“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.
Hi - a couple of lines to thank you. We were on a whistle stop 5 day break in Split. At short notice we got onto a great day trip to Solta with Robert, followed by his excellent suggestion for our last day in Trogir, and an outstanding peka lunch which he arranged for us. The island tour was very relaxed, informative, enthusiastic and amusing, and has whetted our appetite for olive oil, honey and further travel in Croatia.
I would like to add my email to the list of satisfied clients and would welcome the chance to spread the word about your excellent services.
As we looked forward to our second trip to Croatia, we were a little fearful that the experience might not live up to the expectation. After all, we had such a wonderful trip in 2009, how could a repeat visit possibly be as wonderful? Well, our fears were unrealized: our trip last month was just as spectacular as our first! It was a nice combination of new locations and a return (and better look) at some places we visited last year. As always, the contacts everywhere we went were exemplary in their friendliness, knowledge and reliability and the accommodations were out-of-the-ordinary. It was so nice to see some familiar faces, especially in Šibenik, where we now feel so much at home. We spent a delightful evening over a bottle of wine with Mira, and of course, Rudi takes extraordinary care of us! Our time spent with you and your family, walking in all those special, “secret” places was the highlight of our trip. It is unusual to have so much unspoiled beauty right at hand. It is always a pleasure to meet new people in Croatia: everyone we met is so passionate and proud of what they do and the contribution they are making, that it is truly inspiring. And they are so very generous in sharing that enthusiasm with others. That, of course, applies to you too! Thank you for doing such a wonderful job at what you do, and thank you so much for becoming our friend. See us on Secret Dalmatia Blog!
Marie & Bill & Liz (Demicco)
Alan, our trip to Croatia was absolutely wonderful--thanks to you. Every detail was taken care of. We loved the tours, the hotels, and the drivers. It was a trip that we will remember for a life-time. Croatia is a beautiful country and the people were so lovely and nice.
Thank you for making our trip so great!
Jimmie and Billy Lapham
The Waldrons and the Wozniaks are rating this as their #1 trip! And, it appears, they have traveled extensively together. Ben Wozniak said that as they arrived at each destination it was like opening a new Christmas present!
The wine and food were superb...the hotels perfect (they loved the Split accommodations in the Palace). So, I thank you for everything you did and I am so glad I found you. I will put the word out to my agency and hope that might bring you more business. If you know of anyone who might want to talk or email me about you, just give them my email and I will sing your praises. Thank you, Alan, for everything you did and for making me look good!
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and your arrangements were perfectly done. Thank you for the choices you made on the hotels as as well and contributing to us having one of the best holidays ever! Kind regards and keep up the excellent service, we loved your beautiful country and friendly people.
Thanks for all your help regarding our stay in Split! Every year the six of travel to a different city for a weekend. This year it was Split and the program you created for us to enjoy the food and wine tasting at Bibic Winery was the best ever according to the group... thanks!
Solfrid & Co.
I've been thinking about you often. I know I mentioned before that we have always been able to continue to enjoy a trip after we've returned home by reliving memories, pictures, etc. This year just didn't work like that, which is a shame, since Croatia was one of our favorite experiences ever.For this year, we are trying to figure out if we can make a 3-week trip happen to encompass highlights of Morocco, Spain & Portugal. I just told Dale this morning that my attempts to find an "Iberian Peninsula Alan" have not worked out. You are one of a kind.
We wanted to write you to let you know what an amazing experience we had on our honeymoon. Each hotel, guide, city was incredible. Rada, Ante & Luka were invovled in some of the best experiences we had on the entire trip. Your attention to our experience really made it feel like we were taken care of the entire time. We're planning on recommending you and writing positive reviews wherever possible.Also, did we owe something for the meal at Luka's house? We did not think about it until after our time with him. Also, if they are willing, you should try to include that peka lunch for any guest that has interest. It was one of our top meals of the trip and a really unique experience.
PS - Please let us know when you will be in New York so we can try to show you and your family some of the hospitality that we experienced during the trip. Thanks for everything.
Gabe & Jena
Secret Dalmatia’s response to our internet query was immediate and personal. Alan asked a few questions to ascertain our interests and within days emailed with an interesting itinerary for us to peruse. He suggested some “secret” places that we had not considered.
From Mostar enjoyed with Michael and on to Split with Florio who was happy to share his family’s war experiences, to Trogir, Sibenik, Zadar and final Zagreb we thoroughly enjoyed the tour planned by Secret Dalmatia. We learned and experienced the culture, history, geography and way of life of the Croatian people. Secret Dalmatia attended to our accommodation reservations in varied old and beautiful hotels, a wonderful way to experience the walled cities. Alan ensured his tour-guiding colleagues were capable, knowledgeable, flexible and always ready to answer our questions. The superb luncheon at the Pelligrini Restaurant in Sibenik, cooked and served by the owner chef, was not to be missed. What fabulous food, wines and personal service! Alan’s walk out to the St John fortress, where there was not another soul in sight and the scenery was breathtaking, was a highlight. Through pouring rain we trudged with Darvo up to the Takoscan Castle close to the Slovenian border; so glad he was not deterred by the weather. His walking tour through the Plitvice Lakes amazed us with the beauty. It was magic. Rada’s happy, informative and friendly walks inside the walled cities of Split, Trogir and Sibenik were fascinating. She was a delight.
If you are looking for an individual tour, without the inaudible tour guide rushing you onto the next spot, then we recommend Secret Dalmatia to you. Our tour was both trouble and incident free. Keep us the good work Alan, and best wishes.
I promised to give you feedback on the holiday you arranged for us.
Firstly, overall everything was superbly organized. Every person that you had chosen was excellent - flexible; friendly; nothing was too much trouble; they turned up on time and were full of enthusiasm. I can't say anything better than that.
The hotels were all very good. My only adverse comment relates to the Adriana. The hotel was the most "chic" we have ever stayed in; unbelievable views over the harbor; fantastic swimming pool and cabanas; the bars were just sublime, with service to match. However, the room was SO small, I just wanted to get out. So "designer" but you could hardly move. You might like to warn any potential visitors - it may not bother people but I think it's just as well to be aware.
Having said all that, your flexibility and efficiency was wonderful. If you require any references, I'm always willing to say good things!