Cruise Croatia: Split to Split
Know Before You Go
For an epic trip with zero stress and infinite holy s#!t moments, get familiar with the information below. Seeing the world should be fun, not stressful, which is why we’ve written this guide for you and are available 24/7 so all you have to do is travel. Now, it’s time to do a happy dance and make this trip ULTIMATE.
Your health and safety will continue to be our top priority. Travel involves certain inherent risks related to the chance of being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19.We want you to travel confidently, which is why we’re taking steps to make EF Ultimate Break the safest way to see the world. You can see all the steps we’re taking here.
In addition to the safety precautions arranged for your tour, we want to stress your role in both your own and other travelers’ safety. As such we are requiring all travelers certify to comply with the requirements laid out in our COVID Safe Traveler Agreement . Requirements such as, but not limited to:
- Being fully vaccinated by the time of my departure. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine.
- Agreeing to take all reasonable efforts to minimize their exposure to COVID-19 within the two weeks prior to the tour’s departure. If made aware that they have been in close contact (as defined as within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period) with a person diagnosed within COVID-19 within 14 days of the tour’s departure date, they will notify EF Ultimate Break immediately.
- Following all local regulations, restrictions and advisories related to COVID-19 for the tour. Travelers also agree to follow all rules, requests and requirements from their Tour Director or EF Ultimate Break staff for the health and well-being of themselves, their fellow travelers, and any suppliers.
Your COVID Safe Traveler Agreement will be released in your online account 14 days prior to departure and must be completed 72 hours prior to your tour’s departure to Croatia.
Entering Croatia: All travelers entering Croatia are required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before departure and should be prepared to show their physical vaccination card upon arrival and or when ask by officials.
While on the road, you will be required to follow all local COVID safety regulations and requirements in Croatia which currently include:
- Face masks must be worn while in public in all indoor and outdoor settings except when eating, performing a water activity, while alone or in a private home; the use of masks is mandatory on all forms of transportation, including your tour bus.
- Restaurant capacity may be limited, and many restaurants will require that groups are seated at separate tables, even in a private space.
In addition, we ask that while on tour you limit interactions to those within the group and refrain from meeting up with anyone outside the group.
Should any traveler be diagnosed with COVID-19 while on the Tour, the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required to isolate and the remainder of the tour group will be required to quarantine on-tour AND test for COVID-19, in accordance with local guidelines.
2021 Quarantine Coverage
If a traveler is either diagnosed with COVID-19 or required to quarantine on account of COVID-19 while on tour in 2021, EF will provide or arrange for the following, consistent with local requirements, at no additional expense to the traveler throughout the duration of any on-tour quarantine period:
- Lodging and meals
- EF representatives available to support the traveler and coordinate with local authorities on their behalf where necessary
- Assistance connecting with local health care providers*
- Translation services
- Communication between the traveler and the traveler’s family back home
- EF-arranged flights home, based on existing itinerary, once the traveler is cleared to return
*Travelers are responsible for their own medical costs; we highly encourage travelers to confirm their current health insurance includes coverage while traveling domestically or internationally or purchase trip protection that includes medical coverage through EF or another provider.
Returning from tour
In accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control requirements to re-enter the United States, all travelers, must take a mandatory COVID-19 test (either PCR or antigen viral test) OR have documented proof of recovery from a medical professional, within 72 hours prior to their return flight to the US.
While EF Ultimate Break will assist travelers in scheduling with local testing facilities, you will be responsible for covering the cost of the COVID-19 test. We recommend budgeting $100.
Travel Documents & Tour Preparation
- Passport: Your passport must be valid for 6 months after the tour return date.
- Visa: No visa is required for this trip if you are a U.S. Citizen. For citizens of other counties please check with the consulate in your area to verify the Visa entry requirements.
- Travel Insurance: While Travel Insurance is not required to enter Croatia, we strongly encourage all travelers to obtain coverage before departure. Check out cost-effective Travel Protection, designed to meet the needs of EF travelers here.
- Talk with your doctor: Although there are no health entry requirements for US citizens visiting Croatia, it is highly recommended that you talk with your doctor about your travel plans. If you are taking any medications, be certain to bring enough to last throughout your trip.
- Travelling with allergies? Let your Trip Consultant and Tour Director know of any dietary restrictions/allergies and we will do what we can to accommodate for any included meals.
- Get an international data plan: We recommend getting an international data plan so you can stay connected while on the road. While free Wi-Fi may be available, it won’t be everywhere nor as strong as we are used to. Please talk with your phone provider for your best options.
- Join the Facebook group: Your trip’s private Facebook group will open roughly 60 days prior to departure and is something you won’t want to miss. It’s how you can meet other travelers and see announcements from your Tour Director. You’ll receive an email inviting you to join. If you’re having trouble joining, give us a call at 800-766-2645.
- Complete you pre-tour checklist: this can be found in your account.
Health & Safety
Staying Healthy while Traveling
There’s a difference between maximizing your time and spreading yourself too thin. Here are some tips to stay healthy and happy on tour:
- Sleep: Flying across the globe, changing time zones, and being constantly on the move can take a toll on your body. Make sure you get the rest your body needs. If that means missing a night out for some well-earned rest, or having a little afternoon siesta, so be it. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
- Stay hydrated: It’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially after spending all day in the sun!
- Be Prepared: The most prepared travelers will bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication, and any prescription medications in your carry-on bag.
- Take time for yourself: Group travel is an amazing experience, and there’s nothing quite like exploring a foreign country with a group of like-minded people. That said, it’s okay to take time for yourself to relax and reflect on your experience. Here are a few mindfulness apps you can take with you on the road:
- Insight Timer: Meditation apps are very in right now. This one is especially amazing because there are 80,000 free daily meditations to help with sleep, anxiety, and stress.
- What’s Up: If you’re feeling anxious, depressed, or stressed, What’s Up can help you manage these feelings with interactive games, forums, and a thought tracking diary.
- Talkspace: No need to make appointments or commute to a therapist’s office. Talkspace gives you 24/7 access to real, licensed therapists. You can talk, text, or video chat with them right from your phone.
Safety while Abroad
With a global presence of more than 46,000 people in over 115 countries and regions, we’re fully committed to your safety. From your first flight all the way through to your farewell dinner, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Tour Director or your Trip Consultant if you need a helping hand. Keep these extra tips in mind so you can #travelsmart:
- Keep your bag/purse in front of you and your phone zipped inside when you’re not using it. Leave your laptop at home, store valuables at the hotel in locked luggage or the safe deposit box. Refrain from carrying large sums of money or wearing valuable jewelry.
- Use the buddy system. Stay in groups and watch out for each other, especially at night—no one gets left behind!
- Be smart about alcohol consumption. Watch your drinks and don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know. Don’t leave the bar alone with someone you just met.
- Before you go out, grab a business card at your hotel so that you always have the address handy for getting back later.
- At the end of a night out, use trusted transportation like a licensed taxi and always have cash on hand.
- Save our 24/7 number in your phone: +1–617–619–1411.
Money & Tipping
The local currency in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (HRK), we recommend budgeting around $80-$100 per day for meals, drinks, souvenirs, and tips or extra activities. Read on for more must-knows about money and tipping on your trip:
- Make sure to alert your bank of your travel plans to avoid fraudulent charges on your credit or debit card
- When exchanging money for this trip, better rates are usually found overseas, but it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
- You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but be wary of fees
- We recommend tipping your Tour Director $48 - $72 at the end of the trip
- Tipping 10% to waitstaff, and rounding up to the nearest Kuna is customary
- For local guides, you should tip $1-$2 at the end of each experience
- For the crew manager of your boat, we recommend tipping $3-$5 per day if you feel inclined (given at the end of the trip in local currency)
- For the full crew (altogether), we recommend tipping $3-$5 per day if you feel inclined (given at the end of the trip in local currency)
Your airline ticket includes one checked bag (typically 27" x 21" x 14") but note that years of customer feedback tells us that the lighter you pack, the better. Double check the luggage size requirements on your airline’s website, but we recommend traveling with one small backpack or purse, and a smaller carry-on suitcase (22” x 14” x 9”) or bag; You may need to carry your suitcase where buses and elevators cannot, and remember that you’ll have the opportunity to do laundry throughout the trip. See more packing tips below that will help you become an international, carry-on-suitcase, jetsetter:
Electronics: For Croatia there are two associated plug types, types C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Croatia operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Pack like you’re going on a cruise. Think multiple bathing suits and 1-2 towels. Most of the time on this trip will be spent on the boat swimming and lounging. When you port in different islands, you’ll do light sight-seeing, so comfortable clothes and shoes are important both on and off the boat!
- 1 lightweight jacket
- Comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing days
- Comfortable, water-proof sandals for beach days (*Note that the beaches are rocky, not super-soft sand)
- 1-2 pairs pants / shorts
- 2-4 shirts / t-shirts / sweaters / dresses
- 1-2 nicer outfit for Farewell Dinner or a night out
- Beach-wear (think cover-ups or something you can throw over your bathing suit)
- 2-3 bathing suits
- Sunglasses and sunscreen. Pro Tip: Bring two travel-size sunscreens in your carry-on
- Beach towel – we love the Microfiber travel towels ($10-$20, Amazon.com)
- Underwear and socks
- Toiletries, medicine: Bring Dramamine if you’re prone to seasickness
- 1 reusable water bottle
- Phone or camera
- Debit / Credit cards and cash
- A power adapter – a staff favorite is the “Targus World Power Travel Adapter” ($20, Amazon.com)
Arrival Information & Transportation
Check your online account 30 days prior to departure for your flight itinerary and confirmation number. Using your 6-digit reservation code, you can reserve your seat (this is typically available 30 days to 24 hours before departure) and check in to your flight 24 hours prior to departure. If you prefer to check in at the airport, that’s okay, too. Regardless, plan to arrive 2.5 – 3 hours before departure.
All flight information is online (e-ticket) via your account and the airline’s website. You will not receive a physical paper ticket from us.
- If your flight is cancelled or delayed: Don’t worry! We design the first day of tour as an arrival day in case of flight delays or cancellations. Work with the airline to get rebooked on the next available flight, then let your Tour Director know your new arrival time.
- If you sleep in and miss your flight: You should still talk to the airline and see if they can get you on the next available option. Tears may help in this case.
Arriving in Croatia
Welcome to Croatia! Once you land, grab your luggage and pass through customs and immigration.
Your Tour Director will communicate on Facebook, WhatsApp, or email about where to meet them at the airport. This is another reason you should join your Facebook group.
If you have booked your own flight arrangements or have extended your travels before the tour dates, you will need to make your own way to the first hotel. Accommodation details will be available in your online account 30 days prior to departure.
Boat Life 101
This is a sailing and cruise-heavy tour, which means that at least 75% of your time will be spent on a private boat, cruising along the beautiful coastline of Croatia. Dreamy, right? As you prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime tour, here are some things you should know, in order to optimize your Croatian experience:
- Pack like you’re on a cruise. Multiple bathing suits, sunscreens, beachwear, flip-flops. Embrace the sea life!
- Breakfast and lunch are provided each day on the boat
- An expected daily routine is to start sailing around 6am, breakfast at 8am, swim break before lunch, lunch on the boat, dock.
- Activities on the boat can include sunbathing, swimming, floating, and exploring! On land you’ll experience sightseeing, dinners on your own, and Croatian nightlife!
- Wi-Fi is only available in the dining area of your boat.
- There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches or in your room.
- Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
- There is typically a restaurant on board the ship that is open if at least 10 people want to eat at one time
- Outside food is not allowed on the boat except for granola bars or small snacks
- Bring Dramamine with you if you’re prone to seasickness
- Two shower towels are provided, and extras are available at 3 EUR per towel.
- Tipping the boat captain and boat staff is optional, but recommended, along with tipping your Tour Director. More details in "Money & Tipping"
Language & Local Life
Though most Croatians speak English, their national language is Croatian. Here are some basic phrases to brush up on before leaving. Most importantly: how to toast! And no, we don’t mean your bread. Say, “živjeli” pronounced zheev-yay-lee.
- Hello = bak (bahk)
- Goodbye = dovidenja (doh-vee-jeh-nyah)
- Please = molim (moh-leem)
- Thank you = hvala (hvah-lah)
- Pardon me = aprositite (oh-prohs-tee-tee)
- Yes = da (dah)
- No = ne (neh)
Food, Drink & Free Time
You’ll sample a variety of local dishes on your trip, but read on for delicacies you must try in Croatia:
- Olive Oil: Specifically from Istrian region, Croatia’s hub of creative gastronomy. Istrian region olive oil is said to be some of the best in the world
- Truffles: Also from Istria, try truffles - best in risottos, pastas, or other homemade dishes. Zigante Tartufi is the country’s largest exporter of truffles
- Black Risotto: Speaking of risotto, this dish is made with cuttlefish or squid, olive oil, garlic, red wine, and squid ink - which gives it the famous rich black color. Careful though, your teeth may turn black!
- Oysters: What better time to have oysters than on a boat in the Adriatic sea?
- Beer: The drink of choice in Croatia, you can’t go wrong with a local brew. We recommend anything by Zmajska Pivovara, Nova Runda, The Garden, and more!
- Brodetto: Also called brudet, Brodetto is a fisherman’s stew with a tomato base.
- Buzara: A simple dish of mussels in a wine broth with garlic and breadcrumbs - popular anywhere along the Croatian coast!
- Fritule: Of course, you need to top off all this savory seafood with a sweet treat. Try fritule! A donut-esque pastry with raisins, lemon or orange rinds, and sometimes even rum. Aka, YUM.
Optimize Your Free Time
If you’d like to plan something else during your free time, connect with your Tour Director before doing so; they sometimes arrange extra activities for the group during free time.
If you did not purchase EF Ultimate Break Optional Excursions before the trip began, you can log into your Online Account and do so on tour. If you’d like to plan something else during your free time, connect with your Tour Director before doing so; they sometimes arrange extra activities for the group during free time. Prices for these optional excursions will increase on tour, so please check your online account for available add ons.
We’re so glad you chose to travel with us and are now part of the EF Ultimate Break family! We'll look for your post-card in the mail, and your #thisisultimate tags on Instagram. Cheers to the Best. Trip. Ever.