Heritage & History Tour of Croatia



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Heritage and History Tour of Croatia
September 14 – 30, 2018

We invite you to join noted genealogist, Robert Jerin, for this custom designed exploration of beautiful Croatia. You’ll have a chance to meet with local villagers as well as professionals working in the field of genealogy in addition to artisans and experts dedicated to studying the rich history, culture and heritage of Croatia. Not only will you walk the paths of our ancestors and notable figures in history, but you will visit several places featured in major American motion pictures.

Explore the rugged landscape as you work your way north along the Dalmatian coastline, visiting towns with thousands of years of history and port cities that pre-date Roman history. Along your travels, we’re sure you’ll discover why the gem we call Croatia has been sought after – and coveted – over the centuries.

Join us for our most ambitious heritage and history tour yet, including these breathtaking locations:

Dubrovnik – Korcula – Makarska – Split – Sibenik – Opatija – Pula – Motovun – Zagreb

Friday, September 14th

Depart the USA for European gateways.

Saturday, September 15th

After connecting flights in Europe – arrive in Dubrovnik, Croatia midday. You will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel located within walking distance of the Old Walled City, the Hotel Lero. You’ll have a bit of free time on this afternoon and then we’ll regroup for an early welcome dinner at our hotel. Meal included: dinner.

Sunday, September 16th

After breakfast, we begin a walking overview tour of Dubrovnik to include guided sightseeing of the ancient city including St. Blaze Cathedral. The afternoon is open for independent wandering of the city. A myriad of artist shops and excellent restaurants line the walkways and alleys. Dinner’s on your own. Meal included: breakfast.

Monday, September 17th

Enjoy a leisurely seaside morning before we head inland to visit the art shop AR ATELIER to meet the owner and artist Antonia Rusković Radonić in the town of Gruda. Later tonight we enjoy a traditional dinner tonight at the rustic Konavle restaurant, Mlinica Sapro near Cilipi. Back to Dubrovnik to enjoy the sunset. Meals included: breakfast, dinner.

Tuesday, September 18th

Korcula and the Peljesac Peninsula, each area known for the unique varietals being produced there. First we’ll drive to Orebić where we‘ll take a boat across to Korčula Island. Korčula City is considered to be birthplace of Marco Polo. We’ll enjoy a delightful lunch paired with local wine tasting and some free time to wander the small streets lined with little shops along the way. On the way back, again via boat to Orebić and then a drive along the peninsula, we’ll stop for wine tasting at the wine cellar MILOŠ and you’ll discover why these wines are so appreciated by experts around the world! Our coach will bring us back to our hotel in the early evening, and we’ll stay overnight at our hotel. Meals included: breakfast, lunch with a wine tasting.

Wednesday, September 19th

We leave Dubrovnik this morning and journey north along the Dalmatian Coast line. First we’ll explore the fertile delta region of the Neretva Valley by boat. This area is famous for fruit and vegetable production. We’ll enjoy a local lunch here before we continue north along the coast stopping for a walk along the promenade in Makarska. Perhaps you’ll have time to visit the Malakoloski Muzej, a museum dedicated to sea shells. Expect an early evening arrival in Split to the Hotel Split in the Podstrana district. We’ll enjoy a dinner at our hotel tonight. Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Thursday, September 20th

Today we learn about the deep history of Split during a walking tour with our local guide who will share stories about this city that’s 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. You’ll have free time to wander and enjoy Split this afternoon. In the late afternoon we suggest taking an optional sunset cruise from Split port. This cruise takes about two hours and includes snacks, wine and soft drinks and live music. We’ll stay overnight at Hotel Split. Meal included: breakfast.

Friday, September 21st

Continue along the coast and stop in Sibenik whose old town is still very much intact and wonderful to walk through. With steep stairs down to the waterfront area, stunning architectural details on doorways and facades, the quiet beauty of these back alleyways are a real treat. And situated on its own magnificent square overlooking the sea is the city’s main claim to fame– the Cathedral of St. James (Jacov in Croatian), dating from the 1400’s, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000. We’ll continue on toward a lunch stop in Zadar, famous for its Roman ruins and church from the 1300’s. Then on to a special dinner party and overnight stay at the rustic Villa Rubcic. Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Saturday, September 22nd

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Villa Rubcic on the outskirts of the wondrous natural cathedral that is Plitvice National Park. Our guided tour of the multiple lakes includes walking along the shores of these fascinating cascading lakes, and riding an electric boat across the placid waters of one of the largest. You’ll get some free time before returning to the Villa Rubcic Rakovica, and we’ll stay overnight at Villa Rubcic. Meals included: breakfast.

Sunday, September 23rd

From Plitvice Lakes – we’ll head to Gornje Bukovlje for our famous picnic with the locals. We’ll journey into the rugged inland regions of Croatia to our village friends in Gornje Bukovlje for our traditional village picnic party. After a whole day of eating, drinking and entertaining with new friends, we’ll turn back toward the coast and the Opatija Riviera. We’ll stay overnight at the Hotel Park in Lovran. Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch.

Monday, September 24th

Opatija is one of the first tourist towns in Croatia. It’s located on the east coast of the Istrian peninsula and at the foot of the mountain Ucka, now a nature park. Impressively decorated parks and gardens, long promenades, remarkable centuries-old Austrian villas, beautiful beaches and the warm climate keep this area a mecca for tourists. You’ll have free time this evening to stroll the promenade, with Dinner on own – overnight in Lovran. Meal included: breakfast.

Tuesday, September 25th

Today we’ll tour the famous towns of the Istrian Peninsula. Rovinj is one of the most developed seaside resorts in Croatia, offering a whole range of opportunities to visitors in a picturesque ambiance of the ancient town, surrounded by luxuriant pine forests. During our guided visit of Pula, we’ll visit the old colosseum in Pula and all the other roman monuments. We’ll stop for lunch with a chance to sample the local wines as we head into the hilly middle of the region to visit the town of Motovun. You’ll see why the view from this vantage point has attracted a flourishing artist colony. We’ll head back to Lovran this evening for a dinner and stay overnight at our hotel. Meals included: breakfast, lunch with a wine tasting and dinner.

Wednesday, September 26th

We’ll head across the rugged inland regions of the Gorski Kotor region, stopping in Lekenik where scenes from the famous movie ‘Fiddler on the Roof ’ were filmed. Then we’ll continue on to the capital city of Zagreb. We’ll stay at the centrally located Hotel Palace, a wonderful classic hotel built in 1891 at the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Then we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at our Zagreb Hotel. Meals included: breakfast, dinner.

Thursday, September 27th

Zagreb is the bustling capital of Croatia: a cultural, historic and business metropolis with many beautiful attractions. We’ll get to know this evolving city during our walking and driving tour of the Old and New city. Our hotel is across from the central park area and within walking distance to Ban Jelacic square. We’ll visit the Cathedral, The Upper town area with its Stone gate, St. Marco’s church, the tower of Lotrscak, and in the lower town, the Botanical garden and Museum of Archaeology. In the afternoon we’ll meet with Matica, the institution responsible for keeping in touch with Croatians abroad. We’ll have dinner tonight at the Restoran Purgar featuring traditional foods of the region. Meals included: breakfast, dinner.

Friday, September 28th

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 a true appreciation for the work they do here to preserve Croatian history and heritage. The afternoon is open, giving you some free time for exploring, shopping and relaxing, and dinner’s on your own! Meals included: breakfast.


Saturday, September 29th

For some, this will be a free day to visit relatives or perhaps ancestral villages. Other may enjoy our optional excursion to Samobor and Bizeljsko this afternoon. At 1:00 pm this excursion will depart for Samobor Mountain for lunch at the restaurant Kod Mrve. Then we head to the wine region of Bizeljsko just across the border in Slovenia to taste their unique wines, including the highly prized sparkling Rose they produce. Additionally, we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a tasting of several wines with local snacks of homemade sausages, bacon and bread. We’ll return to our hotel in Zagreb in time for the evening’s farewell dinner at the hotel. Meals included: breakfast, dinner.


Sunday, September 30th

Depart from the Zagreb Airport.

Extended stays are available for those interested!

  • Escorted throughout by our experienced host: Robert Jerin
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe motor coach for all transfers
  • Welcome dinner and drink at our Hotel Lero in Dubrovnik
  • Welcome reception, 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 8 dinners
  • Expert local guides, and tour manager Alen for the entire time
  • Farewell dinner at our Hotel in Zagreb
  • Boat ride on the Adriatic from Orebic to Korcula
  • Dinner of rustic local specialities at the restaurant Purgar
  • Traditional Village picnic party in Bukovelje
  • Dinner with local musical entertainment at the Villa Rubcic
  • Traditional luncheon with local food Rovinj and Zadar
  • Entrance fees to Plitvice Park, Diocletain Palace, Zagreb Archives
  • Boat ride and lunch stop along the Neretva River Valley
  • Farewell dinner at our Hotel in Zagreb

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: July 20th, 2018.

  • $3095 17 day Tour (Per Person Double Occupancy)

Single Hotel Room Supplement: +$955

Add air from your home city to Dubrovnik and return from Zagreb, Croatia. Airfare available from most major cities.

Price is based on current exchange rate ($1.18 USD/Euro) and is subject to change if the rate varies by more than 3% at the time of full payment.

Comprehensive Trip cancellation and Travel Insurance is available and highly recommended. Cost for this insurance coverage varies depending on the age of the travelers. Please call us for the details.



FULL PAYMENT IS DUE July 20, 2018.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 air fare
60-45 days prior to departure …………………… U.S. $400 per person, plus air fare
44-30 days prior to departure …………………… U.S. $500.00 per person, plus air fare
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.

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.

Air Fare Facts: Air fares quoted in this brochure are subject to change without notice and are based on fares in effect 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 air fare, Professional Travel will contact passengers who will then be given the opportunity to pay for the air fare in full and be ticketed to avoid the increase. Airline surcharges and fees if increased will be passed on to the client.

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.

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.

Based on current Exchange Rate of 1.18 $US/Euro. Subject to change should currency change by 3% or more.


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.

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