Gecko Tours is a young company brought to you by a close knit group of explorers, adventurers and food junkies.
Our tours are all small group, safe learning experiences, created for people who want to have fun exploring and enjoying everything Croatia has to offer. Our story is still being written…
Where are we on our journey?
2020 will be just our fifth full year of operations. Take a look at our Facebook page where you can see some our latest posts and more great guest reviews – Facebook. If its photos, photos, photos you want, see our Instagram page Instagram
We hope you enjoy what you see and thank you for visiting us. It would be great to meet you in person at our office at 5 Bosanska, Split (just outside the Palace gates) so we can make your visit to this beautiful area – our home – very special.
“I’m the managing director and founder of Gecko Tours and the proud father of the cutest pigeon in the world and now I’m working on my flock with the recent addition of another beautiful baby daughter. I was born and raised within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace – I may not have quite attained Diocletians emperor status but I do maintain the gardens within the palace. Once I was a sports fanatic and now its just food fanaticism for me. I’m always willing to share details of some of the area’s many peculiarities with tourists and my enthusiams for all things Dalmatian knows no bounds – that’s why I enjoy working in tourism.”
”This time next year, we’ll all be millionaires Rodney.”- Del-Boy, from “Only Fools and Horses”
The youngest member of the Gecko team – Magdalena – Baldo’s daughter. She’s wishing the rain away but doesn’t yet know that Split has on average 2620 sunny hours per year putting it in the top class in the Mediterranean
“I’m a graduate in Tourism Operations and Project Management from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Split. I spent 6 months in Riga, Latvia as part of an Erasmus+ program with Riga Technical University and still look back on this as part of a real life fairy tale. My interests include: meeting different people and cultures, traveling the world, working as a steward at summer night dog shows and making cheeseburgers disappear in a minute and then going on a guilt trip workout. Whilst you will often find me behind the desk in one of our Gecko Split offices ready to explain our many tours on offer, I’m also a qualified Split tour guide so sometimes I will take one of our fantastic tours …”
‘’The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.’’- Saint Augustine
“Hello, I`m Anamarija and I`ve spent most of my life away from Split. I did my bachelors` in economics and management at Zagreb School of Economics and Management. During this period I spend some time in USA and lived in Barcelona for 6 months where I took couple of classes. I did my master in Lisbon, Portugal at ISCTE Business School where I spent 1 incredible year of my life. My interests are exploring different parts of the world and experiencing different cultures, singing excessively loud, creating and eating desserts and outdoor activities. After long time away from home I decided to come back and pursue my career and life here in the most beautiful city in the world – Split “
‘’Great things never came from comfort zones’’- Anonymous
“Howdy folks! My name is Tonči and I’m a graduate in English and Russian teaching, but I’ve always been a big history buff ever since I was a child. Therefore, becoming a guide was a really logical decision connecting many of my passions such as, the before mentioned love for history, but also music, cultural heritage, trivia and especially, food! I will be more than happy to share all of my knowledge with you, including my most precious knowledge: the authentic Dalmatian recipes that I inherited from my grandmothers”
‘’There is no such thing as a stupid question, only stupid answers.’’- Colin Powell
“Beside having tour guiding skills and experience, I consider myself pretty skilled at managing children. As a father of twins, I had no other choice. If you’re taking your child on a tour, no worries, extra hands are included. Less importantly, I mastered Geography and Cultural anthropology at University of Zadar. Experience of those subjects shaped my prime interest, other cultures. Looking forward to meeting you, learning about your culture and introducing you to my own”
’’Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself”- George Bernard Shaw
“Hi, Im Petra. I’m a 6ft3inch tall qualified tour guide so I’ve dispensed with the need for an umbrella for you to see me! I love history, all the many Croatian islands, traveling and eating ice-creams … I don’t like coffee (rare for Split) and grumpy people. On a more serious note, I’ve also obtained a Masters in Journalism from the University of Regensburg in Germany where I specialised in American studies ”
”Live long and prosper”- Star trek
“I was born and raised in Split but because of my enthusiasm, at the age of 19 I joined a Japanese cruise ship to work and explore new cultures and different nationalities. I’ve travelled all around the world and learnt a great deal about tourists and what interests them as well as visiting many different destinations. I came back to Split and decided to study tourism. My hobbies are learning the Japanese language, travelling and photography”
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence”
“Hi! I’m Jadran. I was born in Split and have spent my whole life here. From a very early age I developed a passion for history which led me to study history at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split. There, I studied and broadened my knowledge of local history. Also, I learned to teach and talk about history in a fun and informative way. Besides history, I also received a degree in philosophy which allows me to connect and understand people with different cultural backgrounds. Also, I enjoy cooking (and eating) local foods. ”
““If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.” – Betty Reese”
“I was born in Sussex in the UK and studied at Sussex University in Brighton where I graduated in French and Spanish, achieving a masters degree. If these are your languages of choice I’m here to help! As my degree choice may indicate I am fascinated in other cultures and love meeting people from all over the world. My choice of career in the tourist industry therefore plays to my strengths. My hobbies include foreign languages – I’m learning Croatian though some way to go, and enjoying good food and yes some wine …”
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime””
Marija Gabrijela Topić (“Gaby”)
“Hi! I’m Gaby! I was born and raised in Split, but I studied English and Italian language and literature at University in Zagreb, obtaining a Master’s degree. After graduation I went to England to have my first work experience as a teaching assistant at a boarding school. After a year, due to my homesickness, I returned to my hometown and I’ve never regretted it. Since then I have been an English and Italian teacher in several schools in Split. Having always been fascinated by the past times and our cultural heritage, a logical step was to became a licensed tour guide. I have a strong passion for teaching and I can’t wait to share all my knowledge with you – but don’t worry, I won’t give you a test at the end of the tour! 😉 “
“ Everyone would like to extend life, when instead it should expand.” (Luciano de Crescenzo)
“My name is Ivana and I’m a licensed tour guide for Split-Dalmatian and Šibenik-Knin County. I was born and raised in the capital city of Croatia, beautiful Zagreb, but Dalmatia was always important part of my life. So one day I decided to move here, without any special reason, I just followed my heart. I have been living in Split since 2015., and I explored all breathtaking Croatian islands, amazing cities and rural parts, stunning mountains, old fortifications, rivers and nature parks.
I really love my country, our clear blue sea and sunny days, unique and interesting history, various gastronomy, amazing wines and olive oils, dalmatian music and art, but also so many funny facts about local people and local life.
Whatever you’re looking for I’ll be happy to share with you all my knowledge and experience about all different parts of my beautiful country.“
“Life is short – smile while you still have teeth” (Mallory Hopkins )
“Hi everyone, not only is my name Petra like my collegue’s but I too am over 6ft tall. Born and raised here in Split and currently studying Speech Language Therapy in Zagreb. Not only do I adore where I come from, but I also make it my mission to show you why, so that you can see what I see. Ever since elementary school, I have been fascinated by history, foreign languages and cultures, hence my desicion to become a tour guide in order to share that with people. I also enjoy cooking, camping in nature (long-time scout) and travelling“
“No amount of money ever bought a second of time.” (Tony Stark, Endgame)
“Hi everyone! I’m Jelena, a local and simple girl that was born and raised in Split city center! I saw my colleague Tonci described himself as “the history buff” so I will steal this term from him, because I am the same. Also, since I started talking I couldn’t keep my mouth shut, so naturally, becoming a guide wasn’t such a tough choice 🙂
I speak English and French, and my professional life has taken me in different directions; I lived and worked in France, I was a stewardess on motor yachts etc.
When the season in Split ends, I become a world traveler! My plan, one day, is to sail the world and explore every single bit of it!
I spend my days in nature, hiking with my pets, eating, drinking some great local wines, and honestly, I think there is no problem in this world that a glass of wine, some nice music and friends cannot resolve!
Cheers to all of you and let me show you my city in all it’s aspects!“
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)
“Hello, my name is Frane. I’m an electronics expert, but I don’t do this job as it involves much indoor work so I’ve decided to work with an even stronger current at Gecko tours. I’ve been working since I was seven years old, and I decided it was time to try something new. Because I don’t like to sit in enclosed spaces, one of the solutions was to become a driver, which I did. Electricity is still a great love and a passionate hobby of mine. I have seen beautiful lands and places but best of all I’ve met so many beautiful and dear people … “
“Man, make sure you don’t go under the stars” – A.B. Šimić
“I’ve worked as a driver for 47 years. I’ve travelled almost all of Europe. I love my job because I meet new people and go to many places. My favourite hobby is mechanics. In my free time, I enjoy good food, holidays by the sea or a rural retreat. My attitude to my job is the same as to life generally i.e. to perform with dedication and patience and always be ready to help others.”
”Life is a game, play it!” – Mother Theresa
A big thank you goes out to all those wonderful people who have contributed to the growth of our great business over the years. In no particular order:
Company name and address: Gecko Tours d.o.o Tourist Agency
Office manager: Baldo Danovic, Managing director
Agency working hours: 08:00-21:00 Mon-Sun
Legal registry number: 060339006
Under regulation of State Inspectorate of Republic of Croatia.
In accordance with the law of Croatia, customers may direct complaints to the company complaint book in our office, by email, or by post. All complaints will be addressed within 15 working days.
Voditelj poslovnice: Baldo Đanović
Adresa poslovnice: Bosanska 5, Split
Radno vrijeme poslovnice: 8.00 – 20.00h
Obavijest o načinu plaćanja: gotovina i kartice
Adresa sjedišta: Dubrovačka 14, Split
OBAVIJEST O NAČINU PODNOŠENJA PRIGOVORA:
Temeljem članka 6. točka 3. Zakona o pružanju usluga u turizmu (“Narodne novine” br: 130/17), omogućuje se korisniku turističkih usluga podnošenje pisanog prigovora u poslovnim prostorijama,
putem pošte na adresu: Gecko tours d.o.o., Dubrovačka 14, 21000, Split
putem telefaxa 021 607 523,
ili putem e-mail-a: email@example.com.
Na pisani prigovor odgovorit ćemo u pisanom obliku u roku od 15 dana od dana zaprimljenog prigovora.
Steven and Thea Robinson
“We are the ‘Anglo’ part of Gecko’s identity and have a long history with this beautiful land that is Croatia. Our vision for this company is to expand the travelling experience beyond that which is obvious and give visitors a more holistic and immersive experience during their time with Gecko. We are incredibly proud of Baldo and his team of passionate, educated and enthusiastic individuals who have a pride in their country and a willingness to share their knowledge.
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson