Stanislav Simicic, of Croatia, is a graduate of a culinary academy in Osijek. A fine chef, he was awarded a second-place ranking among all young Croatian chefs in a competition in 1997. Stanislav later worked as a chef at a restaurant in Poreé for three years, then began to manage several yachts that ply the Adriatic. He has been working with us as a chef and Trip Leader since 2007, bringing a thorough knowledge of Croatian history and culture to the trip, along with wonderful cuisine. Stanislav is fluent in English and German. When not guiding, he spends time exploring Croatia's many beautiful places with his wife, son, and friends. "Come to Croatia, a secret garden of beauty in the warm and sunny Mediterranean," he says. "You'll discover a country of a thousand islands with beautiful nature, interesting traditions and history and a rich cultural heritage."
Stan is a great guide. He made our meals a delight. Sampling the regional cuisine was an unexpected bonus.
Stan is very well organized, friendly, and an outstanding travel leader who communicated well (and did an excellent job of choosing the meals!).
Stan was fabulous—energetic, enthusiastic, informed, and kind.
Stan was very energetic and obviously very proud of his country, Croatia. His knowledge of the history, economic development, and environment was great.
Stan was fabulous, so passionate and knowledgable—we all loved him!
Stan is a credit to Wilderness Travel. He is professional, intelligent, and knowledgeable about the area. I would tour with him again in a heartbeat.
We thoroughly enjoyed Stanko. He was very knowledgeable about the region and a great hiking companion!
Stanko was a wonderful trip leader, fun to be with, helpful, and very informative.
Stanko was a caring, knowledgeable leader who provided cultural insights and really encouraged us on the trail, exhorting us that 'you can do it!' And we did!
Stanko was absolutely charming! Extremely competent and knowledgeable, very perceptive, and seemed to connect with every trip memeber on a personal level.
What a charming and knowledgeable man! He is a real asset for Wilderness Travel, and we feel lucky to have met him and to enjoy his company. He greatly enriched our Croatian experience.
Stan was affable, informative, and delightful in every way.
One of the best leaders I've had.
Stan is a jewel. Couldn’t imagine the trip with any other leader.
Stan was very friendly and congenial. A wonderful sense of humor, always helpful, and a great cook!
Stan was terrific—one of the nicest people on the planet and very sensitive to the varied needs of the group.