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Anna-Maria Frid

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.
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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 is part of the following groups: Croatia Travel Agents
Hvar's scenic harbor
Cruise the Croatian Coast: Dalmatian & Elafiti Islands - 8 Days

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.

Scenic view of Dubrovnik
The Must-Sees of Croatia, Dubrovnik to Rijeka - 9 Days

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.

Sunset over the Krka river estuary and Lake Prokljan, near Skradin
Best of Croatia & Slovenia: Dubrovnik to Ljubljana - 8 Days

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.

Bled Castle overlooks serene Lake Bled
Best of Croatia & Slovenia: Dubrovnik to Ljubljana - 9 Days

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.

Near Split, lies the island-city of Trogir
Best of Croatia & Slovenia: Dubrovnik to Ljubljana - 10 Days

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.

The vineyard covered slopes of the Pelješac peninsula
Best of Croatia & Slovenia: Dubrovnik to Ljubljana - 11 Days

Take pleasure in this 11-day itinerary from Dubrovnik to Ljubljana. You'll spend four days aboard a private catamaran sailing around the Adriatic Islands before switching gears and continuing the adventure by car. Bike the rugged terrain of the Pelješac peninsula, walk Split's 1,700-year-old stone streets, immerse yourself in the quiet majesty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, and enjoy a day trip to discover Postojna Cave.

Recent trip reviews for Anna-Maria

I travelled through Croatia on a trip with my daughter · Croatia - Oct 8 - Oct 16, 2021

Traveler: Jack L. - Local specialist: Anna-Maria Frid

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 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 perfectly. She has the best ideas and is very flexible to contour the trip to the interests of her clients. She is also very patient and takes the time to understand exactly her clients, and therefore, what to suggest and how to tailor the perfect adventure based on their desires. I ran into several snags of my own doing during the trip and AM responded immediately and pivoted to bring about the ideal outcome. I actually virtually over-hauled the entire trip at one point and she rearranged everything so quickly that you would think she anticipated it. If you ever travel to Croatia and don't use AM, you will be doing yourself a disservice. She is a pleasure to work WITH (she never pushes ANYTHING on you) and the utmost professional. I don't recall how I found her but I am very thankful that I did. AM-you are the best.

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Anna-Maria Frid, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jack,
thank you very much for taking the time to write this incredible review. And thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure working on this itinerary with you and because you were very clear about how you wanted your trip to look like! I hope that we will get the chance to welcome you to Croatia once again soon!

Kind regards,
Anna-Maria

Kristen

I cannot say enough good things about Anna or... · Croatia - Sep 15 - Sep 28, 2021

Traveler: Kristen G. - Local specialist: Anna-Maria Frid

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

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 breeze! When you're in a new country it usually takes you a few days to get a feel for how things work, but Anna even went so far as to send me pictures of what my buses would look like, checked in with me just about daily to make sure I wasn't having any issues, and somehow also managed to make many last-minute substitutes for excursions when the ones we'd booked months in advance canceled due to Covid or other issues. She is truly a miracle worker!

Our trip (and I call it "our" because I feel like she was there with me the entire time) was a labor or love since I'd first reached out to her nearly 8 months ago, and she put incredible thoughtfulness and detail into everything, even down to knowing when I'd need a quiet day to just relax and catch up on sleep or put my feet up - I really did request a whirlwind of a trip!

This is the second time I've used kimkim for international travel, and I plan to stick with them for future trips as well. It's so easy when you give them a timeframe, a budget, and some general ideas of what you'd like to see and do. In fact, on this trip there was so much more I was able to include that it felt like I got a bonus week of sightseeing for my investment.

If I could give Anna ten stars, I would! I rarely visit the same country twice, but for Croatia, I definitely plan on making an exception.

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Anna-Maria Frid, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Kristen,
thank you! Your kind words made me cry!
It was a real treat working together with you in creating this trip for you and it was my pleasure traveling with you! I am sure our paths will cross eventually once again.

Until then, stay safe!

Our weeklong trip to Croatia · Croatia - Aug 16 - Aug 22, 2021

Traveler: Lori C. - Local specialist: Anna-Maria Frid

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

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 get from one place to another. She helped us sort out minor road-blocks along the way so that we always felt as though there was someone there supporting us while we traveled. As far as the bookings: all of our accommodations were excellent and we were well taken care of at the various destinations we visited. Our excursions included a guided bike tour, speedboat tour, a trip to Krka National Park, and oyster tasting. Each one was excellent, but we really enjoyed the guided bike tour in Hvar which gave us a glimpse of a different side of Croatia. Overall, the entire trip went seamlessly thanks to Anna-Maria's planning and attention to detail. Within just a few days, we saw, did, and ate so much more than we probably would have on our own!

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Anna-Maria Frid, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Lori,
thank you very much for sharing your experience with other travelers! I'm glad you enjoyed your time here. Hopefully, you can return soon to see the other parts of this diverse country!

Kind regards,
Anna-Maria

We were looking for a custom trip... · Croatia - Jul 2 - Jul 11, 2021

Traveler: Martin K. - Local specialist: Anna-Maria Frid

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.

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Anna-Maria Frid, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Martin,
thank you for taking the time to leave this review and for your kind words. It was a long process but it felt really good putting this trip together for you!
I hope we will be able to welcome you in Croatia once again.

Regards,
Anna-Maria

Anna-Maria made this trip so easy and unforge... · Croatia - May 25 - Jun 4, 2021

Traveler: Jennifer R. - Local specialist: Anna-Maria Frid

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!

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Anna-Maria Frid, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jennifer,
thank you for your review - I enjoyed working with you on this trip and I am glad you had a great experience!
Thank you for your trust!

Regards,
Anna-Maria

Anna-Maria made my tour very easy to rely to ... · Croatia - Apr 13 - Apr 23, 2021

Traveler: Rits K. - Local specialist: Anna-Maria Frid

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.

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Anna-Maria Frid, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Cindy,
thank you very much for your review!
It was a pleasure setting up the itinerary for you.