Our Travelers

Take a look at what our travelers have to say about their experiences with our travel specialist Wanda S. Radetti and the services of the VisitCroatia.com – Tasteful Croatian Journeys team.

My husband and I just spent 13 amazing days traveling through Croatia. Our travel consultant in NYC, Joanne Colombo with Frosch, connected us to Wanda Radetti of Tasteful Croatian Journeys. The four of us did a preliminary conference call so that Wanda could get a feeling for the type of trip we were looking for. A week later, Joanne presented us with an amazing itinerary tailored to our needs. Everything about this trip was top notch and perfectly orchestrated. TCJ provides a concierge in Croatia who was always available to answer questions, make reservations and to make any last minute changes for us.

I can’t recommend either of our travel consultants more highly.

 

Carrie Morgan – Easton, PA
October 11, 2016

Dear Wanda,

We are back home and getting the clock adjusted for this side of the world. I wanted to take a moment and THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING! Our trip to Croatia and Montenegro was spectacular. I know it would not have been the same without the help of your amazing team. The itinerary you and Iva put together was flawless!

I’m cautious to use the word “team” because everyone from Tasteful Croatian Journeys (VisitCroatia.com) seemed more like speaking with friends and family. Having Iva on the ground as our local concierge was a great convenience. It seemed that everywhere we visited; the hotels, restaurants, guides, shops and drivers had received a call from you or Iva right before our arrival making sure they were ready to welcome us with warm, open arms. The service was first class all the way…everything we expected and more!

It has been years since I used a travel agent; the Internet seemed to make the task of booking travel easier than before. The Internet does have its limitations. The personal touch and care that you and your team brought to our vacation was so appreciated. Your insight, guidance and advice was flawless and invaluable!

I will be recommending your company to my friends, family and business associates. 

My only regret is that you do not provide travel services for the rest of the world!

 

Warm regards,

 

Henry Seidner – New York, NY
September 25, 2016

Dear Wanda,

As I already indicated our trip was near perfect in every detail.  None the less there are two things that were a matter of our personal preference that I would consider changing.  We all felt the second day in Split would have been better spent as a second day in Korcula.  For us, we loved the visit to the later and would like to have had another day there.

Second, we would have eliminated the visit to Montenegro.  By the end of the trip we were all traveled out and an extra day at the hotel in Dubrovnik would have been nice.  The rides to and from Montenegro took a long time in and out of slow traffic.  The restaurant you sent us to was lovely and served an excellent lunch but was probably not worth spending so much time in the car to go all the way to Kotor..

I say all this not as a complaint but just as a note you might consider for future travelers who don’t want to spend all that time in the car when the end result is a city that is lovely and interesting but doesn’t take long to see.

Again thanks for your assistance and we will of course recommend your services should the opportunity arise.

 

Edward Halpern and family – Santa Monica, California
August 17, 2016

 

Dear Wanda,

I don’t know quite where to begin.  This was absolutely the best trip of our lifetime. 

From the minute that we arrived until our departure, every detail of the trip was meticulously planned out.  The country is magnificent, the people welcoming and charming, each guide was well-versed in the history of the country and I could sense them making adjustments to the tour as they learned more about us.  They were very gracious in answering all of our questions, which were more about the current government, lifestyle, education and medical care in the country than the beautiful sites we were visiting.  Each guide was charming in his or her own way and well-known in their areas, as were all of the drivers.

The hotels and rooms were extraordinary.  We loved the variety, from modern waterfront hotels to ageless palaces.  I must say our favorite room was the Arabian room in Korcula. It was like something out of a movie set.

All of the restaurants that Iva chose for us were delicious with beautiful atmosphere.  Each one was spectacular that it is impossible to single one out.  But, the setting of the restaurant that we ate in during our visit to Montenegro was breathtaking, the food so fresh and the staff so welcoming.  The same holds true for the restaurant in the hotel that we stay at in Korcula.  I told our waiter that he should be a guide.  He was such a delight.  And then the chef at the restaurant at the Esplanade in Zagreb came out to meet us twice, made us special dishes and gave us each pralines as a present. 

We loved all of the Old Cities and learning about Croatian heritage.  Everyone we met is so proud of their country.  It was so refreshing and we just loved it.

Thanks you for everything.  We will definitely return and have shared our experience with anyone who will listen.

 

Barbara and Phillip Horowitz – New York, NY

June 13, 2016

Hello Wanda,

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

 

Dear Wanda,

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.

 

Regards,

 

Richard Magid, President

Sound Board Consulting Group – Boonton Twp, NJ

July 13, 2008

Dear Wanda,

 

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!

Best wishes,

Ree

 

Rene Babich and family – New York, NY

February 10, 2016

 

Dear Wanda,

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.

Sincerely,

 

Anita Bacchia & Family – New York, NY
August 11, 2016

Dear Wanda,

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.         

 

Venues

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.

Thanks again!

 

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