tours. For example, while in Opatija, Croatia you have the option of seeing this city for an additional day or exploring the Istria peninsula. While in Dubrovnik you also have the option of a day trip to Montenegro to visit a couple of its cities. If you can, definitely go in either the spring or fall as everyone we spoke to said that Croatia can get very hot and crowded during the summer months. If you would like more information you can
visit this tour operator's web site at Gate 1. My wife and I will continue to travel on our own but will also be taking guided tours which we found can have its own advantages.

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