Alps and Adriatic tour
★★★★★Reviewed 06 September 2011
Thank you for taking such good care of us during our “Alps and Adriatic” tour through Croatia and Slovenia. Morgan and I both agree that the trip was both exciting, relaxing and could not have been better. Owning and running two small businesses in the United States leaves us little time to research vacations but your company made it easy to enjoy every moment while we were there. We were impressed with how you were on time for every excursion, helpful with the local language and our purchases, and your knowledge about the history and geography of the areas we visited.
Having you drive us to all the destinations was a much-needed luxury! Not having to worry about reading and interpreting traffic signs, finding hotels and rental cars and researching which places to go to all added to making this one of the best vacations we have ever taken. I also have to admit, each time I saw a tour bus full of tourists, I KNEW I had made the right choice choosing Zagreb Tours to cater to just the two of us!
I also want to mention how very enchanted we were with each of the hotels you chose for our tour. They were the perfect mix of elegance and service in the larger hotels and charm and beauty in the smaller boutique hotels – and I loved them all. Having time in the evenings to explore different areas on our own, and find just the right little café for an intimate dinner was also simply perfect.
Although I had tears in my eyes as we left Ljubljana, there is no question that I came home refreshed and ready to get back to our busy lives. You really did make a difference when it came to our relaxation and “recharging our batteries”. It really was the vacation I had hoped for-and even more.
Please feel free to use us as a recommendation or use my comments however you wish. We would be happy to talk to anyone interested in visiting your country and using your services. Thank you again - it was truly a wonderful trip that we will talk about and share with others for years to come!
Holly S. H. USA
Zagreb Tours has been terrific
★★★★★Reviewed 21 October 2011
Davor – Thank you for your excellent service. For each country the guide was specialized. The guides spoke English and were accommodating and flexible for our needs.
Trust their itinerary because they definitely know what to see; they are knowledgeable about history, geography and politics.
All accommodations were excellent and they also gave us good recommendations for cafes, bars and restaurants.
The car was comfortable and clean. We were more than satisfied with Zagreb Tours and would recommend them highly to travelers for a unique and comfortable experience.
Barbara and Sue
Croatia is an undiscovered gem
★★★★★Reviewed 08 June 2012
My husband and I are experienced international travelers. We’ve been to many places and had many great experiences, but we have never felt compelled to write a review. Our recent trip to Croatia with Zagreb Tours made us feel differently … Croatia is an undiscovered gem. We’ve wanted to go to Dubrovnik for a while, since seeing it on a TV several years ago. We expanded our trip to two weeks, however, once we started reading about all of the things to see – more UNESCO sites within reachable distance than anywhere else I can recall visiting.
Dubrovnik is, in fact, one of the most romantic and charming old towns of Europe, but Croatia more generally is the real story here. From amazing national parks with terraced lakes and hundreds of waterfalls to a breathtaking coastline that hugs the Adriatic Sea – including magnificent churches adorned with stone carvings, fertile grasslands, arid mountains spotted with ornamental cacti, fjord-like azure waters filled with oyster traps and mussel farms, salt pans, walled fortresses protecting charming towns, vineyards with unique varietals, and finally, the most beautiful islands and posh coastal towns – Croatia literally has something for everyone. There are so many things to fall in love with, one more beautiful than the next. So for anyone tempted by places like Italy, France, and Spain, try the undiscovered gem of Croatia. It has as more to offer than many other destinations … and at a much more affordable price.
Croatia lacks efficient train service between towns, so getting around is best done by car. Although we’ve driven in Europe many times, I thought having a driver/guide would be more relaxing and enable us to better experience Croatia. Although I had my doubts about traveling with one person for two weeks, I made arrangements with Zagreb Tours for a private tour starting in Zagreb, traveling down the coast, and ending in Dubrovnik. Two of our friends joined us for the first few days and then it was my husband and I for the rest.
Going with Zagreb Tours was a great decision – we had one of the best trips ever – compared to many previous trips - and got so much more than a driver and guide. Enter Jakov – a personable, funny, upbeat, energetic, hard-working, accommodating guy – who did everything he possibly could to make sure we had a great time. His enthusiasm and love of Croatia were infectious. While Jakov shared a great deal of knowledge about all of the historical sites we visited, more touching was the personal insight he shared about the fabric of Croatia, its people, and their experience. We did not understand a lot about this area of the world, the struggles of the people there, or how they have prevailed, rebuilt, and evolved. We had opportunities to talk with people who lived through the war, hear their stories, and even see some of their personal videos. We met Jakov’s brother and parents, saw their house, and learned some about how people actually live.
As we traveled from the Istrian peninsula, sometimes reminiscent of the Italian coast and sometimes reminiscent of Tuscany, to the tranquil Caribbean-like islands of Dalmacia, we experienced many unique local specialties. In restaurants that were off-the-beaten-and-path, we had many Croatian feasts – truffles, squid ink pasta, tender grilled calamari, fresh trout from the river next to us, mussels, Croatian wine, grilled bread, great olive oils, grappa of every kind (cherry, mistletoe, dandelion, fig, and others), rozata (Croatian flan), peka – (baked dish with meat and vegetables made in a pot that is put into the embers of a fire), nuts and fruit soaked in honey, huge plates of grilled meat, sugared lemon and orange peels, and much, much more.
One day when we wanted to go sailing, Jakov called “his guy” (girl in this case) Eva “the Legend,” who hooked us up for this tremendous sailing trip at half the price others were offering. Then in Dubrovnik there was another guy with a boat – just because my husband loved boating. Once Jackov got to know what we liked, he switched things up – like an unexpected day trip to Mostar in Bosnia, a fascinating war-torn confluence of Muslim and Catholic existence; regular stops for “art photos;” and live tastes and smells of goodies all along the way – figs, oranges, lavender, which surrounded us. Whatever we needed, from souvenirs to Coke Zero to new shorts (for boating), Jakov made it happen. Not only were we extremely well taken care of, but Jakov always arrived early – with a smile on his face, good sense of humor, eager to go. We did not merely “look at” Croatia as tourists, like most other places we’ve visited. Rather, we had this incredible opportunity to spend time with a special, native Croatian who gave us a glimpse into Croatia’s heart.
While we could have traveled through Croatia many ways, none would have given us the unique, wonderful experience we had traveling with Zagreb Tours. This trip was special, ergo our first travel review - high value and well worth our limited vacation time. We hope to go back someday and again experience Croatia with our friend, Jakov.
Elaine Pulakos, US
AMAZING TOUR!!! It was so much more than we could have ever imagined.
★★★★★Reviewed 06 November 2014
From the time we landed in Dubrovnik, we immediately felt at ease with Davor. Then a few days later met not only Jakov but his wonderful family in the lovely setting of the hills of Ruda. We were treated like royalty being served a home cooked Croatian feast – his parents even made their own wine!!!
Davor and Jakov make the beauty and history of Croatia come alive. From both of them, you could sense their love for their country and they wanted to be sure throughout our journey that we would leave Croatia feeling the same way – and we most certainly did!
At each of our stops from the smallest town in the world, Hum; the incredibly breathtaking Plitvice Lakes; to the colorful Istrian peninsula; ending with the capital of Croatia, Zagreb. We were impressed by the warmth of the people and the diversity that the country had to offer.
Each day another highlight, whether it was with Davor or Jakov, they never disappointed us with culinary delights – one tastier than the day before. We would be remiss without mentioning our daily espresso and/or beer rest stops to catch up on the day’s activities or just merely to people watch.
We could probably go on for pages but then there would be no surprises left for you when you make the best travel decision of your life to explore Croatia with Zagreb Tours and spend time with Davor and Jakov! It is still a bit of an undiscovered treasure –so don’t wait too long!
Linda and Amber
★★★★★Reviewed 08 September 2012
We have just returned from a 12-day customized private tour of Croatia that was absolutely superb. Thanks to Davor and to Roni, it was a most unique and fantastic experience. Both men were extremely personable and knowledgeable, showing us the beauty and diversity of their country in a way that could not be achieved on a large group tour or on our own.
Additionally, the accommodations and provided lunches were outstanding. We can't recommend Davor and Zagreb Tours highly enough, especially since Davor so willingly puts together a personal customized itinerary that more than meets one's individual needs and interests.
The Milos Family from Ontario, Canada
What a wonderful experience!
★★★★★Reviewed 25 November 2013
My husband, another couple and I just returned from a 15 day Magic of the Adriatic Tour–Venice to Dubrovnik offered by zagrebtours.com. What a wonderful experience! We found the website on the internet and proceeded with all planning through e-mails. Davor responded promptly to all our many pre-trip questions. We appreciated how accommodating he was in addressing our special wishes. Our itinerary was tailored to allow us time in Brela-the matenal birthplace of one of our party and as well we were transported back to Venice for our homeward journey.
We were fortunate to have Jakov Radman assigned to us as our tour guide and driver. He is truly a gem! Jakov is energetic, professional, friendly, knowledgeable and so passionate about every aspect of his country-Croatia. As well we enjoyed his great sense of humour.We learned so much about the geography, culture and turbulent history of the resilient Croatian people.We also commend Jakov on his excellent driving skills.Each morning we boarded the superclean van we felt safe for our day's drive in his competent hands.
Mention should be made of the excellent 4 and 5 star accommodations we called "our home away from home" each night. We got a sampling of small boutique hotels in refurbished areas within the medieval city walls to a chalet-type resort in the mountains near the Plitvice National Park, to the famous 100 year old Excelsior Hotel with excellent views of Old Dubrovnik.Each hotel was memorable, immaculately clean with outstanding service from friendly staff.
Jakov introduced us to a variety of Croatian foods and drinks which we enjoyed immensely.There was always a surprise whether --fresh seafood, black truffles, roasted chestnuts or lamb/pork on an outdoor spit--we tried it all! However, our culinary highlight was our wonderful traditional Dalmatian lunch prepared by Jakov's parents in their home in the lovely pastoral setting in the village of Ruda northeast of Split.The Rudman family made us feel so welcome by sharing their home and their warm hospitality.
My husband and I have travelled quite extensively and have had many great travel experiences.In retrospect we find we are ranking this holiday in Croatia near the "top of our list" Croatia offers the tourist so much--magical scenery, the most UNESCO World Heritage sites in such a concentrated area, great culinary experiences, lovely climate and friendly people.
We highly recomend this tour company and we most highly recommend Jakov.
Aileen Black, Canada
We could not have asked for a better guide and driver
★★★★★Reviewed 04 June 2011
Bob and I feel very lucky to have found you on the internet. Your itinerary was excellent. We got to see the varied geography of Croatia and learn its complex history. We appreciate your flexibility in adapting the itinerary to our wishes. You always took the time to give us thoughtful answers to our many questions.You were pleasant to be with, a careful driver and an informative guide.
Thank you for a wonderful introduction to Croatia.
With best wishes,
Selma and Bob Josell
Most memorable, breathtaking and exceptional trip ever
★★★★★Reviewed 22 May 2013
My friend, Joyce, and I travel all around the world and this tour taken last September proved our most memorable, breathtaking and exceptional trip ever. The scenery of Croatia and the coast was incredible. Our guide, Jacov was awesome and he really made this vacation one of a lifetime. Jacov was informational, assisted in every way, was wonderfully passionate about this beautiful country, made us laugh daily and our appreciation of him is heart deep. He was the most incredible young man and Zagred Tours should be grateful for his work…he made this trip phenomenal! Our thanks as well to Igor and Davor…awesome customer service. If you take any trip “of a lifetime”, you MUST take this tour. Incredible Company, fantastic hotels, a country of immense beauty and two most genuine, beautiful people you could meet…Davor and Jacov. THANK YOU Zagreb Tours…for a vacation we will never forget. We’re coming back Jacov…get ready for more shopping!
★★★★★Reviewed 02 June 2014
After considering a “do it yourself” visit to Plitvice Lakes from Zagreb we decided to book a private tour with Zagreb Tours on Sunday 18 May 2014
and we are so glad that we did. Our guide, Igor, picked us up on time at our hotel and spent the rest of the day with us guiding us around the lakes using his intimate knowledge of the park to select the best routes and the best stopping places for photographs. Apart from this he was a mine of information on the history and culture of Croatia and very good company throughout the day. We both thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend Zagreb Tours to anyone contemplating this trip. The heavy rain in the days preceding our visit meant that the waterfalls and streams were in full flow which enhanced the experience but for anyone planning a trip remember to take some robust and waterproof footwear. This is a truly wonderful place to visit.
Alen & Ruby
★★★★★Reviewed 19 April 2011
On behalf of our little group of 5 friends, I would like to express thanks to Zagreb Tours for putting together the nice program for our visit to Croatia. The choice of destinations, hotels and restaurants was very good. Davor and Igor were both professional, yet warm. All of us enjoyed our visit very much and hope we will be able to see more of Croatia with Zagreb Tours in the future. JSF, Hong Kong