At long last, I am sending just a few of the many photographs we took during our fabulous trip to Montenegro and Croatia. As I have told you previously, our trip was splendidly organized by you and your team in every respect. The drivers and guides were informative, courteous and punctual, and the hotels were excellent without exception. Your concierge’s restaurant suggestions also were terrific. My family was impressed with the way in which every detail was arranged, and send their thanks once again.
I wanted to make special mention of the services that your concierge provided in locating our family members in Montenegro. My family in California had lost touch with our Montenegrin relatives over the past couple of decades, and we were not able to give you many details with which to work as you began the search. Nonetheless, after piecing together the information we were able to provide, your concierge located them and put us in touch. We were able to arrange a truly remarkable meeting with a multi-generational group that had gathered to meet us in Gornji Brceli, the birthplace of my grandfather. The photo of the large group below is from that amazing afternoon. (I am in the lower right, my brother is in the lower left, and my mother is, appropriately, seated in the middle of the photo.)
Our interpreter, Mina, was tremendous…she worked quite hard as the language barrier was substantial. She did a wonderful job, and was (very endearingly) swept up with the rest of us in the emotions of the day. Although all 12 days of our trip were fantastic, that day stands out as a monumental event for our family, and particularly for my mother who had never seen her father’s homeland. You and your colleagues, and your concierge in particular, have our gratitude for making that experience possible.
Mark Gustafson – Durham, NC
This trip was truly outstanding. All the guides, drivers and accommodations were the best one could hope for. I especially appreciated the little extras afforded me due to my somewhat limited mobility. We added a couple days in Rome which Wanda Radetti arranged with no problems and the tours were artistic gems.
Bob Thurston – Greensboro, NC
This company is incredible. Its rare to find a full service travel company that does NOT OVERCHARGE while getting you the finest accommodation, guides, tours and mapping out your trip. They cover it all, including restaurants, and options and on the trip are incredible with having a hands on person available to attend to all your need or deal with changes on the fly!
Mark Diamond – Toronto, Ontario
We had the most amazing honeymoon thanks to Wanda, Tasteful Croatian Journeys, and our personal concierge. Wanda is a pro and really gets to know her clients, and she knows Croatia inside & out!
Every one of our drivers and guides was amazing! Iva was our little angel on the trip, and she was just a wonderful wonderful person for us to meet and be in contact with. Special shout out to Mladen in Dubrovnik who will always have a special place in our heart!
I will *never* plan a trip on my own again!!
Wanda & team made our honeymoon so wonderful and stress-free, not only by eliminating all the preliminary planning work but also by helping us every step of the way while we were in Croatia with our personal concierge. Wanda took the time to really understand what we personally wanted out of the trip — a mix of relaxation, history, excursions — and she struck the perfect balance. We traveled around Croatia but not in excess and we able to enjoy things like a private motor yacht excursion to the islands, the best hotels & restaurants, restaurant reservations with the best seat in the house, private driver excursions, wine tastings, olive oil tastings, you name it!
Also, thank God for tasteful croatian journeys because we accidentally left my bag (with my passport) behind at a coffee shop before we departed for the islands and our next hotel. With 1 phone call, Wanda’s team came up with a solution, and I had my bag back that night at our new location, which was 2 hours away.
I can’t thank Wanda and her team enough!!! Thank you!
Lindsay & Girard
Lindsay Gibbons – New York, New York
Tasteful Croatian Journeys, with Wanda Radetti as our contact person, was an excellent travel source. We had no prior experience with Croatian travel, and Wanda spent a great deal of time with us on the phone asking specific questions regarding goals and area of interest. Our group included six women, all of whom were focused on historical cities, island travel by small boat and a five-star resort in Dubrovnik to end the journey. Our actual experience exceeded our expectations due to the incredible Croatian boat crew, support staff, city tour guides and restaurant/resort personnel. We came home with great memories of medieval stone cities, freshly prepared Croatian cuisine, welcoming locals, lots of laughs and a thirst
to see more! Thank you Wanda! We made a good choice using Tasteful Croatian Journeys.
Terry Cornett – Palm Springs, CA
Our two weeks in Croatia were wonderful. The itinerary was perfect for giving us a taste of the different parts of Croatia – culture, landscape, food, personality of the pople. All the guides were absolutely fabulous. The restaurant recommendations were great – we particularly enjoyed Kantinon, La Puntulina, Adio Mare, Filipi, Aterina and Dubravkin Put. The hotels were well located and marvelous, with one exception, The Marko Polo in Korcula, which was disappointing, However the The Excelsior in Dubrovnik made up for it as we got upgraded to a suite with an incredible view. (I’ve written a number of individual reviews on Tripadvisor – if you search 496daniw you can find my reviews). Most of all we enjoyed the stress free vacation, the knowledge that the drivers and guides would be there on time and not having to worry about any arrangements. The only changes I would suggest for your future clients would be a different hotel in Korcula and an adjustment in the Istria – Split segment. There seems to be no option but the 6 AM flight from Pula, which means getting up at 4 AM, but the problem is that you can’t check into the hotel in Split until 2-3PM. It might be good to either move up the time of the meeting with the guide in Split, or maybe visit Zadar before arriving in Split. Otherwise, the trip was perfect.
Daniela Faibes – Mountainside, NJ
Your selection of local guides and hotels made our trip to Croatia memorable. We felt that the guides were very knowledgeable in their area of expertise and the historical perspective we gained from them helped us better understand why Croatia has played such a important role as country that straddled the East and the West. They also exceeded our expectations as they accommodated our interests and needs.
We can enthusiastically recommend your services to travelers who wish to explore Croatia.
P.S. The guide that I could not remember in our phone conversation last week was the guide who showed me Trski Vrh, and she was mediocre. I could not recommend her.
Daniel Kido – Riverside, CA
Dear Wanda and the Visit Croatia Team,
Many thanks from Yasamin and me for creating such a beautiful experience for us in Croatia this past week. Everything was seamless.
Each venue offered special experiences and the boat ride from Hvar to Korchula was fabulous.
Concluding the trip in Dubrovnik was a great finale.
Our last night we ate at Dubrovka enjoying fine food and warm evening temperatures as the sun set turning the sky pastel pinks and blues while the large moon rose over the city wall.
It was splendid and a wonderful conclusion to our relaxing week in Croatia.
Thank you all.
Laila and Yasamin – New York, NY
This being our second trip to Croatia, another sunny jaunt planned by Wanda, the bar was about as high as possible. The last trip, summer 2015, totally floored me from top to bottom. Every detail meticulous, every sight dazzling, every meal memorable. To say that I didn’t expect this trip to surpass that one would be a reasonable statement. Somehow it did. A combination of a greatest hits of the last trip in conjunction with an injection of new, equally fulfilling, experiences made for a trip that has me longing for a third.
We began in Split, a city whose charm is unquantifiable, for three nights in the Hotel Vestibul Palace. On our third day we took a trip to the town of Trogir & took part in a cooking class with Ivana Oresic. We procured all of the ingredients at the town’s market, including a piece of shark that we cooked with figs & wine to my shocking delight.
From Split we took the catamaran to Hvar &, through a series of serendipitous events, were lead through its picturesque hills by a close friend’s cousin Sinisa, who is Wanda’s point-man on island. One meal, arguably the most memorable of the trip, was eaten on top of a remote hill in a tiny town out of Lord of the Rings with barely the trace of running water & electricity.
The “peka” is a Croatian cooking method that cannot be missed. Vegetables are cooked for hours with meats or fish of your choosing under a “bell” in a bed of charcoal. A visit to the Plavac Mali was another memorable excursion, the best among the many wineries in the country. After Hvar we took the catamaran to Orebic, a quiet town on the water at the foot of the lovely grey seaside mountains. The hotel, which we moved to after a plumbing incident at our previously-scheduled hotel, was a complete treat with lovely views of the Adriatic, a comfortable swimming pool, & superb staff. One excursion, lead by the one & only Josip saw us eat another flooring peka lunch in the town of Kuna. Every product was house made, from the smoky hams to the outrageous walnut brandy.
From Orebic Josip drove us to the iconic port of Dubrovnik for the final leg of the trip. As we did on our last trip we stayed at the scenic Villa Dubrovnik, a hotel that I with the aesthetic qualities of an Apple Store & the accommodations of any Four Seasons. The hotel’s sharp wooden cruiser ferries guests to & from Old Dubrovnik in a James Bond fashion. From Dubrovnik we took two fabulous day trips; the first a trip took us into the surrounding countryside to a town where we were given a lesson & demonstration in the art of silk weaving.
The second trip was a small island hopping campaign on a private boat to the Elephites. In both trips the lunches were sublime and company of the guides friendly. Dubrovnik’s airport is the departure point for many Croatian journeys, but the more I thought about it the more I couldn’t accept that as the case. because the taste the country leaves in your mouth is so sweet and smooth that it makes you yearn to come back as soon as the plane lifts off the runway.
Without the herculean efforts of Wanda from Tasteful Croatian Journeys, in New York & in the country itself, out jaunt would not have been nearly as good as easy & enjoyable as it was.
For that I’m grateful.
John C. & Rubina Oremus – Chicago, IL / Wayne, IL
I wanted to follow up with you after our wonderful trip to Croatia. This was one of the best family trips we have ever taken due to your great input, planning and coordination. Clearly you are a country expert to pull off such a great trip in such a short time. Every aspect of our trip was organized, well communicated, simply yet luxurious. Your team did an excellent job not only on the front end but also during our trip. When our hotel was canceled in Split due to a hotel error, your team notified us immediately and already had us booked in a superior facility ( it ended up being my daughters favorite). During the entire 15 days we never missed a beat because of your flawless planning, team and great in country personnel.
The local contacts that you have managed to partner with were so friendly and informative. Every guide or driver was more than willing to listen and share their personal experiences. This made the trip even more rewarding giving us a real feel for what it is like living in Croatia and Bosnia. Whether randomly stopping to visit an ancient burial ground, an ad hoc dinner of in country specialty, Peka, recommendations of local cuisine reminiscent of Grandma’s cooking (brought tears of joy to my wife) or inserting a private serenade of a Croatian Klapa group during our journey through Split was simply unforgettable.
My sister-in-law and brother-in-law are now considering visiting Croatia. I have forwarded your information to them. I am positive they will experience a trip of a life time.
Mark Martin – St Louis, MO