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

Wanda,
Just wanted to let you know that the trip was terrific. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Sebastian and Jasper were great, and the hotels were all very nice. Thanks for pulling it all together on short notice.

Doug P., Connecticut
July 9, 2012

Hi Wanda. I wanted to thank you for arranging such an amazing trip for us. We all absolutely loved it. The Monte Mulini was perfect and Puntulina was our favorite restaurant. I can't say enough about Cedo - he is a pearl among men. His service was outstanding but, more importantly, we sincerely and thoroughly enjoyed his company. Nada was a pleasure to be with and we became fast friends in the short time we spent together. Both Cedo and Nada were keenly in tune with the interest and stamina levels of the children and my mother and we could not have asked for better aids during our trip. Please let me know where I may post glowing comments and recommendations for your services.

Dareuscha and family, New York
July 9, 2012

Thank you so very much for the recommendation for Tasteful Croatian Journeys! We recently took a two-week vacation to Dubrovnik and the Istrian Peninsula of Croatia. Croatia is a beautiful country with literally hundreds of breathtaking sights to see. And I sought the help of a highly recommended travel agent to help guide me through a myriad of options. It was probably the best travel decision I have ever made.

Wanda Radetti was impeccably astute in her planning and her recommendations for us. She listened closely to our preferences and turned our vacation into a sublime experience. Beautiful, charming hotels, sophisticated restaurants and breath-taking locations greeted us everywhere we went. Wanda arranged personal drivers for us who were polite, punctual and fluent in English. Before we left for Croatia, we received a wonderful travel packet including our itinerary and her lyrical notes to us on the history and spirit of each site we visited. After reading her historical background notes and walking the cobblestoned streets, I felt the sense of awe that years of antiquity provide.

As the capital and historic jewel of the country, Dubovnik is spectacular for history buffs, photographers and gourmands alike. Its coastline and harbor are dramatic and we especially loved the abundance of fresh seafood. I have fond memories of sitting in a quaint alfresco restaurant after a busy day, eating mussels and drinking crisp white wine, while boats entered and left the scenic harbor.

The Istrian peninsula is varied and stunning. It was a continuing delight in each of the towns and villages we visited. The people were kind and the beauty of the Adriatic Sea unforgettable.

We were cordially welcomed by name in each place we visited. It is hard to say enough about the magic that Tasteful Croatian Journeys and Wanda created for us! I have recommended Ms. Radetti and her staff to friends.

Lynn Gardner, Albania
February 24, 2012, Condé Nast Traveler

Wanda and her staff at Tasteful Croatian Journeys allowed my two daughters and me to have a completely enjoyable and worry-free experience in Croatia in July of last year (2011). All parts of the trip - guides, hotels, cars, drivers and restaurants - exceeded our expectations. Working with Wanda and her staff was easy: during the planning phase they promptly updated any changes we made and then they checked in with us throughout the trip to make sure we had everything we needed. Our first hotel in Trieste, Italy was fabulous; my daughters and I truly adored our amazing room in an exquisite and grand hotel. Not wanting to change hotels every day, but eager to explore Croatia, we were quite happy to find that Wanda had booked us for most of the next week into a very comfortable hotel with spacious rooms and fabulous Adriatic views that I still keep as background on my cell phone. My teenagers were happy being on the water and having a pool. We all enjoyed the convenience of walking into town to shop and sample the many good restaurants. Our personal driver and local tour guide picked us up each day to show us some neighboring towns and historical treasures – even my teenagers enjoyed sightseeing with them! We would have happily stayed even longer just to soak up the ambiance of the Istrian peninsula. A highlight of our trip was our visit to the Plitvice Lakes which my daughter had researched prior to our trip and which was what drew us to Croatia initially. The beautiful turquoise lakes and waterfalls in the middle of a forest were breathtaking – no wonder it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site! Our local driver, Cedo, and I discussed how Tasteful Croatian Journeys had sent us to all the best places —including some that most people who visit Croatia never get to see. Wanda definitely listened to me during our initial conversations and then used her own vision and expertise to create the best vacation we have had in years – very relaxing and carefree, yet full of new experiences and special memories. I have already recommended Wanda and Tasteful Croatian Journeys to two of my friends and would highly recommend them to anyone else looking for a luxury, tailor-made "journey" in and around one of the loveliest parts of Europe. We can’t wait to go back and see more.

Karen Edwards, Maryland
February 13, 2012, Condé Nast Traveler

In August, 2011, our family of six, including our two daughters and their fiances, had the great pleasure of taking a vacation in Croatia, expertly organized by the team at Tasteful Croatian Journeys. Wanda Radetti and her staff listened closely to our interests and needs, and put a great trip together for us, with lovely hotels, efficient and courteous land travel, knowledgeable city guides, and even the helpful connection to family on a coastal island. We had sea view rooms overlooking islands and the old city of Dubrovnik, and an extremely comfortable hotel within Diocletian's Palace in Split which even had an original Roman wall in our hotel room. We had drivers take us on day trips from Dubrovnik to Kotor and Sveti Stefan in Montenegro, and from Split to the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. Guides in these locations were arranged and waiting for our arrival. The highlight of this very special Tasteful Croatian Journey, that only Wanda with her extensive professional experience and personal relationships could have made possible was an unforgettable week on a magnificent 57 foot Beneteau luxury sailing yacht cruising the Dalmatian coast and visiting the wonderful islands of Hvar, Vis, Lastovo, and Korcula. Sebastian, our skipper, and Gaspar, his young first mate, were absolutely extraordinary: excellent sailors, great guides, first class chefs, and wonderful, fun-loving people to be around. Our idyllic days consisted of breakfast, sailing to a quiet cove for a swim, a delicious multi-course lunch with Gaspar's family's Slovenian wines, an afternoon sail to a local marina, and a great fish dinner in the marina restaurant. While we were not obligated to include Sebastian and Gaspar in our dinners, we enjoyed their company so much that their inclusion was an obvious enhancement to our experience. To top this off, Wanda was able to help connect us to my wife's father's Croatian family on the island of Korcula, with whom we had a wonderful visit. All in all, this was one of the great vacations of our lives (certainly the best of our childrens' lives), and the job done by Tasteful Croatian Journeys was instrumental in the success of the trip. We can recommend them wholeheartedly.

Jeffrey Gaynor, California
January 10, 2012, Condé Nast Traveler

I could not have made a better decision in having Wanda and Tasteful Croatian Journeys help us navigate our journey throughout Croatia in August 2011. Wanda gave great recommendations and truly understands what is required to have a luxurious vacation. Her planning of our itinerary was complete perfection. Our guide in Hvar was a local and a seasoned professional who took us to unexpected places and made great restaurant recommendations. Our overall favorite destination of the trip was Korcula where we loved our guide, accommodation, the town itself and its gorgeous views. Our only regret was not being able to spend more time there! Also, our hotel in Split was superb in its comfort and convenient location within the city.  My three older children who traveled with me thoroughly enjoyed their time swimming in the Adriatic and also wine tasting at each of the local wineries. I have to say that Croatia was one of our favorite places to visit as a family. I would recommend Wanda and Tasteful Croatian Journeys to anyone hoping to get an inside look at the culture and beauty that Croatia embodies.

Rowena Nazareth, Canada
August 2011

In June 2011 we embarked on a fantastic adventure to Croatia. Toni's father is of Croatian descent, and we thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to visit his ancestral homeland. We had visited various travel websites and local travel agencies, and none seemed to fit our needs. Then Toni read the Conde Nast Traveler magazine and there she discovered Wanda Radetti! We contacted Wanda, and she was as excited about getting us to Croatia and having a wonderful experience as we were. Since we didn't know Croatia at all, she helped us plan an itinerary that would not only take us from one end of the country to the other, but also included a day trip to Montenegro. Because of her intimate knowledge about the hotels and various restaurants along the way, the owners greeted us as personal guests and we felt very special indeed. She provided a personalized travel guide that contained a detailed list of the hotels and lengths of our stay, descriptions of the cities we would visit, detailed dining recommendations, a detailed itinerary with times for departure and arrival, and names of drivers including time and pickup locations. Since we wanted to see as much as possible, she helped us plan our time most efficiently. Without exception, the drivers and guides she provided were knowledgeable, courteous, and downright fun, and we all had a wonderful time getting to know one another. Each accommodation was wonderful, ranging from large and well known, to small gems. Wanda's restaurant recommendations, along with suggestions for markets, shopping, cultural attractions and sights, served to greatly enrich our overall experience. This great service wasn't by accident, since she had vetted all of the hotels, restaurants, drivers, guides, and quality of service through personal visits. Communication with her was excellent and she took the time to explain her itinerary recommendations, while asking for and listening to our requests. She was happy to work with our budget, while still providing a wonderful experience. There is no downside to Wanda's service. We recommend Wanda and Tasteful Croatian Journeys without reservation to anyone planning to travel to this beautiful country and know first-hand its wonderful people.

Ernie and Toni Marquez, Maryland
July 9, 2011, Condé Nast Traveler

I would like to compliment Wanda and her staff in New York and Croatia for all of their hard work and attention to detail on our family trip to Croatia. Wanda knows the country, the people, and the places! We started our adventure in Zagreb, the capital city. As Wanda told us, Zagreb is not a "must see" in Croatia, but we enjoyed it, especially the Native Art Museum. After seeing Split and Dubrovnik, on the Adriatic Coast, we know why Wanda wanted us to concentrate our trip there! We really enjoyed touring Diocletian's Palace in Split; the islands of Hvar and Korcula; the Peljesac peninsula; and, of course, Dubrovnik. The hotel in Dubrovnik could not have been better. The sea view was incredible and it gave us easy walking access to the old walled city. Don't miss walking on top of the old city walls! We did all of this in a week, so it is not a difficult trip. Also, thanks to Conde Nast for listing Wanda! PF, Texas

P.F., Texas
May 19, 2011, Condé Nast Traveler