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Customer reviews: Croatia guided walking holidays

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Mr Broadbent
Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

A superb introduction to the Croatian Dalmatian coast and famous cities for those with a reasonable level of fitness.

Headwater response:
Dear Mr Broadbent
Thank you for posting your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your introduction to Croatia. A beautiful country for not only its historical cities, but also the stunning coastline and countryside.
I do hope that we will be able to welcome you back to another Headwater holiday in the not too distant future.

Kind regards
Customer Services

It was a very interesting holiday with lots of variety and an extremely informative and caring guide. He really did work exceptionally hard to provide the best possible experience with a very professional attitude.The mini bus driver was also very careful ,considerate and welcoming.

Good balance between walking and touring with cultural visits and exploration of Krka national park.

First time in Croatia and an excellent introduction to the country which is beautiful. Our guide Ivan was brilliant as was our driver Marin. Loved the variety of mini bus and ferry/boat travel. The walking was tame but enjoyable. Wonderful coastline and towns. Lots of food, perhaps too much although all the places we ate were great. A 3 course meal at lunchtime often not until 3pm and then a further 3 course meal in the evening was a bit overwhelming. Picnic lunches were preferable. The Dubrovnik Palace Hotel is a hard act to follow, just magnificent. Our room at Hotel Kastile was small, tired and noisy and although we had a spacious room at Hotel Pasike the breakfast was very poor, in fact practical non existent and not up to Headwater standard. A diverse group who got on well and this was a most enjoyable holiday

Superb holiday with wide mixture of culture and walking accentuated by excellent weather. Guide and his driver were excellent companions throughout the holiday, and as your records will show, our party comprised just two couples which gave the feeling the six of us we were on a family holiday.

This was an excellent holiday, with a 1st class guide, Jakov Vucak, in fact he was the best guide we have had in over 20 years of holidaying with Headwater.

It was an unusually small group of 4 travelers, and with his great sense of humor he built an easy rapport with each of us. He led the walks with confidence, ensuring we were safe at all times. We found his knowledge and passion about all aspects of Croatian life added to our enjoyment- particularly his pre dinner explanations of the geography of the former Yugoslavia and the history of the recent war.

Mateo, our driver was also fun to be with , and his careful driving made us feel safe.

The sites we visited were fascinating and we benefited from the tours with the local guides in Dubrovnik and Split. We had booked an extra night in Dubrovnik and this was useful as it enabled us to walk the city walls as well.

Each of the walks were different, and not too taxing, apart from the steep hill to finish the last walk!

The hotels were in great positions and different from each other, which is one feature we love about Headwater holidays.

We ate at some brilliant restaurants and the food was always good, sometimes exceptional. However, I felt that on more days I would have preferred the picnic lunch and coffee option mid day rather than 2 restaurant meals in same day.

This was a holiday we will remember for a long time.

Overall an excellent holiday. Everything was well organised and ran smoothly. Our guide was first class - well informed, attentive and with a good sense of humour - he quickly established a good rapport with the whole group and nothing was too much trouble for him. The locations visited were varied and most interesting. The travel by minibus was comfortable and appropriate and the driver was friendly and careful.

Mr Elfickwood
Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

A very enjoyable week, covering many different aspects of Croatia

Perfect combination of walking & sightseeing. Wildflowers were at their best at this time of year. Sasha, our guide, was excellent & went out of her way to ensure everyone had a good holiday.

The holiday was a great mix of walking, sightseeing and eating lovely local food. Our guide was excellent and informative about all aspects of life in Croatia.

A mixture of beautiful walks and site seeing at 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites. A great introduction to Croatia.

Really enjoyed it, with Sasa and Tomas the driver both major factors in this. Very varied, with Dubrovnik and the hotel there a particular highlight.

Headwater's Delights of Dalmatian Coast Walking Tour was just that - delightful. Croatia is stunning and the tour took us to interesting and varied places from bustling Dubrovnik and Split to beautiful trails around Dubrovnik, the surprisingly interesting Blaca Monastery on Brac Island and the trails and waterfalls of Krka National Park. Trogir was an unexpected small town gem. The walking was not difficult and on several occasions well off the beaten track with beautiful views. Headwater did a good job on selecting hotels - two were excellent and our outstanding tour leader, Sasha, found excellent restaurants for lunch and dinner. Sometimes we felt we needed a few extra miles of walking to offset our meals. The experience was enhanced by Sasha, our tour leader, who was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, eager to help and always had a smile. And to top it off, we were fortunate to be part of a fun, compatible multi-national group. We will look for other opportunities to travel with Headwater.

A superb holiday, wonderful accommodation, good mix of walking and sight seeing, all supported by a Brilliant guide who charmed us all, she was so lovely and caring and gave us a good personal view of Croatia.

This holiday is a brilliant introduction to Croatia, with so much packed in a short time. The guide and driver could not have been more helpful, friendly or enthusiastic. All the hotels were wonderful and there was plenty of choice at meal times to suit all tastes. All in all a fantastic experience.

We loved our Dalmatian Coast adventure. Sasha was a wonderful host and really made the holiday just perfect. The walks were great and we visited some beautiful places but some of the group found a couple of them a challenge in the heat, not sure they were graded appropriately? Hotel Kastil and Hotel Pasike would not have been our first choice of hotels but, nevertheless, this didn't detract from our enjoyment of the holiday. Would highly recommend this holiday if you want to explore this part of Croatia.

This was an excellent holiday. Croatia is beautiful and the walks were very nice giving a wide range of things to see. I cannot praise our guide, Sasa, or our driver, Thomas, enough. They both worked so hard to make the holiday fun and exciting and they really did go the extra mile to look after us. The group I was with were great too and lots of thanks go to them as well for making the holiday such fun.

Good introduction to the area. Would have been better to have a hotel in/nearer Dubrovnik Old Town and to have had the opportunity to wander around by oneself

The 3 location concept was very good and was what attracted us to the holiday. It gave us a very good overview of that part of Croatia and it was entirely suitable to the older generation.

The holiday was extremely enjoyable. Our guide was Vanja and she was excellent, We loved Dubrovnik - especially at night after the crowds had gone and the City was all lit up. The walking was good and we particularly enjoyed the walking in Krka National Park.

A little disappointed with Diaclecians Palace in Split - expected it to be more impressive and interesting.

We were impressed by the Dubrovnic Hotel.

Great trip: stunning scenery & interesting/beautiful towns; lots of features packed into 1 week; lovely people and Saša guided us around her country with enthusiasm. Wonderful time.

We decided to combine the Highlights of Montenegro Walk and Delights of the Dalmatian coast Walk. We took the first date in May. Imagine our surprise on waking on the first morning, to find a thick layer of snow had fallen overnight and was continuing to snow quite heavily. We hadn't anticipated snow at all and ended up wearing as many clothes as we could! However it made the mountains and forests look even more beautiful. It started to melt the next day and conditions were very slippery. Poles were needed by most people.

In Croatia the temperatures soared into the 30's and we found the walks on day 5 and day 7 very challenging, steep, stoney paths,very hot. We felt this was more than a one boot holiday. The first hotel in Dubrovnik was five star and very nice but not necessarily needed for a walking holiday, especially as we had virtually no time to use the facilities. We had great guides and drivers and everything was very well organised. We had an enjoyable holiday in amazing scenery.

Stunning scenery, well chosen itinerary and hotels, knowledgeable and helpful guides. A busy programme.

Mrs Maddison
Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

We had a brilliant time in Croatia; it was our first time there and we can't wait to return. Our guide, Krsto, was very informative and helpful, and the itinerary was interesting.

Mrs Strickland
Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

The only problem with our holiday was that we did not receive the good quality maps which were promised and which we would still like to receive! Our walking holiday in Dalmatia was our first experience of a group holiday, so we weren't sure quite what to expect. Fortunately, our guide, Sanja, took us all in hand and her good humour and efficiency made all the difference. We cannot speak highly enough of her. We were also fortunate in that we got on well with all the other members of the group, and the atmosphere generally was very good. We didn't do quite as much walking as we had hoped - the first day was virtually rained off - and we spent quite a lot of time on the minibus, but it was worth it to be able to enjoy three such excellent locations in one week. Some of the group thought the standard of food in the first few days was not high enough. We're not complaining but we would have been prepared to pay a bit more for a wider choice. Anyway, it was a most enjoyable week and we would certainly consider going on another Headwater holiday.

Mrs Belchambers
Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

The holiday was made perfect by are wonderful guide Sanja . This was my first visit to the Dalmation coast it is truly the very best coast line I have ever seen so clean and the people so friendly . The group were both interesting and good fun we were 14 and I do think that was perfect .

The food on the whole was some what disappointing it would have been nice to have eaten in the hotels .

My only other comment would be the grading I felt that all though we did not do a great deal of walking some of the walks were very testing and more like a 2 boot .

This was my first time with Headwater I will be traveling with them again very soon hopefully .

Denise Belchambers from the Cotswolds

An excellent holiday with a nice combination of sightseeing and walking in the beautiful Dalmation Coast. A good holiday was made great by the fantastic Sanja Reiter who was an outstanding guide. As a PhD student of Croatian history she brought a special advantage for briefing us and telling the story of the region and the country.

One slight disappointment was the limited choice of dishes as we always seemed to be 'off-menu' and it was especially hard for one of us a non-fish and seafood eater. And Headwater can't help Croatian food! But overall not too bad and the breakfast buffet at Dubrovnik Palace Hotel was outstanding.

Don't miss this super holiday.

A very good holiday for sightseers who want to do some walking as well. The Dalmation coast must be one of the most beautiful places in Europe.

Very intereesting tour, with good local tour guides. Could have done with more free time in Dubrovnic so a closer hotel might have been useful. However, the facilities and beach at the Hotel Dubrovnic Palace outstanding.

Sanja , our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about almost anything we asked . She has a great sense of humour and it always seemed that she was enjoying her time with our group and not just doing a job . Would have liked a whole day to discover Dubrovnik . Holiday spoilt by poor quality of lunches and evening meals .

Croatia is a beautiful country with miles of unspoilt coastline , lovely islands and friendly people . Dubrovnik is a fascinating city and the waterfalls at Krka were spectacular .The holiday was extremely enjoyable and our guide Sanja was very helpful and a delight .

An excellent holiday: a beautiful country, perfect weather, wonderful walks/culture tours, good company, delicious food, lovely accommodation and a brilliant guide in Sanja.

We have undertaken 9 holidays with Headwater and they have always delivered what they say they would deliver. The guides are the cream of the crop , Sanja was one of T&E best we have had in the 10 years of Headwatering .

Well organised and a good combination of walking and sightseeing

Well organised, excellent guide and transport. Expensive compared to package tour but well worth the extra for the personal service and all the organisation is done for you! Tours, visits and hotels well chosen and walks were lovely.

Very enjoyable holiday with an excellent guide. The walk was certainly not leisurely but everyone managed it. The distances were not great but the gradients were steep and taxing, especially in 30 degrees of heat.

Excellent holiday, with even more value added by leader Sanja, who made sure everything ran like clockwork. She was also most informative and helpful, very patient, and with a great sense of humour.

A beautiful region. The holiday featured an enjoyable balance of destinations and experiences. Our excellent guide led us on some good walks that we would probably not have been able to find as ordinary tourists. However, we did have some reservations about aspects of the holiday and the extent to which it fulfilled the expectations of the advance publicity. (Further details are set out in the final section.)