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. Miriam Ben-Natan, USA
Dubrovnik Discovery

April 2011

Hi Alan,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your work in helping me put the surprise trip together for my husband. We fell in love with Croatia and will most certainly return to Dubrovnik and want to explore other areas of Croatia as well. The country and the people were magnificent.

We so much enjoyed our time with Frano and information he shared with us about the history of the area. He was also wonderful with our grandchildren - patient and kind. In addition, each of the guides was excellent. The day on the boat was the pinnacle. The boat was just right and the skipper (s) were outstanding. They too were patient, kind and fun.

I have already raved to many of our friends and I suspect you will be hearing from them when they make plans to visit Croatia.

Thanks again.

Best Regards,

Miriam

October 2011

Dear Alan,
To be a tourist abroad is one kind of experience; to be a guest is another. But our third consecutive trip to Croatia has made us feel like family coming home. Our two previous trips were sensational, each better than the one before. Could our third live up to our expectations? Oh yeah. Starting out with some relaxing days on Vis, we quickly shed the stresses and strains of everyday life and got into the quiet rhythm of coffee on the waterfront, shopping in the farmers’ market, listening to the waves lap the rocks right under our windows at night.
Moving on to Imotski, an area barely mentioned in the guide books, we had the amazing experience of staying with a family: sharing homemade meals, lovely wine, walks, and long stimulating conversations on so many subjects.
Returning to Šibenik, our favorite destination in Dalmatia, we were immediately embraced by dear friends from our past visits. Breaking bread together creates lasting bonds and we were blessed to be able to share some wonderful meals with our friends in Šibenik. From breakfasts sitting at the counter at Peligrini, to the most magical al fresco cooking experience with Rudi on the waterfront, to a family lunch of fresh caught and grilled fish with your uncle, to sharing a glass or two of wine with Mira, we have never felt so at home and so much a part of Dalmatia.
Tourists visit a location, see the sights, take pictures, buy souvenirs. We visited, saw places and sights known only to locals, we did take pictures (lots of them!), but our souvenirs are in our hearts and our memories. Thanks again so very much for a wonderful homecoming!
Do sljedeći put
Bill and Marie Demicco

September 2011

Hi Alan,
We wanted to thank you for a very well organized and interesting trip. We enjoyed all the events and all the guides and appreciate your choice of activities which coincided very well and with good insight to what we had said our interests were. We particularly enjoyed meeting people who live in Dalmatia and having good conversations with them. Too bad you don’t have any say over the weather; then the trip would have been perfect. The apartment was good and the location perfect.
We will certainly recommend your company to anyone we know going to Dalmatia.
We wish you all the best and further success.
Regards,
Janet, Adriaan and Sydney

Ron and Carol Dunlop, Canada
Private tour of Croatia

September 2011

Hi Alan
I just wanted to write you a note to say thank you for a wonderful holiday in beautiful Croatia. Everything about the trip was perfect, and we are so impressed with your country. We will highly recommend a visit to Croatia for our friends, and in particular, Secret Dalmatia.
We are just sorry that we didn’t get to meet you.
Ron & Carol Dunlop

 

September 2011

Hello Alan,
We are back in Canada and I wanted to thank you for all the arrangements which you made possible for us in both Croatia and Slovenia. It was a wonderful trip and full of great pictures and memories. We will definitely return to the area and would love to use your agency again and refer you to our travel agency and travelling friends.
I had promised to send Sanja (in Imotski) some photos of our day spent with her, but have misplaced her email, if possible could you send it to us please?
Thanks again for all your efforts in customizing our holiday and making it perfect!
Cheers,
Susan and Hilary Clegg

Cathy McAllen, Canada
Croatia Discovery

August 2011

Alan, my sister and I are heading back to Canada after our 3 week trip to Europe. I wanted to take the time to thank you and let you know how much I enjoyed the excursions I booked through you. In fact, Croatia was the highlight of my trip. I definitely want to come back and explore some of the quieter areas and spend more time on the islands. Mljet was beautiful and I loved our time in Dubrovnik, Split, Brac, Zagreb, and Plitvice. But what made the trip really great was the guides. I learned so much about the places we visited but, more importantly, about Croatia and the different points of view of Croatians. Carol was wonderful. She clearly loves her new home, Dubrovnik. We had a great time chatting over coffee and she helped me pick out a konavle pendant as a memory of my trip. Rada's passion for herbs and plants was contagious. My sister and I enjoyed tasting olive oil on Brac and our special cake (Viagra cake!). Roni from Zagreb was funny, personable, and charming. He tried to find a restaurant that served plum dumplings when I mentioned I had loved them as a kid. No luck so I might have to learn to make them myself.
Let them know what a great time we had. Hope to return to beautiful Croatia.
Cathy McAllen

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