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.

Mrs. Martinetto Group (4 guests), USA
Private Tour of Dalmatian Coast, Private program

October 2019

Honorina,

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!

Lisa Martinetto

October 2019

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,
David

Wanich Family, 10 guests, USA
Perfect family time in Croatia, Private program

July 2019

Hi Ivana,

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.

Thank again,
Tony

Ronald and Leslie Yoo, USA
Discover Slovenia and Croatia, Private program

October 2019

Dear Ivana,
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
we met.
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
together.
Fondly,
Leslie & Ron

Kathy and Bill Jones, USA
Explore Slovenia and Croatia, Private program

October 2019

Mariana,

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

September 2019

Hello Dubravka,

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

Ann Marie Turnbull & Cathryn Klassen, Canada
Explore Croatia and Montenegro, Private program

September 2019

Hello Emina.

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

Private Program for Goddess Gathering Group, USA
Private program for Goddess Gathering Group

September 2019

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,
Denise

godess gathering

Linda Meiller, USA
Perfect stay in Croatia, Private program

September 2019

Dear Natasa,

I wanted to tell you how pleased we were with our past trip to Croatia . We appreciated all of your suggestions . The itinerary was perfect , the hotels were all wonderful , the drivers and tour guides were all well informed and enjoyable . You did a wonderful job ! Thank you for making the trip such an enjoyable experience .

Sincerely,
Linda Meiller

September 2019

Hi Dubravka,

Dan and I loved our trip to Croatia. We were hesitant to go with a travel agency at first. We initially wanted to plan everything on our own, but I quickly found out how overwhelming of a task that would be.

I found Secret Dalmatia on a travel blog and was impressed with what I saw. When I contacted the company, Dubravka replied. She did an amazing job planning our trip. We traveled to Dubrovnik, Brac, and Split. We also had a day Island hoping - stopping in other popular spots like Hvar. Dubravka was flexible with our budget and thorough in understanding what we wanted to experience. She did a great job suggesting things that I would have never thought of doing - like a wine tour - and provided us with a list restaurants and places to see in each city we visited. I was impressed with her organization and interest in how we were doing. She checked in with us when we got to Croatia and was readily available to contact during our entire trip. Even helping us plan a last minute trip to Krka.

We loved all the tours she booked us - each one uniquely enjoyable. All of our guides, skippers, and drivers were so friendly and fun to talk with. It made our trip even more special.

Croatia is the whole package. Beautiful scenery, amazing food, and such friendly down to earth people. I will definitely work Dubravka again and would recommend her to anyone planning a trip to Croatia!

Best
Anna

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