Adriatic : Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia Herzegovina

Wondrous waterfalls, majestic mountains & sumptuous seas!

Welcome to the Adriatic – From pristine hill towns to sun-soaked islands, this trip seamlessly blends together the best destinations in this diverse corner of Europe.  You will travel through Sarajevo, Durmitor National Park, Hvar Islands and many other destinations visiting Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina during this 13-day trip.

Tour highlights.

  • Enjoy the famous scenic delights of the Adriatic as we visit Bled Lake, Plitvice National Park and the cliffs of Telascica.
  • Visit Sarajevo and Mostar and learn about the violent events that thrust this region into two wars; with its wounds still painfully visible throughout the country.
  • Visit the island of Sali (island of salt) with a local fisherman by private boat.
  • Enjoy the local tastes of the land and drink boza, rakija and wine, and taste pinjur; the mouth-watering food of the Balkans at local family owned restaurants.
  • Make it a true Adriatic experience as we visit the island of Korcula. Enjoy wandering around this charming fishing village and its medieval quarter dating back to Venetian times.  Why not take a swim in the crystal blue waters that the Adriatic is so famous for!

Day 1 : Ljubljana, Slovenia Arrival

Welcome to Slovenia! Upon arrival, you will settle into your hotel in Ljubljana. Today is a free day and your hotel is situated in the pedestrian zone close to the river, many historical landmarks and great restaurants which you will have the pleasure to explore at your own pace. Since we will be visiting in the summer the cafes will set up terrace seating along the river; making it almost feel like a nightly street party.

Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital and is also one of Europe’s ‘greenest’ capitals.  Car traffic is restricted in the city center, leaving the leafy banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city’s heart, free for pedestrians and cyclists.

Included :

  • Activities : Airport pick-up (included)
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 2 : Ljubljana, Slovenia 

After breakfast, we will catch a local bus and we will head to the Bled lake, famous for its medieval castle situated on a cliff high above the lake and the amazing surrounding Alpine peaks. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, stroll along the lake, shop, sit back in a café and nibble on Bled cream cake, or perhaps join an optional Pletna boat excursion to visit the small island in the middle of the lake. If time permits you can even climb up to the Bled castle, before making your way back to Ljubljana.

Included :

  • Activities : Day trip to Bled
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 3 : Zadar, Croatia

Early in the morning, a private van will pick us up and we will head south to the most popular national park in Croatia, the National Park of Plitvice. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. In the afternoon, we will drive to the town of Zadar where we will spend the night.

Included :

  • Activities : Plitvice National Park entrance fee
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 4 : Zadar, Croatia

Early in the morning, we will catch a ferry and head to Dugi Otok Island, to the town of Sali, a small town with a thousand year old history of fishing. There, a fisherman will pick us up with a small boat and we will sail through the National Park of Kornati. The Park of Kornati is often mentioned as “nautical paradise” for the unforgettable sailing on crystal blue water around its 89 unforgettable islands, islets and reefs. We will explore the spectacular cliffs of Telascica and experience the traditional fishing method during a fishing demonstration. We will then enjoy a fresh lunch with the fisherman in a small local restaurant, before sailing back to Zadar.

Included :

  • Activities : Kornati National Park entrance fee, Fishing demonstration
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 5 : Split, Croatia 

Today, our private transfer will bring us to Croatia’s second largest city, Split. A local guide will show us around the Diocletian’s Palace, an ancient palace built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the end of the 3rd Century, which today forms about half the old town of Split. For the Games of Thrones fans, the palace is where Daenerys’s locked up and trained her dragons and is the location for Daenerys’s throne room as Meereen ruler. After the tour is finished, we will climb up to the top of Split cathedral, Cathedral of Saint Domnius, one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings still standing.

Included :

  • Activities : Split guided walking tour, Split Cathedral entrance fee
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Boutique hotel

Day 6 : Korcula, Croatia

Departing Split, we will board a ferry and cross over to the island of Korčula. Described as the crown jewel of the Adriatic and the Emerald isle, Korcula is a true example of the natural beauty that the country of Croatia boasts. This small island oozes with culture and is characterised by a diverse landscape with a rich history. Upon our arrival at Korcula port, a van will bring us to the nearby town of Lumbarda where we will spend the night. This small typical coastal town is famous for the white wine called Grk, brought by Greek settlers to this area more than 2000 years ago, which we will of course try!

Included :

  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 7 : Korcula, Croatia 

Today, we will visit the island’s main town, Korcula town – a medieval walled town with its towers, numerous buildings and monuments, cafés, restaurants, hotels, galleries, open-air cinema and more. As we stroll around the succession of narrow streets, we will see the splendid St Mark’s Cathedral built in the Gothic-Renaissance style dominating the center of the town. There is a local legend that Marco Polo was born in Korcula Town and his alleged house of birth is worth visiting. 

Included :

  • Activities: Visit Korcula old town
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation : Hotel

 Day 8 : Split, Croatia

In the morning, we will depart Korcula Island in a ferry back to the mainland and we will drive to Split. Today will be a free day in Split during which you’ll have some relaxing time to enjoy the delights of Croatia’s burgeoning gastronomy scene or browse around Split’s market. If you’re feeling more active, you’ll have the opportunity to hike up the Marjan Hill, the green lung of Split. At night, the Diocletian’s Palace is the perfect backdrop for Croatia’s best bar crawl, a night of revelry in the secret alleyways and hidden corners of this atmospheric ruin overlooking the seafront.

Included :

  • Activities : Ferry transfer, Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 9 : Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

After breakfast, we will leave Croatia with our private vehicle and cross into Bosnia Herzegovina. Our first stop will be in the town of Mostar where we will have a short guided walk around the old town and see the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge. We will learn about history of the country during the war of Yugoslavia in the 1990s and how it impacted this city. Later on, we’ll enjoy a nice lunch in the city before heading to Sarajevo for the night.

Included : 

  • Activities : Mostar guided walking tour
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 10 : Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

This morning, our local guide will take us around the cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo. We will experience the combination of Oriental, European and Yugoslav influences, which creates uniqueness and beauty seen nowhere else but in Sarajevo. Our guide will lead our journey through the past revealing the small and big secrets of this city and introduce us to all of the fortunes and misfortunes that came to this city through the times. We will visit the Tunnel of Hope which will complete our understanding of life in Sarajevo during the siege. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to further explore the mysticism of Sarajevo streets and alleys.

Included : 

  • Activities : Sarajevo walking tour, Tunnel of hope entrance fee
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 11 : Dubrovnik, Croatia

Today, we will leave Bosnia and return to Croatia where we will arrive in the afternoon. Once we are settled in our hotel, we will take a guided tour of the historic heart of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. We will visit the city’s major landmarks and hear stories of how Dubrovnik became one of the world’s most prosperous and advanced maritime republics. We will then go up to the famous walls of Dubrovnik and enjoy of of the best views of the Old Harbor and surrounding forts just in time for the sunset.

Included : 

  • Activities : Dubrovnik city walls, Dubrovnik guided walking tour
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 12 : Dubrovnik, Croatia

Today will be a free day and you will have the leisure to wonder around the streets of Dubrovnik, discover the nooks and crannies of Bascarsija or savor the local delicacies like the cevapi and burek.  For the Game of Throne fans, you can also have fun discovering the 19 locations in the city where Game of Thrones’ King’s Landing scenes were mainly filmed.

Included : 

  • Activities : Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 13 : Dubrovnik, Croatia Departure

Say goodbye to Croatia before heading back home. Hopefully, along the way you made some amazing memories and friendships! We hope to see you again on our next adventure!

Included : 

  • Meals : Breakfast

*Itinerary is subject to change.

Regular Season 13-Day Tour

$4,000 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.  Please understand that we have made the single supplement fee as affordable as possible because many of the hotel rooms on this trip are quite small.  Please keep this in mind if you are wanting to share a room with someone on the trip.

What is included :

  • 12 nights accommodation (Double occupancy, breakfast included)
  • Local guides
  • Globe Drifters host
  • Private ground transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Most activities (As noted in itinerary)
  • Airport pick-up

What is not included :

  • Most dinners & lunches
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • International flight
  • Supplementary insurance
  • Airport drop-off
What is the size of the group?

Each group consists of 4 – 12 travelers. We prefer small group sizes because they tend to allow for easier transport and communication as well as a better personalized experience for the travellers. 

Are all activities included in the price?

While most daily activities planned in the program are already included in the price, some activities are optional and will be at your own expense. Please see the itinerary tab for some possible optional activities and excursions. Most of them can be arranged with short to little notice and the local guide will be able to help you make necessary arrangements. Optional activities include, but are not limited to : climbing Bled Castle or hike to Marjan Hill.

Is the airfare included in the price?

No, our tours don’t include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour.

What type of accommodation will I be staying at?

We are very selective in getting just the right accommodation for each specific tour and we are very proud of the selection of hotels we have put together. Some of these hotels are boutique hotels and others are family-owned, just like ourselves.

If you arrive before or leave after the dates of your tour with us, we can organise your hotel stay for those nights. Just get in touch and we can talk you through it.

What is the currency in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina?

Some 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 use the euro (EUR) and 1.10 USD ≈ 1 EUR.
  • Croatia uses the Kuna (HRK) and 1 USD ≈ 6.5 HRK
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina use the Mark (BAM) and 1 USD ≈ 1.8 BAM.

The most convenient way to handle money is to use a debit card for withdrawals from an ATM and/or to bring money to exchange. If you need to buy local currency on arrival, you can exchange a small amount at the airport. If exchanging currency at the airport, it’s usually best to exchange only a small amount and then seek a better deal elsewhere as airports usually offer unfavorable exchange rates. In Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, your guides will be able to point you in the right direction of a currency exchange office or ATM on arrival. 

Credit cards are widely accepted in most cities and towns on this tour (mostly Visa and MasterCard), and you should have no trouble using them. 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 as smaller shops may ask you to pay in cash or have a minimum amount required to use a credit card.

What budget should I plan for food and shopping?

The following budget guidelines are just approximate values or starting values for meals and are per person. Actual prices will vary widely by restaurant and city within a country but below are some averages as provided by our experienced personnel.

  • The approximate cost of a soft drink/mineral water/coffee is $1.5-3.
  • An average lunch consisting of a salad or sandwich and a soda or water starts at approximately $7-10.
  • Dinner at a mid-range restaurant with dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage starts at approximately $20 – 30.

Shopping specialties: Traditional Croatian Cravat (Tie), Ottoman-style copperwares in Bosnia, Painted panels from bee hives or Honey in Slovenia and many more!

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.

What are the country call to make calls?

To make calls, the country code for Croatia is 385, Slovenia is  386 and Bosnia Herzegovina is 387. However, when making use of your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices as it often gets pricy.

You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts, and data, especially since you will be abroad for 13 days. In most countries, prepaid calling cards offer excellent rates and are on sale in many stores. Otherwise, all hotels we will be staying at will offer free wifi and most restaurants and other public places as well.

What outlets are there in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina?

In all 3 countries voltage and outlets are identical.

Voltage for outlets is 230V. North American voltage is generally 110V. Therefore, you will need a converter for your travels. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet, but these may not convert the voltage, so both devices are necessary.

The plug facilities have 2-prong outlets with two round prongs in line, which look like:

What is the temperature in the Balkans?

The Balkan region spreads over 500,000km², so climate does vary, particularly between the Alps mountains and the coast. There are a lot of both. Anywhere on the coast can hit 30°C in summer and in the end of April, although it can vary, are generally cool to warm.

In April, 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.

To help you plan, below are average low and high temperatures for the Alps mountains which is pretty similar in all 4 countries we will visit. Count a few degrees difference for the coast temperatures.

TIP: To convert to Celsius, subtract 30, then divide by 2. While not exact, this simple formula will give a close estimation.

 

 

 

 

 

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

  • Comfortable walking shoes or sneakers
  • Cardigan or light jacket
  • Any prescription medication and over the counter medicine you may need
  • Small, across the shoulder day bag or small backpack
  • Sunglasses/ Hat
  • Sunscreen (Biodegradable, if possible)
  • Swimsuit
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Adapter
Are the Balkans safe countries? 

Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina are safe countries in terms of crime, violent and non-violent. The most common crime that occurs is petty crime such as pick pocketing. However, it is not frequent and generally a cause of negligence, therefore, keep an eye on your belongings and you will have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

What about 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.

Tipping in restaurants and bars is customary and it is appropriate to tip most servers and bartenders around 10 ~ 15% of the total bill for exemplary services.

Taxi drivers generally do not expect tips, but rounding up the fare to the nearest amount is acceptable if you would like to tip.

Hotel Porters $1 ~ $2 depending on how much luggage you have and how heavy it is. Housekeeping: $1 ~ $2 per day

Tipping your tour guide/concierge : It is not necessary to tip your guide, but if you feel he/she did an exceptional job, then you can tip anywhere from 5% – 15% of the total cost. 

Are there any laundry facilities along the way?

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

What if I become ill on tour or have a medical emergency?

If you become ill on tour or have an emergency situation at home, contact your Globe Drifters tour guide immediately. In the unlikely event of an emergency, we will assist you to receive the necessary treatment and you will be conducted to a medical facility.

The U.S. Embassy in each country has a website with a list of doctors and medical facilities in various cities throughout each country. Beware that being treated internationally might not be included in your health insurance plan, therefore, we recommend you to check if your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.

US Department of State Country Information

Additional country-specific information for US citizens can be found on the US Government’s website www.travel.state.gov. Here, you can find the most up-to-date information about destination descriptions, passports/visas, safety and security, transportation, travel local laws, alerts/warnings, vaccinations, and more. For citizens of other nations, we recommend you consult your local consulate for travel information, regulations, and requirements.

Still have a question? Ask us!

Our friendly team is here to answer all of your doubts or questions! Feel free to reach us at any time by email at: info@globe-drifters.com or call us at any time at: +1 (561) 313 4860.

Do I need a visa to enter the Adriatics?

Visitors from Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States who are traveling to Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina 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 hold a passport from another country, please check with your local consulate about requirements for travel to these countries. All passengers traveling internationally are required to have a passport. Please carry proper identification (your passport) on you and do not leave it in your suitcase or hotel room.

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.

You can zoom in and out on the map by pressing the plus and minus buttons to the right. If you would like to look up the location on your Google Maps you can click on More Options.

 

Please note that hotels in Adriatic are usually not up to Western standards and accomodation is much smaller and more basic than Western standards. We have therefore made the single supplement as affordable as possible so you can get your own room which we highly recommend you book for a higher level of comfort.

We try our best to stay in locally-owned or family-run hotels rather than big chains with big crowds of tourists when possible. However, although hotels and accommodations are carefully handpicked, some retreat towns and villages like Split and Korcula have limited infrastructure and more basic offering. Please expect the hotels in those cities to be more basic.


Ljubljana, Slovenia


Zadar, Croatia


Split, Croatia


Stari Grad, Croatia


Sarajevo, Bosnia


Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

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 and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

CDC Slovenia

CDC Croatia

CDC Bosnia-Herzegovina

Trip Date

SEPTEMBER 12
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020
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USD $4,000

Price based on double occupancy. Single Supplement can be purchased for an additional $600.


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