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Private Driver Guide Croatia

Solin, Croatia
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TravelTweetTravel wrote a review Sep 2020
Reading, United Kingdom165 contributions37 helpful votes
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Contacted Mate after Googling Day trips from Split. He replied immediately quoting EUR200 for our family of 6 excluding entrance and wine tasting. We had to change Marinas at last minute from Split to Trogir so there was a surcharge but we stopped off at several scenic locations for photos and a visit to the beautiful Cathedral at Sladic. We enjoyed a fantastic wine tasting at family owned Vineyard followed by a trip to Krk which is simply stunning and a must see. We were fortunate enough to swim at the base of the waterfalls which will be prohibited from Oct 20. Then a scenic walk and drive to our hotel on the promenade in Split where he helped us carry our bags - a very tall, strong man who played 1st division basketball so we didn’t feel so guilty! The next morning he arrive promptly at 11am for our transfer to the airport where again he assisted with luggage. Very personable with great sense of humour and knowledge as a qualified guide and an obvious love and pride for his beautiful country - highly recommended!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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C5329VUjohns wrote a review Apr 2020
Vancouver, Canada11 contributions
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Mate arranged for our group of 4 to be picked up in Dubrovnik and driven to Sarajevo via Mostar and back the next day. We had booked it months ahead with Mate who gave us a firm quote. Pre paying by bank transfer was easy. The only thing we arranged for separately was accommodation at the Hotel Sana which was clean, modern, friendly, and centrally located in the old town of Sarajevo. Mate sent us a safe-driving, friendly, knowledgeable, English-speaking guide in a modern minivan who stayed with us for the next two days. He not only took us to Mostar and Sarajevo but also took us to other fascinating sites that we were unaware of such as the stone fortress in Pocitelj and the spectacular Dervish house just south of Mostar. A few hours in Mostar was long enough to photograph the bridge from many angles and see the short film about the heroic battle to save it. We also found a bank machine to get a few Bosnian Convertible Marks. We arrived in Sarajevo in time for dinner and a walk through the city. In the morning we had a tour of the important historic sites of the city and then on to the tunnel museum, not to be missed. Our guide knew the history of the region well and was most valuable in sharing his experiences of life in the city during the siege. He also found us great places to enjoy regional dishes such as cevapcici in Sarajevo and spit roasted lamb on the Neretva River gorge. I would definitely recommend Mate to anyone considering visiting this region. The whole trip ran seamlessly due to having an experienced guide that was familiar with the languages, currency, and border crossings in a foreign country where we don't speak the languages.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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uwred1 wrote a review Feb 2020
Wisconsin299 contributions90 helpful votes
Long overdue review . . . my sister and I had Ante as our driver last August. We really enjoyed the day. Mate organized a day trip for us to Mostar, he was very responsive via email. On the way we stopped for a wine tasting, which was a nice add-on. We really enjoyed both the coffee stop and lunch setting that Ante picked for us in Mostar. The van was new and clean. Would recommend.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Holmes71 wrote a review Jan 2020
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa91 contributions36 helpful votes
A wonderful way to travel from Dubrovnik to Split, we spent the day with Josep in a comfortable, leisurely drive from Dubrovnik, there was no hurry and Josep showed us out of the way places, absolutely stunning views. He was very informative and interesting and easy to talk to, he made us feel most welcome. On our way to Split Josep told us about the greenhouses he had where he grew plants in the 'off season' so interesting to hear all about his greenhouses, he asked us if we would like to see them, of course us 2 ladies were very keen, have to say my husband was keen to see how it was done as well. It was very special to see the greenhouses and to see how hard this young man works! As we left he presented my sister and I with the most beautiful bunch of flowers for our apartment, we were so touched by this gesture. When we arrived in Split Josep contacted the lady from the apartment and arranged to meet her, he then parked the van and gave us a quick tour around Split, giving us good tips on where to eat and what to see. It was a truly wonderful experience. As our next stop was Zagreb Josep asked us how we were getting there from Split, we had planned to go on the train, he told us the trains take a long time it would be far better to get a bus/coach, but as my husband suffers from motion sickness and is particularly bad on a bus journey that was not an option for us. We mentioned to Josep that we would like to see the lakes as well, he told us to chat to Mate, he was sure it could be arranged. We did exactly that, and in a flash our trip to Zagreb via the lakes was arranged and Josep was our guide/driver. What a wonderful day we had, we arrived at the lakes and it has snowed overnight so the upper lakes were closed, but that didn't deter from the beauty and the amazing walk we did around the lakes that were open. As it had snowed and the paths were a bit slippery Josep insisted that he accompany us around the lakes, giving us valuable information and some really good laughs along the way. From the lakes we headed to Zagreb, again there was no mad hurry, we stopped for coffee's along the way, chatted and had a great time. On the journey to Zagreb Josep told us more of the history of Croatia and the war, sharing valuable knowledge with us, showing us places and buildings that we would never have seen otherwise, or known their significance. On arrival in Zagreb, once again Josep contacted the lady for our apartment and arranged a meeting place, as he drove us into Zagreb he showed us different places of interest and explained how to get to them, it was late in the evening and Josep was so kind and considerate he made sure we met with the lady from the apartment and that we got as close to our apartment as possible so we did not have to walk to far with our luggage. We were very sad to say 'goodbye' to Josep as we had made a friend, someone who really cares about others, a genuine kind person.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Holmes71 wrote a review Dec 2019
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We booked a day trip to Mostar with Mate via email after reading the reviews of other travelers, we were not disappointed. Right from day 1 Mate was quick to respond to my many questions and provided all the information we needed. Our day trip was with an amazing young man Josip, nothing was too much trouble, he picked us up at an easy pick up point in Dubrovnik, went out of his way to show us the fantastic scenery, first taking us to a viewpoint in Dubrovnik before departing as the weather was so beautiful, what a magnificent view! Josip is an absolute gentleman, always ensuring his guests are comfortable and well taken care of. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the area, the history and the country in general. We arrived in Bosnia and our first stop was at a 15th century Dervish House, amazing, such a lot of history and in such a beautiful setting, we went through the Dervish House, Josip giving us the history and significance of it, we walked along the waters edge to get a view of the cave and the stunning rock face that the Dervish House is built under. We then proceeded into Mostar, Josip showed us some parts of town still in ruins from the war, he also showed us parts of the 'newer' town. It was raining by the time we go to Old Town, Josip was very particular about us taking care not to slip, to make sure our hands were free in case we slipped, he gave us a guided tour around the old town of Mostar, gave us time to shop, showed us the best place to eat traditional food, we took his advice and had a late lunch at the restaurant which was lovely, also great service, really nice people. After our walk around Mostar old town, late lunch, a walk over the famous bridge it was time to return to Dubrovnik. It was an amazing day out and we would highly recommend it, the attention to detail and the care that is taken of the guests is of a very high standard, you are made feel comfortable and at ease immediately. We truly believe that you only get service like this when you have a passion for what you do! Having traveled a lot and worked in the travel and tourism industry this kind of service and attention to detail is not the norm but the exception. We highly recommend Mate and his team to anyone wanting to do a day trip/transfer/guided tour.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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