you did indeed succeed in giving our family a lovely experience in Croatia! As I’ve mentioned it was our first all family trip and both the Villa Lorena and Novigrad were perfect for our needs. The house was lovely, of course, spacious, right on the Adriatic so that with the sliding doors open we could always hear the water and feel the wonderful ocean breezes. We all appreciated being able to walk (and some of the group took long distance runs) through the town and along the water. We all loved Istria- not many tourists, so many hilltop towns, Roman ruins, opportunities for wine and olive oil tastings. As I told Iva, the two highlights were the places most unknown to us – our day in Slovenia and Plitvice National Park. Slovenia touched all our hearts and we would all like to make a return visit- and Plitvice was just the prettiest National Park we’ve ever seen!
The logistics of our group of eight worked well- car logistics were smooth, despite the initial very unsettling interactions with the folks who delivered the car. Iva was always available to us to make or tweak reservations and to help us deal with a problem that came up in the house (the broken washer).
And you were absolutely right about staying at the Esplanade Hotel- besides being a lovely hotel with an interesting past, it was in a great location with very helpful staff.
Our only suggestion would be that if you have others going to the incredible Damir and Ornella restaurant in Novigrad to warn them about the price. The food and experience were fabulous, but the price was a big surprise. It would just be nice to know ahead of time.
Thank you so much for all the back and forth correspondence as we worked out the details of the trip. We were able to give the whole family an adventure they will always remember!
All the best,
Christine Kasman – San Anselmo, California
June 14, 2016
Overall was a great journey filled with deep culture, lots of great history, incredible sites and excellent guidance. You truly listened what we wanted to experience and your handpicked guides quickly became our friends and connection to the local flavors.
Cedo was a gem and made us feel as if he always was looking out for our best interests from the time he picked us up from the airport until the time he returned us to Venice.
Sandra provided us with great energy and an unbelievable amount of history.
The Istria peninsula was beautiful and so diverse.
I would like to have spent a couple of days in Rovinj.
“Harry”, the guide in Zagreb, gave us a lot in two hours. We felt like we were spending time with a friend.
Mira made us feel like we went behind the scenes of Dubrovnik.
The day in Montenegro was excellent. The driver was excellent and very professional.
Guide in Spit was informative but in a rush to see his grandmother.
Villa Eugenia was excellent! The front desk could not have been nicer. In fact, I believe for the first three nights we were the only ones staying at the hotel.
Regent Esplanade – beautiful hotel, great location but front desk had a major attitude problem. Pucic Palace – great spot, small room but the stuff was very helpful and upbeat.
Hotel Ambasador – very helpful, too large, but served its purpose for last day in Croatia.
Hilton – beautiful property, fairly helpful, overpriced for what it is, but it was nice to stay out of Venice proper. The rooftop pool was a nice place to wind down after all the traveling.
Croatia has so much to offer…it would have been nice to spend more time wine tasting, maybe two nights on the Peljesac Peninsula.
Thank you again for planning our trip and providing us with such a personalized experience.
Richard Magid, President
Sound Board Consulting Group – Boonton Twp, NJ
July 13, 2008
We had a wonderful time on our trip and I’m happy to thank you.
Our accommodations were all great, the children enjoyed everything and it was a great combination of touring and relaxing at the end on the beautiful beach in Rovinj and exploring Istria at our own pace. It was a wonderful family experience.
My best memory is of my father and the children splashing each other in the Adriatic while I watched from my comfortable lounge chair on the beach.
The only thing that was missing from our trip was music. Zoe and I so enjoyed hearing traditional Croatian music being played at the restaurant of the hotel in Dubrovnik, but nowhere else did we hear much music. In Rovinj, all the music seemed to be American. I was surprised. But we did really enjoy the Moreska and folk singing show we saw in Korcula. That was wonderful!
Rene Babich and family – New York, NY
February 10, 2016
Thank you for putting together a wonderful trip for us.
The hotels were beautiful and the tour guides were knowledgeable, professional and very friendly. All this made for a true vacation. The house you found for us in Umag was perfect, in a great location and met all our needs. Samira was a pleasure to deal with.
The cooking day in Zagreb was one of the highlights of the trip. The girls had so much fun and the food turned out to be delicious.
Thanks so much for the attention you invested in the details of planning our Rome and Croatia Interlude for our family.
Anita Bacchia & Family – New York, NY
August 11, 2016
I finally have the opportunity to respond to your inquiry about our recent trip! I’ll try to be as brief and specific as possible….
Hotels – A+
Each hotel was better than the next! We experienced a level of service at all four of our hotels that we’ve rarely if ever experienced before. It’s very possible that, all factors considered, that The Villa Dubrovnik was the finest hotel we’ve ever stayed in, rivalled only perhaps by one or two hotels on the Amalfi Coast that we were only able to afford because we were there in April. Vestibul Palace in Split was not far behind, and our accommodations in Zagreb and Hvar Town were not far behind.
Restaurants – A
While we had unforgettably wonderful meals at Divino in Hvar Town (my personal favorite), Lungo Mare, Nautika, and Gallo in Zagreb, the best meals may have been the lunches at Stari Mlini outside Kotor and a completely nameless establishment seemingly in the middle of the Adriatic where our yacht skipper took us for lunch! The only meal that I would characterize as just okay rather than great was Bokeria in Split. It should be noted that we received extra attention and care at Lungo Mare and Bokeria specifically because we were clients of yours….a great touch!
Guides/Drivers – A+
I must start by saying that absolutely everyone everywhere was phenomenally prompt, professional, courteous, knowledgeable. Nancy and I particularly enjoyed our time with our guides in Zagreb (a young lady), Marina (I think) in Dubrovnik, as well as the extraordinary Sinisa in Hvar and the warm, friendly, knowledgeable Marko for our day in Kotor. The woman who “took care of us” on the yacht to Korcula….I believe that her name is Diana….may have been our favorite of them all! Perhaps one driver, Josip, who took us from Korcula to Dubrovnik, failed to pick up on our “social cues”, and talked non-stop for the entire drive….a minor annoyance, certainly not a significant issue.
Zagreb – B+
seemed like a very livable, “people-friendly” city…more interesting than I’d expected. We wished that we could have spent one full day there. Our guide represented the city quite well.
Split – B+
became our next destination due to weather issues. While we loved the Diocletian’s Palace and adjacent Riva area, the city itself impressed us as somewhat mundane. Nonetheless, it is a “must” on anyone’s itinerary just because of the Palace and it’s amazing 21st Century adaptation.
Plitvice Lakes National Park – C
Our one big mistake was going somewhere that we suggested, not you! We took a day trip from Split to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park. What started out as a beautiful day descended into a dense fog once we passed the mountains near the Park, and abated only slightly throughout the day. There were still thousands of visitors there, and walking the narrow, broken and uneven boards through the Park forced us spend more time looking down at our feet than at the sights. If we wanted to stop to take a picture, the back-up our pause created was significant. I’d be hard-pressed to recommend the Park to anyone.
Hvar Town – A+
We absolutely loved everything about the island. The secluded beaches of the Pakleni Islands were a fun contrast to what we experience in the NYC area. The restaurants were excellent and the laid-back but energetic vibe of the town was great. I could have spent my entire vacation relaxing there.
Korcula – A
We were there only for the time it took to have a walking tour in the late afternoon. We wished we could have spent the night on this beautiful, mellow island.
Dubrovnik – A+
Nancy and I had been waiting our entire adult lives to visit Dubrovnik. All the pictures and descriptions in the world do not begin to do it justice. Absolutely wonderful in every conceivable respect. I can’t imagine many things in the world surpassing the majesty of a walk along the walls in early evening or strolling along the Stradun on a late summer night. The perspective offered by the cable car was unforgettably beautiful.
Kotor – A
A great day trip….far more interesting and beautiful (there’s that word again!) than I’d imagined it would be. A visit to Kotor should be an absolute “must” on every visitor’s itinerary. I’m glad that you “insisted” that we keep it on ours.
Finally, thank you!
Nine months worth of my endless questions all handled by you with patience and grace. You can be sure that Nancy and I will tell all of our traveling friends about Croatia and the extraordinary service that you and your staff afforded us.
Michael Krieg – ABC Television Network Account Executive – Plainview, NY
September 27, 2016
VisitCroatia (Tasteful Croatian Journeys), owned by Wanda Radetti, exceeded our expectations for our two week family trip through Croatia.
We have traveled all over the world as a family. We always select a travel agent that specializes in our specific destination to help us develop the itinerary and to arrange the logistics, the guides and the hotels. Wanda did everything exceptionally well. She planned the perfect itinerary and hotels. The logistics went off without a problem. And the guides were wonderful. In addition, Wanda provided a concierge on call which made our trip much easier. Iva, the concierge, helped us with restaurant reservations, any minor changes to logistics, and even arranged transport of a small painting that we had left in a hotel. She was super.
I’m happy to talk to anyone about Wanda and her services.
Ira Starr, Long Point Capital – New York, NY
October 3, 2016
Thank you very much for all your help planning our trip to Croatia.
It really was incredible and we all enjoyed it very much.
Your contacts throughout the trip for transportation, walking tours, boat, hotels and restaurants were all excellent.
Everyone was great and the logistics were so efficient and easy it made the trip a pleasure.
Your expertise was invaluable!
Kimberly and Matthew Scott McCormack & family – Summit, New Jersey
September 14, 2016
We returned safely yesterday from our wonderful trip to Croatia. We had a fabulous time.
All of the sights, food, wine history, culture, scenery, architecture, and spectacular scenery were exactly what we were seeking on this vacation. Great hotels too.
I hope to return to Croatia some day soon to see everything we missed.
Peter & Lisa Rosenberg – Kentfield, California
September 12, 2016
Dear Wanda & Team Croatia!
Thank you for following up with us and checking to be sure we had returned home safely.
We (myself, my husband and our 12 year old daughter) had a wonderful experience in Croatia, and I say “experience” rather than trip because I felt like we were much more immersed than we would normally be in an area thanks to our wonderful drivers and tour guides.
Every person we interacted with was so personable and friendly and did not hesitate to answer our many questions. They were also very good to point out sights or supply facts that were interesting to us as tourists in general and also Americans. Who knew we’d have to travel all the way to Croatia to find out from our driver in Split that our own USA White House is made from stone from that area of the Dalmatian Coast?
Another thing we all three enjoyed was talking NBA basketball with our drivers and tour guides, several of whom were OKC Thunder fans.
I also want to say how more than punctual each driver and tour guide was. They always arrived early which was a great peace of mind to me.
We enjoyed each location we stayed (Zagreb, Split, Korcula, and Dubrovnik), each of which had it’s own unique vibe and personality and therefore did not feel repetitious.
My 12 year old daughter’s favorite hotel was the Lesic Dimitri Palace in Korcula because of it’s “awesome bathtub (China room)”, the cat that frequented our terrace and the hotel’s location across from the Boya crayons store which she fell in love with (www.boyacrayons.com). My daughter also enjoyed taking a semi-underwater submarine ride in Dubrovnik and shopping in the open markets in Zagreb and Dubrovnik.
If I could do anything differently I would want to spend at least one night in Kotor, Montenegro in order to see more of the town and be able to walk the wall above the city.
Our day trip was really fun but not nearly long enough. I’d also like to spend more time in Split which I enjoyed more than I thought I would. But this only gives us an excuse to return.
I also want to say “THANK YOU” to Iva, Wanda’s Tasteful Croatian Journeys Concierge,for just being there and available to us. She helped me find the closest laundromat to our hotel in Dubrovnik and also figured out how to check in for our flight on Croatia Airlines (she actually called Croatia Airlines and figured out that I and our hotel were both using a web browser that did not fully support the Croatia Airlines website). Just knowing she was there and available to us made me feel much better and more relaxed.
And also a big “THANK YOU” to Wanda and her team for creating our wonderful Croatian experience from start to finish. We appreciated your hotel selections (which were exactly the kinds of hotels we enjoy), your restaurant suggestions in each location and your very detailed itinerary and location information.
Your attention to detail resulted in our being able to concentrate more on fun activities rather than having to make decisions about where to eat, arranging transportation, etc.
We would definitely use Wanda’s Tasteful Croatian Journeys again ourselves and I highly recommend them to any persons considering a trip to this area.
Caroline Holmboe and Family – Edmond, Oklahoma
July 25, 2016
I am writing to share with you my sincerest “Thank You” for making our first visit to Croatia one that we will never forget. With this trip being one to celebrate both mine and my wife’s 40th birthdays, I wanted this to be as close to perfect as possible. You exceeded that expectation by a long shot. From the personal interview process to the final, detailed calendar of events, you ensured our trip was perfectly customized for our needs.
The concierge service was amazing – they frequently checked in on us to ensure we were enjoying ourselves and to ensure all facets were meeting our expectations.
Iva in particular was quite attentive to our needs as we made ad hoc changes to our itinerary.
Should I encounter anyone wishing to travel to Croatia, you will receive my highest recommendation. Thank you for helping us make such amazing memories!
Mr. Bradley and Mrs. Rachel Galvan – Denver, Co
August 8, 2016