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.

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

Stephanie Leone & Thomas Hanlon, USA
Sailing in Croatia, Private charter

June, 2017

THE BEST!!

We have greatly enjoyed two trips to Croatia in 2016-2017 organized by Secret Dalmatia. The first trip was a visit to Split during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Secret Dalmatia arranged two fantastic hiking tours: one to the Hinterlands and one to Brac, both with Dom. On the Hinterlands tour, he showed us a beautiful and little discovered part of the Croatia mainland where we learned about the region’s history and nature while hiking. The day culminated with a delicious lunch prepared by Dom on a picturesque hill overlooking a lake. Truly spectacular! Our hiking trip to Brac was equally breathtaking. After a stunning hike down a cliff face to the Blaca Monastery, we were treated to an exquisite traditional meal (peka) at a tavern that had been opened just for us (since it was off-season).

Our most recent experience with Secret Dalmatia was a chartered sailing trip for a week in June. We departed from Split and sailed among the islands of Hvar, Pakleni, Vis, Korcula and Mljet before disembarking in Dubrovnik. The sailboat was gorgeous (Bavaria 51) and our skipper (Ivan Vekic) was wonderful and ensured that we had a perfect vacation. He was attentive to our interests, chose just the right places for us to stop and swim each day and evening, and his dinner recommendations (including making all reservations) were fantastic. He is a lovely person and a super captain.

In summary, Secret Dalmatia’s knowledge of the region, their ability to organize a vacation tailored to your needs, the quality of the personnel and the people they work with, and their ability to DELIVER on their commitments are exceptional. Simply, you can TRUST Secret Dalmatia to give you a unique and truly remarkable vacation experience in this beautiful region of the world.

Tom Hanlon & Stephanie Leone

Waring family, USA
Discover Dalmatian Coast, Private program

July, 2017

Dear Secret Dalmatia,

Many thanks to Secret Dalmatia for making our trip to Croatia an amazing experience. From Mirna and Vlasta, to all the guides, drivers, and hosts everything was flawless. It exceeded all expectations!

From information requested, initial planning, questions answered, and changes while on our trip, your attention and professionalism went above and beyond. I appreciate you asking the "right" questions while developing our itinerary. Each of our experiences were unique, from a day trip to Montenegro, winetasting on the Pelijesac peninsula, cooking class in Trsteno, a hike to a Blaca Monastery, a private boat tour, and lunch with Chef Tatjana. We couldn't say what our favorite part of our trip was with so many amazing adventures! Can everything be an answer?!

Our local guides at each location were informative, friendly, and willing to answer any silly question we might ask. It was like visiting a new city hosted by a friend. I so enjoyed learning about the Croatian culture and the honesty and love of Croatia each person we encountered shared. Our drivers and our skipper also enhanced our experiences. They were very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly, willing to stop for a photo at any request! Trust me, when I say at every bend another amazing view needed to be captured on film.

Our hotels, lovely, convenient and of high standard. "Flawless", "wow", "exceptional", "relaxing", but really no words could sufficiently describe or capture the essences of Hotel Lemongarden. The room, food, staff, location so wonderful. I hated to leave Hotel Lemongarden, a bit of paradise on this earth.

Our winetastings/pairings and lunches all incredible. I could go on and on praising each, trust me, my friends and family will be hearing about each for a long time. Again, I couldn't pick a favorite since each was such a unique experience.

Secret Dalmatia, again thank-you for making our trip the most memorable experience. Without hesitation I would, and have, highly recommend Secret Dalmatia in creating an awesome vacation. I look forward to my next trip.

Sincerely,

Judi Waring

Robin and Michael Storfer, Canada
Private Tour of Croatia

July, 2017

Hi Dubravka,

I hope you are well.

I am writing you from the flight back to Toronto. I can’t tell you how sad Michael and I were to leave Croatia. I’m ready to move there (though I will never master the language!)

Many times over the last two weeks we have commented on how we feel that this trip might just have been one of the best that we have ever taken together. On a daily basis we were overwhelmed by culture, history, jaw dropping beauty, unparalleled meals, delicious wines, and incredibly warm, generous, and giving people. None of this would have been possible if not for you and Secret Dalmatia. We were truly blown away by your perfect suggestions, impeccable organization, amazingly funny and knowledgeable guides, and your unflappable disposition as we threw questions and requests at you while we were in the middle of our travel. You took such good care of us, to the point that in spite of our fatigue, we soldiered on with Mario’s tour yesterday purely because “everything Dubravka has designed for us has been incredible so we knew we’d be missing out if we “pooped out.” And we are so happy we did. What struck Michael and I is that everyone we met treated us like friends or family. They obviously take pride in their culture and their country and love telling tourists all about it. And they are all incredibly respectful of you, each saying how hard you work and that they prefer taking clients from Secret Dalmatia.

We cannot thank you enough. Your planning, combined with a really fun and spirited Backroads trip, gave us a perfect blend of everything we were looking for on this trip (however, I am leaving Croatia just about double the size that I was when I arrived). I think wine and TWO gelatos a day might do that to you! I have a big diet ahead of me! ☺

We have told so many people about you and will continue to do so. And don’t be surprised if you hear from us again, shortly, as I am convinced I would like to make some travel plans next summer, that ultimately lead me to a rented villa on one of the islands off Split for a few weeks. Can you help me with that???? ☺ ☺ ☺ Let us pay off this trip first and then we’ll talk. ☺

Thanks again, Dubravka. You have provided us many wonderful memories. (And thank you for all of the surprises! The truffle hunting, the Monastery hike, Mario’s dessert wine at the end of the tour yesterday.....) Those were very lovely touches that went a long way to helping us feel extra special.

All the best and we will be in touch- warm hugs,

Robin and Michael

Cohen and Friends, Canada
Dalmatia Explorer, Private program

July, 2017

Vlasta we had a wonderful time. We loved Maris and Nives our walking guides and loved Dom. He says he may be coming to Toronto we have all invited him to stay with us. Thanks for the last minute change on the last day to krka. It was a wonderful day and a great experience. The lemon garden was a beautiful hotel I highly recommend it. The Bellevue was great. The park was ok. Rooms are a bit small. Wonderful experience can't thank you enough

Paul Cohen