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
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.
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.
This 12-day tour covers Croatia and Slovenia's best, from cultural stops in coastal towns, capital cities, and the Adriatic islands, to the exploration of national parks and underground caves. You'll begin in Dubrovnik, sail for four days around Croatian islands, visit the ancient Roman cities of Split, Zadar, and Trogir, and spend a night in dynamic Zagreb. You'll cap off your trip with two nights in Ljubljana with time to explore Lake Bled and its namesake island.
Perfectly blending culture and history with adventure, this 13-day tour starts in the fortressed city of Dubrovnik and includes four days of sailing to and around some of the Adriatic Islands. You'll work your way up the Dalmatian coast before turning your attention to the exquisite Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Parks. From Zagreb, you'll transfer into Slovenia, where you'll have the pleasure of exploring Lake Bled and Ljubljana on a walking city tour.
Recent trip reviews for Anna-Maria
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.