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. "
Featured trips & expertise
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 way south along the Adriatic, exploring exquisite medieval and Roman ports, taking a day trip through the Dalmatian and Pakleni Islands, and climbing into the clouds on the towering Mount Biokovo.
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, you'll cruise from the ancient port of Split to the medieval walls of Dubrovnik, island hopping through the Adriatic along the way. Swim off the famous golden sands of Brač’s Zlatni Rat, tour an organic farm on Hvar, go wine tasting on Korčula, and cycle around saltwater lakes in Mljet. Each night you’ll drop anchor in a different island port, letting you sample the culture, cuisine, and glittering nightlife on offer.
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 of Croatia, beginning in Dubrovnik and traveling north towards Split, Zadar, and Rijeka. See Korčula, one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia, kayak and canoe on the Trebizat River, and cycle in Krka River National Park. You will also visit Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia’s neighboring country.
This itinerary, filled with the top experiences in Croatia and Slovenia, will bring you to Dubrovnik's famed Old Town, the imposing defense walls of Ston, and historic Split. Admire the beauty of Krka and Plitvice Lakes national parks, feast on straight-from-the-sea fare in Zadar, and visit the popular Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb. Once in Slovenia, you can hike, row, or swim in Lake Bled, take a walking tour of elegant Ljubljana, and go underground to explore Postojna Cave.
From cultural stops in coastal towns and dynamic capital cities to national parks and underground caves, this itinerary perfectly captures Croatia and Slovenia. Starting in Dubrovnik, the "Adriatic Pearl," you'll venture through Dalmatia, stopping in medieval Ston before reaching the ancient Roman cities of Split and Zadar. Then it's on to Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Parks, Zagreb, and Slovenian highlights Ljubljana and Lake Bled.
Discover the best of Croatia and Slovenia with this beautiful 10-day route, starting with two nights in the medieval fortressed city of Dubrovnik and ending in Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital. Navigate the narrow stone streets of Trogir, the eclectic island-city, admire the captivating beauty of Skradin on an e-bike tour, and explore the underground network of caverns in Postojna Cave. You'll visit ancient coastal cities, tour national parks, and take in plenty of exquisite scenery along the way.
Recent trip reviews for Anna-Maria
Amazing trip to Croatia · Croatia - Apr 16 - Apr 24, 2022
Croatia trip was amazing. Almost all of the accommodations were upgraded during our trip. All breakfast was paid for. The car was arranged and didn't have any issue with picking up and returning. Croatians are very friendly and helpful. Anna-Maria had made our trip worry-free. If we had any questions, she was available immediately to respond. We felt safe, secured and comfortable the entire trip. We will be back again. Thank you Anna-Maria. read more
I travelled through Croatia on a trip with my daughter · Croatia - Oct 8 - Oct 16, 2021
I travelled through Croatia on a trip with my daughter that included many tours and excursions all arranged by Anna-Maria (AM). This was the first time I travelled with the assistance of a tour consultant. I am accustomed to making my own arrangements and I always travel 5 star/First class. I cannot express enough how seamless the entire trip was thanks to AM. Every tour guide and driver were of the highest standard along with all of the side trips that AM worked tirelessly to arrange... read more
I cannot say enough good things about Anna or... · Croatia - Sep 15 - Sep 28, 2021
I cannot say enough good things about Anna or this Croatia trip that she and I planned together! I just completed a 2-week solo trip and actually started crying when my plane left Split, because I just didn't want to leave.
Some of the things that made this vacation so memorable were the little things I usually have to worry about all by myself when I do solo trips. I am famous for getting lost, boarding the wrong train or bus, getting meeting places wrong, etc., but this time it was a... read more
Our weeklong trip to Croatia · Croatia - Aug 16 - Aug 22, 2021
Anna-Maria helped us plan a week-long trip to Croatia where we visited Dubrovnik, Split, and Hvar. The itinerary she put together for us was well adapted to our group and preferences and planning along side her was easy. She was always responsive and provided us with as much information as we needed both before and during our trip. Anna-Maria made it easy for us to travel from one city to another by booking our ferry/rides and providing specific details so that it was super simple for us to... read more
We were looking for a custom trip... · Croatia - Jul 2 - Jul 11, 2021
We were looking for a custom trip combining an active multi-sport vacation with sightseeing and a family reunion (of my scattered family in the US with relatives in the home country). Anna-Maria was one of the few agents willing to take on a challenge like this, and she put together the experience of a lifetime! Her thorough knowledge of the various regions in Croatia combined with her connections in the country produced a unique and first-class experience, even despite the numerous challenges of COVID-19.
Anna-Maria made this trip so easy and unforge... · Croatia - May 25 - Jun 4, 2021
Anna-Maria made this trip so easy and unforgettable. The personalized excursions were absolutely fantastic! I have recommended Anna-Maria to 2 of my friends who are planning to travel to Croatia in the near future! Thank you again!
Anna-Maria made my tour very easy to rely to ... · Croatia - Apr 13 - Apr 23, 2021
Anna-Maria made my tour very easy to rely to the tour guide and organized it so well. Everything was very smooth and I loved everything about Croatia. You will not be disappointed with leaving everything up to Anna-Maria.