Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia & Montenegro

Wondrous waterfalls, majestic mountains & sumptuous seas!

The countries surrounding the sublime waters of the Adriatic Sea are home to magical waterfalls, bountiful landscapes, spectacular coastlines and so much more. Discover Croatia’s cascading waterfalls and verdant scenery; Bosnia-Hercegovina’s charming old towns sprinkled with remnants of its heartbreaking history; Montenegro’s picturesque Kotor Bay and its warm, friendly people; Slovenia’s mouthwatering cuisine which incorporates elements from its neighboring countries to create truly delectable feasts!

Day 1 : Ljulbljana, Slovenia Arrival 

Welcome to Slovenia! The capital city awaits you with its charming riverside terrace cafes and restaurants, buzzing pedestrian zones and rosy red roofs speckling the city’s skyline. Depending on your arrival time, you will have free time to explore your new surroundings after getting settled in at the hotel.  

Included : 

  • Activities : Arrival (At your own expense); Free time 
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 2 : Ljubljana & Lake Bled (Travel time approximately 2 hours)  

Lake Bled belongs on a postcard with its glistening emerald green glacial lake. We’ll take a boat ride around the lake to bask in the beautiful scenery and visit the lovely little church situated on in an islet in the middle of the lake. There’ll also be a visit to Bled Castle, perched on the precipice of a rocky cliff, offering spectacular views of the environs. You’ll have some time to discover the quaint town of Bled, hidden within the Julian Alps and get lost in its old world charm. We’ll return to Ljubljana where you can cap the day off with a glass of Slovenian schnapps for a good night’s sleep.

Included :

  • Activities : Bled transfer & visit; Lake Bled boat ride; Blejski Otok (Little Island) church; Bled Castle; Free time; Ljubljana transfer 
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 3 : Zagreb, Croatia (Travel time approximately 3 hours)  

You’ll have a bit of free time this morning after breakfast in Ljubljana and after lunch, we’ll continue on to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. After checking in at our hotel, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to check out the city.

Included :

  • Activities :  Zagreb transfer; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast 
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 4 : Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and a very eclectic mix of Austro-Hungarian and socialist architecture. At first glance it is a small city that is well-worn and rough around the edges. However, when you take a closer look, you’ll see a vibrant city that is becoming a hub for culture, food, music, art and entertainment. Today, there’ll be a tour of the city during which we’ll check out the picturesque Jelačić Square with its many cafes, bistros and shops, brimming with locals and visitors. There’ll also be a stop at St. Mark’s Church, known for its strikingly colored roof as well as the dramatic Cathedral of the Assumption, grandiose Theatrical Square and the Dolac open air market. Afterwards, you’ll have the rest of the day on your own to revisit some of the points of interest from the walking tour. Or just seat yourself at a cafe and people watch…a European pastime! Your guide will be there to point you in the right direction based on your interest. In the evening, let’s go for dinner and drinks on Tkalčićeva Street, a lovely pedestrian street with lots of delicious dining choices! 

Included :

  • Activities : Zagreb walking tour; Free time; Optional activities (At your own expense) 
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 5 : Plitvice Lakes – Trogir (Travel time approximately 5 hours) 

We’ll get an early start today in order to beat the crowds as we make our way to Plitvice National Park. This park is home to hundreds of glorious waterfalls and 16 turquoise lakes. We’ll have a short introduction to the park and then you’ll be able to delve into the extraordinary, natural scenery that surrounds you. You might choose to rent a bike or just leisurely roam around as you take in the beauty of the park. After lunch, we’ll be on our way toTrogir, one of the many beautiful towns lining the Dalmatian coast. Trogir’s old town is located on a tiny island linked by a bridge to the mainland and is home to many churches, towers and palaces that are still in tact from the 13th to 15th centuries. On arrival, we’ll have a quick, laid-back tour as we visit the small historic center packed full of alluring vistas.

Included :

  • Activities : Plitvice National Park transfer, guided tour; Free time; Trogir transfer, orientation walk
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 6 : Trogir & Split (Travel time approximately 2 hours) 

Today, we’ll enjoy a guided visit of Split and its Roman town as well as its old town with stops at points of interest such as Split City Hall, the beachfront promenade and fish market. The rest of the afternoon will be yours to do as you please and the guide will be able to offer suggestions. Later that day, we’ll head back to Trogir where you’ll have some time to relax and bask in the beauty of its quaint old town.

Included :

  • Activities : Split transfer, guided visit; Trogir transfer; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 7 : Mostar (Travel time approximately 3 hours) 

Say goodbye to the easy-going town of Trogir as we head inland to Mostar, located in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The scars of the infamous conflict in the ’90s are still present, but the city’s charisma will draw you in. We’ll have a short orientation walk in Mostar and stop by its famous bridge, Stari Most, which was destroyed in the conflict, but rebuilt to remain as the town’s treasure. The rest of the day will be yours to explore Mostar and its diversity as well as its sad, but recent past. 

Included :

  • Activities : Mostar transfer, walking tour; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 8 : Herceg Novi, Montenegro (Travel time approximately 3 hours)

Herceg Novi has its fair share of historical buildings and monuments and its position on the Bay of Kotor makes it ideal for sailing enthusiasts. On our arrival here in this Montenegrin town, we’ll head out on the town for a guided visit to get our bearings. After that, you’ll have free time to enjoy some local activities including kayaking, wine tasting or hiking the nearby fortress for stunning panoramic views of the city. The choice is yours! 

Included :

  • Activities : Herceg Novi transfer, guided tour; Free time; Optional activities (At your own expense)
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 9 : Dubrovnik, Croatia (Travel time approximately 1.5 hours)

Dubrovnik is an awe-inspiring city with an old town that rivals any other in Europe with its white buildings topped by red roofs against the azure Adriatic. Today we’ll return to Croatia toward the the energetic and active city of Dubrovnik. On arrival, we’ll head out for a tour of the main sites of the city including St. Saviour Church, which is very unassuming on the outside, but incredibly rich and ornate on the inside. We’ll also stop by various squares as well as the Old Port as Dubrovnik’s multilayered past unfolds. The rest of the day will be yours to do as you would like and the guide can point you in the right direction based on your interests. 

Included :

  • Activities : Dubrovnik transfer, guided tour; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 10 : Dubrovnik

You have today at your leisure. Visit a museum or two to learn more about the area’s complicated history, sit by the docks and watch the boats arrive and depart, take a cable car to Mount Srd for some amazing photo ops, or do some souvenir shopping. It’s completely up to you!

Included :

  • Activities : Free time; Optional activities (At your own expense)
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 11 : Dubrovnik Departure 

Depending on your flight time, you will have free time on your own in Dubrovnik before catching your flight back home. 

Included : 

  • Activities : Free time; Departure (At your own expense) 
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : None

*Itinerary is subject to change.

Regular Season 11-Day Tours

$3,200 Trip Cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

Accommodation is on a double occupancy basis and if you are traveling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another traveler of the same gender. If there is no one of the same gender with whom to pair you, you WILL be required to pay the single supplement.

If you decide at the booking stage that you want a single room throughout the tour, you can purchase the “single supplement”. The single supplement fee for this trip is $600. If you would like your own room, you can buy the additional supplement at check out.

What is included :

  • 10 nights accommodation (Double occupancy, breakfast included)
  • Local guides
  • Globe Drifters host
  • Private ground transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Most activities (As noted in itinerary)
  • All entry fees
  • All breakfasts

What is not included :

  • Most dinners & lunches
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • Airport transfers
  • International flight
  • Supplementary insurance
Group Size

Each of our groups has a maximum of 12 travelers plus local, expert guides while in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Montenegro. We try to price our trips very reasonably while taking into consideration the small group sizes as well as the meals and activities that are included.

When tour group sizes increase to 15-30 travelers, the general ambiance of the trip is less authentic and travelers tend to be less able to integrate into a society. Large tour groups also generally have less authentic contact with the locals. The more people in a tour group, the more the group experiences their own culture rather than the one of the country they are visiting.

Small group sizes are beneficial because they tend to allow for easier transport and communication. They are more mobile and can be more easily integrated into a social scene in these countries. A small group traveler is also less likely to be treated as a tourist ready to be exploited for his or her money. Additionally, small groups are more flexible as travel plans can be more easily changed or altered en route. If the group discovers a special event or festival during the trip that they would like to attend, and this is not covered by the original tour itinerary; it is possible to change the itinerary. A small group size also means that travelers will receive more individual attention from their tour guides. As a small group, it is easier to come to an agreement and for the tour guide to alter the reservations.

Small groups are low impact in these countries because they don’t introduce a large number of foreigners to a local scene where they can have adverse impacts on the local society and other travelers. For example, a large tour group can take up all the seats on a local bus or book an entire restaurant forcing locals and other travelers away from their preferences.

Currency

Each of the countries visited on this trip use different currencies. Please see below for each country’s currency and their US dollar (USD) equivalents :

  • Slovenia uses the euro (EUR) and 1 USD ≈ 1 EUR.
  • Croatia uses the kuna (HRK) and 1 USD ≈ 6 HRK
  • Bosnia & Hercegovina use the marka (BAM) and 1 USD ≈ 1.5 BAM.
  • Montenegro uses the euro (EUR) and 1 USD ≈ 1 EUR.

If you need to buy euros on arrival in Ljubljana, you can exchange a small amount at the exchange kiosks and machines at the Ljubljana airport. Later, you can exchange or withdraw more at a more favorable rate. Keep in mind that the rate at exchange kiosks generally does not fluctuate too much, but the commission does! Major credit cards are widely accepted in most cities and towns visited on this tour, but less so in more rural area. Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards while Discover and American Express are less commonly accepted. *Please note that traveler’s checks are not advised and not widely accepted anymore.

In Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina and Montenegro, your guides will be able to point you in the right direction of a currency exchange office or ATM on arrival. Finding places to exchange currency in larger cities in each country will be easy enough. However, if you’re heading off to rural areas or smaller towns, exchanging cash can be more difficult. It’s best to have some local currency on you. This will also come in handy for purchases made at local markets and small businesses as they tend to only accept cash.

Major card providers are accepted in larger cities and towns in all of the countries we visit on this trip. If you’re in more remote areas or shopping at smaller, local boutiques, you might find that credit cards are not as readily accepted. If in rural areas, you may find that cash is the only acceptable form of payment. It is a good idea to carry some cash on you just in case!

ATMs are common in towns and cities. As a general rule, using ATMs for cash withdrawal is one of the smartest ways to get money. The exchange rates applied are usually fair and they’re convenient to use. However, do make sure you know what fees your home bank charges and watch the machine for the fees added by the ATM operator. If your bank adds a transaction fee for each withdrawal, for example, then taking out larger sums less frequently would be a more sensible way to reduce overall costs. The majority of ATMs offer English language or other language options for the convenience of foreigners.

We suggest bringing or having access to anywhere from $700 – $1,000 USD or more while on the trip, either in cash or on your debit card. WE HIGHLY ADVISE BUDGETING MORE MONEY THAN YOU EXPECT TO SPEND IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

Souvenirs

There are plenty of souvenirs to be found in the countries visited on this trip. There are countless souvenir shops in all of the places we’ll be visiting, especially in the larger cities. You can spend hours browsing for that perfect souvenir. Local craft markets can be found as well. These creations will make a special gift for your loved ones – or yourself! The following things make great gifts and souvenirs : Slovenian honey, beehive panels, Bosnian coffee sets, wine and the list goes on!

A good rule of thumb in responsible traveling is to buy locally. Keep in mind the source of the souvenirs. It is obvious that some are not from that country at all, but clearly marked China or some other foreign country.

Communication

If you have a smart phone, it will likely work in all countries we visit, but coverage may be spotty if not absent in the more rural areas. Be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming while abroad. You also may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts, and data.

Wifi 

In general, hotels, restaurants and other public places in just about any tourist area in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro offer wifi. Bear in mind that although it’s available, it’s not always as fast as you may be used to. You may have to ask your hotel or restaurant staff for the wifi password to access their system.

What to Bring 

Temperatures in the countries surrounding the Adriatic in the end of April can vary, but are generally cool to warm. Towards the coast, the temperatures remain slightly cooler (in the 60s – 70s Fahrenheit) thanks to the ocean breezes where as the towns and cities more inland tend to be a bit warmer (in the 70s Fahrenheit). Expect lows and evening temperatures in the 50s to 60s Fahrenheit.

Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable :

  • A positive attitude and open mind
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat/Sunglasses
  • Diarrhea/constipation medicine
  • Motion sickness medicine (if needed)
  • Walking shoes or sneakers with good tread
  • Cardigan or light jacket
  • Small, across the shoulder day bag or small backpack
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Napkins/roll of toilet paper
  • Small hair dryer (if needed)
  • Flashlight
  • Swimsuit
  • Shampoo/conditioner/soap
  • Ear plugs
Laundry

Almost all of the hotels on this trip offer laundry services at a fee, if needed.

Safety

Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Montenegro are safe countries in terms of crime, violent and non-violent. The most common crime that occurs is petty crime such as pick pocketing. Those who get their belongings stolen or have had something bad happen to them usually have acted irresponsibly. In most cases of theft, drugs and alcohol are usually involved. If you steer clear of illegal and irresponsible behavior, you will have an unforgettable experience during your trip!

Water

Most people in traveling to these countries, local and foreign, will drink the tap water, but many still do drink bottled water. Bottled water is readily available for a small fee at restaurants, hotels, cafes, food stores, and kiosks.

As in most countries we travel to, we encourage our travelers to be conscious of the world’s growing plastic waste problem. We suggest pooling money together with other travelers in the group to purchase larger bottles or jugs of water and refilling your own personal water bottles from there.

Another thing you can do to help the environment is to put purchased items in your day pack/backpack rather than using the plastic bag that the store provides you. Small things can add up to make a big difference!

Medical Facilities

The U.S. Embassy in each country has a website with a list of doctors and medical facilities in various cities throughout each country. In the unlikely case of a medical emergency, you will be directed to a medical facility of good standing.

Tipping

In most countries we visit on this trip, tipping is commonplace, but more modest than in the U.S. See below for some information on tipping.

  • Restaurants & Bars : Tipping is customary and it is appropriate to tip most servers and bartenders around 10 ~ 15% of the total bill for exemplary services.
  • Taxis : Taxis don’t usually expect a tip, but rounding up to the next whole kuna, marka or euro is appropriate for exemplary service.
  • Hotel Porters : $1 ~ $2 depending on how much luggage you have and how heavy it is.
  • Housekeeping : $1 ~ $2 per day
Arrival

In your pre-departure notes you will receive the name of the hotel in both the local language and English as well as pertinent phone numbers.

Visa

Visitors from Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States who are traveling to Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Montenegro for less than 90 days DO NOT need a visa. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your travel dates.

If you are not a citizen of one of the above-mentioned countries, please check with your nearest Slovenian, Croatian, Bosnia-Herzegovinian and Montenegrin embassies or consulates for information on visas and travel to these countries.

Flights

Once you have booked your flights, please forward your flight information to us. You will be given the hotel name and address in both English and the local language prior to arrival to show the taxi driver. The arrival city is Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the departure city is Dubrovnik (Croatia).

*Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us which will be sent to you 24 ~ 48 hours after paying your deposit. 

PEAK Season : June to August – The peak summer months attract the most visitors with blissfully hot days and ideal water temperatures for swimming. These months tend to be very crowded. Not only will you find numerous travelers flying in from all sorts of far-flung places, you’ll also encounter many Europeans who have literally packed up their cars with all their holiday essentials for a few weeks on the Adriatic.

SHOULDER Season : April to May and September to October – The shoulder months are a great time to visit with a pleasant climate and sunny skies, though fewer crowds. In May and September, the seas are still relatively warm so swimming is still an option. In April and May, there are pleasant temperatures in the 70s Fahrenheit. If you want to go for a hike the, you will definitely appreciate the cooler days.

LOW Season : October to March – In the low season, there are few tourists and the prices are considerably lower. Temperatures are cold, but there are still plenty of winter time activities and festivals happening throughout the region. Skiing is also a main draw for those visiting in the low season months.

Ljubljana, Slovenia (Old Town)


Zagreb


Trogir (City Center)


Mostar (Old City)


Herceg Novi (on Boka Bay)


Dubrovnik

*Hotels are subject to change.

Insurance

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex, which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 E7N

Vaccinations

Below is information from the CDC and its recommendations regarding vaccinations for travel to Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Montenegro.

CDC Slovenia

Trip Date

APRIL 17
APRIL 27, 2019
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Price based on double occupancy. Single Supplement can be purchased for an additional $600.


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