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

Christa
Christa M.
Danville, CA | Jul 08, 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

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

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

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

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

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Activity Reviews

Private Walking Tour of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

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

A must do to see Dubrovnik from a different perspective.

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Konavle Region Culinary Experience & Cycling Tour

Croatia

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

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

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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!!!
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Private Walking Tour of Split

Split

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

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

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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Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština
Antonia
Antonia Ljuština
Local specialist in Sunnyvale | Jul 08, 2022

Hi Christa, thank you so much for the detailed review of both activities and hotels! Glad you liked some of the off-the-beat path experiences we prepared for you and your family. I was so happy to hear your 2019 plans were finally made a reality, and that you enjoy the trip so much! Looking forward to seeing you back in Croatia.
Antonia