New ways to travel from the United States to Croatia to save time
Traveling from the United States to Croatia, one of Europe’s busiest destinations, usually involved one or more planes, but two American carriers are set to make the trip faster and easier for them. travelers based in the United States, especially those living on the East Coast.
Delta and United recently announced plans for non-stop service from the New York City area to Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and, as a filming location for Game of thrones, a magnet for hundreds of thousands of fans of the show in recent years.
Nonstop flights will begin this summer, with Delta initiating its service from JFK to Dubrovnik on July 2. United is launching its Dubrovnik route from Newark on July 8.
Wanda Radetti, Founder and President of Tasteful Croatian Journeys, specializing in personalized itineraries to the country (Condé Nast Traveler ranked her as the world’s top destination specialist for Croatia since 2006), welcomed the news about the itineraries. “We believe that an itinerary that allows customers to take advantage of these direct flights for arrival and departure will be a popular option now,” she said. The Radetti company has already received requests for flights from customers wishing less travel time and transfers.
For these reasons, Radetti had often recommended that his customers to Croatia book non-stop flights from the United States to Venice, near Istria in the north of the country. “The areas complement each other perfectly because of their common history and cultural ties,” says Radetii. To take advantage of the new non-stop services, Radetti says she and her team have worked on several Dubrovnik-centric itineraries to give customers different options and ideas on how best to organize their trips.
As the EU plans to allow qualified visitors from outside the bloc to travel for pleasure travel, Croatia opened its doors last month to those who can meet certain requirements: proof of full vaccination, proven immunity after recovering from illness, or a negative Covid. test carried out no later than 48 hours before arrival. (In addition to the required health documents, travelers must also show that they have fully paid for accommodation. For more details, visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in Croatia.)
Radetti said that although travel to Croatia was possible last summer for Americans (who passed the appropriate Covid test), the lack of direct flights “posed a challenge for many. She predicts that the new non-stop flights to Croatia “will go a long way in increasing the confidence of travelers and encouraging bookings”.
Delta flights, on Boeing 767-300, will operate four times per week (Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday from New York; Wednesday and Friday to Sunday from Dubrovnik.) Delta One with flat beds and Delta Comfort + be available in addition to the main cabin service.
United flights will depart Newark on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays; return from Dubrovnik on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The service, on Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 30 Polaris business class seats, runs until October 2021.
With travelers planning to return to Croatia, what are they in store for? Radetti says she sees “An increase in requests for villas and private yacht charters, which we attribute to the general tendency to want more privacy and less interaction with people.” She says she also receives requests for more multigenerational and longer trips. “Rather than a flash vacation week, we see 10, 14, even 21 days. We recently received a request to rent a two month villa for the summer months. People seem more willing to splurge on something special. They have been waiting for their vacation for a long time and want to make the most of it. “
Radetti says as travel to the EU begins to intensify, early summer visitors can see “a quieter side of Dubrovnik.” As the season wanes, I would expect the city to get more crowded. An important factor will be whether the cruise resumes and to what extent. “
[For additional information about traveling in Croatia, check out the Stay Safe in Croatia program, outlining health and security protocols for visitors and for companies and services involved in tourism and hospitality. Keep up to date on U.S. re-entry requirements for international air travelers by visiting the CDC website.]