Meridien Ten team:
Andro is from Split and was born in 1981. He had a huge passion and talent for tennis until he turned 17 and found himself at the crossroads – whether to continue with his tennis training and competing or to get out there to do different things and gain experience exploring the world. So first he started competing in downhill MTB races, then moved on to sailing and windsurfing around the globe, which all took him to discovering great surf spots in Croatia. He also spent some time working as ski instructor during winter seasons in Austria. All his trips and experiences were accompanied with gastronomic delights of the visited areas. He graduated at the University of Economics, but actually never wanted to be an office guy. He always wanted to be outside and “play”, but his sporty lifestyle and adventurous spirit led to several accidents, which made him sit in the office more than he initially planned. The tours Meridien Ten offers are all created in Andro’s mind and seen through his eyes - being active and experiencing the local culture, which is exactly what he looks for when travelling around the world. When not guiding the tours, you can find him in the office working on new projects and designing new tours and holiday arrangements which guarantee great adventures and authentic experiences for the clients. Andro can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Self-guided bike and hike tour coordinator, guide
Ante was born in 1977 and is another local in the Meridien Ten team. In his youth he became passionate about biking and exploring Dalmatian islands in different ways. After he graduated from the University of Economics, he changed several jobs, from working in the Rebook Croatia Sales Department, in a software company to being a guide in the famous Meštrović Gallery in Split. In 2011 he joined the Meridien Ten team. His passion for biking and working with people have come together perfectly and now he is developing and fine-tuning our self- guided bike road books, taking care of logistics, always scouting for new, attractive bike roads and guiding bike trips. When he is not working, he likes to relax on nearby islands with his wife and kids or play the guitar and listen to good old rock and roll. Send him an email at email@example.com
PR, Tour coordinator, sales manager
Snježana Tartaglia Franetović is another native in Meridien Ten. She was born in Split in 1978. After she graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry and Technology, she worked in the development department of the food production
business. As she would describe it best herself, she was actually developing traditional food products packed in modern design. She was born with a travel bug and had travelled all around the world before two kids "occupied"
her life. Snježana has another hobby - designing and handcrafting. Being a true art lover, she dedicates most of her spare time to creating handmade products, like paintings on the old wine barrels, wall clocks, kid's stuff,etc. Having such a creative, but also professional background, joining the Meridien Ten team, was a logical and a right step into the family business. Her biotechnological, artistic and creative skills are very useful for us and she is very happy to work with people in creating unique tours and sharing her knowledge about Croatia. If you have any questions, you can always reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Split has ben Silvija’s hometown since 1987. From her early age, being outdoors and spending free time actively was a big part of her life. As she grew older, her passion and dedication to sports, like rock climbing, spelunking and hiking grew as well. Soon after that, biking took over her life when she realized that there is no better way to travel and explore a country, meet new people and discover the local history and cuisine.
Silvija graduated from the Vocational School for Tourism and she speaks English and German fluently. All these things spontaneously led her to combine all her passions, talents and skills and to become a guide. She has been a part of the Meridien Ten team since 2008 and she could not wish for a better workplace -being outdoors, cycling and showing people all the beauties Croatia has to offer.
Mijo was born in Split in 1978. In his childhood he was active in rowing and was actually in the rowing champion team of Croatia couple of times. He graduated from Maritime High School in Split and began his maritime nautical studies at Maritime University to become a nautical officer, but although he truly likes and enjoys the sea, he never went to work on the big ships, because his interests and dedication to sport led him to some different shores. And so his ”cruises” continued, still keeping him constantly on the move – swimming, biking, running – and dedicating himself to triathlon, firstly just on a recreational basis which later led to competing in national and international races. He is also a licensed spinning instructor, personal trainer, group trainings leader and nutrition adviser. When not training or working, Mijo really enjoys playing Picigin – a traditional game played exclusively on sandy Bačvice beach in Split (The goal of this game is to impress the watchers by keeping the ball dry while doing crazy stunts in shallow water. The Picigin World Championship takes part each year in June, so if you are lucky to be here, you might see him at his best).
Mijo’s philosophy is - Give everything you have, take just what you need!
Born in 1977 in Split, John graduated as electro and power technician he started to work at university and teach students how to work and use computer. However, his «hidden passions» called more and more and he started to promote culture of healthy living. Not to mention he joined mountaineering and speleologist team, as well as he started to do some serious long touring distances on his custom built (by John) bike. John is fine tuning and controlling all of our bikes before they leave our base in Split. He is delivering the bikes all over Croatia and supporting the tours!
Semi-supported multisport tour coordinator, guide
Born in 1979 in Split, Tomislav discovered the world of aggressive rollerblading at the age of 15, and dedicated most of his free time to his new passion in the following seven years. With time he began riding his bike more often and discovering Croatian islands on his own. He has academic degrees in Economics, History, Philosophy and European studies. In his wish to make the world a better place, he launched a project called Transformation.hr and wrote a book of the same title which can be downloaded from the website www.transformation.hr. The chapters in the book that talk about his bike travel experiences and rollerblading reveal some of his passions that he wants to share with as many people as possible. Recently he has realized that by working in tourism he can combine his love for biking, history, foreign languages and meeting new people.
Dama is just another 1977 vintage in Meridien Ten's rank who was born and raised in Split. Although he is a web designer and developer by profession, he is more likely to be found outside the office where he recharges his creative batteries and tries not to look onto the world throughout the pixels. No wonder he is in constant search for the perfect campervan which will replace his office, because it is biking, rock climbing, kite-surfing, snowboarding, kayaking or exploring the Croatian coast that can render him active and actually keep him off the Internet. In his free time he likes doing things related to cars or simply enjoying a bottle of good wine while playing the guitar.
Dama's life philosophy is - Find the right balance in everything you do!
Self guided tours and rentals coordinator
Goran was born in 1981 and he is most recent addition to M10 team. In his youth, he developed interest for various sports but football was the main choice, which took most of his time. Then, sometime in 1998 he joined the local sailing team and did his first regatta, which was “mind opening” experience. He has sailed and visited every island in Adriatic Sea from Venice to Dubrovnik. Being employed for 10 years in the different accounting and management positions for the best Croatian and International companies, in 2016 he decided that it was time to take new challenges. And he joined Meridien Ten team. His main role of course is accounting, but he also manages rental and self guided logistics.
The year of Dinka’s birth is not important in comparison to her years and experience spent in travel business. She graduated in Dubrovnik, at the University of Tourism and has been in this profession ever since. She is our professional mentor, who actually thought us and showed us how things are done. She gained lots of experience, knowledge and skills while working in the “old” system, in one of the first travel agencies in ex-Yugoslavia, and even today there are so many things we can learn from her. At the moment, she is in charge for controlling the financial reports, and coordination between our office and accounting office. Dinka’s ancient, but original VW Beetle is always at Meridien Ten’s disposal, available for bike deliveries which makes her really happy and proud.