Leisurely and personalized, worry free trip
Croatia | Jul 10 - Jul 16, 2022

Lisa
Lisa L.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Bruno was very responsive during the entire planning process, he was flexible to changes and he reached out just prior to my trip and after arrival to make sure any last minute concerns were addressed. He gave me valuable insight into the local culture to make sure my travels were seamless. I took most of my tour primarily with Luka, his correspondent in Istria, and I can't say enough about how wonderful the experience was. The trip was unhurried, leisurely, and flexible depending on what we... read more

Bruno was very responsive during the entire planning process, he was flexible to changes and he reached out just prior to my trip and after arrival to make sure any last minute concerns were addressed. He gave me valuable insight into the local culture to make sure my travels were seamless. I took most of my tour primarily with Luka, his correspondent in Istria, and I can't say enough about how wonderful the experience was. The trip was unhurried, leisurely, and flexible depending on what we felt like that day. We were the only ones he worked with the entire week, so we weren't herded along with a tour group. He grew up in the area and knew a lot of people we passed. We visited places that aren't typically accessible for tourists walking by. The area was beautiful, but I felt like I learned so much more about the culture and history when Luka was with us. The driving can be tricky, and during the summer months parking was tight, Luka drove us everywhere, and sorted out parking so we could relax and drink wine if we wanted. If you plan a vacation here, do yourself a favor and work with Bruno and Luka. You will get so much more from your trip.

Activity Reviews
Truffle hunting in Istria
Croatia

The truffle hunting was such a unique experience. I missed my calling to work with dogs and wander through beautiful natural forests. Our guide was a 3rd generation truffle hunter/cultivator, it was very cool to see him at work. The new tasting room has large glass windows for breathtaking views while you sample food and watch a cooking demonstration using truffle products. My friend thought she didn't like truffles, but changed her mind after this trip.

Quality of Experience
Very unique experience, I love dogs so this was so fun to see working dogs.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guide was very knowledgeable
Transport
Inland of Istria Grožnjan, Oprtalja and Motovun
Croatia

This was a very nice tour, with breathtaking views of Motovun at a terrace owned by a friend of our guide. Kabola winery was so picturesque, it was like something straight out of a movie. Groznjan is still one of my favorite spots in all of Croatia, it's a beautiful artist town with many festivals and beautiful streets. Luka took us for coffee on a cafe on a cliff. We enjoyed coffee and he pointed out landmarks and described their stories.

Quality of Experience
Great history
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We loved Luka! He was guide, driver, and staff, he was great all around!
Transport
Loved how easy it was to let Luka drive and park so we could drink wine and be dropped at the front of the cities we visited instead of walking a very long ways for parking.
Visit Poreč
Croatia

Kayaking in the Lim channel was my favorite! The waters were calm and the views were amazing. Luka brought coffee, bananas, and chocolate croissants (the chocolate is legit) to eat halfway through the trip. Do choose to do the oyster tasting, just for the experience. Porec was lovely, made better because Luka grew up there and knew a lot about the town, the architecture and about the Basilica we visited.

Quality of Experience
Amazing! Personalized, and scenic. The chocolate croissants and coffee were an extra touch that elevated the kayaking trip.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Luka was awesome! Very safe driver
Transport
Parking near Lim channel and oyster tasting got crowded later in the day, either be very good at parking or hire a driver.
Sea Kayaking Rovinj
Croatia

The water is extra salty in the area and very buoyant, it's very easy to kayak through the waters here and Luka was a great host. We visited islands and he told us about how they came to be how they are. Perfect for our last day in Rovinj because we started early and ended in the early afternoon.

Quality of Experience
Luka spent as much or as little time at each island as we liked. He also brought hot coffee in a thermos and croissants and bananas for a snack. He took us to a cliff with a beautiful view of the waters to drink our coffee.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Luka served as all 3 it was great
Transport
He transported the kayaks ahead of time.
Local specialist: Bruno Martinović
Bruno
Bruno Martinović
Local specialist in Zagreb | Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Hi Lisa,

thank you very much for your feedback, much appreciated!
Glad to hear you had a good time. I am always happy to hear travelers are happy!

Hope to stay in touch!

Many regards from Croatia!

Best
Bruno