Europe Holidays predicts 2019 is going to be a bumper year for Australians travelling to Europe, with forward bookings 85% up on last year. Croatia, Italy and Spain are experiencing particularly high demand.
Europe Holidays MD Chip Popescu attributes the growth to greater awareness from popular culture, such as Game of Thrones, and an increasing number of Australians travelling generally.
“We’re a more adventurous lot than ten, twenty years ago,” explains Popescu. “Better economic security helps, but over my 25 years in the travel industry, I’ve also noticed Australians are becoming more adventurous and happy to explore further afield.”
“Ten years ago around 15,000 Australians headed to Croatia. Last year there were almost 40,000 visits to the country.”
Popescu advises travellers who’d like to go to Croatia in 2019 to book their plans soon to avoid disappointment.
“2019 is going to be a massive year in terms of outbound visitors to Croatia and southern Europe. In fact many destinations are heavily booked, and are asking for 100% deposit up front, as the demand is so great.”
“For practically the first time ever, we’re already taking forward bookings for two years out, rather than next year, as people try to make sure they’re getting their first choice.”
Popescu’s advice for those who have not already made arrangements is to not despair.
“There are plenty of other great European experiences available, so if you’re not able to get the dates you want to Croatia, Italy or Spain, consider some of their nearest neighbours who are not as oversubscribed yet. Bosnia & Herzegovina is my personal pick as the ‘next big thing’. With its stunning mountain landscapes, its cosmopolitan centre, Sarajevo, and its bridging of East and West, Bosnia is an intriguing destination well worth exploring. Montenegro also shares many of the same spectacular qualities as Croatia.”
Europe Holidays still has limited availability on a number of its Croatian escorted tour itineraries for 2019 – two of which include a nine day / eight night Dalmatian Sunshine tour that includes Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna Cave, Bled, Ljubljana and Zagreb, and an eleven day/ten night Dubrovnik to Venice option that incorporates Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Ljubljana, Bled and Venice.
Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna Cave, Bled, Ljubljana and Zagreb
Highlights of this 9 day / 8 night journey, from $2,322 pp/twin share include:
The escorted package tour includes:
Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Ljubljana, Bled and Venice
Over the course of this 11 day / 10 night tour, which starts from $3,262 per person twin share, the journey includes:
This escorted tour includes:
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