This Adriatic gem is home to over 1,000 islands (read: beaches on beaches on beaches) as well as mouthwatering food and picturesque villages. Welcome to Croatia: travel outlook so bright, you gotta wear shades.
Whether you want to bath in the turquoise waters of Zlatni Rat, party at Hvar’s famous beach bars, or avoid the crowds for a dip in the emerald-green lakes of Mljet, Croatia’s spectacular coastline has something for everyone. Better still, when you’re done soaking in the rays there’s no shortage of rich history and old world charm to soak up too. Come with us and wander through the ancient streets of Split for the perfect gelato, dance up a storm in Dubrovnik’s castle nightclubs, and shout a hearty ‘zivjeli’ while sipping sundowners on Hvar’s mountaintop fortress.
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Known as “mini-Dubrovnik” because of its breathtaking Old Town, the disputed birthplace of Marco Polo is also home to some great beaches and vineyards.
Beach bars, glitzy clubs and a coastline filled with private yachts – you’ll quickly learn why Hvar is Croatia’s most famous party island.
Immerse yourself in the immense Palace of Diocletian. Built in the 3rd and 4th century for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, the palace ruins now house a myriad of bars, restaurants and shops.
The artistic and cultural centre of Croatia, explore Zagreb’s many museums and galleries or stroll through the popular Dolac Market.
Steeped in beauty and history, ‘Game of Thrones’ fans will recognise Dubrovnik’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. Make sure to climb the city walls for some stunning views.
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Australia: No – not required
Belgium: No – not required
Canada: No – not required
Germany: No – not required
Ireland: No – not required
Netherlands: No – not required
New Zealand: No – not required
South Africa: Yes – must apply for a 90-day visa in Pretoria or Cape Town. For more information, visit http://www.vfsglobal.com/croatia/southAfrica
Switzerland: No – not required
United Kingdom: No – not required
USA: No – not required
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 3 months past the date of departure from Croatia. Most travellers do not need visas when visiting Croatia for stays of up to 90 days. Visitors are required to register with the local police when they arrive, however, this is usually taken care of by the hotel or accommodation that you’re staying at.
Though not required, it’s considered a nice gesture to round up your bill or leave spare change for wait staff at smaller cafes. A 10-15% tip is generally expected when dining at a restaurant. Some places will automatically add a gratuity to the bill, in which case, you don’t need to add any more. Always leave your tip in cash.
Internet is easy to access at internet cafes and hotels in Croatia’s larger cities, although may be harder to find in rural areas.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Croatia's large cities and urban areas. As in other countries, islands and remote areas may have less mobile phone receptivity. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.
Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in Croatia.
Cup of coffee in a cafe = USD 1 - 2
Can of soft drink = USD 2
Bottle of local beer = USD 3
Simple meal at a local tavern = USD 7 - USD 12
Sit-down dinner at a nice restaurant = USD 18 – USD 30
Tap water is considered safe to drink in Croatia, however some may get an upset stomach from the different mineral content. Opt for filtered water instead of bottled water to avoid this.
Credit cards are usually accepted by hotels, large retailers and tourist sites but are less commonly accepted at markets and smaller cafes and hotels. It’s a good idea to carry enough cash for smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.
ATMs are widely available throughout Croatia. Cities and large towns have more ATM access than small villages or rural areas, so plan ahead before travelling out of urban areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Geckos are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1: New Year’s Day
Jan 6: Epiphany
April 16: Easter Sunday
May 1: Labour Day
June 15: Corpus Christi
June 22: Day of Anti-Fascist Resistance
June 25: Statehood Day
Aug 5: Homeland Thanksgiving Day
Aug 15: Feast of the Assumption
Oct 8: Independence Day
Nov 1: All Saints’ Day
Dec 25-26: Christmas Day
For a current list of public holidays in Croatia go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/europe/croatia/public-holidays/