Before You Depart

Jewels of the Adriatic

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Our flights to Europe and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. If you are planning a connecting flight, please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs. Flight schedules are subject to change.

Departure Date Airline Airport Depart Return
2024: Jun. 19 TBA TBA TBA TBA
2024: Sep. 4, Sep 11, Sep. 18 LOT Polish Airlines New York (JFK) 10:20 PM 8:20 PM
2024: Oct. 2 Lufthansa New York (JFK) 3:45 PM 1:30 PM
2024: Oct. 16 Lufthansa New York (JFK) 5:30 PM 2:55 PM

 

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Airlines do not assign seats in advance for group fares – seat assignments are arranged upon check-in at the airport. smarTours is not involved with seat assignments. If you require a specific seat due to a medical condition, please obtain a doctor’s note you can present to the airline at check-in.

BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHTS

Booking your own flights has advantages like flying from your home airport, choosing your own seats, upgrading your seats, and using and collecting airline miles. Tour-only travelers are responsible for arranging their entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. Unused land services including those caused by air schedule changes and delays are non-refundable and smarTours cannot be held responsible.

When booking your flights, please note that our 2024 tour starts in Dubrovnik and ends in Zagreb. We recommend that you:

  • Fly into Ruđer Bošković Airport (DBV)
  • Fly out of Zagreb Franjo Tuđman Airport (ZAG)

When booking your flights, please note that our 2025 tour starts in Zagreb and ends in Dubrovnik. We recommend that you:

  • Fly into Zagreb Franjo Tuđman Airport (ZAG)
  • Fly out of Ruđer Bošković Airport (DBV)

BOOKING YOUR OWN TRANSFERS

Taxis are reliable way to get to/from the airport in Croatia.

TOUR MEETING POINT

When and where you’ll meet the rest of the group depends on if you purchased our air-inclusive package with group flights from/returning to the U.S. or our tour-only package.

  • smarTours Group Air Travelers: Upon arrival in destination, please proceed through customs and immigration. Our Tour Director will be waiting for you at the airport upon arrival in the arrivals area near the point you clear customs with a smarTours sign.
  • smarTours Tour-Only Travelers: We recommend you arrive around 4 PM to settle in before joining the welcome orientation and dinner on Day 1. Hotel check-in is generally not before 4 PM.

TOUR ENDING POINT

The final end point for your tour depends on if you purchased our air-inclusive package with group flights from/returning to the U.S. or our tour-only package.

  • smarTours Group Air Travelers: On our last day, we’ll transfer to the airport for our return flight to the U.S.
  • smarTours Tour-Only Travelers: The tour ends after breakfast on the last day. Generally, hotel check-out is prior to 12 PM (noon).

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

Travelers must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. A visa is not required for U.S. passport holders. Effective for travel in 2025, all visitors who do not require a visa to enter Europe will be required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. The application must be completed online and there is a small fee. Once approved, an ETIAS can be used for 3 years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. Before your trip, review travel requirements and restrictions by country including passport and visa requirements. You can also learn more about passport and visa services. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Final instructions, documents, and travel tips will be emailed to you 10–14 days before the scheduled start of your tour. If you have not received your final documents, please check your spam folder or contact smarTours.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are not currently required, however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local health authorities for their suggestions. The CDC recommends you stay up to date on routine vaccinations, and consult your physician at least one month prior to travel. Learn more about the CDC’s destination-specific recommendations.

CLIMATE

Weather will vary depending on location. Cities near the Alps region will be cooler, while coastal cities enjoy milder, Mediterranean weather. Evening temperatures will be cooler.

  • March and November–highs in the 50s
  • April and October–highs in the 60s
  • May and September–highs in the 70s
  • June through August–highs in the 80s

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour will offer dining options that range from coffee shops (where dinner, excluding drinks average about $15-$20 per person) to specialty restaurants. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Optional tours can be paid for by credit card or with cash.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

The official currency in Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro is the Euro (€). Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, and American Express. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. A local ATM will have the best exchange rate. You can also exchange currency before you depart for the trip.

Electricity

Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro operate on 230 volts/50 Hz and use plug types C and F. Learn more about plug types, adapters, and converters.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage and one carry-on piece. Please check with the airline for the maximum weight and size for luggage. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.