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  • from $3,595 PP
  • 12 Nights
  • Private
  • Apr - Oct
  • Easy
  • 10hrs from NYC
  • Dubrovnik

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Enjoy a two-in-one featuring the best of Croatia and Montenegro on a luxury private tour, ensuring a more authentic experience.

This 12-night private tour is the perfect way to explore two countries in one vacation, with intriguing excursions led by local experts throughout. You’ll fly into the capital city of Zagreb, experience the Tuscan-like Istria Peninsula with its medieval hilltop villages and mouthwatering foods, including rare truffles. Explore famous Plitvice Lakes National Park, a fantasy of lakes and waterfalls, take a walk back through time in Split’s 4th-century palace complex, discover sunny Hvar and the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik, before venturing east to stunning Montenegro.

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    Book your trip with us and pay a reduced deposit with the rest 90 days before your departure

  • Full Flexibility

    We will not charge you any admin fees to change your travel dates due to Covid-19 travel restrictions in place within 30 days of your departure.

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    Your trip with us is fully financially protected by our travel insurers. Peace of mind guaranteed.

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    Should you wish to cancel outright, we will apply a 10% cancellation fee for all new bookings. The 10% fee will be kept in credit for you to use on your next booking with us.

At a Glance

  • Days 1/2
    • Zagreb

      • Private Transfer from Zagreb Airport to Zagreb Hotel
      • Afternoon at Leisure on Day 1
      • Zagreb City Tour with cheese tasting
  • Days 3/4
    • Opatija

      • Private Transfer from Zagreb Hotel to Opatija Hotel
      • Afternoon at Leisure on Day 3
      • Private Taste of Istria tour
  • Days 5/6
    • Split

      • Private Transfer from Opatija Hotel t Split Hotel with self-guided tour Plitvice Lakes National Park en-route
      • Private tour of Split and Trogir
  • Days 7-9
    • Hvar

      • Private Transfer from Split Hotel to Hvar Hotel
      • Afternoon at Leisure on Day 7
      • Pakleni Islands & Blue Cave speedboat tour
      • Day at Leisure on Day 9
  • Days 10-13
    • Dubrovnik

      • Private Transfer from Hvar Hotel to Dubrovnik Hotel
      • Afternoon at Leisure on Day 10
      • Tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town and home-hosted dinner
      • Private Montenegro tour with traditional lunch
      • Private Transfer from Dubrovnik Hotel to Dubrovnik Airport

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 Zagreb: Arrival with afternoon at your leisure

    Zagreb, Croatia

    Your exciting adventure begins with your arrival to Zagreb’s international airport. You’ll be welcomed by your private driver for transfer to your hotel in the capital city. Take time to relax and refresh before getting a view over the city by riding the cable car to the Upper Town in the medieval district. Ease any jet lag with a walk through the narrow streets lined with 17th– and 18th-century buildings, with some of the city’s top cafes, bars, and restaurants here too.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb

    Day 2 Zagreb: City tour with cheese tasting

    Zagreb Croatian National Theatre

    A sightseeing tour with our local guide will bring you to see highlights like Croatia’s tallest cathedral and Zagreb’s symbol, the gothic-style Zagreb Cathedral with its two soaring twin spires, 13th-century St. Mark’s Church and its famously colorful room, the House of Parliament and the Croatian National Theater. Take a walk through Dolac Market which offers a wide range of local products like fruits and vegetables, meats and multiple rows of fresh regional cheeses, with a cheese tasting included.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb

    Day 3 Opatija: Private transfer to Opatija

    Opatija, Istria, Croatia

    Moving on from Zagreb, your private driver will transfer you to Opatija on the Istrian peninsula. On arrival in Opatija, check into your hotel and then enjoy the afternoon exploring this beautiful Austro-Hungarian themed town. Unlike the medieval style towns you will see on the rest of your trip, the architecture in Opatija is unique in Croatia. A must do activity is to take a stroll down the coastal walking path called the Lungomare and visit Angiolina Gardens.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Melenij, Opatija

    Day 4 Opatija: Private taste of Istria tour


    Look forward to a flavorful private tour that begins with a visit to romantic Rovinj, including the art galleries along Grisia street. Afterward you’ll enjoy a wine tasting alongside local bites at a winery on your way to hilltop Motovun. One of the most picturesque villages in Istria, here you’ll enjoy a tasting and presentation of various truffle products. Conclude the excursion in the world’s smallest town, Hum, where you’ll enjoy more sightseeing and local product tastings before returning to Opatija.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Milenij, Opatija

    Day 5 Split; Transfer to Split, self-guided tour Plitvice Lakes National Park en-route

    Plitvice Lakes National Park

    Your private driver will bring you to Plitvice Lakes National Park this morning where you’ll embark on a self-guided tour. The park is famous for its 16 stunning interconnected lakes in brilliant shades of greens and blues, along with nearly 100 waterfalls. Explore the network of scenic paths that meander through lush greenery, with the lakes divided between the Upper and Lower Lakes sections. After exploring the stunning lakes, your driver will continue the journey on to Split, with a late afternoon arrival.

    • Preferred Hotel Cornora Hotel, Split

    Day 6 Split: Private tour of Split and Trogir

    This morning you’ll learn about Split’s fascinating history on a guided tour of the historic center, including Diocletian’s Palace. As you marvel at the magnificent buildings and monuments with influences by the Greeks, Romans and Venetians, you’ll feel as if you’re walking back through time. Afterward, head to nearby Trogir, home to the remarkably well-preserved 15th-century Kamerlengo Castle and multiple impressive Romanesque, gothic, Renaissance and baroque structures, including the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, one of Croatia’s finest examples of sacral architecture.

    • Preferred Hotel Cornaro Hotel, Split

    Day 7 Hvar: Transfer to Hvar Island

    Adriatic coast island Hvar

    Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before being transferred to sunny Hvar, one of Croatia’s most popular islands drawing international jetsetters from across the globe to enjoy its beautiful beaches, stunning old town and world-class restaurants. Upon your arrival, take time to settle into your accommodation and then perhaps enjoy a preview on your own by heading to the main square for people watching or climbing to the 16th-century fortress for a glorious view.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Amfora, Hvar

    Day 8 Hvar: Pakleni Islands & Blue Cave speedboat tour

    Embark on a full day speed boat trip to visit the islands that lie just off Hvar’s southwest coast. The Pakleni archipelago is made up of emerald-covered gems surrounded by clear aquamarine waters with hidden coves and beaches that are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Get your camera ready for a picture-perfect shot of Hvar as you sail away. Winding through the islands, enjoy the sunshine, salty sea breeze, and scenery while sipping wine – your captain will find the perfect secluded spot for a swim.

      Day 9 Hvar: Day of leisure


      Your last day on Hvar is all to yourself to either spend the day exploring the town or relaxing at the popular Bonj les Bains beach club and sipping cocktails.

      Optional – Half Day Island Tour

      You might take enjoy doing our private tour of the island. This popular private experience includes visiting some of Hvar’s more hidden seaside towns, brimming with character. You will also get to venture inland visiting a very sought after family run winery with a stunning underground tasting room. Our local guide will take you through Hvar’s impressive lavender fields and to a very traditional Croatian restaurant for lunch.

      • Preferred Hotel Hotel Amfora, Hvar

      Day 10 Dubrovnik: Transfer to Dubrovnik


      After breakfast we will transfer you to Dubrovnik. The 3 hour journey will have you arriving at your hotel around lunch time. With a full day exploring Dubrovnik tomorrow, you might want to simply relax and enjoy the hotel facilities or head to the near beach for a refreshing swim.  This evening we suggest heading into the old town in search for that perfect spot among the many options to enjoy a meal featuring high-quality seasonal ingredients under a starlit sky.

      • Preferred Hotel Hotel More, Dubrovnik

      Day 11 Dubrovnik: Tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town and home-hosted dinner

      Dubrovnik Old Town Walls

      You’ll get an in-depth look at Dubrovnik’s medieval walled Old City on a walking tour with our local guide this morning. Learn about its its destruction during the Homeland War, while seeing firsthand how it was so beautifully rebuilt. Marvel at historic sites that include grapevines believed to be over a century old, Sponza and Rector’s palaces, and Church of St Blaise.

      This evening, join a local family for a home-hosted dinner in their countryside home, getting a glimpse of daily life while enjoying delicious local dishes.

      • Preferred Hotel Hotel More, Dubrovnik

      Day 12 Dubrovnik: Private Montenegro tour with traditional lunch

      Kotor, Montenegro

      Your private driver/guide will bring you to Croatia’s southern neighbor, Montenegro. In Kotor, meet up with a local guide for a one-hour tour of the fortified town that sits along sapphire Kotor Bay, surrounded by dramatic fjord-like mountains. Stroll through the squares and narrow streets to visit Kotor Cathedral and other Romanesque churches before catching a boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks, an islet made from sunken ships and local rock. Enjoy a traditional lunch followed by a wine tasting at a family run winery with spectacular views.

      • Preferred Hotel Hotel More, Dubrovnik

      Day 13 Departure

      Dubrovnik Cable Car

      Its time to bid farewell to Croatia and Montenegro after this fascinating 13 day journey. Our private driver will transfer you to Dubrovnik Airport for your return flight home.

      Want to customize this itinerary?

      If you are looking to extend your stay in Dubrovnik or any of the destinations on this itinerary, please speak to our Croatia travel experts.

        Preferred Hotels

        Hotel Esplanade Zagreb

        Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb

        The hotel Esplanade is located right in the heart of Zagreb’s historical old town and offers guests a premium level of service and amenities including a spa. The hotel boasts art-nouveau style rooms, an excellent restaurant and award-winning cocktail bar.

        Hotel Milenij, Opatija

        Hotel Milenij, Opatija

        Situated right in the very center of elegant Opatija, walking distance from many of the attractions in Opatija. This 5-star hotel features a Wellness & Spa centre, two restaurants, a lobby bar and a café.

        Cornaro Hotel Split

        Cornaro Hotel, Split

        This 4-star award-winning hotel boasts impressive city views, a bespoke service combined with elegant interiors. Located in a central location within easy reach of all of Split’s top attractions as well as the ferry port, local beaches and the harbor – which are just a short stroll away.


        Hotel Amfora, Hvar

        Hotel Amfora, Hvar

        The luxurious 4-star Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort is situated in a prime position in a tranquil secluded bay. Besides boasting a spectacular ocean view, this elegant modern hotel also offers spacious and beautifully furnished accommodation and a wealth amenities and facilities.


        Hotel More Dubrovnik

        Hotel More, Dubrovnik

        The Hotel More is located on the water’s edge, surrounded by pine forests and dramatic sweeping views of the Adriatic – this exclusive 5-star boutique hotel offers the most outstanding of views and is ideal for those seeking a romantic setting. Just 1.5 miles from the old town of Dubrovnik.

        What's Included

        • Overnight stays in hand-picked luxury 4 star and 5 star hotels with breakfast
        • Private guided tours of Zagreb with cheese-tasting, Split, Trogir & Dubrovnik
        • Full day tour of Montenegro with traditional lunch
        • Private taste of Istria tour
        • Entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park
        • Pakleni Islands Speedboat Tour
        • Home-hosted Dinner in Dubrovnik
        • Luxury Private transfers throughout
        • 24/7 concierge service throughout your trip
        • 100% Financial trip protection included for peace of mind
        • Assistance with in destination PCR testing if required

        What’s not Included

        • Return airfares
        • Optional gratuities
        • Any tours or activities not included in the itinerary

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