Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Croatia: Dolphins & Islands Expedition

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 3,895 $ 487 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Go dolphin-spotting in the Adriatic Sea with staff from a leading dolphin conservation organization
  • Stari Grad Plains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on
  • Hike through the the Island of Hvar
  • Bask in the crystal-clear waters and majestic blue light of the Blue Cave
  • Get creative with a three-course Croatian cooking class with a local chef
  • Kayak alongside charming Hvar Island to the Pakleni Islands

Short Description

While Croatia may be known for its beauty on land, the Adriatic Sea is home to a vast array of marine animals that need protecting, including sea turtles, giant devil rays, and the Adriatic dolphin. Recognizing their invaluable role in the ecosystem, researchers at The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation work to educate the public and launch conservation initiatives across Northern Croatia. Through their efforts, the Institute has led several national and international conservation projects, including declaring the first Dolphin Reserve in the Mediterranean Sea!

Travelers will go behind-the-scenes and aid in these dolphin monitoring expeditions with the The Blue World Institute collecting data on environmental conditions, locations and sightings, numbers of encountered dolphins, photographs of dorsal fins for photo-ID analysis, and data about dolphin behavior. In addition to collecting this data, get a taste of life as a marine biologist and learn how to read the information you collected and why it is important for the well-being of the dolphins. Additionally, we'll learn more about other marine wildlife on the island including loggerhead turtles.

Beyond your time participating in dolphin conservation on the island of Lošinj, travel to the Southern islands of Croatia by boat. Experience the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stari Grad, a three-course cooking class from a local chef as you learn to make a Croatian speciality, peka, and kayaking to the Pakleni Islands. Hike through the old stone town, marvel at the rolling green hills, and have plenty of time to take in the natural beauty that is Croatia

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Lošinj
End City Dubrovnik

Trip Includes

  • 7 nights lodging in standard level hotels along the water
  •  All meals include one drink (soft drink or local wine/beer)
  • Volunteer project with the Blue World Institute
  • English-speaking local guide that is there to support, guide, and inform you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers.
  • Airport transfers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • All land and water transportation during the trip
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • All gratuities for hotels and meals
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive and Enjoy Beautiful Views on the Way to Lošinj

Meals: Dinner

Touch down in the Croatian Capital Zagreb, where you’ll meet your Discover Corps guide and get to know your fellow travelers. Together, we’ll travel about five hours to the island of Lošinj, taking in gorgeous views along the way – including from the deck of a ferry. On Lošinj, unwind over a delicious welcome dinner.

Day 2: Track Dolphins with the Blue World Institute Team

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

On the morning of our first day of volunteering with the Blue World Institute, we’ll meet the expert team and learn about the fundamentals of dolphin biology and conservation. Then it’s time to head out into the Adriatic Sea on a dolphin-tracking, data-collecting boat trip. After lunch, a photo-identification workshop offers more insight into dolphin conservation.

Day 3: Expand Your Marine Conservation knowledge and Explore the Blue Cave

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today will be split into two distinct parts. We’ll begin by hopping on a boat to explore the incredible Blue Cave. In the afternoon, return to the Blue World Institute for another interactive conservation learning session, this time focused on biodiversity and sea turtles.

Day 4: Take a Final Dolphin-Tracking Trip and Explore Veli Lošinj

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

It’s the last morning at the Blue World Institute, and you’ll spend it putting your newly gained marine biology knowledge to good use on one final dolphin-tracking trip on the water. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to explore the postcard-perfect village of Veli Lošinj and its lovely beach at your own pace.

Day 5: Marvel at the Natural Splendor of Croatia En Route to Hvar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today will be spent passing through some of Croatia’s most striking landscapes as we make our way to the island of Hvar. Keep your camera on hand to capture the sweeping sea and land panoramas along the way as we travel by catamaran, van and boat.

Day 6: Learn to Cook the Croatian Way and Hike the Stari Grad Plains

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Wake up in the historic village of Stari Grad, our base for the next two days. After breakfast, we’ll head to the neighboring village of Vrisnik for a lesson in traditional Croatian cooking. Our optional hike back to the hotel will lead through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stari Grad Plains.

Day 7: Go Kayaking and Sample Local Wine

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, venture out on a kayaking excursion through the turquoise waters of the Pakleni Islands before the choice to either tour two local wineries, or take a free afternoon to lounge by the hotel pool or explore the village.

Day 8: Fly Home or Continue on to Mljet for the Dubrovnik Extension

Meals: Breakfast

It’s time to say farewell to those on the eight-day program. If you’re in this group, you'll return to Split International Airport for your flight home. If you’re continuing on to the Dubrovnik extension (next page), you’ll board the boat to the island of Mljet.

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Optional Activities

Optional Extension: Dubrovnik

Day 8: Venture to the Island of Mljet

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Depart Hvar and catch a boat to the island of Mljet for a relaxed hike and optional boat trip to nearby St. Mary Island, one of Croatia's largest national parks, to hike peaks for better views. Mljet is an island filled with bays, caves, steep coves, and salty lakes for those who need a dip in the water. Stay the night in Mljet before an early morning to Dubrovnik the next day. (B,L,D) (Guided)

Day 9: Tour Historic Dubrovnik

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, we’ll travel to the spectacular city of Dubrovnik by boat. Here, you’ll be led on a guided tour of this remarkable place, taking in its historic Old Town and ancient city walls. After a farewell lunch with your guide, relax and explore the city for the rest of the day. (Guided)

Day 10: Spend a Free Day in Dubrovnik

Meals: Breakfast

Today will be a full day to wander around Dubrovnik, visiting the spots that appeal most to you. Your guide will leave you with some suggested activities to do independently including a Game of Thrones tour, a hike around the city, and charming places to eat. Browse the market for souvenirs, hit the beach, or head out on a boat trip – it’s all up to you. (Unguided)

Day 11: Return Home

Meals: Breakfast

The trip draws to a close today, as you and the other members of your group say your goodbyes and head to Dubrovnik International Airport to board your flights home.  (Unguided)

Extension Lodging

Experience a gorgeous 4-star hotel with a seafront setting overlooking Lapad beach and the blue-green Adriatic. With a luxury spa, fantastic dining options, and the nearby tree-lined promenade Uvala, you are close to the city center with plenty to do for a day out in Dubrovnik.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Average 8

Accomodations

Standard Lodging

Stay in a cozy, comfortable hotel in the heart of the small island of Lošinj. Complete with all of your basic amenities and a pool, it is the sweeping views of the sea all around that make this hotel one to remember. In Hvar, experience true Croatian charm in a hotel with old stone walls, restaurants overlooking the water, and a central location making it easy to explore. Each room is different than the next, but each will make you feel right at home.

Additional Information:

Custom Groups

Have a group of 6 or more? We can operate a trip for your group. Whether it’s a family reunion, corporate group, alumni association or a professional or student organization, we’ll make it easy and turnkey for your group to have an incredible experience.

Trip ID#:

CroDolDis

Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • One dinner
  • Tips for Discover Corps guide
  • Laundry services, phone calls, and Internet service

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 6 Dinners

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