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CroatiaAdventure Along the Adriatic

Travel abroad to Croatia this summer and road trip from the cosmopolitan capital city of Zagreb to the spectacular Dalmatian coast and historic port of Dubrovnik. On this high school student travel program, explore the country’s rich cultural heritage and history as a former Yugoslav republic, from the customs of the countryside to the vibrant city cafés, markets, and street art. Embrace adventure as you kayak, camp, hike, bike, and snorkel along the Adriatic coast and experience Croatia’s picturesque islands.


June 27–July 17, 2023
21 days
$ 8,490 + airfare
Departs from New York
16-18 students, 2 leaders


  • Visit Zagreb’s iconic St. Mark’s Church and Dubrovnik’s Old Town
  • Experience life on a working farm and sample delicious local dishes
  • Kayak through a tranquil river canyon to the Adriatic Sea
  • Explore Dalmatian culture on a multisport outdoor adventure

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This itinerary represents our best projection of the group’s schedule. However, we may implement changes designed to improve the quality of the program.

  • Departure
  • Travel Day

Meet your fellow high school student travelers and one or more of your leaders in New York, and fly together to Zagreb, Croatia. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here

  • Zagreb
  • 3 days

Begin in Zagreb, Croatia’s bustling capital city and home to nearly a quarter of the country’s population. Get to know your leaders and fellow group members, and have an in-depth program orientation. Explore Zagreb’s café culture, outdoor markets, museums, and botanical gardens. Walk the “Green Horseshoe,” a series of Parisian-style, tree-lined parks in Lower Town, or visit Art Park, an outdoor gallery of street graffiti, murals, music, and more. Ride the historic funicular to Upper Town, and photograph colorful St. Mark’s Church, its tiled rooftop adorned with the city’s coat of arms. Hear from a historian about the country’s complicated past and transition to the vibrant nation it is today while on a guided visit through the city’s WWII-era underground tunnels. Take a day trip to the forested slopes of Mt. Medvednica, an impressive mountain park that soars over Zagreb, or to the nearby village of Samobor to explore its hilltop ruins.

  • Istria
  • 2 days

Transition from the urban bustle of Zagreb to the centuries-old customs of the Istrian peninsula. Stay near the seaside city of Pula, known for having the best-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy, and explore its impressive coliseum and pass beneath the Arch of Sergii. In a nearby village, meet with a local organization whose mission is to preserve traditional agricultural and cooking techniques, and promote local growers and artisans. Lend a hand in their teaching garden, then learn how to prepare local cuisine, like fuži, a popular hand-rolled pasta dish. Finally, delve into the world of organic olive oil production, and learn why olives have been grown in this area for generations on a visit to a family-run olive orchard.

  • Paklenica National Park & Starigrad
  • 4 days

Begin your journey down the Adriatic coast to our base in the waterfront village of Starigrad Paklenica on the outskirts of Paklenica National Park. Explore the park on foot and take in its incredible views, karst rock formations, deep gorges, and canyons lined with beech and pine forests, then take an afternoon dip in the bay with your group. Spend a day in nearby Zadar, a beautiful coastal city known for its Old Town and many unique sights, including the Sea Organ and The Greeting to the Sun.

  • Dalmatian Coast & Hvar
  • 8 days

Set out on a multisport adventure as you explore the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Dalmatian Coast. Discover sun-soaked villages, swim in hidden coves, and camp along the shore on a multi-day sea kayaking excursion near Šibenik. Explore Split, Dalmatia’s cultural hub, and visit Diocletian’s Palace, St. Domnius Cathedral, and Pjaca Square—or stroll the Riva Harbor Promenade and peruse the day’s catch at a seafood market. Try your hand at Split’s very own picigin, a traditional ballgame played on the beach. Whitewater raft and zipline in Omiš River canyon, then ferry to the Island of Hvar to cycle along coastal paths and hike and camp in the hills overlooking the sea.

  • Dubrovnik
  • 2 days

Cap your journey in the medieval port of Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Wake early and walk atop the ancient fortification walls that tower above the churches, palaces, cobbled streets, and marbled squares of Old Town. Present your independent project, enjoy a celebratory meal out on the town with your group, and reflect on your journey through Croatia.

  • Return
  • Travel Day

Fly from Dubrovnik to New York with your group and a leader, then continue on to your final destination. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

“She gained wonderful friends and confidence in meeting new people.”

— Stephanie & Melissa Friday, Denver, CO

A Day in the Life: Dalmatia

  • Due to the traveling nature of this summer program abroad, each day is different. Here is a snapshot of a day in Dalmatia.
  • Enjoy a delicious breakfast at our guesthouse in Split’s historic city center
  • Hike through the pine forests atop Marjan Hill Park for sweeping views of Split below
  • Have a picnic lunch on the trail
  • Head to the beach to learn the basics of picigin from our Croatian friends, a fun shallow water ballgame born in Split
  • Delve into Split’s past on a guided exploration of Old Town led by local historians
  • Sample traditional dinner fare out on the town with your group, then head to the ice cream parlor
  • Return to your guesthouse, have your daily group meeting, and discuss the next day’s plan

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What to Expect

  • Independent Project

Pursue an independent project and explore a local topic of particular interest to you—become an expert on Croatia’s accession to the European Union, create a recipe book of local dishes, learn traditional songs or folklore, or explore the connection between the country’s sporting success and national pride.

  • Physical Activity

This is a physically active summer travel program. You can expect to hike, cycle, sea kayak, whitewater raft, zipline, ocean swim, and snorkel during this program. You do not need to be at peak fitness to participate, but it is important that you have a desire to be physically active, and are excited about being outside each day and trying all activities. No prior outdoor activity experience is required.

  • Accommodations

We stay in various types of accommodations throughout this program, ranging from hostels, small hotels, and guesthouses to camping in tents. Students have access to common and outside space at our accommodations for community meetings, working on projects, and socializing. Rooms are separated by gender and are a mix of doubles, triples, and quads. While on the Dalmatian coast, we spend up to four nights camping. Our local outfitter provides tents and necessary camping gear. Leaders reside together with the students throughout the program.

  • Meals

We begin each day with breakfast at our residence or neighborhood café. While we eat many of our lunches and dinners in restaurants or local eateries, we also purchase supplies for healthy and delicious picnics full of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, breads, and cheeses. While camping, we prepare meals at camp with our local outfitter.

Explore the Destination

“I expected to get involved in Croatian culture, explore everything Croatia has to offer, and develop a broader outlook on the world around us—the program definitely met and exceeded my expectations.”

— Carson G., North Yarmouth Academy, Cumberland Foreside, ME

Next Steps

This program is directed by John Linsley. If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

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