Croatia Discovery and Adventure
$3,895 + Airfare
Jul 20 – Aug 1
9, 10, 11, 12
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
|Places we visit:||
Split, Krka, Brac, Hvar, Vis, Korčula, Mljet, Ston, Dubrovnik, Lokrum Island
|Optional group flight there:||
New York (JFK) to Split
|Optional group flight back:||
Dubrovnik to New York (JFK)
Pack your sense of adventure this summer and explore Croatia, one of Europe’s hottest off-the-beaten-path destinations! You’ll experience the very best this country has to offer, from the breathtaking Krka Waterfalls in the north to the incredible walled city of Dubrovnik in the south. What better way to enjoy your summer vacation than by cruising from island to island in the Adriatic sea on your own sailboat? We’ll begin by island-hopping on our private boat, your home for the first week of the trip. Throughout the trip we’ll take several excursions ashore to check out Croatia’s impressive natural scenery, like the turquoise lakes and rushing waterfalls found in its protected national parks. Finally, we’ll wrap up this trip of a lifetime in picturesque Dubrovnik, where you’ll explore the cobblestoned streets, relax on the beach, and even have the chance to take a Game of Thrones tour to see where the series was filmed. What are you waiting for? Come discover Croatia for yourself this summer with Travel For Teens!
On this trip you will:
- Spend a week cruising 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 stunning islands
- Swim in the sparkling emerald green waters of the Krka Waterfalls
- 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
- Experience what a fairy-tale city is as you meander through the gorgeous town of Hvar
- Explore Split from atop the impressive Diocletian’s Palace
- Wander the inviting cobblestoned streets of Dubrovnik, a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site known as The Pearl of the Adriatic
- In Dubrovnik, see Game of Thrones come to life on a tour of filming locations, and even sit on the Iron Throne!*
- Take in one of the best sunsets of your life from atop Mt. Srd
*This is an optional excursion.*
DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEW YORK-JFK
DAYS 2-9: ISLAND-HOPPING IN THE ADRIATIC
Welcome to Croatia! Our first stop is the ancient city of Split, founded by the ancient Greeks and home to the ruins of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s grand palace. Upon your arrival, you’ll head down to the port and get settled into the boat that will be our home for the next week. 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. You’ll spend the day gliding through aquamarine waters, 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 Brac, living a real life fairy-tale in Hvar, swimming in picturesque Krknjaši lagoon and biking around fascinating Vis in St. George’s Bay.
DAYS 9-11: SPLIT
Once we’re back on dry land, see one of Croatia’s biggest cities, Split, surrounded by the ancient Diocletian’s Palace! Walk along the ramparts and gaze over the whole city, stroll along the seaside promenade, and do some souvenir shopping in the shops that adorn the winding cobblestoned streets. We’ll also take a guided tour from a local. The next day, take a day trip to the spectacular Krka Waterfalls to bike the secluded trails around them, capping off the day with a dip in the crystal-clear water to cool off!
DAYS 11-13: DUBROVNIK and LOKRUM ISLAND
We’ll say goodbye to the north and head south to the ancient city of Dubrovnik, one of Europe’s most picturesque port cities. Relax on Banje Beach, shop the hip boutiques for souvenirs, and take in the laid-back Dalmatian culture. You can even choose to take a Game of Thrones Film Location tour and sit on the Iron Throne! On our final day in Croatia, take the ferry out to nearby Lokrum Island, where you can hike, relax on the beach, and even try stand-up paddleboarding. Top off this trip of a lifetime with a photo shoot of a breathtaking sunset from atop Mt. Srd.
DAY 13: GROUP FLIGHT FROM DUBROVNIK TO NEW YORK-JFK
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 sailboat(s). In Split we stay in one of the city’s top-rated family and youth hostels–don’t worry, all of our rooms are private just for our group. In Dubrovnik, we will stay in the Old Town.
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 custom 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 whom 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 weeklong 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?
Group size is important! A smaller group size provides unique opportunities that a large group cannot accommodate. Think of your favorite local restaurant; could it easily accommodate a group of 50 teens? Probably not! Our group sizes average between 14 to 21 students, which means that we are able to comfortably use local transport, enjoy local restaurants, and have a more authentic experience overall! A smaller group size also eliminates the likelihood of cliques, meaning that our groups all tend to bond as a cohesive unit. We guarantee that you’ll have enough people to meet some new best friends, but not so many that you feel like “just a number” or lost in a crowd.
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.
What 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. Every day 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, 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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