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Heritage, History and Cultures of Croatia

May 9 – 22, 2019
Hosted by Robert Jerin

Visiting:  Dubrovnik – Split – Hvar – Plitvice Lakes – Vukovar – Osijek – Bukovlje – Zagreb

dubrovnik tour group

We invite you to join noted genealogist, Robert Jerin, for this custom designed exploration of beautiful Croatia. We’ll have a chance to meet with local villagers as well as professionals working in the field of genealogy. Also encountering artisans and experts dedicated to studying the rich history, culture, and heritage of Croatia. Not only will we walk the paths of our ancestors and notable figures in history, but we will visit several places featured in current dramas and movies. Throughout, we will learn why the gem we call Croatia has been sought after (or coveted) over the centuries. We’ll explore the rugged landscape as we work our way north along the Dalmatian coastline. We’ll visit towns with thousands of years of history, and port cities that pre-date Roman history.

We invite you to join this comprehensive tour of Croatia. This will be our 12th organized group trip and our 2nd return to the Slavonia region. We take in the the key highlights and the deep history of the region and its people with an itinerary focused on the Inland areas as well as key coastal cities and their influence on the Croatian culture. The capital city of Zagreb is our base for the last few days of exploring and sampling the cuisine and products of the country.

*Advent Season In Croatia and Slovenia Tour for December – COMING SOON!

Day 1  – May 9 – Thursday
Depart USA for European Gateways.

Day 2  – May 10 – Friday, DUBROVNIK
After connecting flights in Europe, arrive in Dubrovnik, Croatia mid-day. You will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in nearby Cavtat. The elegant Hotel Croatia hugs the cliff with most rooms overlooking the blue Adriatic. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening at the hotel.  (D)

Day 3 – May 11 – Saturday, DUBROVNIK
Breakfast at your hotel. Boat transfer to Dubrovnik – 1 hour cruise. Walking city tour with expert local guide. Dubrovnik is a unique destination on the UNESCO list of cultural heritage. Explore and enjoy – The Cathedral, Franciscan Monastery, old pharmacy, Orlando statue, Rector’s Palace, Onophrian fountain. Free afternoon for walking along city the walls, or use the cable car to enjoy view of the city. Transfer by bus back to Cavtat. Dinner at CROATIA, overnight. (B, D)

Day 4  – May 12 –  Sunday, CAVTAT   –  SPLIT
After breakfast, check out, and transfer direction north towards Split. First stop will be one Ston, the city with longest walls in Europe. We’ll take a short boat trip of 45 minutes (The OYSTERS EXPERIENCE) and a chance for oysters tasting. A delicious seafood lunch will be served in one of the Ston restaurants. After lunch, continue to Split and check in to your hotel. HOTEL SPLIT 4* in Podstrana. Dinner at your hotel with a local Klapa group performance. Overnight Podstrana. (B, L, D)

sue jerin in dubrovnik with folk dancers

split old new

Day 5 – May 13 – Monday, HVAR
Earlier breakfast and transfer by bus to SPLIT PORT to catch a ferry for island Hvar and its port Stari Grad. The cruise on the Adriatic takes about 2 hours. Upon arrival, stop in Stari Grad for a sightseeing tour and visit the home of Petar Hektorović, the most popular building in a picturesque small city. Continue to city of Hvar (15 km) and enjoy the rest of the afternoon admiring the beauty of this amazing town, with its fortress, the island archipelago Paklinksi otoci, and the ancient narrow streets. Late afternoon, we head back to Stari Grad to take the ferry back to Split and your hotel where  dinner will be served. Overnight Podstrana. (B, D)


Day 6 – May 14 – Tuesday, SPLIT – RAKOVICA/PLITVICE
After breakfast, check out from the hotel, and begin a city tour with a local expert guide to learn about the deep history of Split. The guide will share stories about this city, more than 1700 years old. We’ll walk the harbor front promenade, tour the famous Old city and Diocletian’s Palace, Cathedral of St. Domnius, the statue of Bishop Grgur of Nin, the Golden gates, and many other unique treasures in this lived in and loved city. We’ll have a lunch break in Split before we board the coach and head inland to the Plitvice region to check in. The Villa Rubcic will host us with a welcome dinner and overnight stay. (B, L, D)

Day 7 – May 15 – Wednesday, PLITVICE
After breakfast, you’ll have time to explore Plitvice lakes National Park, the most popular National Park in this part of Europe. It features 16 lakes, waterfalls, and cascades with breathless scenery and rich biodiversity (both flora and fauna). This evening, enjoy an event organized by the family RUBČIĆ. That means lots of food, grappa, wine, music, and folk dances with a local band to put everyone in a happy mood! Overnight Villa Rubcic. (B, D)

rakovica rubcic villa

Day 8 – May 16 – Thursday, PLITVICE – ĐAKOVO – OSIJEK
Enjoy a hearty breakfast then begin our journey to the Slavonia region and the charming city of Djakovo. We’ll stop for a lunch break en route and before our early afternoon arrival to Đakovo for a city tour with a local guide. The sightseeing tour will include a visit of the main cathedral, and the Lipizzaner stables. The Đakovo Cathedral or Basilica of St. Peter is the center of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Đakovo-Osijek and is the biggest sacral newly built building of Croatian historicism. Continue to Osijek for 1 more hour and then check into the Hotel  OSIJEK 4*. Dinner and overnight in Osijek. (B, D)


Day 9 – May 17 –  Friday, OSIJEK – VUKOVAR –OSIJEK
After breakfast, begin an excursion to Vukovar for a moving sightseeing tour. We call Vukovar “the city hero“ as it has a very special place in hearts and mind of all Croatians. Continue to Ovčara, a mass grave and Memorial Center, and on your way back to Vukovar visit Memorial Cemetery of Homeland War Victims. In Memorial Center of the Homeland War, you will learn about the chronology and events that occurred in Croatia at that time, and admire their courage and their wish to defend the town. At the end of the tour, visit the impressive Cross at the confluence of the Vuka and Danube rivers. Back to Osijek for dinner at a local restaurant with Tamburitza music. (B, D)

dunav sergio gobbo

Day 10 – May 18 – Saturday, OSIJEK –  ZAGREB
Depart Osijek today and drive across the fertile plains of Slavonia as we head toward the capitol city of Zagreb. We’ll check into our centrally located hotel and then start a walking and driving tour of the Old and New city with local guide. Zagreb is a capitol of Croatia, a cultural, historic, and business metropolis with many beautiful attractions such as: Ban Jelacic square, the main Cathedral, the old Upper town, Stone gate, St. Marco’s church, tower of Lotrscak, Botanical garden, etc. We’ll stop for an organized lunch at a local restaurant serving traditional Croatian food.    Overnight Zagreb. (B, L)

Day 11 – May 19 – Sunday,  ZAGREB – BUKOVLJE
After a leisurely breakfast and some free time, we journey to the rustic village of Gornje Bukovlje for a picnic with friends and local residents. Enjoy local music, homemade specialties, and a fun time with our hosts. After a whole day of eating, drinking, and entertaining with new friends, it’s back to Zagreb for a free evening in the city. Overnight. Hotel Dubrovnik. (B, L)

bukovlje cake

Day 12 – May 20 – Monday, ZAGREB
This morning, we’ve arranged a meeting at the Croatian Archives for those interested in the treasure trove of genealogy data they have stored here. Our local hosts and curators will give us feeling for the work they do here to preserve Croatian history and heritage.

The afternoon is left open, giving you some free time for exploring, shopping, and relaxing!  Some of the group may arrange private visits to ancestral villages and lands today or the next day. (B)


Day 13 – May 21 – Tuesday,  ZAGREB – ZAGORJE
Those interested will enjoy a coach tour into the rolling hills and valleys of the Zagorje region north of Zagreb. The region is steeped in the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and maintains it bucolic and charming feel. Lunch with some local treats is included. Back to Zagreb this afternoon for some shopping time before we rendezvous for our Farewell dinner. (B, D)

krapinsko zagorska

Day 14 – May 22 – Wednesday, ZAGREB AIRPORT
Breakfast, check out, and transfer to Zagreb airport.

  • Escort by our experienced host: Robert Jerin
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe motor coach for all transfers
  • Welcome dinner and drink at our Hotel Croatia in Cavtat
  • Welcome reception, 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 8 dinners
  • Expert local guides, and tour manager Alen for the entire time
  • Traditional luncheon with local seafood in Ston
  • Klapa group singing performance at dinner in Split
  • Boat ride on a tranquil lake in Plitvice Lakes Park
  • Dinner of rustic local specialities at the restaurant Purgar
  • Dinner with local musical entertainment at the Villa Rubcic
  • Traditional Village picnic party in Bukovlje
  • Entrance fees to Plitvice Park, Diocletain Palace, Zagreb Archives
  • Tamburitza Band and dinner in Osijek
  • Farewell dinner at our Hotel in Zagreb

$2775 – 13 day Tour (Per Person Double Occupancy)
Single Hotel Room Supplement:+$87800

  • Add air from your home city to Dubrovnik and return from Zagreb. Airfare available from most major cities.
  • Price is based on current exchange rate ($1.16 USD/Euro) and is subject to change if the rate varies by more than 3% at the time of full payment.
  • Your initial deposit of $400 per person secures your hotel rooms and the motor coach tour.
  • Full payment is due no later than 60 days before departure, March 8, 2019.
  • Comprehensive trip cancellation and travel insurance available and highly recommended. Cost for this insurance coverage varies depending on the age of the travelers. Please call for details.

FULL PAYMENT IS DUE March 8, 2019.

  1. Because airline space is limited at special group rates, we urge your deposit of U.S.D. $400 per person as soon as possible. After all airline group space is gone, fares are subject to increase. Minimum of 20 passengers will be needed to operate this tour at the advertised price. Prices are subject to change if the Euro varies by more than 3% at time of final payment.
  2. Baggage Allowance: Free airline baggage allowance is two bags per person in addition to a carry-on piece. However, the tour operator has requested that there be a limit of 1 large suitcase at 50 pounds per person due to space restrictions aboard the motorcoach and airlines weight allowances.  NO RESPONSIBILITY IS INCURRED FOR LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO BAGGAGE OR ANY PERSONAL BELONGINGS. TRAVEL BAGGAGE INSURANCE IS RECOMMENDED AND AVAILABLE THROUGH PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL.
  3. Passport Requirements: A valid passport is required of all tour participants. A U.S. passport is valid for 10 years. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months following your return to the United States. To apply for passports you can contact either your local passport office, Clerk of the District, or County Court. Professional Travel will be happy to help you obtain the necessary forms.
  4. Tour Price Excludes: Airport Departure Taxes, customs user fees, passports, all visa fees, optional tours, telephone, telex, fax and telegram charges, excess baggage charges, sundry tips, laundry, beverages and food not on the regular table d’hôte menu (these items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, or restaurant), portage at U.S./Canada airports and all other items of a personal nature. Service charges at hotels and restaurants are prepaid. Travel Insurance is not included.
  5. Refund and Unused or Amended Tour Arrangements: Unused hotel accommodations, tour features or services are non-refundable, nor exchangeable for other accommodations, services or features. Should there be any reason to change features of the tour for the group, any additional expenses will be charged to the tour members. If a change becomes necessary for any reason, hotels substituted will be the equivalent of those shown. Single room available at a supplemental charge.
  6. Cancellation Penalties: If you cancel your reservation, your right to receive a refund is limited as set forth in the following schedules. All requests for refunds must be sent to us in writing.  Charges for cancellation of the tour will be assessed by the participating airlines, tour operators, and hotels as follows:
    After deposit: U.S. $50.00 per person
    90-61 days prior to departure: U.S. $250 per person, plus airfare
    60-45 days prior to departure: U.S. $400 per person, plus airfare
    44-30 days prior to departure: U.S. $500.00 per person, plus airfare
    29 days or less prior to departure: 100% penalty and no refund
    Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodations reserved prior to and after the tour.
  1. Insurance: While every effort is made to ensure that baggage is properly handled and that the cancellation charges to you are kept to a minimum, Professional Travel cannot be held responsible for damages, loss or theft of luggage or personal belongings. You may secure a policy for baggage insurance, as well as insurance against sickness or accident, or trip cancellation and interruption insurance through Professional Travel. Important terms concerning pre-existing medical conditions, which are not covered, are described in the insurance brochure which will be sent for your review.
  2. Airfare Facts: Airfares quoted in this brochure are subject to change without notice and are based on fares at the time of printing. Late bookings can be accepted at slightly higher fares. Should there be an announced increase (by the airline) in the airfare, Professional Travel will contact passengers who will then be given the opportunity to pay for the airfare in full and be ticketed to avoid the increase. Airline surcharges and fees if increased will be passed on to the client.
  3. Revisions: A handling fee of U.S.D. $30.00 per transaction will be charged for any alteration or revision. A change of tour date or tour itinerary within 45 days of departure will be treated as a cancellation and new booking; regular cancellation fees apply.
  4. Responsibility Clause: Professional Travel Inc., Cleveland, Ohio (hereinafter referred to as “the Company”) is responsible to you in making arrangements for the tour services offered in this brochure, including transportation, sightseeing and hotel accommodations. The carriers, hotels and other suppliers providing tour services are independent contractors and are not agents, employees or servants of or joint ventures with the Company. All certificates and other travel documents for tour services issued by the Company are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the suppliers and to the laws of the countries in which services are supplied. If the services included on the tour cannot be supplied or there are changes in an itinerary for reasons beyond the control of the Company, the Company will arrange for the provision of comparable services. Any resulting additional expenses will be payable by tour participants and any resulting savings will be refunded by the Company to tour participants. The Company reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary whenever the Company deems it necessary to the comfort, convenience or safety of the tour participants, and to cancel a tour at any time.  If the Company cancels a tour, it shall have no responsibility beyond the refund of all monies paid to the Company by the tour participant.  The tour participant agrees that neither the Company nor Robert Jerin shall be liable for any damages, loss (including personal injury, death and property loss) or expenses occasioned by any act or omission of any supplier providing tour services or of any other person. No person, other than an authorized representative of the Company by a document in writing, is authorized to vary any term or condition in this brochure, including any term or condition set forth in the preceding provisions.

For information and reservations, please contact Michael Benz at 440-734-8800 / 1-800-247-0060 x4055 / mbenz@protrav.com or fill out the form below.