ACSI Camping Tours

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  1. Sidney

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    With less than 24 hours of consideration :Eeek: we booked an ACSI Camping Tour for Crotia in Aug/Sep.

    Anyone been before :pray:
     
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    Didn't know they ran them.. what does that include ?
     
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    I got an email about them from ACSI. They looked quite good, though pricey?
    I fancied the Croatia trip too, but can't do it anyway because the wife won't pack up work xroll:
     
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    www.acsicampingtours.co.uk https://www.acsicampingtours.co.uk/

    Date wise the Aug/Sep was the only one that worked for us...

    Day 1
    Arrival in Bled. Our welcome dinner in the evening.
    Day 2
    Overnight stay in Bled. The campsite is located at the foot of the Julian Alps, on Lake Bled and at walking distance from the town of Bled.
    Day 3
    Travelling day to Plitvicka jezera.
    Day 4
    Overnight stay at Plitvicka jezera. You can take a shuttle bus to the famous Plitvice Lakes and waterfalls.
    Day 5
    Travelling day to Primošten, on the beautiful Adriatic coast.
    Day 6
    Overnight stay in Primošten. A dinner in the evening in the picturesque town of Primošten, incl. bus transfer.
    Day 7
    Bus excursion to Split and Trogir. We start in Split and take a city walk through the old town within the walls of the former Palace of Diocletian and we visit the 'Galerija Ivan Meštrovic'. In Trogir, you have some free time in the afternoon.
    Day 8
    Overnight stay in Primošten.
    Day 9
    Travelling day to Ston on the Peljesac peninsula.
    Day 10
    Overnight stay in Ston. Opportunity to visit the islands of Mljet and Korcula.
    Day 11
    Bus excursion to Dubrovnik. City walk through the ancient centre including a visit to Rector's Palace and a walk along the city walls.
    Day 12
    Overnight stay in Ston.
    Day 13
    Travelling day to Zaton.
    Day 14
    Overnight stay in Zaton, An evening dinner with folklore music.
    Day 15
    Overnight stay in Zaton, for example to visit the nearby city of Zadar.
    Day 16
    Travelling day to Krk. A lovely dinner with music in the evening.
    Day 17
    Boat excursion around the island of Krk, incl. a fish picnic.
    Day 18-19
    Overnight stay in Krk on the eponymous island with wonderful coves and picturesque villages.
    Day 20
    Travelling day to Porec.
    Day 21
    Overnight stay in Porec, a lively harbour town in Istria. Our farewell dinner in the evening.


    Included in the tour price

    All campsite fees, electricity
    Three excursions
    One folklore evening
    A picnic
    Five evening meals, including two drinks and coffee per meal (incl. transfer if required)
    Support from the tour guides
    Route book and travel guide
     
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    You will not be disappointed with Croatia, stunning yet poignant with evidence of the civil war everywhere, even in central Dubrovnic. The opposing factions only tolerate each other even today, as evidenced in beautiful Mostar where the Christians and Muslims each stick to their own side of the river; never the twain shall meet. Different atmosphere on each side too. Toby.
     
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    Yesterday we booked our first ever organised tour, with only a couple of days thinking. We are doing Hungary, Bosnia, Montenegro and Croatia with CC&C in May, although it is actually organised by ASCI and has Dutch leaders. Only problem now is we will have to change insurer before trip as Comfort won't cover Bosnia.
    Sounds an interesting trip, described as an adventure. Some of sites will be basic or more like Aires, which apparently has put off those who won't go anywhere that had no fancy shower block!
    As we usually travel with hardly any plan this will be a real change.
    I hope the company is good and a few wines are shared of an evening!
     
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    A 'guided' adventure.. surely an oxymoron ? ..

    "Some of sites will be basic or more like Aires" , . £1300 for a 21 day trip.. that's £62 per day... for that money I'd expect 5 star sites .. not an aire

    seems expensive for what is provided.. but each to their own..

    All campsite fees, electricity...
    Three excursions...
    One folklore evening..
    A picnic..
    Five evening meals, including two drinks and coffee per meal (incl. transfer if required)
    Support from the tour guides
    Route book and travel guide

    Not included in the tour price

    Tips
    Insurance
    Fuel costs
    Shower tokens
    Toll fees
    Booking fee
     
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    Looks good Enjoy the travels
     
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    Hi, this is not our trip. We are going for 31 days, see link below http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/travelabroad/europeantours/the-balkans/

    We would not normally dream of paying over 2k for an escorted tour. We have always felt them to be way overpriced especially as we have always managed to cope vary well with caravan, motorhome and long haul travel without any support or guides. However you have to try things and I don't think I would be comfortable striking out in Bosnia on our own.

    We will enjoy the meandering there and back too, revisiting some favourite places in Germany and Italy

    Janis
     
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    Sidney !! Beware ! We had to pay €50 for a green card insurance as Montenegro is NOT in the EU !!! (unless you can get your insurance Co to cover it ?)
    But enjoy Croatia, it is fabulous. I first went there late 70's when Tito was the "gaffer" and there were armed troops everywhere, but it was absolutely wonderful.
    Mitch.
     
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    Croatia is a fantastic country to tour we were there for 6 weeks back in September October.
    Very easy to travel you really don't need a guide do it yourself. Having said that if you're nervous it's a great way to dop your toe in the water.
    Enjoy:xThumb:
     
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    What about the lingo barrier? Forest Boy
     
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    Not a problem English spoken everywhere in Croatia. :xgrin:
     
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    Cheaper than Ray's Morocco deal. And the same caveat, if you don't like the company you are stuffed.
     
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    How does it work? Do you all travel in convoy or do you each make your own way independently to the overnight stops?
     
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    That's handy!
     
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    There is no convoy (thankfully) so you can travel when and how you like. It'll be nice to follow a route with a map rather than the SatNav.
     
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    We have done a couple of guided tours over the years. Correct, they are not for everyone but as seasoned travellers ourselves we found them a nice change. All the planning done for you, travel with or without the other vans but meeting up overnight and enjoying the company of your new friends in places you may not have been to before. Great for newbe's and great for oldies alike. For us, not something we would do every year but yes, a good adventure all the same. Enjoy yourselves, you will make friends who you will probably meet up with again in the future which is what we have done, and that has been our reward for any extra money spent doing the tours.:xThumb:
     
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    Err...

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    I don't think it'll go into Montenegro but obviously starts in Slovenia which is in the Euro zone.

    This is interesting...
    You don’t need a Green Card to drive in Croatia, but if you are driving to or through Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the 20km strip of coastline at Neum on the Dalmatian coastal highway, make sure that you have a Green Card that includes cover for Bosnia and Herzegovina. You can’t buy insurance for Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Neum border crossing.

    and...
    All foreign nationals visiting Slovenia must register with the police within 3 days of arrival or risk paying a fine.

    To drive on Slovenian motorways, you must buy and display a ‘vignette’.


    So I'll check if it goes through that 20km strip and if we travel on any motorways in Slovenia. I imagine the organisers will do the registration with the police. :mask:
     
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    @Sidney
    The road to Dubrovnik does go through the Neum Channel we did it a few months back. The road goes through Bosnia, there is an international agreement to keep it open although Bosnia have never actually signed it. Its only a few miles long but there are proper border posts although the EU lane moves very quickly they just waved us through both times.
    You cannot get insurance as far as I know and apparently most vehicles are not insured. Goes through a nice little town cant remember the name but worth a 20 minute stop if only to say you visited Bosnia.
    Just enjoy don't worry its no problem.:xThumb::xThumb:
     
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