Who is

GUIDINA DESTINATION MANAGEMENT is a very personally run incoming travel agency for Croatia and its neighboring countries, established by the Austrian-Croatian Schwengersbauer family. Specialized in theme-focused group travel and events, this business is headquartered in the small Istrian town of Brtonigla and works with reliable, enthusiastic and knowledgeable local guides who introduce their guests to the secrets of Croatian culture, cuisine and history, not neglecting regional economy and politics either.

Maruška Schwengersbauer, born in Dubrovnik, founded GUIDINA in 2001 together with her husband Guido, a Salzburg native, whose life’s focus had brought him to Istria in the 1970s. The couple has two sons, both of whom are already following in their parents’ footsteps. Maruška has managed the office and its employees from the very beginning, has a keen instinct for her customers’ wishes…Read more

and is dedicated to ensuring that every trip is optimally planned with respect to dates, budget, group size, interests and wishes: “… so that each individual gets the most for their money.” As a Croat herself, she has unique access to a broad spectrum of opportunities (also off the beaten track) for memorable experiences, constantly developing new ideas and personally dedicated to each individual group when travel planning.

Guido Schwengersbauer (†2020) discovered Croatia as the head tour guide for an Austrian travel agency, fell in love with the country and eventually moved from his home region of Salzburg to Istria. This was followed by a stellar career, during which he occupied leading positions in Istrian tourism. Later, this bridge-builder between countries, cultures, peoples and guests ran Hotel Casa Parenzana near Buje, and was an avid advocate for fair, high-quality tourism.For decades, Guido made an …Read more

immense contribution to the incredible tourism success story of the Croatian Adriatic peninsula Istria, led groups, hosted guests, communicated the spirit of Croatia to countless journalists, created enduring cooperative relationships in the Alps-Adriatic region and brought high-profile major events to the land of his dreams. His passion lives on in every member of the GUIDINA team.

Our Vision

GUIDINA stands for:

  • development of creative and market-appropriate
  • travel products for our partners
  • high-quality at fair prices
  • sustainable tourism: we work exclusively with local
  • providers and products
  • extensive knowledge and an excellent network in
  • Istria, Croatia and the surrounding countries
  • custom-tailored offers exclusively, no
  • pre-programmed catalog
  • service around the clock

We want to offer your guests travel that is tailored precisely to their every wish, so that they are completely satisfied after their trip is over. We do everything we can to create countless special moments that your customers will remember for a long time to come. In close cooperation with you, we emphasize work that is professional, reliable and precise – in other words, perfect organization. Making it is easy for you to excite your guests with a once-in-a-lifetime tour!

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We look forward to working with you!

Your Guidina Team