Testimonials

“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.

Family Gerszten, USA
Our Croatian Adventure, Private program

May 2018

Dubravka,

We can not thank you enough for making our trip so wonderful. We enjoyed every moment and appreciate all the behind the scenes work you put into making it all possible.

We look forward to returning to Croatia and having you plan another trip for us in the future.

Thank you,

Kristina and family

Warshaw Family, USA
Private Tour of Croatia, Private itinerary

April/May 2018

We were absolutely delighted with the sophistication and planning that Natasa provided to us not only for the year before our trip to Croatia, but also adding her personal touch of calling every couple of days while we were in Croatia to discuss real time adjustments to suit our pleasures.

Natasa and Secret Dalmatia are unique travel organizers that recognizes the desire of seasoned travelers who are looking for unique, off the beaten path experiences whether in food, hiking or tour guides. Natasa’s communications and interpersonal skills are special and the result was an outstanding trip to Croatia in late April and early May 2018.

We stayed in five star hotels in Dubrovnik, Rovinj and Zagreb. Natasa arranged special hiking walks as we walked through a couple of national parks with major waterfalls. We had a Michelin level 7 course wine tasting unlike any food experience we had ever had. We spent one day on Brac Island and the next day we motored out to and beyond Hvar. Every day there were new surprises.

One night while in Split, Natasha took time from her busy schedule and had drinks with us.

Spectacular! We will always cherish our memories from Croatia.

Natasa Peric is at the top of her profession.

Mel Warshaw

May, 2018

Good morning Dubravka

We are back home after a long flight. Claire and I enjoyed meeting you in Split the other day. Our vacation was truly memorable. We so enjoyed our two weeks in your beautiful country. We must complement you on your planning and organization. There were so many highlights but the lunch experiences with Tatiana, Katija, trufle tasting with Marianna and lunch at Malo Gralje will be etched in our memories for a long time. All the hotels were superb and the drivers and guides amazing. Having said that there are two guides that really stood out and those were Marija and Matti. Exposure to Jewish Heritage was nicely interspersed into our our daily activities. We also thoroughly enjoyed our two boat trips with very obliging skippers and crew. Thank you Dubravka for compiling such a fascinating and informative vacation. Wewill certainly recommend you to our friends.

With kindesr regards

Joel and Claire.

Mr. John Jacobs group, USA
Adriatic Dream, private program

May, 2018
Ivana,
 
I think I can speak for the entire group and say that we were blown away by the service of all components of our trip - the chauffeurs, tour guides and hotel staff were truly amazing.  The selection of hotels and inns were beyond our expectations.  This was a trip that we will all remember forever.  We look forward to our return to Croatia and will certainly recommend “Secret Dalmatia” to our friends and family!  Thanks again for helping provide such a memorable experience.
 
John

Michelle & Alan Ogilvie, USA
Discover Croatia, private program

October, 2017

The trip was absolutely amazing and exceeded our expectations by far!!! Your assistance in planning this was wonderful - we would never have been able to experience the things we did without your planning. Every step went absolutely smoothly. We loved our guides in every city - Vesna in Dubrovnik, Andrea at Stari Grad and Hvar, Nives in Split and Ivana in Zagreb. All of the drivers were also wonderful and incredibly knowledgeable about the areas.

Our absolute favorite hotel was Palace Judita in Split. The location was ideal. The size of the hotel was wonderful and the staff in particular were very friendly and funny. Our next favorite was the Bellevue in Dubrovnik. The location and view were amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed all of our tours. The guides were so knowledgeable and amazing. All the walking tours were amazing. My personal favorites were the mussels and Oyster lunch in Stari Grad (truly best mussels and oysters ever!), the Peka lunch in Cavat, and the walking tour in Plitvice (would love to have had more time!!)

As a whole, we have never had food as consistently outstanding as we did on this trip. Each night we would re rank our favorite and by the end we could no longer decide! Restaurants we enjoyed that we would recommend include:

Dubrovnik - Zuzori Much smaller and would highly recommend reservations.

Stari Grad - Kod Barba Luke - wonderful traditional Croation meals

Split - Zinfandels's - a wine bar with menu

Split - pizza at Galija was very good

Zagreb - Nokturno (amazing Octopus salad for lunch - traditional Croation menu)

Zagreb - Agava - highly recommend reservations

We are already trying to figure out how and when we can get back to Croatia! We would love more time at Plitvice but have other regions we would love to visit!! We would definitely work with you again when we are able to find a time!!

Tiffany Jensen and Florent Catau, USA
Private tour of Croatia, Private program

August, 2017

Hi Dubravka,

I'm writing this quick note since I didn't want to let your last email without any response much longer.

It was a real pleasure for us as well to work with you on this memorable trip and to meet you in person.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to see the beauty of Croatia in such a privileged way and more importantly for offering us many occasions to meet and share some time with exceptional people. I'm sure Tiffany will tell you in a more eloquent way how much we enjoyed spending some time with all of them.

A small feedback for the time we spent after meeting you in Split - You were right! Tatjana is exceptional and an fabulous cook. We had a great time with her and with Kaja.

Thanks again for your work, we wish we could have told you that once again in person before heading back to NYC and back to work.

Have a great day!

Best,

Florent

Susan Horne Group, USA
Discover Slovenia and Croatia, Private program

September, 2017

Hi Natasa,

I just wanted to let you know that we had an AWESOME trip to Slovenia and Croatia. It was the most seamless trip ever and we all appreciated all of your hard work to make it so. We so enjoyed all our tour guides and drivers, all of who were both personable and knowledgeable. We seemed to have had a good balance of tours and personal time. All in all it was a fabulous trip. As soon as I can catch my breath I will be sure to send a revidew to Trip Advisor. Thank you again for coordinating such a wonderful vacation to such a beautiful part of the world.

Sincerely,
Susan

Calder Family, USA
Adriatic Adventure for Calder Family, Private program

August, 2017

I’m not sure words will ever express how much we appreciated the trip that you pulled together for us. Memorable, flawless, breathtaking, adventurous, delicious --- all activities a wonderful showcase to an absolutely beautiful country. As we sit in the Munich airport awaiting our flight to NJ, we all had several “favorites” and all want to return again! So, thank you very much for all of your hard work and expertise ---- this will be a trip we will never forget.

As a matter of fact, we are seriously thinking of doing another trip next summer ----- we think island hopping would be another great way to see a different part of Croatia. I’ll need to check our schedules, etc. but right now we are hoping we can do that. If we do, we will definitely reach out to you for your expertise. I’m guessing we will look to do a little land (squeeze Dubrovnik in) for a few days and then sail for 7-10 days. Once I know for sure, I’ll be in contact. We will do it in August again so I know I need to arrange sooner rather than later to ensure the best success.

If you could thank each and every driver, tour guide, excursion presenter, hotel personnel ---- all of them were top notch and made the trip extremely easy and unforgettable. You have a wonderful organization and network of professionals --- whenever we hear anyone considering Croatia, we will definitely send them your way.

Thanks again,

Karla, Bill, Will and Alex

Wolf Family, USA
Dalmatian Coast Explorer, Private program

August, 2017

Hi! I know we still have a few days left but I can already tell that we will be sad to leave Croatia. It's been just great so far and I thank you for your planning! Before I forget I wanted to say how impressed and happy we have been with the guides and skippers and drivers. Mislav, Bepo and Ivan have been great on the boats - professional but relaxed. Dom was fantastic all day with us, we really loved him and of course Frani and Goran were educational and terrific too. Nives gave me a crash course in Croatian history and answered all my hundreds of questions! And I forget the name of our bike guide but the whole excursion to Konavle Valley will stay with us for a long time. I already said how terrific Matija was in Dubrovnik but I'll say it again!

Your restaurant suggestions have been spot on. Thank you. We are dining at Foša tonight!

Besides Trip Advisor, if you need me to write any other recommendations I would be happy to do so!

Cheers,
Ellen

Tess Dillon & Dustin Meyer, USA
Honeymoon in Dalmatia

July, 2017

Hi Vlasta,

I apologize for my delay in getting back to you! We've been trying to get our life in order after the wedding and the amazing honeymoon :)

I can't thank you enough for all of your help in planning the unforgettable trip, and for checking in on us along the way. We had the time of our lives, and are so in love with Croatia! It was so beautiful, and we just loved the people, food, and wine! Every single experience was amazing, and you were right not to cancel the day with Mario, it was wonderful!

We absolutely loved each hotel, and even got upgraded to an amazing suite at Villa Dubrovnik. We were so blown away by how beautiful it was! Also, each of our chauffeurs, guides and local experts could not have been better (Tatjana, Mario and Denis). They made our experience that much more wonderful and unforgettable.

We plan on telling everyone that we know to visit Croatia, and to go through Secret Dalmatia. You really made the planning experience so easy, and we are so grateful for all of your help. Please let us know if there are any sites that you like to use for reviews and we would be happy to write one about how wonderful you were!

Thank you again, and please let us know if there is anything that we can do on our end!

All the best,

Tess