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Croatia Vacations

Croatia Adventure Vacations and Hiking Tours

Experience crystal-clear coves, wooded islands, and vineyard-clad hills, and quaint harbor towns as you hike, bike, and kayak on our Croatia vacations.

The Dalmatian Coast is an adventurer’s paradise. On our Croatia vacations, you will travel by private boat from Hvar Town to Vela Luka on Korcula Island for a day of biking. Set on a tiny peninsula on the Peljesac channel, Korcula was first home to Slavic pirates who used the island as a base from which to attack passing ships; in the year 1000, it was taken over by Venice, marking the start of an 800-year on-and-off Venetian rule. Today, the island is renowned for its gorgeous, white quarried stone, countless secluded bays, small, uninhabited islands, and breathtaking views.

Croatia Vacation Packages

Europe

Croatia Adventure

4.88

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
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      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

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 ADULT ONLY

Sea kayak in pristine waters, bike through medieval towns, and spy the iconic burnt-orange hued roofs and vibrant blue waters of the Dalmatian Coast. Embrace the vibrant Mediterranean culture on this six-day Croatia adventure tour.

Trip Start: Split Trip End: Dubrovnik

Europe

Croatia Family Vacation

5.00

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Step It Up

      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

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 FAMILY VACATION

Create lasting memories on this action-packed Croatia family vacation exploring the Dalmatian Coast. Bike through charming villages, hike mountainous coastlines, paddle enchanting bays, and explore the coastal waters of the Mediterranean.

Trip Start: Split Trip End: Dubrovnik

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What Guests say about our Croatia Vacations

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Croatia Adventure - September 2023

Hvar and Korcula are Island Gems

"Spectacular Dalmatian Islands tour.
Really enjoyed our meals and accommodations in a beautiful island setting.
The views from our hotels were outstanding.
Biking, Sea kayaking and walking tours were excellent.
Experienced guides and local foods were amazing.
We really loved the wines and brought several bottles home to share with friends.

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"Spectacular Dalmatian Islands tour.
Really enjoyed our meals and accommodations in a beautiful island setting.
The views… read more

"Spectacular Dalmatian Islands tour.
Really enjoyed our meals and accommodations in a beautiful island setting.
The views from our hotels were outstanding.
Biking, Sea kayaking and walking tours were excellent.
Experienced guides and local foods were amazing.
We really loved the wines and brought several bottles home to share with friends. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

D David | September 2023

Croatia Adventure - May 2023

Wonderful trip in every way!

"We cannot say enough good things about our guides, Marko and Daniel. They were knowledgable, professional, friendly and relaxed but on top of every detail. The itinerary was great. I would say the biking was more moderate than easy. Most of our group had e-bikes and were glad they did. There were several long uphill stretches. But Marko was great about picking me up with the van so I wouldn't slow the group down. I will get an e-bike in the future.The buggy ride could've been skipped and replaced with a different activity.

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"We cannot say enough good things about our guides, Marko and Daniel. They were… read more

"We cannot say enough good things about our guides, Marko and Daniel. They were knowledgable, professional, friendly and relaxed but on top of every detail. The itinerary was great. I would say the biking was more moderate than easy. Most of our group had e-bikes and were glad they did. There were several long uphill stretches. But Marko was great about picking me up with the van so I wouldn't slow the group down. I will get an e-bike in the future.The buggy ride could've been skipped and replaced with a different activity. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

C Catherine | May 2023

Croatia Adventure - January 2023

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"Amazing trip . Our guides were excellent and their attention to our itinerary and their knowledge of the local area and history of croatia were fantastic! Could not have asked for a better guided trip

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"Amazing trip . Our guides were excellent and their attention to our itinerary and their… read more

"Amazing trip . Our guides were excellent and their attention to our itinerary and their knowledge of the local area and history of croatia were fantastic! Could not have asked for a better guided trip read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

A Anita, United States | January 2023

Croatia Adventure - September 2022

A Dream Come True!!

"This was a trip of a lifetime!! Very well planned with fantastic guides. They catered to our every need!! All 4 of us are vegetarians and they made sure we had great food at every meal!! Can't wait to go again!!

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"This was a trip of a lifetime!! Very well planned with fantastic guides. They… read more

"This was a trip of a lifetime!! Very well planned with fantastic guides. They catered to our every need!! All 4 of us are vegetarians and they made sure we had great food at every meal!! Can't wait to go again!! read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

S Shalini, United States | September 2022

Croatia Adventure - September 2022

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"We enjoyed the trip very much. This was our second trip with Austin, and our overall impression was that Austin had slipped a notch.

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"We enjoyed the trip very much. This was our second trip with Austin, and… read more

"We enjoyed the trip very much. This was our second trip with Austin, and our overall impression was that Austin had slipped a notch. read less

4 Stars (41 reviews)

P Peter | September 2022

Croatia Adventure - August 2022

Awesome local guides show you amazing Croatia!

"Our local guides were so knowledgeable, they made this trip amazing! Biking, hiking, kayaking, dining out - each part of the trip you felt like an insider and a local. The trip was great for our family!

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"Our local guides were so knowledgeable, they made this trip amazing! Biking, hiking, kayaking, dining… read more

"Our local guides were so knowledgeable, they made this trip amazing! Biking, hiking, kayaking, dining out - each part of the trip you felt like an insider and a local. The trip was great for our family! read less

4 Stars (41 reviews)

J Jen, United States | August 2022

Croatia Family Vacation - June 2022

Croatia Family Vacation

"Everything was very well organized. The hotel's were great.

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"Everything was very well organized. The hotel's were great. read more

"Everything was very well organized. The hotel's were great. read less

5 Stars (7 reviews)

C Cynthia | June 2022

Croatia Adventure - June 2022

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"We fell in love with Croatia- the amazing scenery, the warm and friendly people, and the great food. Our guides were well organized, knowledgeable, and worked hard so that we could enjoy amazing local food and culture along with great biking and kayaking

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"We fell in love with Croatia- the amazing scenery, the warm and friendly people, and… read more

"We fell in love with Croatia- the amazing scenery, the warm and friendly people, and the great food. Our guides were well organized, knowledgeable, and worked hard so that we could enjoy amazing local food and culture along with great biking and kayaking read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

S Scott, United States | June 2022

Croatia Adventure - September 2021

Croatia Adventure

"We had absolutely NO idea what to expect since our family has never done this type of 'touring' before. My overall impression is , if the goal of your adventures is , 1) to have fun 2) get exercise with spectacular scenery 3) have someone else be in charge of the arrangements 4) learn so much about the life of your host country 5) have small businesses ( mostly family operated ) prosper from our money vs large restaurants etc AND 6) have the most patient and best tempered guides to deal with a large variety of personalities with a CAN DO attitude was SO WONDERFUL !!!!!!

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"We had absolutely NO idea what to expect since our family has never done this… read more

"We had absolutely NO idea what to expect since our family has never done this type of 'touring' before. My overall impression is , if the goal of your adventures is , 1) to have fun 2) get exercise with spectacular scenery 3) have someone else be in charge of the arrangements 4) learn so much about the life of your host country 5) have small businesses ( mostly family operated ) prosper from our money vs large restaurants etc AND 6) have the most patient and best tempered guides to deal with a large variety of personalities with a CAN DO attitude was SO WONDERFUL !!!!!! read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

M Marie | September 2021

Croatia Adventure - September 2021

Croatia Adventure

"The trip was incredible. The cadence of events was well-balanced and our guides were fantastic.

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"The trip was incredible. The cadence of events was well-balanced and our guides were fantastic. read more

"The trip was incredible. The cadence of events was well-balanced and our guides were fantastic. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

M Michele | September 2021

Croatia Adventure - September 2021

Croatia Adventure

"Earth, sea, people-three words to describe this trip. The people were great-Marko and Daniel could not be any better-they were knowledgeable, friendly, funny, very hardworking and great communicators. All we had to do was show up in the lobby at the designated time and be ready for fun. We learned so much about Croatia-the land and people. The sea views and swimming were wonderful. The activities were challenging, yet able to do them. The food was fantastic and I loved not ordering lunch-bring us what is fresh and delicious. And, totally lucked out with the other travelers-they were great.

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"Earth, sea, people-three words to describe this trip. The people were great-Marko and Daniel could… read more

"Earth, sea, people-three words to describe this trip. The people were great-Marko and Daniel could not be any better-they were knowledgeable, friendly, funny, very hardworking and great communicators. All we had to do was show up in the lobby at the designated time and be ready for fun. We learned so much about Croatia-the land and people. The sea views and swimming were wonderful. The activities were challenging, yet able to do them. The food was fantastic and I loved not ordering lunch-bring us what is fresh and delicious. And, totally lucked out with the other travelers-they were great. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

M Mary | September 2021

Croatia Family Vacation - August 2019

Croatia Family Vacation

"We had an amazing trip to Croatia with Austin Adventures! Our guides, Marko and Daniel, were so helpful and enthusiastic. It was so nice for 3 generations of my family to be able to travel & be active together. There was always some thing for everyone

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"We had an amazing trip to Croatia with Austin Adventures! Our guides, Marko and Daniel,… read more

"We had an amazing trip to Croatia with Austin Adventures! Our guides, Marko and Daniel, were so helpful and enthusiastic. It was so nice for 3 generations of my family to be able to travel & be active together. There was always some thing for everyone read less

5 Stars (7 reviews)

J Jessica | August 2019

Croatia Family Vacation - August 2019

Croatia Family Vacation

"The trip couldn't be better! Marko & Daniel were fantastic and made every part of the trip extraordinary!

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"The trip couldn't be better! Marko & Daniel were fantastic and made every part of… read more

"The trip couldn't be better! Marko & Daniel were fantastic and made every part of the trip extraordinary! read less

5 Stars (7 reviews)

A Andrew | August 2019

Croatia Family Vacation - August 2019

Croatia Family Vacation

"The trip couldn't be better! Marko and Daniel were fantastic and made every part of the trip extraordinary!

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"The trip couldn't be better! Marko and Daniel were fantastic and made every part of… read more

"The trip couldn't be better! Marko and Daniel were fantastic and made every part of the trip extraordinary! read less

5 Stars (7 reviews)

A Andrew | August 2019

Croatia Adventure - July 2019

Croatia Adventure

"As always one of the best vacations ever! Marko and Rory were wonderful particularly helping us find our lost luggage! Marko was always ready with the van one step ahead in case help was needed. Rory always on the road encouraging, following and guiding.

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"As always one of the best vacations ever! Marko and Rory were wonderful particularly helping… read more

"As always one of the best vacations ever! Marko and Rory were wonderful particularly helping us find our lost luggage! Marko was always ready with the van one step ahead in case help was needed. Rory always on the road encouraging, following and guiding. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

A Ann | July 2019

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When is the best time to visit Croatia?

Whether you’re looking to dip your toes into the Adriatic or want to explore the streets of Dubrovnik, we believe June is the best time to visit Croatia because of its lovely daily high temperatures in the upper 70s and island-hopping is in full swing before the busiest months of July and August.

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What to pack for your Croatia vacation

What you end up picking will depend on when you plan on traveling, but below are three things that you should consider packing for your Croatia adventure, regardless of when you visit!

1. Electrical Converter

The voltage in Croatia is 220 whereas it’s 120 in the U.S. so if you plan on packing electronics, you’ll need to pack accordingly. This means that you may need an electrical converter in addition to the outlet adapter that you’ll need (outlets in Croatia have the standard Continental Europe two-pin plug). It all depends on what you plan on plugging in and if it works universally in the U.S. and Europe. Read your product manuals – especially if it’s an electric shaver or hairdryer.

2. Dramamine

While uncommon, sometimes people experience motion sickness while on boats. Whether taking a public ferry or island-hopping via a chartered boat, guests who think they might have motion sickness may want to pack Dramamine to combat the possibility of motion sickness.

3. Comfortable Footwear

No one likes sand in their socks, so flip flops and/or sandals are a must for the beach. If you’re planning on exploring the cities and villages, pack close-toed shoes like tennis shoes or hiking boots. Finally, for nights when you want to dress up, keep in mind that many streets are cobblestone so consider packing flats instead of heels.

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Travel Tips for visiting Croatia

When it comes to travel tips, sharing is caring, so we’re happy to pass on a few pointers on how you can best experience Croatia.

1. Best Bar in Dubrovnik

Care to have a beer while gazing at the deep blue sea? Then you’ll want to hit up this bar which is found in the cliffs in the old town area of Dubrovnik. It’s called Buza (meaning ‘hole’ in Croatian), and you enter through a small door in the seaward-facing city walls. If you decide to climb down the rocks and go for a dip, do it before you order your drink!

2. Slow down and Sip

Croatians love their ‘kava’ a.k.a. coffee. They drink it all day, and it’s a beloved ritual that is much more like an art form than a quick caffeine pick-me-up. To blend in with the locals, have a seat in a ‘kafic’ (café), sip your brew and partake in the people-watching. Do so as if you have all the time in the world, it’s what the Dalmatians do!

3. Suit up in the south

Croatia has many nude beaches, but the southern beaches tend to be more modest, so keep that in mind before picking a beach or dropping your top!

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Book three, fourth travels FREE!*

Book three guests and the fourth travels FREE on ANY trip departing before June 30, 2025.

Make it an extra special family vacation or bring together your favorite group of friends. Choose from specially designed family trips or adults only, all with experienced and knowledgeable guides to take care of you and your loved ones every step of the way. Create unforgettable moments together – memories that will last a lifetime.

Ends March 15, 2024. Our departures regularly sell out, so get in touch now to secure your family or group booking so the fourth person travels for FREE.

Travel together on an adventurous vacation the whole crew will love!

Terms & conditions:

*Offer valid for new bookings made through March 15, 2024 (11:59pm US Pacific Standard Time). Offer applies to departures before June 30, 2025. Offer applies to the pre-tax trip cost for the youngest member of the booking where four guests are booked in one room. Child rates apply for children who are 12 or under at the time of travel and are sharing a room with 1 or more adults. Not combinable with any other offers. Other restrictions may apply. Use the code 4THGOESFREE at the time of booking.

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Secure Your Spot Now, Pay the Rest Later

As members of the Active Adventures family, Austin Adventures offers booking assurance that allows you to secure your spot with a deposit now and pay the rest later. Plus, if your plans change or you can’t travel, you can transfer your booking or request a refund on any additional funds paid (less deposit) up to 90 days (180 days for Africa and Himalayas trips) from your original trip start date.  

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FAQs About Our Croatia Vacations

What is the best time of year to visit Croatia?

The best time to visit Croatia is during the summer months, from June to September, when sunlight is plentiful and temperatures are warm, between 66°F and 86°F. The cooler conditions of May and October lend themselves to a wide range of other outdoor activities, from hiking to kayaking.

How many days do you need in Croatia?

10 days is the ideal amount of time for most travelers to explore Croatia. With that said, Croatia is an incredibly diverse place to visit with a lot of things to do, so if you have more time you can visit for three weeks or even a month.

What type of plugs and voltage do you use in Croatia?

Croatia operate on a 220V AC system with Plug Type C which consists of two round parallel pins while the wall plug has two holes where it is connected.

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

How many people are there on each of your Croatia trips?

We generally take up to 18 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

What is the time zone in Croatia?

For the majority of the summer season Croatia is in the Central European (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get local currencies?

Our trips include all transportation, guiding, meals and activities (except where indicated on the itinerary). Most people like to bring a little extra to cover a round of drinks at the pub, take home some souvenirs, book a tour and eat out on their free day, and tip our guides if they've had a great time. 

Usually the easiest thing to do is use your credit or debit card to withdraw money directly from your home account, in local currency. There are plenty of ATM's and banks in larger towns in Europe, and ATM's will accept all major credit cards and many debit cards. Cash advances are the most convenient way to get cash.

What is the currency in Croatia?

The currency in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna.

What if I need a special diet?

We are accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in our pre-trip questionnaire. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online questionnaire.

What is the food like in Croatia?

Croatrian cuisine is one of the best in Europe, with its many miles of coastline, seafood is an obvious highlight, though you’ll also find succulent meats and hearty stews across inland destinations.
A 'traditional' breakfast in continental Croatia would typically consist of polenta and cornbread with lard and a sprinkling of paprika and a strong coffee. Croatinas love to enjoy a very thin-crusted pizza or a shared plate of snacks for dinner, such as čevapi (spicy grilled sausage), pršut (smoked ham) and cheese, or grilled sardines, usually served well after 8pm.
Crni rizot (Black risotto) is a must-try Croatian food! It's basically a squid risotto made using squid ink that colors the risotto black. Besides squids, this risotto often contains other seafood, particularly mussels, clams, and other shellfish.

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes or sneakers should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

How many people are there on each of your Croatia trips?

We generally take up to 18 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

What's included on your Croatia trips?

Accommodation
On your Croatia trip you'll stay in afew different places depending on the destination and activities. You'll stay in beautiful beachview hotels with private bathrooms, swimming pools, garden terraces and even a Spa!

Transport
Your transport will be a mixture of private vehicle, bike, kayak and your very own two feet on our trips in Croatia. All your transport is included from the start of your trip and we'll drop you at the airport at the end. The details are all listed in the trip specific itineraries.

Meals
All your meals are included as described in the itinerary except one dinner. We have found that people enjoy checking out what is on offer by themselves sometimes, so you can go and see what's out there! On every other day and especially after any long hikes, we've chosen places to eat that can cater for our hearty appetites, work well with our small groups (they know we are coming) and provide us with an authentic destination specific culinary experience. There are always options for you, so you can either be brave or choose something more familiar. You can be assured that on all our trips we will make sure you are very well fed, and Europe's vast array of cuisine won't disappoint you!

Trip leaders
Our trips are all led by an experienced Trip Leader alongside a local specialist guide. Our Trip Leaders are very proud to work with Active Adventures and often lead our trips for many years, for which we are very lucky and very grateful, as it means we're able to consistently offer a fantastic level of service. They work closely with our local specialist guides to provide you with a seamless, fun, exciting and memorable trip. They will happily share with you as much or as little as you want to know about the history, culture, social aspects and lifestyle of the country you are visiting.

Can you help me find international flights to Croatia?

Our preferred Travel Partner Fuzion Travel can assist with you with flights and other travel arrangements. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Active Adventures traveller, It’s essential you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of personal injury, medical expenses, trip cancellation for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Insurance page for more in-depth information and insurance provider options. It’s also important to check your insurance covers all the activities you’ll be partaking in, in case you’re travelling to altitude or looking at extreme sports.

Do I need vaccinations to visit Croatia?

You don't need any vaccinations for Croatia. Easy!

Do I need a visa to visit Croatia?

It is your responsibility stay up to date on the latest visa and entry requirements for your destination. Please use the CIBT entry tracker on our website as a guideline or visit the relevant immigration webpage for more information regarding this.

Are beaches in Croatia warm?

The sea will be warm enough for swimming and the beaches wonderful for soaking up the sun. The average high temperature along the coast drops 3 degrees to 25°C while daytime highs in the capital city reach around 22°C.

What is the best time of year to visit Croatia?

The best time to visit Croatia is during the summer months, from June to September, when sunlight is plentiful and temperatures are warm, between 66°F and 86°F. The cooler conditions of May and October lend themselves to a wide range of other outdoor activities, from hiking to kayaking.

If I book a trip with my children, will I be sharing a room with them?

Active Adventures & Austin Adventures family vacations are naturally about spending time with family and as such, most families opt to share rooms on our trips. At time of booking, families consisting of four guests with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at the guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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Why Travel With Us

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Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading average 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

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You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. All you need to do is show up!

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Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted partners and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides.

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Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience.