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Review: Jewels of Croatia with Saga

Escorted Tour - Coach

Stunning scenery and good company

  • By SilverTraveller discerning-traveller

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  • September 2015
  • Solo

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First time on a solo traveller experience and first time with Saga. It was with a mix of excitement and slight trepidation that I flew from Exeter to Manchester where I met my fellow travellers. Sat next to someone who felt the same and we became companions for the duration of the trip. A mix of ages 51-80+, 11 men and 23 women with a superb Croatian guide, ‘Dubi’.

We started our tour in Solin for three nights, then the island of Brac for seven nights and ending with four nights at Tucepi.

the tour had a few included excursions, a guided tour of the UNESCO protected Trogir and Split plus an island tour of Brac. Many additional excursions, the best of which was guided tour of Dubrovnik, with a two hour coastal drive with incredible views. A fabulous city with such a brilliant guide. we also had about five hours free time where two companions and I went up the funicular to the highest point for stunning views.

Well worth it.

To be honest, most of the Saga guests seemed to want the security and comfort of travelling with the rep on the additional tours and weren’t adventurous.

I’m more independent and liked to explore on my own (felt perfectly safe) or with my companion for the holiday. The really precious moments that I will remember were those on my own.

I had a few quiet days. On Brac, I spent a beautiful morning just gazing at the sea , having walked 10 mins Round the coastal path. No one There and twice saw a barracuda chasing a shoal of sardines which made them leap high into the air.100-200 of them. I was sitting with my feet in the water When a long thin fish with a pointed nose came swimming near. Bright turquoise and blue. Possibly after my toes which rapidly came out of the water! All the beach and waterways have a white flag which is the highest in cleanliness which promotes sea life. Saw dolphins three times as well.

Other people didn’t seem to notice anything. Too busy chatting!!

One morning I walked on my own to the local village and explored the back streets. Thought I’d have a few quiet moments in the church but a Nun was hoovering in full habit in there. Don’t know why I thought the image amusing but I did!

It’s hard to sum up Croatia but I loved it – the people, their attitude to overcoming adversity (worth chatting with locals) and the peaceful stunning scenery.

The choice of hotels Saga used were noisier and larger than I would have liked but guess that’s how they get reasonable rates.

Would I travel on a Saga Solos tour again? Possibly!

Good value for money and they took good care of one lady who had an accident.
However, I hated the Saga lounge (sounded like a bad pub on a Saturday night to me!) No compulsion to use it but unlimited drinks appealed to most!

It’s safe way to travel but I suspect that there are more tranquil ways!

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Other Members' Thoughts - 5 Comment(s)

  • discerning-traveller
    over 4 years ago
    Yes, it is much better to do it yourself but, if
    solo or you like to have someone else do the organising, it's an option worth considering. Comprises with most things :)
  • Smiffy1062
    over 4 years ago
    Thanks for the insight, we were looking at Saga but think we will do the usual and organise our own trip.
  • DRSask
    over 4 years ago
    This is an area I've wanted to see so I appreciate the honest review and suggestions.
  • discerning-traveller
    over 5 years ago
    Hi Drewlin,
    It depends on whether on are travelling with a partner or solo. If solo, saga is a safe and convenient way to travel. No pressure to be part of the group.
    However, I'm guessing you don't travel alone, in which case I'd recommend thinking about being totally independent. The drive along the Makarska river is stunningly beautiful and the joy would be to be able to stop whenever you wanted. I saw some very reasonably priced self catering accommodation. I suspect that everything maybe come more expensive when/if they convert to euros,which a local person told me she thought inevitable. I'd love to be able to stop and buy from the colourful fruit/veg stalls along the roads as well!
    There are quite a few small cruises along the coast too (35 people). With hindsight, I wished I'd done that. Maybe I'll return some day!
  • drewlin
    over 5 years ago
    You have certainly whetted my appetite to see more of Croatia although not sure about Saga as do like to be more independent. We have see Dubrovnik twice as part of a cruise which we loved and now, after reading your review, would like to see more.