Location: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Target Year Groups: Y10 to Y13
Maximum number of students: 36
Approximate cost: HK$21,400
This is a new and exciting trip for us this year. Please see below the proposed itinerary for 2017.

Trip Leader: Mr Stephen Budd

Please note that parents are responsible for the arrangement of visas if required. Please ensure that your child’s passport is valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of departure from their destination.

Itinerary:

Day 1 – Arrival in Croatia

Your program begins as you fly to the capital of Croatia, Zagreb. You will settle in to your hotel, equipped with western toilets and showers. This afternoon, you will do a quick walking tour as an introduction to Zagreb and get a historical knowledge on what coming up over the next few days. After a delicious dinner and some time exploring the night market, you will have a first night orientation in one of the traditional Croatian coffee shops where locals discuss life over traditional cup of Croatian coffee.

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Overnight: Hotel, Split

Day 2 – Plitvice Lakes

After breakfast, your group will depart on a bus ride through Croatia for a day trip to Plitvice Lakes- a beautiful national park of forest reserve in Croatia, north of Split, which is also an UNESCO World Heritage site. Once you arrive you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch and then get a chance to explore, hike, and wander through the many incredible lakes, caves, and waterfalls – be sure to keep an eye out to see if you can spot any wildlife!

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Upon arriving in Split at the end of the day, you will enjoy an olive oil tasting before dinner, and then head
back to get a good night’s sleep after a full day of adventure.

Overnight: Hotel, Split

Day 3 – Get to know Split

Today you’ll get a more in-depth experience of Split- starting with a more extensive cultural tour highlighting the areas and impact of the war in Balkans 20 years ago. After a break for lunch at a local tavern, get ready for a hike to mountain “Marjan” where you’ll also get to see St. Nicholas Church and caves. From here, you will also get a beautiful view of the entire city of Split that is sure to impress you. Be sure to bring your camera as this is a great moment to put your photo skills in use.

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In the late afternoon, reward yourself after the hike with some traditional gelato on the promenade and take a moment to relax. Then it’s right back into the market again for a bit of time for souvenir shopping. Dinner will include a performance of traditional Klappa singing. To wrap up the day, your program leaders will facilitate another night-time activity or debrief discussion.

Overnight: Hotel, Split

Day 4 – Arrival in Mostar

Today we pack up and drive to Mostar, a Croatian part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Here you will get a deep understanding of what war did to people and how it impacted their lives 20 years ago and how the religion still plays an important role.

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Upon arrival, you’ll have lunch in the Old City, then fill your afternoon with a walking tour around Mostar taking you to the War Museum, the Old Bridge, the Turkish House, and other significant parts of the city. You’ll also get the chance to learn a bit about some of the service projects you will be helping with in addition to your new knowledge of the history and current situation of this unique destination.

Once night falls, head back to the bridge for another amazing photo opportunity!

Overnight: Guesthouse, Mostar

Day 5 – Service Projects and More!

This morning you will work on meaningful service projects ranging from working with students to construction. You’ll get to meet at the music school to hear from and interact with local students about the service project they are involved in, then in the afternoon you’ll rotate through several unique activities, including a coffee shop visit, cooking class, lunch in the courtyard, and a jewelry/traditional handicraft workshop.

In the evening, you’ll have a bit of time to visit the market, and have fun with another nighttime
activity/debrief back at your accommodations.

Overnight: Guesthouse, Mostar

Day 6 – Sarajevo

Wake up early and head to Sarajevo. Visit War Gallery and learn more about a genocide that happened in Sarajevo 20 years ago. Then you will have a chance to take a walk through a famous Barcarsija, shop in local markets and tastes some of the most delicious eastern meals. After a fun afternoon, the group will visit War Tunnel. After an exciting day in a capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, we will head back to Mostar for a good night sleep.

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Overnight: Guesthouse, Mostar

Day 7 – Continue Exploring Around Mostar

For your final full day, you’ll continue your exploration through the city by foot, and then go on a quick drive to Monastery Zitomislici, where you’ll get to see a presentation by a priest. Then journey to Blagaj spring, where you’ll get a chance to stretch your legs and walk around as well as have lunch.

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In the afternoon, return to Mostar for another chance to learn more about its culture and some of the important monuments in the city. Finally, since this is your last night in the city you’ll get a final chance for souvenir shopping and taking in the sights, as well as participating in your Rustic Ties Ceremony.

Overnight: Guesthouse, Mostar

Day 8 – Departure Day

On your final morning, you’ll wake up early and be packed and ready to go so you can take advantage of your last hours in Croatia. Depart from Mostar with enough time to stop in Skradin for a walk around and lunch before making it back to Split in time to catch your flight home. We wish you a safe journey home and hope you come back soon- HVALA!

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