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Do they speak English in Croatia?
Croatian is the main language, but English, German, and Italian are widely spoken.
Are there safety concerns?
Croatia is extremely safe, and crime is very low, especially in the smaller villages and islands. You’ll need to be more aware in the larger cities like Split and Dubrovnik, just as you would in any town in the U.S.
Can I drink the water?
Water is of excellent quality, and you may drink it from any faucet or public fountain. No need to purchase bottled water, except for convenience. In restaurants, always ask for tap water ("Voda iz slavine") to save on the bill.
What weather should I expect?
The Adriatic coast enjoys a Mediterranean climate with many sunny days, hot dry summers, mild and humid winters. Average temperatures in May and June range from 60 to 80 degrees, July is 70 to 90, September and October range from 60 to 80. Bring a light jacket or sweater for sitting out in the evenings, or plan layered clothing.
What kind of footwear will I need?
Make sure you have sturdy walking shoes, preferably with a rubber-sole (for grip) when walking around the cities. Most streets are made of limestone that has a shiny-polished surface from the many years of wear, which makes them slippery, especially after it rains. You will also need some type of rubber sandal or water shoe for the pebbly beaches and swimming.
What is the currency?
Although Croatia joined the EU July 1, 2013, they are not yet on the Euro. The Croatian currency is called the Kuna and is pegged to the Euro, and floats accordingly against the US Dollar.
How do I change currency?
USD can be exchanged at any bank. Credit cards and debit cards are widely accepted, and there are ATM machines throughout the county. Be sure to know your credit card and debit card password in numbers since ATM’s don’t have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. No need to exchange money before you leave the U.S. We will allow time for that when you arrive in Split and along the way.
Will most places take credit cards?
Larger hotels, restaurants, and most shops in the cities will accept credit cards. Carry enough cash for smaller purchases, and when shopping at vendors like market stalls and farmer’s homes where they sell olive oils and domestic products. Remember to alert your bank and credit card companies where you’ll be traveling.
How much cash should I bring?
Since you are able to procure money while traveling with a debit / credit card, it is not necessary to carry a lot of cash at any one time.
All tips are included while with our tour, for meals, drivers and guides. When you’re on your own in restaurants and cafes, feel free to round up the bill. Some restaurants and cafes will already include a 10% tip in the bill. In this case, no further tip is required.
What is the food like?
The area that we will be visiting is the Mediterranean and the food is similar to that which you would find across all Mediterranean countries; seafood, fish, lamb, veal, cured ham, cheeses, olive oil, grilled vegetables.
Do I need to bring an adaptor for my appliances?
The electrical current in Croatia is 220 volts. Wall outlets take plugs with two rounded prongs. If you plan to use U.S. electrical appliances you will need to bring a converter/adapter.
Will there be hairdryers?
Yes, hairdryers are provided in all of our accommodations.
What about laundry facilities?
It’s best to bring clothing that can be hand washed and hung out to dry. There are clotheslines and pins on each person’s balcony during the middle of our travels. You can also ask the hotels for laundry service for a fee.
What about medical issues?
No special vaccinations are required for travel to Croatia. We recommend you are in good physical condition, and remember to bring along any prescription medications you’ll need during the trip. We are familiar with each medical facility in all areas of our tour, and have all contact information in the case of an emergency. Medical attention is very good, and hospitals have modern standards. You should carry your medical insurance policy number with you.
Do I need travel insurance?
Travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey in the case of illness, accidents, medical evacuation, trip interruption, flight cancellations, delays, etc. Niche Touring is not responsible for any incident beyond our control, including flight delays, expenses incurred from delays or layovers. We recommend contacting your insurance agent, AAA, AARP, AMEX Travelex, or Niche Touring if you would like assistance in obtaining insurance.
Will my mobile phone work?
Please check with your provider before you leave the states to find out if you have international capabilities with your phone, and the appropriate plan. Most smartphones work well in Croatia, however, if you don’t have an international plan, data and voice can be very expensive. Contact your provider to discuss where you are traveling and the costs associated.
Will I have Internet and WIFI?
All of our accommodations are WIFI enabled.