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Highlights of Croatia tour

Highlights of Croatia

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Witness the dreamlike beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, where waterfalls, teal waters, and lush green vegetation come together to create a spectacle like no other.
  • Start your journey in Croatia's capital: Zagreb!
  • Enjoy scenic ferry rides across the bright blue Adriatic Sea as you travel to and from Split and Hvar.
  • Don't worry about getting around; all airport, ferry, and inter-city transfers are taken care of for you.
  • Walk through the old town of Dubrovnik, where much of Game of Thrones was filmed!

Short Description

Say hello to the Croatian adventure you've been dreaming of! See the very best of this bucket-list country as you explore Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Dubrovnik, and the picturesque island of Hvar. Walk through cobblestone old towns, enjoy included tours, and soak up the natural beauty of Croatia's turquoise waters.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Zagreb
End City Dubrovnik

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Zagreb (ZAG), out of Dubrovnik (DBV)
  • All airport and ferry port transfers
  • 1 night in Zagreb at the Hotel Dubrovnik, or similar
  • Private walking tour of Zagreb
  • Private transfer to Plitvice Lakes National Park, including park entrance
  • 1 night in Plitvice Lakes National Park at the Hotel Jezero, or similar
  • Private transfer to Split
  • Private walking tour of Split, including entrance to Diocletian's Palace
  • 1 night in Split at the Radisson Blue Resort Split, or similar
  • Ferry from Split to Hvar
  • 2 nights in Hvar at the Amfora Beach Resort, or similar
  • Ferry from Hvar to Split
  • Private transfer from Split pier to Dubrovnik hotel
  • 3 nights in Dubrovnik at the Hotel Lapad, or similar
  • Private walking tour of Old Dubrovnik

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Zagreb!

Arrive in the vibrant capital of Croatia! Grab your luggage, meet your transfer, and enjoy a convenient ride to your first hotel. Settle in, then get to know the city!

Stroll around the cobblestone streets in medieval Gornji Grad, Zagreb's Upper Town, and be sure to visit the ornate Church of St. Mark's!

Transfer from Zagreb airport (ZAG) to Zagreb hotel

Day 2: Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes

Recharge with a pleasant breakfast, then enjoy a private walking tour of Zagreb! See the historic Upper Town, St, Mark's Church, St. Catherine's Church, and more.

In the early afternoon, relax on a scenic transfer to the eye-popping Plitvice Lakes Naitonal Park!

Transfer to Plitvice Lakes National Park

Zagreb City Walking Tour

See the gems of Zagreb on this morning tour! You'll venture through historic Upper Town, then discover by some of the religious highlights of the city, from the medieval St. Mark’s Church to the Baroque-style St. Catherine’s Church.

You'll also pass the Zagreb Cathedral - the tallest build in Croatia - as well as the important and iconic Parliament building and Government Place.

Day 3: Plitvice Lakes - Split

After breakfast, take a walk around the breathtaking lower lakes on your own. Meander through this stunning landscape of 16 terraced lakes surrounded by lush vegetation, dense woods, and soaring mountains.

In the afternoon, you'll be taken to the coastal town of Split, where you'll explore the city on a private walking tour. Take advantage of your included entrance to Diocletian's Palace!

Transfer to Split

Split City Walking Tour

Enjoy a walking tour of the historic inner city of Split, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Meet your guide in front of the Diocletian Palace entrance, then explore the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage.

Gaze in awe at its Renaissance and Gothic structures and the Temple of Jupiter, originally an ancient Roman temple dedicated to the king of the gods. Continue to Peristyle Square in the center of the city, then end at the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, regarded as the oldest Catholic cathedral still in use.

Day 4: Split - Hvar

Fuel up with breakfast, then hop aboard a ferry to the island of Hvar! As you glide atop the sea, gaze out at the bright blue waters that surround you. Settle in to your hotel, then take a walk through the main square.

While in Hvar, be sure to try some of Croatia's seafood specialties, like gregada, peka and brodet!

Transfer to Split pier

Ferry to Hvar!

Transfer to Hvar hotel

Day 5: Hvar

Wake up and smell the beauty! Hvar boasts a beautiful blend of party culture, beach relaxation, and old-village charm. There's plenty to do in Hvar Town, which is filled with waterfront parties, cute shops, and trendy restaurants.

If you're looking to step off the beaten path, however, you might want to take a 45-minute hike east towards Milna, where you'll be rewarded with crystal-clear, white-stoned Mekicevica Bay. This spot is frequented by naturists and is also known as Robinson's Beach.

You also might want to explore the old, less populated villages that exist outside the main town center. Check out Stari Grad, the oldest town in Croatia, or the tiny village of Humac, filled with small stone homes and lavender fields!

Day 6: Hvar - Split - Dubrovnik

After a lovely morning in Hvar, you'll be transferred to the Hvar Pier where you'll catch a ferry back to Split. Say goodbye to Split, once again, and head on your merry way to Dubrovnik! Your driver will take you along the spectacular Adriatic Coast, past old fishing villages and resort towns - be sure to have your camera ready.

Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, check-in to your hotel and relax. If you have enough energy, stroll around the Old Town, encased in the historic stone city walls.

Transfer to Hvar pier

Ferry to Split!

Transfer from Split pier to Dubrovnik hotel

Day 7: Dubrovnik

After breakfast, take tons of photos on a private walking tour of Old Dubrovnik! You'll see the Rector's Palace, the Bell Tower Clock, monasteries, and much more. When the tour concludes, spend the rest of the day at leisure!

Dubrovnik City Walking Tour

See the highlights of Old Town Dubrovnik on a morning walking tour! Meet your local guide at Pile Gate in front of Old Town, the natural starting point to any Dubrovnik visit. Begin at Rector's Palace, built in the 15th-century as the home of Dubrovnik's elected rector, then see Bell Tower Clock and Orlando's Column, a symbol of the city's freedom.

Continue to Sponza Palace, a splendid 16th-century palace that was a customs house, a mint, a state treasury and a bank. You'll also enjoy views of the Dominican Monastery and the famous Franciscan Monastery with its pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world dating back to 1371.

Day 8: Dubrovnik

Fuel up with a yummy breakfast, then enjoy the day sightseeing at your own pace. Looking for a spectacular view of the city? Consider hopping in a cable car and seeing a truly unique perspective.

Game of Thrones fan? Stroll around the walled old city, specifically St. Dominika Street, and feel like you're walking through the show's set. Many Game of Thrones scenes have been shot in Dubrovnik, so if you feel a sense of deja vu or familiarity, you'll know why!

Day 9: Depart Croatia

Savor the flavors of one last Croatian breakfast, then squeeze your souvenirs into your luggage and meet your transfer. Spend your flight home scrolling through photos and dreaming about your next adventure.

Transfer from Dubrovnik hotel to Dubrovnik airport (DBV)

Fly home!

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Airfare included

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

  • Hotel Dubrovnik
  • Hotel Jezero
  • Radisson Blu Resort, Split
  • Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort
  • Hotel Lapad

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