“They are group of enthusiastic and passionate professionals.”
Written by the people who have explored this stunning region with us, the selection of testimonials below highlights the places, the people and the feelings you are bound to experience on your journey. Honest and unrevised, they give you a clear idea of the personal efforts and virtue which go into crafting each individual itinerary and have over time become the trademark of travelling with Secret Dalmatia.
I've been thinking about you often. I know I mentioned before that we have always been able to continue to enjoy a trip after we've returned home by reliving memories, pictures, etc. This year just didn't work like that, which is a shame, since Croatia was one of our favorite experiences ever.For this year, we are trying to figure out if we can make a 3-week trip happen to encompass highlights of Morocco, Spain & Portugal. I just told Dale this morning that my attempts to find an "Iberian Peninsula Alan" have not worked out. You are one of a kind.
We wanted to write you to let you know what an amazing experience we had on our honeymoon. Each hotel, guide, city was incredible. Rada, Ante & Luka were invovled in some of the best experiences we had on the entire trip. Your attention to our experience really made it feel like we were taken care of the entire time. We're planning on recommending you and writing positive reviews wherever possible.Also, did we owe something for the meal at Luka's house? We did not think about it until after our time with him. Also, if they are willing, you should try to include that peka lunch for any guest that has interest. It was one of our top meals of the trip and a really unique experience.
PS - Please let us know when you will be in New York so we can try to show you and your family some of the hospitality that we experienced during the trip. Thanks for everything.
Gabe & Jena
Secret Dalmatia’s response to our internet query was immediate and personal. Alan asked a few questions to ascertain our interests and within days emailed with an interesting itinerary for us to peruse. He suggested some “secret” places that we had not considered.
From Mostar enjoyed with Michael and on to Split with Florio who was happy to share his family’s war experiences, to Trogir, Sibenik, Zadar and final Zagreb we thoroughly enjoyed the tour planned by Secret Dalmatia. We learned and experienced the culture, history, geography and way of life of the Croatian people. Secret Dalmatia attended to our accommodation reservations in varied old and beautiful hotels, a wonderful way to experience the walled cities. Alan ensured his tour-guiding colleagues were capable, knowledgeable, flexible and always ready to answer our questions. The superb luncheon at the Pelligrini Restaurant in Sibenik, cooked and served by the owner chef, was not to be missed. What fabulous food, wines and personal service! Alan’s walk out to the St John fortress, where there was not another soul in sight and the scenery was breathtaking, was a highlight. Through pouring rain we trudged with Darvo up to the Takoscan Castle close to the Slovenian border; so glad he was not deterred by the weather. His walking tour through the Plitvice Lakes amazed us with the beauty. It was magic. Rada’s happy, informative and friendly walks inside the walled cities of Split, Trogir and Sibenik were fascinating. She was a delight.
If you are looking for an individual tour, without the inaudible tour guide rushing you onto the next spot, then we recommend Secret Dalmatia to you. Our tour was both trouble and incident free. Keep us the good work Alan, and best wishes.
I promised to give you feedback on the holiday you arranged for us.
Firstly, overall everything was superbly organized. Every person that you had chosen was excellent - flexible; friendly; nothing was too much trouble; they turned up on time and were full of enthusiasm. I can't say anything better than that.
The hotels were all very good. My only adverse comment relates to the Adriana. The hotel was the most "chic" we have ever stayed in; unbelievable views over the harbor; fantastic swimming pool and cabanas; the bars were just sublime, with service to match. However, the room was SO small, I just wanted to get out. So "designer" but you could hardly move. You might like to warn any potential visitors - it may not bother people but I think it's just as well to be aware.
Having said all that, your flexibility and efficiency was wonderful. If you require any references, I'm always willing to say good things!
Alan, Just wanted you to know what a wonderful trip you planned for us in Dalmatia. You do know many secrets and we are happy to have shared some of them with your wonderful guides. It is obvious that your guides are also your friends and they treated us as friends as well. The trip was a lovely mix of cities and off-road adventures. Thanks again for everything you did to make the trip special and memorable.
ps...thanks for arranging all the sunny weather as well!
A very big thank you from the Goldsworthy's and ourselves. We loved your country we were treated to a SIX star comprehensive tour of Croatia. As I have stated to friends it went without a hitch and was way above expectations.The tiny boutique hotels beautifully positioned, the intimate meals with local families and the ever present touch and fine tuning along the way was unique in our vast worldwide travels. No wonder everyone we spoke with sang your praises! It is a beautiful region the locals are warm and kind especially our drivers and guides. Well done ,we will be back! I would be more than happy to talk to any prospective Aussie tourist. Cheers Simon Crowley.
Judy and I have been sorting out the photos over the weekend and with each one we get excited over again! The trip historically (Split, Pula, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, etc.) the beauty (Hvar, The Dalmatian Coast, etc.) were extraordinary. We can't think how you could have it planned better for us! Michael was also a tremendous help to us, with his driving and ability to speak. The food and wine were an unexpected delight. The fresh (I mean really out of the Sea daily) fish was excellent, the fresh oysters on our way to Dubrovnik were outstanding. The various lamb dishes as good as we had anywhere. We still speak about the special wine dinner you arranged at Restaurant Pelegrin (I am still trying to get my friend who writes a food and wine column to do one on them) The wines were truly a surprise as we have not seen them in the U.S. We were particularly fond of the white Posip and the red Plavac Mali. We did taste different vintages, but as we can't get them here I didn't make notes. It was interesting to know that Grigich produces in Croatia. Next time we visit his vineyard in California I will make it a point to tell them we tasted his wine in Croatia. Again Many Thanks!! Judy & Ernie