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.

Valerie and Nicole Nicholson, USA
Private tour of Croatia

August 2011

Alan,

Sorry for the delay in getting a very happy response to you. It has been a challenging re-entry into regular life and with Jet lag and full blown work requirements I have been distracted.

Here is a couple of pictures, one of us in the olive grove for dinner, a couple at Cedo’s and the other from the fortress in Hvar. Hvar was Nicoles favourite Croatia spot as I think she like going to the beach club every day and watching all the boats (and beautiful people). J
Our trip was amazing and there were so many highlights. I would have to say that all the side-trips we did were our favourite times. Hotels are hotels and even though each was lovely and the people were very accommodating, it was getting out of the tourist zones and meeting with some of the local people that made me love your beautiful country.
Our first guide, Davor who took us to Plitvice was like having a friend for the day. We chatted about all kinds of things and he pointed out all the various interesting sites and gave us a really good feel for the area. A very nice, intelligent man with a warm personality. One of the best days for sure.
Each one had their own unique personality and brought so much to our trip, thank you for arranging the itinerary and I must say you did an amazing job. I would recommend your method of travel in a minute for families who want to see Croatia, both from a tourist perspective and from a “insiders” view. I very much enjoyed our afternoon with Cedo, he was a very interesting man, the food was AMAZING, and it was a very nice break for the day to be at someone’s home and not in “travellers” mode.
A very special thank you must go to Mario who picked us up from the Korcula ferry and spent the afternoon with showing us his vineyards and sharing his family history. By far the best day of our trip for feeling like we had a chance to see Croatia the way it should be seen. He taught us so much about the wine making process, I found it fascinating. One our favourite sayings to people here at home is that Mario had more history in his kitchen than Vancouver has in the entire city.

All in all, one of the best times Nicole and I have had together and the memories will be cherished. Again, this trip would not have been the same without your help so I thank you for knowing what people really need.
Sincerely,

Val

June 2011

Mike and I want you to thank you for arranging an amazing trip for us. We had so many incredible experiences that we would not have had without your knowledge and expertise. Each of our guides not only knew history, art, politics and religion, they also had great social skills and communicated their love for and pride in Croatia. We had a great day with Igor in Lika looking for our ancestors. We weren't really successful, but he went above and beyond trying to help us with the search. I think we were close, but didn't quite find them.
Our first guide, Roni, was interested in a bottle of slivovica Mike told him about that has Hebrew writing on the label. If you can, please forward it to him.

We are thinking that we might like to rent an apartment in Split for an extended stay next spring. Do you have any thoughts about the best way to accomplish that?
Thanky again!
Mike and Mariann Nogrady

John and Jeanette Sharp, Australia
Private tour of Dalmatia

May 2011

A note to thank you for the superb tour you organised for us. It was an education to see a country that has been at the crossroads of so much history and to listen to the first hand stories of people who have witnessed what is still history in the making. While the Dalmatian coast is a treasure and the facilities were superb, our most enduring memory will be of the friendly, tough and welcoming people. As one man put it, “If you come with a gun, you will eventually leave even if it takes 500 years but if you come with a bottle of wine you can stay forever”. Please feel free to give us as references to any Australians thinking about doing one of your tours.
Regards,
John and Jeanette Sharp

May 2011

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Alan - we have arrived back in Houston - we enjoyed our trip a LOT ! Good Hotels, location and tour recommendations, etc. All transfers and tour guides were timely and good. The detailed itinerary we got a week or so before we left with exact times, names , and phone numbers was very helpful. So, all in all - 5 stars in my book ! Thank You
Regards,
David and Bonnie

April 2011

Good day, Alan,
Hope all well, Thank you for arranging a fantastic trip for us. We all had a great time. The Guides / Drivers that you provided us, each and every one them individually were very very helpful, polite and knowledgeable. There was not a single one we felt didn’t know what they were talking. They all helped up and were stretched even more to make us comfortable. The hotels and their staff were also helpful and courteous. The locations of the hotels and suggestions you give us were remarkable, we visited most of the restaurants you suggested, 10/10 for the food we had. We had a fantastic and a memorable trip and thank you once again for all your help. We were looking forward to meeting you as well after all the correspondences we have exchanged in last few months.
Regards,
Dhruti and Neil Patel

October 2010

Alan,
Thank you so much for everything! Our trip was absolutely amazing. Everything was seamless and wonderful. Every transfer, hotel, wine tour/excursion, meal, etc...( I could go on forever)!
We presented you with a complicated request; an itinerary that began in Venice and worked our way down the Adriatic Coast with many stops along the way, and only 10 days to do it in. The only direction that we gave you was "a trip that was off the beaten path,but not to compromise the best in food and accommodations". From that you developed an exquisite journey through the unbelievable countryside and coastline of Croatia. Every person that you put us in contact with (starting with our transfer from Venice, the staff at San Rocco, Christian with the truffle hunt, Avon with the transfer from Istria, the Art Apartment, Rudi at Peligrini, YOU MEETING US in Sibenik, The staff at Villa Nora, Ante on the Hvar wine tour, Tony at Lesic Dmitri, and Mario on the Orebic wine tour), treated us like family. We had the unique opportunity to have a VIP experience similar to visiting friends and family.
You were in available during the entire trip any time I needed you and for every request. Thank you again and we will definitely be coming back to Croatia. If you are ever on the West Coast, please give us a call as we would love to see you again.
Best to you and your family,
Marisa and Anthony

August 2010

We planned a two week honeymoon in Croatia and we spent our entire time on the Dalmatian Coast. I planned EVERYTHING (hotel, excursions, transfers, tours, etc... ) with Alan and the Secret Dalmatia team. Alan was extremely responsive right from the start and would e-mail me back with costs, details, and recommendations any time I asked. He took the time to call a number of times and get a true sense of the type of the trip we were looking for and he worked within those parameters to build us an itinerary that was perfect for us. We had a private excursion in each location with fantastic guides, beautiful hotels with great rooms (and views), and amazing meals (all restaurants recommended by Alan and his colleagues). I had high expectations of Croatia and the type of services we would receive on our Honeymoon and I can honestly say that everything was better than expected. Not only was my itinerary mapped out day by day with all we would need, but Alan also took the time to check in each time we moved to a new hotel/location. I can't say enough about how beautiful Croatia is and just how seamless Alan made the entire process - we didn't even have to think about holding a ferry transfer ticket- it was all taken care of! If you are not going to the Dalmatian coast for your honeymoon, you should... if you are going and you are not yet in touch with Alan about organizing all of the details, then you need to be. You won't regret it- please feel free to call or e-mail me and I'm happy to go into more detail.

July/August 2010

Dear Alan,
I fell in love! ....with Croatia. Thanks to you for helping us plan such a wonderful trip. Everything was seamless from start to finish. I can't stop gushing about the beauty of the country, the amazing food and wine. I look forward to returning. I've already started referring my friends to you.

July 2010

This comes a bit late because i went straight into 2 back to back business trips and I'm finally home. Just wanted to say thank you for helping to plan a wonderful holiday in Croatia. All your suggestions and recommendations were fantastic. The guides were all very passionate and wonderful people. In particular, Ante is a real star. The dinner experience he recommended was mind blowing and it will remain a very special memory.
The accommodation was great and we absolutely loved Villa Dubrovnik.
Thank you once again for a perfectly planned tour! All the best.

June 2010

Our tour of Croatia with Secret Dalmatia was fabulous. We visited remarkable natural wonders, historic cities and beautiful villages and castles, many of which we would never have found on our own. The trip arrangements - hotels, food, transportation - were just right, and we were always conscious that Alan was only a phone call away, pulling strings and making last minute tweaks to our schedule. But best of all were our guides, who were knowledgeable, great fun to be with and who could share with us their personal experiences and reflections on the last several decades of Croatia's history. We're ready to go back! It's a great country, and seeing it with Alan and his team was the way to go!
June 2010