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.

Janelle & Michael Sollitto, Australia
Discover Croatia private tour

June 2015

Hello Mirna,

We hope you are well. We have been home for a couple of days now, and thoroughly enjoyed Croatia.

We loved the Esplanade Hotel, we had a fantastic room, overlooking the park. We found the walk up to the old centre easy, but did also make use of the trams, which made getting back to the hotel for a break during the day easy.

We ate at Trilogija, and found the service to be very good, friendly and helpful. The food was good. We wanted to try Mundoaka on the Monday night, but hadn’t booked, so when we did arrive the staff were not helpful at all. We asked three staff about the possibility of a table, and none of them actually provided any assistance. Our fault for not booking, but we found the service poor regardless. After waiting for some time, we left and found somewhere else (which we loved – so it ended well and we enjoyed the night). I expect if we had booked, it would have gone well.

Hotel Monte Mulini was better than we expected. We loved this hotel, it was the best of the trip. Such a great setting. We had dinner there one night in the Mediterraneno restaurant, and it was excellent, food and service. I would recommend it.

We also ate at Tipico from your list, and had excellent seafood there. The service was great too. I would recommend Tipico too.

Judita Palace was also very good. The location was excellent for seeing the old centre as you are right in it. The hotel staff printed our tickets and took us right to the ferry to Hvar by buggy, this was excellent.

We wanted to try Konoba Matejuska, but they were fully booked, so we instead tried Konoba Marjan which is near by. We loved our meal here, we had a seafood platter for 2.

Villa Nora’s staff were fantastic. So friendly and helpful. The breakfast was great despite not being a buffet style like the larger hotels’ provide. Our room was large and we appreciated the extra room, even though the junior suite had not been our first choice. I will say it was noisy, very noisy on one night as our room was directly above the restaurant, but we had expected it could be from other reviews we read online. And we knew this was likely for many Hvar hotels.

I had caught a bad cold at this point, so we didn’t try any of the recommended restaurants. (Mike had the cold in Zagreb!)

The Hotel Excelsior was excellent. This was helped in part by us being lucky enough to be upgraded to a suite with a great view. We saw the fireworks from our balcony, so we are glad you advised us they would be on.

All the transfers went smoothly, we were so happy that we didn’t have a single worry with any of them. They were on time, the cars were clean, and the drivers friendly and helpful.

Overall, we can’t thank you enough for how it turned out. We had an excellent time and found you and Secret Dalmatia outstanding. I will certainly recommend you to others, and will add something to Trip Advisor soon. The paperwork you sent us was perfect and informative.

It was a shame we were out when you tried to visit us. Here is a photo of us in Rovinj for you.

Do you do holidays for any other countries, out of interest? Or purely Croatia?

We hope you stay well, and thanks for all your coordination and for all the extra help you provided to our emails. We could not be happier with the trip.

Kind regards
Janelle and Michael

Mimi Hsu, USA
Croatia & Slovenia explorer

July 2015

Dear Vlasta,

 

Thank you for your email! We LOVED Croatia! Am telling everyone I met in Geneva about your country and found out several people will visit in September. Will definitely email you our feed backs from all of us. I am in a conference now in Geneva and will meet my friends back in Taiwan in mid Augugst. Will collect all our thoughts then email you. Sorry for missing you in Zagreb. The heat has been slowing us down when we arrived Zagreb. Loved the museum of Naiive Art and went to an amazing restaurant Vinodol. Halva!!! Vlasta.

 

Cheers,

Mimi

Lawrence Scott, USA
Discover Dalmatia private program

July 2015

Mariana -

We just arrived back in the US with big smiles on our faces from a great trip, and many wonderful memories from Croatia. Thanks for sending along the photos from Dom. We had a very enjoyable day with him.

We had a very positive experience with Secret Dalmatia. We found your service very professional, with excellent communication and responsiveness, and appreciated you checking in with us during the visit. The guides and captains you selected were all excellent - personable, friendly, knowledgeable and they made big efforts to make sure our experience was very positive. The vehicles used for transfers, and the boats were all top quality. The hotel choices and restaurant selections were all excellent.

We only have very minor suggestions:
- suggest guests bring water shoes since most all the beaches we visited were rocky
- encourage guests to make restaurant reservations a day or two in advance to make sure you can get in during peak times (perhaps you can even offer to make reservations for guests)
- regarding the tours, you could give more detail in advance regarding the itinerary and possibly tailor to the guests interests......we are very adventurous and were happy to do whatever the guide suggested, but I could see some people wanting more input.

These are all relatively small things. All in all, a great experience and we will definitely recommend you to our friends interested in visiting Croatia.

All best,

Larry

Jon S. & James P., USA
Discover Dalmatia private program

June 2015

Sorry for our delay, Diana. It is never easy coming back from a vacation and was especially difficult after such an incredible experience in Croatia.
Thank you for truly creating a hassle-free vacation. We can't express enough how easy the vacation felt which allowed us to really relax and enjoy all the beauty of Croatia. Every excursion you created for us was planned with such precision and care that we felt completely comfortable and well taken care of the entire time. No detail was missed! Every guide and driver we met were extremely friendly and knowledgable and we enjoyed our interactions with all of them. The personal touches they were able to add to their torus really enhanced the experience.
Both of the hotels in Split and Dubrovnik were very nice and we'd stay in both of them again. Staff was helpful and friendly and the rooms were clean and spacious.
We loved Lana and both excursions with her. Would highly recommend Krka and lunch at Pelegrini.
Loved the wine tastings and dinner on Hvar Island - highly recommend.
We'd also highly recommend the meal in Ston with Mr Dennis.
As you know, we did not care for the hotel in Hvar. Not only were the rooms very very small but the "sea view" actually means that you can hear the club music being played loudly until 2am every night even with your window closed. The staff was also not very helpful and actually gave incorrect information. We would not stay here again. I know you warned us that your favorite hotels were already booked but this hotel was a miss.
The only excursion we wouldn't do again (although we are glad we saw it) was the trip to Montenegro. Noting was wrong with it, we just didn't think it was as special as the other trips you planned. Perhaps if we knew more details such as time in the car then we may not have gone. Also, if you said "highly recommend" or "guest favorite" on other excursions then we would have placed them above this one.
Overall we couldn't be happier with the entire trip and all that you did for us. We would highly recommend your services to others and will definitely be using you again in the future. Thank you for everything. Please feel free to share or post our comments, without using our full names, and let me know if you have any follow up questions. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

Janice Ong & Timothy Chiodo, USA
Discover Dalmatia private program

June 2015

Hi Mirna,

I meant to write to you last week, but didn't have a chance to. I wanted to thank you for organizing a wonderful trip for us. Both of the hotels we stayed at were terrific. The driver who took us from Dubrovnik to Hvar was great. We also greatly enjoyed the half day tour in Hvar visiting the two wineries and the dinner in the abandoned village - would definitely recommend that to other visitors and thought the tour guide was great.

Thank you again!
Regards,
Janice

Timpson family, USA
Adventures in Croatia private program

June 2015

Dear Vlasta,

Thank you so much for a wonderfully planned trip in such a beautiful country!  It was a very special time for us and I have already given your name out to friends.  Wishing u a happy summer.  We certainly miss swimming in the Adriatic Sea!  Amazing,

Gratefully,

Sue and Al

Hancock & Wardlaw families, USA & UK
Croatia Sailing private program

June 2015

HI Mirna,

We had a wonderful time on our trip! Our skippers and hostesses were amazing and took very good care of us! Sanja Galaso was great about making arrangements for our dinners and knowing where to go in the different ports. A wealth of knowledge! Our crew always seemed to appear at all the right moments to make sure we were all doing well. Very thoughtful!

One recommendation I would suggest is on our last night it would have been fun to stay at port in the town of Split as oppose to having our last night on the boat in Trogir. Since our flight was not until later in the day, it would have allowed for time to have a tour guide take us through the historic parts of the town. It is absolutely gorgeous and we wished we had someone to give us the history behind it.

We thought the trip had a nice balance of activities and time to relax. We definitely enjoyed our afternoons relaxing and swimming in the different island coves. We could have had a little more time doing that. That being said, I know we had to be in port at specific times before it got too busy and our crew was great with timing.

Lastly, maybe one less meal at a family's home. Out of them all,  we loved our the tours and lunch on Solta, the dinner on Brac and in the abandoned village on Hvar. The dinner on Brac was unanimously the favorite!! Absolutely delicious food and great wine! And loved the husband and wife team!

We can't wait to return to Croatia and explore more of the islands! It really is a beautiful part of the world!

Thank you and look forward to coming back soon.

All the best,

Emily

Emily W. Hancock

John Stratton & Family, USA
Discover Dalmatia private program

June 2015

Mirna

We had a fabulous trip and may want to come back and do a boat trip.  Our guide for the bike day in Split was superb and he mentioned he may be getting a large sailboat.  If he does, we would be very interested in a 3-4 day trip out of Split with him.  Please let me know if this develops.  Would you refresh my memory as to what other countries you cover?

We felt that things were very well organized by you and that you offered us terrific experiences and we really appreciate it.

Overall highlights for all of us were many but especially

            -bike day

            -oyster tour

            -guide and tour in Dubrovnik

            -hotels—highlight was Judita Palace in Split but all were very good

           

I really liked being in Stari Grad as a contrast to the busyness of Dubrovnik and Split, maybe somewhat more than the rest of the group.

We heard from several people at hotels or the guides that your agency was the best, and I would agree.

Thanks for all of your help.

John

Mr. & Mrs. Lenstra, Canada
Discover Croatia & Bosnia private program

May 2015

Dear Diana,

As I said in my last email, our visit to Croatia/Sarajevo was exceptional.  There are so many of your guides and drivers who made the experiences wonderful.  The hotels were all very comfortable and the staff excellent.  I would suggest that if you have guests staying in Hotel Europe, Sarajevo, the larger rooms are very dark and the bathroom is not what most would appreciate.  It was comfortable, the service was good despite the fact that they were very busy and the breakfasts excellent.

Marija in Dubrovnik was very pleasant and knowledgeable.  Climbing the walls did not kill us and we were so happy that we did it!

Dajana and Drivers in Sarajevo were 200%.  She gave us the perfect tour of the city, then the most fun day in the Bosnian Highlands.  She realized we were only 5km hikers and they planned the trip accordingly!  We visited a village (without amenities) where Mountain people lived.  It was exceptional.  A very spry 78 years young lady invited us in for coffee!  It was an experience of a lifetime!  The mountains were so exceptional!  I know mountains and these were the most beautiful I have ever seen.  Dajana found a great restaurant in the middle of the mountains (????) where we had lunch!  We had so much fun bouncing along the mountain roads - I giggled so much my sides ached!  The driver who took us to Split (can't remember the name) was also exceptional and pointed out many interesting things along the way.  

Just when we thought we could not enjoy anything as much as the Bosnian Highland tour, Domagoj  took us on the Dalmation Hinterland trip.  again 200%. The landscape was so stunning, the personal touches he added to the trip were a first for us and so exceptional that I can only say - 'What a fabulous man'!  

Dalibor was so extraordinarily pleasant.  The long trip plus the hike at Pltvice with Ivana was very enjoyable.  I was happy that we were not there at the height of tourist season because of the crowds - there were thousands of people there!

Ljerka was not able to take us on our Pula/Rovinj tour but more than made up for it when we went on the wine tasting tour.  More giggles!  She chose 3 very different wineries who all treated us so nicely.  THE LUNCH!  Oh my goodness, that was the best restaurant gourmet lunch EVER!  
Ljerka was so lovely, I wished I had a daughter just like her!  Again, an exceptional day!

Then the Truffle Hunt!  Exceptional!  Worth every penny!  The dogs were so fun, the lady adorable, the truffle lunch along with local wine,  out of this world!  YUM!  Zdenka did a great job organizing the stops along the way plus the lunch.

So, as you can see, you get 200% for organizing the best holiday ever!  You organized it with great sensitivity and care.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the most memorable experience.  Please thank Alan for all that he organized for us - I suspect he may have organized Dalmation Hinterland tour with Dom.   The joyful experiences we had were way above our expectations and that does NOT happen often.  Croatia and it's people, however diverse, were absolute treasures.

With Gratitude,

The Lenstra's

Mr. & Mrs. Thompson, Canada
Discover Dalmatia private program

May 2015

Thanks, Mirna. It was a great vacation for us. The hotels were terrific. They were well run with, especially in Stari Grad and Split, lots of personality. The drivers were punctual, helpful and careful. Your restaurant recommendations were great. We had a good balance of free time and pure-arranged travel. And we had good weather. It was a pleasure to work with you and we wish you continued good success with your business. We will not hesitate to recommend Secret Dalmatia to our friends.

Regards,

Ian