D Dalfidan review 4 Sep 2017
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Don't expect too much of the accommodation and food.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Hiking in National Park Plitvice Lakes was not benefitting local people at all; the very opposite was the case; we ended up in an overflow of people who were shifting themselves along the paths and even though the surrounding is beautiful we felt bad being one of these travellers that basically contribute to this mainstream commercial way travelling and immense environmental
Through booking we had hoped to spot places that are undiscovered and uneasy to find for a regular tourist and really support local people.
As far as the hotel goes, it is family run therefore we were happy to contribute to their business; yet we didn't find it cosy or nice to hang out at during our free time; during weekends it is very crowded since it is also a restaurant and the beaches near the river are open to public.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
We were travelling as a couple and paid 1240Ä for a 5 day trip; this includes 2,5 activity days since day 1 and day 5 are reserved for arrival and departure; the kayaking day was half day activity; since we were not satisfied with the food and hotel we consider the value you get for this amount of money way too low.
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for your feedback.
Plitvice Lakes are one of the highlights of this trip that many tourists wish to visit. We do agree this park is very crowded and there is an initiative to limit the number of daily visitors, which we fully support. Our guides know and take our guests along the routes where there is less people, but it is not possible to avoid crowds if the guests wish to see the most attractive part of the park.
In Croatia most beaches are luckily still public land. We make sure to operate in a way that local communities benefit from our business. We do not believe it would be right to close off beaches or river banks for exclusive use of paying guests, denying access to locals. Weekends tend to be busy, Weekdays are less crowded.
The hotel is a 3*** star family run hotel with local and fresh food within the standard of a three star hotel. We always appreciate when out guests share their dissatisfaction with any aspect of their trip and if it is something we can change for better during the trip we are always happy to do so.
The itinerary provided prior to booking describes days 1 and 5 in the case of a 5-day trip as arrival and departure days with no additional activities. As our guests arrive from different airports and at different times it would not be possible for everyone to take part in the activities on first or last days.
The half day kayaking you refer to is the activity done from the hotel, so there is no additional driving as it is for most of other activities. That way you have an easier first day of the trip with an activity that is done without any driving time that would prolong the activity to a full day activity but would not add to the overall experience. This way you get both kayaking activity and free time to relax, sunbathe or explore the surrounding area.
The price of the trip reflects all inclusions for a 5-day trip and we believe it is a reasonable price for the peak of the season in Croatia.