“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.
After three years of attempting to plan our trip to Croatia with two other, highly recommended U.S. based agencies, we found Secret Dalmatia.
Alan sold us a Peka dome which then turned into the trip of a lifetime for our family. We entrusted Alan, Mariana and their colleagues with our trip. Best decision ever. They went beyond our wildest expectations.￼
We spent five years planning this trip, two of those years involved Secret Dalmatia. A lifetime of dreaming, five years of planning and twenty six days in country became a reality.
We met people who became family. We enjoyed foods that have become part of our everyday life. We walked along the path that our ancestors walked and touched the house that was their home. We learned the richness and the bounty that is Croatia. We learned the hardiness and the strength that is her people.
Throughout the trip we used a car service with exceptional drivers. From the moment that Petar greeted us at the airport we had no worries or concern about our transportation.
Our guides were always the best. We were able to learn from knowledgeable, local guides about the history, culture and people that is Croatia. These people love their country and are very proud to show her off.
Our hotel accommodations were always 5-star. The staff were always helpful, generous and accommodating. We did not encounter any language barriers during our stays.
Here’s a sample of what they arranged for us: old city guided tours, sea kayaking, personalized winery tour, heritage sites, personalized guided motorcycle tour, hinterland hiking, caving, motor yacht tour and National Park tours. Each and everyone of these experiences were the best.
If you are looking to experience Croatia, look no further than Secret Dalmatia. You will not be disappointed.
The Kranjcevich Family
(Brett, Jona, Abigail and Chet)
Speaking for the group, I want to thank you for the wonderful way you organized and planned our trip to Croatia and Montenegro. I do not believe it would have been as memorable if Secret Dalmatia were not physically located in Croatia. Almost every day you had something special included in our itinerary that only could have been arranged through your special connections that you have cultivated over the years. The name Secret Dalmatia is well earned for the unique experiences you provided us throughout our entire journey. I want to mention just a few of the special things you included in our 10 day trip.
We were staying at a villa in Lake Como. Instead of us having to provide for our own transportation to Croatia, you arranged for a Sprinter Van to pick us up at the villa to transfer us to Rovinj to start our 10 day adventure. Tony our van driver was our private chauffeur throughout the entire trip including transferring us to the airport for our departure home. By you arranging for our trip to begin in Lake Como you saved us the hassle and time of having to provide for our own transportation to Croatia.
Our group is all about experiencing great food and wine and on that score you hit it out of the park. It started with a special truffle lunch in a family estate near Motovun followed by a multi-course dinner with wine paring at the Relais & Chateaux Meneghetti Hotel and Winery. In Split you arranged for an exclusive private dinner in the 13th century home of the internationally celebrated chef Tatjana on the tiny island of Trogir. En route to Aman Sveti Stefan Resort in Montenegro we stopped in Mali Ston Bay to have a seafood lunch prepared just for us on a private island which included what everyone agreed were the best fresh oysters any of us had ever eaten. In Dubrovnik you planned a visit to a family run farm where they shared their homemade olive oil, grappa and wine. Which was followed with a home cooked meal made especially for us from their wood fired oven. Every day we had some unique culinary experiences and these are just examples of how special they were.
We wanted the best accommodations we could get in each of the cities we visited and like the food and wine they were exceptional too. The newly opened Grand Hotel Park in Rovinj with its contemporary architecture built into a hill overlooking the bay, Hotel Judita Palace located in the middle of old town Split with its eccentric innkeeper, the fabulous Aman Sveti Stefan Island Resort in Montenegro and you capped it off with the 6 bedroom Villa Luce in Dubrovnik to end our stay in your wonderful country.
However, what really made our trip unique were all the special people we encountered throughout our entire journey. At the top of the list was Tony our driver, knowledgeable tour guide and confidant who stayed with us from beginning to end. At each of the stops on the itinerary we were met with local professional guides who had in depth knowledge about each of the places we were visiting. After each of the tours, we felt we left knowing special insights about that particular place that we would have not known otherwise. Finally, we enjoyed meeting you personally in Split. It was a pleasure to able to put a face with a name and to thank you in person for all the hard work and planning you did to make our experience one we will never forget.
Bob and Sylvia Slater,
Don and Alice Dahlgren
Dr. Lee and Sherry Beasley
Dr. Jon and Janie Axton
Thank you so much for the incredible trip you planned for our group. We had such an amazing time with so many original experiences. Your organizational skills and oversight were evident and I appreciate you checking in throughout the week.
The hotels were all convenient and allowed us to easily explore on our own. We especially loved the Hotel Judita Palace. The rooms were beautiful but the staff were what made it extra special. They were kind and very helpful when Laura lost her luggage, remembered our breakfast orders, and had a wonderful sense of humor. We felt well taken care of.
The food and wine we had all week was incredible! The pairing at Paradox was fabulous. It was such a wonderful introduction to Croatia and the staff were very kind. Our dinner at the abandoned village was so delicious. I will never forget the roasted lamb and veal dish. Such a original experience! Our evening at Kopun was wonderful. The food and wine chosen for us were delicious and that lovely setting was a perfect ending for our tour of the Old Town. Our impromptu tour and tasting of the oysters in Ston was such a special experience and a highlight of Jennifer's week. Our day with Mario was wonderful. The lunch of wild boar paired his wines is one we will never forget. We also enjoyed our creative lunch at Rizman with their delicious wines overlooking the sea. The prawns were incredible!
What fabulous tours with Natasa, Vesna and Ana! We love meeting intelligent, interesting women and enjoyed our time with them. Our day with Chef Tatjana was also very special. Our time with her and her husband in their lovely home was one we will ever forget. I continue to dream about her smokey cabbage rolls.
The boat transfer was an incredible day. We had so much fun and felt like movie stars.
We fell in love Croatia- the food, wine, and people were all very special. We feel privileged to have experienced it as we did with your help.
Thank you for everything!
Thanks, Ivana. I want to say that we had a fabulous trip. Firstly, all the drivers and tour guides were amazing. They all have the highest respect for you and seem to be honored to be working with you. The history of the country and regions is amazing. It was almost too much to take in in a short period of time. I might recommend that you furnish your clients with a short book about the separate regions and history in advance. I didn't have time on my own to research before the trip but could have read on the plane. The private lunches were incredible not just with respect to the food but the company. They add so much to the experience as you probably know. The hotels were all excellent. The only glitch we had was at the Hotel Bastion where they put our room right next to the elevator. But after I said the next morning that I didnt sleep well because of it, they changed our room to the suite. All in all the itinerary was perfect with regards to everything. The weather was perfect and I know you had something to do with that. We impressed many friends already with our stories and pictures. Thank you for a great experience,
I'm sorry this response is long overdue. First off, we had an amazing trip to Croatia thanks to you and your team. Every aspect of the trip was smooth and effortless.
I think the special touches you provided such as having home style meals with the locals was an amazing and unique experience that really gave us a chance to appreciate the wonderful culture and hospitality unique to Croatia.
All the guides we had were amazing with such a wealth of knowledge and a true passion for the country.
Finally, all the accommodations you provided were beyond expectation. I can't thank you enough for arranging upgrades whenever possible and ensuring we secured the best rooms available.
I have recommended many friends to you, and I know next time we travel to Croatia, you will be the first person I call.
Ron and I so thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Dalmatian Coast. Your agency
put together such a personal tour with informative, delightful guides as well as
skilled drivers.We learned so much about the history of these countries and
their difficult years of war and of occupation by other nations. The beauty of
this area was difficult to take in as well as well as thw friendliness of the people
As I told you Luka, Natasha, Dom and Mario were wonderful. To have had dinner
at Tatjana’s home with her family was so special, and then Mario’s wine tour of Peljesac
and lunch at his home just made this all so personal.
Thank you and everyone else at Secret Dalmatia who worked at putting our trip
Leslie & Ron
Here’s our feedback - sorry for the delay. If you’d like us to post on travel websites, please let us know which ones.
Experience of a Life Time
With the support of Secret Dalmatia and Mariana, our travel designer, we had the experience (not just trip or vacation) of a life time in Croatia. The main purpose of our trip was to find Kathy’s family home in Komiža on the island of Vis - but it turned out to be so much more!
Throughout the planning process for our 18 day trip, Mariana provided excellent suggestions and was very responsive to all our requests. The information provided before the trip was detailed, accurate, complete and extremely useful. We particularly enjoyed the Secret Dalmatia exclusive activities (truffle hunting, cooking class, day with a wine maker) that allowed us to see the country in an intimate way and meet wonderful dedicated artisans.
Throughout the trip, we were very impressed with the coordination and flexibility between the drivers, guides and hotel staff. When everyone learned of Kathy’s Croatian background, they were interested in how they could help find the family home (which we did). And in the process, we learned about their lives in Croatia. By the time we had to leave, it felt like we were leaving our extended Secret Dalmatia family - the joy of working with a smaller in-country travel agent.
We look forward to returning next year and staying longer. We strongly recommend the Secret Dalmatia travel agency and Mariana. Our experience was perfect!
Kathy and Bill Jones
We arrived back home safely, rather tired, but full of wonderful memories of our trip to Croatia that you so skillfully arranged for us. From the first day of hunting and eating truffles to the last day of a delicious lunch with Katja in the arboretum, we successfully ate our way thru your country.
It seemed each day the experience was better than the day before, some of our favorites—exploring an olive grove with a 2000 year old tree (an excellent idea to add this to our trip), lunch with the Diva of Trogir, our private boat trip to Korcula, learning about oyster production and then eating incredibly fresh mussels and oysters, and exploring the old towns of Split and Dubrovnik. Actually the entire trip was our favorite.
As we talked about our time in Croatia we decided that the best part of our trip was the guides, drivers and very talented chefs. Each one of them was so knowledgeable, entertaining and willing to share with us their lives and experiences. We have been on many trips to all parts of the world but our trip to Croatia interacting with these people made this trip a very special one. We have only amazing memories of our trip to Croatia. Thank you once again for your assistance in making this trip what we had hoped it would be and so much more.
Our very best thoughts,
Paula, Nick, Mary and Barbara
Thanks very much for your follow up note. We’re happy to provide our feedback on the trip as everything went so well! The arrangements you made for us were excellent and we had a wonderful time.
We enjoyed all the accommodation, with the Lemongarden on Brač being a real highlight.
The guides for all the tours, except at Plitvice as we let you know earlier, were first rate. They each gave us comprehensive information about the architecture, culture, history, politics and food, providing a great overview and feel for the places we were visiting. And they steered us very expertly through the crowds, taking us to some less traveled places where we could experience the local flavour in more detail.
All our transfers went smoothly and we are very thankful you suggested we spend time and travel by boat to visit to the Dalmatian Islands around Split, as well as transfer by boat to Montenegro. This was one of the highlights of the trip, a unique experience for all of us and thoroughly enjoyable, especially our two days with Kreso, an excellent skipper and tour guide.
We also appreciate the work you did in the planning stage of the trip to meet our budget requirements. You responded to our numerous requests in a timely fashion and provided a variety of options for us to consider. And the final travel document to guide us each day as we travelled was excellent, with the restaurant recommendations a nice touch.
We can strongly recommend you and Secret Dalmatia to anyone interested in traveling to Croatia and Montenegro. It was our pleasure to work with you.
Anne Marie and Cathryn
Dear Mariana and Emina,
I just spent ten perfect days with nine of my favorite people traveling throughout Croatia. I cannot thank you enough for your flawless coordination. From the transportation, to the excursions, to dining, to the hotels, to our drivers and guides, everything was amazing and beyond hoped for. The National Parks were dreamlike in their beauty. Your attention to detail and connections to private field to table dining filled our souls and bellies with Croatian traditions at the finest. We have all recommended your agency to others who have drooled over our photographs and heard our amazing stories. I have also contacted Alan through LinkedIn commending you both for your expertise and professionalism.
All the Best,