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“A Bit Disappointing”

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“A Bit Disappointing”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

We did two trips with Elite Day Tours while on holiday recently in Croatia. The first one was the three island cruise on the replica Galleon 'Tirena'.
The islands are Sipan, Lopud and Kolocep and they are without doubt very lovely places to visit.
You need to be among the first lot of tourists who are unloaded to get on the boat to get a seat where you might wish to be and even then the seats are hard wooden benches with a table in front, practical but not comfortable at all. You share the tables and benches with whoever happens to get on the boat with you and stay with them for the entire time you are on the boat.

You get a shot of local liqueur when you are setting off. You shortly arrive at the first island and get off but have only a very short time there, 15 - 20 minutes I think, we just walked a very short distance uphill and then walked back to the boat.

The second island had a church that we visited but you had to walk there in the heat of the midday sun and although it was a nice church (now only used for funerals) it was not really worth the walk. We spend a relatively short time there also, just enough to see the church and take a few photos and get back on the boat.
Our guide told us about the buildings on the island and the church and she was very nice and informative which was a real plus for Elite Travel.

The third island, Lopud was the most enjoyable and we spend longer there. When we got off the Galleon we were given a talk on what was on the island and where you could go.
We went for a walk along the promenade and took a few photos. It was extremely hot and so we needed to get into the shade and we stopped at a cafe and had some drinks and some lunch.
We also visited a small park as it had lots of trees and shade and was a means of getting out of the sun.
We had a little browse in a few tourist shops along the front.
There is a small beach near where the boat was moored but it was very busy, there is another beach on the other side of the island but it was really too hot to try to get there.
We hadn't brought swimming things as we had expected the trip to be more sight seeing than relaxing or swimming but that wasn't the case really.

The trip was 'lunch included' but I have to say that really the lunch was dismal. It consisted of a little shredded cabbage, a portion of sliced cucumber and a teeny slice of tomato, just garnish really and a small whole fish.
I don't really like fish and don't eat cucumber and that was our lot so not so good for me.
It was served while the boat was moored and we sat at the benches in the upstairs section in the blazing sun with no shade. Even if the food was nice I couldn't have enjoyed it under those circumstances and I was starting to feel dizzy and ill from the sun by the time we had finished.
There was a bottle of local wine for each table but again not at all appealing in the blazing heat.
There was also water available.

By the end of lunch I was very uncomfortable, hot and hungry and couldn't wait to get off the boat. Desert was a banana which you took from a box on the way off the boat.
Luckily we were able to get some lunch on Lopud island and that is how we spend most of our time.
There were some local musicians playing on the boat also, going around the boat and they did quite a nice job.

Our second trip with Elite Travel was to Mljet island on a motor boat. We arrived there on the boat with no problems and then transferred to a minibus to drive for 45 minutes or so, we then took a small ferry to a tiny island on a lake, had a look at a small church, quickly grabbed a coffee, got back on the little ferry back across the lake (very short ride).
There are two lakes on the island which are very pretty and we then had about 40 minutes to walk around the lake or take a swim.
We just walked around part of one lake but it was really too hot in the middle of the day to enjoy it.
We then got into the minibuses back to the boat driving almost the full length of the island, I think this was so that we could see a lot of the island but by then I was really in need of a snack of some sort and it was about 3pm before we got something to eat on the boat.
Lunch was bread and salad and I think some cold meat or fish and water melon.
Then it was swimming time again from the boat for 15 minutes or so. About half of those on the boat took a dip with the rest remaining on board.
Then we went back to Dubrovnik, that was probably the nicest part of the day as it was much cooler and more comfortable while the boat was travelling at a faster pace over the water and it was also nice to get some lovely views of Dubrovnik and the old city and port from the sea.

We would possibly have been better doing things at our own pace by taking the ferry to some of the islands and following our own agenda but you don't realise until later.
I think the trips are ok but I found the Galleon a bit claustrophobic and uncomfortable and the food not great.
On the Mljet trip we spent too long in the minibuses and waited too long to have the light lunch on the boat. It was a long wait from breakfast at 7 am. We didn't really know what to do while at the lakes as we hadn't taken any reading material or swimming things and it was too hot to walk.
I think it would be a good idea to say that swimming things and maybe some food and drinks are necessary on the trip.

The whole area is very lovely indeed and I would have liked to spend much longer exploring and enjoying the scenery. Everyone involved with the trips was kind was welcoming and helpful.

Visited July 2013
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“Great tours”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We booked 2 tours on our holiday, Mostar & Montenegro. Both were great, the guide were very knowlagable and the coaches were very comfortable. The views on both tours were fantastic. Thanks for a good trip.

Visited July 2013
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Pretty awful Dubrovnik tour...”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

We took a walking tour of Dubrovnik's Old City with Elite Travel as they came recommended by the host on our yacht.

We were given a tour of the city by Lidia. She was a friendly guide and had an excellent command of English. However, the quality of the tour left much to be desired.

We started some way outside the Pile Gate, overlooking two fortresses. I can say no more as Lidia did not feel the need to elaborate on them. We stood in the baking heat for over 20 minutes while she talked about Croatian record-keeping (this would be a theme of our tour) and other seemingly irrelevant topics.

When we finally made it into the Old City the tour became truly rambling. Lidia would often lose sight of her subject and forget what she was talking about. Outside a shop on the main thoroughfare through the city, Lidia spent nearly 15 minutes talking about traditional Croatian food in the three areas of the country: hardly a necessity when touring an historic city.

All in all the tour was sparse on relevant and interesting information. It was, by far, too reliant on rambling thought and opinions about Croatia. Lidia was very keen to tell us what Croatia invented before anyone else, but less keen to talk about Dubrovnik's rich history. The tour of fifteen people left feeling very disappointed: several complained to our host, who I believe passed our comments on.

Visited July 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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432 reviews
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“Montenegro day trip from Dubrovnik”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

First this rating is at no fault of the driver or the guide. The driver was great, very skilled in the narrow windy mountain roads. This tour sucked for me because it was mainly sitting on the bus, bored out of my mind! Almost 9 hours on the bus sitting total! I could certainly live without that. We were picked up right on time at 730am, and then had to pick up 12 more people which seemed like it took forever, then had to get to the border and get the passport paperwork situated-also took forever, then we stopped for a potty break, also took forever (long lines for the toilet). Then we drove forever and got to Kotor, pretty views but not worth the less than 5 min photo opp vs 3 hours of windy road driving to get there. Then walked around the old city, it was OK. Kind of boring, people not so friendly, homeless sad dogs running around. Then another hour drive to a stop in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of ham-hocks curing (grossed me out) for people to potty again & eat ham sandwiches, then another couple hour drive to the last town which was the nicest (can't remember the name) had time for lunch at this place Perla (pop up lounge) and it was very good, while the rest of the tour people went to look at the one old city building for 90 min. Then an excruciating several more hour drive back to the ferry, then the border crossing again, then dropping people off. We didn't learn much about the history, the culture, or really anything. The guide seemed bored too-not her fault, she was great but the whole tour was SOOOOO long! SAVE your $ and do the best of Dubrovnik tour-MUCH better. This was painfully long and I really did not enjoy it.

Visited May 2013
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EliteTravelDubrovnik, Manager at Elite Travel - Day Tours, responded to this review, May 25, 2013
Dear Mr.Chris T.,
thank you for your review, we are wery sorry that your experience in Montenegro did not succed your expectations. Itinerary and descriptions of all our excursions are described in detail so that the customers can get a good idea what to expect.
Our other excursion called Ancient Montenegro probably would be more suitable for you because it includes more time in coastal towns of Montenegro and less time in the bus.
When you come to Dubrovnik next time do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help you with anything you may need.
We are glad that you had such a good time on our excursion Best Of Dubrovnik.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 2 Contributor
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3 attraction reviews
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“The Old Town”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

We took a bus no 6 from the Posta Lapad. This gets very crowded indeed. We saw the Old Town by doing a half day walking tour with Elite Agency. This tour was purchased with British Airways. Inside, we visited the Jewish Museum and the Rector's Palace. We also visited a couple of churches. Dubrovnik was formerly the Republic of Ragusa. HUndreds of years ago, it was already a pretty disciplined sort of place. The architecture was designed to minimize social conflict; one island was set aside as a quarantine to prevent disease from spreading.

Visited May 2013
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