Amazing! We ‘Discover’ a Travel Agency that lives up to its name.
Listen, we’re fairly seasoned travellers. We’re also picky, creative types and not billionaires. Not even close. And we’ve just returned from a trip to Croatia that took our breath(s) away. Because we were promised that we would see Croatia like no other tourists (ok, excluding smelly backpackers) and we did.
I mean, Croatia has been on the map for about 10 years – touristically speaking – so my first expectation was Jaded Tourists, Operators & Spoilt, Organised Touristy sights. Not on the tour that the Discover Croatia team in South Africa designed for us. In addition, they also organised a motorbike for us from a slick
Zagreb operation called Rentachopper (www.rentachopper.hr), who punctually delivered the bike and helmets to us – 4 hours away – in Split. We then travelled along the Dalmatian coast in glorious weather, from island to island to mainland. Definitely something to put on your bucket list!
But what did we actually ‘Do’? Well understand this, Discover Croatia S.A. is made up of a seriously experienced Boutique South African Travel Agent and her partner – who is a seriously experienced Croatian Travel Agent, now living in S.A. Great combo. As a result we were afforded the privilege of seeing some of the most beautiful, hidden and undiscovered places, that this beautiful country has to offer: Orebic , Peljesac, Korcula, the amazing Bacinska fresh water lakes, hidden beach coves, historic towns, and many more.
Cornell & Jelena (Discover Croatia as you may have guessed) suggested we go for private self-catering apartment style accommodation and we strongly recommend this option to anyone visiting Croatia. It’s an extremely affordable way to experience authentic Croatia, without compromising everything that a 4 star hotel would offer. So our accommodation varied from a pristine restored room inside the antiquated old Diocletian Palace in Split – with aircon, slightly dodgy wi-fi, a kettle and bathroom en suite – 30 seconds from the main square in the Palace – to Mama & Papa’s renovated 4 split level home in the Old City on Hvar Island with a breathtaking view. And speaking of authentic, these ‘apartments’ are family businesses, so on arriving from the ferry on our bike at Hvar Bus Station, we were meant by Mama, who couldn’t speak a syllable of English but was as strong as an ox and as we later discovered – a whole lot of fun. After wresting my bags from me, she marched us up the cobbled streets of the old city into her home and our room on the 3rd level. She then marched us down to the family kitchen, planted us on our chairs, and beaming at us, bellowed the only English word she knows ‘Liquor?!’ It was 10 in the morning, we were in an Eastern European medieval city and we wanted the full experience. So we acquiesced. A number of times. Deliciously smooth brandies and liquors, chased with ice cold water.
Our actual itinerary and trip could fill a novel, so we are in the process of making a video to post on this site for you. Simply because we so loved the people, the food and the unspoilt authentic Europe experience throughout the real Croatia. We look forward to planning our next adventure to Croatia with the Discover Croatia team. Maybe this time we’ll hire a live-aboard boat and bring our brood of four strapping sons (and their attached girlfriends) with us…
Thank you so much Cornell and Jelena for all your hard work, excellent advice, attention to detail to our specific needs and all in all making this dream come true for us!