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."
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
BEST TRIP EVER!!!! · Croatia - Jun 11 - Jun 23, 2022
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
Amazing trip to Croatia. June 2022 · Croatia - Jun 4 - Jun 17, 2022
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
Amazing family 10 day trip to Croatia!! · Croatia - Jun 9 - Jun 19, 2022
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
From the start Antonia was efficient! Everyth... · Croatia - May 30 - Jun 11, 2022
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.
Croatia - April 2022 · Croatia - Apr 9 - Apr 17, 2022
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
Great worry free family trip in Croatia for 2 weeks. · Croatia - Mar 21 - Apr 2, 2022
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
Our Perfect Split and Dubrovnik Vacation · Croatia - Oct 12 - Oct 19, 2021
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 was fantastic. From beginning to end ... · Croatia - Oct 10 - Oct 17, 2021
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.
Best trip ever! · Croatia - Aug 20 - Aug 31, 2021
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
Antonia is a wonderful agent who helped make our trip incredible! · Croatia - Sep 12 - Oct 8, 2021
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
Absolutely Amazing and so worth it! · Croatia - Sep 18 - Sep 26, 2021
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
Antonia was the absolute best! · Croatia - Sep 25 - Oct 2, 2021
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!
10-Day Croatian Dream Honeymoon · Croatia - Sep 17 - Sep 26, 2021
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
Fantastic visit to Croatia! · Croatia - Aug 29 - Sep 5, 2021
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
Wow! · Croatia - Sep 5 - Sep 16, 2021
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
Excellent experience for our family vacation in Croatia. · Croatia - Aug 28 - Sep 4, 2021
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
All of guides were so interesting. Everyo... · Croatia - Aug 20 - Aug 31, 2021
All of guides were so interesting. Everyone were so unique . The tour was amazing.
Every one of our guides were punctual, person... · Croatia - Aug 23 - Aug 29, 2021
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.
A fabulous visit to a really beautiful country. · Croatia - Aug 7 - Aug 17, 2021
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
Antonia was fantastic from planning to sendin... · Croatia - Jul 23 - Aug 6, 2021
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.
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