This 9 day journey uncovers it all, bringing the chance to experience the finest Croatia has to offer, from the spectacular historic landmarks in the capital city of Zagreb to the delights of Dubrovnik’s walled Old Town. Guided tours, led by local experts will reveal fascinating insight into what you’re seeing, while the country’s famously delicious cuisine will keep you fueled for it all. You’ll walk the winding paths in Plitvice Lakes National Park to marvel at its incredible lakes and waterfalls, stroll the maze-like 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace in Split, discover the enchanting Blue Cave, the sun-soaked island of Hvar, and much more.
|Arrival into Zagreb with the afternoon at your leisure||Zagreb|
|Private guided tour of Zagreb Old Town||Zagreb|
|Explore the UNESCO listed Plitvice Lakes National Park||Plitvice|
|Private transfer to Split with afternoon at leisure||Split|
|Private tour of Split and Trogir||Split|
|Transfer to Hvar with the afternoon at leisure||Hvar|
|Pakleni Islands and Blue Cave speedboat tour||Hvar|
|Day of Leisure in Hvar or optional half day winery tour||Hvar|
|Morning transfer to Dubrovnik with guided tour of Dubrovnik in the afternoon||Dubrovnik|
|Day at leisure in Dubrovnik or optional local experience||Dubrovnik|
|Private transfer to Dubrovnik Airport|
Zagreb: Arrival into Zagreb
Your trip begins with arrival into Zagreb International Airport. Our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in the city. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure soaking up the atmosphere of this small cultural capital. We recommend enjoying dinner in the Upper Town at one of the city’s sought after eateries.
Private Guided Tour of Zagreb
This morning our local guide will meet you at your hotel for a guided tour of Croatia’s capital. Your tour will take you through the cobbled streets of the Upper Town where you can gaze up at some of the oldest buildings here, including St. Mark’s Church. Dating back to the 13th-century, its colorful roof has become a symbol of the city. You will also get to visit gothic-style Zagreb Cathedral, the tallest in the country with two soaring twin spires. Finish the tour sampling one of the Croatia’s authentic local dishes which is unique to the Zagreb region.
Plitvice Lakes: Explore the beautiful Plitvice Lakes
Set off after breakfast for the world-renowned Plitvice Lakes National Park first. Our private driver will meet you at your hotel for the journey to this UNESCO World Heritage Site which features 16 spectacular lakes in shades that range from brilliant turquoise to emerald. They’ve been flowing over the limestone for thousands of years which has created tranquil pools and countless cascading waterfalls. You’ll hop on a boat crossing the stunning emerald waters of Kozjak Lake, stroll the pathways to view the falls and lakes up close.
Split: Private Transfer to Split
Having explored the magnificent Plitvice Lakes, your next stop is the impressive UNESCO listed Old Town of Split. With a private 3 hour transfer to Split, you will arrive around midday in time to grab lunch and then check into your hotel.
Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure exploring the beautiful Old Town and pristine promenade known as the riva on your own. Speak to our Croatia specialists about our hand-picked restaurant recommendations in Split.
Split: Private Tour of Split and Trogir
A half-day tour will take you into the heart of ancient Split and its 1,700 years of history and the UNESCO-listed town of Trogir. Begin in charming Trogir by strolling along the waterfront promenade, admiring the Venetian and Renaissance buildings and monuments as your expert guide fills you in on their history. Back in Split, join a walking tour through the intriguing streets and alleyways of Diocletian’s Palace. It’s filled with some of the most well-preserved Roman architecture in the world, much of which has been converted into boutiques, galleries, and eateries which you’ll have time to explore afterward.
Hvar: Transfer to Hvar with Afternoon at Leisure
This morning our driver will meet you at your hotel in Split to bring you for the transfer to Hvar Island. Enjoy the gorgeous scenery, including sparkling turquoise bays and hidden coves along the way. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel with the rest of the day to enjoy at your leisure. You might relax on one of the beautiful beaches are explore the historic center of Hvar town which is filled with history, art, and culture. Visit Fortica Fortress for a panoramic view and then you might enjoy dinner at one of the world-class restaurants before checking out the lively nightlife.
Hvar: Pakleni Islands and Blue Cave Speedboat Tour
Today you’ll journey by speedboat to the Pakleni Islands which lie just southwest off the coast of Hvar. The archipelago is known for its secluded, postcard-perfect beaches edged by sparkling aquamarine waters. You’ll stop to so that you can enjoy a swim before continuing on to one of the most popular attractions in Croatia, the Blue Cave. Jump into a smaller boat that can squeeze through the entrance to marvel at the surreal beauty of the interior as its illuminated in a silvery blue glow as the sun’s rays enter through a crack, reflecting on the white limestone sea bottom.
Hvar: Day of Leisure
Today we’ve included a day of leisure for you to explore Hvar on your own or to enjoy the day relaxing at your hotel pool or nearby beach club.
If you would like us to plan a half day experience for you, these are the options we can offer:
- Private Hvar wineries tour with wine and olive oil tasting
- See Hvar from a different angle with a sea kayaking tour
- Discover off the beaten track Hvar with its lavender fields and hidden seaside towns
Dubrovnik: Transfer to Dubrovnik with afternoon guided tour
This morning you will enjoy a catamaran transfer to Dubrovnik arriving at midday. Our private driver will meet you on arrival and will transfer you to your hotel. Check in and enjoy a bite to eat whilst admiring the stunning sea views from your hotel. Later in the afternoon, our private guide will pick you up and take you for a private tour of Dubrovnik’s magnificent Old Town. After the tour enjoy exploring the Old Town on your own.
Dubrovnik: Day at Leisure or Optional Experience
On your last full day in Dubrovnik, enjoy the day at your leisure with time to do some shopping or relax around your hotel pool.
Alternatively speak to one of our Croatia Specialists about booking one of these optional experiences:
- Home-hosted cooking experience in a family’s countryside home
- Private guided tour of Montenegro
- Wine and oyster tasting tour of the Peljesac Peninsula
On your last day in Dubrovnik, enjoy one last breakfast overlooking the beautiful Adriatic sea before our driver transfers you to Dubrovnik Airport for your flight home.
Want to customize this itinerary?
Speak to our travel experts if you would like to extend your stay in Dubrovnik or any of the destinations you are visiting on this custom itinerary.
- 10 Nights of overnight stays in hand-picked luxury 4 star and 5 star hotels with breakfast
- Privately guided tours with expert English speaking guides and experiences as listed on the itinerary
- Private luxury transfers throughout your trip with English speaking drivers
- 24/7 concierge service throughout your trip
- Assistance with in destination PCR testing if required
- 100% Financial trip protection included for peace of mind
What’s not Included
- Optional gratuities
- Any tours or activities not included in the itinerary
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