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.

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

June 2010

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.
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Demicco Family, USA
Tour of Croatia

May 2010

Dear Alan,

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)

Jimmie Lapham Group, USA
Croatia Discovery

May 2010

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

Hi Alan,

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!
Caryl