Sailing the Cyclades | April 2022
This was my first experience with a chartered sailing trip. We embarked from Athens, and sailed 7 nights through the Cyclades Islands before returning to Athens. I was immensely impressed with the captain and crew from the start. The captain had looked ahead at the weather and made a few suggestions to alter our route to make for the most enjoyable sailing experience. We took his suggestions and had a truly amazing trip. Greece and the Aegean Sea are so beautiful and charming, but for me the most memorable thing was the food prepared onboard by our incredible cook. The fresh seafood and other traditional Greek fare was the perfect way to round out one of my favorite adventures to date. I hope to be back again sailing with Adriatic Experience soon!
— Lagoon 50 Sailing Yacht | Cyclades Islands
Sailing the Cyclades Islands | May 2022
Trip of a Lifetime!
Sailing in Greece – 2022
We had the best time Sailing in Greece with Adriatic Experience! From start to finish Adriatic Experience was a fantastic booking experience. They were knowledgable and quick to respond when we approached them with our rough desire to sail in Greece with 8 friends. FYI we were traveling from the United States. They outlined an itinerary for us and made every step of the process seamless and easy with multiple boat options, prices, and routes. Upon arrival, everything was exactly as expected and we simply had the trip of a lifetime visiting 5 unique Greek Islands, while eating amazing food from our chef, and feeling very well taken care of by our skipper. We will absolutely be using Adriatic Experience for future travels, and highly recommend them!!
Island Villa Stay – 2020
The house is great. Well done interior, wood floors, beautiful stone and brick walls. Each bedroom has its own full bath. Outdoor spaces are amazing. We ate outside every morning and evening. Rooftop terrace near-360 degree ocean view is insane, in fact the view from every window is stunning.
Location, location, location. Walking distance to EVERYTHING – beaches, shops, fresh fish and veggie markets, nátěry, restaurants, car and boat rental. Only reason for a car is to explore Brac.
— Family of 4 from Czech Republic
Duboka Bay Villa – 2020
The villa and property are beautiful with stunning views of the sea from many different vantage points. The property is private and the gardens are beautiful. As promised our hosts met us and directed us to the property. They were very charming as they showed us the property and it’s amenities. We had 5 nights in this incredible place and did not want to leave. Brac is a beautiful island with many charming small towns to visit, Thank you for an incredible experience.
— Couple from the US
Milna Harbor villa stay – 2020
The villa was even better than we expected from the photos. We were two families (4 adults and 4 children) and we fitted easily into the villa not even using all the bedrooms as all the children went in one room.
Milna is a very pretty town and we found plenty to do and plenty places to eat for a week’s stay. The villa’s pool was a huge plus.
We want to come back as it was so lovely.
— Family Group from UK
Milna Harbor villa stay – 2020
We booked this relatively last minute given the worldwide situation with the pandemic and I am so glad we did. The property is in a fantastic location in the lovely port of Milna, close to shops and restaurants. It is well equipped with the usually mod cons, wifi works well and is spacious. There is a great outdoor top floor balcony with superb views over the harbour. Any questions we had were dealt with very quickly, Hosts looked after us so well. Would definitely book again.
— Family of 4 from UK
Island villa stay – 2021
Great house, very nearby (good) mini supermarket(s), butcher, baker and restaurants. Ferry service a bit of a drama to Milna… but highly recommend town, villa and hosts. Lots of local ATMs…very chill. Just awesome.
— Family of 10 from UK
Duboka Bay villa stay – 2021
We were a family of 12 persons, and everyone loved the house and the enviroments. If we needed any help, we just could call the house manager, who was fantastic helpful and kind.
— Family of 12 from Denmark
Brac Island villa stay – 2021
Thank you – we have had a wonderful holiday enhanced by our stay in your beautiful villa.
Our day sailing was fabulous and John and Lyn were great hosts.
It’s always sad when a holiday is over but I think we will be back to Croatia next year whether it’s with the children or with friends.
— Group of 6 from US
Dalmatian Sailing Adventure – 2021
The trip was amazing – AE did an incredible job planning every detail. The crew, yacht, skipper, planning and itinerary were all 5 Star – an incredible experience. We wouldn’t change a thing.
The cooking class in Split was an incredible experience with fabulous hosts.
The Chef’s Dinner & Wine Pairing at LD Restaurant was amazing in every respect–one of best meals ever.
– – – Family of 6 from the US
Across Dalmatia with Island hopping sail – 2018
I have fallen in love with the beautiful country of Croatia! Our travel specialists did an outstanding job of putting together our trip. Their attention to detail and matching our requests was “over the top” impressive! They suggested a perfect mix of activities that suited all 10 of us!
They LISTENED and performed, making our trip amazing! All of our guides were on spot as promised, along with being very prepared and informational!
The travel company exceeded our expectations as did Croatia!
The beautiful Adriatic Sea and our yacht were next to none! All of the towns we visited were so beautiful and the cleanliness of Croatia did not go unnoticed! All 10 of us were pleasantly surprised with the beauty of this country! We enjoyed the wineries and the tastings. So enjoyed our Tapa Tastings at the restaurant prepared & presented by the chef. Truly an amazing evening!
The boat trip out to the Oyster Farm was something we knew nothing about but so enjoyed learning and tasting! Our cooking class at the restaurant was everyone’s favorite day! The owners were so entertaining and you could tell were passionate about their little piece of paradise. The 5 course chef’s tasting menu was very impressive and a story was told about each course.
Our stop at the beautiful winery was quite impressive not only for it’s beauty and great tasting wines but for the story behind the winery and owners. All of us living in MN felt attached as the owners were also Minnesotans!!
As you can tell I have overused the words…beautiful and impressive…only because the trip was! I woudn’t do anything differently – it was magical thanks to our travel specialist and the travel company! Everyone will hear our travel company…and the most beautiful country of Croatia from me!
– – – 10 Guests from US
Dalmatian Journery – 2019
Our trip planners were truly amazing! They planned the trip of a lifetime in just one month and nowhere did we feel that we skimped or made compromises due to the last minute nature. They sent us an email every morning with the details of the days logistics including guides names and phone numbers. I cannot recommend this company enough!
– – – Family of 7 from Boston
Essential Croatia Journey – 2018
I worked with our travel planner for about 10 months planning my family’s trip to Croatia, she was so responsive and willing to make changes to my itinerary at any time. A travel specialist also communicated with us daily during our 9 day tour and whenever I had a question during the tour she responded quickly.
The recommendations for private tours were the best and the hotel arrangements were just what we hoped they would be. We visited multiple places in Croatia and all of our transportation arrangements were always on time and went smoothly. Our tour guides were so friendly and knowledgable too. In summary our tour was top notch and would recommend this travel company to anyone.
Every tour guide that we had (multiple) was so friendly and knowledgeable. We learned so much history about each beautiful place that we visited. They were also so accommodating whenever we wanted to stop to spend more or less time at any one site. Thoroughly professional each day.
– – – Family of 8 from Chicago
Island villa stay – 2020
We booked our holiday relatively last minute given the worldwide situation with the pandemic and I am so glad we did. The property is in a fantastic location in the lovely port of Milna, close to shops and restaurants. It is well equipped with the usually mod cons, wifi works well and is spacious. There is a great outdoor top floor balcony with superb views over the harbour. Any questions we had were dealt with very quickly, AE looked after us so well. Would definitely book again.
– – – Family of 4 from the UK
Villa Folie a Deux – 2020
Just returned from an amazing week in Duboka Bay. Firstly, communication from the very start was brilliant. AE responded to emails promptly and answered all our many questions! We decided to get to Brac on the ferry. The taxi meet us at Split airport, straight on to 50 minute ferry, then taxi (via Lidl in Supetar) to the villa. The house manager was there to meet us and showed us around the lovely villa, which feels more like a home.
She gave us lots of info on the area, transport, food etc and was on hand for the whole time to help with anything. Always friendly, always efficient. It felt like having a local friend that you could just text with silly questions! The villa is very spacious and spread over 3 floors (lots of stairs!) The kitchen is extremely well equipped, we found everything we needed as we ate in a lot. Everything is spotless and the towels provided were lovely and plentiful.
The pool area is lovely although we spent very little time there as the AMAZING sea is a stones throw away! We loved the swimming platform, which is quite large compared to others around, with enough room for all 8 of us. The water is incredible and the bay itself is quiet, breathtaking and unique. We spent hours in the water using the paddle board and kayak that belong to the villa.
We ate all our meals on the outdoor table, which is shady and cool when it’s hot! We didn’t hire a car, but the house manager arranged for taxis whenever we need to into Milna to buy supplies, have a stroll and an ice cream or have a meal. Milna is quiet, lots of amazing boats and a chilled vibe. There are small grocery stores, great bakery and we managed to get all we needed.
Unfortunately, there were quite a few mosquitos around this summer, which I believe is unusual, so we couldn’t really open up windows etc, but that’s just one of those things. It certainly didn’t stop us having the most wonderful time and I think we are all spoilt for life!
A boat trip is a must! We hired a private boat that picked us up from the villa. It’s all so stunning. Recommend highly.
– – – Family of 8 from the US
Island hopping sail Split to Dubrovnik – 2019
We had a lovely time in Krka and Šibenik yesterday. Our hotel was amazing. Also great suggestion for the Fig hotel restaurant – we had a ‘light-er’ 🙂 lunch (than we have become accustomed) there today and the food was indeed lovely.
I have to say it’s been an amazing holiday and experience. Everyone we have dealt with has been first rate; friendly, knowledgeable, fun and have made it all so easy and seamless. Truly excellent.
We were really sad to leave Blaz and Marija. They are such lovely, fun people but totally professional and always made us feel safe and we’ll come. We are already plotting our return and what islands, towns and places we want to visit again and spend more time exploring and enjoying.
Thanks you all so much for your help putting this all together for us, and your assistance during our time away. We really appreciate it.
– – – Family of 6 from UK
Sailing Adventure Dalmatia | 2019
We return home enlightened and enlarged with a deeper appreciation for this part of the world. Dalmatia and the Adriatic will remain on our list of “don’t miss” treasures. We heard today that Bill Gates makes these islands one of his “go to” destinations – looks like you’re in good company.
Thank you for taking such good care of us and understanding what we wanted, complete with our many adjustments.
Thank you and your gang for making our time here so enjoyable and memorable. Joining the dots, matching the characters with our characters. Our skipper is perceptive and creative in meeting our various wants and needs.
Clockwork through the border, boat ride on Kotor bay was spectacular. Hotel is charming, old town tour was great. Like magic, we’re all dazzled.
We’ll treasure our memories.
– – – Family of 10 from Canada
Dalmatian Adventure – 2017
Working with Adriatic Experience was so easy and everything was wonderful! They were always one step ahead of us confirming reservations and solving any potential problems before they could happen. Best travel company I’ve ever used!
– – – 19 Guests from California
Essential Croatian Journey – 2019
We had a great time with Adriatic Experience. It was a once in a lifetime trip with many unique experiences that we would have never found on our own. Each activity was engaging and then transitioned smoothly to the next one. Our group always knew what we were doing next and that was very reassuring being so far from home.
– – – 10 Guests from Canada
Family of 6 from Florida – 2018
We picked this travel agency after reviewing several proposals. Our agent seemed to have an understanding of the kind of trip we wanted. We got to know her over Skype and felt very comfortable. They maintain a US bank account and offered prices in Euros or Dollars at a very fair exchange rate and we felt comfortable wiring to a US bank.
What we didn’t know at the time was that our agent and her husband would be the crew for our yatching experience. We got to know them very well and they are lovely, hospitable people. Her husband was an extremely experienced skipper. The guides they lined up we’re all excellent and everything came off as expected. Awesome vacation!
We had a wonderful Adriatic experience. One of our best family vacations ever.
4 Guests from Hong Kong – 2018
My wife and I wanted to travel to Croatia this summer but we were travelling with our 3-year- old son and two 60+ year-old relatives. We are active travellers who like a mix of free n’ easy travel as well as day trips/tours. We had a few ideas of what we wanted to see throughout Croatia but we only speak English and Mandarin so we decided to look for someone who could plan a suitable itinerary for us.
Adriatic Experience was prompt, responsive and reassuring in their replies to my queries during the lead-up to our trip. We started planning about 4 months before departure and they were attentive to detail as well as any requests we had. They gave us the impression that they are always an email or call away if we had any concerns or questions, which to me, is extremely important given that we are 6 time zones away and we had to transfer huge sums of money as deposit and payments through TT.
During our 2-week stay in Croatia, they shared their contact numbers with us. They also shared the numbers of all the drivers/guides at our various pit-stops in Croatia. I communicated with our Trip Planner and all the drivers/guides/apartment owner through WhatsApp messages whenever we had some questions and all of them always replied reasonably quickly, so I knew they were sincere and do not leave their clients in the lurch after taking payment.
I’ll definitely recommend Adraitic Experience for travellers who want to engage trusted, reliable travel agents to plan their holidays. And of course, for those who intend to travel to Croatia. 5-star.
4 Guests from US – 2017
Our travel agent and her staff were fantastic. Very organized and accommodating. The trip she planned had a great blend of activities, tours, and great food and wine. Would highly recommend her services.
4 Villa Folie a Deux Guests – 2020
Let me thank you for our amazing holiday in your wonderful place in Duboka Bay. I was not in Croatia for 5 years and most of the time I spent in the south but I did not like the sea so much as on Brac…and of course thanks to my husband we got a chance to know more wonderful places from the boat…now I can understand his need for yachting.
My son and we also felt in your villa as at home because we lacked nothing and we could feel that house is furnished from your heart…you have it furnished well with huge lovely english books.
9 Villa Folie a Deux Guests from Germany – June 2019
We would like to thank you very much for the wonderful holiday we could spend together with the whole family with several generations, Grandpa, children, grandchildren. It is even more generous than the pictures that can show. We had with 9 people a lot of space in the house. Our care, Martina, received us great and advised us well during the whole holiday.
The house is beautifully furnished and leaves nothing to be desired. The kitchen is very well equipped and we could cook well with many people. Due to the spaciousness it is possible to retire at different places in the house. It is very cozy and you immediately feel at home. The large table in the garden is great to eat with many people. We also enjoyed having a dinner party. Great food and great evening!
The bay in which the house is located is the highlight. The water is turquoise and crystal clear. You could have stayed in the water for hours. The first time I saw several live starfish snorkeling. With the kayak and stand-up paddle our teenagers were constantly on the move. Enjoying a coffee by bike to Milna and directly in the harbor is possible in a few minutes. All around there is nothing we would have missed. We will be back definitely.
We enjoy being surrounded by nature and still be able to eat and drink in nearby Milna. The house lives on solar power, which we find very positive, the only downer is in hot temperatures, the lack of air conditioning – which should change soon. But that was not a problem for us. Thank you for the nice stay and the good care!
10 Villa Guests from Germany – 2019
We had a fantastic week in Duboka Bay, which actually three generations enjoyed very much. This place is for people seeking peace and quiet luxury.
9 Guests from New York – 2019
Our trip to Croatia (two moms and 7 teens) did not disappoint. Our travel specialist and her team were incredibly thoughtful with their suggestions, responsive to our interests and tastes, and most importantly available consistently before during and after our trip (I’m not sure when they slept).
We started our trip in Split with a welcome dinner at a restaurant serving tapas of locally made dishes. It couldn’t have been a better introduction. We were seated in the kitchen and had the full attention of the chef and staff. It was a wonderful introduction to Dalmatian cuisine and we all loved trying the different dishes.
When we decided to change things around from our original itinerary on day 2, our travel specialist was open and helpful and we ended up having a great day on Brac island that required our specialist and her team to pull together a guide and water equipment at the last minute. The highlight of the day was lunch at a secluded castle in a very tiny village with a view from the terrace that was amazing. Our guide Ana, was accommodating and helpful.
Each day, we received emails and/or texts with updates on what the next day or two held for us. We were given the names and contact numbers of drivers and guides which helped us to stay on schedule and limit travel hiccups. None of our guides was late, surly, or anything less than knowledgeable, helpful, and polite.
After our time in Split we headed to a catamaran for a four day tour of 4 different islands. Our travel specialist helped us to choose the islands, and make meal reservations ahead of time. Our captain was not only skilled (he was on the national sailing team) but also just the right mix of personable, funny, and hands off when we wanted some down time. He also used a drone to take shots of the boat and our families that were spectacular.
The chef and assistant was lovely, and prepared meals for us that were tasty, and perfectly timed. She anticipated what we needed, before we did, and we very much enjoyed getting to know her.
There are so many highlights from our island hopping but to name a few: renting electric bikes on the island of Mljet and taking a dip in the lake there; Jumping off the boat into the the greenest sea you can imagine; dining at Lola’s on Hvar and walking around the small streets and alleys.
Our trip ended in Dubrovnik. We spent the day before our last on a kayak tour outside the city walls which was a great way to see the city and get wet on a hot day. The guide, Pavo, was knowledgeable and ensured that our three hours had just the right balance of information, kayaking and swim time. We ended the day with our guide who took us through the streets of Dubrovnik, on the city walls and up the gondola for a great birds eye view of the city. He was a wealth of information (his family has lived in Dubrovnik for hundreds of years) and was able to communicate what he knew in a way that our teens found both interesting, engaging and funny.
The country was gorgeous, the activities were great for our active crowd, and while traveling outside of your country can be stressful, this was among the most stress free trips I have ever taken, because when I had a question (e.g., what’s the appropriate tip, the best beach), our specialist was always a text away with a great suggestion. Thank you Adriatic Experience!
2 Guests from US – September 2018
The trip to Croatia and Slovenia was fantastic! Every detail worked out by AE to perfection. 17 day trip through two countries, and not a single hiccup or disappointment. And my husband and I are very detail oriented and usually plan our own trips, and have very high expectations for everything. And I’m pleased to say that this company was exceptional every step of the planning and the delivery.
This travel agent really listens to what you want and like, and plans a trip very catered to your personal desires. Our travel representatives were in touch with us throughout the trip to check in that everything was going well, and always responded quickly when we wanted to make a change along the way.
2 Guests from US – August 2018
Our trip to Croatia with a day trip to Bosnia was fantastic. We had some small hiccups with travel plans with a flight that was very late arriving to Split. Our travel agents didn’t bat an eye. They immediately got to work rearranging things for the trip to accommodate the unexpected late arrival.
Our skipper and chef were both amazing. We appreciated how flexible the whole staff was in helping us make last minute tweaks to our sailing plans that seemed to work for us better once we got there.
The islands are gorgeous. We had one small problem with an entrance fee to the Blue Caves and our agents solved it immediately. I always knew that if any issues came up, the staff was but a phone call away and that level of responsiveness gave us total peace of mind.
Every driver/transport was exactly on time. Every person we interacted displayed the utmost in professionalism. I would highly recommend this company for any of your travel plans. Croatia is beautiful and we also enjoyed a day trip to Bosnia where we learned so much about the history of the area from our very informative guide. I really can’t say enough about what a perfect trip this was! My only warning, Croatia has a LOT of stairs!
Multi-generation family of 10 – August 2018
We couldn’t ask for better backup. Even though we have traveled often, all the concerns about vacationing in a foreign country were dispelled by your care. I would highly recommend your company to anyone interested in traveling to your beautiful country.
4 Guests from US – June 2018
We took a custom itinerary, 2 week “Croatian Odyssey” this past May/June planned with Adriatic Experience. From our first email exchange and phone conversation they listened to what we were looking for and made excellent suggestions. They were prompt in replying and accommodating as we made decisions and even changed our minds a couple of times.
We are very selective about hotels, preferring small luxury hotels with local character and personal service, our agency made excellent suggestions to us for this. They are very knowledgeable about hotels, activities and restaurants throughout Croatia. In advance of our trip we were provided with a detailed custom itinerary for the arrangements we had agreed on, this itinerary included photos of and background on each of the cites we would be visiting as well as descriptions of the scheduled activities and hotel properties in addition to restaurant suggestions-very helpful.
The driver they arranged was the best, not only a safe driver but a knowledgeable and charming man. In each city we had local guides for city tours and outings and these were excellent as well, knowledgeable, personable and accommodating.
Some highlights were Truffle hunting in Istria, sailing through the islands on a private catamaran, meals in Croatia’s finest restaurants and the extraordinary beauty of the Dalmatian Coast.
I think this travel agency must be well regarded by hotels and restaurants in Croatia as we always seemed to get the best rooms or tables. Our AE host stayed in touch with us during our trip, just to assure everything went smoothly, which it did.
I would highly recommend AE for planning individual/personalized travel in Slovenia and Croatia. I would certainly use them again if we are fortunate enough to return to Croatia.
6 Guests from California – 2018
Adriatic Experience planned the trip of a lifetime in Croatia for my husband’s 60th birthday. The itinerary, attention to detail, the crew on board our lovely catamaran,the food were all beyond our expectations.
2 Guests from US – July 2016
This was definitely one of the best trips we have been on and it was first class service from the planning phase through the actual trip. Adriatic Experience was the best travel agency that we have ever worked with! From the planning phase, which they had a large array of services and options; as well as being very transparent in what the trip would entail. They created an itinerary for us that exhibited everything we would experience.
I have never had a travel agency handle the planning process so thoroughly and professionally.Then there was the trip . . . first class all the way around. We had luxury cars waiting for us at every destination to take us to our hotel or villa. Everything was planned by our AE host, we literally didn’t have to worry or think about anything. We had only one small hiccup with the hotel that we stayed at, with the hotel granting us the wrong room and our host handled the situation to get us an unbelievable upgrade! The hotel and the villa that the company booked for us were phenomenal; which met our expectations from what they showed us when we were booking the trip.
All the tours and day trips were excellent as well. Highly recommend their sailing trips and wine tours!!! I can’t stress enough how great Adriatic Experience was to us and how I strongly recommend working with them. While we were on vacation, we heard stories about other people’s bookings in the region that truly proved how fortunate we were to find these agents!Thank you for making our trip one of the most memorable trips of our life and we hope to see you again!
4 Guests from Chicago – 2016
Adriatic Experience is the best travel agency we have ever worked with!
4 Guests from NY – 2016
[Our trip] far exceeded my expectations. Extremely knowledgeable . . . each guide/driver/pretty much any one you interact with has been carefully chosen and coached by Adriatic Experience. It is extremely helpful to be able to ask many questions and trust the answers you receive are based on years of experience. Just when I thought you couldn’t be any more detail-oriented and thoughtful, you went and sent us this brilliant surprise!!! You are truly making this one of our most memorable vacations as a couple! THANK YOU.
I think AE must be well regarded by hotels and restaurants as we always seemed to get the best rooms or tables. I would highly recommend AE for planning individual/personalized travel in Slovenia and Croatia.”We have never had a travel agency handle the planning process so thoroughly and professionally.
8 Villa Guests from UK – August 2014
First day back at work, and I just wanted to say a massive thanks for making our holiday so memorable, we had a fantastic time and lots of fun. The villa was fantastic, and Duboka Bay and Milna were so beautiful. Also nothing was too much trouble for you.
12 Guests from Abu Dhabi – September 2012
Will happily recommend you to friends, in fact, I’ve already started. Thanks again for your excellent professional service!
6 Villa Guests from France – August 2012
A big thank you for your organization we will return to this house on Brac for another summer.
10 Guests from California – June 2012
Absolutely brilliant (holiday)! Happy to recommend yourself to friends for any future trips. I know I definitely am up for the Photo Sail trip!