Ruolin Wang review 27 Oct 2016
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Tie between horse riding and rafting? Durmitor was a lovely place to go horse riding for the first time. We went through areas which would have been difficult to drive, walk or cycle through, so this was a great way to see parts of the national park which I didn't otherwise experience. (And we were accompanied by the guide's adorable dog.) Rafting was also great fun, and being at the
bottom of the Tara valley really drove home the majesty of the place.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Book it now!! Stan was concerned that our trip might have been better if we'd come in the summer instead of the autumn, but he need not have
worried. The golden fields, turquoise streams and variegated amber mountains were well worth the extra layers and occasional rain.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes. Every activity which wasn't led by Stan was led by local families or small businesses, and Stan hired local people for cleaning and maintaining the apartments. We cooked some of our meals, but Stan also took us to some small cafés and restaurants in the area. Stan was conscious of the fact that we were staying in a small village, and asked us to be considerate with water use.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Very highly. It helps that the holiday was in the most beautiful place I have visited. However, the trip was also incredible value (both the standard included activities, and the airport transfer which we arranged separately), and we could not have wished for a better host. I am very impressed with Stan for pulling off this logistical feat of a holiday, organising our transfers and activities
seamlessly, while making us feel like his only and most special guests. Signs of hospitality ranged from making us hot chocolate after a bike ride, to answering my relentless questions about Yugoslav history and the Monetengrin language. Stan literally went the extra 50 miles for us when, on the way from Cetinje, he offered to take us on a diversion to Ostrog. Nor did he complain when
he had to wait 3 hours for us when our plane was delayed, treating us instead to a quick stop in Kotor! We felt more like we were crashing with a friend and hanging out with friends of friends, than guests in a foreign country :)
Read the operator's response here:
We would like to say a massive thanks to Roulin and her friend Jaixi for being such great guests! They we're real troopers and managed to complete our adventure tour even though it was not the best weather! As I kept mentioning, the weather in the mountains can change and become unsettled and extreme overnight, especially in the months of autumn. However neither the rain, wind or cold could deter the girls from enjoying all the activities. Jaixi loved the Rafting and Tara River whilst Roulin particularly enjoyed her day of Horse Riding, across the plains of Durmitor. We hope they return someday!