Highlights of Croatia Private Tour
Zagreb - Rovinj - Plitvice Lakes - Split - Hvar - Dubrovnik
Packed with authentic experiences and numerous food & wine tastings, this 12-night private tour provides a perfect introduction to beautiful Croatia.
From fascinating medieval cities, hilltop villages and stunning waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park, to the jet-setters’ island of Hvar, your adventure builds up to stunning Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ This fascinating journey includes private luxury transfers throughout and hand-picked expert guides full of knowledge and passion to introduce you to their regions.
|Arrival into Zagreb with afternoon at your leisure||Zagreb|
|Zagreb city tour with Struckli tasting||Zagreb|
|Transfer to Rovinj with afternoon at leisure||Rovinj|
|Istria tour with truffles, wine and Motovun||Rovinj|
|Discover the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park||Plitvice Lakes|
|Transfer to Split with afternoon at leisure||Split|
|Culinary city tour in Split||Split|
|Transfer to Hvar with afternoon at leisure||Hvar|
|Speedboat tour to the Pakleni Islands||Hvar|
|Hvar Island tour with wine tasting||Hvar|
|Transfer to Dubrovnik with oyster tasting in Ston||Dubrovnik|
|Dubrovnik city tour with evening home-hosted dinner||Dubrovnik|
|Transfer to Dubrovnik’s airport for return flight home|
Zagreb (Arrival with afternoon at your leisure)
Your Highlights of Croatia trip begins upon your arrival into Zagreb, Croatia’s capital and largest city. Your private driver will meet you at the airport for transfer to your hotel with the remainder of the day to enjoy at your leisure. A walk is a great way to beat jet lag while getting a preview of the city. We suggest taking a ride on the Zagreb Funicular to the Upper Town in the medieval district for a stroll through the winding streets and alleyways.
Zagreb (Strukli City Tour)
A guided sightseeing tour will bring you to Zagreb’s highlights for an intriguing look at its history and culture. The cobbled streets are lined with an eclectic mix of classical Viennese secessionist architecture and Austro-Hungarian heritage. You’ll get a close look at the colorful roof of St. Mark’s Church, Zagreb Cathedral with its twin spires, the House of Parliament, Dolac Market, the Croatian National Theater and more. You’ll also enjoy a break to sample Croatia’s traditional specialty, strukili at “La Struk.”
Rovinj (private transfer from Zagreb)
After checking out of your hotel in Zagreb, you’ll take private transfer to Rovinj on the west coast of the Istrian Peninsula. Check into your accommodation in this romantic city and then enjoy the rest of the day to yourself. A stroll through the streets will immediately reveal the strong Venetian influence as Croatia’s most Italian town. We suggest a walk along the lovely promenade or climbing to St. Euphemia Church, the highest point in the city, for a panoramic view.
Rovinj (Istria tour with truffles, wine and Motovun)
This morning your expert guide will meet pick you up for a tour of lush Tuscany-like region of Istria. For wine enthusiasts and foodies there are few better destinations. Discover the world’s smallest town, Hum, tasting the delicious local jams and brandies, and in Buzet, sample truffle delicacies that come direct from the truffle hunter and producer. Stunning hilltop Motovun brings the opportunity for tasting more truffle products and you’ll visit Groznjan too, another magnificent hilltop village known for its art and music.
Plitvice Lakes (tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park)
Moving on from Rovinj, you’ll be met by your driver who will bring you to Plitvice Lakes National Park for a tour of its breathtaking lakes and waterfalls. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to 16 interconnected lakes in crystal-clear shades of emerald and turquoise along with around 100 waterfalls. You’ll take a relaxing boat ride across Kozjak Lake and then walk the scenic pathways surrounded by surreal fantasy-like scenes before being delivered to your Plitvice hotel for the evening.
Split (transfer from Plitvice with afternoon at leisure)
Our private driver will bring you to the ancient city of Split today. After checking into your hotel, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure exploring this fascinating UNESCO listed treasure. Meander through the palace and make your way to the beautiful promenade known as the riva, which is the perfect spot to buy an ice cream and spend a bit of time soaking up the atmosphere and beautiful marina views. Tonight we recommend dining alfresco in one of the cities excellent local restaurants.
Split (Culinary & culture tour of Split)
Meet your local gourmet guide for a culinary and history tour of some of Split’s secret gastronomic spots, sampling delicious eats whilst you explore the narrow streets of Roman emperor Diocletian’s 4th-century palace. It begins at the Green Market where you’ll taste whilst learning about the local foods. Afterwards, head to a traditional konoba famous for local specialties like handmade pastas and fresh seafood. At a small shop, try soparnik, a peasant pie, concluding at a pastry shop for traditional pastries and gelato.
Hvar (Transfer to Hvar Island with afternoon at leisure)
Enjoy a relaxed morning and then a transfer to Hvar Island for the next instalment of your trip. Hvar is one of the longest and sunniest Dalmatian islands, known for its beautiful Old Town, stunning secluded beaches and world class restaurants. Its also the gateway to the stunning Pakleni island archipelago After your arrival and check in, either relax at the hotels pool or walk into the old town and see why Hvar is so sought after as an island.
Hvar (Pakleni Islands speedboat tour)
The Pakleni Islands lie just off Hvar’s southwest coast, ideal for a half-day sailing trip. You’ll be introduced to these gorgeous emerald jewels while being able to capture a postcard-perfect photo as it fades away and you begin cruising around the archipelago. Enjoy the scenery, sip wine and soak up the sun as your captain searches for the perfect secluded cove so that you’ll be able to leap into the turquoise water for a swim before making your way back to Hvar for the night.
Hvar (Private Hvar Island tour with wine)
Discover more of beautiful Hvar today by taking an island tour to explore its most picturesque villages and countryside with vineyards and fields of lavender. Visit Stari Gard, the oldest town in Croatia having been settled in the 4th-century BC and the small town of Vrbovska, often referred to as “Little Venice,” with a narrow, winding canal and stone bridges. Meet winemakers at a family-run winery to sample some of the tasty island wines before returning to Hvar Town.
Dubrovnik (Private transfer from Hvar with a stop at Ston for oyster tasting)
Bid farewell to Hvar as you’ll transfer to the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” the final destination on this memorable itinerary. Along the way you’ll stop to visit an oyster farm in medieval Ston to sample the fishing village’s most famous delicacy, with its delicious flavor said to be due to the high salt and mineral content in the bay of Mali Ston. You’ll have a full day of touring tomorrow so upon your arrival to Dubrovnik, simply unwind and enjoy the view.
Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik city tour + home-hosted dinner)
Start your day off by discovering Dubrovnik’s walled Old Town starting from Pile Gate. Your knowledgeable private guide will regale you with fascinating facts and historical anecdotes from the city’s history as you stroll the marble paved streets.
This evening, you will enjoy a very special farewell dinner. You will be hosted by a family at their countryside home, where you will get to cook part of the meal with the matriarch of the family. Enjoy dinner with this very down to earth family as they recount their history which dates back some 500 years. This is one of our clients favorite experiences.
As they say, all good things must come to an end, with your grand adventure through the highlights of Croatia concluding today. You’ll be met by private transfer for the journey to Dubrovnik’s airport to catch your flight home.
- Private guided tours of Zagreb with Struckli tasting
- Private guided tour of Dubrovnik Old Town
- 2 nights in Dubrovnik in a 4- or 5-star hotel
- 2 nights in Zagreb in a 5-star hotel
- Private tour of Istria with wine and truffles
- Staying on a bed and breakfast basis in each hotel
- 2 nights in Rovinj in a 4 or 5-star hotel
- 1 night in Plitvice in a 4-star hotel
- Culinary and history tour of Split
- Hvar island tour with wine-tasting
- Speedboat tour of the Pakleni Islands
- 2 nights in Split in a 4 or 5-star hotel
- 3 nights in Hvar in a 4 or 5-star hotel
- Oyster tasting experience in Ston
- 2 nights in Dubrovnik in a 4 or 5-star hotel
- Home-hosted farewell dinner in Dubrovnik
- Luxury private transfers throughout
What’s not Included
- Any activities and entrances to attractions that are not included on the itinerary
- Return airfares
- Optional gratuities
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