In Croatia, as in other parts of Europe, many hotels, restaurants, and sites are not equipped to provide easy access for visitors with disabilities. However, public restroom facilities in train and bus stations, airports, and some hotels usually have been modified to accommodate wheelchairs. In general, museums, churches, private accommodations, ferries, shuttle boats, and local trams have not. There are a few exceptions and those are noted throughout this book. Most disabilities shouldn’t stop anyone from traveling. There are more options and resources out there than ever before.
Organizations that offer a vast range of assistance to travelers with disabilities include MossRehab (www.mossrehab.com; tel. 800/CALL-MOSS); the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB; www.afb.org; tel. 800/232-5463); and SATH (Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality; www.sath.org; tel. 212/447-7284). AirAmbulanceCard.com is now partnered with SATH and allows travelers to preselect topnotch hospitals in case of an emergency.
Many travel agencies offer customized tours and itineraries for travelers with disabilities. Among them are Flying Wheels Travel (www.flyingwheelstravel.com; tel. 507/451-5005) and Accessible Journeys (www.disabilitytravel.com; tel. 800/846-4537 or 610/521-0339).
Flying With Disability (www.flying-with-disability.org) is a comprehensive information source on airplane travel. Avis Rent a Car (tel. 888/879-4273) has an “Avis Access” program that offers services for customers with special travel needs. These include specially outfitted vehicles with swivel seats, spinner knobs, and hand controls; mobility scooter rentals; and accessible bus service. Be sure to reserve well in advance.
Also check out the quarterly accessible-travel magazine “Emerging Horizons” (www.emerginghorizons.com), available by online and by subscription ($16.95/year U.S.).
The “Accessible Travel” link at Mobility-Advisor.com (www.mobility-advisor.com) offers a variety of travel resources to travelers with disabilities.
British travelers should contact DisabledHolidays.com (www.disabledholidaydirectory.co.uk; tel. 0161/804-9898) for a listing of wheelchair-friendly hotels and resorts, including several in Dubrovnik.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.