I am writing to tell you of an absolutely wonderful travel experience that my wife and I recently enjoyed thanks to a travel agent we found through Conde Nast. By way of background, I should tell you that my wife and I travel two to three times a year, mostly to Europe but also to South and Central America, Africa and the Middle East as well as domestic US locations. We enjoy high end properties and rely on private guides to ensure we get the most out of our visits.
In July of this year we decided to plan a trip to visit Slovenia and Croatia around our anniversary (September 2nd. We tend to be last minute types). Having taken a wonderful trip in January that was planned by a Conde Nast award winning travel agent, we decided to tap you as a resource for this trip and were fortunate to find Wanda Redetti of Tasteful Croatian Journeys recommended to us. I immediately emailed Wanda and asked if she would be able to help us plan our trip which, of course, she was happy to do.
Over the course of about two weeks time, Wanda worked with us to plan, what turned out to be, an absolutely wonderful trip. Wanda began by asking questions about past trips we had taken, our interests and our travel style. She then presented a suggested itinerary and worked with my wife, by telephone and email, to tweak and adjust it as necessary until we were completely satisfied with the arrangements. Throughout the process, Wanda was professional and courteous of course but, most important, also helpful in making suggestions that enhanced our trip. She was a pleasure to work with.
As for the trip itself, it went perfectly. We visited six cities in eight nights (we like to cover a lot of ground when we travel) and everything worked exactly as planned. Drivers who transported us from place to place were pleasant and professional, private guides were knowledgeable and interesting, hotel staff were welcoming and accommodating and, all in all, things could not have gone better. Perhaps best of all, Wanda provided us with an in-country contact person who coordinated everything behind the scenes during our travel. While we only spoke with Iva once during our trip – and then just to say hello, not to address any concern – it was comforting to know that she was watching over our trip and ensuring that all went well.
Given our experience, I highly recommend Wanda Radetti to any of your readers who may be considering a trip to the same area. We had a wonderful trip thanks to Wanda’s planning and arrangements and I am confident that any of them will as well.
Bruce Jakubovitz, New York
October 10, 2012, Condé Nast Traveler
Wanda planned a customized journey for us (my husband and my parents). We went end of May 2012 for two weeks. It was a fabulous trip! Wanda and her team planned a trip of a lifetime. Every recommendation was superb – from the hotels, restaurants,sights, guides, drivers, etc., etc. There is a local concierge, so if you have a problem, they are on the same time zone and so helpful. My father had a medical issue and she was in touch with us every day and helped find a doctor.
Croatia is a beautiful country, especially the coast. Two of our favorite places were Istria and the island of Korcula. Our trip wouldn’t have been the same had we not used Wanda. I highly recommend Tasteful Croatian Journeys to all Conde Nast Traveler readers. They will have amazing memories!
Karen Herman, Florida
October 25, 2012, Condé Nast Traveler
We travelled with our 2 sons (7 and 10 years old) to Croatia in June of 2013. Wanda at Tasteful Croatian Journeys created a wonderful and meticulously planned experience for us. Over the course of a few efficient phone calls, Wanda listened to our interests, provided thoughtful suggestions (all of which proved to be great) and ultimately devised an itinerary that met our objectives.
Our itinerary over 10 days brought us from one end of Croatia to the other and included a day trip to the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. At each location she arranged a just-right hotel (down to the room), an informative, nice, punctual and English fluent guide, and always punctual, safe, incredibly polite drivers. She carefully thought through the best times to tour cities, take ferries and so on, as well as great stops as we travelled from place to place. Wanda’s attention to detail is second to none. She knows the individual guides, drivers and rooms at hotels. Wanda has a concierge on the ground in Croatia, who phoned us twice in Croatia (at a perfect, non-obtrusive time) to ensure we were happy and our needs were being met. When we returned, Wanda sought feedback on all aspects of our journey and asked specific probing questions to ensure that she continues to provide a great experience going forward.
We highly recommend Wanda and Tasteful Croatian Journeys to anyone planning a trip to the beautiful country of Croatia.
The LeBlang Family, California
July 2, 2013, Condé Nast Traveler
We just returned from a wonderful trip to Croatia and Slovenia in early June planned by Wanda. We took our 3 college age children with us and had an adventure through Croatia and Slovenia. Our children have travelled overseas with us since 2000 and this year our daughter mentioned that we should go to Croatia! CROATIA??? Where is Croatia?? As a long time subscriber to Traveler magazine, I immediately looked up travel agents in Croatia and found Wanda. What a gem she is! Wanda worked with us on an itinerary and made suggestions based on the information I gave her about our interests. The hotels were beautiful, the tour guides were informative and fun. Best of all was the boat we chartered in Split and took to Dubrovnik. My husband’s sister and her spouse joined us for the boat trip and it was great. Everything exceeded our expectations, the hotels, food, tours and most of all the boat. Such memories we now have and the kids have stated that it was one of THE BEST trips we have ever done together. I have recommended Wanda to all our friends after they view our pictures and tell them ” You HAVE to go!” Thank you Wanda again for the incredible and lasting memories you helped to create for our family.
Sharon G., Virginia
July 23, 2013, Condé Nast Traveler
My 4 year old daughter and I recently used Wanda’s services on a trip to Dubrovnik this past July.
My daughter and I left my husband in Cannes, France after we spent a wonderful 5 days there. My husband had to return to work. I decided to travel on to Croatia with my daughter. I was a bit concerned with how I would manage this trip alone and was also unfamiliar with Croatia since this was my first visit. I decided to read through your “best travel agents” section of one of my recent Conde Nast magazines and found Wanda’s information. I contacted Wanda and discussed my plans with her, the restrictions of traveling with a 4 year old, not wanting to fly more than one place (Dubrovnik) but wanting to experience as much of the region as possible, and not feeling comfortable with driving ourselves. Wanda immediately understood what I was looking for and put together the most amazing itinerary for us!
She set up drivers to take us everywhere, we literally had no worries, they also had car seats in the cars so I didn’t have to drag a seat from the states. She also set up personal walking tours in towns as well as gave us fabulous recommendations for sights, restaurants, etc. Lastly, she picked a fantastic hotel for us on Peljesac (I was using Hilton points to stay in Dubrovnik). Given that I didn’t know much about the region except Dubrovnik, Wanda guided us to visit the Peljesac peninsula with a stay in Orebic and trip to Korcula. What a treat! It was probably the best part of our trip (although everything was so wonderful). Without Wanda’s guidance, I would probably not have thought of visiting this area near Dubrovnik. She also set-up an amazing day in Montenegro, again with a great driver and sights/meals planned the whole day. Again, another favorite part of the trip! My daughter and I ended up having the best experience ever, with no “hiccups” or problems. Wanda made sure all the staff she used were the most professional and responsible. Everyone was on time and courteous. They all even interacted well with my daughter and were very gracious when she had “her moments” that only a 4 year old can have. I really can’t say enough about how wonderful everything was!
Overall, I think I gave Wanda a bit of a challenge with travel with a young child and limited time and flexibility. She made it magical and a very easy and enjoyable schedule. I have told all my friends about how using a great travel assistant is truly worth the money because you can never replace the experiences and care that you receive!
Julie Sievert, Illinois
October 31, 2012, Condé Nast Traveler
In June 2011 we embarked on a fantastic adventure to Croatia. Toni’s father is of Croatian descent, and we thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to visit his ancestral homeland. We had visited various travel websites and local travel agencies, and none seemed to fit our needs. Then Toni read the Conde Nast Traveler magazine and there she discovered Wanda Radetti! We contacted Wanda, and she was as excited about getting us to Croatia and having a wonderful experience as we were. Since we didn’t know Croatia at all, she helped us plan an itinerary that would not only take us from one end of the country to the other, but also included a day trip to Montenegro. Because of her intimate knowledge about the hotels and various restaurants along the way, the owners greeted us as personal guests and we felt very special indeed. She provided a personalized travel guide that contained a detailed list of the hotels and lengths of our stay, descriptions of the cities we would visit, detailed dining recommendations, a detailed itinerary with times for departure and arrival, and names of drivers including time and pickup locations. Since we wanted to see as much as possible, she helped us plan our time most efficiently. Without exception, the drivers and guides she provided were knowledgeable, courteous, and downright fun, and we all had a wonderful time getting to know one another. Each accommodation was wonderful, ranging from large and well known, to small gems. Wanda’s restaurant recommendations, along with suggestions for markets, shopping, cultural attractions and sights, served to greatly enrich our overall experience. This great service wasn’t by accident, since she had vetted all of the hotels, restaurants, drivers, guides, and quality of service through personal visits. Communication with her was excellent and she took the time to explain her itinerary recommendations, while asking for and listening to our requests. She was happy to work with our budget, while still providing a wonderful experience. There is no downside to Wanda’s service. We recommend Wanda and Tasteful Croatian Journeys without reservation to anyone planning to travel to this beautiful country and know first-hand its wonderful people.
Ernie and Toni Marquez, Maryland
July 9, 2011, Condé Nast Traveler