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All booked through Connie and all went to plan. Excellent service
All worked out great. Every confidence in Jane, Sadie and the whole team. Big point of difference is that the phone is answered almost immediately by a knowledgeable and friendly travel advisor who is competent to book a bespoke travel itinerary. Will definitely use DialAFlight again.
Holiday went as smoothly as possible - will definitely use DialAFlight again
Thanks for taking care of the change of flights and booking the hotel in Barcelona - saved a lot of worry.
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Amazing holiday, all went so smoothly. Jack was extremely helpful and reliable with making sure we got through everything needed to travel to Greece. He also gave us the best possible advice. Very professional service.
Dean was great throughout the booking process, super quick and easy. We will definitely use again.
The failures were to do with covid information especially that sent by the carrier for return flights to England.
Darren was brilliant
All was very good until the last day when I was collected from the hotel, to go to the airport, at least an hour too early.
Avis car rental was poor at Marseille airport, had to queue for over an hour to get the car
Alex and Shane did so much more than I expected. They talked me through a very complicated Alitalia check-in, they helped with finding the cheapest day 2 PCR tests and were great at customer care. I will never go anywhere else. Bravo DialAFlight!
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A wonderful holiday. It all worked out well. The only hitch was that we asked for a twin room, but when we arrived at the hotel they tried to give us a double room. We got moved to a family room instead which was great - but if the hotel had been full it would have been a problem!
Many thanks to Harriet
Wish I'd been asked about setting up a transfer from airport to hotel. I didn't think about it and we just took a taxi from the airport which charged us more than the going rate.
Excellent service, as always.
Despite restrictions we had a very nice time
Robert as usual brilliant with after sale care.
As usual yet another superb holiday sorted by Michelle. She’s just fabulous and I cannot recommend highly enough. Shortly will be booking for 2022
First class professional service from Reece and the team. It's why we always book overseas travel with DialAFlight.
Sean has been amazing from beginning to end. We will only ever use him and this company to travel with
Dylan was a super agent and really did a good job as always.
Always use Chris - he is amazing and always delivers the best holidays. After two years of no holidays we had the best time!
Car rental experience was not good
Domes of Elounda excellent. Chronomics service excellent
Brilliant as always! Thank you
Staff were very helpful especially Logan who was my main contact. I have already made recommendations.
My Montenegro guide was animated. 'You should have been here when this was part of Yugoslavia. It was a fine country and tourists loved it,' he said.
There's a word for those who share his view... 'Yugonostalgics', and they remember Josip Tito as a great leader, who ruled the country with a benevolent air and a successful PR campaign.
'I, too, remember Yugoslavia,' I told him, without elaborating.
My memories of pre-1980 Yugoslavia run more along the lines of cheap and nasty, concrete-clad, mass-market hotels aimed at Eastern Bloc tourists, unimaginative food and undrinkable wine.
There was bog-standard nightlife and exotic luxuries such as fiery slivovitz plum brandy, which gave you the mother of all hangovers; and Yugo cars for taxis, which made East Germany's Trabants seem like Ferraris.
It's very different now, as each of the former Yugoslav states strives to come up with new and inventive ways to attract tourists. Montenegro is right up there, with a curious mix of flashy super-yacht marinas and glitzy hotels, combined with good value seaside resorts.
The marina complex of Portonovi, on a 60-acre site on Boka Bay between Dubrovnik, in Croatia, and the Montenegrin coastal town of Tivat, might just be the glitziest of them all when it opens next year. Look out for luxurious apartments, available for sale and rent, as well as a yacht club, spa and a new One&Only resort hotel, the first in Europe.
At the other end of the scale, and not in a bad way, is Ribarsko Selo, a rustic fish restaurant with just a handful of guest rooms, tucked away on the Lustica Peninsula between Miriste and Zanjice beach, where a bottle of Savina white wine costs 15 Euros.
Those in the know book the restaurant's sole harbourside apartment, with its own small pool, a favourite with visiting oligarchs in need of privacy. At just €150 a night for two, it's a bargain.
But there is also much in between these extremes in Montenegro. Its 620,000 people are fiercely proud of the independence they gained following the break-up of Yugoslavia, a process which began in 1991. The following year Serbia and Montenegro became an entity, under the name the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
In 2003, it officially renamed itself Serbia and Montenegro and in 2006, after a referendum, Montenegro declared independence. It was officially named the Republic of Montenegro in 2007.
Its credentials as a forward-looking highly progressive country have been underlined since then by such achievements as being classified by the World Bank as an upper middle-income country, becoming a member of the UN, NATO, the World Trade Organization and the Council of Europe. Not to mention seeing many of its resorts gaining a definite air of high-end sophistication.
The town of Budva, for example, once with a whiff of mass market Spanish Costas about it, is now filled with atmospheric bars and restaurants in the shadow of the ramparts, and there's a crescent-shaped beach, too.
Even more spectacular is Kotor, with its high city walls, tiny alleys, churches and Italianate mansions, all a reminder of Montenegro's Venetian heritage. Visit in the early evening, after the cruise ships have rounded up their passengers, order something at an outside cafe, and bask in its beauty.
For real luxury, try the island of Sveti Stefan, once home to fishermen, whose atmospheric houses now serve as guest rooms for the Aman Sveti Stefan hotel, reached by a pedestrian causeway.
Following local advice, I checked out the resort of Herceg Novi, just along the coast, where the modern beach-side Palmon Bay Hotel and Spa provides a good base from which to explore the coast and the black mountains. Service is slickly efficient - not always the case in this part of the world - and rooms are excellent, if a touch clinical.
Heaven knows where Montenegro is heading. It might not know itself. For the rest of us, it's well worth visiting a place that's in such dramatic transition.
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