Wanda S. Radetti
Radetti was the first U.S. advisor to organize luxury tours of Croatia when it became independent in 1991. She now also operates in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, and the Italian regions of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto. In Croatia, she excels at taking clients farther afield, to towns like Trogir for a market visit and cooking class or to Korčula for sea kayaking.
Radetti says that one lesser-known destination of note is the island of Mljet, nicknamed the "Green Island," located in southern Dalmatia between Dubrovnik and Korčula. "This idyllic island is a verdant escape home to unspoiled nature, surprising history, rustic villages, picturesque beaches, and an air of tranquility unrivaled in Dalmatia," she explains. "Roughly a third of the island is protected national park territory, making it an attractive location for travelers wishing to reconnect with nature."
Another on-the-rise region? Istria. "Istria has always been a favorite of mine (it is where I was born, after all!) and it is Croatia's top foodie destination," Radetti says. "It also doesn't hurt that it was recently featured on Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted."
Languages Spoken: Croatian, English, Italian, and Spanish
Minimum Daily Spend: From $500 per person
Trip Planning Fees: $250
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"I first met Wanda and her team at the New York Times Travel Show in January of 2019. We had heard great things about Croatia from friends who had been there and it was one of our vacation options. Once we began to engage with Wanda and her team, she immediately picked up our vision and proceeded to lay out a possible day-by-day two week trip starting in Zagreb, passing thru Slovenia then working our way to Opatija and eventually all the way down the coast to Dubrovnik. Within two weeks of our visit, a detailed itinerary was emailed to us...which we tweaked a bit over the next couple of weeks. Upon our arrival, Mirela Benic took over. She checked in with us every day to confirm the names of our driver and guide, and the hotel where we would be staying that night (in the BEST waterfront rooms in every hotel). Mirela even recommended the best restaurants in every town and whenever we mentioned Wanda's name, every hotel manager and restaurant owner told us Wanda was the one person they credited with the huge spike in tourism in Croatia. We were so impressed with Wanda and her Tasteful Croatian Journeys team, that we have gone out of our way to make referrals to her company...just like Wanda's team went over and above to ensure that every moment of every day we spent in Croatia was "Luxury Made Personal"....the motto on her company letterhead."- Jay K.