Croatia Expedition 1 – 15th June to 28th June – 2 weeks (1 week terrestrial, 1 week marine)

$380.00

This price represents a 20% deposit of the $1,900 expedition fee. Please see the dates and prices page on opwall.com for a list of what is and isn’t included, and the terms and conditions page for payment and cancellation schedules.

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This expedition offers a fantastic experience in the shortest time period possible. The first week is spent in the Krka National Park assisting the biodiversity surveys CR001. The following week there is then a boat trip to various Adriatic Islands before arriving on Mljet and spending the last week in the National Park. Here you can learn to dive CR002 or complete the Adriatic ecology course CR003/04.

Additional Information

Country

Croatia

Duration

2 Weeks

Marine Weeks

1 Marine Week

Terrestrial Weeks

1 Terrestrial Week

Expedition Type

Research Assistant

Terms and Conditions

BOOKING CONDITIONS

The following conditions form the basis of your contract:

1) MAKING A BOOKING AND PAYING YOUR DEPOSIT AND FINAL BALANCE

A deposit of 10% per person must be paid when booking and accepting these terms and conditions. In order to help spread the payments we require a further 10% payment 150 days prior to your expedition start date, and 20% payment due by March 31st in the same year as your expedition. If you are booking within 8 weeks of your intended departure date then we require full payment. Should we be unable to process your booking for any reason then your deposit will be returned to you.We must have the full balance payment at least 8 weeks (56 days) prior to departure.

There is an early-payment discount available if you pay either 50% or more of the total sum owed, or 100% of the total sum owed, prior to the 150 day payment date. The discounts available are as follows:-

  • For 2 week expeditions, $25 discount for greater than 50% payment or $50 discount for 100% payment
  • For 4 week expeditions, $40 discount for greater than 50% payment or $80 discount for 100% payment
  • For 6 week expeditions, $60 discount for greater than 50% payment or $120 discount for 100% payment
  • For 8 week expeditions, $75 discount for greater than 50% payment or $150 discount for 100% payment

All correspondence will be sent to you at either of the addresses you enter at time of booking. In the event of the alteration or cancellation of a confirmed booking by you, conditions in section 3 will apply. Please note that the person completing the booking form undertakes full payment of all the expedition components booked, therefore should have the full consent of the person named on the form. Payment of your deposit confirms you comply with these booking conditions.

2) THE PRICE OF YOUR EXPEDITION AND SURCHARGES

While we reserve the right to amend prices upwards or downwards at any time, it is our policy to offer expeditions at a clear and firm price. However, the factors which may force us to surcharge you are government action, changes to the cost of currency or fuel – unless full payment is made six months or more prior to your departure date.

3) IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL YOUR BOOKING

Should you have to cancel your booking we ask that you advise the us promptly in writing or by email. The cancellation will take effect from the day the written confirmation is received. Cancellation will incur a $95 handling charge. Additional cancellation charges, which become effective more than 30 days after the date of booking*, are as follows:

Period Cancellation charge
More than 185 days before departure No further cancellation charges
185 days before expedition start date to 150 days before expedition start date Loss of 10% of total expedition costs
149 days before expedition start date to 70 days before expedition start date 20% of your total expedition costs
69 days before expedition start date to 42 days before expedition start date 40% of your total expedition costs
Less than 42 days before the expedition start date 100% of your total expedition costs

* this applies only to bookings taken before 1 March in the year of the expedition. Bookings taken after the 1 March in the year of expedition are subject to the cancellation charges as shown in the above table.

Note if you are doing a dissertation/thesis topic then you are able to cancel up to 15 April in the year of your expedition with no loss of deposit, if documentary evidence can be produced that your university will not permit you to undertake the dissertation or thesis topic chosen.

4) IF OPERATION WALLACEA CANCELS YOUR BOOKING

In the unlikely event of Operation Wallacea deeming travel to your particular destination unsafe for any reason, more than 3 months before departure, we will provide a suitable alternative. As a result we are unable to refund any monies, beyond the conditions outlined above. We undertake not to cancel any expedition closer than 3 months to the expedition start date unless in exceptional circumstances such as war, riots, civil strife, industrial action so severe that alternative transport and accommodation cannot be provided, terrorist activity, natural and nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, technical problems with transport and similar unforeseeable circumstances where compensation payments cannot be made.

5) IF OPERATION WALLACEA CHANGES YOUR BOOKING

We undertake not to make any significant changes to your booking. However since this is a field research project, from time to time certain aspects will change between the planning stages and the project delivery. These can include (but are not limited to) details of the accommodation, survey methods and transportation between sites. We will inform you of any significant changes and will provide a suitable alternative to the original project. Such changes will not constitute being offered a refund when a suitable alternative is made available.

6) IF YOU WANT TO TRANSFER YOUR BOOKING

If you want to transfer your booking to the following year or to another named person who does not currently hold a booking with Operation Wallacea then you need to obtain prior approval from the Opwall office. In the event that you make your decision to transfer after 1 January in the year of the expedition, then you need to pay an additional 10% to secure the transfer. If the decision is made before the 1 January in the year of the expedition then no further payments beyond the 10% deposit are required. No transfers are allowed after 1 April in the year of the original booked expedition. Only one transfer to a future year or of the named person per application is allowed and once that transfer is made then all monies paid would be forfeited in the event that the completer of the form wanted to cancel.

7) IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR BOOKING

If you decide to move on to another project or expedition, you can do this free of charge, capacity allowing, until 1 April of the year of your expedition. You will be asked to fill in a new booking form to confirm the change of project. If the project or expedition you want to move to is longer you will be invoiced for the difference in price. If it is shorter, your payment schedule will be adjusted to take the new total amount payable into account. If, following you confirming that you wish to change your booking, you should decide to cancel, cancellation charges will apply in line with your original booking rather than the new booking.

8) JURISDICTION AND LEGAL ASPECTS

Please note that when you have read the booking conditions above and completed the booking form, and when a confirmation invoice has been issued by or on behalf of us or the relevant supplier, you enter into a binding contract which will be governed and interpreted in accordance with the law of England and Wales. As a member of the Association of the Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), an Association approved by the BIS, Operation Wallacea Ltd has provided a Bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. In the event of the Company’s insolvency this Bond provides security for all non-flight inclusive packages provided by Operation Wallacea Ltd. In the above circumstances, the following will apply:

  • A refund of your package pre-payments if you have not yet travelled; or
  • Transport costs back to the start point of the expedition and a refund of the unused portion of the package price if you have already travelled

9) INSURANCE

Operation Wallacea has insurance in place to provide medical and repatriation cover up to £1million for all participants on the expedition. This insurance does not cover other insurable costs such as cancellation and curtailment of your expedition due to your ill-health, flight and travel delays, loss of personal baggage or theft of possessions etc. It is a condition of your booking with Operation Wallacea that you take out travel insurance to cover these items.

7) WHAT DOES THE BOOKING WITH OPERATION WALLACEA NOT INCLUDE?

  • Costs of flights and transport to and from the start and finish points of each expedition
  • Accommodation and food costs before or after the expedition start and end dates
  • Additional insurance cover beyond the £1 million expedition medical and evacuation insurance cover provided by Opwall
  • Costs of additional elective training (e.g. canopy access course, dive training beyond PADI Open Water)
  • Dive equipment rental
  • PIC cards and PADI training Manuals (or BSAC equivalents)
  • Local taxes
  • Park or Reserve entrance fees
  • Visa costs
  • Vaccination or prophylactic medicine costs

Constituent Parts

CR002 PADI Open Water

This course involves a combination of theory lessons, confined water dives and open water dives to gain an official scuba diving qualification.

CR003 Adriatic ecology course & marine research – diving
CR004 Adriatic ecology & marine research – snorkelling

The course consists of lectures and in water practicals and teaches identification of common genera and species of coral and other macroinvertebrates, identification of the major reef-associated fish families and common species. Designed to introduce a variety of methods and practices used for scientific research in the marine environment.

CR001 Krka National Park biodiversity surveys

Students rotate between a range of projects led by staff from the Croatian Institute for Biodiversity.

Fish surveys: These are boat and foot-based electrofishing and netting surveys of various habitats along the Krka River. There are a number of endemic species including two endemic trout species (Salmo visovacensis and Salmo obtusirostris krkensi) that are being investigated. All fish captured will be identified, measured and genetic samples taken.

Reptile surveys: Surveys are performed by checking under previously placed cover boards and completing standard search times in different habitats and heights in the valley. The park authorities are keen to determine how the four lined snake (Elaphe quatuorlineata) which grows to 2.5m, the venomous nose horned viper (Vipera ammodytes) and the leopard rat snake (Zamenis situla)separate their niches. In addition the surveys will be recording the distribution of the giant glass lizard (Pseudopus apodus), which grows to a length of 1.2m and tortoises (Testudo hermanni). Night surveys are also done for the cat snake (Telescopus fallax) which is the only nocturnally active snake species in the region.

Cave surveys: Students assisting with these surveys will be led by cave biology specialists, in caves which are not open to the public and will involve completing transects and quadrats within the cave systems to estimate diversity of groups adapted to cave living. Soil samples will also be taken from different parts of the cave system and sorted in the lab to estimate soil biodiversity.

Bird surveys: These surveys will involve setting mist nets early in the morning at different heights in the valley. Point count surveys will be completed either side of the mist net surveys each day. Target species for the birds include the Natura 2000 important bird species.

Butterfly surveys: Students will complete pollard counts of the butterflies.

Mammal surveys: The large mammal species are surveyed using camera traps and searching areas for footprints and faecal samples. Within the Krka Valley and surrounding plateau there are two large wolf packs and these appear to be reducing the jackal and fox populations. In addition to downloading images from the camera traps and analyzing the footage these teams will also be setting and emptying small mammal traps and in particular looking for the endemic vole (Dinaromys bogdanovi) found in the Dinaric mountains.