June 15-22, 2018 | 8 days / 7 nights | $3,595
“Seeing the vivid colors of Plitvice Lake, staying in a ‘sobe’ along the creek, wandering the streets of Zagreb, sipping wine and watching the dancers in Split’s Diocletian’s Palace, experiencing the old and new sides of Mostar, walking the walls that surround Dubrovnik, eating fresh seafood and warm and inviting people — these are just a few of my favorite memories from Croatia that I’m honored to be able to share with you on this Adventure!” —— Mary, Living Big trip host for this adventure.
Day 1 – Friday, June 15
Plan on arriving into Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, by 5PM. You’ll be picked up at the airport and brought to our hotel in the heart of Zagreb. We’ll have a group dinner to kick-off the trip and hear more about the fun week ahead! Arrival Airport: Zagreb, ZAG. Dinner included.
Day 2 – Saturday, June 16
After breakfast at the hotel, a private driver and guide will take us to Plitvice Lakes National Park, the largest national park in Croatia and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its roaming landscape and 16 interconnected lakes include waterfalls, rivers, wildlife, caves and seemingly endless hiking trails. At the end of a full day of hiking and breathtaking natural scenery we’ll make our way to a small village outside the park to spend the night in rented private homes, locally known as sobes. Our dinner will be served alongside the creek that flows through the village. All meals included.
Day 3 – Sunday, June 17
After breakfast on the creek bank we will set out to explore ancient underground caves and enjoy the nearby rolling countryside. We’ll enjoy a special lunch at a locals home, then make our way to the central coastal town of Split. We’ll stay in the heart of Diocletian’s Palace at a beautiful four-star boutique hotel. We’ll spend our first evening in Split on a short historical walking tour, enjoying the famous “riva” along the water and a fresh seafood dinner that coastal Croatia is famous for. All meals included.
Day 4 – Monday, June 18
After breakfast we’ll hike to the top of Marjan Hill, just outside downtown Split, for views of the entire city and nearby islands. After the hike we’ll cool off with a swim in the Adriatic Sea and R&R on the beach! In the afternoon you’ll have time to shop, relax and enjoy this charming town before we gather again in the evening for another beautiful meal. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 5 – Tuesday, June 19
We’ll start the morning early and cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina to visit the small town of Mostar. Here Orthodox Serbs, Catholic Croats, and Muslim Bosniaks lived in relative harmony before the war, then suffered horribly when its disparate neighborhoods turned the city into a war zone. A local guide will take us on a historical walking tour of the town, including the world-famous Stari Most (Old Bridge) that is the focal point of the town, and once the war. After lunch along the river we’ll get back in the van and head to the Pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik – to check into our four-star boutique hotel in the heart of Old Town before having dinner overlooking the city. All meals included.
Day 6 – Wednesday, June 20
After an easy morning enjoying breakfast on the rooftop patio, we’ll go on a historical walking tour of the city. In the afternoon you’ll have time to explore the city, shop, visit a local museum or sip coffee or wine at an outdoor piazza overlooking the sea. We’ll gather again before sunset to walk around the defensive stone walls that surround the city and then enjoy dinner together. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 7 – Thursday, June 21
Today we’ll explore some of the islands that dot the southern coasts’ shoreline. After a short ferry ride we’ll hike over (and around!) a small island, enjoy lunch and then explore the dramatic coast by kayak. After a return to the mainland for a shower and rest, we’ll enjoy our final meal together in Dubrovnik. All meals included.
Day 8 – Friday, June 22
On this final day, everyone will either start the journey home from Dubrovnik or the next leg of their personal vacations. If you’re heading to the airport, your Trip Host will arrange transportation. Departing Airport: Dubrovnik, DBV. Breakfast included.
Trip itinerary is subject to change but will always maintain a spirit of adventure and diverse activities. Questions? Check out the FAQ section above for more information about this trip.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is going on the trip?
This trip is made up of 10 women: 9 guests and your Trip Host. A major tenet of Living Big is to make international travel more accessible to women who don’t want to go at it alone. To learn more about the philosophy, click here.
Can I join the trip solo? Or can I invite a few of my friends to join me on the trip?
Yes and yes to both questions! Some women join Living Big trips on their own; there to make friends and see the world, and others join Living Big trips because they want to share the experience with their friends, sisters, mothers or daughters and don’t want to do any of the planning!
You’ll find that the trips are structured in a way that you’ll have a good amount of group time, but also a fair amount of independent time to explore on your own, with new friends you met in the group, or with the friends joining you on the trip.
Who is the Trip Host? And what is her role?
On this trip your Trip Host is Mary. To learn more about Mary, click here.
The role of the Trip Host is to be there to make sure everything goes as smooth as possible, even when the inevitable travel bumps come our way – such as an unexpected rainy afternoon, traffic, missing luggage, etc. But more importantly, to be a resource that will give you the space you need to really enjoy the experience. So if throughout the trip there is something your Trip Host can do to support you in this regard – please let her know. For example, if you’re not feeling well, having trouble sleeping, not getting along with someone, not satisfied with something, etc. please please share these concerns. No one needs a ‘Mother’ on this trip – that’s not our intention, but if there are small adjustments that can be made to create more space for you to enjoy the experience —- the Trip Host will see what she can do!
How much does the trip cost? And what is included/excluded in this price?
The total price per person is $3,595. This includes the following:
- Planning: all trip logistics, including pre-trip negotiations with all hotels and vendors, onsite coordination, useful information leading up to your trip such as advice on what to pack, how much to budget for spending money, a cheat sheet for learning the local language, advice on local currency, etc.
- Hotels: 7 nights accommodation based on a shared room.
- Meals: see the daily itinerary for meals included each day. Dinners will include a limited amount of hosted beer and wine.
- Transport: all ground transportation, including airport transfers and hired ground transportation, are included.
- Activities: all activities, unless specified in the itinerary, are included.
- Gratuities for local guides and partners.
The following are not included in the trip fee:
- Round-trip airfare is not included, but gives you flexibility in using airline reward miles or extending your trip as you wish. Each guest is responsible for organizing their own airfare and transportation to the stated start and end cities.
- A set amount of wine and beer will be purchased with each hosted dinner, but each guest will be responsible for alcoholic beverages beyond this amount.
- While not required, each guest is encouraged to consult their existing insurance policy to determine what is covered while on the trip, and if needed, secure an individual insurance policy for the trip.
- Any additional activities you want to book along the way: spa visits, private tours, cooking classes, etc.
- Spending money, additional tips for your Trip Host and excess luggage fees.
What are the health and physical fitness requirements to join on the trip?
Guests should take personal responsibility to ensure they are physically able and healthy to participate in all group trip activities, such as hiking, riding in a small boat and ferry, operating a kayak (lesson provided) walking on uneven surfaces, carrying luggage in/out of vehicles, on uneven surfaces and up stairs, riding in a van for up to 3-4 hours. The trip is moderately strenuous and best enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and enjoys active days. You should consult with a medical doctor to determine if you are healthy and physically able to participate.
Is there a minimum/maximum age to participate?
Women over the age of 21, that are physically able to participate in the trip itinerary, are welcome to join for this adventure. Please see the detailed itinerary and FAQ on minimum physical fitness requirements to learn more.
What should I do to secure my spot on the trip?
The first step is to request a spot, which you can do online (click here.) Once you request a spot, we’ll reach out to you to schedule a call to review the trip details, get to know you, give you a chance to ask questions about Living Big, etc. If after this conversation you’re on board to join for the adventure, you’ll receive a link to the registration page where you can formally register, submit your first payment and sign the trip waiver. Please note: registration is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Is airfare included in the trip fee? What do I need to know before I book my flight?
Round-trip airfare is not included in the trip fee, but this gives you flexibility in using airline reward miles, to extend your trip any way you like, and to select the routes and airlines you prefer. Each guest is responsible for organizing their own airfare and transportation to the stated start and end cities.
- Inbound flights should arrive into Zagreb Airport (code: ZAG) on June 15 by 5PM
- Outbound flights should depart from Dubrovnik Airport (code: DBV) on June 22 at any time
If you would like to extend your stay, please contact us for advice!
You will be required to share flight details at least eight weeks before the adventure commences.
Will I be sharing a hotel room? Can I choose my roommate?
Yes, everyone will be sharing a room with at least one other person. In most instances, you will have your own bed. You can request a roommate preference on forms that you’ll be asked to fill out 10-12 weeks before your adventure begins.
Can you tell me about the type of accommodations we'll be staying at?
You betcha! We’ll be staying at a range of properties throughout the trip. In Zagreb we’ll be staying at a three-star hotel right in the heart of downtown. After our day in Plitvice Lake National Park, we’ll be staying in traditional apartment rentals, known locally as “sobes.” In Split and Dubrovnik we’ll be staying at four-star boutique hotels in the old town.
What kind of ground transportation will we use?
When we leave Zagreb we’ll be traveling in a mini-bus with a hired driver. The roads are generally well maintained, with the exception of the road to Mostar, which can be quite windy. We’ll travel by mini-bus for up to four hours at one time, but don’t worry – we’ll make plenty of stops! We’ll also use a local ferry to get to an island near Dubrovnik.
What should I pack?
Prior to the trip, you’ll receive a packing checklist and advised on what type of clothes and supplies you’ll need.
Do I need to carry my luggage?
Yes, plan on carrying your bags to/from the airport, on/off buses and vans and in/out of lodging.
I don't speak the local language. Is that OK?
Don’t worry about mastering the local lingo to join our trips. When traveling internationally, locals do appreciate it when visitors know at least a few key phrases. We’ll provide a quick language lesson and cheat sheet.
What will the weather be like?
Weather in the early summer averages between 55 degrees and 75 degrees fahrenheit. There might be occasional light rain and winds, and the temperature will vary depending on the city.
What if I don't need every hotel/activity/etc. on my trip?
Unfortunately, refunds aren’t possible for unused hotel rooms, meals or activities. The total trip price is a package deal; credits are not given for services not used. Please contact Living Big if you have questions or concerns about any trip activities due to a physical condition. If there is a reasonable alternative, we can explore it.
How do I communicate information like allergies, injuries, etc?
About 10-12 weeks before we begin our adventure, you’ll receive a pre-trip packet of information. This includes forms, questionnaires and waivers that you’ll need to submit no later than 8 weeks before the trip begins. These forms allow you to share these important details. Living Big will provide meals as outlined in the official trip itinerary and will work with you to try and accommodate special dietary requirements; however, Living Big is not required to provide such meals, supplements and/or any special requests beyond what is outlined in official trip itinerary.
Do I need a U.S. Passport or Visa for this trip?
Yes, a U.S. Passport is required to visit Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Your U.S. Passport must be valid for three months and you need to have two blank pages for entry stamps. A Visa is not required. Entry requirements may change. While your Trip Host will keep you informed of changes, you should take personal responsibility to ensure you can satisfy entry requirements. Click here and here to learn more about entering Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina with a U.S. Passport. If you plan to visit another country before or after your Living Big trip, contact your Trip Host to discuss any additional entry requirements.
Do I have to pay for the entire trip up front or can I make payments?
No, you do not need to pay for the entire trip up front. (Although you can, if you prefer.) Check out the Trip Pricing tab for payment details.
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What if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide you need to cancel your trip the following refund schedule applies upon written notice of your cancellation:
- Cancellations made on or before January 31, 2018:
- Your trip deposit is nonrefundable. If you paid in full for the trip the deposit is $500.
- You will be reimbursed 50% of what you have paid to date, less the nonrefundable deposit.
- As an example, if you made a $500 deposit, then made two additional payments each for $250 (total paid = $1,000) then the amount you would receive back is $250.
- Cancellations made on or after February 1, 2018:
- All payments made to date are nonrefundable.
Travel insurance helps protect against last-minute cancellation, trip interruption, and to cover medical treatment or emergency medical evacuation during your trip. We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance and flight cancellation insurance in advance of your trip. To learn about travel insurance, click here for a quick lesson!
What if the trip doesn't fill up or is cancelled?
The trip requires a minimum number of participants in order to take place at the stated price, since it takes into account group discounts, shared accommodations and other factors that create cost efficiencies. Once an adequate number of participants sign up for the trip, you will be notified. If a trip does not have enough participants, or if someone unexpectedly cancels, you will be refunded your deposit or you will be given the option to pay a trip supplement to continue the trip with fewer participants. Should additional participants sign-up after you have paid the trip supplement, this fee will be refunded. Your air travel itinerary is yours to decide, and we recommend you purchase flight cancellation insurance. Living Big is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by you in preparing for the trip including non-refundable air tickets, gear, medical equipment or travelers insurance.
What if I can't make payments according to the payment schedule?
If unusual circumstances arise and you can’t make payments on time please contact Living Big (click here) to discuss. Generally speaking, failure to make payments according to the schedule may result in losing your spot on the trip.
Trip Pricing + Payment Options
See below for key details and next steps to request a spot on this adventure!
This trip is nearly all-inclusive of meals, all lodging, all ground transportation, and all activities outlined in the itinerary, all the planning and booking (so you don’t have to do ANY work but show up!) and advice on what to pack, tips on international travel and a go-to resource who is here to answer any questions you have leading up to the trip, and on the trip, to help ensure that you have an amazing experience!
If you’re interested in requesting a spot on this trip please make note of the following booking process and payment terms:
- The first step is to request a spot, which you can do online. Once you request your spot, we’ll reach out to you to schedule a call to review the trip details, get to know you, give you a chance to ask questions about Living Big, etc. provided there are spots available on the trip.
- If after this conversation you’re on board to join for the adventure, you’ll receive a link to the registration page where you can formally register, submit your first payment and sign the trip waiver.
There are two options for payment:
- Pay the full amount by credit card or by check.
- Break your payments into equal monthly installments. Make a deposit of $500 to formally register for your spot, and then on the first of each month (following the month you made your deposit payment) your credit card will be automatically charged a set amount, so that the final payment is applied on March 1, 2018. If you decide to make monthly installment payments, you will receive a payment schedule based on when you register.