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Trip Report Trip Report - Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina

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We traveled for seven nights and thoroughly enjoyed our time! Here's a quick trip report with some details. Please feel free to ask me to elaborate on any topics.

Dubrovnik: (3 nights)
- Stayed at Villa Dubrovnik – fantastic, pricey but worth it, over the top service
- Hired a driver and guide for the morning from Dubrovnik Transfer Services (Julia was guide and Denis was the driver). Sanda and her team are responsive, polite and professional. Took us to the top of the fortress which is a must do, beautiful pics and interesting film/artifacts on the war
- We spent a day walking around Old Town and then walked the walls at sunset – so beautiful
- Visited Buza Bar for cold drinks and view of people cliff diving
- Dinner at Lady Pipi two nights in a row. Grilled meat and seafood, simple delicious food
- Ate at 360 one night for our anniversary. Delicious, pricey
- Must swim in the beautiful, warm crystal clear Adriatic sea at often as possible

Day trip to Montenegro from Split:
Hired driver to/from - Used Dubrovnik Transfer Services again
Border crossing can take a long time
Tour of Kotor – Small port, old city
Beautiful coastal scenery to/from - a few pretty stops for photos
Kotor is a pretty little walled village

Overnight in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzigovina: (1 night)
- Hired driver to/from (same company) and then to take us to Split next morning
- Border crossing can take a long time, drivers know shortcuts, etc
- Old Town Boutique Hotel – it was weekend, noisy outside our room but lovely hotel, nice people
- Old Bridge – beautiful, people swimming and jumping
- Charming city, loved it
- Sadrvan – old town for dinner, traditional, delicious
- Stopped at Mali Ston and Ston on way – best oysters and one of the largest walls in the world
- Mosques climb to top – beautiful photos
- Inexpensive souvenirs, dinners, etc

Arrived Split for ferry to Hvar:
1030am Jadrolinija ferry to Hvar

Hvar: (2 nights)
- Stayed at Adrianna Hotel right in the harbor, beautiful, nice breakfast, gorgeous view
- Dalmatino for dinner – so good, great service, the gnocchi with truffles - amazing
- Ilirio's Hvar Tours – Excellent and so much fun to see the caves, beautiful beaches and swim in the gorgeous clear Adriatic Sea – Anthony and Luca were our guides.
- No need to prebook a boat excursion - many options/kiosks available in the harbor

Split: (1 night)
- Stayed at Palace Judita Heritage Hotel in the square. Very nice hotel within the palace walls
- Split is a large city – old town is very charming, little alleyways, Diocletian's Palace is stunning
- Middle of a heat wave so we went to a Beach Club at Bacvice beach, a 15 min walk from old town. It wasn’t as beautiful as the beach clubs on Hvar but during a heat wave any opportunity to swim in the stunning Adriatic Sea cannot be turned down.
- Dinner at Chops Grill steakhouse and seafood very good. The dishes with truffle were amazing!

Depart for home

What to bring to Croatia in the summer:

- Water shoes if you’re going island hopping. The rocky pebble beaches are difficult to walk on barefoot if you’re not used to them.
- Lightweight, white clothing – it’s extremely hot in the summer and white garments kept me cool
- Tons of sun screen, a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses
- Leave the wedges, stilettos and Carrie Bradshaw shoes at home. The old towns are not conducive to fancy shoes. Some of the walkways are slippery after thousands of years of being naturally polished by millions of people.
- A good cell phone plan – my T-Mobile plan was excellent and provided free data and texts, $0.20/min calls to the states
- Patience – it’s very hot and crowded but still a magical experience. Spend as much time as possible in or near the beautiful Adriatic!

Tipping:
For the most part we had excellent service with servers at restaurants, guides on excursions and drivers throughout our trip and tipped appx 5-10% of the bill or 10-20 kuna for porters, etc. It’s a small amount of money and was always met with a smile and generous handshake.

Happy to answer any Qs. Thanks and safe travels all!

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