wine author / critic / judge / guide
Ivana has been part of the wine trade since 2007, beginning as one of the co-founders and members of the board of the first Macedonian Wine Club, organizing wine tasting events, followed by co-authoring and publishing of the first Macedonian Wine Guide 2011 and the second edition of the guide in 2015. Today, Ivana is an international wine writer, critic and wine judge, having participated at some of the most prestigious wine competitions in Europe- Mundus Vini, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, the Balkans International Wine Competition, to name a few. She is the organizer of the Skopje Wine Salon-Vinodonia in Skopje & has been lecturing on specialized subjects promoting Macedonian wines at numerous wine festivals and fairs throughout Europe. Along with contributing to several magazines and wine publications, she is also editor-in-chief of www.vino.mk, Macedonia’s first online wine magazine, is a #winelover ambassador, and maintains a personal blog at www.ivanasimjanovska.com
Experienced and reliable transportation services professional, Dean is effective in delivering solutions to our transportation needs for our logistically demanding trips around Macedonia and the Balkans.
caving guide & instructor
Graduate of political science, Stole spends most of his free time in exploration of Macedonia’s numerous caves, researching the bio-diversity and geo-morphological features, as well as on their protection. Apart from the cave guidance, he’s also licensed in cave rescue and has extensive experience in this area.
mountaineer / mountain rescue & climbing instructor
Slobodan aka Danko is an experienced mountaineer, mountain rescuer and sport climber from Skopje, fellow with a strong passion for physical challenge and sports, as for the wondrous, uplifting power of mountains and nature. He just can’t stay put in the city and is constantly on a lifelong quest for new, exciting places and sports which can be enjoyed in the wild and beautiful outdoor sceneries of Macedonia. During his quests, Danko found and fell deeply in love with the undiscovered mountains of Macedonia. After having discovered so much, he simply felt compelled to share it all with people who have the same passion for mountains, adventure and adrenaline, so since 2009 he’s founded PLANINA.
biker / mtb & hiking guide
New dimension of adventure on Bistra is being introduced by Marko and his company which offers mountain biking tours, accommodation/restaurant services and hiking tours during winter season. This mix from nature, adventure and tradition can be found at Marko’s workplace, in “BABA & DEDE” – Galichnik. Even though he is IT graduate, he found his passion outside the office, not in front of the computer, but in the vast highlands of the Miyak regions of Mavrovo. Marko is a regular at the highest peaks of Mt. Bistra, Medenica (2163) and Karbula (2148), giving the bike tours in the area a new dimension. Galichnik, as a center of culture and tradition, also birthplace of his forefathers, is best described by Marko, who has deep knowledge for the area. Apart from the biking tours, he is active with the “Galichnik Winter Adventures” project, with the mission to revive the winter tourism in Galichnik, which hasn’t been present since the 1960s due to heavy snowfalls and closed road.
sightseeing & foodie guide
Born and raised in Skopje, Alec graduated in Business Administration, and soon after he got his guiding license. His focus are cultural heritage, as well as foodie and soft adventures. His experience in guiding individuals and small groups always suits your needs, especially his ability to make custom changes to the tour according to your liking. Apart from being punctual, he reacts quick with a helping hand and a smile.
Nebojsha is a professional guide since 2009. Philologist by education, explorer of both the past and the present, he’s focused on the inter-cultural bonds and influences, reflecting in art, architecture, tradition and other aspects of life. As a guide of individuals, or a tour leader of groups, he likes going further than the mainstream touristic aspect of the sites. A nature lover and hiker, moving around the city by bicycle, he’s keen to share his knowledge with you and start a discussion on different subjects.
photography and architecture tours specialist
Our guide for photography and architecture tours Angel aka “Boys” is born and living in Skopje. He finished his architecture and arts studies in Skopje, and postgraduate architecture studies in Belgrade. Also, Angel is regular contributor/columnist in “Porta 3” from Skopje, magazine specialized in architecture and construction. In the periods 1994-1997 and 1998-2008 he was hosting radio show dedicated to jazz and rock in popular radio stations in Skopje. “Boys” (his nickname) is a proud collector of over 25000 records and CDs from the jazz, rock and blues genres. As a life time cycling enthusiast, he also finds time to average 50-100k daily on his road bike. If you want to get deeper knowledge of the Skopje architecture and urban life (and the changes that took place in Skopje the last decades), Angel is the right man to guide you on a photography trip (by foot or by bike).
Zoki has been in the industry since forever (1987:), established Magelan Travel Service in 1995, and has been partner in Macedonia Experience since 2013.