The chic cities of the glittering Adriatic coast, charming cobblestone towns, UNESCO World Heritage sites and thriving food and wine scene ensure visitors' curiosity is amply rewarded. Like many others, fall in love with the treasures of this Balkan beauty. Be it on land or sea, walking or adventure cruising, Croatia will have you in the palm of its hand.
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Our Croatia trips score an average of 4.63 out of 5 based on 225 reviews in the last year.
Please use my previous comments. My main advice is to prepare for what you want to see in cities/towns at the beginning or end of the tour. The best way to do this is to obtain a map of the city and mark the main attractions, and the location of the hotel. I would also be wary of 'regional' group dinners that 'take 3 hours to prepare'. There were two instances on this holiday where these were offered, one not on the tour but on a non-Intreprid boat trip, where regional dinners turned out to be poor value. The Osijek 'regional' dinner should be dropped. A few people in the group became ill from the poor-quality, possibly old meat used, which was supposed to be venison but turned out to be beef and lamb on arrival at the restaurant. Also, some of the tipping is not consistent. While some of it seems reasonable, at other times it isn't. I do not think that someone who is running a business (e.g. by running an optional tour in addition to providing an Intrepid walking tour) needs to be paid tips. Also, recommended tipping should be commensurate with the time each guide spends with the group. In one case the suggested tip seemed excessive for a two-hour walking tour. The tipping should be more transparent based on a formula and perhaps a range should be suggested rather than a specific amount.
Review submitted 04 Dec 2017
Revel in the jewels of Croatia's sparkling Dalmatian Coast.
Swim and sunbathe on the beaches of Lokrum.
Chill out in the bars and cafes of coastal Zadar
Sample traditional delicacies on a farm in Korcula
Explore World Heritage-listed Split on foot
Admire the turquoise lakes and waterfalls of this stunning pocket of Croatia
Soak up the culture, art and cuisine of Croatia’s cosmopolitan capital
Watch the world go by from a charming cafe on the banks of the Drava River
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in Croatia, you may find yourself travelling by:
No tourist coaches here! Travel through Croatia the way the locals do, aboard a local bus. It's a cheap, reliable and authentic way to get around.
Tipping isn't mandatory in Croatia, although feel free to round up the bill or leave spare change for wait staff. Tip more if the service has been particularly good. Some restaurants and cafes will already include a 10-15% margin in the bill, to account for taxes and tips. In this case, generally no further tip is required.
Travellers will be able to access the internet at internet cafes and hotels in Croatia's large cities and tourist-orientated towns. Expect less internet accessibility in rural areas.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Croatia's large cities and urban areas. Islands and remote areas may have less reliable service. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before arrival.
Western-style, flushable toilets are the norm in Croatia's cities and urban centres.
Cup of coffee in a cafe = 5-15 HRK
Beer in a pub = 20 HRK
Short bus ride = 20 HRK
Simple, budget meal = 50-80 HRK
Tap water is considered safe to drink in Croatia; however, due to the different mineral content, some people may get stomach upsets from the drinking water if they aren't used to it. A better option is finding filtered water rather than relying on bottled water.
Large hotels, restaurants and tourist sites will most likely accept credit cards. Always carry enough cash for smaller purchases and when shopping at vendors like market stalls and smaller cafes and hotels, which may not have credit card facilities.
ATMs are readily available throughout Croatia. Cities and large towns will have more ATM access than small villages or rural areas, so prepare accordingly if travelling out of urban areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their 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
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Croatia go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/croatia/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.