I come from the hospitality industry, where I've spent years working, after graduating from university. Hospitality and travels are embedded in my DNA as well as sports. Among other things, I am an avid skier and am fluent in six languages. My addiction to travel brought me many rich experiences. I adore the outdoors and I spend most of my free time trekking, skiing, cycling, ice-skating or simply walking through the woods accompanied by my son.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I specialize in all of Croatia and some of the surrounding areas. My specialty in Croatia is Zagreb and the region around it, Rijeka, Istria, and central Dalmatia. My specialties are adventure tourism such as hiking, biking, trekking, kayaking, and sailing. And all this while telling you all the stories, legends or merely historical facts, whichever you'd prefer. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"The travel industry seemed very logical after having spent a lot of time abroad as a child. Thanks to my family, who is multicultural, to say the least, I was lucky to have had the chance to travel around the globe since my earliest years. After having visited almost all four corners of the world, I started exploring my own country and was simply blown away by all this beauty that was literally at hand. And I have made it my mission to share this with the rest of the world. :) "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"The first time I went to Peru, I was 15 and we went to visit Machu Picchu and found it to be a disappointing experience - it was crowded, poorly organized, and one could barely understand the guide.
So a couple of years later, I decided to give it another try. This time, giving the experience a completely different dimension, I decided to try hiking the Inka Trail to get there. The trail itself was great, the experience was unique and the last morning, our arrival to the top of the Machu Picchu mountain was planned before sunrise so we could experience the view of the Citadel from above while the sun was coming up between the mountains surrounding this ancient place. This is something that I will truly not forget for as long as I live - the sight of the sun coming up and slowly revealing the citadel one terrace at the time was the most breathtaking thing I have ever seen. At that moment I understood perfectly what it meant to be in awe of something.
Naturally, over the years, once I've started exploring my own country - off the beaten paths, away from the crowds and commercialized sites - I discovered many sunrises and sunsets like that one, along with other beautiful places, hidden coves, mountaintops or merely hidden streets and alleys in some of Croatia's many wonderful cities.
This feeling of being aware of the beauty that surrounds us is the thing I want to share with others. "
Anna-Maria's favorite itineraries and travel advice
Top itineraries and travel advice
Discover local gems alongside the landmarks on this 9-day odyssey along Croatia's sun-drenched Dalmatian Coast. Beginning and ending in the capital of Zagreb, you'll make your...
Explore the Dalmatian Coast in style on this 8-day small-group cruise through Croatia’s most beguiling islands. Combining gourmet experiences with plenty of relaxing downtime,...
This multi-activity holiday will showcase Croatia’s highlights over an 8-day period and keep you active through various daily excursions. Visit some of the most beautiful parts...
Two weeks in Croatia allows you to spend time in three to five destinations, opting for a family-friendly itinerary that includes a visit to Zagreb's museums, a day in Plitvice...
With an exciting focus on activities sure to keep both parents and kids entertained, this quick 6-day itinerary begins in the ancient coastal city of Split and ends in the...
Enjoy this 10-day family adventure highlighting the top attractions that will delight both parents and children. From Zagreb, you'll transfer to the romantic countryside of the...
Twelve days is enough time to cover multiple regions in Croatia—such as the Dalmatian coast and the Istrian peninsula—at a reasonable pace. You can take in the main highlights...
Spend a week exploring Croatia's Dalmatian cities and Adriatic islands on this complete weeklong itinerary, starting in Split and ending in Dubrovnik. Follow winding wooden...
Road trip itineraries
A great route to discover Slovenia and Croatia over 16 unforgettable days. Starting in Croatia's dynamic capital, you'll first head into Slovenia to discover charming Ljubljana,...
This 15-day family-friendly vacation focuses on a few great locations and kid-friendly hotels to keep everyone entertained from Zagreb to Dubrovnik. Enjoy a day at the beach on...
Head off on an unforgettable adventure as you cover the best of Croatia and Slovenia in two weeks, starting in Zagreb. You'll cross borders to overnight in the capital of...
Recent trip reviews for Anna-Maria
Best Vacation of My Life: Split, Hvar, and Dubrovnik
Jul 3 - Jul 11, 2023
Our entire trip to Croatia was amazing! Anna-Maria planned everything so well. She is clearly an expert when it comes to planning the perfect Croatian vacation. To start, our hotels were fantastic. Each one was very conveniently located mere minutes to the center of everything and included a truly remarkable breakfast each morning. The rooms themselves were quite small in two of the three hotels, but we spent very little time in the rooms, so it hardly mattered. The hotel staffs were... read more
Could not have planned our amazing trip without Anna Maria!
Jul 8 - Jul 15, 2023
Anna Maria was a great resource! Everything she planned for us was better than expected. She was very knowledgeable, helpful and responsive! I would definitely recommend her to friends and family! read more
Everything Taken Care of with Ease
Jun 17 - Jun 24, 2023
I haven't used a travel service before this trip-- and I couldn't be happier with the result. It was a super easy and user-friendly platform and way of communicating with Anna-Maria. She made traveling with three generations smooth and met the needs of everyone with a variety of activities. We loved the private drivers and tour guides as they were flexible to our interests and needs (stretching our legs, lots of gelato stops). The local providers Anna-Maria found were on time, kind, and local... read more
Variety the spice of the Balkans
Jun 9 - Jun 18, 2023
Both a fascinating and exciting journey through four Balkan nations, Serbia, Bosnia-Hercegovina , Croatia and Montenegro. After months of planning and adjustments with my excellent local specialist, Anna-Maria, the trip very much lived up to what I hoped for, getting to see most of the places I had planned to see and activities I had been interested to do including the hiking in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Learned a lot of history of the region from the guides, including Marko in Belgrade and Suzi in... read more
Best trip of my life
May 23 - May 29, 2023
Everything about my experience with kimkim was perfect. They designed the trip with what I liked, and adapted it to my liking. Anna Maria was the perfect guidance through everything. I was traveling alone, and being a young woman in a foreign country with a foreign la guage was scary, but having all my tours and transport beforehand made me feel very safe and able to just enjoy. Communication was great. One of my flights was cancelled and Anna Maria was able to rearrange my itinerary so I... read more
GREAT TRIP - FABULOUS SERVICE
May 10 - May 26, 2023
I booked our trip to Croatia through KImKim, a Company that we had never used. We were assigned to Anna-Maria to arrange our trip. She worked diligently and put together a terrific itinerary (Hotels, Cars, Guides etc). We booked our trip through her. I was under the impression that we would take the trip and that was it. I was wrong. Anna-Maria was in contact with us the entire trip. Any question, problems, changes, etc. were handled efficiently with personal contact via email or text... read more
An amazing survey of Croatian culture and geography
Apr 30 - May 9, 2023
Anna-Maria planned this trip thoughtfully from beginning to end. Every guide she selected was terrific-from our first tour guide in Zagreb (Josepa) to the kayak leader (Tony), as well as the people who led us on a food guide in Split, a bike tour of Hvar Island, and finally a historical tour of Dubrovnik, all were first class! Additionally, the drivers she coordinated were all friendly and professional. We saw so much of Croatia and covered a lot of ground in the ten days we were there, but... read more
Everything about this trip was incredible! An...
Apr 12 - Apr 20, 2023
Everything about this trip was incredible! Anna Marie did an amazing job planning this vacation. She listened to us and planned things of interest and was spot on to make all of our dreams come true to make it a vacation of a lifetime!
Anna-Maria and Croatia
Mar 18 - Mar 23, 2023
Anna-Maria did such an amazing job for our trip to Split, Croatia. All of our transportation was arranged, our tour guides were awesome and knowledgeable and the experiences she set up for us were so cool! She was quick to respond and willing to be flexible. This was my first time using kimkim and it will not be my last! Croatia was amazing and we learned that March is the best time to go. Definitely want to go back and explore more of this beautiful country! read more
The three guides, Thomas, Lucy, Anthea were s...
Feb 17 - Feb 24, 2023
The three guides, Thomas, Lucy, Anthea were some of the best tour guides we have experienced in all our travels. Professional, knowledgeable and personable. Croatia by itself would have been enough to satisfy, they made it so much more interesting.
Anna Maria was about as good as it gets as a tour planner and very flexible as we made adjustments to our plan prior to the trip, and very accessible during the stay. WE had a couple of minor issue and she was able to resolve them very quickly. read more
Anna Maria is the best! She handled all the a...
Nov 10 - Nov 23, 2022
Anna Maria is the best! She handled all the arrangements perfectly and made adjustments when the weather was inclement. She was always reachable and responsive. I am extremely impressed with the service she provided and can’t recommend her highly enough.
Anna-Maria Frid planned my family's 10-day tr...
Oct 10 - Oct 20, 2022
Anna-Maria Frid planned my family's 10-day trip to Croatia. She did a fabulous job, and we will absolutely use Anna-Maria AND kimkim again. We had six in our group, with the ages ranging from 29 to 66. Each one of us had a fantastic time, and couldn't stop raving about the lovely people and the shear beauty of the country . Nearly every detail of our trip was planned by Anna-Maria with our preferences in mind, and she performed nearly flawlessly. She was easily accessible during the... read more
5 star vacation
Aug 25 - Sep 3, 2022
Anna-Maria planned the most amazing vacation for my family. We had 10 beautiful days in Croatia. She managed to provide a 4 island magical adventure. Planned everything from hotel stays, every transportation (even porters on and off islands) Michelin dinner reservations, to activities that were so adventurous for my family. She was beyond instrumental in planning here in California to when we were on the islands. We were able communicate with her when ever we had any needs. I can’t speak... read more
Fanastic service and outstanding Ana Maria! ...
Sep 1 - Sep 6, 2022
Fanastic service and outstanding Ana Maria! Eveything that she organized and recommended was perfect and very well executed . Very responsive and available to help. Thank you Kim Kim and Ana Maria for a wonderful Croatia trip!! read more
Amazing time in Croatia
Aug 10 - Aug 15, 2022
We had an amazing time in Croatia! In a bit less than a week we managed to fit in Dubrovnik, Kocula, and Split without feeling like we were rushing. We also had a walking tour, scuba diving, snorkeling, a bike tour (with wine!), and white water rafting. I have to mention Alberto, our walking tour guide in Dubrovnik, he was especially excellent, extremely knowledgeable, and catered the tour to us. I also have to mention Antonio who took us snorkeling in Korcula, he was very pleasant and took... read more
Fantastic Trip! Overall we really enjoyed our...
Jun 25 - Jul 3, 2022
Fantastic Trip! Overall we really enjoyed our experience. The hotels were all very good (especially the one in Rovinj), the transportation between each location was pretty seamless. The tour guides were all generally very good. Our local specialist, Anna-Maria, had good advice about how to maximize our time and was always available and responsive (including on weekend nights) when we needed her during our trip. I would recommend using this service to my family and friends!
Wonderful Croatia Family Vacation!
Jun 18 - Jun 25, 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed our Croatia vacation! Anna-Maria provided us very clear and easy-to-follow instructions on who/where to meet our various guides. Our favorite days were the biking tour with Joseph around Hvar, and the speedboat tour around the islands. read more
Jun 19 - Jun 27, 2022
We had an amazing time in beautiful Croatia. Anna-Maria put together an great adventure for us tailored to our wishes. Throughout the process she was extremely helpful, friendly and very responsive. We can´t thank her enough for all here assistance and give her our best compliments. Johann and Maria read more
The trip was perfectly planned.
Jun 1 - Jun 10, 2022
The trip was perfectly planned. Our driver from the airport and for the two days from Zagreb to Split was charming.
The hotels were very nice , especially the one in Split -except for the Dea in Hvar which had too many stairs and we were nit picked up. The Hilton in Dubrovnik was perfectly located and of course a luxurious end to the trip.
Our guide and the half day in Hvar was excellent. She was very knowledgable and pleasant. Olive oil tasting was an interesting experience and should not... read more
Croatia, Best of Split and its surroundings - 6 Day Tour Review
May 8 - May 13, 2022
Our 6 day tour of Croatia from Split to Zagreb was a great experience. The tour planned by Anna-Marie Frid was perfect for our traveling style and interests. The winery lunch at Bibich winery in Plastovo was the highlight of our trip. Absolutely fantastic food was served along their excellent selection of wines. Our food/history tour in Split was a delight led by Lucy, a local guide. We enjoyed learning more about life and other interesting facts about Croatia from her.
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