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.

Joann and Joel Kleiman, US
Perfect stay in Slovenia and Croatia, Private program

June 2018

Dear Dubravka,

Joel and I had a wonderful time on our trip to Slovenia and Croatia. It was one of the best vacations we have ever taken thanks to you and all the amazing events you planned for us and the teriffic drivers and guides. The hotels were superb. They were comfortable and elegant with friendly and professional staff. We loved talking to our guides, learning about the countries, the people and their history, as well as what life is like for them on a daily basis. Our only regret is that we didn’t add a few extra days into the itinerary to relax at the resort hotels. We would not hesitate for a moment to recommend you wholeheartedly to any of our family or friends. 
Thank you for all your hard work and our celebratory treats along the way. We sat on our balcony at the Villa Dubrovnik the last evening after dinner and enjoyed Mario’s amazing dessert wine. 
We look forward to returning to your beautiful country. 
Joann and Joel

Mrs. Silvia Shu Group, Hong Kong
Majestic Croatia, Private program

May 2018

My dearest Dubravka,

So........sorry to reply your emails late since I just settle down after my 2 months Europe trip, my last stope is Prague (spend 10 days there) and Frankfurt for my departure to Hong Kong (landed on last Sunday).

What should I express about you and Secret Dalmatia......

Official language: “We had amusing 2 weeks tour of Croatia by our excellent tour guide Secret Dalmatia who tailor our itinerary by our specific needs. We’re a group of sophisticated travellers from Asia who organise annual trip on annual basis and like to explore as much as possible about Croatia. Secret Dalmatia makes our dreams come true, with Dubravka behind the scene, she tailor the tour based on what we enjoy the most and arrange the local guide on-each destination, and reserved the best best hotels and offered us the best sightseeing sites for us, as well as the exclusively Secret Dalmatia tour, including...(so many, that you can fill in based o the itinerary you provided!).

I already introduced many friend about your company, treat them good, if they quote my name. ?

I would say, this is a Dream’s come true tour in Croatia, the seafood, the wines, the tour guide & the driver (do you know how talented how your driver is, different characters, the driver(I wish I can visit again to your country very soon.

Btw, please also send my best regards to Alan, so much appreciated that he established Secret Dalmatia so that the others can enjoy Croatia as much as he desire, Mario also praised you as the 2nd Alan which I did agreed (though only via short conversation with him). :-)

Please do come to Hong Kong and China (Beijing and Shanghai) since we’re here, you will know more about Asia only when you step on our land and for sure I will treat you the best as you treat me (for free. :-p). Alan & his family is welcome too!

Best regards,
Silvia & representative of the remaining 5 ladies

Mr. Henry and Mrs. Ronna Chavin, USA
Perfect Stay, Private program

May 2018

Hi Dubravka!

We returned home the eve of May 31st. Thank you for Matija's email.

We had 6 wonderful days in Croatia!! Hotels were excellent....
All our guides & drivers were great! Very informative and knowledgeable and great personalities!
We enjoyed visiting & eating the traditional foods in the local families homes.
Peljesac Penisula day was lots of fun. Mario is so very nice and Henry thought his wines are very well made.

Our wine pairing lunch @ Senjkovic Winery was superb. We thought Sasha's wines had good character and are well balanced.
Paired so well with Magdelana's lovely menu! Presentation Plus!!!!!! Darling talented couple. And the wine labels!!!
We were so pleased to be able to taste his first vintage of sparkling wine!!!

Our day on the boat was such fun, Captain & crew were very hospitable...

Croatia is absolutely a magnificently beautiful place and so our the people!

Thank You for your assistance & the Quince Jam (Lovorno Village) and bottle of wine (Mario's) for our Anniversary!

We have great pictures and wonderful memories!!!

Best Regards,

Ronna & Henry

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