Croatia Tour & Finals

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Tour Information, Packages & Pricing for the 2019 Finals in Croatia - 18 to 27 May 2019

Congratulations if you have qualified for the DanceStar World Finals 2019 in Croatia. This is really an exceptional achievement.

The DanceStar World Finals is held annually in Croatia. The next competition will be held from 20 to 26 May 2019. The city of Porec and its great resorts are the perfect hosts for this great competition, with its location, surroundings and a unique ability to satisfy all the needs of the competitors in one area.

Dancers from South Africa can only compete at the DanceStar World Finals 2019 in Croatia by qualifying at one of the DanceStar South African Qualifiers OR qualifying the day before the main event in Croatia; paying for one of the affordable tour packages and touring with the team to Croatia. SA Dance Talent supervises the South Africa team during the tour.

The tour to Croatia and attending the DanceStar Finals is really a fabulous and spectacular once in a lifetime opportunity with opening ceremonies on the beach, beach parties, DanceStar Night, Award ceremonies and the most beautiful tourist destinations. But the main goal of each dancer should be to treat this as a learning curve as you broaden your dance vocabulary through workshops & observing other styles of dance from the many countries represented there. Winning a trophy or award at this level of competition will be the cherry on the top.

Please study this information page regarding the DanceStar SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM TOUR thoroughly and confirm your commitment to be part of the TOUR by registering online and paying your non-refundable deposit of R2500 per person on or before 31 October 2018.

-SA Dance Talent Team

Travel Packages for dancers, teachers, supporters :

Dancers, teachers and supporters wishing to compete and/or tour with the SA Dance Talent Team to Croatia can choose any one of the five following obligatory packages.

18 to 27 May 2019 - Croatia - DanceStar World Finals

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/teacher/guardian.

The following is included in the below Packages for dancers, teachers and supporters:

  • Accommodation in Porec, Croatia in the competition resort at a 4, 3 or 2 star hotel or apartment for 8 nights.
  • Full delicious buffet Dinner & Breakfast included every day at your hotel
  • Bus transport between Venice Airport and the hotel in Croatia at the resort with return.
  • Tickets for all days of the competition for dancers, teachers & supporters
  • Backstage support and area and dressing rooms for dancers and teachers
  • Tickets for the prestigious DanceStar Night for dancers and teachers (excludes Supporters)
  • Transportation to the DanceStar Gala Night venue and back for dancers, teachers & supporters
  • Entrance to any of the workshops for dancers & teachers
  • Dancers beach parties
  • SA Dance Team track suite tops for dancers & teachers
  • SA Dance Team dancers vests for dancers & teachers
  • Team Shirts, Backpacks & Gear for dancers and teachers
  • Team Golf Shirts, Backpacks & Gear for supporters
  • Team Presentation Ceremony in South Africa for everyone
  • SA Dance Talent Tour Management & Administration Fee
Costs Excluded :
  • Flights (Group booking options available with easy payment plan)
  • Visa & Travel Insurance (if required)
  • Entry Fees for the DanceStar World Finals as this is different for every dancer.

All prices below are per person. Hotel rooms are shared rooms, thus 2 persons per room (excluding apartments). Limited single room options (additional supplement) available. There are no triple rooms, but a stretcher bed is available from Package B to E. No family rooms or interleading rooms available (4 persons), you will need to take 2 rooms next to each other.

Please click here to read Important Hotel Information

Package A : 2 Star Hotel

  • Basic hotel, very small rooms.
  • Maximum 2 people per room. There is no option for 3 people in a room!
  • Includes breakfast and dinner.
  • R13,000 - Dancers & Teachers.
  • R11,500 Supporters

Package B : 3 Star Hotel

  • Great location in the resort and best value.
  • Standard rooms with very small bathrooms.
  • Option of stretcher bed for small child for 3 people in room.
  • Includes breakfast and dinner.
  • R14,500 - Dancers & Teachers.
  • R13,000 Supporters

Package C : 4 Star Hotel

  • Great option for more luxury.
  • Modern hotel with average size modern rooms.
  • Option of stretcher bed for small child for 3 people in room.
  • Includes breakfast and dinner.
  • R16,500 - Dancers & Teachers.
  • R15,000 Supporters

Package D : 4 Star Plus Hotel

  • The best accommodation option and best hotel in resort.
  • Larger rooms compared to other hotels.
  • Fantastic location and very relaxed.
  • Option of stretcher bed for small child for 3 people in room.
  • Includes breakfast and dinner.
  • R19,000 - Dancers & Teachers.
  • R17,500 Supporters

Package E : 4 Star All Inclusive

  • All meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • All soft drinks and local alchoholic drinks included.
  • Pool snack bar pizzas, ice cream and more available during the day.
  • Rooms are standard size, same as Package C hotel.
  • R19,500 - Dancers & Teachers.
  • R18,000 Supporters

Package G : 2 Star Apartments (No meals)

  • No meals included. Very basic self catering. No frills!
  • 2 bedrooms. Minimum 4 persons per apartment
  • R10,500 - Dancers & Teachers.
  • R9,000 Supporters
  • Optional breakfast and dinner add R2,500 per person for entire stay.

Package H : 4 Star Apartment (outside resort)

  • These apartments are not in the resort and is a 25 minute walk to resort and dance venue.
  • Breakfast and dinner included!
  • Minimum 2, 4 or 5 people per apartment. Different bedroom options.
  • R14,500 - Dancers & Teachers.
  • R13,000 Supporters

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/teacher/guardian.

Venice Travel Packages for dancers, teachers, supporters :

Dancers, teachers and supporters wishing to travel with the SA Dance Team to Venice 2 or 3 days before Croatia can choose this optional add-on.

Add R3,750 per person for 2 nights

Add R5,500 per person for 3 nights

  • Departing 15 May for 3 nights, or 16 May 2019 for 2 nights
  • 2 or 3 Nights’ accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotel according to package
  • Breakfast included (no dinner)
  • Includes return public transport from the airport to the hotel in Venice
  • R750 non-refundable deposit per person secures. Limited availibility.

Deposit and payment plan

A non-refundable deposit of R2,500 is required on or before 31 October 2018 for every dancer and supporter going on the tour. Any extension of the deposit date must please be requested via email.

You can either pay the tour amount upfront OR as per the below payment plan. There is no option to pay the packages at a later stage. It must either be paid upfront or as per the minimum amounts each month. Should you fall behind more than 21 days with the minimum payments we reserve the right to suspend your tour package until payments are up to date (subject to availiblity then), or cancel your tour package and refund you according to the cancelation policy.

There is a 2.5% reduction of the package amount if you pay the full amount on or before 30 November 2018

Easy Payment Plan - DANCERS & TEACHERS (per person)
These are the minimum monthly payments required.

Dates Package A Package B Package C Package D Package E Package G Package H
31 Oct (Deposit) R2,500 R2,500 R2,500 R2,500 R2,500 R2,500 R2,500
30 Nov 2018 R2,500 R2,500 R3,000 R3,500 R4,000 R1,500 R2,500
31 Dec 2018 R2,500 R3,000 R3,500 R4,000 R4,000 R2,000 R3,000
31 Jan 2019 R2,500 R3,000 R3,500 R4,000 R4,000 R2,000 R3,000
28 Feb 2019 R2,000 R2,500 R2,500 R3,500 R3,500 R2,000 R2,500
31 Mar 2019 R1,000 R1,000 R1,500 R1,500 R1,500 R500 R1,000
TOTAL R13,000 R14,500 R16,500 R19,000 R19,500 R10,500 R14,500

Easy Payment Plan - SUPPORTERS (per person)
These are the minimum monthly payments required.

Note that children under the age of 3 have special rates on request.

Dates Package A Package B Package C Package D Package E Package G Package H
31 Oct (Deposit) R2,500 R2,500 R2,500 R2,500 R2,500 R2,500 R2,500
30 Nov 2018 R2,000 R2,500 R3,000 R3,500 R3,500 R1,500 R2,500
31 Dec 2018 R2,000 R2,500 R3,000 R3,500 R3,500 R1,500 R2,500
31 Jan 2019 R2,000 R2,500 R3,000 R3,500 R3,500 R1,500 R2,500
28 Feb 2019 R2,000 R2,000 R2,000 R3,000 R3,500 R1,500 R2,000
31 Mar 2019 R1,000 R1,000 R1,500 R1,500 R1,500 R500 R1,000
TOTAL R11,500 R13,000 R15,000 R17,500 R18,000 R9,000 R13,000

Optional Venice Add-on Payment Plan

Dates Venice 2 Days Venice 3 Days
31 Oct (Deposit) R750 R750
30 Nov 2018 R750 R1,250
31 Dec 2018 R750 R1,250
31 Jan 2019 R750 R1,250
28 Feb 2019 R750 R1,000
TOTAL R3,750 R5,500

Optional Group Flight Booking Payment Plan
Note that the amount of R12,000 is an estimate. Final amount will be confirmed 25 November 2018.

Dates Group Flight Booking
30 Nov (Deposit) R3,000
31 Dec 2018 R2,000
31 Jan 2019 R2,500
28 Feb 2019 R2,500
31 Mar 2019 R2,000
TOTAL R12,000

Banking Details:

Acc Name : SA Dance Tours

Bank : First National Bank

Branch : Lifestyle

Branch Code : 250 655

Account# : 627 835 42759


You will receive your account ID when you register online for the tour

Flights :

All Flights must be booked to Marco Polo airport in Venice. The team will travel to Croatia by bus from Venice.

Own Flights

You may book your own flights and this is generally the cheapest option, if you are able to purchase your tickets well in advance. By purchasing your own flights you can also use any air miles, or discounts like Discovery, etc. The only drawback is that you have to pay upfront the full amount for the tickets. If purchased well ahead airline tickets can be bought from R9,500 per person. Note that the closer to the Travel date you try and book your airplane ticket, and the fuller the airplane the more the ticket is going to cost, so do not leave purchasing your ticket a month or two before May 2018.

Extending your tour

You are more than welcome to arrive earlier in Venice and then meet up with the team at the airport once we depart for Croatia or even stay on longer af the competition. "Break Aways" are also allowed on the group flight booking, meaning you can request a later return flight date. Note that you must return from the same airport and the airline will work out the new fee.

Group Flight Booking from R12,000 estimated

If you rather want to fly with the group, leave all the hassles of booking the airplane tickets to us, and also be able to pay off every month a little towards the airplane ticket, then the group booking option is for you. The group booking option flights do cost more than the "early bird pay yourself" option as the airline takes the average price of lowest and highest seat price. The group booking flights cost is estimated currently at R11,000 per person on Emirates. These Fees might be slightly higher at the date of securing the booking as these prices fluctuate depending on the number of bookings already made. The final price for the Airplane ticket for the group booking will be confirmed on 30 November 2018. Payments for the flights can be done over a period of 4 Months

Dates & Transportation :

Dates :

Packages doing Croatia only

  • Depart Date :Saturday 18 May 2019
  • Arrive Venice :Sunday 19 May 2019

2 Days Extra Venice option

  • Depart Date :Thursday 16 May 2019
  • Arrive Venice :Friday 17 May 2098

3 Days Extra Venice option

  • Depart Date :Wednesday 15 May 2019
  • Arrive Venice :Thursday 16 May 2019

Return Date for ALL

  • Return Date :Monday 27 May 2019
  • Arrive South Africa :Tuesday 28 May 2019

If you are arranging your own flights, you need to make sure that you arrive in Venice no later than 13:00 on Sunday 19 May 2019, and depart from Venice to South Africa no earlier than 14:00 on Monday 27 May 2019.

As mentioned you can either book your own flights or y9ou can be part of the group booking for the flights. The most ipmortant point when booking your own flights is that you are at Marco Polo Airport in Venice on the correct date and time so that you can travel with the rest of the team on the pre-arranged bus transport to the resort where the competition is held in Croatia and also for the return flights.

The team will be transported from the airport at Venice to Croatia by our tour bus company and this is approximately a three hour drive. We all travel together, as it makes it an impossible task if everyone is doing their own thing. Once in Porec most things are in walking distance. Affordable taxis, ferries and mini trains are available for transport from the resort to the town centre. Neighbouring towns are also very accessible either via bus or by ferry.

Accommodation in Croatia for the 8 nights is as per the options in either the 2, 3 or 4 star hotels AND IS STRICTLY SHARED ROOMS, so 2 persons per room. If you want to stay one person in a room there is an additional payment called the single room supplement (limited availability). The accommodation in Porec includes a buffet breakfast as well as a full delicious buffet dinner. Lunch is available at the dance venue where there is many different stalls with something to eat.

All the hotels in the resort are close to each other and not further thatn 500 meters from the dance venue. There is a flea market and small curio shops within the resort as well as mini grocery shops. All the hotels are near or on the lagoon and near the beach and each have their own swimming pool.

For those choosing the Venice optional package - the hotels will be either 3 or 4 star accommodation as per the package and conveniently located between the Airport and City of Venice with the easiest of access into Venice.

Money / Currency

The Croatian currency is Kuna's and it is currently R2.20 to 1 Kuna. Croatia is a relatively inexpensive country(compaired to main europe) and day trips, souveneirs, food, etc are very affordable.In Italy (Venice) they use Euros, which is currently R15,50 to 1 Euro.Italy and Venice is more expensive. Spending money of R2,000 should be enough for a dancer to buy lunch and souveneirs while in Croatia.

It is very easy to use your current ATM debit card and use it at any ATM in Croatia or Italy to withdraw money, or you can get a pre-loaded cash card in South Africa then you need to get Euro's as the Coatian currency Kuna is not easily available in South Africa.

Team Gear & Uniform

Dancers will recieve the SA Dance Team tracksuit top, vests and designer shirts. Supporters will recieve SA shirts. Dancers and supporters will recieve various other team gear. All Dancers must wear the team outfit for the opening and award ceremonies, supporters are asked to wear their supporter's shirts at the ceremonies.

Visa for Croatia and Italy
and Travel Insurance.

MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A PASSPORT THAT IS VALID and if not, APPLY NOW. ALL children under the age of 18 also requires an UNABRIDGED BIRTH CERTIFICATE. You cannot travel without this. All South African passport holders are required to have a visa to enter Croatia and Italy (Venice). Application for a Schengen Visa will be made at the Italian consulate, which should be sufficient to enter Italy (Venice) and Croatia.

Mobile & Wifi

Croatian Mobile Cards are not to expensive. There is also Wifi at the hotels in Croatia.

Day Trips
Getting Around

When you are not competing then we advise to go and explore the town of Porec or take a bus or ferry to one of the neighbouring towns. There is so much more to do and see in Croatia. Don't forget your camera and weather permitting your bathing costume!!! Pre-booked Day trips and excursions will be avialable and are for your own account.

Finals Entry Fees

Entry fees for the DanceStar World Finals will need to be paid by 5 April 2018 to us. We will then pay it over to the DanceStar Croatia in one international transfer.

The below entry fees are based on the 2018 entry fees, but might change for the 2019 season.

  • Solo -R1350 per solo
  • Duet/Trio/Quartet -R650 per competitor
  • Group/Formation -R350 per competitior

If you would like to qualify for an extra routine or one that did not previously qualify, you need to pay the full entry fee mentioned above as well as the following qualifying fee. The extra qualifying event will be the day before the main competition in Croatia.

Qualify in Croatia :

  • Solo -R750 per solo
  • Duet/Trio/Quartet -R450 per competitor
  • Group/Formation -R250 per competitior

For any assistance with the tour information, packages & pricing please contact the office at 012-004-0554 or send an email to