It was our best trip everThank you Pamela and Mimi at Adventures Croatia or making our trip to Croatia so special for our 25th wedding anniversary! My husband said it was our best trip ever. We loved all the adventures you planned and having drivers and guides made it so easy. It was also a good way to talk to several Croatians and really understand the history and culture. I was most nervous about zip lining and you encouraged me to do it and it was the highlight of our trip- to push boundaries and have the thrill of a lifetime. The guides were amazing and I felt safe and proud that we did it! Overall, the people were incredibly interesting and kind, the food and wine were excellent and the scenery was spectacular. We didn't know a lot about Croatia or the Dalmatian Coast initially and we're grateful for seeing this part of the world. We stayed in gorgeous properties and loved truffle hunting, oyster harvesting, wine tasting, boating and the city tours. Highly recommend and would love to visit again one day.
Great recommendations and flexibility to our needs and budget
I found the planning process very much hands-on, personal and helpfulThe truffle lunch/hunt was really fun. very interesting, great food and the family was very nice. The oyster farm and lunch was outstanding. Wonderful oysters and mussels, great family-made red wine and grappa, along with a very warm host. Also the Postjana Caves were a delightful surprise. Beautiful and unique. For us, a much better choice than seeing the horses. And, the chef's menu dinner with wine at the restaurant in Korcula exceeded our expectations. Also, we very much liked our day in the Istrian countryside and our half-day in Pula. Our guide for Pula did a very good job of showing us her city. By happy coincidence, Lisa Albert (from Adventures Croatia) lives in our town, so when I spoke with Pamela early in the process (I was also considering a Croatia-based company that I subsequently found out Pamela had previously worked for) Pamela immediately put me in touch with Lisa. Lisa personally met with us several times and was on the phone with me frequently when we were planning our itinerary. Lisa is very knowledgeable and was fun to work with. I found your ground team in Croatia to be very responsive to text messages and helpful throughout our trip.
The personal attention from all the local producers/purveyors was special, providing a memorable experience and a stronger connection to the places we visitedOne of the great things about the trip was the casual nature of the excursions- the lack of a need for dressy clothes!
Adventures Croatia did an outstanding job planning our trip.I will preface this review with the fact that we are independent travelers and normally do all our own trip planning. However, between booking our flight to Croatia and our departure date, a family emergency occurred which did not allow us to devote any time to think about trip planning. Just EIGHT DAYS prior to our departure we contacted Adventures Croatia on the recommendation of a friend since we had done absolutely no planning for our trip. My husband had several detailed conversations with Christy about our likes, dislikes, preferred activities, interests. Within 2 days Adventures Croatia came up with a 2-week itinerary that included all of our interests (food, wine, hiking, bicycling, sea kayaking, historical tours, boating, visiting national parks), with hotels, transfers, recommended tours and activities. We did some very minor tweaking of the proposal and had an incredible itinerary booked just 4 days prior to departure. The trip went flawlessly and incorporated all of our interests. Our historical tours were the right length of time for the particular cities. We learned so much about the history and culture of Croatia. We normally do not do city tours, but would have missed out on a lot had we not taken them. Our activities were customized to our preferences and were so unique. It would have been difficult to have found the special gems we experienced by doing our own research. When we had drivers, they were not just drivers but took an interest in being guides as well. The amount of time spent in each place was absolutely perfect. The lodging was nicer than we would have chosen on our own but was a welcome luxury. The special dinners booked as part of the itinerary were amazing. The trip was the perfect balance of free time and scheduled activities. I loved that most meals were on our own, so we could experience a variety of restaurants that were suited to our schedule, mood and tastes. We did some of our trip with a rental car, so could explore the national parks on our own. I was very impressed with the ability of Adventures Croatia to be able to plan our trip with so little notice. We could have/would have gone to Croatia on our own and had a good time. But due to the expertise of their company, we had a fabulous, informative, leisurely-but-active, perfectly-timed, stress-free trip. Thank you. Just EIGHT DAYS prior to our departure we contacted Adventures Croatia on the recommendation of a friend since we had done absolutely no planning for our trip. My husband had several detailed conversations with Christy about our likes, dislikes, preferred activities, interests. Within 2 days Adventures Croatia came up with a 2-week itinerary that included all of our interests (food, wine, hiking, bicycling, sea kayaking, historical tours, boating, visiting national parks), with hotels, transfers, recommended tours and activities. We did some very minor tweaking of the proposal and had an incredible itinerary booked just 4 days prior to departure. The trip went flawlessly and incorporated all of our interests. Our historical tours were the right length of time for the particular cities. We learned so much about the history and culture of Croatia. We normally do not do city tours, but would have missed out on a lot had we not taken them. Our activities were customized to our preferences and were so unique. It would have been difficult to have found the special gems we experienced by doing our own research. When we had drivers, they were not just drivers but took an interest in being guides as well. The amount of time spent in each place was absolutely perfect. The lodging was nicer than we would have chosen on our own but was a welcome luxury. The special dinners booked as part of the itinerary were amazing. The trip was the perfect balance of free time and scheduled activities. I loved that most meals were on our own, so we could experience a variety of restaurants that were suited to our schedule, mood and tastes. We did some of our trip with a rental car, so could explore the national parks on our own. I was very impressed with the ability of Adventures Croatia to be able to plan our trip with so little notice. We could have/would have gone to Croatia on our own and had a good time. But due to the expertise of their company, we had a fabulous, informative, leisurely-but-active, perfectly-timed, stress-free trip. Thank you.
The trip was absolutely magical - exceeded all expectations!Our friends, who had experienced charter cruises on gullets in Turkey and in Greece, put together a gullet cruise in Croatia and invited us to join them. We expanded the trip by spending a couple of extra days exploring Croatia. Loved having dinner the first night at Komarda - a very nice introduction. Especially enjoyed touring the walled city and the trip to Ston with the oyster tasting.The Bibich winery tour was also outstanding! We enjoyed the Dubrovnik Hotel Place very much. Very convenient, lovely staff, and nice accommodations.
Online Search, found Adventures Croatia WebsiteEverything was wonderful and perfectly tailored to us.
Croatia was on my Bucket ListGreat planning, great hotels, great sights. All (hotels) were wonderful in their own ways. Favorites were the winery tour, speedboat ride, cooking class... to be honest enjoyed them all!
I don't think you could have done anything more as this was the perfect trip.The fact that you specialized in Croatia and surrounding areas and offered so many different options and could do a private, customized tour. Hard to choose a favorite excursion/experience! They were all amazing and different. Particularly liked the variety. Highlights were the cooking day in Trogir, the wine pairing dinner in Sibenik, and the oyster/mussels lunch in Ston. No disappointments! Your drivers and guides were all excellent, personable and knowledgeable. You have chosen wisely! They were all professional, agreeable, helpful. They are among the best I have had in over 40 years of traveling. Each hotel choice was exceptional. If I had to choose, it would be our boutique hotel in Split, great location and an amazing staff. They just couldn't do enough for us! From the first conversation I had with Lisa, I was convinced I was working with someone who knew Croatia and could understand the type of client and what would work best. I was not disappointed. In fact, the experience was even better than I anticipated. I don't think you could have done anything more as this was the perfect trip. I have travelled extensively and designed and led trips for adults for a college and your attention to detail, your knowledge of the country, your selection of guides, hotels, and excursions made this one of the most enjoyable and easy trip I have ever taken. I'm already thinking of where I want to go next with Adventures Croatia!
Heard good thingsAbsolutely unforgettable.
Very satisfied!Loved all our guides and drivers. They were all so enthusiastic and proud of Croatia. Even the drivers acted as guides! Hotel in Dubrovnik and Split were our favorites. Lovely rooms, excellent customer service!!! Loved all the old town tours. Also enjoyed the oysters and buzara lunch. Enjoyed the cooking demo and lunch you arranged for us. Also loved the food and dinner in Sibenik was excellent. After talking with Pamela and viewing the itinerary, I felt comfortable with her so I did not do any additional research. Extremely likely to recommend to a friend!
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Thank you for an amazing adventure!!!Wow, it was everything I'd hoped for. So much do to with not enough time but I think our 11-day itinerary was perfect. Besides exploring all the sites, I felt we did a little bit of everything, wine tasting, lots of walking, biking, kayaking, ferry ride, boat rides! Although I truly enjoyed the Bibich Winery experience, my husband would have skipped it knowing that it was an hour back towards Zagreb after driving from Zagreb to Split. All the hotels were great except the Excelsior. Great location but room was probably one of the least desirable. I've never used a travel company before but now will never plan a trip without one. I think you guys did an exceptional job with all the hotel selections, excursions, details, etc. Thank you for an amazing adventure!!!
It felt like we were truly immersed in Croatia.Croatia has been on my list of places to visit for some time, so I contacted Adventures Croatia and some other resources to get information on travel there. It became quickly apparent that the professionals at Adventures Croatia are passionate about what the country has to offer. Pamela Robinson, the founder, spent significant time discussing with me what I was looking for in a vacation there. She suggested I consider an Insider’s Tour of the Dalmatian Coast and she and her team of experts in Croatia created a truly incredible experience. From our arrival and city tour in Zadar through the end of the trip in Dubrovnik, we had exceptional and knowledgeable guides and drivers at each destination. In addition to getting upgraded rooms in our lovely boutique hotels, we were provided with exclusive tours of private wineries accompanied by world class dining experiences. Having seen Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” show on Croatia, I was thrilled to see that Pamela made sure a number of private places he so highly recommended were also being made available to our group. I had heard that tourists often have a difficult time getting tickets on the ferries that travel from the mainland to and between islands (tourists restricted to “day of” purchases). When we needed a ferry, Pamela’s local contacts purchased tickets for us. Rather than take a ferry from Split to Vis Island, a speedboat was arranged, which provided some of the more thrilling memories of the trip, as well as cutting travel time in half. This left time for a spectacular fresh fish lunch at a delightful restaurant in a beautiful secluded cove on one of the smaller islands en route. Considering that the alternative was mass transit by boat; having private transport arranged between islands and the mainland made the trip a far more relaxing one for the whole group. In addition, the captain of the boat arranged to tour the world famous “Blue Cave” and Vis Island knew exactly when to get us to the cave to make sure we beat the rising tide, unlike many boats behind us that did not get passage into the cave. As an added treat, we were taken into a small cove and got to enter a Cold War relic submarine cave, and then take a swim in the warm turquoise water in the cove. Both were fabulous experiences. Whether visiting a small private island to sip homemade wine and dip homemade bread into homemade olive oil while sampling straight from the water raw oysters and incredible mussels buzara or walking through a beautiful old olive grove to a home where a delightful meal of fresh grilled meats and vegetables was cooked for our group by the homeowner, it felt like we were truly immersed in Croatia. With every stop, we felt like we were getting behind the scenes and off the beaten track experiences; the private guides in Krka National Park, Trogir, Sibenik, Split, Dubrovnik, both in the city and on the famous wall at sunset. Pamela and her team’s attention to details and recommendations for restaurants, clubs, wineries, museums, etc… allowed us to see an incredible amount in the time we were there without ever feeling rushed or pushed. And more importantly, their expertise meant no unpleasant surprises. We are very grateful to Adventures Croatia for taking the time to create a magical trip for us.
Our fabulous trip went off without one hitchWhile trying to plan a trip to Slovenia and Croatia myself, I stumbled onto Adventures Croatia's web site, and boy am I glad I did!! After asking me many specific questions about our preferences for types of hotels, activities, foods, and our budget, she presented a fantastic itinerary that only needed slight tweaking. She put us in hotels that perfectly suited us, made arrangements for car rentals and found wonderful drivers when needed. We wanted one week on a boat and she found the perfect one. Our fabulous trip went off without one hitch, thanks to her planning.
SPECTACULAR trip to Croatia! We can’t say enough great things!Thank you for planning our SPECTACULAR trip to Croatia! We can’t say enough great things! As you promised, Croatia is beautiful, historic, clean and so friendly – not to mention the fantastic weather, wine and food! Each hotel was unique and fabulous with incredibly friendly staff. Your guides and drivers were all so professional and genuinely took interest in us. One of the highlights was our private day of wine tasting and lunch on the Peljesac peninsula with Mario. The wonderful wine and traditional lunch he and his sister served us in their 500+ year old family winery was one of the best days ever. The ENTIRE trip was absolutely TOP NOTCH and we will recommend you and your professionals in Croatia to all of our traveling friends and family! Thank you for making our 10 year anniversary celebration the trip of a life time!
Fabulous tripNancy and I had a fabulous trip, thanks in no small part to your efforts and guidance, and we would be only too happy to sing your praises and in an effort to make possible an equally delightful experience for some other lucky travelers.
The sights and experiences we had will be with us for a lifetimeI am finally back at home after our wonderful trip...I finally have a chance to thank you for the Croatian excursion you planned for Caitlin and me. Aside from one or two rainy days (which were still fun), the entire trip was seamless. Your guides and drivers are truly excellent and seem to love meeting new people; they perform their jobs so well, while never making it seem as if they are doing a paid job! I really wanted to take a couple of them home with me, and Caitlin will be friends for life, I think, with Sonya and Florio, our driver in Dubrovnik who was such a sweetheart (while traveling at top speeds, safely, through the countryside!). Such good, professional and intelligent people, all of them. The hotels were superb, all three of them, also with wonderful accommodating folks. The sights and experiences we had will be with us for a lifetime, and we were both so impressed with Croatia: such a clean, beautiful country, retaining much of its sense of history while being very sophisticated and modern. Internet and cell service was great wherever we were–I often have difficulty getting good service in my travels in the USA, but not a problem in Croatia. On one of our last days, Caitlin and I sat at a cafe high on the Adriatic in Dubrovnik and called my husband and some other friends who had recommended this particular spot (Cafe Buja, shouldn’t be missed). What a fabulous, lovely country–so easy for Americans as literally everyone speaks English!! Anyway, can’t say enough good things about it, and just wanted you to know!! THANK YOU!
Every aspect of the trip ran smoothlyWe are just back from our trip and wanted to send a huge “Thank You!” regarding your help in making our trip to Croatia a magical one. Every aspect of the trip ran smoothly, and all of the activities you suggested to us were wonderful. Our trip to Modric Cave and our sailing day were both highlights of the trip. We must send our thanks, also, to all of the people, from drivers to adventure leaders, for their love of what they do and their fierce love of their country. Andrej, Sonja, Marjan, Velselka, Florio, Maria, and our final driver to the airport… you all were wonderful companions on our trip and we would love to run into you again. We appreciate your patience with our endless questions, and we appreciate all you told us of your country. We are already thinking about returning in two years time, perhaps we will see you again. We appreciate that everyone endeavored to educate us on a wide variety of topics, from the recent conflict all the way to farming methods. Croatia is a special place, and we appreciate all you did to share that with us.
The trip was spectacular!We had a fabulous time, and there was not one glitch. (until our plane was grounded in Toronto, left 15 hours late, and they lost our luggage!) Every place you sent us, every guide you got for us, and every B&B you booked was perfect. We can’t thank you enough. I would recommend you to anyone who is looking to travel there.
Top NotchOur trip to Croatia was fantastic. Our itinerary was perfect. Each of the places we visited was very different, and each of the experiences you arranged (walking tours, a buggy tour, an off road tour) was terrific. The hotels you arranged were beautiful and unique (and top notch). Finally, your service was great – when the weather threatened our plans, you were ready with last-minute alternatives, just in case. Thanks for everything, we would be glad to act as references and will be recommending you to our friends and colleagues.
FABULOUS!!!!!!Everyone of your hired contacts were professional, very personal and engaging and extremely knowledgeable. We couldn’t have asked for a better vacation!!!! Thank you so much for organizing great adventures each day!!!! We will certainly be returning and using you again! Thank you so much!
I will always remember these experiences.We had such a fabulous and memorable trip thanks to you and your on-the-ground team in Croatia and Bosnia. I will always remember these experiences. Your company was outstanding. Cheers to you all and happy 2013! I will be happy to recommend you to any potential clients!
Holiday in Croatia –Happy New Year to you!!!! I hope your 2013 is healthy, prosperous and full of joy! Looking forward to working with you on many more adventures! Sincerely, Tom and Julie
Private Charter Cruise and Custom Excursion Package - Private Group of 38We arrived home 2 days ago and are still dreaming of early morning freshly baked croissants and Croatian Rose! The trip was very successful - everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed all the special experiences you planned into our itinerary. We loved the boat and found the facilities exceeded our expectations. The staff were very helpful, efficient and worked very long hours to keep the boat afloat. Your Cruise & Tour Director was a very welcome addition to the trip and we could not have done this without his suggestions, his translations and his quiet confident presence. We thoroughly enjoyed the touring by bus, on foot and the swimming stops were lovely. We especially enjoyed our tour to the Olive Oil sampling farm and the wine tasting at Tomic Winery. Our guide in Split and our Game of Thrones guide in Dubrovnik were both excellent. Our dinners on land were great and we all especially loved our dinner at Hvar and at Split. We felt very lucky to visit the Grappa maker in Hvar to sample his (exceptionally strong) brew! We were absolutely blown away by having front row seats at dinner at the concert in the square in Split and will never forget this evening. Thank you again so much for all your efforts to make this trip so memorable and so special. Best wishes and thank you so much
Our 40th Wedding Anniversary was wonderful! Memorable!Loved it all......all the wine tasting (along with the local foods) were some of my favorite activities. Loved swimming in the Adriatic, and especially enjoyed the group walking tour of old town Dubrovnik with the costumed characters and all the fun you created for that day. My husband LOVED the torpedo boats! The boat drivers were great! We'll definitely be spreading the good word about Adventures Croatia!
Very well planned.Everything went smoothly. We did realize, even though we wouldn't have changed a thing this trip, we ARE getting older and it was a little too busy, tiring. BUT we survived the Plitvice Lakes Park and KRKA! Also only a small amount of rain. Weather good on cruise. So impressed with all drivers, dressed nicely, alway on time
The trip was spectacularly planned to the finest detail.Truly one our most favorite trips over the last 35 years. Very little guesswork as to rental cars, hotels, each meal was indicated either at the hotels for breakfast, with lunch and dinner either reserved at special, well thought out locations with proven track records or we were open to finding what suited us. We loved having a bit of both. There were so many facets to the trips, excursions to Lake Bled, the caves, Pula, the old towns of several cities, walking the wall in Dubrovnik, several fantastic meals.........thus very hard to be concise when the entire 17 days was a magical walk thru beautiful Croatia rich with history and lush topography. I would suggest that future clients consider Andy Gaskin's gastronomical feast! They may wish to know the approximate cost ahead of time. Lastly.....I wish to thank Adventures Croatia because as E & I are in our 60's it has become less important to us to buy 'things' to collect 'stuff'.........and what has become much more important to us is the creation and collection of life-long 'Memories', often centered around family but not always. The trip Adventures Croatia planned for us is one of those most cherished Memories we will have forever and share with others! A heartfelt thank you!
Fantastic.Everything worked well. Travel was easy, especially for a foreign country.
This was a fabulous trip.Usually, my husband and I travel without the help of a travel agent but this time, we were very grateful to have the guidance of Adventures Croatia. Pamela worked diligently with us in the planning stages to work within our price range and incorporated everything we asked for and more. She made suggestions for excursions, unique to our interests (zip lining and hiking for us) and included details we would not have thought of that made our trip convenient and problem free. This included delivery and pick up of a rental car at our hotel, reservations at excellent hotels and restaurants, private walking tours, private transport to and from airports and contact information for each person involved. All were professional, informative and friendly. We were also grateful to have the contact information of a Croation Adventures team member in Croatia who we could call if ever we had a problem, were running late, or needed to make a change in our itinerary. I would highly recommend Adventures Croatia to anyone interested in visiting this area.
Marvelous TripAdventures Croatia planned and executed a marvelous trip to Croatia (including specifically Dubrovnik, Korcula island, Split) and Montenegro. The hotels they selected were delightful and the destinations and excursions they planned (including a speed boat trip from Korcula to Mljet National Park and an excursion to Ston) were historic and/or beautiful. They worked with us as we planned the trip (for which, as we had only 7 days, we limited our visit to the Dalmatia Coast) to determine our goals and objectives and then delivered on every one of them. The guides and drivers they arranged were knowledgeable, personable and conversational (and a highlight of the trip). Among everything else, Adventures Croatia provided us personable and even gracious service.
We had a wonderful visit to Croatia arranged by Pamela at Adventures Croatia. She knows the country so well and it sure showed in all of the arrangements she designed.Our trip included four days on land (Split and Dubrovnik) and seven days on a 35 passenger ship cruising from island to island just off the coast. All of the 11 or 12 days were well arranged and we did not have one hiccough at any time. Our tour guides for the land portion(there were four of us in a private car) were amazing and our drivers knew as much about the country as the guides. Their English was excellent and very knowledgeable but something I appreciated they were also very candid about their country. They were very open to discussing current events and the struggles of the young countries after their independence in 1990-95. The cruise was just perfect. Fun fellow passengers, good food, excellent accommodations and well designed for seeing the islands of Croatia. We could not have asked for anything better. Pamela also arranged for amazing hotels and we appreciated both Plazza Heritage in the center of Split and Hotel More in Dubrovnik. They were both five star. Pamela did a wonderful job and her service is also five star. Ken H, September 2016