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

Hello Wanda.  Just wanted to say that the trip was awesome.  The drivers, tours guides, and everyone else involved were great.  Our concierge, Iva, was wonderful.  I’m so glad we were able to meet her in Rijeka.  She was in constant contact with us before and during the trip making sure our needs were met.  The best part of the trip, for me, was meeting with our relatives.  I didn’t know what to expect and it turned out to be a very happy and emotional day for all of us.  Thank you to you and tour staff for all that you did in locating these wonderful people for us.  It truly was a trip of a lifetime for me.  I would recommend your company to anyone planning a trip to Croatia.  Should I go back, and I definitely want to, you will be the first one we contact!

Tony Biljan, Minnesota
December 15, 2014

Hello Wanda,

In follow up to your letter inquiring about how our travel experience was in Croatia, Montenegro and Prague, we had a wonderful time. The boat surpassed our expectations. The crew did everything possible to ensure that all was to our satisfaction. The food was incredible as was evidenced on the weigh scale when we returned home. All of the guides, drivers and hotels you chose were wonderful.

Thank you again for organizing this holiday for us all. It truly was a trip of a lifetime!

Judy Boult, Canada
November 5, 2014

Wanda designed a 1 week trip to Croatia for me and my close friend from medical school in the early summer of this year. She first wanted to speak with us about our interests and price range. Based upon that and the areas we wanted to visit she designed a wonderful itinerary. Everything went smoothly and was fantastic. Each day, Wanda had her local associate Iva Raucher check in on us to see if we needed anything. This was very helpful particularly in two instances--(1)our inbound flight was delayed and so they made sure our driver knew the time change and (2) there was some confusion about our hotel reservation and Iva immediately cleared it up with the hotel staff.  It wasn't an error on Wanda's part but it was nice that we didn't have to deal with it.  The tour guides and limo drivers that Wanda arranged were all excellent. She also gave us lists of restaurants and shops to visit. All of her recommendations were excellent. Everywhere we went, people knew Wanda as she visits Croatia several times a year, which makes her a unique travel consultant. She stays on top of the service provided to her customers to make sure nothing changes for the worse. All of the hotels we stayed in were the best in the area. I don't think we could have asked for a better trip. I have recommended Wanda to my friends and I wouldn't hesitate to use her services again. She is top notch!

Liz D., Minnesota
October 31, 2014

The trip was wonderful--thank you for your great planning! We enjoyed everything from the guides to the hotels. Nikola in particular was really fantastic! Thank you also for choosing such great places for us to visit--they fit the bill exactly for my writing--and beautiful places to stay. We loved Opatija, and really enjoyed our hotels. And the boutique apartment hotel in Trieste was so unique, and the room so spacious and the innkeepers so very welcoming. Thank you for making our stay memorable and beautiful for us both.

Tosca Lee, New York Times Bestselling Author, Nebraska
October 15, 2014

Thank you so much for your nice welcome home letter. The trip was terrific! Everything was executed seamlessly, the accommodations most excellent and the people of Croatia were wonderful. The Adriatic as you know is so beautiful. On humorous note, I was a bit over weight on an in country flight but when I told the agent that it was due to bottles of Istrian olive oil she laughed and averaged my husband's suitcase with mine.

Again thank you for your professionalism and for making this such a personal journey.

Cordial Regards,

Sybil & William Klein, Colorado
October 10, 2014

Wanda helped us to organize the trip of a lifetime. We had been planning to make this trip for over a year but the logistics were not easy, trying to organize 10 people traveling so far away. My mother in law is from Croatia and has a lot of family still there and in Slovenia. Since we were mainly visiting family and many of us have been there before we chose to drive ourselves and had very specific destinations we wanted to go to. Wanda accommodated all our needs and never pushed us to use services we didn't need or want. It was very clear that what mattered to her the most was that we have the kind of trip we wanted to have. We spent a couple of days in Ljubljana at a lovely hotel right in the old town and we also visited our family just outside of Ljubljana. Wanda also found us an outstanding place to stay near our relatives farm in Pravutina, The Rural Retreat. It was very secluded, very simple but comfortable with beautiful views and the food was out of this world. From there we were able to spend the days with my husband's Aunt and cousin. Then we went on to Plitvice Lakes, which is absolutely stunning and has to be seen to be believed. The second week of our stay was in Oprtalj in the north of Croatia. The house, while not the easiest place to get to, was great for us with yet more stunning views and a very friendly outdoor cat, promptly named Friskie by my daughter. Sophie, who owns the house, went out of her way to accommodate us. My mother decided to join us for the week in Orptalj and Sophie put an extra bed in the library so we would have room enough for all without charging extra. She was there to greet us when we arrived and was very kind and helpful. The house was a beautifully restored old house and what we liked the most about it was that although it was so nicely decorated it felt very welcoming and comfortable. We felt as if we could really live in it and not just perch for a few days.

I spent time in the former Jugoslavia as a child with my family and this was my second time back since then. It is still one of my favorite parts of the world, especially Ljubljana and Rovinj. Beautiful, friendly and relatively unspoiled. You can't do better than have Wanda help you arrange your trip there. She is from Croatia, goes back regularly and knows the places she sends her clients. What I also like is that she wanted to know how our trip was when we got back and welcomed feedback to make sure she is giving the best service possible

What else can I say? There were ten people traveling in all including a 10 year old, a 16 year old and 2 young men in their early 20's and it really went off without a hitch. Everyone had a great time and it was wonderful to see my daughter run around on her great Aunts farm and for us to swim in the Kupa river where my husband's mother and sisters swam as children.  Those 2 days on the farm were 2 of the most memorable days of any vacation I've taken. There was no tv, no video games, no distractions. Everyone talked about memories they had and the kids drew pictures of our adventures on napkins. The best part for me was to see the reunion of my mother in law with her sister after ten years and to see my sister in law come back to a place where she spent time as a child. I have to admit that I cried to see that and I cried when we left.

Lesley Scammell, New Jersey
October 6, 2014

Thank you so much for everything. You and your team were fantastic from beginning to end. You were available to make last minute changes, bookings and had excellent suggestions for dining. In addition the driver we had and our guide were both very knowledgeable. We were travelling with a young baby and it was priceless to have such a stress free vacation. I would not hesitate to recommend you highly and I hope to work with you again.

Gaya V., New York
September 2014

Dear Wanda,

Now that we are back home, I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip you helped us plan to Croatia and Montenegro. We really loved each of the places and all the hotels we visited, and all the guides, drivers, and excursions were outstanding. Thank you so much for all your efforts. I hope that you had an equally enjoyable holiday! Iva was also very helpful to us with some last minute details and adjustments. We would like to give her a gratuity for her help.  Thank you again for putting together a really unforgettable trip!

Kind regards,

Irene & Mario Ponce, Connecticut
August 14, 2014