Know Before You Go: Cruise Croatia: Adriatic Island-Hopping | EF Ultimate Break

Cruise Croatia: Split to Split

Know Before You Go

For an epic trip with zero stress and infinite holy s#!t moments, get familiar with the information below. Seeing the world should be fun, not stressful, which is why we’ve written this guide for you and are available 24/7 so all you have to do is travel. Now, it’s time to do a happy dance and make this trip ULTIMATE.

Getting There

Complete Your Checklist

Before heading to the airport, complete the tasks below and check them off in your Online Account Checklist. If you have any questions, give us a call at 800-766-2645. We’re available 24/7 to make sure you have the Best. Trip. Ever.


  • Verify your passport: Your passport must be valid for 6 months after the tour return date. No visa is required for this trip if you are a U.S. Citizen
  • Join the Facebook group: Join your private Facebook group now! It’s how you can meet other travelers and see announcements from your Tour Director. Call us at 800-766-2645 if you’re having trouble joining.
  • Request a roommate:: Double check with us and your Tour Director that they have your rooming status on file. We will assign a roommate for you if you do not submit a specific request.
  • Personalize your trip: Travel Insurance is not available for purchase on tour, and the price of Optional Excursions increases after departure. We suggest logging in to your Online Account now to add these items.
  • Call your bank: Let your bank and credit card company know of your travel plans so you can withdraw cash and use your debit/credit cards abroad. Otherwise, you risk your account being blocked.

Pack Like a Pro

Your airline ticket includes one checked bag (typically 27" x 21" x 14") but double check the luggage size requirements on your airline’s website. We recommend traveling with one small backpack or purse, and a smaller carry-on suitcase (22” x 14” x 9”) or bag. See more packing tips below:


  • 1 lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing days
  • Comfortable, water-proof sandals for beach days (*Note that the beaches are rocky, not super-soft sand)
  • 1-2 pairs pants / shorts
  • 2-4 shirts / t-shirts / sweaters / dresses
  • 1-2 nicer outfit for Farewell Dinner or a night out
  • Beach-wear (think cover-ups or something you can throw over your bathing suit)
  • 2-3 bathing suits
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen. Pro Tip: Bring two travel-size sunscreens in your carry-on
  • Beach towel – we love the Microfiber travel towels ($10-$20, Amazon.com)
  • Underwear and socks
  • Toiletries, medicine: Bring Dramamine if you’re prone to seasickness
  • 1 reusable water bottle
  • Phone or camera
  • Passport
  • Debit / Credit cards and cash
  • A power adapter – a staff favorite is the “Targus World Power Travel Adapter” ($20, Amazon.com)

Note: Pack like you’re going on a cruise. Think multiple bathing suits and 1-2 towels. Most of the time on this trip will be spent on the boat swimming and lounging. When you port in different islands, you’ll do light sight-seeing, so comfortable clothes and shoes are important both on and off the boat!

Flight Preparation

Check your online account 30 days prior to departure for your flight itinerary and confirmation number. You can check in to your flight 24 hours prior to departure. If you prefer to check in at the airport, plan to arrive 2.5 – 3 hours before departure.


  • If your flight is cancelled or delayed: Don’t worry! We design the first day of tour as an arrival day in case of flight delays or cancellations. Work with the airline to get rebooked on the next available flight, then let your Tour Director know your new arrival time
  • If you slept in and missed your flight: You should still talk to the airline and see if they can get you on the next available option. Tears may help in this case.

Note: All flight information is online (e-ticket) via your account and the airline’s website. You will not receive a physical paper ticket from us.

Arriving in Split

Your Tour Director will communicate on Facebook or email about where to meet them at the Split airport - This is another reason you should join your Facebook group! If you’re flying from the U.S., prepare for an overnight flight, and a morning – midday arrival in Europe.

Meet Your Tour Director and Fellow Travelers

Your Tour Director will also tell you best way to communicate with them during the trip; they will be with your group from start to finish so if there is anything you need, connect with them. Concerned about international cellular data and staying in touch with your group? Check out “Phones and Electronics” further down in this guide.

Use Your Phone, Internet, and Electronics

We recommend you get an international data plan from your cell phone provider. The most common options are the Travel Pass with Verizon, or purchasing a personal hot spot with your carrier. For your cell phone and any other electronics you bring abroad, you will also need a converter/adapter. Read more tips below about using your phone and electronics abroad:


  • Wi-Fi is only available in the dining area of your boat.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches or in your room.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Note: We recommend a universal adapter / converter for this trip. Try the “Targus World Power Travel Adapter” ($20, Amazon.com)

On The Ground

Boat Life 101

This is a sailing and cruise-heavy tour, which means that at least 75% of your time will be spent on a private boat, cruising along the beautiful coastline of Croatia. Dreamy, right? As you prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime tour, here are some things you should know, in order to optimize your Croatian experience:


  • Pack like you’re on a cruise. Multiple bathing suits, sunscreens, beachwear, flip-flops. Embrace the sea life!
  • Breakfast and lunch are provided each day on the boat
  • An expected daily routine is to start sailing around 6am, breakfast at 8am, swim break before lunch, lunch on the boat, dock.
  • Activities on the boat can include sunbathing, swimming, floating, and exploring! On land you’ll experience sightseeing, dinners on your own, and Croatian nightlife!
  • There is typically a restaurant on board the ship that is open if at least 10 people want to eat at one time
  • Outside food is not allowed on the boat except for granola bars or small snacks
  • Bring Dramamine with you if you’re prone to seasickness
  • Two shower towels are provided, and extras are available at 3 EUR per towel.
  • Tipping the boat captain and boat staff is optional, but recommended, along with tipping your Tour Director. More details below.

Note: Bring a book with you for days of lounging on the boat, or pre-download Spotify playlists for #ultimate boat playlists.

Money and Tipping

The local currency in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (HRK). Read on for more must-knows about money and tipping on your trip:


  • When exchanging money for this trip, better rates are usually found overseas, but it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but be wary of fees
  • Budget around $80-$100 per day for meals, drinks, souvenirs, and tips or extra activities

Tipping:

  • We recommend tipping your Tour Director $48 - $72 at the end of the trip
  • Tipping 10% to waitstaff, and rounding up to the nearest Kuna is customary
  • For local guides, you should tip $1-$2 at the end of each experience
  • For the crew manager of your boat, we recommend tipping $3-$5 per day if you feel inclined (given at the end of the trip in local currency)
  • For the full crew (altogether), we recommend tipping $3-$5 per day if you feel inclined (given at the end of the trip in local currency)

Note: Let your bank and credit card companies know your travel plans ahead of time to avoid potential complications while abroad.

Optimize Your Free Time

If you did not purchase EF Ultimate Break Optional Excursions before the trip began, you can log into your Online Account and do so on tour. If you’d like to plan something else during your free time, connect with your Tour Director before doing so; they sometimes arrange extra activities for the group during free time. Optionals on this tour include:


  • Mostar Day Trip: $100 *price increases on tour

Wine and Dine

You’ll sample a variety of local dishes on your trip, but read on for delicacies you must try in Croatia:


  • Olive Oil: Specifically from Istrian region, Croatia’s hub of creative gastronomy. Istrian region olive oil is said to be some of the best in the world
  • Truffles: Also from Istria, try truffles - best in risottos, pastas, or other homemade dishes. Zigante Tartufi is the country’s largest exporter of truffles
  • Black Risotto: Speaking of risotto, this dish is made with cuttlefish or squid, olive oil, garlic, red wine, and squid ink - which gives it the famous rich black color. Careful though, your teeth may turn black!
  • Oysters: What better time to have oysters than on a boat in the Adriatic sea?
  • Beer: The drink of choice in Croatia, you can’t go wrong with a local brew. We recommend anything by Zmajska Pivovara, Nova Runda, The Garden, and more!
  • Brodetto: Also called brudet, Brodetto is a fisherman’s stew with a tomato base.
  • Buzara: A simple dish of mussels in a wine broth with garlic and breadcrumbs - popular anywhere along the Croatian coast!
  • Fritule: Of course, you need to top off all this savory seafood with a sweet treat. Try fritule! A donut-esque pastry with raisins, lemon or orange rinds, and sometimes even rum. Aka, YUM.

Learn the Language

Though most Croatians speak English, their national language is Croatian. Here are some basic phrases to brush up on before leaving. Most importantly: how to toast! And no, we don’t mean your bread. Say, “živjeli” pronounced zheev-yay-lee.


  • Hello = bak (bahk)
  • Goodbye = dovidenja (doh-vee-jeh-nyah)
  • Please = molim (moh-leem)
  • Thank you = hvala (hvah-lah)
  • Pardon me = aprositite (oh-prohs-tee-tee)
  • Yes = da (dah)
  • No = ne (neh)

Health and Safety

With a global presence of more than 46,000 people in over 115 countries and regions, we’re fully committed to your safety. But, it’s equally important for you to maintain your health and safety while abroad. From your first flight all the way through to your farewell dinner, drink plenty of water, get sleep when you can, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your Tour Director or your Trip Consultant if you need a helping hand. Keep these extra tips in mind so you can #travelsmart:


  • Keep your bag/purse in front of you and your phone zipped inside when you’re not using it. Leave your laptop at home, store valuables at the hotel in locked luggage or the safe deposit box. Refrain from carrying large sums of money or wearing valuable jewelry.
  • Use the buddy system. Stay in groups and watch out for each other, especially at night—no one gets left behind!
  • Before you go out, grab a business card at your hotel so that you always have the address handy for getting back later.
  • At the end of a night out, use trusted transportation like a licensed taxi or Uber, and always have cash on hand.
  • Be smart about alcohol consumption. Watch your drinks and don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know. Don’t leave the bar alone with someone you just met.
  • Save our 24/7 number in your phone: +1–617–619–1411

We’re so glad you chose to travel with us and are now part of the EF Ultimate Break family! We'll look for your post-card in the mail, and your #thisisultimate tags on Instagram. Cheers to the Best. Trip. Ever.


Bon voyage!

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