Ultimate Croatia Family Vacation

Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes – Split – Trogir - Klis Fortress - Hvar island – Dubrovnik

14 nights from $ 3,999.00 Request a Quote

Explore Croatia with this active family adventure. Visit the cultural hub, Zagreb, two dramatic castles and stunning UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. Various exciting activities whilst in Split and Dubrovnik and the islands of Hvar, Biševo and Vis.

Best For: families with a sense of adventure

Highlights

  • 2-week, adventurous family vacation exploring the major sites of Croatia
  • A fun packed itinerary of activity, culture and memories to savour forever
  • Stay in the wonderful and scenic towns of Zagreb, Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik
  • Admire the stunning waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park and try your hand at zip-lining
  • Visit the enchanting Trakošćan and Veliki Tabor Castles
  • Rafting on Cetina river, visit to Blue Cave on Biševo island, snorkeling around Vis island and sea kayaking in Dubrovnik
  • Visit to the iconic settings of the Game of Thrones series
  • Overnight stays in superior 4-star family-friendly hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Private transfers throughout your trip
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Itinerary

Croatian National Theater in Zagreb

DAY 1 – ZAGREB (Private guided city tour)

Begin your exciting, fun-packed family vacation in Zagreb, the capital and biggest city in Croatia. The cultural and economic hub of the country boasts an Austro-Hungarian heritage, classicist and secessionist facades and lush green parks. The vibrant historic city is packed with museums, galleries, and theatres, and has a great array of cafes, bars and restaurants. Join our private guided tour of the upper Old Town and learn about its rich thousand-year-old history and get acquainted with the city’s landmarks and monuments. Enjoy free time in the evening to explore Zagreb’s historic core and attractions at your own pace.

Preferred Hotel – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Historic Zagreb towers sunrise view, Croatia

DAY 2 – ZAGREB (Trakoscan Castle, Veliki Tabor Castle)

Situated just outside of Zagreb, the impressive castles of Trakošćan and Veliki Tabor offer an interesting, inspiring and educational excursion option. Trakošćan Castle dates to the 13th-century, when it was built for defence purposes for the Zagorje principality. Explore the castle’s grounds, park and forest park with lake, and enjoy a delicious traditional Croatian lunch at a local farm restaurant in the midst of the rolling hills and lush fields. Continue on to Veliki Tabor Castle and admire the twelve different roofs that reflect its 12th-century origins. Return to Zagreb in the afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Preferred Hotel – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Plitvice Lakes National Park

DAY 3 – PLITVICE LAKES (Transfer to Plitvice Lakes – waterfalls – boat ride on lakes)

No family vacation in Croatia would be complete without a visit to the stunning UNESCO-protected Plitvice Lakes National Park. As one of the most popular attractions in the country, the beauty spot boasts 16 inter-linked terraced lakes and breathtaking waterfalls. Navigate your way around the park via the wooden pathways and bridges that allow you to get up close to the refreshing cascades. Take a scenic boat ride across the crystal-clear lakes and a panoramic train journey through the natural landscape. Look out for the gorgeous flora and indigenous fauna along the way and enjoy the unlimited first-class photo opportunities.

Preferred Hotel – Hotel Degenija

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

DAY 4 – PLITVICE LAKES (Zip-lining on Korana River & canyon)

An exhilarating zip-lining adventure across the Korana River and canyon await you this morning. Situated on the edge of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the Korana River flows for a total length of 138.6 km. Before you slide down the 300 meters long zip-line, reaching a speed of up to 60 km/ph, our professional guides and instructors will teach you everything that you need to know. As you fly down the zip-line you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the magnificent countryside. Once back on solid ground, enjoy an optional traditional lunch at one of the local agritourism restaurants.

Preferred Hotel – Hotel Degenija

Split, Diocletians Palace, Croatia

DAY 5 – SPLIT (Transfer from Plitvice to Split – private guided tour of the old town & Diocletian’s Palace)

On arrival in Split, the second biggest city in Croatia, join our private guided tour of the charming Old Town. Visit the iconic World Heritage Site of Diocletian’s Palace and explore its historic cellars and the vast maze-like complex that now houses cafes, shops and restaurants. Learn about the city’s rich and diverse history and admire the monuments, architecture and landmarks. To enjoy great views of the city, hike to the top of Marjan Hill or stroll along the scenic Riva promenade. Dine al fresco on delicious local cuisine surrounded by an eclectic mix of magnificent Roman and medieval architecture.

Preferred Hotels – Cornaro HotelHotel MarulPalace Judita Heritage Hotel

River rafting on the Cetina River in Croatia

DAY 6 – SPLIT (Rafting on the Cetina River – BBQ on riverbanks)

Enjoy an exhilarating and fun-packed day rafting on the Cetina River, near to the town of Omis. Our experienced and professional guides are on hand to teach you the basics and everything that you need to know to fully enjoy the thrilling experience of rafting in the protected area of the river canyon. Explore the scenic region from the pristine, crystal clear water’s edge and marvel at the stunning natural landscape and surrounding beautiful lush flora. The exciting family activity is suitable for all levels of rafting experience. End your adventure with a delicious optional barbeque lunch on the riverbanks.

Preferred Hotels – Cornaro HotelHotel MarulPalace Judita Heritage Hotel

Old fort, Split, Croatia

DAY 7 – SPLIT (Visit Klis fortress – ethno-village – town of Trogir)

Lodged in the mountains above the city of Split, Klis fortress is an imposing sight. In the past it served as a line of defence from attack by the Mongols and Ottoman Empire. More recently, the majestic landmark has become a set on the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Visit the fortress and imagine yourself transported to the great city-state of Meereen. Continue to the nearby ‘ethno-village’ to learn about Dalmatia’s lifestyle traditions. Sample the authentic flavours of the region and purchase some locally produced foods to enjoy later. The UNESCO-listed medieval island-town of Trogir is our last stop.

Preferred Hotels – Cornaro HotelHotel MarulPalace Judita Heritage Hotel

Split, Croatia, Adriatic, Dalmatia

DAY 8 – SPLIT (Day of leisure in Split)

Enjoy a free day at leisure. Explore Diocletian’s Palace further and climb to the top of the St Domnius Church’s bell tower to feast your eyes on the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Split and the neighbouring islands below. For a fun and interactive day out visit the Split Live Museum, which showcases life in Roman times. Try out your longbow archery skills and dress up in Roman-style clothing. Learn about what life was like life during the Emperor Diocletian’s rule. Alternatively, if you’re an art lover or history buff, there are plenty of interesting galleries and museums to explore.

Preferred Hotels – Cornaro HotelHotel MarulPalace Judita Heritage Hotel

Hvar town, Croatia

DAY 9 – HVAR (Transfer from Split to Hvar Island, private guided tour of the old town)

Locally known as the ‘island of sunshine’, Hvar is one of the most exciting and lively islands in Croatia’s archipelago. Its shimmering clear turquoise sea, fragrant lavender fields and sun-bleached white stone houses exude a quaint Mediterranean charm. Join our private guided tour of the Old Town and explore the famous landmarks of the beautiful port resort. Visit the hilltop fortress and the Renaissance Hvar Cathedral situated in the elegant main square. Enjoy free time in the evening to do as you please. Shop for souvenirs to take back home and dine in one of the stylish local restaurants.

Preferred Hotels – Adriana Hvar Spa HotelHotel Amfora Hvar

The Blue cave in Croatia

DAY 10 – HVAR (Private guided tour to the Blue Cave & Komiza town)

Get ready for a full-day of sea fun! Visit the natural phenomenon of the famous Blue Cave (or Blue Grotto), and the nearby hidden caves and coves. Stiniva cove, Green cave and Monk Seal cave offer idyllic spots for swimming and snorkelling. Swim inside the caves and jump off the cliffs in the secluded coves. The coastal fishing town of Komiža is the next destination on our private guided tour. Explore the narrow backstreets and admire the 17th century stone houses that surround the bay. Take your seat at a table in a beach restaurant and feast on fresh seafood.

Preferred Hotels – Adriana Hvar Spa HotelHotel Amfora Hvar

View over Hvar and the Pakleni Islands

DAY 11 – HVAR (Day of leisure – Fortica fortress – jeep safari)

On your free day at leisure explore the historic and cultural highlights of Hvar Island at your own pace. Climb up to the top of the Fortica fortress for the best views of Hvar’s gorgeous sun kissed bay and the neighbouring Pakleni Islands archipelago. Wander through the quaint narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets that hide gastronomic gems and little artisan shops that are stocked with local organic lavender products. If you’re feeling active, go swimming, kayaking or sailing in the turquoise crystalline waters that surround the Pakleni islands, or explore the natural scenic landscape on a thrilling Jeep safari excursion.

Preferred Hotels – Adriana Hvar Spa HotelHotel Amfora Hvar

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia, Dalmatia

DAY 12 – DUBROVNIK (Transfer from Hvar to Dubrovnik – private guided tour of the old town)

Continue your journey to the destination of Dubrovnik. The UNESCO-listed city is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Join our private guided tour of the Old Town and visit the marbled streets that show off imposing medieval architecture, palaces, churches and landmark attractions. Many of the stunning locations have been used as sets on the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Immerse yourself in Dubrovnik’s rich and diverse history and culture and take a stroll along the massive old city walls that were originally built for defence purposes and now offer exceptional vistas.

Preferred Hotels – Hotel Kompas Hotel MoreHotel Dubrovnik Palace

Sea kayaking tour of Dubrovnik

DAY 13 – DUBROVNIK (Sea Kayaking by city walls – snorkelling Lokrum island – picnic on Betina beach)

Accompanied by a professional guide and an experienced instructor, today you will have an opportunity to go sea kayaking around Dubrovnik’s imposing old city walls. From the sea level you can enjoy a unique perspective and stunning views of the historic city and its breathtaking surroundings. Explore the caves and nature reserve wonders of neighbouring Lokrum island and enjoy a snorkelling adventure in the crystal-clear waters. On Betina beach eat a tasty picnic in the hidden cave that is only accessible via the sea. Return to Dubrovnik in the afternoon and enjoy a free evening to do as you please.

Preferred Hotels – Hotel Kompas Hotel MoreHotel Dubrovnik Palace

The Dubrovnik cable car in Dubrovnik

DAY 14 – DUBROVNIK (Day of leisure – cable car/ day-trip to Montenegro)

Celebrate the last day of your family vacation in the picturesque city of Dubrovnik. Enjoy free time to explore the main attractions and landmarks at your own pace. Visit the art galleries and museums, and take a scenic tour along the old city walls. For the best photo opportunities hop aboard the cable car that takes you to the summit of Srd Mountain. From the panorama restaurant at the top you can enjoy unforgettable spectacular sunset views. Alternatively, a day trip to Croatia’s neighbour, Montenegro offers a unique sightseeing experience. Visit the city of Kotor and the beautiful Kotor Bay.

Preferred Hotels – Hotel Kompas Hotel MoreHotel Dubrovnik Palace

old town Dubrovnik, Croatia, Dalmatia

DAY 15 – DEPARTURE

After an early breakfast it’s time to leave the hotel and to take a private transfer to Dubrovnik airport for your return flight home.

What’s Included

  • Private guided tours of Zagreb, Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik
  • 2 nights in Zagreb in a 4 star hotel with breakfast
  • 2 nights in Plitvice Lakes in a 4 star hotel with breakfast
  • 4 nights in Split in a 4 star hotel with breakfast
  • 3 nights in Hvar in a 4 star hotel with breakfast
  • 3 nights in Dubrovnik in a 4 star hotel with breakfast
  • Day trips to: Trakošćan and Veliki Tabor Castles, Klis fortress and Trogir, Blue Cave on Biševo island and Vis island
  • Sea kayaking in Dubrovnik
  • Zip-lining in Plitvice
  • Rafting on Cetina river near Split
  • Cable car ride up Srdj mountain in Dubrovnik
  • Private transfers throughout

What’s not Included

  • Return airfares
  • Optional gratuities
  • Any drinks and meals not included in this itinerary
  • Entrance to museums and galleries

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  • The prices on our website are based on low season departures in May and October. Vacations from June through September will be higher, so please adjust your budget accordingly
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