Nature Escape Croatia
Oct. 21-28, 2018
From Zagreb to Zadar, Split to Dubrovnik we'll traverse Croatia's diverse and stunning natural landscapes while enjoying fantastic local cuisine, ancient historic sites, and sunsets on the Adriatic Sea
starting at $2995 per person
- 7 nights accommodation in boutique, centrally-located hotels
- Entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Guided tour of Zagreb with optional visits to museums and the national theater
- Time to soak in the sun and salt of the Adriatic Coast
- Historic walking tour of Zadar, an ancient Roman city, to see both famous sites and hidden gems
- Activity with our local community partner to learn about sustainable tourism and ocean cleanup + trip donation to their organization
- Daily breakfasts and multiple group lunches and dinners
- Ground transport between each destination in comfortable, privately rented vehicles (Zagreb>Zadar>Split>Drubrovnik)
- Airport transfers upon arrival in Zagreb and departure in Dubrovnik
- 2 dedicated Traverse guides 24/7 + local guides & driver
- Small group experience, max 12 people
Day 1: Sunday - Arrival in zagreb
Arrive in Zagrab, Croatia’s capital city alive with culture, arts, and gastronomy. Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be transferred to our centrally located boutique hotel. After you get settled in, join your new travel mates and guides for the week at our welcome dinner where we will enjoy traditional Croatian specialties made from fresh ingredients from the famous Dolac Market.
Day 2: Monday - explore historic zagreb
We’ll start our explorations with a guided walking tour starting at Jelacic Square, learning about the rich history of the two olds towns that now make up the city of Zagreb as we pass by famous landmarks such as Lotrscak Tower and St. Mark’s Church. Our local guide will give recommendations for myriad cultural and gastronomical options for your free afternoon and evening. Consider visiting the Homeland War Museum or The Museum of Broken Hearts, or stroll through the city center, enjoying 17th century neo-baroque architecture found at the Zagreb's Art Pavilion and Croatian National Theater. Rest and relax in one of Zagreb’s many lush city parks, such as Maksimir and make time to grab a coffee and people watch at one of the city’s many cafes.
Day 3: Tuesday - Plitvice lakes
Today we’ll pack up and get an early start along the Adriatic Coast to the world famous Plitvice Lakes National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site with 16 natural lakes of stunning turquoise waters. Here we will find the most breathtaking views in all of Croatia, spending a few hours exploring the park at a leisurely pace while enjoying the changing autumn colors and a picnic lunch. We will depart mid-afternoon and drive through the beautiful countryside en route to Zadar where we will enjoy a traditional meal from the Dalmatian Coast and settle in for the next two nights.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: wednesday - zadar
Rise & shine in Zadar, an ancient Roman city and the historical center of the Dalmatian Coast, famous for its picturesque coastline full of islands and vibrant blue waters, not to mention fresh seafood and unforgettable sunsets. We will join our local guide for a walking city tour, and learn about the history, landmarks and monuments of Zadar along with its hidden gems. The afternoon is yours to spend relaxing by the Adriatic or perhaps kayaking along the coast if you’re feeling adventurous. Enjoy dinner at any number of restaurants with sunset views and stop to listen to the Sea Organ, an unusual seaside audio installation that makes sound by a combination of the waves and the wind.
Day 5: thursday - split
After breakfast we will drive from Zadar to Split to spend the morning with our community partner, learning about local initiatives in sustainable tourism practices to protect coastal communities and natural resources. After lunch, we’ll check in to our centrally-located hotel and you can enjoy some R&R by the beach or explore the charming old town of Split.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: friday - dubrovnik via mostar, bosnia-herzegovina
Today we’ll get up nice and early for our coastal drive toward Dubrovnik, which is split by a section of land belonging to Bosnia-Herzegovina. After the border crossing, we’ll stop for lunch in the capital city of Mostar. You’ll have time to explore the old bazaar and see another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the famous Stari Most bridge. Back in the car, we’ll cross the boarder to Ston, Croatia where we’ll see the longest fortress wall in Europe and enjoy happy hour with Dalmatian wine and fresh oysters. Our last leg is a short drive to Dubrovnik, with time in the evening to explore and enjoy many delicious dinner options.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: saturday - dubrovnik
Rise early to join the group for a casual stroll along the historic fortress walls of the old city with unbelievable views that overlook the charming old town and Dalmatian coast. You’ll have the rest of the morning and afternoon to wander through the cobblestone streets. Later, we’ll regroup for a sunset dinner & hike up Mt. Srd where we’ll enjoy panoramic views and a picnic feast of local specialties as we say farewell to our fellow travelers.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: sunday - departure
Depart at any time with transportation to the Dubrovnik airport arranged and provided for you — or stay a couple of more nights on your own as there is so much to see in this region!
Trip price based on double occupancy. You'll be paired with a roommate of your same gender unless you request your own room.
$2995 per person, double occupancy
+$500 per person, single occupancy "my own room" option
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!
$100 off through 5/31/18
Trip Does Not Include:
- Additional meals, excursions and activities
- Required travel insurance
Ready to book? Download our registration form and get started! Or contact us with questions!
YOUR Traverse GUIDEs
Molly is an explorer who has lived in 20 different cities from Hawaii to Eastern Europe with professional experience in small business, nonprofits, and international program management. She discovered at a young age that being in a new place sets her soul on fire, and at the end of the day, her happy place is where the sand meets the sea.
Growing up in a Croatian family, Molly has always had an appreciation for Croatian culture and fell even more in love with the country’s beautiful people and natural scenery after living there for several months. Molly can’t wait to return to Croatia and share her passion for this incredible place with others.
Ashley Blake is an avid traveler, cultural consultant and outdoor enthusiast with a background in tourism, entrepreneurship and project management. She is a fluent Spanish speaker with conversational Portuguese skills and is just starting to study Arabic. Ashley has worked and traveled in 35+ countries across Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa including tours she has led in Spain, Germany, China, Canada, Ecuador & Nicaragua.
Ashley is passionate about connection, communication and coordination in order to link others with the opportunities and experiences that promote self-growth and community engagement.
Alex is an American travel blogger, writer and digital marketer who relocated to Croatia after she studied abroad there in college. She now lives in Dubrovnik with her Croatian partner, where she's gained an insider experience of the "pearl of the Adriatic."
Traverse is super exited to partner with Alex on our fall itinerary for her expertise, local knowledge, and value alignment.
For all things Croatia travel and living abroad, you can visit Alex's responsible travel blog, The Mindful Mermaid.
Terms & Conditions
Please refer to registration for complete terms.
A $250 non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler to secure the booking.
Payments can be made either by 1) full payment on booking 2) $250 deposit on booking + payment schedule per registration. Payments will be invoiced via e-mail for credit card or Paypal payment online. To pay by check, please indicate on registration and make check payable to Traverse Journeys and send to PO Box 40516, Austin, TX 78704.
Cancellations, less the trip deposit ($250), are refundable July 27th, 2018. Please refer to the full Payment Plan for details. We do allow for last minute transfers of the same gender for a $150 admin fee. Please notify us immediately in the case of a transfer.
Travel insurance is required for all trips with Traverse, and must cover injury, medical, evacuation, and repatriation as well as trip cancellation and trip interruption. Most insurance companies require purchase to be made within 2-3 weeks of booking for full benefits (in particular, trip cancellation). Once insurance is obtained, a copy must be sent to Traverse. Failure to provide proof of insurance within 30 days of booking will result in trip booking suspension until proof of insurance has been provided. We suggest using Wanderwell, a B-Corp Certified provider, or you can choose from any carrier that meets our requirements.
Documents, Personal Identification, Vaccinations
Traveler is responsible for all required travel documents including passport, visas, entry or exit fees, and vaccinations. Traverse does not cover the cost or assist in obtaining any of the above, and reserves the right to collect information on all.