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Croatia & Slovenia

Alpine Valleys to the Adriatic Coast

June 27 — July 18
$8,690 + airfare

Croatia & Slovenia

Alpine Valleys to the Adriatic Coast

June 27 — July 18
$8,690 + airfare

Journey to Croatia and Slovenia this summer and road trip from the capital cities of Zagreb and Ljubljana to the spectacular Dalmatian coast and historic port of Dubrovnik. On this high school student travel program, explore the rich cultural heritage and histories of these former Yugoslav republics, 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 Slovenia and Croatia’s picturesque landscapes.

• Visit Zagreb’s iconic St. Mark’s Church and Dubrovnik’s Old Town
• Explore Slovenia’s Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site
• Experience life on a working farm and sample delicious local dishes
• Kayak through a tranquil river canyon to the Adriatic Sea
“This trip struck the perfect balance because it has a little bit of everything: city, nature, history, adventure, from the urban bustle and Central European feel of Zagreb to the beautiful Adriatic Coast.”
—Ari N., Highland Park High School, Highland Park, IL

Itinerary

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, Croatia — 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. 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.

Ljubljana, Slovenia — 6 days

Venture northwest across the border to the capital city of Ljubljana, and sample the street food in the city’s Central Market, which is not only a place to find delicious cuisine, but also a traditional place for locals to meet and foster community. Experience one of Slovenia’s most important artistic and cultural celebrations, the vibrant Ana Desetnica Festival, which takes place in Ljubljana and many other neighboring towns. Take a day trip to Lake Bled, and surround yourself with breathtaking mountain views that form a backdrop to the pristine blue green water of the lake. Visit the oldest castle in Slovenia and try the famous cream cake that Bled is known for. Spend a day with a beekeeper and learn why beekeeping is such an integral part of Slovenian culture. Marvel at the incredible rock formations in Škocjan Caves, as you explore the depths of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Istria, Croatia — 3 days

Head southwest 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.

Dalmatian Coast & Hvar, Croatia — 6 days

Set out on a multisport adventure as you explore the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Dalmatian Coast. Discover sun-soaked villages and swim in hidden coves on a 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, Croatia — 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.

Itinerary

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, Croatia — 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. 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.

Ljubljana, Slovenia — 6 days

Venture northwest across the border to the capital city of Ljubljana, and sample the street food in the city’s Central Market, which is not only a place to find delicious cuisine, but also a traditional place for locals to meet and foster community. Experience one of Slovenia’s most important artistic and cultural celebrations, the vibrant Ana Desetnica Festival, which takes place in Ljubljana and many other neighboring towns. Take a day trip to Lake Bled, and surround yourself with breathtaking mountain views that form a backdrop to the pristine blue green water of the lake. Visit the oldest castle in Slovenia and try the famous cream cake that Bled is known for. Spend a day with a beekeeper and learn why beekeeping is such an integral part of Slovenian culture. Marvel at the incredible rock formations in Škocjan Caves, as you explore the depths of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Istria, Croatia — 3 days

Head southwest 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.

Dalmatian Coast & Hvar, Croatia — 6 days

Set out on a multisport adventure as you explore the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Dalmatian Coast. Discover sun-soaked villages and swim in hidden coves on a 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, Croatia — 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.

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About the Destination

Croatia and Slovenia, neighboring countries in southeastern Europe, boast fascinating histories and captivating cultures. Croatia's past is marked by the influences of diverse civilizations and its declaration of independence in 1991. With its stunning coastline, ancient cities like Dubrovnik, and enchanting national parks, Croatia has gained popularity for travelers in recent years. Slovenia, nestled between several countries, gained independence in 1991 and offers breathtaking landscapes, including Lake Bled and Triglav National Park. Slovenian culture combines Central European, Mediterranean, and Slavic elements, while its architecture, cuisine, and folk traditions reflect this diverse heritage.

Language

Croatian is the primary language of Croatia. As the official language of the former Yugoslavia, it is also spoken in neighboring Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia. English is widely spoken in Croatia, especially by younger generations. Italian is often heard along the Adriatic coast. Slovene or Slovenian, as it is known in English, is the official language of Slovenia. Two minority languages, namely Hungarian and Italian, are recognised as co-official languages.

Climate

We visit Croatia and Slovenia during the summer, when the weather is generally hot and sunny. Average daytime temperatures range in the 70s, 80s and 90s °F (20–30°C), while nighttime temperatures are in the 50s, 60s, and 70s °F (10–20°C). While it can be hot on the coast, ocean breezes have a cooling effect.

Cuisine

Olive oil is a staple of the Croatian diet and is used in the preparation of many dishes. While each region has its own culinary styles incorporating locally sourced meats, cheeses, breads, and produce, continental options such as pastas and pizzas are common. Fresh seafood is ubiquitous along the coast, where Italian influences are most notable. Custards and gelatos are popular desserts. Slovenian cuisine is a mix of Central European and Mediterranean influences. Dishes often feature ingredients such as pork, beef, potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms, and dairy products. Popular dishes include štruklji, jota, and potica.

About the Destination

Croatia and Slovenia, neighboring countries in southeastern Europe, boast fascinating histories and captivating cultures. Croatia's past is marked by the influences of diverse civilizations and its declaration of independence in 1991. With its stunning coastline, ancient cities like Dubrovnik, and enchanting national parks, Croatia has gained popularity for travelers in recent years. Slovenia, nestled between several countries, gained independence in 1991 and offers breathtaking landscapes, including Lake Bled and Triglav National Park. Slovenian culture combines Central European, Mediterranean, and Slavic elements, while its architecture, cuisine, and folk traditions reflect this diverse heritage.

Language

Croatian is the primary language of Croatia. As the official language of the former Yugoslavia, it is also spoken in neighboring Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia. English is widely spoken in Croatia, especially by younger generations. Italian is often heard along the Adriatic coast. Slovene or Slovenian, as it is known in English, is the official language of Slovenia. Two minority languages, namely Hungarian and Italian, are recognised as co-official languages.

Climate

We visit Croatia and Slovenia during the summer, when the weather is generally hot and sunny. Average daytime temperatures range in the 70s, 80s and 90s °F (20–30°C), while nighttime temperatures are in the 50s, 60s, and 70s °F (10–20°C). While it can be hot on the coast, ocean breezes have a cooling effect.

Cuisine

Olive oil is a staple of the Croatian diet and is used in the preparation of many dishes. While each region has its own culinary styles incorporating locally sourced meats, cheeses, breads, and produce, continental options such as pastas and pizzas are common. Fresh seafood is ubiquitous along the coast, where Italian influences are most notable. Custards and gelatos are popular desserts. Slovenian cuisine is a mix of Central European and Mediterranean influences. Dishes often feature ingredients such as pork, beef, potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms, and dairy products. Popular dishes include štruklji, jota, and potica.

What to Expect

Review specific program expectations here. For more general information:

Exploration

To learn more about our Exploration programs click here.

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 or Slovenia’s history, create a recipe book of local dishes, learn traditional songs or folklore, or explore the connection between the Croatia’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.

What to Expect

Review specific program expectations here. For more general information:

Exploration

To learn more about our Exploration programs click here.

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 or Slovenia’s history, create a recipe book of local dishes, learn traditional songs or folklore, or explore the connection between the Croatia’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.

A Day in the Life: Dalmatia, Croatia​

Due to the traveling nature of this student program abroad, each day is different. Here is a snapshot of a day in Dalmatia, Croatia.
8:00am
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at our guesthouse in Split’s historic city center
9:00am
Hike through the pine forests atop Marjan Hill Park for sweeping views of Split below
12:00pm
Have a picnic lunch on the trail
2:00pm
Head to the beach to learn the basics of picigin from our Croatian friends
4:00pm
Delve into Split’s past on a guided exploration of Old Town led by local historians
6:00pm
Sample traditional dinner fare out on the town, then head to the ice cream parlor
9:00pm
Group meeting at the guesthouse to reflect and discuss the next day’s plan

A Day in the Life:
Dalmatia, Croatia​

Due to the traveling nature of this student program abroad, each day is different. Here is a snapshot of a day in Dalmatia, Croatia.
8:00am
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at our guesthouse in Split’s historic city center
9:00am
Hike through the pine forests atop Marjan Hill Park for sweeping views of Split below
12:00pm
Have a picnic lunch on the trail
2:00pm
Head to the beach to learn the basics of picigin from our Croatian friends
4:00pm
Delve into Split’s past on a guided exploration of Old Town led by local historians
6:00pm
Sample traditional dinner fare out on the town, then head to the ice cream parlor
9:00pm
Group meeting at the guesthouse to reflect and discuss the next day’s plan
“She gained wonderful friends and confidence in meeting new people.”
— Stephanie & Melissa Friday, Denver, CO

This Program is Directed by

John Ralston

If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

This Program is Directed by

John Ralston

If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

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Croatia & Slovenia
Alpine Valleys to the Adriatic Coast

2024 Dates
June 27 — July 18

Duration
22 days

Tuition
$8,690 + airfare

Eligibility
Currently* in grades 9–12
*Your grade as of the day you apply

Typical Group
16–18 students, 2 leaders

Group Flight
Departs from New York


 

Additional Info

Questions? Visit our FAQ or call us at (802) 387-5000

 

2024 Dates
June 27 — July 18

Duration
22 days

Tuition
$8,690 + airfare


 

Eligibility
Currently* in grades 9–12
*Your grade as of the day you apply

Typical Group
16–18 students, 2 leaders

Group Flight
Departs from New York

 

Questions? Visit our FAQ or call us at (802) 387-5000

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Alaska
Baja & the Gulf of California
Barcelona
Belize
Chile & Peru
Germany & Sweden
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Montana
Peru
Switzerland
Australia, New Zealand, & Fiji
Croatia & Slovenia
Cuba
Faroe Islands & Iceland
Italy & Greece
Japan
Kilimanjaro
Panama & Colombia
Patagonia: Skiing
Spain, France, & Portugal
Switzerland, Italy, France, & Holland
Spain
France
Ecuador & the Galápagos
Tuscany
Barcelona
Tokyo
Argentina
Costa Rica
Ecuador & the Galápagos
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Peru
Puerto Rico
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France & Holland
Italy & Greece
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France
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