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Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Sailing in adriatic sea

The Balkans

The Vacation Project
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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
10 days
From: $ 2,475 $ 248 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit hidden swimming coves, local restaurants and unique towns
  • Work with, the Mine Detection Dog Center
  • Truly see all sides of the Balkans

Short Description

1. YOU'LL BE PART OF THE VACATION PROJECT x Sailing Collective's EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP LAUNCH
This trip is extremely exciting for us at THE VACATION PROJECT because we're partnering with the amazing Sailing Collective to make it happen!  The Sailing Collective are sailing vacation specialists.  They have been organizing group sailing adventures around the world for years, and they will be organizing the sailing portion of our itinerary. The Sailing Collective makes sure that each journey is carefully curated to show you hidden swimming coves, local restaurants and unique towns.  This means they will be sure to show you the Croatia BEYOND your Instagram feed, as well as the incredible, less discovered coast of Montenegro. So grab you swim trunks and sunscreen, and snag a spot on the boat!

2. YOU WILL BE WORKING WITH AN INCREDIBLE NGO... AND DID WE MENTION THERE ARE DOGS?!
Land mine contamination in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a serious after effect of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina which raged from 1992 until 1995. All combatants laid landmines during the war and as a result Bosnia and Herzegovina has one of the most severe land mine problems in the world.  The NGO we will be working with, the Mine Detection Dog Center, works to train dogs for a variety of reasons, including mine detection. In this trip, you will not be getting close to mines, but rather you will be helping to repair and clean up the facilities where the dogs live and are trained.

3. YOU WILL HAVE AN AMAZING LOCAL GUIDE TO SHOW YOU THE WAY
On this trip, you will have an awesome local guide - Silvije.  Silvije is born and bred in Bosnia, and has lived through the country's tumultuous history.  On this trip, you'll truly see all sides of the Balkans - from the incredible coastlines, hidden coves and islands, dreamy summer night social scenes... but also you'll learn about the complicated history of this region and the after-effects of the wars.

4. WE'RE TAKING CARE OF EVERYTHING, SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT
TVP is all about bringing value to your vacation. So in addition to including all transportation and lodging, we're picking up the tab for every breakfast, lunch and dinner on the service portion of your trip. Plus, along with our friends at the Sailing Collective, we're including the majority of your meals during the days we sail. Not to mention all of those pesky fees that come with sailing a brand new boat from port to port. Oh, and you know...having somebody that knows how to drive the thing. So just bring some cash to cover your miscellaneous expenses, and enjoy. As the classic song goes; "Don't you worry bout' a thingggg"!

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
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
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 Dubrovnik, Croatia
End City Sarajevo, Bosnia

Trip Includes

- 9 nights and 10 days of double occupancy accommodation (6 aboard The Sailing Collective boat & 3 on land with The Vacation Project)
- All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation from beginning of the itinerary in Dubrovnik, Croatia to end of the itinerary in Sarajevo, Bosnia
- Volunteering with MDDC 

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Itinerary

Day 1: August 12, 2018

Plan to arrive into Dubrovnik/Cilipi Airport in Croatia either the evening before or morning of to board your home for the next week! You will be spending the next week with The Sailing Collective on a Jeanneau 54 model boat. You will meet your Sailing Collective x TVP crew and sail to Cavtat.

Accommodations: Jeanneau 54 2016-2018 Model

Meals: D

Day 2: August 13, 2018

Today you will wake up and enjoy you first full day on the Adriatic sea sailing from Cavtat across the border into Herceg Novi, Montenegro! Ask to help on deck and get a feel for what it's like to be working from a Sailing Collective "office."

Accommodations: Jeanneau 54 2016-2018 Model

Meals: B, L

Day 3: August 14, 2018

Today your Sailing Collective team will take you from Herceg Novi to Budva, the nightlife capital of Montenegro. Spend the day relaxing on deck, stopping in remote coves and jumping off the boat for a swim. This evening take the opportunity to enjoy some nightlife!

Accommodations: Jeanneau 54 2016-2018 Model

Meals: B, L

Day 4: August 15, 2018

Travel along the coast from Budva to the small city of Kotor, with a population of around 13,000. Kotor is a fortified town on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, in a bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen.

Accommodations: Jeanneau 54 2016-2018 Model

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: August 16, 2018

Today you will wake up in Kotor and go to sleep in Tivat. In between you will have the opportunity to swim, sunbathe and window shop for a super yacht, many of which make the port of Tivat home.

Accommodations: Jeanneau 54 2016-2018 Model

Meals: B, L

Day 6: August 17, 2018

Wake up in beautiful Tivat before crossing the border back into Dubrovnik, Croatia. Today will be your final day aboard your Sailing Collective boat so ask the captain to borrow the wheel and show your fellow TVPers the sailing skills you've learned along the way! Arrive into Dubrovnik around 5pm and enjoy a night out on the town while spending the last night aboard the boat. 

Accommodations: Jeanneau 54 2016-2018 Model

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: August 18, 2018

Say farewell to your Sailing Collective crew and depart Dubrovnik for Bosnia. You will have a stop in Ston, Croatia along the way to enjoy an oyster sampling, a specialty of this seaside hamlet. Continue on to Blagaj, Bosnia for some brief sightseeing. End the day in Mostar, Bosnia and enjoy sunset cocktails & dinner by the iconic Stari Most bridge.

Accommodations: Hotel-Restaurant Kriva Ćuprija (or similar)

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: August 19, 2018

Wake up and depart to Konjic for your service project with MDDC, where you will work on kennel and other infrastructure repairs. In the afternoon you will sit in on a presentation to learn how MDDC conducts De-Mining operations and employs dogs. Leave MDDC in the early evening and head to dinner in Konjic, an undiscovered gem surrounded by mountains and rivers.

Accommodations: Herzegovina Lodges (or similar)

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: August 20, 2018

Today will be an early start to finish off the service project with MDDC. Afterwards, there will be a rafting adventure through the breathtaking Nervata river. This won't be an excursion you'll soon forget. Afterwards, the group will head to Sarajevo in the early evening where you will celebrate the last night of the trip. A perfect time to reflect on the experience over dinner.

Accommodations: Harmony (or similar)

Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: August 21, 2018

After breakfast participate in a walking tour of Sarajevo or transfers to airport, bus & railway stations. The experience will officially end at 12pm. Say farewell to your fellow TVP'ers and being planning your next THE VACATION PROJECT trip!

Meals: B

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Small Group - 24 max

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- International airfare
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- Alcoholic drinks
- Miscellaneous spending

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