$3,595 + Airfare
Jul 31 – Aug 9
9, 10, 11, 12
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
Split, Dubrovnik, Mostar (Bosnia), Hvar, Šolta, Vis, Krka, Drvenik, Plitvice National Park, Lokrum Island
|Optional group flight there:||
Newark to Split
|Optional group flight back:||
Dubrovnik to Newark
Pack your sense of adventure this summer and visit Croatia, one of the most up-and-coming countries in Europe, and finish your journey in the Venetian outpost of Dubrovnik. We’ll take a relaxing four day sailing trip along the coast, discovering all of the splendors of the Adriatic Sea by stopping at secluded lagoons to snorkel, private beaches to explore and a variety of islands to stun your senses. Don’t worry if you have never sailed before, our skipper will take care of all the work and teach some sailing skills to anyone who is interested! The rest of our journey combines land with sea as we explore this country’s incredible national parks, hidden waterfalls, beautiful cities and ancient ruins.
Imagine a summer filled with sailing from incredible beach to gorgeous port, dining under the stars at the water’s edge, exploring the charming seaside cities of Split and Dubrovnik, and spending each day swimming in the ocean or waterfalls. If this sounds like the summer of your dreams than come join us on our unique Croatian adventure!
On this trip you will:
- Spend four days cruising through through the turquoise water of Europe’s best kept secret, the Dalmatian Coast on our private sailboat
- Wish on a shooting star and sleep on the top deck under a dazzling night sky
- Learn the fundamentals of sailing from our professional skipper (All skill levels welcome!)
- Discover the wonders of the Adriatic sea by stopping at secluded snorkeling spots, private beaches and different islands
- Swim in the sparkling emerald green waterfalls of Kravice and Plitvice National Park
- Go off the beaten path to the tiny island of Vis and take a spin on a bike tour to discover the area like a local
- Walk in the steps of history as you cross the famous old bridge of Mostar in Bosnia
- Experience what a fairy-tale city is as you meander through gorgeous, largely undiscovered Hvar
- In Split explore the enthralling old town including the UNESCO palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian
- Learn all about important battles fought during the Croatian War of Independence
- Wander the inviting cobblestone streets of Dubrovnik, a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site known as The Pearl of the Adriatic
- In Dubrovnik, see Game of Thrones locations come to life on your own private tour
- Marvel at the city from the top of Mt. Syrd
- Discover the diversity of Croatian cuisine
DAY 1: NEWARK (FOR THOSE WHO OPT TO TAKE THE GROUP FLIGHT)
As the group flight takes off, the trip officially begins!
DAYS 2 – 6: SAIL ALONG THE DALMATIAN COAST, SPLIT
Our first stop in Croatia is Split, founded by the Ancient Greeks that today showcases the ruins of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s grand palace. Upon arrival have some time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Listed palace as well as a number of other impressive sites in the Old Town. Next, board our private sailboat to begin the cruise up the legendary Dalmatian Coast, one of the best kept secrets in the Mediterranean. As you glide through the turquoise waters of this stunning coastline you’ll be thankful that it has remained that way. You don’t need any sailing experience to join this trip – you can either choose to relax and soak up the journey, or you can take the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of sailing from our professional skipper. Stopping at secluded snorkeling spots and private beaches and a different island each night, have the time of your life soaking up the sun in the paradise of Šolta, living a real life fairy-tale in Hvar, swimming in picturesque Krknjaši lagoon and biking around fascinating Vis in St George’s Bay. Finishing our sailing adventure in Split, spend the day discovering UNESCO World Heritage listed Plitvice Lakes National Park the largest national park in Croatia. After exploring the beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls of this unique place, treat your tastebuds with delicious Neretva specialties at one of our favorite restaurants.
DAYS 6-10: SPLIT, KRKA, MOSTAR & DUBROVNIK
On our way South, we’ll stop to check out Mostar, a picturesque town in Bosnia and Herzegovina famous for its stunning Stari Most before spending the afternoon in the emerald green sparkling waters of Kravice. Our journey finishes in The Pearl of the Adriatic, the elegant ancient walled coastal city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site with millennia of history and an easy going, seaside vibe. Within its ancient walls lie beautiful churches, fountains and palaces that provide plenty of breathtaking views. On your guided tour of the city you’ll explore the pedestrian only narrow streets, climb the walls of the city and then see film locations used in Game of Thrones as well as the second oldest synagogue in Europe. Head to the top of Mount Srd for breathtaking panoramas of the sparkling water, catch ferry to wander the picturesque island of Lokrum and sample authentic cuisine from family-run eateries.
DAY 10: GROUP FLIGHT FROM DUBROVNIK TO NEWARK
For those on the group flight, leave Dubrovnik on your way back home.
Who can go on this trip? What kind of teen typically goes on this trip?
We have teens join this program from all over the world! They are typically culturally curious teens who are excited about making new friends, stepping out of their comfort zone, expanding their horizons, and trying something new.
Where do we stay?
Our hotels are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and well-suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. This means we do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities. We prefer to select smaller, family run hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners.
For most of the trip we will sleep on our own private sail boat(s). In Dubrovnik we stay at a great hotel a stone’s throw from the Old Town. In Metkovic we stay at an equally nice hotel.
For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. We do not feel it is safe to publish the name of a hotel where a group of teenagers is staying abroad. After registering, participants and parents are given access to our secure parent website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for a trip.
Do most travelers go by themselves?
Yes, in fact over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that are formed along the way. If you travel by yourself, you are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new BFFs on another TFT trip the next summer!
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! We just ask that if you come with a friend, you and your friend(s) are still open to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.
What do students generally like most on this program?
Students really like the cities and locations we visit, but it’s the freedom and carefree atmosphere of sailing along the Dalmatian coast they LOVE! Feeling the wind in their hair as the boat cuts through the water or lying on the deck at night under a canopy of stars, the gentle lapping sound of water against the hull of the boat, are just a few of the special moments that make this experience so wonderful.
What is unique about this program?
Small group sizes and private boats mean the trip is easily tailored to create a bespoke experience for the students. We pride ourselves on giving each and every student a unique experience they couldn’t get anywhere else!
What is included?
Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, trip related activities, trip related activity admissions, taxes and tips.
Not Included: (not intended to be an exhaustive list) Airfare, rail passes, lunches, visas & visa application fees, beverages other than tap water, activities and admissions not referenced in the itinerary or deemed not trip related such as movies, clubs and the like, expenses incurred by the participant that are outside the trip description such as damage to hotels, excess baggage fees and the like, expenses related to unforeseen circumstances such as transportation strikes, natural disasters and the like, personal and medical expenses.
How do the optional group flights work?
Upon registration, you will be contacted by our International Logistics Team to discuss this trip’s flight details. You are not required to take the group flight, although there are several advantages to doing so. The group flight is chaperoned by TFT staff, it offers an opportunity for the students to get to know each other before the trip starts, and we get preferred group flight prices on trips that have group contracts (ask for details). Parents are responsible for arranging for participants to get to the group flight airport. Travel For Teens staff are at the airport, greet arriving participants, and help them get to where the rest of the group has assembled. For more information about Flights, visit our Flights page.
Who are the counselors on the trip?
The Trip Director for every trip is a seasoned teen travel professional with extensive TFT experience. Trip Directors often live or have lived and worked in the destination country. Extensive knowledge of the language and culture of the destination is crucial. Our Senior Counselors are experienced, responsible and fun-loving individuals who our participants can share experiences with and look to for guidance and support. At Travel for Teens we pride ourselves on our rigorous staff application process and the professionalism of our full time and summer staff.
It is the job of the counselors to keep the trip fun and exciting, the learning and the laughter in good balance, and to oversee the safety of the participants. Minimum ratios are on average one staff member to every seven participants. Trips may also include one or two Junior Counselors, who are college students with a history of TFT travel, and one or more Counselors in Training (CIT’s) with limited responsibility. CIT’s are not counted in staff-participant ratios.
What are the safety qualifications for our staff?
All of our staff members attend a week long training session every May to prepare for the upcoming summer and go over safety precautions and protocols. Likewise, every counselor is CPR/First Aid certified and Trip Directors are Lifeguard certified. All staff undergo a rigorous interview process and thorough background check.
What is the average group size?
At Travel for Teens, our trips typically fall into 3 different size categories.
Small: 7-14 students where 14 is the maximum.
Medium: Average is between 14-21 students with 21 as the maximum.
Large: Trips 21-35 students. These are our largest trips.
Typically Croatia Discovery falls into the small range due to boat sizes, but trip sizes differ from year to year.
How does this program connect to other programs?
Most of our Europe programs are designed specifically so that participants can combine them with other trips. If you are connecting to another program, your counselor will escort you to the airport on the last day of the trip and help you get to your next destination where you will meet up with your new counselors and group.
hat is the food like on this trip?
In a word – Delicious! At TFT, we believe food should be an integral part of the travel experience and always make an effort to eat at authentic establishments when we can. What better way to immerse yourself in the culture of a place than by sampling the local delicacies, and we encourage students to do so whenever possible! Just as we stay away from Americanized hotel chains, we try to avoid restaurants with menus that cater only to tourists because every good traveler knows the best food is found wherever the locals are eating!
Croatian cuisine is very diverse with each region boasting its own mouth-watering dishes. Try various charcuterie, goulashes, stews and of course incredible seafood fresh from the sea!
As always, we are willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.
Do I need any vaccinations for this trip?
We recommend that you check with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the areas you will be visiting. For more information, please check out the World Health Organization’s website www.who.int/en/.
How much free time do we get?
Our counselors are with the group nearly always. Everyday we will break up into smaller groups to give our participants some choices and flexibility in their itinerary. We do offer some free time to do some shopping, for example, in defined areas that we are very familiar with. If participants are ever shopping by themselves within these defined areas they go in groups and for no more than an hour. On this trip, the group will have some free time to explore some of the safe pedestrian areas of Split, Dubrovnik, Mostar and Hvar. A counselor will always be nearby when participants have free time in each city and a lifeguard certified counselor will be supervising the students any time they are involved in water activities.
What kind of Visa do you need for this trip?
Any US citizen that enters Europe is automatically granted a free 90-day tourist visa. If you are coming from somewhere outside the US, please be sure to check your country specific visa requirements.
Do I need to speak the language?
No, our skilled staff members will help you get around and even teach you a few fun phrases!
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