7 Days
Duration
Croatia
Destination

Looking for a great waterpolo tour destination? Look no further. Croatia is a great destination for your school tours, with the Croatian coast being absolutely astounding. There’s no shortage of beaches to take your breath away. The water is crystal clear and turquoise blue. From a cultural perspective, Croatia has several Stone Age sites, which have been discovered all over the country, along with numerous caves containing hand made objects from people alive centuries ago. Most towns have historical centers with typical Croatian architecture, a must-see. You can experience the best of both worlds: a fast-paced city atmosphere with the ambiance of a relaxed coastal town. Croatia has a Mediterranean climate, which means mild winters and gorgeous spring and summer seasons. Croatian prices are surprisingly reasonable — especially when compared to nearby European countries.

BEST TIME TO TOUR:

Croatia’s climate follows two patterns: Mediterranean on the coast – with warm summers and mild winters, and continental inland – slightly hotter during the summer, and extremely cold in winter, with average daily temperatures barely scraping freezing from December to February. July and August constitute the peak season on the Adriatic and this is definitely the best time to visit Croatia.

STANDARD OF FIXTURES:

With regard to swimming, you can expect a competition rating of 3 out of 5.

INCLUDED:

  • 6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Croatia
  • Departure: London Stansted / Split Return: Split / London Stansted
    Coach transfers with a driver to follow the itinerary as shown
    – 4 nights in Split at a 3* hostel (Nights 1,2,5,6)
    – 3 nights in Biograd Na Moru at a 3* hostel (Nights 3,4)

*All accommodation is subject to availability and based on 3* hostel accommodation. Room configuration is based on multi-bedded rooms (4-6 beds) for students and where possible twin / single rooms for staff, subject to availability. Please note we are not holding any accommodation or services until the booking has been confirmed & if hostels are unavailable, hotel prices may increase the overall cost.

  • Breakfast 6 Lunch 0 Packed lunch 5
  • Dinner 6 Post-match reception 0 Other 0
  • 1 x self-led training session per team
  • 4 x pre-arranged Swim Meets
    – Guided tour of Split
    – Guided tour of Zadar
    – Entrance fee to Krka National Park – Guide to tour in Krka National Park
    – Full day Islands Tour incl. Blue Cave entry
    – English speaking guide throughout
    – 1 litre water daily – 1 x hold luggage per person
  • Full liaison between the group and TEAM Sports for the duration of the tour. (Services of a TEAM Sports representative throughout).

EXCLUDED:

  • Travel insurance and airport taxes
  • Passports and visas if applicable
  • Admission fees into sights of interest not included in the tour cost/ itinerary. Personal expenses such as tips for meals, gratuities, telephone calls, beverages, all meals not mentioned under inclusions and anything else of a person nature. Any other services not mentioned.

AREAS TO VISIT AND THEIR MAIN ATTRACTIONS:

  • Dubrovnik – A wealth of sites lie within the walls of the pedestrian-only Old
  • Split – Facing the harbour, Diocletian’s Palace is one of the most imposing Roman ruins in existence. Don’t expect a palace though, nor a museum, this is the city’s living heart, its labyrinthe street spacked with people, shops and
  • Vis – Our favourite island in Croatia has retained its charm and resisted development. It has some of the best beaches in the country, has fabulous fresh seafood and local wines and imparts a feeling of laziness even though there is a lot to
  • Hvar – The island of Hvar is the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. It is surrounded by stunning scenery and is rich in culture (it is the only island in the world with four UNESCO World Heritage Sites).
  • Blue Cave – The Blue Cave on Bisevo island in Croatia will be a highlight of your tour, with its silvery-blue colour, created by light refraction of sunlight entering through a crack in the
  • Krka National Park – The National Park is a vast and primarily unaltered area of exceptional natural value, including one or more preserved or
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Day 1

Arrive at London Stansted airport for your flight to Split, Croatia, departing on Easyjet flight 3021 at 1215hrs

Upon arrival in Split at 1545hrs you will be met by your TEAM Sports Travel tour representative

Transfer by coach to your hostel in Split and check-in for a 2-night stay

Split is a town located on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and is known for its beaches and the fortress like complex at its centre, Diocletian’s Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century.

Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards are a cathedral and numerous shops, bars, cafes, hotels and houses.

This afternoon you will walk the short distance to meet your guide where you will visit and learn about this beautiful and historic city.  Your guided tour will include Diocletian’s Palace and you will enjoy hearing stories of the Emperor himself!

After your tour, enjoy a traditional Croatian dinner in a local restaurant

Return to hostel

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Day 2

Breakfast at leisure at hostel

Time at leisure to explore the old city of Split or to enjoy teacher-led activities

Lunch at leisure – packed lunch provided

Return to the hostel to get kit ready and walk the short distance to a local pool for your self-led training session

After training, return to the hostel to get changed

Time at leisure

Short walk to Swim Meet 1

After Meet, walk to a local restaurant for dinner

Return to hostel by foot

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Day 3

Breakfast at leisure at hostel

After breakfast, check out of your hostel in Split and transfer by coach to the town of Sibenik (approx.1.5hrs).  Spend some time wandering through the narrow streets of the city, famous for its cathedral which was built in the 15th century in Renaissance style and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lunch at leisure – packed lunch provided

Continue journey to Biograd Na Moru

(approx. 1 hour)

The crowning site of the Croatian and Croatian-Hungarian rulers, Biograd is today a capital Riviera at the doors of the Kornati islands. It is situated between the biggest freshwater lake in Croatia (Vrana Lake) and a labyrinth of almost 300 islets, with long sandy and gravel beaches under the shade of pinewoods.

When you arrive, check into the hostel and get your kit together ready for your next Meet

Take the short walk to a local club where you can test your speed and skill against their swim team at

Swim Meet 2

After the Meet, return to the hostel

Dinner at hostel

Time at leisure or for teacher-led activities

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Day 4

Breakfast at leisure at hostel

Transfer by coach to Zadar (approx. 45 minutes)

Zadar, a walled city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, is known for the Roman and Venetian ruins of its peninsular Old Town. There are several Venetian gates in the city walls. Surrounding the Roman-era Forum is 11th-century St. Mary’s Convent, with religious art dating to the 8th century. There’s also the grand, 12th-century St. Anastasia’s Cathedral and the round, 9th-century pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus.

Spend the morning exploring the city; visit the Roman Forum and experience the amazing Sea Organs – an architectural object and experimental musical instrument, which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps (Guide included).

Time at leisure

Lunch at leisure – packed lunch provided

Transfer to a local club where you can test your speed and skill against their swim team at Swim Meet 3

Transfer or walk to a local restaurant for dinner

Return to the hostel in Biograd Na Moru by coach

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Day 5

Breakfast at leisure at hostel

Check-out of the hostel and take the short walk to a local club where you can test your speed and skill against their swim team at Swim Meet 4

Afterwards, get changed and board your coach ready for your trip to Krka National Park (approx. 1 hour)

Lunch at leisure – packed lunch provided

Extending along the 73km River Krka, the Krka National Park runs from the Adriatic near Šibenikinland to the mountains of the Croatian interior. It’s a magical place of waterfalls and gorges, with the river gushing through a karstic canyon 200m deep. Sights built by humans are also a major draw of the region, the area’s remoteness attracting monks who constructed their monasteries here.

You will spend the afternoon with a Guide, exploring the Park; enjoying the natural falls, walking through the forests and even relaxing beneath the falls!

After you’ve finished exploring Krka National Park, transfer to Trogir (approx. 1.5hr) where we will stop if time permits

Gorgeous Trogir, located 27km west of Split, (called Trau by the Venetians) is set within medieval

walls on a tiny island, linked by bridges to both the mainland and to the far larger Čiovo Island. On summer nights, everyone gravitates to the wide seaside promenade, lined with bars, cafes and yachts – leaving the knotted maze-like marble streets gleaming mysteriously under old-fashioned streetlights.

The old town has retained many intact and beautiful buildings from its age of glory between the 13th and 15th centuries. In 1997 its profuse collection of Romanesque and Renaissance buildings earned it World Heritage status.

Transfer from Trogir to Split (approx. 50 minutes) where you will check into a hostel for the final 2 nights of the tour

Dinner at hostel

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Day 6

Breakfast at leisure at hostel

Your last day in Croatia will be spent discovering the islands around Split

You will walk to Split harbour where you’ll board your   private speedboat for a thrilling 90-minute ride to Bisevo Island, the highlight of which is the Blue Cave. To appreciate its beauty, we’ll arrive exactly at the time of day when the sunlight reflected through the

sea floor bathes the entire cave in aquamarine light, while objects in the water are turned into shimmering silver.

Next we’ll slice through the Adriatic to explore Komiza, a picture-perfect, authentic fishermans village on the island of Vis. There will be plenty of time for sightseeing and to have lunch

Lunch at leisure (packed lunch provided)

Late afternoon, we’ll cruise around to the southern side of the island to stop briefly in the unique bay of Stiniva and then on to the Green Cave on Ravnik Island.  When the sun is high, light enters the grotto though a large opening at the top of the cave which creates a dazzling array of silver and green colors. The cave is very spacious and the sea depth is 3 to 5 meters so, our boat can get in easily.

Our next destination is the town of Hvar, one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, and a rich cultural heritage as well. Its seven-century old walls still survive, as well as many 15th-17thC Venetian era noble houses and public buildings. The easy walk around the town to discover its many charms is a delight. After enjoying Hvar town and maybe doing some last-minute souvenir shopping or having a drink at one of its famous cafes (at own cost), it’s time to return to Split via our speedboat. Expected arrival time in Split is 1930hrs

Walk to hostel, freshen up and head to a local restaurant for a celebratory end-of-tour dinner!

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Day 7

Breakfast at leisure at hostel

Check-out of hotel and transfer to airport for Easyjet flight 3022 from Split airport, departing at 1035hrs

Arrive London Stansted airport at 1210hrs

End of tour arrangements

You will be sent a copy of our ‘Safety Management System’ (SMS) with any proposal / quote that we send to you.  This will provide you with all the information you require to understand how we prepare for and plan your tour, to ensure health and safety at the forefront of our planning and a systematic approach is followed. If you would like a copy of this document in advance of this, please call our team on + 44 207 402 3708.

It is our responsibility to ensure that you are up to date with the health and safety advice for any destination that we feature on our website.  We feel the best way to do this to ensure that all information is the most up to date, is to provide you with the following web links:

Health, Safety & Entry Requirements: FCO Croatia

Health Advice: Travel Health Croatia

Fit for Travel Croatia

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