There were only 6 of us with a local guide, Olga on this trip. It was a genuine small group tour. Olga was interesting and entertaining and gave us plenty of free time as well as good explanations of the islands and many other facts about Croatia and its recent past. Mljet itself is a beautiful island and the tour on the lake with lunch on the water's edge by the old monastery was a highlight, marred only by the ubiquitous wasp plague. There is an opportunity to bathe in the lake (take reef shoes or similar for the stony ground!) and then to take a 20 minute flat walk back along the lake edge. For the historians there is an old Roman villa and Byzantine Church at the harbor edge which can also be explored before getting back on the ferry. All-in-all an excellent day out.
This island is really pristine and beautiful. It is well worth the time! Our guide was knowlegeable about the history of the area as well as all of Croatia and his insights added tremendously to the experience. We had a small group of only 3 people on the tour so we got a lot of personal attention.After visiting with the guide I would go back to Mljet and spend a day or two.
The Island of Mljet (Croatia) is a truly wonderful place to visit. It offers beautiful vistas of lush green natural vegetation, absolutely beautiful lakes, the quaint Church of Marija on a dimunitive little island (easy to stroll around the whole island in less than 30 minutes), and a stunning bike route (easy to rent a high quality mountain bike). For Christians, this island has an added attraction as being one of the stop-over places for Paul during his missionary endeavours. I can highly recommend this one-day trip to anyone visiting Dubrovnik or the Dalmatia area in Croatia.
We found the trip was very expensive, but Mljet island really is special, so it was worth visiting. Free time given to swim in the lake or to rent a bike or a kayak was great. Lunch was nice too:)
The place is amazing, the scenery is stunning and we do recommend strongly a visit to Mljet National Park.
However, we cannot rate the tour provided by Viator as high as the place itself. First of all, the lunch was a disappointment. The fish was dry and hard. Considering how good the food is in general in Dalmatia this is definitely a low level restaurant that should not be used by the local travel agency. Secondly, the tour itself does not offer any real advantage over doing it on your own. We took the same public catamaran that everyone else can use, we entered the national park with perfectly normal tickets bought at the national park entry and took the normal boats in the lakes that, again, everyone can use. The guide itself was friendly and have good command of the english language but the insights she provided were not essential.
In summary, it's an exceptional place that must be visited, but the tour itself is not worth the price.
Mljet is definitely worth a visit. However, this trip is very overpriced. Whilst I expect to pay a little more for the convenience of a pick up and guide, the additional amount charged for this versus doing it yourself (which didn't look that difficult) was exorbitant, especially given that the lunch was largely inedible. The notes should also have been clearer about the possible activities and what to take eg swimwear.
A silver Mercedes picked only us up from the hotel, already it was a good start. Took only 10min time from the hotel to the pier. By the time we reached the pier, we saw an elderly couple and Olga (our tour guide) and who greeted us upon arrival. She was super-friendly and we conversed for the majority of the ferry ride, which was 1.5hr. By the time we reached Mljet, the only historical place she told us about were the two small churches and several other minor detail information that weren't clear. Our lunch which was the fish dish was terrible ...but we didn't want to be rude about the taste when she asked how it was. However, lunch didn't come with a drink ...not even water...we ordered a bottle of water + soda while the older couple ordered a coffee + beer. I paid for the soda and we left to go on another ferry...all of a sudden the waiter rushed out and said we needed to pay for the water as well. Huh?? Only WE had to pay for the drinks and not the elderly couple?? THIS we didn't understand. All in all, we expected a decent lunch that included water at the very least for the money we paid for the tour. After this incident, the tour guide smoked her cigarette and just conversed with the elderly couple (who were Italian and we Chinese). Thank goodness I researched a lot about Mljet before joining the tour, because she did not do a good job presenting this place to us. If I could give her a grade from 0-10, she deserves a 2.4 (for introducing herself in the beginning of the ferry ride). Olga just talked with the Italian couple (since that's the language she feels most comfortable with speaking). We felt left out. And we still feel ripped off. Over $100 USD to go on a tour like this, we might as well go on our own for less than half this price!
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