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.

Gillian Lam, Singapore
Discover Croatia Private Program

May 2014

 

Dear Diana

Thank you for meeting us in Split! Our team arrived back safely in Singapore today. We all enjoyed the Croatian tour tremendously as it gave us varied and interesting experiences so different from those we had in other countries. Your country is so beautiful. We wished we had those beautiful places in Singapore! Your tour guides were very knowledgeable and professional. We felt very at home with them. We especially like the experiences we had in Trogir and Split – the visits to the ancient monuments, the private lunch at Tatjana’s place and the tour by motor boat to the islands. We were glad that we chose Secret Dalmatia to organise the tour for us and would strongly recommend your company to our friends who are interested in visiting Croatia.

Thank you for the photos – they certainly captured us in very good spirits.

Best regards

Gillian, Edwin, Judith, Garick and Peggy

 

David Isaacson, USA
Private Agent Fam Trip

March 2014

 

Hi Alan:

Thank you so much for the experiences you arranged for me in Croatia and Montenegro. I am impressed with your Company, and these special tours that you arranged tailored to my interests. You provided a special way for me to see Croatia and Montenegro; one that I could not have done on my own. Each tour was special and unique in its character and design.

A warm thanks to the guides, Ante, Mario and Floria. All so knowledgeable and talented in what they do, and how they showed me their special areas of interest. It also felt like I was traveling with a friend each time.

Diana is a real asset and great representative for your Company. Always made great arrangements for me, answering my questions, and making sure that my experiences were the best possible. Please let her know how much I appreciated her work.

Croatia is definitely a destination that my sophisticated travel clients would be interested in. And, Secret Dalmatia is the Company to arrange those special experiences that all search for when traveling. Again, thank you, and much success with your work and Secret Dalmatia.

Best regards - David Isaacson

 

May 2014

 

Dear Mirna,


We did enjoy the visit to Croatia immensely. Of course each of us had different “special days” or experiences, but we all raved about the truffle experience and the cooking class.
Zagreb was briefer for me, but our guide was excellent and we truly enjoyed the welcome dinner. The waiter was both entertaining and informative, and he also accommodated our need to try everything by bringing us “split dishes.” Hotel Esplanade was lovely. I had an upgraded room that was terrific—loved the space and the amenities.
Our guide in Rovinj was lovely and so very informative and did so much to accommodate our interests. The hilltop towns were very interesting, but I will say again that the truffle tasting was the highlight.
The Pelegrini restaurant was –as you predicted—another highlight. The chef was eager to explain his creations which were delicious and unique. The Hotel Lone was also a lovely place and the one meal we ate there in the dining room was excellent. We did have a cheese board one evening that was also very good. (Service in all the hotels was excellent.)
The Hotel Pasike was very centrally located and we loved being able to stroll through the town-witnessed a wedding and all the accompanying celebration. I know you cannot arrange that for all, but we did appreciate it!
Tatjana was so very special. We enjoyed every moment with her from the trip to the market to our last minutes with Tatjana and her husband. We stayed well beyond our scheduled time but never felt rushed or unwelcome. The food was spectacular and she accommodated the wide range of skills and tastes without every ceasing her commentary or every letting on any frustration with us!
Mario was very entertaining and like all of guides a great conversationalist! We enjoyed seeing and hearing of the ways a small wine maker operates. He presented a lovely lunch.
The trip to Mostar was interesting –longer drive than we expected—but the contrast to Croatia provided by the guide and the chance to see the restored city was well worth the time.
In general the food was extraordinary and the people were wonderful. Breakfasts in every place were plentiful and with a great variety. Proto and 36 restaurants were outstanding meal experiences as well.
All of our guides and chauffeurs were always on time, friendly, informative, and engaging.
These are my quick and unedited reactions. We would certainly recommend this trip to others enthusiastically so feel free to use my name as a reference. And we did appreciate your patience with us in the planning.
Of course, there is always a suggestion. We felt uneasy with the determining appropriate tips since we did not have individual costs for meals, tours, etc. It would be helpful to present some guidance to travelers on this issue.
Thanks so much for providing a wonderful experience for us.
Carolyn

Dr. Carolyn M. Callahan

 

September 2013

 

Alan

Your email prompted me to write a long overdue thank you for the trip that you organized for us and the Pasternaks in September. We had a wonderful time. The organization of the trip was superb - not a single hitch or a single moment of doubt about that we were doing or when. That takes all the difficult and annoying parts out o f travel.

The choices of places that you took us to - wine tasting and cooking on Trogir and so on were excellent. There was not a single day that we did not enjoy to the fullest.

And your guides were wonderful. I found them all very knowledgeable and helpful. I particularly remember our guide in Zagreb - Antonja if I remember correctly. Many guides will give a good tour (hers was superb) but she was able to answer any questions in depth and without a moment’s hesitation. It is so much better when there dis a depth of knowledge behind what the tour guide is saying.

Once again, thank you for a wonderful holiday.

David McKee

 

Rita Wong, USA
Croatia Discovery

November 2013

Dear Mirna,

Thank you for your email.

Our Croatia journey was very wonderful -- thanks to you and your incredible team. Everybody was friendly, helpful and professional and helped to make our week in Croatia truly memorable. I would have no hesitation recommending Secret Dalmatia to all friends and associates who wish to visit Croatia!

Thank you,

Regards,
Rita Wong

Jeryn Freeman, USA
Croatia Private Program

September 2013

 

Alan, thank you so much for our wonderful visit to Croatia!


First, out of five stars, you are a 10. Everything was stress free & perfectly planned. Our tour guides, Doris, Leo, and Timea could not have been any better. Doris also led us to a wonderful wine shop in Split where we spent a couple of hours talking to the owner about everything from culture to sports to governments to health care to wine - delightful. The wine tour with Leo in Hvar was amazing. And the lunch at a private setting in Hvar was wonderful - I took so many pictures of the beautiful setting there. Timea was engaging & knowledgeable - great personality. Our drivers & ferry transfers were seamless and stress free.


The lunch during the drive from Split to Dubrovnik was wonderful, as was our driver.
The Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik was incredible, world class.


We absolutely loved the country & everyone we met there. Every restaurant server & taxi driver amazed us with their intelligence, their knowledge of the country and its history, and their pride of the country. Our last night before flying home, we ate at a restaurant in the Frankfurt airport & the server was Croatian, charming & engaging.


We plan on returning to your lovely country. My husband wants to retire there - we'll see how that works out….
Thank you so much for your amazing service. I would be glad to communicate with anyone who wants a person-to person chat about your company. You have my contact information, so feel free to share that.


Jeryn Freeman (USA, North Carolina)

 

William Waybourn, USA
Croatia Private Group Tour

October 2013

 

Alan and Diana,

After a much delayed BA flight from London to Washington, we arrived home in one group. The journey was a blast and we really appreciated all of the people who made our trip fun and exciting. As I'm sure Drew told Alan, the guides, the drivers, the hotel staffs and the participants at each venue were all the best and way beyond our expectations. It must be quite a challenge to find so many capable people, and so our hats are off to you.

I will have the photos processed later next week and will send a link for you to see just how much fun we had. Also, feel free to use any of them of them for your marketing purposes.

William

 

Puja Chhabra
Croatia Discovery

September 2013

 


Hello Alan!

Well we're back home, recovered from our jetlag and still dreaming about Croatia. Just wanted to say Thank you. Our vacation was so perfect and memorable. I could never had planned any of the amazing experiences without you.

Until next time :)

Puja

 

October 2013

Alan and Diana,

I would like to say we enjoyed our trip so much and the itinerary/events/lodging was all amazing.

We are just so thankful for your time and suggestions on all aspects of the trip.

Please note a few items:

The 6 course wine pared meal at Peligrini was really a 10 course just wow, Chef Rudi was just so so amazing.

The wine tasting was so special along with the meal in the ghost town above Milna.

I would add that in Hvar at that season most restaurants you recommended were closed because the season was done and the whole town was shutting down. We did find wonderful places to eat at, but we were hoping the Hotel restaurant would have been open, but it was not.

All the companies you work with were so knowledgeable and convenient we are so glad you have setup such contacts.

I have been telling people to travel to Croatia and will always recommend your company for their travel.

Thanks again for making our honeymoon that special.

Jered and Elaine.

September 2013

DIANA!!!!

We just got home last night from THE MOST AMAZING TRIP EVER!
WOW!

We loved every minute of the trip to your beautiful country!
We are so very thankful to you and Secret Dalmatia for creating the most perfect trip for Steve and I!
I am super busy with the demands at home after being gone a total of 3 weeks, but I do plan on writing a trip report within the next week or so. I will, of course, forward it to you!
I can't tell you how many times we raised our glasses with "Jivjeli" to Secret Dalmatia!
AND... we do plan on telling EVERYBODY we know about your company and how amazing our trip was!!

Thanks again...
Steve and Wendi Youngblood