I'm originally from Burlington, Canada and I have always loved traveling, meeting new people and discovering unique places. Once I graduated university, I decided to take a year off to travel before finding a full time job back home. Little did I know, that year would turn into something much more! I spent 11 months in Croatia the first time around, and then I just kept on coming back to learn more, see more and discover more.
Here I am, 13 years later, still in Croatia, running Royal Croatian Tours with my Croatian husband. Our company is geared towards private, small group travel, where we’re able to create completely personalized, tailor-made trips. Our vision is simple: to show our guests the wonders of Croatia, the culture, the beauty and the people, all while providing exceptional client support. We want you to feel like you have a friend in Croatia, and that you have 100% support from us throughout your trip, for any reason at all!
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"We specialize in luxury travel throughout Croatia, and offer all of our activities privately, so you won’t ever have to join a larger group (unless of course, you want to). Some of the activities we offer include wine tasting, cooking classes, hiking, cycling and sea kayaking adventures, historical walking tours, along with boating excursions around the islands. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"Like I said, I discovered Croatia on one of my trips back in 2007, where I fell in love with the country (and then ended up marrying a local, who is now also my business partner at Royal Croatian Tours).
Since we both love exploring and showing people the beauty of Croatia, opening our own agency just came naturally. We think we make an excellent combo, as Ivan is a local Croatian and knows all of the ins and outs of Croatia, while I’m an expat, and do all of the communication with our guests personally. Coming from Canada, I understand what our guests are looking for when planning their trip, and traveling to a foreign country.
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"I once rowed a small wooden boat down the entire length of the Mississippi River (around 2400 miles) with 5 other people. The journey took around 4 months to complete, we camped every night on the riverbank and cooked over an open fire - except when sweet, sweet local people would randomly invite us in for the night and prepare us a delicious home-cooked meal. It was this unexpected hospitality of complete strangers that I’ll never forget. Who in the world would invite 6 people they hadn’t even met (who also hadn’t showered in weeks) into their home and treat them like family? It was getting to know all of these different individuals, hearing their stories, and feeling their love that will always stay with me. I’ll also never forget how cold and wet we were, as it rained for a month straight and our boat had no cover or shelter. "
Featured trips & expertise
Discover the Dalmatian Coast on this 6-day tour of Croatia, starting in the city of Split with its 4th-century Diocletian's Palace and sprawling Marjan Park. Head inland to explore one of the country's waterfall-infused parks (Krka or Plitvice) before heading south to Dubrovnik to walk its old town and historic walls. Along the way, stop on the Pelješac Peninsula for old fortifications, world-famous oysters, and delicious red wine, plus an optional kayaking excursion.
Explore the northwestern Balkans in this trip that combines nature with historic cities, starting in Slovenia with a tour of its capital Ljubljana, as well as visits to Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, and the country's Karst Region. Discover the beauty of Croatia by visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park, as well as the ancient Old Towns of Split's Diocletian Palace and Dubrovnik's walled fortress. Enjoy day trips to Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina, plus Perast and Kotor in Montenegro.
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.
If spending 11 days traveling with the kids in tow through Croatia's top cities and historic sites sounds perfect, then this complete itinerary is for you. You'll explore the charms of the Istrian peninsula from Pula's mini-Colosseum to the Venetian-inspired architecture of Rovinj before spending three nights in the ancient coastal city of Split discovering nearby Krka National Park and the stunning landscape beyond the coast. End in Dubrovnik and let the kids' imagination run wild as they tramp through the centuries-old streets, climb towering walls, and "sail" through the air up to Srđ Mountain.
Whether you have two days or two weeks, Croatia is a fun and beautiful destination to explore. Dubrovnik, also known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," is easily the most popular city to visit in the country. With a little planning, you'll have an amazing time there and some unexpected experiences too. Whether you have one day or three, you will not run out of things to do in and around Dubrovnik. Keep reading for advice on how many days to spend in Dubrovnik — and what to do while you're there.
Recent trip reviews for Sarah
Let kimkim craft your ideal trip: kimkim rules! · Croatia - Oct 1 - Oct 15, 2021
We couldn’t be happier with our kimkim experience. Im not easily impressed and I don’t write gushing reviews often, but this one had to be written. We would use kimkim again for any kind of trip in a heartbeat! Our maiden two-week trip through Croatia for our 25th anniversary was exactly what we imagined and was curated perfectly by the local travel team arranged through kimkim. Our local contact Sarah was so responsive and easy to work with throughout the experience from the planning phase,... read more
Sarah and the KimKim team were great. Very organized ... · Croatia - Sep 22 - Oct 1, 2021
Sarah and KimKim were great. Very organized, knowledgeable and highly respnsive. Sarah in partiuclar was a pleasure to deal with as I had a couple of last minute change requests. She was very accomodating and just a pleasure to deal with.
2-week 16-people vacation on Dalmatian Coast · Croatia - Aug 1 - Aug 14, 2021
Sarah and her company have been phenomenal at organizing our trip. We had a lot of complicated requirements - there were 4 active families with kids of various ages, and some people arriving and leaving at different times. All private excursions were great, well organized and ran smoothly.
Sarah was available day and night to answer all our questions and helped re-organize things when our plans changed. For example, when 2 families decided not to rent cars, she organized private transfers at... read more
10 wonderful days in Croatia · Croatia - Aug 9 - Aug 19, 2021
Sarah was beyond superlative and arranged for an absolutely fabulous 10 days for me, my wife and our daughter. She was always available to be sure everything ran smoothly. Here recommended accomondations in Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik were wonderful and transport between locations was easy and efficient. We also had great guides, Tanya in Dubrovnik and Jelenna in Split and Rachel in Korcula. Likewise drivers Evo to Krka and Balfour to Mostar was warm, experience and very nice to be... read more
Croatia · Croatia - Jun 27 - Jul 3, 2021
Sarah was extremely helpful & thoughtful in planning our week in Croatia! We enjoyed the visit as well as excursions planned by Sarah. Our accommodations were clean, modern, & in central locations. Sarah is quick to respond to any messages. Croatia is a beautiful country & the people we met were kind. Definitely recommend visiting Croatia & trusting Sarah to plan your trip.
This trip was amazing beyond words! · Croatia - Jun 5 - Jun 17, 2021
This trip was amazing beyond words in large part because of the itinerary put together by Sarah. We saw and did so many things that we definitely would have missed without her plan. The sites, the food, the guides, the transfers- all were a perfect blend of scheduled activity and free time. Sarah was also very available & responsive to our needs & questions. We would definitely recommend your services to others. Well done!!!
Wow! Like nothing we've ever had before! · Croatia - Jun 5 - Jun 17, 2021
Wow! Our trip with KimKim was totally awesome! Great communication before, during and after our trip - daily check-in's, superb guides and drivers...I cannot say enough about how awesome KimKim! The primary agent for us in Croatia was Sarah, who did such an incredible job making sure everything from meals to transfers to guides were absolutely the best! We are so very happy with our trip, and you can be sure we're telling everyone to book with kimkim!