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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

Hi Wanda, 

I wanted to let you know that we had the most amazing trip to Croatia in July.  What a beautiful place; we are already dreaming of next time.  Everything was divine and seamless, which when traveling with three small children, is quite the compliment.  Thank you for your attention to all the travel details and helping make this a memorable vacation.  

I have had many people express interest in visiting Croatia when they hear about our trip or they say it has been on their 'list' of places to go.  I wanted to let you know that I have passed along your name for them to have on file. 

Melissa Holton and family -  Houston, Texas

September 10, 2015

Hi Wanda,

This note of appreciation is long overdue! My apologies....We all had a lovely time in Croatia.  The itinerary was well organized and paced.  We loved every aspect of the trip. The tour guides were superb and your suggestions for food were terrific. We particularly loved Restoran Kukuriku in Kastav -- what a special place!!  The service and food were some of the best we have ever experienced.  Slovenia will be a long time favorite as well.  What an interesting country.  We loved the people in every city and the drive through Slovenia and Croatia was breath taking. Many thanks and the attention and care you gave us and thank goodness we got the passport issue straightened out that morning!!

Hope you and your staff are well.

Thanks again for such a fabulous experience.  I have passed your name on to several people.  I am hoping they connect with you.

Thanks again for such a fabulous experience.

Jean and Chris Gearon - Derwood, Maryland

September 9, 2015

Three years ago we had the good fortune of serendipitously meeting Wanda in Felidia's in NY. She overheard my dad speaking Croatian with Lidia Bastianich and came over and introduced herself. When Wanda learned my dad's parents were from an island off of the Dalmatian Coast, she told us about her Croatian travel specialty business and said to contact her should we decide to go to Croatia. The following year well travelled close friends visited Croatia and said we must go!  My husband and I had been discussing going to Croatia in 2015 so that we could share photos and travel stories with my 88 years old dad. That recommendation put Croatia to the top of our travel queue.

Wanda created the perfect trip for us. From the very beginning when we were met at the train station in Trieste by her marvelous driver, Neal, we knew we were in good hands. Wanda made navigating Croatia effortless; the country's beauty, charm and history unfolded before our eyes. Wanda's choice of hotels were unique...primarily 5 star; each topped the next. Our itinerary matched our interests- Wanda chose memorable restaurants, wineries and sights -- we fell in love with Croatia.

We were particularly blown away by the wines.  Both the reds and the whites are made from varietals not typically grown outside of Croatia. At each winery, the wines were poured by family members. We marveled at the wines' complexity. But beware- ninety percent plus is consumed in country -- so shall we say- drink up? We had carried a few bottles to enjoy during the last leg of trip in Rome.

Wanda arranged for us to go to my family's island, Pasman, and connected us with cousins whom I had never met. I still vividly remember looking at the coast line from the ferry's deck as we were traveling back to the mainland with tears in my eyes and saying to myself “I am home."

Korcula was our favorite. We extended our stay on this beguiling island an extra day. Wanda's hotel choice - The Lesic Dimitri - was superb. Tony, the hotel's manager and owner's cousin of this Relais and Chateaux property profoundly deepened our love affair with Croatia. Toni's warmth, hospitality and intimate knowledge of his birth place made our trip.

Wanda's ground crew provides seamless wrap around support. Iva, one of Wanda's on the ground concierge was always a text or phone call away providing that wonderful peace of mind. Wanda provided us with expert guides and top notch car and drivers.

Many of our friends have talked about visiting Croatia through a cruise ... we've now given them Wanda.

 

Lisa and Russell Jones - Mooresville, NC

August 29, 2015

Dear Wanda,

I just wanted to thank you for organizing such a wonderful trip for us! Everything worked seamlessly. It was one of our favorites in recent memory.

The people of Croatia are wonderful. The staff at the hotels especially so. I would like to particularly point out and thank two of our drivers - Josip and Mladen. They both were excellent and went well above and beyond what was expected.

Your restaurant suggestions were superb as was the suggestion of a private yacht transfer from Split to Korcula. The latter may have been my wife and daughter's favorite part of the trip. It did not really feel like a travel day, but just another part of the adventure.

Tour guides were all excellent as well. Iva as a concierge was helpful and responsive.

Again many thanks.

Paul Zelenetz and family - Sea Cliff, New York

August 27, 2015

Dear Wanda,  

just a quick note to tell you both how wonderful everything has been thus far. You've put together an amazing itinerary for us!

We enjoyed Villa Meneghetti yesterday for lunch after our Pula trip. Goran was an A+ tour guide. Last night we did Kantinon for dinner and had all the fresh catches of the day on a platter. We also very much enjoyed the vinoteca next door. We shared too many grappa-like drinks with the general manager of the Maistra owned businesses - Adriatic, Lone, Monte Mulini, etc.  And Nina, our server, was extremely friendly. 

Today we went to the gym and then the pool. Tonight we're heading to Valentino for a drink, then Monte for dinner. Tomorrow is a spa day and maybe Puntulina or Sidroy (Goran recommended) for dinner. 

Saturday we depart for Zagreb. 

We've been so thrilled with everything so far and we've been singing your praises the entire time. So, thank you so much!!!!

We will definitely recommend Tasteful Croatian Journeys to our friends. 

 

Joe Areddy and Rachel Jones - Mason, Ohio

August 20, 2015

Dear Wanda, Iva and Cynthia,

Thank you for everything you did to help us with our trip to Croatia!

We really enjoyed our time with the guided tours and we are so glad we arranged for that with you. We just finished an absolutely lovely few hours with Alexsandra, our guide in Varazdin. She was very knowledgeable about the city and the greater history and she was so delightful to be with. We even forgot it was raining while we were walking around with her.  

I am so impressed with Croatia. The people are so friendly and everywhere is so clean, safe and beautiful. It is so fun to discuss the complex history with those we meet as I always keep learning something that brings me closer to " finally getting" how things in the past came to be.

I will definitely recommend that my family and friends make a visit to your beautiful country and that they be certain to use your services.

We will spend the afternoon in Varazdin, explore Zagreb tomorrow and unfortunately leave Saturday so that our girls can go back to school.

Kindly,

Susan Whoriskey and family - Belmont, Massachusetts

August 20, 2015



 

Dear Wanda and Iva,

Thank you very much for making our family trip a complete success! I am hero in the eyes of my family.

Each of the stops in our itinerary was unique and lovely, we enjoyed very much the choice of hotels and suggested restaurants, our guides and driver were very courteous and professional and the big bus was a complete hit for all the members of our group. I specially appreciated the constant support by Iva throughout the journey and knowing that I was not testing new grounds.

Thanks you again and very warm regards!

Monica Restrepo  and family - Bethesday, MD

August 10, 2015

Dear Wanda,

The Spillane girls have returned from their most wonderful Croatian interlude. Everything went beautifully and for that we thank you and your staff. The hotels were perfect, the restaurant recommendations spot on, and the drivers and tour guides professional, knowledgeable and fun. The country is beautiful and its people were all friendly and kind. We all were pleased with the itinerary and happy to have seen as much as we did. However, we all wished that we had had more time in each location and would like to see even more of the country...ah.. Never enough time for vacation.

It is difficult to say which hotel was the favorite as they all had their charmsand worked well for our plans. Lesic Dimitri in Korcula (despite the stairs) with the Chinese suite worked quite well for a place to gathereach day, relax, and to have that final glass of wine with a recap of the day's activities. The staff at Vestibul Palace was exceptionally nice and accommodating.

As for restaurants, our favorite was Kukuriku in Opatija. It was a beautiful night and as you know the meal and service were outstanding. We enjoyed our waiter and the owner/chef chatted with us. Next to Kukuriku, it is a hard to choose. Perhaps Konoba Rino or Zigante, or Puntulina, or LD Terrace. In Korcula, we had a delicious lunch at Nonna's. And there was a light afternoon breeze. In Dubrovnik, not sure we made the best selections for the restaurants (Nautika and Sesame),but that may only be so in comparison to the other fabulous meals and venues we enjoyed elsewhere and the exceptionally hot weather. And, not to go unmentioned... the wines. All good..and we tried them all... many times.

All of our drivers were exceptional. Cedo's history lessons were interesting and helped the time pass with the long ride to Split and Josef's singing (on the drive to Dubrovnik) was great fun. I hope that we tipped them appropriately for their service. We tipped at the high end of your suggestions and at times a little more.

It was of great comfort to have Iva accessible for questions and she was a great help in making (and changing a few times) our restaurant reservations.

Wanda, there are many other comments and highlights I could share; however, I am sure you know them all.

We cannot thank you enough for your kindness, advice, and a fabulous itinerary. We look forward to a return trip, to revisitsome favorite spots and to see what we missed. And, of course, we will be in touch with you to make those plans.

 With great appreciation,

Jo-Anne Spillane, Margaret Tonelli, Barbara Heisler, Deborah Tonelli - Charlestown, MA

July 27, 2015