History admirer, adventure-hunter, hot air balloon enthusiast, foodie, wine lover. After 3 years of working as a tour guide and travel agent all over Europe, I found my true passion right here, at home. We create the perfect itineraries that will cater to every individual interest for a truly one of a kind vacation.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Tailor-made tours: Classic Sightseeing, Hot Air Balloon, Food & Wine, Heritage and Historical, Birdwatching, Game of Thrones, Sailing. There is no greater excitement than working on an itinerary that involves a mix of adventure activities, historical sightseeing and appreciating the best of the region through food, wine, and local stories."
How did you get involved in travel?
"Traveling and exploring was something that defined me from early childhood. After working as an IT consultant right after high school and all through college, I went on to pursue my dream of being a professional traveler. It all eventually lead to the magical story of Croatique."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"The world is a truly unique place and whenever I travel I try to get the most of it as possible. Visiting a local sports team match, going to undiscovered restaurants, visiting farmer's markets, concerts.
There is one event that really sticks with me to this day, and it happened in Croatia, right in my hometown. When I started working as a tour guide in Croatia, I took a couple of travelers from the USA on a tour through the Eastern part of Croatia known as Slavonia. We visited a Buy Local Fair and had an amazing experience of joining a traditional silent "kolo" flashmob at the local square. The kolo was so long they danced right into a local store and the sales team joined them as well. We still talk about it to this day."
Featured trips & expertise
Dive into the coastal culture of Croatia's Dalmatia region with this 7-day journey beginning in Split. Experience incredible national parks, sail among beautiful islands, and explore the country's most popular city, Dubrovnik. From the historic streets of Split to the culinary acumen of the Konavle region, you'll see and do many of the best activities the country has to offer in just one week.
This epic Central Europe itinerary highlights the top cities and attractions of the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia. From the cobblestone streets of Prague, you'll head south and discover a new level of elegance and pastoral beauty in Austria, from opera houses to Alpine lakes. Then it's off to Slovenia to explore the charms of Lake Bled and the Karst region before a weeklong tour of Croatia from Zagreb to the sunny Dalmatian coast.
This short and decadently sweet itinerary is perfect for travelers who are short on time and love indulging in luxurious travel experiences. You'll tour the Dalmatian coast beginning with a food tour of local delicacies in Split, then it's off to Hvar to explore dazzling beaches and rugged island scenery before joining a private boat tour to nearby islands. Your holiday ends in Dubrovnik, where you'll enjoy a walking tour of the historic city as well as visit the rustic countryside of the Konavle region.
Spend a week in luxury exploring Croatia's Dalmatian cities and Adriatic islands on this complete week-long itinerary, starting in Split and ending in Dubrovnik. Follow winding wooden paths to traverse emerald pools and river islands in Krka National park, soak in the Adriatic views on a luxury speedboat to Biševo, Vis, and Pakleni islands, and discover the Konavle region beyond the "Adriatic Pearl," where you'll learn to cook like a local on a family-run estate. Throughout the trip, enjoy private guided tours, indulge in delicious local food, and relax at night in upscale accommodations.
Explore Croatia's Adriatic islands and Dalmatian coastline in comfort and style with private transfers and guided tours to and from luxury hotels. Sample sweet and savory local delicacies on a food tour of the ancient coastal city of Split, take a dip in the emerald-green lagoon of Krka National Park's Skradinski Buk waterfalls and discover Hvar's undulating island terrain, accented with vineyard-covered hills, thick olive groves, and fragrant fields full of rosemary and lavender. You'll spend time in Lumbarda wine country, admire the baroque buildings of Dubrovnik's Old Town, and while away the hours lazing on a private cove near Cavtat.
Indulge the senses on this 9-day luxury itinerary featuring the highlights of some of Croatia's finest architecture, cuisine, and landscapes. With an expert guide, you'll discover the cascading waterfalls and glassy lakes in Plitvice and Krka, dine on to-die-for seafood at a Michelin-guide restaurant in Zadar, and take in the famed Diocletian's Palace on a private gastronomy tour of Split. Then it's off to stroll the Hvar Riviera and sample grape varietals in Lumbarda wine country on Korčula before spending time exploring 16th-century stone walls and fascinating baroque and Renaissance buildings in Dubrovnik.
Recent trip reviews for Antonia
Can We Give Antonia a 6? · Croatia - Jun 21 - Jun 29, 2021
Antonia is a dedicated, knowledgeable, perfectionist. Of course, because of Covid, we had over a year to plan and really get to know one another, but I would venture to guess she can accurately assess a client's needs in any amount of time. I wanted to experience Croatia from every possible vantage point in a modest time frame, with a relatively meager budget (bucket list anniversary trip). She asked a series of questions and based on my responses, proposed various itineraries.
Over time,... read more
Exceptional trip to Croatia with a fantastic "Trip Specialist," Antonia · Croatia - May 28 - Jun 5, 2021
My "Trip Specialist," Antonia, was wonderful to work with. Her client service was excellent.
She arranged an unforgettable experience to Croatia.
Thank you for your attention to detail and making sure both Kathy and I were completely satisfied.
Family trip of a lifetime to Croatia · Croatia - Jun 5 - Jun 18, 2021
My family's trip to Croatia was truly a trip of a lifetime, and we owe everything to our amazing agent, Antonia Ljustina. Antonia made everything easy. I worked with her for several months to design the ideal trip -- she was incredibly patient with my questions and concerns about COVID-19 travel requirements prior to booking. Then she met us in person on our first day in Croatia, provided all of the necessary documents and information, and even brought us some welcome gifts. Antonia was... read more
Antonia planned the perfect trip! · Croatia - Oct 20 - Oct 24, 2019
Antonia planned the perfect trip! The guides she works with all over Croatia and Slovenia are excellent, and the private guided tour of Plitvice Lakes was a highlight. She also planned an amazing excursion to Bled in Slovenia, where I took a hot air balloon ride over the lake - a truly unique experience that I'll never forget. I highly recommend Antonia for your next trip to Croatia/Slovenia!
Amazing Vacation Thanks to kimkim · Croatia - Sep 28 - Oct 11, 2019
After this trip through kimkim, my husband and I are convinced - the only way we can travel is through kimkim, a fully-personalized and customized vacation that meets our travel objectives with private transfers from city to city, 4 and 5-star hotels, and all within our prescribed budget.
I found out about 6 weeks before a fully-paid-for pilgrimage to Croatia that it had to be cancelled because of insufficient interest. I had bought the airtickets myself and so had to make the trip.... read more
Trip to Croatia · Croatia - Sep 4 - Sep 16, 2019
Antonia, we so appreciated your diligence and care in both planning and executing our incredible Croatian Adventure. All of our lodging, transports and activities were well done and suited our needs perfectly. The tour guides added so much to our understanding of the culture/ history/ people...most of them exceptional! So many wonderful experiences, hard to choose a favorite...kayaking, hiking Plitvice, biking/cooking/wine tasting in Konavle, drives cross country, Hvar and Vis, walking the... read more