We did the January 2014 tour of Croatia, Montenegro,Bosnia/Herzegovenia,Slovenia via small cruise ship Artemis. We were a little concerned about how the weather would be but, we dressed in layers and, although we had several cloudy days, there were only two rainy ones and the temperature was usually 40's to 50's during the day. We heard that this ares is very hot and very crowded with tourists in the usual travel months and it was great to "have the place to ourselves". If you are a big shopper you may be disappointed, as many of the shops and restaurants close for the off-season. However (I thing our tour guides helped here) several opened up for us.
Our tour guide, Antun, really made our trip for us. He was a wealth of information and his presentation left us laughing one minute and crying the next. The countries have so much recent, sad history but Antun wanted us to experience only the joy of the rebuilding and the courage of his people.Thank you , Antun, you did a fantastic job!
The countryside is alsolutely breathtaking and our coach drivers the best as we encountered an ise storm that reminded us of a Dr. Zhavago scene-an ice palace. The trip to Krka Falls was amazing.
Our ship was comfortably cozy with cabins more spaceous than those we've had on sea voyages. Our captain welcomed us to the bridge at anytime and was a wealth of information. He navigated new routes just to spare us a couple of rough nights at sea. He charted a course using the shelter of the many islands to protect Artemis -and mainly her passengers- from rough seas.. The food was great and varied on board . Our home hosted dinner was unforgetable and all the extra treats Antun surprised us with (to make up for the cloudy weather!) were wonderful.
We can't say enough to recommend this trip. It's unique and full of history as well as beauty. Again, thank you Antun and Ivan for the memories!