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My husband, my Mom and I just got back from our trip to Slovenia and Croatia (September 8 – September 25, 2023) which Ala Osmond and her team planned for us flawlessly!!!

We challenged Ala to create an itinerary that would work for my husband and I and my 81-year-old mother, and she delivered in spades!!!! The hotel recommendations and selections were impeccable! The tour guides she booked were top notch; an absolute wealth of information. The connections and transfers were seamless. Just timed perfectly!

I had an idea of what I wanted to see and do and Ala and her team took that information and built a custom itinerary with such incredible final touches that just matched our style and the type of trip we wanted perfectly. It was the perfect combination of cityscapes, tours, natural beauty offered by both Slovenia and Croatia and time for resort downtime and self-exploration. Ala added some touches that I would never have thought of, for example the Oyster and Mussels lunch in Ston with the Oyster and Mussels farmer. Absolutely amazing!!!

We opted to self-drive for a portion of our trip and Ala and her team made it so easy, providing us with all the information we would need regarding driving in Slovenia and Croatia with the added bonus of Google Maps links with pre-mapped directions taking us directly to parking lots needed for each destination we drove! We enjoyed having that freedom to be able to self-explore and set our own pace on some of the days, and Ala and her team made it so easy to do.

We were provided a local contact for any issues or questions that came up. Natasa was extremely helpful and responsive to any question we had. It was so nice to have someone local in country to reach out to for assistance.

A huge thank you to Ala and her team for putting this trip together for us, we have a lifetime of experiences and memories.

Couple posing at the top of a mountain in Dubrovnik, Croatia, following a cable car ride

Andrea and Mark Friedlander had a panoramic view from the top of the cable car route in Dubrovnik.

We went to Croatia as part of a 5-couple group Sept 27-Oct 8, 2023 and had an AMAZING time! I highly recommend Croatia as a travel destination—the scenery is beautiful, the people are super friendly and speak English, and there is a gelato shop on every block! There definitely seems to be an Italian feel along the Croatian coastline. We spent 3 nights in Split, 3 nights in Hvar, and 4 nights in Dubrovnik. Our accommodations everywhere were wonderful: in a newly renovated luxury hotel on the main square in the Old City in Split, in a gorgeous 5-bedroom villa overlooking the sea and connected to a 5-star resort in Hvar, and a modern sea-side hotel a short walk from the Old City in Dubrovnik. Our itinerary for the 10 days was the perfect mix of sightseeing (several half-day tours), activities (e-bike tour, full-day boat cruise, nature hike, wine tasting), and free time. All of the pre-arranged guides, drivers, and meals were excellent, and the service providers could not have been nicer. All of the arrangements were first class! Our local travel agent was Alla, and we couldn’t have been happier with the itinerary and her responsiveness!

Couple posing for a picture in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Traveler Bill Buchanan and his “sweetheart” enjoying some of the best views you can get of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Ala Osmond planned our trip to Croatia and Slovenia in Sept, 2023 with very little guidance from us . . . other than for us to say we “enjoy discovering new places on our own.” We threw her a bit of a curve with the stipulation that we had already booked a week-long boat trip on a small boat from Dubrovnik starting about 4 days into our 3+ week trip. She coordinated with the other agency and organized the first 4 days and the last 10 days. We never questioned her choices of locations and accommodations; and they all turned out to be superb choices for our style of travel. My sweetheart is an art aficionado, so she suggested a guided tour in Split that was just the right amount of time and expertise from the guide. We really had very little awareness of the Istrian Peninsula of Croatia and the Julian Alps region of Slovenia, but both turned out to be highlights of our trip. Given another opportunity, we would spend even more time in both regions. We can also recommend the drive from Kobarid through the Triglav National Park in Slovenia as some of the most spectacular scenery we have ever seen. In summary: Ala “read” us perfectly with just one Zoom call and we wouldn’t have changed anything except to allow more time in each locale. We were very pleased with her professional service and friendly demeanor.

Travelers next to a private sailboat on the coast of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Karen Bennett and Donna Praskach got to explore the Elaphiti Islands, near Dubrovnik, by private sailboat.

My girlfriend and I just returned from a most PERFECT and fabulous trip to Croatia that your expert agents designed for us (Sept. 27-Oct. 8, 2023). I can’t express enough how amazing the guides, drivers, hotels, etc. were. Our drivers never missed a beat; all were so punctual, professional, knowledgeable about their country and willing to share. Our guides: Lea in Split, Violet in Hvar and Anna Marie in Dubrovnik were some of the most incredible people during our visit to beautiful Croatia. I was so impressed with the knowledge of not only their country, but history, economics, culture, language, religions and so willing to answer any question we had. It truly was an interactive experience with them.

The specific agent that we worked with, Ala Osmond, was just a wealth of knowledge. She arranged cooking classes, wine tastings, walking tours, visiting an oyster farm and having a private oyster and mussel tasting, but still plenty of time to relax and swim in the Adriatic Sea. It really was a trip of a lifetime and one of the most enjoyable trips I’ve taken abroad. And everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, came together without one hiccup happening. Truly, a PERFECT experience.

My friend had used previously and, therefore, we were granted a WOW Moment and, oh my goodness, was it a WOW Moment! Probably the highlight of our trip. You arranged to have a gorgeous private sailboat to sail around the Elaphiti Islands right off the coast of Dubrovnik. What an over-the-top experience that was for us and culminated our trip on the last day. It couldn’t have been more perfect, again, perfect!

Thank you, Wendy Perrin, and your incredible team of experts. I will definitely be using you again in the near future, without a doubt, and have already recommended you to so many of my friends. A trip of a lifetime thanks to you!

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