Make Your Next Trip Extraordinary

My daughter and I had a wonderful trip to Croatia 6/22-29. Both of us had spoken to friends who raved about Croatia, and we were not disappointed. Ala and her assistant, Silvia, took our input and then mostly my daughter and Silvia filled in the details. We enjoyed all three of our destinations — Split, Hvar Island and Dubrovnik. Our guides in the cities, Nada and Petra, both were excellent. Their knowledge of their cities and their country’s convoluted history were impressive (and the details they each gave were consistent!). A unique experience we had was a visit to the synagogue in Dubrovnik, where Petra told the very personal story of her Jewish ancestors, including one whose name was on a memorial plaque of Dubrovnik’s Holocaust survivors.

Of course we don’t know what great things we might have missed, but certainly the places selected by Ala and Silvia, including the restaurants we chose from their suggestions, were all wonderful.

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Bosnia, Croatia and Montenegro that was planned for us by Ala. With her in-depth and firsthand knowledge of this part of the world, she was able to help us sequence and plan the trip in a way that made it interesting, educational and fun. This is the third trip we’ve taken with Ala’s company. We also traveled with them to Russia and to Austria and Poland, and have been impressed with their attention to detail, selection of hotels and restaurants, and the quality of their guides and drivers.

Ala recommended that we start the trip in Sarajevo, which turned out to be an excellent suggestion. History came alive through the talks we had with our fabulous guide who had been a child at the time of the siege of Sarajevo (1992-1996). One of the highlights of our time in Split, Croatia, was a tour of the beautiful Mestrovic Gallery with the curator, who had worked there for 15 years. We loved the cooking class Ala arranged for us at a farm just outside Dubrovnik. So fun to harvest the vegetables we had for lunch and collect the eggs for the cake we made!

We had shared with Ala that we also like some down time on our vacations. We spent two nights at the stunning Maslina Resort on Hvar with its gorgeous views of the Adriatic Sea. The staff at the hotel could not have been nicer or more accommodating. In Montenegro, we stayed in a beautiful hotel right on the Bay of Kotor. All in all, this was a well planned trip that we greatly enjoyed!

Michael and Laurie Schuftan in Dubrovnik overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Croatia.

Michael and Laurie Schuftan enjoying a seaside view in Dubrovnik.

We just returned home from a fabulous trip to Croatia & Montenegro! The dates of our trip were May 18-29, 2024. Ala Osmond was a great resource in assisting with the beginning & endpoints of our trip around an active adventure in between.

Originally, we had scheduled a hiking & biking trip that took us from Split to Dubrovnik and into Montenegro. Knowing that the active portion of our trip would not give us much time in either Split or Dubrovnik, I checked out The WOW List for a Croatia specialist.

Ala responded promptly and set up a zoom call to discuss what my traveling companions & I were hoping to see & experience on our trip. Working with the itinerary of the active part of our trip, Ala provided suggestions to enhance our exposure to the region. In addition to setting up airport transfers, and private tours in Split & Dubrovnik, Ala suggested we also visit Hvar and booked our ferry tickets & an additional guide for a short tour of that island. All three of our private guides provided a wealth of information and were willing to tailor our routes to meet our needs and desires. The hotels that Ala recommended & booked for us were conveniently located and beautifully appointed. Both had attentive staff & excellent service. The airport transfers were spacious, luxury vehicles & the drivers were professional & timely. Most, if not all, of the restaurants we reserved were from Ala’s list of recommendations & were excellent choices.

Throughout the planning process and during the trip itself, Ala & her team answered our multitude of questions and were a pleasure to work with. Croatia & Montenegro are beautiful countries from the gorgeous blue water of the Adriatic to the vineyards, olive groves and mountainous terrain. The region is dense with history. I highly recommend a trip to Dalmatia and working with Ala Osmond!

We just returned from two weeks in Croatia planned by Silvia Baigorri and her team and things could not have worked out any better. After flying into Dubrovnik we headed south to Montenegro. Our stay at The One and Only exceeded all of our expectations. Between the service, the food and the property it was excellent.

We returned and spent 2 nights in Dubrovnik then headed to Hvar, Split and Rovinj. This was the right amount of time in each place. We would highly recommend a suite at The Grand Park in Rovinj overlooking the city. It was a perfect way to end our trip. The guides we had in each city were excellent and tailored our days to the things we were most interested in. The 1-hour private speedboat trip from Hvar to Split was a first for us and one of many highlights.

The in-country contact, Natasa, was incredibly responsive the couple of times we needed to ask questions.

Silvia and her team were excellent. We have worked with many of Wendy’s travel experts and they are worth every penny.

The WOW List: Best Local Travel Fixers Worldwide

by Wendy Perrin | January 30, 2024

How to Get an Extraordinary Trip: Wendy’s WOW Approach

by Wendy Perrin | January 1, 2023

Wendy Wants To Amp Up Your Trip!

by | January 1, 2023

Where and When to Travel in 2024

by | January 31, 2024

How to Get More For Your Miles and Points in 2023

by | January 31, 2023

10 Top Dream Trips for 2023

by Brook Wilkinson | February 1, 2023

Our Latest Newsletters