terra balka team

The Terra Balka team

Terra Balka, your local travel agency in Croatia, Slovenia & Montenegro

Discover our local travel agency in Zagreb, Croatia.

Terra Balka, local agency expert in tailor-made trips to Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro

 

Terra Balka, is a member of Terra Group, a network of 18 local agencies around the world since 1998. The project was initiated by Myriam, former manager of Terra Andina in Bolivia and Florian, former manager of Terra Chile. Our office is located in Zagreb, Croatia, 30 minutes from Slovenia and 2 hours from the Adriatic coast.

Our geographical location is certainly one of our best assets. It allows us to know perfectly the different regions we offer, from the Italian-Slovenian borders to Montenegro, through Croatia and its islands and part of Bosnia. We have developed a high quality network of local partners: drivers, guides and accommodation.

Our team is today composed of French and English-speaking travel enthusiasts at your disposal to design and organize your tailor-made trip. We offer a personalized and qualitative service: quick response, listening and strength of proposal to match your desires and needs. You will be in contact with us before, during and after your trip and we will be able to answer all your questions.

 

 

Terra Balka is part of the Safe Stay in Croatia certification

Stay Safe in Croatia is the national label for health safety protocols in tourism, hotels and restaurants, which has been issued since 2021 to actors in the tourism sector by the Croatian Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
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Terra Balka is member of Terra Group network

Terra Group a network of incoming agencies operating throughout Latin America, Southern Africa, Australia and Southern Europe, all created and managed since 1998 by a French and english speaking team.

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Terra Balka is member of UHPA (Association of croatian travel agencies

UHPA is a voluntary national trade association of Croatian travel agencies, registered also as an employer’s association. Our active members, namely travel agencies, meet all of the business requirements prescribed by the Law on delivering services in tourism.

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Member of ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association)

ATTA is an international grouping that aims to educate, professionnalise and promote the adventure travel industry. The ATTA community supports genuine efforts to address tourism and travel issues in order to advance responsible and sustainable adventure travel practices.

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Active member of the TogeZer Club, community agitator!

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Our team on the field

Curious, available and skilled: this is the best way to qualify our team on site. We spend several months a year in the field, we test hotels, restaurants, scenic routes, the most beautiful hikes... We regularly visit our guides and develop new thematics with them. Family trips, exploration in the wilderness, learning activities, cooking classes, meetings. We are constantly innovating for you!

Meet our team

Our team of enthusiasts will answer you within 48 hours. Do not hesitate to contact us with your travel ideas, so that we can organize the perfect stay for you.

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Myriam Fernandez

Co-founder/manager
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Born in Auvergne in France, in the heart of the volcanoes, I went on an exile in the middle of the Bolivian Andes for 10 years. In love with Andean fabrics, it was natural for me to create my ethnic fashion brand Las Gringas, in order to highlight the expertise of Bolivian craftsmen. Immersed in the daily life of Andean communities, I had only one step to take to explore the diversity of Bolivian landscapes. That’s how I discovered the world of travel before taking over Terra Bolivia, the Terra Group agency in Bolivia. Today, it’s in Zagreb that I decided to put my suitcases down several years ago in order to create with Florian, our own receptive travel agency and to make you travel to new lands. Follow me to the islands for a smooth discovery of the Adriatic and the coastal villages.

 

My favorite place
The island of Losinj with its crystal clear waters and small harbours with a dolce vita atmosphere.

My guilty pleasure
Ajvar, the traditional Balkan sauce made from peppers and eggplants. A delight, one of the reasons why I live in Croatia 😉

My stress stroke
Winding roads in Montenegro in a camper van. Between vertigo and splendid panoramas, this country offers an impressive diversity.

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Florian Servant

Co-founder/manager
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Originally from Anjou in France, I discovered Terra Group as soon as I finished my Master’s degree in Tourism. I went to South America and Chile where I worked for 7 years in the Terra Chile agency. Travel designer then manager, I was able to survey the contrasting landscapes of this magnificent country and create beautiful travel collections over the years. Today, I am passionate about the Balkans, in order to offer you itineraries that suit your tastes: hiking in the Triglav, brown bear watching, sailing on Lake Skadar, crossing the entire Balkans, I am inspired by your desires to offer you the best experiences.


My favorite place

The winter atmosphere of northern Montenegro. Its snowy landscapes and the wide open spaces of the Durmitor National Park.

My guilty pleasure
The craft beers from Croatia and Slovenia! And if the tasting comes after a good day of hiking, I feel less guilty!

My stress stroke
My irrational vertigo during the visit of the Skocjan cave in Slovenia, with our daughter Anna (1 year old) on my shoulders.

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Lada Snajder

Product Manager
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Born in Zagreb, I lived in France for 20 years, notably during my career as a professional volleyball player. After working in the Air France teams, I joined Terra Balka in 2018. As a logistics coordinator, I manage relations with our guides, hotels and drivers. I also find new activities or original hotels for you. I love my region for its gentle way of life, its landscapes and their diversity, the climate and the culture. I particularly appreciate the Mediterranean atmosphere and the proximity to the Adriatic Sea and its heavenly islands.

 

My favorite place
The beauty of the Adriatic Sea, transparent and calm, especially the Gulf of Kvarner where I spent my childhood.

My guilty pleasure
The “strukli”, a delicacy from the Zagreb region, a soft cheese cooked in a paste with fresh cream on top.

My stress stroke
The sudden storm during a family boat trip off the island of Krk.

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Salomé Forestier

Reservations & Logistics
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A pure product of the Loire Valley and cradled in the vineyards of the Saumur region in France, I became passionate about travel at a very young age. With a Master’s Degree in Tourism, I worked in travel agencies and in group services at the Tourist Office before becoming passionate about the receptive sector. In 2019, I joined Terra Balka and from now on reservations and logistics no longer hold any secrets for me. I am also developing new original products for small and large groups, especially for incentives. The destinations we operate are so rich and diverse that it is difficult to find a favourite: the Mouths of Kotor, in any season, maybe!

 

My favorite place
The city of Rovinj, in Croatian Istria, with its Venetian influence and which combines a gentle way of life with the colours and scents of truffles.

My guilty pleasure
Walking through the stalls of the Croatian markets, discovering typical products, talking with the locals and soaking up the excitement of the place.

My stress stroke
A big storm and torrential rains during my reconnaissance trip in Montenegro which complicated my appointments with the service providers. The opportunity not to take oneself seriously when you arrive soaked!

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Antoine Martelot

Travel Designer
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Originally from Nantes, I have always been passionate about the world of tourism and travel. I met Terra Balka during an internship as part of my master’s degree in communication.

In love with the Balkan region, I chose to settle in Zagreb, the Croatian capital, and continue my adventure at Terra Balka as a Travel Designer.

I will be keen to design your stay and your itinerary and thus help you discover this region and its various multi-faceted countries.

 

My favorite place
Ljubljana, the charming Slovenian capital, both in summer and winter. I particularly enjoy strolling through the pretty alleys of the historic center, along the Ljubljanica river, while admiring its magnificent castle overlooking the city.

My guilty pleasure
Culinary specialties from the Balkans, a true blend of Slavic, Mediterranean and Oriental influences.

My stress shot
A chance encounter with a snake while hiking on the island of Dugi Otok in Croatia. A fortunately harmless experience.

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Laurène Dubreuil

Travel Designer
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From Auvergne at heart, I became interested in the world of travel at a very early age with the aim of making my passion my profession! After 9 years spent in the world of receptive travel on different continents, and in particular 6 years in Africa with the Terra South Africa agency, I realized that Europe has much more to offer than we imagine. You don’t have to go far to be disoriented, the Balkans are the proof: a unique and delicate mix between Austro-Hungarian influences and Mediterranean culture, you won’t remain insensitive! That’s why I’d like to help you discover this rich and varied region close to home, during a trip that we’ll have built together.

 

My favourite place

The pretty little streets with light-coloured stones in the historic centre of Split. At nightfall, it is a pleasure to get lost in them in search of a restaurant.

My guilty pleasure
Running to the Adriatic coast in spring to admire the sunsets over the sea.

My stress shot
During a snorkelling trip in the Kornati Islands, the underwater relief is sometimes impressive. I had the impression to fall from a cliff with suddenly 10 m of depth under me!

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Julie Pawlak

Travel Designer
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I started travelling for my work in humanitarian aid. After missions in Armenia and Palestine, it was in Bosnia that I set down my backpack for a few years as a medical coordinator. Then love took me to another continent for ten years. First in Brazil, where I participated in the opening of the Terra Brazil agency in Paraty. Then to La Paz in Bolivia, where I co-created my ethnic fashion brand Las Gringas and worked with Andean women’s associations to highlight their know-how.
Finally, the Balkans reminded me of myself, and today I like to take you on a journey to these countries that I knew many years ago and in different conditions. You will discover varied landscapes, endearing people with a strong character, and all this just a stone’s throw from France.

 

My favourite place
The descent to the Kotor Mouths by the famous Serpentine, a magical and breathtaking landscape.

My guilty pleasure
There are many and all of them culinary, I am a gourmet. A stroll on the Sarajevo market leaves me with the memory of burek (Turkish savoury pastry served with cream), grilled corn and fresh pomegranate juice. And to finish in beauty, a small Turkish coffee served on its silver tray.

My stress shot
An unexpected gust of wind at the restaurant in Sibenik, which forced us to quickly move the whole family to safety, while it knocked over the chairs and sent the plates flying on the terrace.

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Lucie Gosnet

Travel Designer
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Nicolas Richard

Travel Designer
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After a Master in biology, I had several professional experiences before flying to Chile. At Terra Chile, I discovered travel design and became passionate about Patagonia.
Then, in search of new horizons, I joined Terra Balka in 2019. First of all, it is a strategic location, the centre of Europe, which allows you to discover many destinations, from Venice to Dubrovnik, passing by Sarajevo and Ljubljana.
A special history and culture to discover. The diversity of landscapes at hand makes it a paradise for lovers of wide open spaces and nature. It is also a region close to France and still unknown that I will be pleased to advise you.

 

My favourite place

The Zagreb Zoo which is located in the Maksimir Park, the largest in the city.

My guilty pleasure
Dalmatian-style roasted octopus on the terrace of a café overlooking the Adriatic.

My stress shot
Driving up to the Krvavec ski resort in Slovenia on a snowy road with inferior snow tyres. And to realise at the top that a cable car serves the resort from the valley.

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