Unique personalised tour consultancy, discovering the hidden secrets of Croatia, offering the discerning independent traveller all of the following:
• Itineraries with attention to detail; responsible and sustainable travel, with cancellation policies attached.
• Favourite restaurants of Croatian cuisine, and traditional specialities’.
• Food & Wine Tours, Cooking Schools with a difference in Regional Croatia.
• Meeting the winemakers, the locals, the artisans, we share their culture and immerse ourselves in their way of life, relaxing, enjoying and indulging in Croatian warmth and hospitality.
• Exploring the spectacular Dalmatian Coast and the many islands along the way, cruising and taking time to enjoy and savour the delights of this special part of the world. Walking tours are our speciality. • Cruising the Croatian Coast- A large range of skippered and bare boat yachts, timber gulets, catamarans and cruisers are available for group bookings with guaranteed departure dates.
ABOUT ROBYN VULINOVICH Croatia Tour Consultant
After many years as a restaurateur in Queensland Australia, Robyn has now followed her passion, living in the best of two worlds, residing permanently in Split on the central Dalmatian Coast of Croatia and visiting family and friends in Australia annually.
The Dalmatian Coast is a place she loves to be, exploring the villages, a love of old stone houses, arches and walkways. The Adriatic Sea, glittering in the sunlight, villages nestling in the many coves and bays; the islands scattered along the coast, the bluest of azure blue waters. Pine, olive groves and vineyards, healing and welcoming; “The perfumes of the land, lavender, rosemary, sage, bay leaf, camomile, rekindling beautiful memories from my youth.” The language and music, the seafood and traditional cuisine, simple ways of food preparation, yet always so delicious and fresh.
“My present work is simply an extension of my restaurant, making sure that those who place their trust in me have a wonderful and memorable time in a part of the world that is so close to my heart and has become my home.”
“I am always delighted to share my knowledge and passion about Croatia, steeped in centuries of history and traditions, with influences from the Roman and Greek Empires, the Venetian, Turkish and Austro – Hungarian dynasties, not forgetting Napoleon and the French! So much to see and admire, a tapestry of rich cultural heritage, together with foods and wines of the Mediterranean.”
Together with local guides and a network of ‘friends’ we are able to offer unique and authentic travel experiences to suit all budgets and desires. – Robyn Vulinovich
At My Hidden Croatia, we have secured the services of some of the very best local guides with sunny smiles and personalities waiting to welcome you.
A FEW TESTIMONIALS
Laura and Norbert Hansch – Canada September 2019 Robyn, Such a wonderful trip we had and we can’t thank you enough for everything you did for us. We truly feel we saw the very best Croatia has to offer! Can’t stop talking about it to our friends! Hope you enjoy the book as a token of our appreciation!
Lynne and Gordan – August 2018 Dear Robyn, We had a fantastic day with Blanka at the Amazing Plitvice Lakes. Thank you for setting that up for us.
Awesome! Thank you so much.
We are in Heaven here in Dubrovnik. Once again you delivered above our expectations. It has been a true pleasure having you as our travel agent. We will definitely recommend you to anyone we hear is thinking of traveling to this part of the world. I can’t thank you enough.
Thank you once again for taking such great care of us. We truly appreciate all you did and thoroughly enjoyed your company and incredible wealth of knowledge. We also hope to see you again sometime down the travelled road.
Cheers, Lynne & Gord, Vancouver
Peter and Dinah Davis Hi Robyn, We both have fabulous memories of our time in Croatia and we will definitely be back. We saw so much over our 2 weeks but feel we barely touched the surface. Carpe Diem is a great gullet made extra special by Frano,Lorena and Niko. We are seriously thinking of heading north from Split towards Istria in 2019.
The land part of our holiday was equally terrific. We would especially like to thank you for helping put together a well-paced 8 days with lots of variety Our driver Marin was a champion, great sense of humour and lots of titbits of information. I am not sure which of our two special lunches at Bibich and Pelegrini I would but first, both were outstanding with world-class food and wine. Our Bibich Wines arrive safely back home and will bring back great memories in years to come. Each of the guides you arranged for us were delightful individuals with excellent English and they gave us a much better understanding not just of the sights but of the history and character of Croatia.
Thank you again for all your efforts in ensuring our holiday went smoothly, especially in helping us to check in Split. Sorry we did not have the opportunity to say good by properly, Tony and Anna had made a mistake on their departure time so we had to rush to the Airport. All 6 of us loved our time in Croatia it over delivered in every way and we cant wait to get back again. Best Regards, Dinah & Peter Davis. September 2017.
Peter and Noelle Kinsella Hi Robyn, well be are now safely ensconced at home in our own little beds.Regardless of the great trip, it’s always good to be home.I’m sure you were also happy to get home.It was a fantastic trip and one I guess of a lifetime.It’s not often we get to visit a country and be so expertly shown its developing cultures and told so accurately its past stories both political and culturally.It was certainly great to have you with us and we do appreciate the extra effort and homework you put in to ensure we got the best available.We know you are very proud of the development of your Croatia and admire your passion in passing it on to others. You did your country proud! September 2017
Simone and Tom Hasker- Dubai, Arab Emirates Dear Robyn, a special note from some very happy customers for our recent trip yachting on the Dalmatian Coast aboard the MV Korab. From start to finish the trip was a perfect 10/10 and your guidance on our hotels, routes and suggesting the most amazing boat for our joint 40th birthday was essential and so very much appreciated.
We all LOVE Croatia! Thanks again to you and although we didn’t get to meet you, we enjoyed meeting your husband in Split as he accompanied us to our boat. A lifetime memory we will never forget. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Simone Hasker in Dubai Fabric and more — in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Mick and Denise Powers, BMD GROUP, Brisbane ; Peter and Gwendolyn Dawes, AMEXCORP, Perth, spent 12 days in Croatia..3 days in Dubrovnik, 7 days sailing Dubrovnik to Split on a luxury timber gulet, and 2 days in Split, July/August 2015. another 4 of their friends joined them for a very memorable jouney..please see their comments below:….
Hi Robyn, Let’s hope that necklace is available through Zagreb…it would be a lovely reminder of such a wonderful trip with you, Dusko and Jere, not forgetting the crew and the two Ivan’s!!! Mick and I so thoroughly enjoyed it (the quality should be emphasised as it was second to none we have had before and we commend you and your team). Denise and Mick Power, Brisbane.
Dear Robyn…We are enjoying Rome while a wonderful city its not like our beautiful fresh clean Croatia. We are already talking about Croatia in 2017 probably early September to avoid the heat but still enjoy the warm water. Thank you for your wonderful support are guidance in making our trip a very memorable experience. Talk soon Kind regards , Peter & Gwendoline Dawes, Perth
Hi Robyn Well we are well and truly back and settled into life in New Zealand! I just wanted to touch base with you and say thank you so much for organising such a wonderful trip to Croatia. We absolutely loved everything about your wonderful country and the itinerary you put together was exceptional. We loved our time in Split and Rada was just so lovely. We loved walking around Split with her and she was really interesting and made the history come alive for us. I intend to email her direct to say thank you too. She gave us some of her lovely fig jam (she said you loved it too) and I am enjoying it on my toast right now. I think of her each time I have it! She is just such a lovely person. Trogir was a lovely place too and we enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere there. Our neighbours are there right now, catching one of the motorised sailing boats for a trip around the islands so seeing their photos is bringing back memories already. We were so pleased that we got to meet up with you. We did eat one one of the restaurants you recommended and it was a very lovely meal. Our accommodation was great and the staying within the palace walls was very special. We loved the atmosphere at night with the music and people and the lighting of the old buildings. Such an amazing experience. The trip to the Plitvice lakes was so amazing, we just loved the day – and the tour guide and bus driver were exceptional hosts. We had fun with them and the tour of the lakes was just an amazing experience – so so beautiful and hard to capture with photos. We had a great trip out to Hvar with two lovely guys who were in charge of the boat that took us out. They were both very helpful and obliging and nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation at Hvar was exceptional and the owners of the hotel were just absolutely lovely. We had a lovely time walking around (and climbing up the huge hill to get the most amazing views). Then going on to Korcula was a nice way to finish off our island hopping. Dubrovnik was another amazing experience. We were driven from the drop off point from the islands by a lovely young man and the wine tasting and winery blew us away. After so much devastation with the war years to see how people have managed to come out the other side so well as very moving. Hotel Lapa was a great place to stay. Staff were very helpful and caring. We had a great guide and a driver for our day trip to Cavtat and Konavle and enjoyed the Folklor dancing. Tom, the guide, then took us to a lovely place for lunch – under a bridge with the river running beneath the table. Vinica Monkovic was the name I think and it was nar Konavle. Absolutely beautiful place. It was my birthday so that we a great place to have a beautiful lunch. Then we were taken to the old Dubrovnik. Well, what can we say about that – it was so busy with heaps of people, but such a great atmosphere. Tom met us again later in the day and we did a tour of the old city with him, and he pointed out where to get the cable car and a good starting point to walk the walls. Everything about our time in Dubrovnik was so great. Tom also mentioned to us to go over the the beach side from where we were staying and walk around the coastline to spend time at the Cave Bar.
Robyn. I intend to email them directly to tell them this too as it is important that the people who spent time showing us around their part of Croatia are given good feedback. They were all young, but very very good and had great personalities – such great ambassadors for Croatia. So Robyn once again many thanks for all you did for us putting together our itinerary. I hope we will again meet up one day, but meantime I will certainly be giving your contact to anyone who is wanting to visit Croatia. I know you will be very busy right now with your tours as it is your busy time. Take care and hope we meet up again.
Gaille and Ray Hopkinson New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND. June 2015.
Robyn, I had a great holiday. Robert was perfect, attentive and the perfect gentleman. It was nice to be in the Mercedes and Robert is a terrific driver.The guides in Montenegro and Bosnia were great.
I loved the accommodation in Montenegro and the Hilton really spoilt me with a beautiful room and balcony. It was good to go to Bosnia, but I would not go back.
The sailing was one of the highlights, the yacht ‘Acustica’, Alan and Natalia were wonderful hosts and the weather was much better than I thought. I was thinking it was so early in the season, but the sun was lovely. Just enjoying the Islands and being on the Adriatic was bliss.
The trip to the winery was another highlight. Robyn, I would recommend you highly and if ever I were going back to Croatia I would get you to organize me again!! Manythanks, PAM LAMARO SOUTH MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. June 2015
Hi Robyn We had a wonderful time. Our tours were great and the transfers were perfect. We especially enjoyed our Mostar tour guide and our driver that day. We also enjoyed our time on Angelica. It is a lovely boat with a great crew. Thanks for your help! Nancy Berman USA May 2015
Dear Robyn, My apologies for the late reply. Firstly, I would like to say, that we thoroughly enjoyed everything you organised for us in Croatia. We loved our holiday and will certainly refer you to our friendsAntonia was sensational. We really liked her, and enjoyed her company, particularly some of the insightful chats we had about Croatia. Great lady. The apartments were fantastic, well located and good value.
We went to Trogir . Loved it and had lunch where you suggested. Great again.
The Plitvice Lakes were absolutely awesome. We have told our grandchildren and children, that they must go there. Truly amazing.
Allen and Natalie were sensational hosts and we were very well looked after. We loved sailing and they made sure our time with them, was enjoyable. Nothing was too much trouble for them. GREAT AGAIN.
The transfer down the Peninsula we thoroughly enjoyed, with lunch at the winery and our drive down the Peljesac Peninsula was FANTASTIC.
In Dubrovnik, again our apartment was well located, very comfortable and we really enjoyed our time there too. Went to all the restaurants you recommended. Thanks. Out tour host, Ivan, was sensational. He was engaging, articulate and very knowledgeable. His historical experience, from a young boy growing up there and the history, was most informative and really interesting. He was most helpful organising a few additional personal things for us. Again, nothing was too hard or an effort. Very professional.
THANKS AGAIN ROBYN. Robyn Galloway/Australia/May 2015
Hi Robyn, We had an amazing time, thoroughly enjoying our exposure to the Dalmatian coast and Slovenia. We probably tried to jam too much into the trip and as a result had some overload. I wanted to give you some decent feedback that may assist.
1.We want to rave positively about Blanka, she was great and we really enjoyed the day with her. She made the lakes visit so much more enjoyable for Gaylene ( not the greatest nature buff .
2.The Island of Pag and more particular the stay at Boskinac was a highlight. We could easily have stayed longer there.
3.Our day with Silvija in Istria was a hoot. I tried to pass my responsibility as driver over to her. That caused a laugh! She was so informative and friendly. A very impressive lady.
4.The car hire went very smoothly .
5.The incident in Split was unfortunate. In hindsight I believe that the experience with Rada would have been a better way to see Split compared to the tour we had as part of the cruise, unfortunately due to the circumstances there was not enough time. I say that having met Blanka and Silvija.
6.The cruising was outstanding with my favourite place being Hvar. Could easily spend more time there.
I could go on about the various cities , but would be better to comment on perhaps the places we thought could be missed , which were Zader and Bled. Anyway it was awesome and have already recommended it to friends. Should anyone want advice I’ll pass on your details.
Kind Regards Mark and Gaylene Johnson, Gold Coast, Queensland Australia April/May 2015
Sept/October 2014 Dear Robyn, Pardon me for not answering you promptly regarding our stay in Zagreb. On my return, several matters at my office required my immediate attention. Now resolved, I can calmly tell you that we are in our home, resting from all that wonderful “rest” we had in Croatia. Our sincere thanks for all your help, particularly in preparation of the excellent itinerary of all the sites you deemed worth seeing—and they truly are worthy. Your chauffer selection for us deserves a very especial mention. The suggestions and confidence Robert gave us was inestimable.
As regards individual guides, all were clearly professional. Anastasia in Albania won our particular regard as she fulfilled her responsibilities in such a natural, friendly and liking manner that we could not but be deeply affected.
Zarco in Split knew history perfectly and his remarks reinforced the beauty of places like Trogir. Nikola in Dubrovnick emotionally overcame us and made us feel her regard for the place. It would be unjust to fail to mention, Dorotea in Hvar was very friendly and knowledgeable of what deserved to be known on the island. Sonia at Plitvice Lakes showed us the best places from the waterfalls and lakes, with water a little bit cold but completely clean, as it was national holiday, there were a lot of people by what pathways and bridges were hard to walk Sonia was kind enough to be particularly careful with my wife allowing her to walk safely. Ivana in Zagreb guided us through the various sites with much depth of feeling and understanding. We thoroughly enjoyed it. All our visits were accompanied with excellent establishments for dining and appreciating the local Croatian cuisine.
To you and Jazminka we owe our having visited various beautiful sites in Croatia we might otherwise have missed. Naturally, a country such as yours requires a much longer return stay, even after this marvelous introduction, to enjoy all it has to offer. Furthermore we had the opportunity to visit Smiljan, birthplace of Nikola Tesla, a Serbo-Croat-Yugoslav whom we profoundly admire.
At last Robyn we must said ¡¡Thanks!! I understand your successful career in Croatia you are a problems solver and persons like me admire a lot your kind of person. kind enough to give us some of your time on our last night in Split as well as the gifts which you so kindly gave us makes me say that without a doubt we have been a lucky family because we meet you.
LEOPOLDO ROSAS RODRIGUEZ Tel: (52) 55 53 93 5994. MEXICO