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Andro Tartaglia

Meridien Ten is a Croatian adventure travel and cycling tour provider.
MT is focused on personalized services and tours tailored to the needs of each client. The way that we see travel business is quite simple; each of our guests has to be treated same as how we would like to be treated when on holidays in a new and unknown destination.

Our offer starts with cycling and multisport tours, where Croatian finest guides will be presenting great and traffic free roads for cycling, authentic Mediterranean meals, accommodation and local experiences in unique way! You are not visiting Croatia to do a bike race, so take it easy and enjoy our insider access and local knowledge during your holidays.

Meridien Ten creates tailor made tours to meet client's wishes. We have huge experience in development of bespoke tours; whether it is 10 day bespoke bike tour from Venice to Dubrovnik, luxury yacht cruise with activities such as yoga, kite surf, SUP tours, gourmet, culinary tours, cultural and other tailor made programs.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Croatia, luxury travel, cycling tours, tailor made, cultural and gourmet tours. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"Andro played tennis until he turned 17 and found himself at the crossroads – whether to continue with his tennis training and competing or to get out there to do different things and gain experience exploring the world. So first he started competing in downhill MTB races, then moved on to sailing and windsurfing around the globe, which all took him to discovering great surf spots worldwide. He also spent some time working as ski instructor during winter seasons in Austria. All his trips and experiences were accompanied with gastronomic delights of the visited areas. He graduated at the University of Economics, but actually never wanted to be an office guy. He always wanted to be outside and “play”, but his sporty lifestyle and adventurous spirit led to several accidents, which made him sit in the office more than he initially planned. The tours Meridien Ten offers are all created in Andro’s mind and seen through his eyes - being active and experiencing the local culture, which is exactly what he looks for when travelling around the world. When not guiding the tours, you can find him in the office working on new projects and designing new tours and holiday arrangements which guarantee great adventures and authentic experiences for the clients."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"When cycling tour becomes a real Adventure
It was the middle of October in 2015. We had 16 guests on a private bike tour. The tour logistics was the same as on our Dalmatian coast classic bike tour, only the hotels were upgraded to the luxury ones. A great group, if I could say, really my kind of a group – they were all up early in the morning ready for good cycling and they were all early for dinner, enjoying a nice aperitif (or two) before an evening meal.

The end of September and October are our busiest months. Being a guide and responsible for most of the guided tours, and due to the fact that I really love windsurfing I check the weather forecast regularly. The summer of 2015, especially July and August were extremely hot, without any major summer storms. I like to think that the weather system is very simple - what goes up must eventually come down. And coming down usually means having a lot of rain and wind, which on Dalmatian coast does not last for more than two days. Normally when this happens in August (and it usually does), then we have a really nice fall, and the end of September and October are sunny, but not too hot. A real Indian summer or as we call it in Croatia – Bablje lito (literally translated as grandmother’s summer). And this is just perfect for our bike trips, not very busy during August and fully booked and ready for our highest season is in September and October. But this year, there was no rain or wind in August…Not even a sign of it.

I got back to Hvar, with a group of 16 wonderful guests. I was checking the weather forecast for the next four days and it said rain, but I also noticed 30-50 knots of headwind, on a day when we have a private 40” boat transfer from the island of Hvar to Korčula Island. The night before that day, I did not sleep well. Actually, I fell asleep when my alarm rang at 6am. Ups.
The big passenger catamaran line and some of the most frequent ferry connections were cancelled due to the strong wind.
After maybe making five or six phone calls with the boat company’s manager during that morning and the night before, he kind of convinced me that the transfer is doable, but he would prefer to cancel it, as it might be “dramatic” and very unpleasant. I stood in front of the group and told them the options – the first one was spending the whole day on big ferries and arriving very late to Korčula or trying an hour and 30 minutes of rough, unpleasant and dramatic ride which will bring them to the destination. After a ten-minute-long briefing and negotiation with the group, the question I least expected popped up: “Can you offer both the private boat transfer and a more smooth ferry (all day) transfer to Korčula?” Ups, again, for the second time this morning. I really thought that I made myself clear during the briefing my and that we will all opt for the “boring whole day on the ferry”.

As customers always need to be pleased, I made another phone call to the boat manager to make sure that the transfer will be safe. I also had the back-up plan A. And B. And C. Just in case.
And so it happened. One group left with the private 40” boat directly to the island of Korčula and I left with the other part of the group on a couple of long ferry journeys. We all got together in Korčula Town later in the evening, where we enjoyed aperitifs, dinner and talks about our adventures.
“This was a life changing experience”, “It was rough…”, “It was only once when all 8 of use were in the air, above our seats as we hit that wave”…were just some of the comments we heard that evening.

While the speedboat group was riding waves, the other part of the group had a great time on Split’s green market. We had to prepare for the second and very long ferry journey so we bought some grilled chicken, homemade bread, cheese, prosciutto (smoked ham), olives, lettuce, wine, wine and some more wine. Our office team brought us glasses, knives, forks, plates and other picnic supplies, so we enjoyed dining on a half empty ferry.

The feeling I had that evening was amazing – actually seeing how this unplanned adventure (without any biking included) bonded the group even more. Toasts, smiles and just positive vibes. And stories turned into unforgettable memories.
On the other hand, I was happy and felt relieved that this day was over and that everybody was safe and sound. I had a premonition or feeling that a day like this might happen a couple of months ago, but I was hoping to avoid it. In the end, it turned out to be a day to remember. And retell.

A.T.
Tour leader
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Recent trip reviews for Andro

Croatia 2017, Croatia - Jul 10 - Jul 21, 2017

Traveler: Lane O. - Local specialist: Andro Tartaglia

Can't say enough great things about our trip to Croatia! Andro and his team really made it wonderful. The tours were fantastic and the transfers were seamless. Would absolutely recommend them for your trip!

Andro was extremely helpful and responsive to all of our questions. Really it was fabulous!

Andro Tartaglia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lane,
Thanks for your feedback!! I hope you arrived back home with great memories!! It was a pleasure to have you here in Croatia
Andro

Family adventure in croatia, Croatia - Aug 9 - Aug 23, 2016

Traveler: Andreas V. - Local specialist: Andro Tartaglia

It was perfectly organized and executed. Looking back I would have done one part differently, but it was really amazing to see that hotels were informed, transports by taxi or ship waiting when needed.

Was very engaged even throughout the vacation open for additional questions

Andro Tartaglia, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Andreas,
Thanks for your feedback!
Next time we will have to use only boutique family owned hotels!! Great pictures by the way :)