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Antonia Ljuština

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 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: 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."

Antonia is part of the following groups: Slovenia Travel Agents, Croatia Travel Agents
Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic"
Best of Split & Dubrovnik - 7 Days

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.

Vienna's 13th-century Hofburg Palace, former imperial home of the Habsburg dynasty
Best of Central Europe: Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, & Croatia - 19 Days

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.

The stunning blue-green waters of the Adriatic kiss the Cavtat shoreline
Croatia Luxury Tour: Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 6 Days

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.

Summer scene of boaters and beachgoers on Hvar Island
Croatia Luxury Tour: Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 7 Days

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.

Cascading waterfalls of Skradinski Buk in Krka National Park
Croatia Luxury Tour: Split, Hvar, Korčula, & Dubrovnik - 8 Days

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.

The sun sets over the Adriatic and Zadar's tiled rooftops
Croatia Luxury Tour: Zagreb, Zadar, Split, & Dubrovnik - 9 Days

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

Christa

BEST TRIP EVER!!!! · Croatia - Jun 11 - Jun 23, 2022

Traveler: Christa M. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

My family (my husband and two teenage kids) cannot express properly in words how fabulous our trip was to Croatia. Antonia was beyond incredible! I started working with her in 2019 to plan an “off the beaten path” trip and of course that never happened because of Covid. We rebooked for this summer (June 2022), and this was a trip of a lifetime! Initially, my family was a little skeptical about some of the activities we had planned with Croatian locals and families, but EVERYTHING was... read more

My family (my husband and two teenage kids) cannot express properly in words how fabulous our trip was to Croatia. Antonia was beyond incredible! I started working with her in 2019 to plan an “off the beaten path” trip and of course that never happened because of Covid. We rebooked for this summer (June 2022), and this was a trip of a lifetime! Initially, my family was a little skeptical about some of the activities we had planned with Croatian locals and families, but EVERYTHING was amazing and SO MUCH FUN!!!! We learned so much firsthand from locals about the heritage, culture, and history of this amazing country. Every single detail was flawless and as planned in her itinerary and all the people we met were lovely. Having the itinerary and Antonia (who made herself available 24/7) made this an absolutely no stress vacation. We have definitely made Croatian friends for life that we will continue to keep in touch with. It was heartwarming to meet people that have so much love to spread, and who are genuinely passionate about being responsible stewards of our amazing planet! If you’re on the fence about going to Croatia, you’re wasting your time! Schedule you trip! I had two things to schedule for this trip, the flights to and from the USA. Well, I messed up on our return flights and Antonia even handled that for us! SHE IS THE BEST!!!!! We can't wait to go back!

Hotel Reviews

ECO Aparthotel The Dreamers's Club

Lumbarda

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This location is amazing! Tanja and her staff are incredible and the breakfasts are out of this world. Dreamer's Club and Lumbarda were perfect for us and are a location we will definitely return and spend more time.

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We stayed 3 three nights, and wish it was longer!

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Villa King

Dubrovnik

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Beautiful and clean apartment with GREAT outdoor living area! Easy walk to swimming and old town Dubrovnik.

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Villa Nora Hvar

Hvar

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Cute hotel in old town Hvar with close walking distance to everything. Amazing staff!

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Private Walking Tour of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

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We couldn't believe our guide actually was raised within the Dubrovnik fort walls. She was incredible!

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Dubrovnik Sea Kayaking

Dubrovnik

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A must do to see Dubrovnik from a different perspective.

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Konavle Region Culinary Experience & Cycling Tour

Croatia

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My family was initially skeptical about this but we all had a blast! We enjoyed baking bread, picking vegetables from their garden, ridining our bikes to his cousins winery, drinking more wine, seeing the fresh water springs, cooking and eating a amazing meal with amazing people, drinking more wine and the bonus......learing about their 15 generation family tree of their property.

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Hvar Half-Day Private Island Tour (Afternoon)

Hvar

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Grgo founder of Hvar Natural Tours was incredible! We learned so much about the history of this tiny island and his family history. He is so passionate about getting his message about being responsible and sustainable on a tiny island. His family is adorable!

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Private Full Day Boat Tour to Blue Cave & Pakleni Islands

Croatia

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Blue Caves were closed due to winds, but our skipper made this a fabulous day for us visiting private secluded coves and more cliff jumping!!!

Private Walking Tour of Split

Split

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We walked through the old palace in Split before our tour and thought is was SO cool. But we didn't realize how cool the history actually was until we had our tour with Ivana. She was incredible.

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Private Walking Tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia

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SOOOOO incredibly beautiful!!! My husband and I are both geologists and our guide was so knowledge about the geology of this amazing national park. Simply breathtaking!!!

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Pottery class at family estate

Plitvice Lakes

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My family was VERY skeptical about this event. Our driver had never been to this village and also wondered what we were doing!!! We said we didn't really know, but trusted Antonia. Well, Branko and Danijela immediately embraced us as if we were family and this event was probably one of the most memorable of our trip. We ate two meals with them, took a tour of their property, learned about thier mission in life and how they are revitalizing their tiny village through art, love and collaboration. WE ALL had SO MUCH FUN doing the pottery and making new friends. We can't wait to get our pottery items we made shipped to us!!!!!

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Our driver was THE BEST!! We gave him the highest tip out of all our tips on our trip. He composes music and shared his compositions with us.
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Amazing trip to Croatia. June 2022 · Croatia - Jun 4 - Jun 17, 2022

Traveler: Lana P. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

We just came back from an amazing trip to Croatia put together by Antonia from Croatique. What a fantastic job she did! Everything was meticulously planned and flawlessly executed. Antonia did a great job suggesting activities that were catered to our interests and to our kids' ages. All accommodations were comfortable and centrally located. All transfers were always on time. Antonia kept us organized with daily updates on what to expect the next day, so we were always prepared. Croatia is... read more

We just came back from an amazing trip to Croatia put together by Antonia from Croatique. What a fantastic job she did! Everything was meticulously planned and flawlessly executed. Antonia did a great job suggesting activities that were catered to our interests and to our kids' ages. All accommodations were comfortable and centrally located. All transfers were always on time. Antonia kept us organized with daily updates on what to expect the next day, so we were always prepared. Croatia is beautiful and welcoming. We loved every minute there! Huge thanks to Antonia and her team! We can't wait to be back!

Hotel Reviews

Apartments & Rooms Perla

Dubrovnik

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Beautiful, comfortable and right in the middle of old town Dubrovnik! Tomas was a great host - very courteous and accommodating! It's been a pleasure!

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Manda Heritage Hotel

Zagreb

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Beautiful, clean and comfortable hotel, walking distance to most attractions. Amazing breakfast bought right to your room.

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16 Lakes

Rakovica

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Comfortable hotel, close to Plitvice Park. We had two connecting rooms for a family of 4. Very good breakfast!

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Teatro Verdi Boutique Hotel

Zadar

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Great hotel, centrally located in old town Zadar. Easy walking distance to the sea and historical attractions. Nice, spacious rooms and good breakfast.

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byGrace Apartments

Split, Dalmatia

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Lovely, spacious apartment in old town Split. Very convenient location, walking distance to everything! Many restaurants and lots of attractions nearby. We had an amazing stay.

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Villa Nora Hvar

Hvar

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Beautiful hotel in a historic building in the Old town Hvar. Close to everything! Very attentive staff. On top of the best location, Villa Nora had the most amazing breakfast. The rooms are spacious and clean!

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Carla

Amazing family 10 day trip to Croatia!! · Croatia - Jun 9 - Jun 19, 2022

Traveler: Carla W. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

This was by far the most stress free vacations we have ever had! Hiring a travel agent was the best decision we made especially when traveling to a foreign country. . Antonia, our travel agent, was the absolute best from the beginning stages of planning to the very last day of our trip. She was available to us 24/7 and was very responsive and took care of all our needs. She would always respond immediately. She took care of all the details and we had the best time in Croatia! We traveled... read more

This was by far the most stress free vacations we have ever had! Hiring a travel agent was the best decision we made especially when traveling to a foreign country. . Antonia, our travel agent, was the absolute best from the beginning stages of planning to the very last day of our trip. She was available to us 24/7 and was very responsive and took care of all our needs. She would always respond immediately. She took care of all the details and we had the best time in Croatia! We traveled from Dubrovnik to split to zadar to rovinj and Zagreb with stops to krka and plitvice! Croatia is absolutely beautiful and people everywhere are so nice! You will not be disappointed visiting this beautiful country!

Hotel Reviews

Vila Nepos

Split

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My favorite stay in the whole trip in Croatia! Very elegant and had washer/dryer! Very spacey and in the heart of split! Great location! Highly recommend

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Villa Malo More

Dubrovnik

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We enjoyed our stay here! Very nice and spacious. Love that the kids had their own bathroom! Nice location.

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Hotel Jägerhorn

Zagreb

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Good location but didn’t like the sloped ceilings in the room. Felt claustrophobic to me. Also there’s no elevator.

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16 Lakes

Rakovica

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Great hotel for the area. Spacious rooms for families. Nice outdoors for dining.

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Hotel Angelo d'Oro

Rovinj

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Great location! Lovely hotel! Had a nice spread for breakfast in a nice patio! Spacious rooms

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Bastion Heritage Hotel - Relais & Châteaux

Zadar

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From the start Antonia was efficient! Everyth... · Croatia - May 30 - Jun 11, 2022

Traveler: Reena B. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

From the start Antonia was efficient! Everything was planned perfectly and any changes I wanted to make in the itinerary she took care of. She literally left no detail out for the trip. The best part is that she came to meet us with some treats and was available to us 24 hours a day. I would recommend Antonia to everyone because she was easy to work with and very responsive to our needs.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Reena,
thank you so much for your kind review! It was great hosting you and your family. Hope to see you again in Croatia on another travel adventure!
Best regards from Zagreb,
Antonia

Croatia - April 2022 · Croatia - Apr 9 - Apr 17, 2022

Traveler: david n. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

We contacted Kimkim in the fall of 2019 based on a referral, and once Croatia was mentioned we were put in touch with Antonia Ljuština - what a find!! Not only did she ask all the right questions, she patiently worked back and forth as our 13 year old granddaughter did her research and expanded her wish list. From the planning, the venues, to the incredible guides and finally her extraordinary service, we couldn’t have been happier. She was there for any questions, 24/7, always ensuring we... read more

We contacted Kimkim in the fall of 2019 based on a referral, and once Croatia was mentioned we were put in touch with Antonia Ljuština - what a find!! Not only did she ask all the right questions, she patiently worked back and forth as our 13 year old granddaughter did her research and expanded her wish list. From the planning, the venues, to the incredible guides and finally her extraordinary service, we couldn’t have been happier. She was there for any questions, 24/7, always ensuring we were looked after regardless of the need. We are in our 70’s, have travelled extensively and have come to appreciate service that goes above and beyond. Our guides Ivana (Dubrovnik), Olga (our food guide in Split), another Ivana (Zadar), Grgo (Hvar), Ljerka (Pula) and finally saving the best for last, Josipa (Zagreb) - were all outstanding. Each place was unique with special memories of Hvar and the Truffle Hunt in Motovun. The seafood in these beautiful coastal venues was exquisite and Josipa’s recommendation for authentic Croatian cuisine in Zagreb was a perfect ending to a magical trip. Of the five grandchildren we have taken through Europe this adventure was the best organized, informative and memorable. Antonia created experiences we 3 will cherish forever.

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Hotel Adriatic

Rovinj

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You could not pick a better location. In the centre of the harbour and within walking distance of great restaurants, shopping and mingling. If you are looking for the perfect mix of traditional and modern amenities this is the place. Outstanding service!

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They met our every need with a smile.
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The rooms are beautifully designed with every creature comfort with the added bonus of an incredible view.
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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ann & Dave,
thank you so much for the wonderful review! I'm glad you were finally able to make the trip after the needed postponement, and you had a great time!
Looking forward to seeing you in Croatia when you return.
Best,
Antonia

Great worry free family trip in Croatia for 2 weeks. · Croatia - Mar 21 - Apr 2, 2022

Traveler: Steve L. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

I had specific needs when I reached out to Antonia about family trip to Croatia. We're are family of 5 including 3 children (12, 8, 4) traveling from West Coast with no direct flight during Covid and was not so sure if our youngest one would enjoy or keep up with our itinerary. Since we arrived in Zagreb airport, everything was taken care of for us and I didn't have to worry about anything including transfer to 6 different lodgings, restaurant recommendation, guide arrangements, and even... read more

I had specific needs when I reached out to Antonia about family trip to Croatia. We're are family of 5 including 3 children (12, 8, 4) traveling from West Coast with no direct flight during Covid and was not so sure if our youngest one would enjoy or keep up with our itinerary. Since we arrived in Zagreb airport, everything was taken care of for us and I didn't have to worry about anything including transfer to 6 different lodgings, restaurant recommendation, guide arrangements, and even Covid testing for traveling back to US. Antonia was always reachable for any questions and we were briefed every night for next day's itinerary. Croatia is a truly beautiful country with welcoming locals everywhere we went. Also none of my children complained about food, itinerary, which is not so common on our family trips. I would highly recommend a trip to Croatia to experience the culture, nature and deep history. Make sure to reach out to Antonia, she will take care of everything.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Steve,
thank you so much for the wonderful review! I am so happy to hear both you and your kids had a great time and the trip pace was just right for all of your family members. Looking forward to hosting you in Croatia in the future!
Best regards from Zagreb,
Antonia

Our Perfect Split and Dubrovnik Vacation · Croatia - Oct 12 - Oct 19, 2021

Traveler: Phil R. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

Antonia's attention to detail in planning our Croatian experience far exceeded our expectations. She was able to make adjustments to our itinerary on numerous occasions as circumstances changed. Antonia was always available and answered our questions and made recommendations almost immediately. Accommodations in both Split and Dubrovnik were excellent both in comfort and location. On short notice Antonia planned a birthday surprise at our first dinner in Split which will be one of our... read more

Antonia's attention to detail in planning our Croatian experience far exceeded our expectations. She was able to make adjustments to our itinerary on numerous occasions as circumstances changed. Antonia was always available and answered our questions and made recommendations almost immediately. Accommodations in both Split and Dubrovnik were excellent both in comfort and location. On short notice Antonia planned a birthday surprise at our first dinner in Split which will be one of our favorite memories. The shared cooking experience at Kameni Dvori was an excellent blend of cultural heritage and regional cuisine, and ranks high on our list of favorites. We also thoroughly enjoyed the two personal walking tours. Each guide (Ivana #1, Split & Ivana #2, Dubrovnik) was entertaining, informative and personable. Two memorable venues from Split include Diocletian's Palace and Krka National Park. Thanks to Antonia, our Croatian vacation was perfect. We can't think of anything we would have changed.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Phil,
Thank you for the wonderful review! It was my pleasure creating this trip for your family. I am glad you had such wonderful time with our guides, and I will be sure to forward them your kind words.
I hope to see you again soon in Croatia!
Best regards,
Antonia

Antonia was fantastic. From beginning to end ... · Croatia - Oct 10 - Oct 17, 2021

Traveler: Wyatt J. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

Antonia was fantastic. From beginning to end , planning and throughout the visit she was responsive and helpful and patient with any concerns or changes. She went beyond to ensure we enjoyed the vacation and Croatia. We had excellent private guide and drivers who were flexible enough to adapt to our change requests.
Unabashedly a wonder experience; I couldn’t recommend Antonia enough.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Wyatt,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your feedback. I am happy to hear the trip was a success, and thank you for recommending me as a local specialist! There is so much more to discover in Croatia, and I hope to see you soon on another adventure.
Best,
Antonia

Best trip ever! · Croatia - Aug 20 - Aug 31, 2021

Traveler: Paul B. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

WOW,my fiancée and I just had the best vacation ever. This was the first time I used a travel planner and I’ll never do it another way. We recently were introduced to Antonia through Kimkim for a 12 day vacation in Croatia . What a great experience!
The process was seamless. We shared with her details about length of stay, types of properties and what our interests were and Antonia nailed it. After messaging and several phone calls she put together a travel plan that felt just right. ... read more

WOW,my fiancée and I just had the best vacation ever. This was the first time I used a travel planner and I’ll never do it another way. We recently were introduced to Antonia through Kimkim for a 12 day vacation in Croatia . What a great experience!
The process was seamless. We shared with her details about length of stay, types of properties and what our interests were and Antonia nailed it. After messaging and several phone calls she put together a travel plan that felt just right.
We flew into Dubrovnik, stayed there one night, the bed in our room was covered with rose petals and there was a lovely bottle of wine provided by Antonia. Nice touch. From there we ate oysters in Mali Stone, then went to Split. From Split to Hvar, then to Korcula and back to Dubrovnik. Each location was fabulous and wine tatings everywhere. Our accommodations were perfect, the guides and drivers were top notch and they spoke very highly of her. All the excursions , wine tastings, boat trips, restaurant suggestions were on point. We had a personal concierge and planner that was available 24/7. I don’t know when this woman sleeps. I highly recommend her!
This is the only way to travel!

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Paul,
Thank you so much for the feedback about your trip with us! It was a joy hosting you and your fiancée in Croatia. I am glad to hear you have such wonderful memories from your journey. I look forward to seeing you soon back in our country!
Best regards from Zagreb,
Antonia

Antonia is a wonderful agent who helped make our trip incredible! · Croatia - Sep 12 - Oct 8, 2021

Traveler: Michele B. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

We recently used Antonia to plan a trip to Croatia and Slovenia and she planned a wonderful 27-day vacation for us.

We had looked into planning a trip ourselves and the logistics were a bit overwhelming, including the complications driven by COVID 19. We were put in touch with Antonia through KimKim; in hindsight, what a blessing that was!

Antonia made some suggestions (such as a hot air balloon flight) that we incorporated with our specific interests. After some messaging that got us... read more

We recently used Antonia to plan a trip to Croatia and Slovenia and she planned a wonderful 27-day vacation for us.

We had looked into planning a trip ourselves and the logistics were a bit overwhelming, including the complications driven by COVID 19. We were put in touch with Antonia through KimKim; in hindsight, what a blessing that was!

Antonia made some suggestions (such as a hot air balloon flight) that we incorporated with our specific interests. After some messaging that got us close, we had a phone call with her to iron out details. Our final plan met all of our objectives. Admittedly, sending a fairly large sum to someone we’ve never met had us a bit concerned, but there was no problem. We're confident that if something would have arisen Antonia would have done her very best to make things right.

We met Antonia when we arrived in Zagreb where she provided more details along with a welcome package. Using the Trip Plans app and WhatsApp, we had daily communication with Antonia. We could count on contact every night around 7pm, in addition to followup on any questions we had during the day. When she said she's available 24/7, she means it!

Our accommodations were centrally located and in interesting, boutique hotels. All of our guides were excellent, and experiences such as wine/food tastings and hikes all offered something extra we would have likely not come up with on our own. No detail was overlooked.

Antonia’s followup continued until we were safely home. Her local knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail are why I would wholeheartedly recommend her services for anyone considering a visit to Croatia or surrounding areas.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michele,
I am so happy to hear you had a great time on your 27-day trip through Croatia and the neighboring countries! Thank you very much for your review. I hope to see you again on another travel adventure!
Sending my regards from Zagreb,
Antonia

Ana

Absolutely Amazing and so worth it! · Croatia - Sep 18 - Sep 26, 2021

Traveler: Ana C. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

I don't think I can find all the right words to describe hoy Amazing everything was!!!! Not only that Croatia is such a beautiful place, a definite hidden gem, but what made our trip even better was Antonia's OUTSTANDING service. She was available 24/7 since the beginning. Always kind, patient and reliable. He helped us create our personalized and private adventure, always listening to what we wanted to change and giving a great and knowledgeable advise.
We were always met by very nice... read more

I don't think I can find all the right words to describe hoy Amazing everything was!!!! Not only that Croatia is such a beautiful place, a definite hidden gem, but what made our trip even better was Antonia's OUTSTANDING service. She was available 24/7 since the beginning. Always kind, patient and reliable. He helped us create our personalized and private adventure, always listening to what we wanted to change and giving a great and knowledgeable advise.
We were always met by very nice drivers who made us feel like at home, and most important, very safe! Transfers and local transportation were impeccable. Always on time!
Our hotels were incredible! Location, Location, Location! Best hotels in the heart of the action! Spacious rooms, nice beds and bathrooms, healthy breakfast, and the most amazing views either from a window or a balcony!
Our local tour guides were more than that. They felt like family since we met them! Warm and friendly and very knowledgeable. They knew exactly what we wanted to hear and learn and went far and beyond expectations.
Upon arrival, we had the opportunity to meet Antonia. She was waiting for us at the hotel and was waiting for us with a nice bag of thoughtful "goodies". ( ponchos for the rain, masks, hand sanitizer and yummy chocolates for my son and for my husband and myself!) She went through the itinerary to make sure everything was clear and even gave us a nice printed copy of it. Very professional!
Kristina was our guide in Zagreb. We had only one day to explore and learn about the city. She was very good and gave us a nice walking tour, pointing out the main buildings and giving the best advise on where to eat and what to do.
On our way to Plitvice we stopped at the Homeland War Museum and learned a lot about the history of the country. Very interesting and impressive.
Plitvice was breathtaking! Marijana, our tour guide was wonderful! We spent the whole day with her and felt like part of our family. Great conversation, lots of history and very good with our son! Definitely a must if needing a guide in the park!
On our way to Split we followed Antonia's recommendation of going to Sibenik and the Falconry Center, both very special places.
Our next stop was Split and it was amazing! Our tour guide Ivana was an "explosion" of knowledge and culture. What a wonderful person to be with!
The hotel Murum in the middle of the Palace was quite an experience, sure to be remembered!
The surprises kept getting better and better! Next stop.... Hvar. Another absolutely gorgeous destination. Hotel Adriana's view from our room was to die for!
Our guide Grgo was incredible! He became very close to us during our time together that we even got to meet his dad and his wife and son. We had the opportunity to see and feel the "real" Hvar life by going to his own winery and olive oil factory. We shared a very yummy dinner and he was great with our son. (Thank you for your kindness)
The private speed boat tour in Hvar was the highlight of the trip for our son. Nicola, our captain let our son "drive" the boat and his face was priceless! The cave were amazing and the whole tour was just perfect. To end a great day, we had a very tasty late lunch at Palmizana restaurant.
Continuing with our trip, we took the Ferry to Korcula where we visited a honey production company and enjoyed a traditional pasta dinner followed by an impressive Moresca dance.
Our last stop was Dubrovnik .... what a place!!!!!!
Our guide Ivana gave us a very interesting lesson on history, culture and archeology. It would have not been the same without her knowledge and charisma.
Last but not least, we were able to fit a spectacular photo shoot with Dubo (Dubravko Lenert
He spent more than 1 hour with us and the pictures are the perfect "cherry on top of the cake) for this once in a lifetime trip!
Thank you Antonia for al your help, for your dedication and professionalism. No doubt that this has been one of the most enjoyable and wonderful trips we have done. You have set the bar really high for your colleagues in the industry!

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ana, thank you so much for taking the time to write your review! It was a joy making this trip for you and your family, and I am glad you have such great memories from your trip.
Hope to see you again soon in Croatia!
Antonia

Antonia was the absolute best! · Croatia - Sep 25 - Oct 2, 2021

Traveler: Erin L. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

Antonia was the absolute best! We were blown away by the service we received from Kimkim, she went above and beyond to make sure everything was smooth and perfect for our trip. All the excursions and transportation were perfect and easy to follow. We never felt lost or confused, we even talked about how this was the first time going to Europe that we didn't feel stressed about how to get somewhere or what to do. Even when we accidentally left our passports at the previous hotel, Antonia handled everything and made sure they were found ASAP. The trip was perfect. Thank you so much!

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Erin,
thank you so much for the review! I am so glad you found the itinerary helpful, and you had a wonderful time in Croatia. I am also happy to have helped you resolve the issue with your passports. I hope we meet again on another travel adventure!
Antonia

10-Day Croatian Dream Honeymoon · Croatia - Sep 17 - Sep 26, 2021

Traveler: Jane K. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

Antonia was truly our honeymoon fairy godmother and made all our dreams become reality. She was consistently thorough, patient, friendly, and knowledgeable. We felt so well cared for during the planning process (including Covid and weather concerns), every day during our trip, and all the way until we arrived back home. The itinerary was a fantastic glimpse of all the beauty, culture, food, coffee, and adventures Croatia has to offer. We had a great time touring the Plitvice Lakes with... read more

Antonia was truly our honeymoon fairy godmother and made all our dreams become reality. She was consistently thorough, patient, friendly, and knowledgeable. We felt so well cared for during the planning process (including Covid and weather concerns), every day during our trip, and all the way until we arrived back home. The itinerary was a fantastic glimpse of all the beauty, culture, food, coffee, and adventures Croatia has to offer. We had a great time touring the Plitvice Lakes with Petra, learning about life in Hvar with Grgo, and sunset kayaking around Lokrum Island with Denis, among so many other wonderful memories. With the amount of detailed, personalized assistance provided, it was amazing to learn that we were among seven trips that Antonia was running simultaneously. We were so grateful to have this stress and worry-free experience, and for burek.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jane,
the photos are amazing, thank you so much for sharing them! I am so happy you had a wonderful time on your honeymoon, and thak you for your kind words. I will make sure to pass it on to Petra, Grgo and Denis.
Sending you all the best wishes from Croatia and I certainly hope to see you again!
Antonia

judy

Fantastic visit to Croatia! · Croatia - Aug 29 - Sep 5, 2021

Traveler: judy s. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

I cannot speak highly enough of our trip planned through kimkim and especially, Antonia Ljustina of Croatique. Antonia listened carefully to my interests and tailored a trip perfectly to combine our love of history, scenic outdoor adventures, biking, swimming, food, and wine. Each of the guides we had in Split, Plitvice Lakes, Hvar, and Dubrovnik knew the area intimately and was very proud to show and explain to us the sites, history, and culture. We had a fantastic day-long private boat... read more

I cannot speak highly enough of our trip planned through kimkim and especially, Antonia Ljustina of Croatique. Antonia listened carefully to my interests and tailored a trip perfectly to combine our love of history, scenic outdoor adventures, biking, swimming, food, and wine. Each of the guides we had in Split, Plitvice Lakes, Hvar, and Dubrovnik knew the area intimately and was very proud to show and explain to us the sites, history, and culture. We had a fantastic day-long private boat trip that will never be forgotten. Antonia took care of every detail - all transfers, beautiful boutique hotel reservations, and even recommended and made us dinner reservations. She was in regular communication with us about what each upcoming day held, and was also available anytime, in case we had a question or needed something. My husband and I have never felt so pampered as we did on this trip!!! It was an excellent introduction to Croatia and I cannot wait to return!

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Judy,
thank you so much for your kind words, and for sharing these wonderful photos! It was a joy making this trip with you. I will make sure to forward your review to our guides as well.
I'm looking forward to seeing you when you get back to Croatia!
Antonia

Leif

Wow! · Croatia - Sep 5 - Sep 16, 2021

Traveler: Leif M. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

Wow! Antonia was able to book us last minute hotels for a terrific 12 day trip to Croatia. With all the COVID craziness it was hard to make commitments ahead of time so we came to Europe and were traveling only to countries with lower COVID rates, but it wasn’t much of a vacation constantly researching and booking stuff last minute ourselves. Enter Antonia and KimKim. Antonia was able to book us a fantastic 12 day trip starting the day before we arrived in Zagreb. From the moment we flew in,... read more

Wow! Antonia was able to book us last minute hotels for a terrific 12 day trip to Croatia. With all the COVID craziness it was hard to make commitments ahead of time so we came to Europe and were traveling only to countries with lower COVID rates, but it wasn’t much of a vacation constantly researching and booking stuff last minute ourselves. Enter Antonia and KimKim. Antonia was able to book us a fantastic 12 day trip starting the day before we arrived in Zagreb. From the moment we flew in, and for each transfer afterwards, someone was waiting to take us to take us to our next stop where a lovely hotel was awaiting us. We went to Zagreb for two days, Plitivic lakes for two days, an afternoon in Zadar, two days in Split, two days in Hvar, a day in Kuculic and three days in Dubrovnik. Everything worked flawlessly. We saw and did so much, but it was so relaxing. What a spectacular country Croatia is! What a great trip planner Antonia is! Hvala vam!

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Leif,
Hvala for your review! I am so glad we managed to make your last-minute arrangements a reality and that you had a great time on your trip. It was a pleasure creating it and I hope to see you back in our country soon!
All the best from Zagreb,
Antonia

Excellent experience for our family vacation in Croatia. · Croatia - Aug 28 - Sep 4, 2021

Traveler: Steven R. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

Wanted some help planning a week in Croatia and KimKim quickly matched me to a local travel agent based in Zagreb.

Antonia did an intake to get the key information on our family snd our interests, budget etc. the communication before the trip was excellent amd things were adjusted as needed during the planning phase. We had a number of short calls to go over the details and eleventh thing was set in a couple of weeks. Antonia set up a number of really enjoyable small private tours for us... read more

Wanted some help planning a week in Croatia and KimKim quickly matched me to a local travel agent based in Zagreb.

Antonia did an intake to get the key information on our family snd our interests, budget etc. the communication before the trip was excellent amd things were adjusted as needed during the planning phase. We had a number of short calls to go over the details and eleventh thing was set in a couple of weeks. Antonia set up a number of really enjoyable small private tours for us that were great and picked the places and time to spend in each location. She really shined during the vacation being responsive to our every question and need from arranging COVID testing for our return to recommending local restaurants. It was the best level of service from
a travel agent I have ever received and would highly recommend her and her firm if you are planning on going to Croatia for your holiday/vacation.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Steven,
thank you for your kind words! I am happy to hear you and your family had a wonderful time on your trip, and it was my pleasure hosting you in our country.
If you decide to return to Croatia someday, I will be happy to plan your trip.
Sending my regards from Zagreb, and all the best to you and your family!
Antonia

All of guides were so interesting. Everyo... · Croatia - Aug 20 - Aug 31, 2021

Traveler: Lora K. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

All of guides were so interesting. Everyone were so unique . The tour was amazing.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lora,
thank you for your review! I am happy you had such a wonderful time in Croatia, and I will make sure to let our guides know about your feedback. Looking forward to hosting you again in the future.
Best,
Antonia

Every one of our guides were punctual, person... · Croatia - Aug 23 - Aug 29, 2021

Traveler: Sue C. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

Every one of our guides were punctual, personable, full of interesting information and professional. Antonia was unbelievably efficient and helpful. She made everything happen perfectly and picked wonderful activities.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sue,
thank you so much for the wonderful review, and for placing your trust in me to create your family trip. Looking forward to seeing you in Croatia in the future!
Best regards,
Antonia

A fabulous visit to a really beautiful country. · Croatia - Aug 7 - Aug 17, 2021

Traveler: Nicola H. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

We are so grateful that Antonia managed to organise an amazing trip in only four days, allowing my husband and I to meet in Croatia having been separated due to Covid-19 on different continents.

Antonia took great care of us with meticulous attention to detail such that everything was very well organised and ran smoothly. This included a daily itinerary update sent on WhatsApp and being continually available for any questions we might have.

The accommodation was universally lovely, and we... read more

We are so grateful that Antonia managed to organise an amazing trip in only four days, allowing my husband and I to meet in Croatia having been separated due to Covid-19 on different continents.

Antonia took great care of us with meticulous attention to detail such that everything was very well organised and ran smoothly. This included a daily itinerary update sent on WhatsApp and being continually available for any questions we might have.

The accommodation was universally lovely, and we appreciated the variety we experienced. We had five tours within the trips, and it was a real delight to talk to the guides and learn about the local culture and history. Every experience arranged was enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the natural history of Plitvic (thank you Petra) and Mljet Island, the culinary experiences (with Grgo and at the Kameni Dvori Estate) and of course the winery visits with John. My husband particularly enjoyed the opportunity to experience the stunning countryside on the self-drive part of our tour and on the bike tours (despite me slowing them down!).

A fabulous visit to a really beautiful country. Thank you so much Antonia for making this possible, we will definitely return.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Nicola,
thank you for this wonderful review! I am so happy we managed to make this trip a reality, and you and your husband met in our country.
I am also delighted to hear you will be returning to do more exploring!
All the best from Croatia,
Antonia

Antonia was fantastic from planning to sendin... · Croatia - Jul 23 - Aug 6, 2021

Traveler: Mark D. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

Antonia was fantastic from planning to sending us home. She was professional, prompt, thorough, well-informed, and always available. I will recommend her services to my friends.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mark,
thank you so much for your kind words! It was a joy creating this trip for you. I hope we meet again on a future trip to Croatia or the region.
Best,
Antonia

Can We Give Antonia a 6? · Croatia - Jun 21 - Jun 29, 2021

Traveler: Gretchen C. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

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

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, we settled on a 9-day adventure, starting in Split, visiting Trogir, Skradin, Hvar, and departing from Dubrovnik. Antonia was unexpectedly able to greet us upon our arrival in Split and was simply a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm. The darling goodie bag she presented us was filled with useful, appreciated, thoughtful items. We shared a brief coffee/meal and set out to enjoy an exquisite city. Our hotel was perfectly located inside the walls of Diocletian's Palace and central to everything.

Each day, sometimes multiple times a day, she would check in via WhatsApp, but she was also communicating with drivers (multiple personalized tour guides, private transfers) and hotel operators to ensure we were properly cared for and had our tickets for various excursions.

Clearly, the team with which she works are deeply committed to client experience. Every guide, driver and hotel seemed customized to our eclectic tastes. We wanted eco-tourism, hikes, deeply local (non-touristy) experiences, heritage hotels, but also a couple days of luxury. We requested history, archeology, wine tours, beaches, nightlife, and hiking. That's not an easy order...on a budget...but she over-delivered. Over and over again.

I have recommended her to everyone I know planning a trip to Croatia and will use her again as soon as we can. Spectacular!

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Gretchen,

thank you so much for this wonderful review! I am happy I was able to meet you in Split, and I look forward to hosting you in Croatia in the future. Have a great time on the rest of your vacation.

Best,
Antonia

Exceptional trip to Croatia with a fantastic "Trip Specialist," Antonia · Croatia - May 28 - Jun 5, 2021

Traveler: Michael S. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

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.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michael,

thank you for the wonderful review, and thank you for choosing us to plan your trip. It was a pleasure hosting you in our country, and I hope someday you wish to return for some more exploring.

All the best to you and Kathy!
Antonia

Michael

Family trip of a lifetime to Croatia · Croatia - Jun 5 - Jun 18, 2021

Traveler: Michael G. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

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

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 available 24/7 during our trip and checked in with us at least daily. She is impeccable, professional, detail-oriented, and truly cares about her client's experience. Everything was arranged including pre-arrival hotel check-ins and transfers between sites. Simply, the 6 city, 14-day trip went off without any hiccups because of her efforts. I could never have arranged a similar trip on my own. Croatia is beautiful and I have zero regrets. I'm so grateful to Kimkim and Antonia for the perfect vacation.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mike,

Thank you so much for this wonderful review. It was a joy creating this trip for you and your family. I hope you wish to return to our country for some more exploring.

Best regards from Croatia!
Antonia

Kate

Antonia planned the perfect trip! · Croatia - Oct 20 - Oct 24, 2019

Traveler: Kate C. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

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!

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kate,
Thank you for this lovely review and your kind words. It was my pleasure making this trip for you. Looking forward to seeing you on another Croatia & Slovenia adventure!
Best,
Antonia

Esther

Amazing Vacation Thanks to kimkim · Croatia - Sep 28 - Oct 11, 2019

Traveler: Esther W. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

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

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. Desperate, I googled online late into the night and found travel platforms and companies which might be able to help me put together a trip to Croatia. Kimkim surfaced towards the end and I was exhausted and thought, “No need for more” but something told me to write to them too, and so I did.
Guess what, kimkim was the first to respond and Antonia Ljustina of Croatique sent me a proposal that covered all the places I wanted to visit with a clear and well-presented full itinerary within my prescribed budget. She asked if she could call me and within 5 minutes of chatting with her I made up my mind to go with her. I did receive several other proposals in the next few days but none could beat Antonia’s in terms of depth or appeal.

Antonia is the consummate travel professional, a joy to work with from day one. She has great ideas but listens carefully and the end result, she crafts a customized dream vacation for you – Croatia is a beautiful country and we wanted to enjoy the scenery, partake in the cultural and religious heritage and try the great local food.

Antonia did an amazing job for us – it was so easy communicating with her prior to the trip through the kimkim platform. Being local, she put together a most enjoyable itinerary with “must-do” experiences, beautiful hotels, and some of the best local guides. Private transfers, the way to go. No fear of being delayed by anyone and we simply zipped across borders….very different experience for the tour buses each with 40 or more passengers trying to clear customs.

Antonia welcomed us with a full package on arrival, we had a good chat on the phone discussing the itinerary and any questions I had. We also had a great app for the itinerary. She reminded us every night of the program for the next day with helpful reminders re passports, weather, etc. We could call her anytime for help – she was available 24/7 and we were in constant communication through Whatsapp. Upon checking in at each hotel, she made sure we were happy with our room and on 2 occasions, got us upgraded to bigger rooms with better views.

My husband and I had a very special and wonderful vacation, and we have been telling family and friends nonstop since returning about kimkim – a secure online Californian platform that works with terrific travel specialists overseas. You must check them out for your next trip!

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Esther,
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure making this unique trip for you.
I am so happy your first kimkim experience with Croatique was memorable!
Wish you both all the best and I also hope you wish to return to Croatia.
Best,
Antonia

Trip to Croatia · Croatia - Sep 4 - Sep 16, 2019

Traveler: Kay M. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

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

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 old cities, swimming in the Adriatic, accommodation update on my B Day and locating my luggage which was mistakenly taken....wow! We had a memorable experience and hope to return. We barely scratched the surface of what this lovely country has to offer! Thank you for your exceptional support throughout our two weeks in Croatia. We are so grateful Antonia.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi, Kay!

It has been a pleasure creating this trip for you. Thank you for your kind words and this wonderful review, as well as choosing Kimkim and our company. I hope we will see you returning to our country soon.

Best,
Antonia