Nancy Kochevar & Michael Lurie
Our 16-day vacation with Kristijan and the Halicanum Turisticka Agencija exceeded all of our expectations. We were provided his name from friends who were very satisfied clients of his. We selected the areas where we wanted to go and he worked on a customized itinerary. He was prompt and eager to assist us with a plan that would fit our needs.
We selected to tour both Croatia and Slovenia. We picked some of the unusual off-beaten areas, such as the Papuk Nature Park, Lonjsko polje (Nature Park), Cigoc (a village with storks and lots of water) and the Neanderthal Museum. He brought us around Northern Croatia and gave us deeper insights into the history and the culture of the area. We learned history from the time of the 5000 year old Vucedol culture to the time of their National War. He also added in some time for us to enjoy and relax at a European spa in St. Martin.
We stayed at Bohinj and enjoyed a bike ride up to the waterfalls. Kristijan knew that we enjoyed hiking, so he hired a hiking guide for us. In Slovenia, we hiked in some of the most beautiful areas.
We didn’t take advantage of visiting wineries and sampling wines. However, north of Zagreb, there are quite a few wineries and this is an area of Kristijan’s expertise.
We went to some of the typical tour areas like Brijuni National Park, Rovinj, Opatija, Ljubljana, Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes. We found that we enjoyed these areas as we were seeing them from a new and different perspective.
Our tour was also personalized. My heritage comes from Slovenia and from Croatia. Kristijan was able to find the Croatian village of one family member, and living relatives in Slovenia. Not only could he speak English very well, but also he could speak Slovenian! We found out that he can converse in numerous languages.
All of our tours, hotels and meals were very nice. Kristijan was flexible and able to make changes to better fit our needs. We spent quite a bit of time with him and he was always pleasant and knowledgeable to be with.
We really felt like Kristijan and the Halicanum Agency went above and beyond our ideas to ensure that we had one of our best vacations. When we return to this area or an area close by, we will use his services again.
Nancy and Michael
Jonathon G. Seow (Singapore)
It was an adventure that we had all been building up for over the course of a tough final year in medical school. After all has been said and done, we feel that is would be very appropriate to record and document some of our most memorable experiences of our tour of Croatia and Slovenia with Halicanum so that you can judge for yourself the quality and dedication that these guys have for a creating memories.
So let’s start from the very beginning. We were recommended Halicanum for their experience at having taken many such tours in the past with various other tour groups from around the world. Having sent a brief proposal of places and interests to be included in the itinerary as well as our budget to Kristijan (Photo of Kristijan: This very good-looking man standing next to me with a ‘bigger than life’ and friendly personality), he then formulated a detailed plan for our tour including accommodations, transportation, several gorgeous meals, and of course a truly spectacular schedule including vineyards, nature parks, amazing landscapes and scenery, historical sites, some ‘must do’ tourist locations, and of course some really amazing restaurants and food outlets.
Kristijan is very knowledgeable about all things concerning travel in Croatia (his country) as well as most other Balkan Nations and many Central and Eastern European Countries (including Italy, Austria, Lichtenstein, Germany, Hungary, Poland, etc… this list is very long) and was very flexible in accommodating last minute changes as well as our budget. He efficiently made updates to the itinerary from our requests (several times) and was very quick in getting back to us regarding the updated itinerary.
This is where the magic begins. After experiencing a delay at Amsterdam Schipol International, Kristijan and his team made the necessary arrangements to the first day’s itinerary so that we would not lose too much time. We were greeted by Kristijan at Zagreb Intl Airport and were whisked away smoothly and comfortably to our first accommodation at Sveti Martin Spa & Sport Resort.
During the rest of the trip, Kristijan was very accommodating and was able to make several unscheduled changes to the itinerary as long as the places that we requested did not deviate too far away from our planned route (For e.g. He brought us to Josip Broz Tito’s Birthplace and the Neanderthal Museum on one of the days that was initially planned for walking around Zagreb).
I must also commend his vast knowledge regarding the histories, sociology, political science and general knowledge of Croatia and the former Yugoslavian Republics, as well as Central and Eastern Europe which, which added tremendous value to our experience and made our stay in Croatia that much more enjoyable.
Finally we would also like to thank another member of Halicanum Tour Agency, Aleksander for taking time of paternity leave to help with our tour. Words lack the abilityto describe their dedication to their work and so I must leave you to find out for yourselves the magic of Halicanum Tours. Enjoy!
With love from Jonathan et amicis! Živjeli!