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Marina Trogrlic

If you would ask me about the purpose of life, I would tell you to taste new experiences to the utmost. Adventure and challenges have always been a great part of my life and it was more than clear to me that I needed to choose a profession that could fulfill it.

I love discovering new corners, not only around the world, but of my homeland (Croatia) as well. You know that moment when you get lost somewhere, far away from the everyday routine and popular "must-see" destinations? That is when the magic begins.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Croatia is my homeland which has so many unseen, hidden places. Discovering them is one of my life goals and as I have been working in tourism for years, I had the great opportunity to gather knowledge about our country and I started sharing it with others. I always like to encourage people to do and try things they have never done; whether it is a unique adventurous boat trip to some of the furthest islands or some domestic food worth trying.

When I travel somewhere, I always like to find places that are popular among locals. It takes the whole experience to a completely different level. That is the thing I like to share with others - inside information about my country so they could get the most out of it.

Travel is a lifestyle and I think everything is about making experiences. And my great passion is to help others to create once in a lifetime moments and stories worth sharing. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"My first shorter travels started in a very young age. At first it were always some nearby, easily reachable destinations, but over the years, I started to get attracted to the unknown. Finding places which take me out of my comfort zone, different cultures, amazing people - that is what keeps my hunger for travel at highest possible point. What I love about traveling is that you learn how to let go, to start being yourself and not what the world wants you to be.

Having the opportunity to share some of my personal experiences with others is the thing that makes my love for travel even bigger. "

Featured trips & expertise

Higlights of Croatia - 14 day lasting trip from Zagreb to Dubrovnik
Discover Croatia: Zagreb, Istria, Plitvice, & Dalmatia - 14 Days

This 14-day adventure covers the highlights of Croatia, from the north to the south and the Dalmatian Coast to the inland national parks. You'll leave no stone unturned as you stroll the cobbled streets of ancient cities like Split and Dubrovnik. You'll also discover the culture and history of the country on a tour of Zagreb, partaking in a cooking class, and visiting the stunning waterfalls at Plitvice and Krka national parks.

Split's waterfront view at dusk
Best of Croatia: Zagreb, Rovinj, Plitvice, & Split - 7 Days

This 7-day getaway is a short and sweet solution for travelers looking to discover the best of Croatia from cultural attractions to breathtaking scenery. Start in the country's lively capital for museums, art galleries, and historical buildings, then head to the Istrian Peninsula to explore Pula's Roman ruins, Rovnij's network of medieval streets, and the stunning hilltop towns of Grožnjan and Motovun. End your trip discovering the ancient coastal cities of Dalmatia from the unforgettable sunsets of Zadar and the impressive fortresses of Šibenik to Split's famous Diocletian's Palace.

Stunning waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park and winding boardwalk
Classic Croatia: Zagreb, Plitvice, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 8 Days

This route covers the highlights of Croatia's southern Dalmatian coast where you will explore beautiful landscapes and ancient culture. Begin in Zagreb and drive south to Croatia's most popular city, Dubrovnik. En route, you will stop at national parks, Plitvice Lakes and Krka, the historic port cities of Zadar and Split, and sample wine on the island of Hvar before ending your adventure in Dubrovnik.

Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia
Best of Dalmatia: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar, & Split - 10 Days

A combination of diverse cultural exploration and active adventure, this 10-day itinerary highlights the southern Dalmatian coast. You'll explore historic Dubrovnik, ancient Split, and idyllic Hvar, as well as venture to nearby islands, Krka National Park, and Šibenik. You'll bike Korčula Island, kayak off of Dubrovnik and Hvar, sail amid the Pakleni Islands, and discover the island of Brač.

Brac Island
8 Days in Croatia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With eight days in Croatia, you can see many of the country's highlights or focus your energy on getting to know a particular region like Istria or Dalmatia. Relatively compact in size, its historic cities and islands are well-connected by car or ferry. In these 5 unique itineraries, you can cycle through the wineries of Istria, sail between quiet islands, see lesser-known destinations like Krka National Park, or hop around the country on a tour of Croatia's highlights.

Recent trip reviews for Marina

Highlights of croatia , Croatia - Oct 2 - Oct 10, 2019

Traveler: Vidjaya R. - Local specialist: Marina Trogrlic

This was my first solo travel experience and Marina ensured it was a memorable one. From the beginning she helped plan a wonderful itinerary tailored specifically to my interests. She provided all the information and details I needed before hand to ensure I was prepared for my trip. When my cousin decided to join me in Dubrovnik, Marina was kind to ensure it’s feasibility. Marina also went the extra mile in providing me with her personal number, checking in with me to ensure I was Ok during... read more

This was my first solo travel experience and Marina ensured it was a memorable one. From the beginning she helped plan a wonderful itinerary tailored specifically to my interests. She provided all the information and details I needed before hand to ensure I was prepared for my trip. When my cousin decided to join me in Dubrovnik, Marina was kind to ensure it’s feasibility. Marina also went the extra mile in providing me with her personal number, checking in with me to ensure I was Ok during the trip. I am grateful for her local knowledge and recommendations. Marina was so kind to show me around her beautiful city of Trogir. I spent the morning there and it felt like I was catching up with an old friend! Apartment Sara in Split was ideal! Sara, the owner, kindly met my Uber at the bus stop. Located 5-7 minutes walk from the port and the Palace, this was ideal for me! Milk, fresh fruits and coffee were already in the apartment and Sara pointed out the grocery and two 24-hr bakeries just outside the apartment. Sara gave me the first wonderful restaurant recommendation of the trip Bokamorra and how to easily get to Marjan Hill. My first tour, Diocletian Palace, was guided by Tanya. Though the weather was not the best, I had a wonderful time with Tanya learning about the city of Split. We genuinely lost track of the time! I felt like a local after the tour, finding restaurants and walking around the Palace like a pro, enjoying an early morning coffee watching people start their day on the Riva and in the Palace. Zipline In Omiš was fabulous! Our guides Domina and Josef were amazing! They were friendly, skilled and helped with all the pictures and videos! Toni and Frana (sp?) from Portal Tours did a wonderful job of the visit to Plitvice National Park. I spent another wonderful day in Salona with Nina learning about the Roman ruins and more about Croatia’s history. She was also very kind to offer me a return ride to Split! It was then on to Dubrovnik via bus. The journey was pleasant though had many stops. Crossing the Croatian and Bosnian borders were seamless. Apartment Franka was the perfect location inside the Old Town but in a quiet section (and a bonus of the Storia pizzeria and Gianni ice cream just steps away!). The Dubrovnik walking tour with Ivana was truly enjoyable. Ivana was friendly and very thorough! She provided a wonderful description of each part of the town with interesting stories from a local perspective. My cousin and I walked the Walls the next day as well as took the cable car to Mount Srd and were in awe of the beauty of Dubrovnik. Next, Marina guided us on an excellent Dubrovnik food and wine tour. She provided us with information on both Croatian food and history. We visited 4 establishments, with generous portion sizes of typical local dishes and wines. My visit to Croatia was everything I expected and more! I highly recommend kimkim and Marina if you are planning a visit to Croatia. You are guaranteed a vacation that is tailored specially to you!

Best of the dalmatian coast - 8 days, Croatia - Sep 20 - Oct 2, 2019

Traveler: Linda C. - Local specialist: Marina Trogrlic

Marina was very patient and accommodating with my constant change of plans. The people and tours she arranged were of very high quality! Croatia is amazing and I can’t recommend it enough...thanks Marina for making this a great experience

Best things to do in croatia, Croatia - Jun 15 - Jun 21, 2019

Traveler: Kim G. - Local specialist: Marina Trogrlic

My husband & I had a wonderful experience using Kimkim! Our specialist Marina was amazing, and SO on top of every detail.
We had recently (after using a few “travel agents” of the past) been planning our own trips, feeling it was the only & best way to truly experience things the way we want. But we were low on time with the planning of this trip ( it takes a LOT, especially in a country where the language is not yours & you’re having to rely on the advice/reviews of people whose style of... read more

My husband & I had a wonderful experience using Kimkim! Our specialist Marina was amazing, and SO on top of every detail.
We had recently (after using a few “travel agents” of the past) been planning our own trips, feeling it was the only & best way to truly experience things the way we want. But we were low on time with the planning of this trip ( it takes a LOT, especially in a country where the language is not yours & you’re having to rely on the advice/reviews of people whose style of traveling may not be the same).
Marina was super knowledgeable about Croatia, the place she lives, and helped with every concern we had, and more. Besides that, she was kind, professional, thorough & friendly. We could contact her at anytime, with any concern.....just a text or a call away. She kept us apprised at all times of the who, what where & when at each of our accommodations, which were hand picked for us (with our approval), & totally customized so that it matched our vibe & expectations.
Can’t say enough about this company, their concept, the people they choose to work with (like Marina, now considered our friend <3), AND the people whose accommodations they’ve recommended! Everyone involved was great! Thank you kimkim, and thank you Marina, for making our trip to Croatia so memorable & worry free! We will definitely use this company again & recommend them to anyone needing help with their travel plans!

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Marina Trogrlic, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Kim,

thank you for your review, kind words and most of all, thank you for your confidence! It was a pleasure to organize your trip to Croatia and I am really happy I had the opportunity to be a part of it.
I am extremely glad we had the chance to spend some time together in Trogir!
Thank you for being amazing, for having an amazing, positive energy and for becoming my dear friends!
The biggest possible HVALA! :)

Stephen

Best things to do in croatia, Croatia - Jun 15 - Jun 21, 2019

Traveler: Stephen G. - Local specialist: Marina Trogrlic

Marina helped us create a memorable journey through Croatia starting at Split, to Hvar then up to Zadar by car, to Plitvice Lakes, onward through Istria to Rovinj and Pula.
The apartments Marina booked for us were just right for our trip, within walking distances of what we wanted to see and perfect for the way we travel, with a kitchen to prepare snacks and meals. Our landlords were all very nice. We recommend them all to other travelers.
The ferry rides and the car rental worked perfectly.... read more

Marina helped us create a memorable journey through Croatia starting at Split, to Hvar then up to Zadar by car, to Plitvice Lakes, onward through Istria to Rovinj and Pula.
The apartments Marina booked for us were just right for our trip, within walking distances of what we wanted to see and perfect for the way we travel, with a kitchen to prepare snacks and meals. Our landlords were all very nice. We recommend them all to other travelers.
The ferry rides and the car rental worked perfectly. We got to see much more of the non-touristy areas when we were driving north and even detour to a winery we wanted to visit.
Marina stayed in contact with us all along the way making sure we were happy. We even met her in her home town of Tragir, spent some time getting to know each other. It gave us a chance to thank her personally for all the work she did. She brought gifts for us as well! We felt like we made a long time friend.

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Marina Trogrlic, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Stephen,

thank you for sharing your experience and for your kind words! It really means a lot to me! It was a pleasure working with you and I am glad you had the opportunity to see, feel and experience Croatia at its best.
I am so grateful we had the chance to meet in Trogir! Thank you for being great guests and above all, amazing new friends I was lucky enough to meet. HVALA! :)

Highlights of croatia self drive: zagreb to dubrovnik - 8 days, Croatia - Apr 17 - Apr 24, 2019

Traveler: Desiree K. - Local specialist: Marina Trogrlic

Marina was fantastic! She was available during the entire trip with information and answering any questions I had. The tours to Krka and Plitvices Parks we’re spot on awesome. The apartments were nice and close to everything for sightseeing.

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Marina Trogrlic, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Desiree,

thank you for your review and for your kind words. I really appreciate it! It was a pleasure to be a part of your vacation and I am extremely happy to hear you enjoyed your time spent in Croatia.
Thank you for choosing me to be your local specialist - it was truly a pleasure working with you .
Hvala! Until next time! :)