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CROATIA

Croatia is only the size of West Virginia, but has a great variety of environments. From beautiful coastal towns and the soothing sea, through the mountains and into the valleys and ecologically diverse wetlands -- Croatia provides an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the spectacular beauty and nature and surround yourself with culture. Choose to visit any of the eight National Parks, eleven Nature Parks, ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites, over 1000 islands and 6,278 km of coastline. Oh-so many amazing experiences await you in Croatia.

SEE & DO

  • Enjoy a day in the capital city of Zagreb visiting museums and touring the City. 

  • Explore the Dubrovnik City Walls and the magnificent Old Town.

  • Visit National Park Plitvice Lakes. The beauty of the park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls.

  • Spend a few days sailing the pearl of the Adriatic aboard your private yacht or sailboat.

  • Visit Kornati National Park, the sailor’s paradise which consists of 140 uninhabited islands, islets and reefs.

  • Swim in some of the clearest waters, explore many of the picturesque islands such as Hvar - voted one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world.

  • Visit Vis - the southernmost point in Croatia and discover secret beaches and caves, enjoy traditional food and beautiful views.

  • Visit wineries and olive groves, enjoy tastings and lunch in a vineyard.

  • Visit the Sea Organs in Zadar, a concrete organ built at the water’s edge where the waves push air through the organ pipes.

  • Go truffle hunting in Istra, the Northern Adriatic.

  • Explore the Pula Amphitheater, the sixth largest surviving Roman arena. 

WHEN TO VISIT

The best time to visit Croatia is between May and September. Keep in mind that the water is coldest in May and at its warmest in August, which is also the busiest month on the coast. 

 

HOW LONG DO I NEED

We suggest no less than 7 days, but highly recommend 10 or more days to truly experience Croatia. You won’t regret it.

 

GETTING THERE

Croatia is very accessible with nine international airports across the country. We recommend either flying into or out of the capital city of Zagreb, which has the nation’s largest airport, and is a beautiful city to explore for at least a day.

 

GETTING AROUND

The Croatian highway system and transportation infrastructure is up to date, convenient, accessible and easy to navigate whether using a bus, private transfer or renting a vehicle. Once on the coast, there are many ferry options and private boat transfers are available to access the many islands.

 

LANGUAGE

The official language is Croatian. Many locals, especially the younger generations speak English as well as Italian, German and Spanish.

 

PASSPORT & VISA

A valid passport is required to enter Croatia. The U.S. Embassy strongly suggests that you have at least six months validity to avoid problems when you travel. Visas are not necessary as long as you are staying less than 90 days.

 

HAWAII

The Hawaiian Islands are home to active volcanoes, majestic ocean wildlife, soft sandy beaches and warm people. Hear the whales sing, witness the majestic dance of manta rays and effortless movement of sea turtles. Feel the power of the ocean waves, ride a few swells, breathe in the fresh air and step foot on a living, growing volcanic island. In Hawaii, choose from 6 islands, each offering a unique experience. No matter which Island you choose, immerse yourself in the welcoming Hawaiian culture and take in the aloha spirit.

 

SEE & DO

  • Take a helicopter ride to see parts of Kaua’i only accessible by sea or air.

  • Bird Watch at the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge. Look for Hawaii’s endangered birds nesting in the cliffs.

  • Hike the trails of Kokee State Park.

  • Go ziplining above Kauai's lush valleys.

  • Pay a visit Pearl Harbor.

  • Spend time in Waikiki and climb Diamond Head.

  • Visit the North Shore surf Mecca.

  • Go Humpback Whale Watching.

  • Wake up early and see the spectacular sunrise at Haleakala.

  • See molten lava flowing at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

  • Visit the snowcapped Maunakea.

  • Explore the black sand beaches and waterfalls along Hamakua Coast.

  • Visit the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy.

  • Enjoy spectacular snorkeling and diving.

  • View the largest surviving ruins of a prehistoric Hawaiian Village.

  • Lounge by the pool at one of the island’s pampering resorts.

 

 

WHEN TO VISIT

Hawaii is a great vacation spot year round. If you wish to see humpback whales, we recommend visiting mid-December through mid-April. Keep in mind that is peak season in Hawaii.

 

APPROPRIATE FOR

Hawaii's diverse topography, marine life, activities, and unique island vibes offer a variety of options making it a great choice for everyone - adventurers, beach goers, hikers, nature lovers, scuba divers, families, groups and romantics. 

 

HOW LONG DO I NEED

For maximum enjoyment, we recommend a minimum of

5 days, preferably a week or more.

 

GETTING THERE

Oahu is Hawaii’s main airport. Kauai, Maui and the Island of Hawaii also have direct flights from the US mainland, though sometimes connecting through Oahu may be necessary.

 

GETTING AROUND

Most islands have public transportation and taxis, however, we strongly recommend renting a car. It offers flexibility, ease of mind and will make the most of your time.

 

LANGUAGE

Hawaiian and English are both official languages of Hawaii.

 

PASSPORT & VISA

For US citizens, a passport is not required for Hawaii. A government issued ID will suffice.

 

GALAPAGOS

The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific approximately 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian mainland. When Charles Darwin first visited the islands, he noticed that the animals were similar, yet uniquely adapted from island to island, leading to him to develop the theory of natural selection. The isolation of the islands led to many endemic species still thriving today. Due to its incredible diversity and being home to some of the rarest species on the planet, the islands are considered a living museum. Image yourself surrounded by breathtaking sites, getting up close and personal with Mother Nature, and feeling like you are in a wildlife documentary! 

 

 

SEE & DO

  • Explore Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island with the largest crater in the Galapagos.

  • Visit the Charles Darwin Station.

  • Hike - Walk across dry lava, scalesia forests, craters, cliffs, brackish lagoons, and different-colored beaches. See the Giant tortoises that can weigh up to 595 lb, Galápagos land iguanas, birds and more.

  • Bird Watch - Look out for Blue-footed boobies, Red-footed booby colony, Nazca boobies, Flightless Cormorants, Frigatebirds, Darwin finches, and Greater flamingos.

  • Snorkel - Experience the majestic underwater marine life, swim with sea turtles, Galápagos sea lions and fur seals, Galapagos penguins, and sharks. Visit the Devil's Crown, an almost completely submerged volcano offering dramatic sites with underwater lava tunnels to explore.

  • Scuba Dive - The Islands have about 30 diving sites. Dive with Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Schools of Hammerhead Sharks, Sea Turtles, Galapagos Fur Seals and many species of fish.

WHEN TO VISIT

The Galapagos can be visited all year long. During the dry season (June through December) marine life is abundant while bird courtship displays occur during the dry season. If you are interested in seeing a specific species, we can recommend the best time to visit.

 

HOW LONG DO I NEED

A minimum of a week is needed to experience the Galapagos. We also highly recommend extending your stay before or after the Galapagos to experience Quito, Ecuador or Peru.

 

GETTING THERE

You can fly to the Galápagos from Guayaquil's José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE), located in mainland Ecuador. If you would prefer to fly to the Galápagos from Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), plan to stopover in Guayaquil. 

GETTING AROUND

Though land tours do exist, we highly recommend experiencing the Galapagos by boat. There are a variety of vessels from large 100 passenger boats to small expedition vessels and even sail boats. Larger boats are likely to provide more onboard services like lectures while smaller boats are more intimate and faster transfer times to shore excursions.

CURRENCY

The U.S. dollar is the official currency in Ecuador. You can purchase souvenirs in Galápagos in dollars while some shops also accept credit cards.

 

PASSPORT & VISA

A valid passport is needed to visit Ecuador. A visa is not required for U.S. passport holders, unless you plan on staying for longer than 90 days.  Always carry proof of identification and a photocopy of your passport with you.

 

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is a small country with a population of only four million people and is home to  a myriad of cultural attractions and an incredibly diverse landscape. Explore active volcanoes and snow-covered mountains, green lush hills and magnificent beaches, sprawling farmlands, geothermal wonders, and historical sites, Wildlife, wineries, glacial valleys and the Maori culture is ever-present in many parts. New Zealand is jam-packed with things to do. 

SEE & DO

  • Sail an America’s Cup Yacht that was once part of the most prestigious sailing regatta.

  • Soak in the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools outside Rotorua.

  • Road trip to the South Island’s Franz Josef Glacier and hike a glacier.

  • Go whale watching in Kaikoura.

  • Sail Milford Sound, one of the most beautiful fjords.

  • Bungy jump in Queenstown, where bungy jumping was invented.

  • Go Spelunking in New Zealand's many caves.

  • View the southern lights (similar to northern lights).

  • Take a flightseeing adventure.

  • Enjoy scenic guided hiking excursions.

  • Go diving off Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve.

  • Hoist sails aboard a catamaran on Lake Rotoiti.

  • Visit the village of Hobbiton – home of Lord of the Rings.

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves  - Enjoy a boat ride under thousands of magical.

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APPROPRIATE FOR

New Zealand is a one-stop-shop for everyone, from adventurers wanting hiking, biking, and bungee jumping experiences to nature lovers looking to dive, whale watch or bird watch to foodies looking to expand their culinary palate. Enjoy a vacation with your family, significant other or a group. From beaches, nature parks, cities and adventure activities, New Zealand can be customized to your delight.

 

WHEN TO VISIT

We recommend visit New Zealand December through May. The summer offers nice, warm weather without being muggy, though this is also the busy season. Fall (March to May) offers long, sunny days with less crowds.

 

HOW LONG DO I NEED

Considering the distance and abundance of activities to choose from, we recommend two weeks for a first visit to New Zealand.

GETTING THERE

A 12 hour flight from the west coast, New Zealand has a number of airports. Auckland is the largest international airport that offers connections to the rest of New Zealand.

 

GETTING AROUND

Daily flights and ferries connect the North and South islands. Self-drive is a popular way to explore New Zealand, though keep in mind that in New Zealand, they drive on the left hand side of the road and driver sits on the right side of the vehicle. To save time on the road and to access remote areas, we recommend helicopter tours and transportation.

 

PASSPORT/ & VISA

A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens visiting for less than 3 months. A visa will be required for longer stays.