In Split, We Bled Blue

Trip Region: Eastern Europe
Country(ies): Croatia & Slovenia
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $2240
Airfare Estimate: $2000
Nightlife: 3   •   Activity: 3

Looking for the ideal blend of beautiful beaches, physical activity, raging in bars/clubs, and a little bit of culture? This is the MTrek for you! We’ll start in Dubrovnik, jewel of the Dalmatian Coast, and travel to Split, Zagreb and Bled. Highlights include a Boat Day trip to Blue Cave, hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park, canyoning through Bled—and a healthy dose of lazy beach days, bar hopping and raging through the clubs. There’s no better way to see Croatia and Slovenia!

Day 1 — Saturday, Aug 19

Welcome to Dubrovnik, jewel of the Dalmatian Coast! Trekkers should arrive in the afternoon or early evening in time for our welcome meeting at 6pm. We’ll have a little time to explore the town, and then kick off the trip with an epic welcome dinner and celebratory drinks!

Day 2 — Sunday, Aug 20

We’ll start the day with a guided tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, including a walk on the city walls! The afternoon is free time to explore the beaches and scenery of this idyllic town, including the pristine Banje beach. Evening plans include casual dinner and some bar hopping to get to know the area.

Day 3 — Monday, Aug 21

On Day 3, we’ll hop on a private bus to head up the coast to Split, stopping for a wine and cheese tasting along the way! Split is the second largest city in Croatia and home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the coast. We’ll spend the afternoon roaming the historic town and, for those interested, checking out Diocletian’s Palace.

Day 4 — Tuesday, Aug 22

BOAT DAY!!! We’ll head out to sea on a private yacht (with plenty of booze) to explore one of Croatia’s most stunning islands. This day will be packed with breathtaking views and—most notably—a tour of Blue Cave, which lights up with an incredible glow around midday. Once back on shore, we’ll have time for to clean up (and nap if needed) before heading out for dinner and more.

Day 5 — Wednesday, Aug 23

Recover from boat day with a day at leisure in Split (and an optional tour with a local guide). We’ll let you decide how to spend your time, but suggested activities include grabbing lunch on the Riva Promenade and checking out the markets just outside the palace walls. Later on in the night, we’ll check out some of the local clubs to cap off our time in Split.

Day 6 — Thursday, Aug 24

On Day 6, we’ll leave Split and head to Plitvice Lakes National Park—wooded hills and turquoise lakes connected by a series of waterfalls. Along with a guide, we’ll explore the park trails and wooden walkways that pass over the landscape. The park’s canopy is home to 120 species of birds, if you’re into that kind of thing. Otherwise, the waterfalls are sure to impress. From here, we’ll drive to Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, where we’ll have dinner and head to some of the city’s best clubs and nighlight.

Day 7 — Friday, Aug 25

In the morning, we’ll explore Zagreb with an optional walking tour, and then it’s off to Slovenia! We’ll cross the border and stop in Bled, an idyllic town situated in the Julian Alps, where we’ll spend the afternoon swimming and exploring. We’ll cap off the day with dinner and some local bars before resting up for Day 8!

Day 8 — Saturday, Aug 26

Canyoning! What’s that, you ask? It’s just a fancy way of saying “exploring canyons.” Using a professional and safety-rated service, we’ll climb/jump/rappel/hike/swim through the canyons of Bled. While this day is entirely optional, please note that it is built into the cost of the trip.

Day 9 — Sunday, Aug 27

Free morning! You can sleep in, or explore Bled with a scenic bike ride through the surrounding area. We have no official activities planned for the morning. In the afternoon, we’ll transder to Ljubljana for the last night of our trip, where we’ll have our farewell dinner and .

Day 10 — Monday, Aug 28

Departure day – no planned activities!

Ruby Bagedonow

Ruby will tell you she’s from Boston, but really she grew up across the river in Cambridge, MA. She’s used to the cold, so Michigan winter is nothing new, but she’d rather be hanging out at the beach any day. She’s spent many hours of her life winning handstand contests as a competitive gymnast, and nowadays loves to run and practice yoga. Ruby’s goal by the end of her time at Ross is to have eaten at all the awesome restaurants in Ann Arbor, but she’ll tell you Mani is the best because is there really anything better than pizza, pasta, Brussels sprouts, wine?! Ruby’s pursuing a career in tech, after having worked at a couple startups before coming to Ross.

Catheriene "Cat" Garabrant

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, #GoBlue! I love distance running, wine, the beach, and staying out too late. I speak French, I won’t eat mayonnaise or meat, and I’ll stay up until the wee hours with anyone willing! I’m pursuing a career in brand management and spending my summer working in the beer industry 🙂

Nikita Sule

Nikita is from Mumbai and, while at first impression she seems like a polished banker, at heart she loves to rage. She’ll be the first one to go to the club (and the last one to leave).

Michael McFarland

I grew up in Sioux Falls, SD, which is a real place where people live, I swear. After attending Arizona State University and working for GEICO in the DC area, I’m clawing my way back to the bitter cold of the Midwest. A low-key great dancer and high-key total rager, I will ensure that there is adequate time to boogie on this trip. He’ll be doing his marketing internship at Land O’Lakes this summer, so always think of Michael when you butter your bread.

Charles Walton

Hometown: Ann Arbor. Fan of Zingerman’s sandwiches, skiing, Michigan football, and traveling!