Croatia

Croatia Customer Reviews

We are proud of the feedback we get from our trips and are pleased to share reviews from past travellers. These are kept as up-to-date as possible. To get a real sense of the kind of experience that you might have on a trip to Croatia with us, have a read. And of course please do ring if you’d like to talk with someone who has been there and has firsthand experience of travelling with children.

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Wheeler Rowe Family (with children aged 10 and 13)

Travelled Summer 2021
What a fun-packed, adventure-filled trip to Croatia!  Beautiful scenery, stunning rivers to paddle in and gorgeous old towns to get lost in. A fantastic mix of culture, adventure, and even time to kick back and relax and soak up the sun.  Can’t wait to plan our next Stubborn Mule trip!!

Parkin Family (with children aged 12 and 15)

Travelled Summer 2021
We arrived safely home yesterday after a fabulous (and remarkably straightforward) trip. The itinerary and activities were excellent, and Vedran was hugely helpful and flexible…. The general structure worked very well – travel for the first 8 days with the car doing activities, followed by 6 days in Dubrovnik and Elafiti Islands at a slightly slower pace. Overall, it was excellent and we would have no hesitation in recommending to friends and family. Many thanks to all at Stubborn Mule for making the trip happen.

Feedback on activities

Sea kayaking in Pula wasn’t possible due to the weather, but Vedran arranged for us to go mountain biking which was excellent (even though we were relatively timid novices) and we had a lovely swim. Tea, our guide was great.

Plitvice was amazing, very glad to get there early (thanks for the advice) – we walked about half of route C, which was starting to get busy, and then switched to route K about halfway round, which wasn’t much longer, but higher and off the beaten track and very few people and good views.

Paklenica hike was excellent – again the advice to start early was very helpful and good to have a call with Vedran before departure to confirm a route. We did about 15km in 5.5hrs but wouldn’t have wanted to be out any longer, as it was up to 37C by the time we were back to the car.

Kayaking on Zrmanja was also excellent, really enjoyed it. The guides weren’t hugely engaging, but they were looking after about 20 of us in a group and safety was the main priority, but it all worked out well, and the river swimming as we went along was amazing.

Speed boating around Kornati was one of our favourite days – the girls really enjoyed barrelling along at high speed, stopping to swim, and our skipper found us a great little taverna for lunch.

The Via Ferrata was great fun, and T (our younger daughter) really enjoyed it (E and A decided to give it a miss). Utterly fabulous views, great weather, and great guide (Filip). My one comment would be that if you have done much Via Ferrata (a protected climbing route) before, this isn’t a particularly challenging trip and can be done reasonably quickly – perhaps let experienced clients know that it is at the easier end of the spectrum and you are there for the views at the fort at the top of the cliff rather than the technical difficulty of the route itself.

We split the Elafiti island trip into two separate activities due to the weather – we self-guided the bike ride on Sipan as the weather was too rough to kayak, and then we kayaked a couple of days later when it was calmer. We hugely enjoyed both days and big thanks to Vedran for being flexible to be able to fit it all in without having to cancel due to the weather.

Other comments

Covid-19 – Paperwork can seem quite laborious, but in reality, travel was really quite straightforward after we had got our tests.

Driving – Croatia was one of the easiest countries I have ever driven in – excellent road infrastructure, signage, courteous drivers, easy toll roads. No issues at all (and the car hire was all straightforward too).

Parking – this was a real issue in Pula, Sebinik, Split and Dubrovnik (even the hotel car park was full on arrival) – this just comes with the time of year and towns that weren’t designed for cars, but possibly suggest to clients that they always leave half an hour extra to park in any of the cities.

Vegetarian / Vegan food – we have two vegetarians who don’t eat fish and one vegan in our family and Croatian cuisine doesn’t yet have much of an offering in this regard – again, no issue, but possibly worth mentioning to clients that they will have to work quite hard to find vegetarian offerings (although all the places we ate would offer a simple pasta and vegetables if asked, although one waiter did say to us that the bacon was cut very small so we wouldn’t really notice it, which amused us!)

And last but not least, Vedran was amazing throughout and is a huge asset to Stubborn Mule as an in-country partner for you – great proactive engagement, ability to get things done, flexibility, and humour.

Newman Family (children aged 16 and 18)

Travelled Summer 2021
Hi Liddy. The holiday was fab! Thanks SO much for all your help to get us out there.  Happy to share feedback etc if you want to call at some point.

Hawk Family (with children aged 12, 14, 14 & 18)

Travelled Summer 2020
What a great trip we had! Croatia is such a beautiful country, I’ve never seen water like it. So very very clear and idyllic. We swam every day and just loved all the water activities. The twins have become dab hands on a SUP and spent hours on these in Lopud. The day kayaking there was incredible as well – our guide Luka was just brilliant, really funny and very patient with us at first when we went round and round in circles!

Also our guide in Paklenika (Marko) deserves particular mention. He took us on a stunning route that we would NEVER have found on our own. The views were amazing. He also recommended a brilliant restaurant in Zadar that became our second home for a few days. Carrot cake to die for! And H loved it as they had masses of Croatian craft beers, so he felt the need to sample the lot.

Dubrovnik was just a little bit too busy for us. We had expected this but were very glad not to be staying too long – it felt like a wonderful escape once we arrived on Lopud and could relax and there weren’t quite so many people around.

All in all though, an incredible place and we’d love to go back to the north and explore further.

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