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Locally sourced guides

Our guides are simply the best in the world.  We believe the guide makes a great trip truly special! Its not easy, which is why we work with dedicated professionals whose passion is people.

  • All tour guides are safety certified and speak fluent English and all the languages required in the destination.
  • They have a minimum education requirement.  IE University degree.
  • They all have minimum years of experience
  • They have all completed our comprehensive in-house guide training.
  • Most have travelled to or lived in the US, so are familiar with the country our clients come from.
  • All climbing or adventure guides are certified in the areas of expertise.
  • All climbing/adventure guides have the experience, and certification requirements required by law. 
  • Further, they meet minimum years of experience level to work with Simply Slovakia.
  • All climbing/adventure guides have completed our in-house training.


My name is MD. PhD. Ivan Žila and I am working as a research assistant at the Institute of Physiology at Medical University in Slovakia. I am also a certified mountain guide with an international license UIAGM/IVBV/IFMGA. I have dedicated 7 years to professional guiding, in particular in the High Tatras and the Alps. During the summer season I lead climbing expeditions up to 4000 meter summits and I conduct climbing training programs. During the winter season, ski touring, alpine skiing, including winter climbing in icefall keeps me very busy. I also organise and conduct an advanced avalanche skills training. All these activities are great inspiration for my photography and video production hobby.


My goal is to deliver unique and unforgettable experience to our guests with a big smile on their face. Sharing true stories from my 20 years in travel industry while introducing heart of Europe and connecting people from all over the world is my passion.
Creating a fun environment to build a cohesive team of travellers and creating a learning experience is what I love to do :)


I traveled the world since I was 18 years old and now I have settled back in Slovakia, where I want to share with you my passion for discovering new beautiful places and meeting great people. I will enjoy taking you around my country and show you this place, so you could see the culture, untouched nature, local people and everyday life.


Interested in history, ornithology and Slovak nature. Expert in local flora specialized in healing herbs.

I love camaraderie and joy of travel. I like to see the world with other travelers, being their guide, teach them something new and be part of their unforgettable experience. It is a great pleasure to compare the differences between our cultures and our diverse worlds, but the best reward for me are the compliments I receive at the end of the tour, hearing our guests say, they had a wonderful time.

Tailor Made Journeys

Tailor-made journeys offer you the flexibility to choose your own path. You can decide how and when to travel, the level of service and the hotel standards. Pack in as many activities and locations as possible, or incorporate some relaxation and free time to explore on your own terms. With all that choice it can seem overwhelming, so we have a small, tight-knit tailor-made team of experts to give advice and assist you to craft the ideal trip.

Design your Journey