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 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
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
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
I just wanted to thank you [Wanda] for your generosity last evening at the restaurant in & Korcula with the wine. The service was over the top and our waiter went out of his way to give us a most wonderful experience. For that matter, the whole trip has exceeded our expectations in every way and we wanted to let you know even though we still have a week to go. I know you worked with the Vestibul hotel before which was spectacular in quality and service but I understand you have not booked people on the Aurum before. I can tell you from our travels especially on water that this boat is exceptional, Wanda. Jere and his crew are the most hospitable and professional crew and this boat has attracted a huge amount of attention in every harbor because of its physical lines and the care with which Jere goes about his business. It is like a 5 star hotel on the water and there has not been a request [that has not been] fulfilled. We would highly recommend this way of traveling down the Dalmatian coast to any of your customers and I would absolutely be a reference. We can't thank you enough for arranging this for us and we are already talking about another vacation in this area with our children. On a final note, Croatia itself is even more beautiful that I imagined so in summary you have 8 very happy customers.
Lee Meager, Canada
September 27, 2012
We are sitting on the terrace of the Regent Esplanade having a lovely breakfast on our final morning in Croatia. I can't thank you enough for this glorious vacation - it was inspiring, amazing, and deeply relaxing all at once!
All the best,
Jennifer Chayes and Christian Borg, Massachusetts
September 22, 2012
My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Croatia's Dalmatian coast which was a collaboration between my travel agent, Barbara Spero at Tzell travel, and Ms. Radetti's group. While I can't say enough positive things about my travel agent, with whom I have been working for years, I would also like to provide some very positive feedback about working with Ms. Radetti's group. First, I want to make a general observation - that Croatia should be more of a presence in the American "consciousness" about European travel. It is beautiful and exciting and offers a great deal of variety, the people are open, friendly and helpful, and for the time being, it is affordable! Although we only had ten days and therefore focused on the lower Dalmatian coast (i.e., Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik with a side day trip to Montenegro) the country offers a much more extensive opportunities to include things we did not do - biking, hiking, natural wonders, etc. Ms. Radetti and her group put together a highly organized series of events, transfers and tours, with excellent hotels in each location that met our needs and were to our taste (small and quaint), from The Marmont in Split, to the Lesic Dimitri Palace in Korcula, to the Grand Villa Argentina in Dubrovnik. Her tour guides were extremely well-informed and very personable, and her travel notes, which comprised all aspects of the trip except flights, included historical overviews that provided a good deal of perspective. All restaurant recommendations were also spot-on. Our only complaint involved the air travel; Air Croatia is not particularly reliable, and of course there are no direct flights from the US to anywhere in Croatia, and there should be ( it would certainly boost tourism from here). All in all, Croatia is a wonderful destination and we highly recommend Ms. Radetti's group, Tasteful Croatian Journeys.
Nancy Payne, New York
September 17, 2012, Condé Nast Traveler
Thank you to Conde Nast Traveler and your readers for helping us select the perfect trip planner for a recent trip to Croatia in July 2012. From reading previous reviews on Conde Nast Traveler, we contacted Wanda Radetti at Tasteful Croatian Journeys to enquire about a custom journey to Croatia. We are 3 well-traveled women in our 50’s/60’s who are always interested in the unique and different. We also prefer to work with native travel planners for whatever region of the world we’re heading to. From the reviews in Conde Nast Traveler, Tasteful Croatian Journeys sounded perfect. And it was. Wanda instantly understood the exact type of trip/traveling we prefer. With just a couple of phone calls and a few emails, she had designed a trip that sounded perfect and covered much more than we expected. We traveled for 19 days throughout Croatia and into Slovenia and Northern Italy. Every hotel perfectly matched the style I told Wanda we preferred, our guides and drivers were all professional, friendly and (best of all) fun. We didn’t feel we were listening to a history lecture on tours, we felt like we were seeing a new place with new local friends. Tasteful Croatian Journeys designed a good mix of short 2 hour guided city walks with longer day trips throughout our journey. On Wanda’s recommendation we had a charter sailboat for 6 days of our journey and it was absolutely fabulous! (and something we hadn’t even considered before talking to her). We started our journey in Split where we met up with our boat, then sailed down the Dalmation coast to Dubrovnik, where we very reluctantly debarked. The boat was luxuriously comfortable for 3 guests and the Captain (Sebastian) and First Mate (Gaspar) were a delight. The motto of our trip from them was “As You Wish My Ladies” – they made sure our every wish was delivered… from isolated swimming coves, to wonderful small restaurants and even a spa stop. We hated to leave the boat, but the rest of our trip was just as good. Every stop was beautiful, clean and charming in its own fashion – just as Wanda had promised. We visited Dubrovnik, Montenegro, Zagreb and Lovran in Croatia; Lake Bled in Slovenia and Trieste in Italy. We can’t pick a favorite part, because we loved every stop. The trip designed for us was a perfect “taste” of several different areas. Just enough to entice us to want to return and see more. We’re all very experienced travelers and we know the work, coordination and effort that goes into making a trip like this appear “seamless.” We appreciated that our days were effortless only because there was a lot of effort behind the scenes by the team at Tasteful Croatian Journeys. From the perfect selection of hotels, restaurant recommendations, tours, guides, drivers and even Wanda’s own concerned local Croatian Concierge checking on us just to make sure we were fine during the trip – Wanda Radetti and her team at Tasteful Croatian Journeys could not get higher marks from us. The trip was a dream from start to finish. We’re looking forward to future travel with Tasteful Croatian Journeys!
Pamela Solvang, Texas
August 6, 2012, Condé Nast Traveler
Let me thank you [Wanda] for helping Larry and I have a fabulous vacation in Croatia. I appreciate your thoughtfulness in all the arrangements. Highlights included the dinner in Kortula that our driver Joseph took us to. We were serenaded a cappella by the owner, his son and the "locals" who showed up. We also liked the fresh oysters in Ston. The best hotel was villa Dubrovnik… Their service was great and I loved their swimming area…
[It] was a memorable trip to a beautiful country and I would definitely recommend your services to other travelers.
Moira Ariano, Illinois
July 9, 2012