Croatia: Dolphins & Islands Expedition – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

Croatia: Dolphins & Islands Expedition

Dive deep and experience Croatia in a unique way as you track dolphins in the Adriatic Sea.
$3,895 Adult / $3,495 Child*


Our Purpose

Croatia’s Adriatic coastline is home to a vast array of vulnerable marine animals, including sea turtles, giant devil rays, and the Adriatic dolphin. In order to ensure their protection, it’s important to continue to monitor and gather data on their status. To achieve our purpose, you’ll join the team at the Blue World Institute on the island of Lošinj in educational workshops as well as joining dolphin tracking boat rides – collecting information on dolphin behavior, environmental conditions, and numbers, locations and sightings of dolphins, and taking photographs for analysis. Back at the Blue World Institute, learn how to read this information and why it is important for the well-being of the dolphins.

(Volunteer Time & Educational Workshops = 10 hours, or 2 half-days)

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What You'll Do

Part of the journey will spent on the quaint island of Losinj along Croatia’s Adriatic coastline. Here, we will primarily join the Blue World Institute for a series of educational workshops on the wildlife of Croatia as well as venture out on dolphin tracking expeditions. During these boat rides, your guide will help you collect information on the dolphin population which will then be analyzed back at the Blue World Institute’s headquarters (please note: If weather does not allow boats to go out to sea, we will follow a primarily land-based itinerary). In our free time, we’ll explore the island taking hikes through the hills and along the coast, venturing to neighbor islands and simply taking in the relaxed pace of life here.

Then it’s off to the Island of Hvar. Experience a three-course cooking class with a local chef at one of the town’s local taverns, a hike through picturesque fields of lavender and olives to the village of Stari Grad, and a morning kayaking excursion to the Pakleni Islands, famous for having some of the clearest water in the world.

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What You'll See

Experience the rich landscapes of Croatia as you travel by land and sea. After a gorgeous drive from Zagreb all the way to the glistening coast, hop on a ferry to the quaint island of Losinj. Off the beaten track, this is one of Croatia’s largest Northern Adriatic Islands and offers some of the most pristine coastline in the country. Relax at one of the many outdoor cafes, search for dolphins and other marine life, and explore the trails that wind along the coast.

Then journey to the southern islands of Croatia by ferry, marveling at the truly remarkable panorama of Croatia’s natural beauty along the way. Spend three nights just outside the UNESCO World Heritage village of Stari Grad. Explore the charming stone alleyways, enjoy a glass of wine alongside the harbor and learn to cook traditional Croatian dishes with a local family. For those that want to continue the adventure, opt for the 3-day extension to stunning coastal town of Dubrovnik.

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Optional Post-Trip Extension

Dubrovnik (4 Days/ 3 Nights)

While the main itinerary brings you to a less-explored island off the coast of mainland Croatia, Dubrovnik is a gorgeous city for those who want to continue their journey. Explore the island of Mljet with a gentle hike or optional boat trip for stunning hilltop views. The next two days will see you exploring the beautiful

walled city of Dubrovnik, taking in the famous red-roofed buildings and winding alleyways of the UNESCO-listed Old Town. There’s also a lovely beach to enjoy, while Game of Thrones fans can take a tour of the locations featured in the hit TV series. Visit here to learn more!

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Where You'll Stay

Stay in a cozy European-style hotel in the heart of the small island of Losinj. Complete with all of your basic amenities and a pool, it is the sweeping views of the sea and outdoor restaurant that make this hotel one to remember. In Hvar, stay just outside of town in a newly-remodeled resort with gorgeous views of the sea. With easy 10-minute transportation into Stari Grad, it makes it the perfect location to get away and enjoy the beauty of Croatia with easy access to all its neighboring town has to offer.

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Jeanne D.

Miami, FL

Traveler's Journal

I wanted to see as much of Croatia as possible and do something different. I learned a ton about dolphin conservation from the folks at the Blue World Institute and even got to see these dolphins in their element. While this was the highlight for the family, the extension to Dubrovnik was also absolutely amazing. The beauty we witnessed throughout the trip, both in the unexplored Northern Islands and then the more popular Dalmatian Coast, was breathtaking and something I feel incredibly privileged to have seen. Truly a trip we will never forget!

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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8 days / 7 nights

Program Cost: $3,895 Adult / $3,495 Child*

2020 Dates

June 6-13, 2020

August 1-8, 2020

 

  • All prices are double occupancy price. Single Room Supplement = $795
  • Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult

What's Included?

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • An active daily itinerary, with all activities included
  • All meals except for 1 dinner included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • 7 nights lodging in  locally-owned boutique hotels in the 4-star range
  • Educational workshops with the Blue World Institute
  • Airport transfers and all ground and water transportation
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • All gratuities for hotels and meals
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance

What’s not included:

  • International Airfare
  • Tips for Discover Corps Guide
  • One dinner
  • Beverages at meals including alcoholic beverages
  • Phone calls, laundry, or Internet costs during the trip

Alumni & Family Discounts, Monthly Payment Plans, and More

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts. Looking for a payment plan to help manage your trip? Learn more here.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

Add a 4 day/3 night post-trip extension to Dubrovnik to any Croatia departure for free time to relax and explore. Click the “Email Me a Free Itinerary” button above for more information!

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