- Explore UNESCO-listed icons such as Dubrovnik & Diocletian’s Palace in Split
- Enjoy the splendours of Plitvice National Park with the spectacular waterfalls
- Discover the elegance and historic significance of Croatia’s capital, Zagreb
- Explore the beauty of Kotor Bay in Montenegro with its striking mountains and captivating beaches
- Private guided tours in Split, Hvar, Plitvice Lakes & Dubrovnik
- Enjoy a full day exploring the unique cave systems and coves close to Hvar
- Optional wine tasting tour from Dubrovnik and optional visit to Trakoscan Castle from Zagreb
- Private transfers and concierge service throughout your trip
- A magical tour of Croatia
Your 12-day adventure in Croatia begins in the beautiful chocolate-box capital of Zagreb. The historic city is relatively small and filled with romantic Austro-Hungarian architecture and landmark attractions. It’s divided into a lower and upper town that can be navigated by a charming 120-year-old funicular. Spend a day in the stunning Plitvice National Park and explore 16 emerald terraced lakes that are connected by a dramatic series of waterfalls. In Split, delve into the rich history and explore the fascinating 1600-year old marble maze complex of Diocletian’s Palace. Off the coast of Trogir you can swim and snorkel. From the cosmopolitan island of Hvar access the scenic coastline, extraordinary Blue Cave, and the enticing collection of coves and inlets. The final three days are spent in the stunning city of Dubrovnik. Take a tour of the Old Town and enjoy a full-day excursion to serene Kotor Bay, in neighbouring Montenegro.
DAY 1 – Zagreb (Private guided tour of city)
As the capital and largest city in Croatia, Zagreb has plenty to offer the discerning adventurer and explorer. Our private guided tour of the glorious pocket-sized city visits many of the popular historic and cultural attractions. Leisurely wander through the quaint cobblestone streets and enjoy an introduction to the turbulent history of this vibrant city. Established as Croatia’s cultural and economic hub, Zagreb boasts a fascinating blend of Austro-Hungarian heritage and classical, decorative Viennese secessionist architecture. There are also many peaceful green parks, museums, art galleries, theatres and stylish restaurants where you can enjoy an authentic and unforgettable Croatian experience.
Preferred Hotel – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
DAY 2 – Zagreb (Day of leisure – private guided tour of Trakoscan Castle & Veliki Tabor Fortress)
Enjoy a relaxing second day in Zagreb at leisure. Feel free to explore the fabulous treasures and gems on display in Zagreb’s museums and art galleries. Ride the cable car to the medieval district’s Upper Town and meander through the quaint winding streets and alleyways in search of a cool cafe. Alternatively, you can venture further afield on a private guided optional day trip to the fairytale Trakoscan Castle and the restored hilltop Veliki Tabor Fortress. The nearby town of Varazdin also has ornate baroque palaces and churches, and a park-like cemetery that you can explore at your own pace.
Preferred Hotel – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
DAY 3 – Plitvice (Private transfer to National Park – waterfalls & lakes)
Say goodbye to the city of Zagreb, as we head to one of Croatia’s most popular destinations. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the country’s most visited and photographed tourist attractions. The natural beauty spot boasts 16 inter-linked terraced lakes, breathtaking cascading waterfalls and a plethora of gorgeous flora and indigenous fauna. Walk along the pathways and wooden bridges that span the crystal-clear waters of the lakes and enjoy a scenic ride on an electric boat. For a panoramic view of the spectacular landscape scenery, board the train that circumnavigates the paradise park.
Preferred Hotel – Hotel Degenija
DAY 4 – Split (Private transfer to Split – private guided tour of old town and Diocletian’s Palace)
Croatia’s second largest city is our destination today. Situated on the Dalmatian coast, Split is best known for its beautiful beaches, ornate architecture, and the stunning UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace. Join our private guided tour of the Old Town and enjoy a history lesson, as you explore the sprawling remains of the 4th century maze-like complex that makes up the interior of Diocletian’s Palace. Explore its white stone walled courtyard, cathedral and cafes, bars, shops and restaurants. In the evening, promenading along the scenic Riva waterfront is an excellent way to soak up the atmosphere and to enjoy breathtaking sunset views.
DAY 5 – Split (Day of leisure – boat trip to Trogir)
Enjoy a day at leisure doing exactly as you please. If history and culture are your passions, Split has plenty to tempt you. The exuberant city blends the old with the new, and features impressive Roman monuments and landmark attractions in a unique setting, with a backdrop of dramatic coastal mountains. If you want to explore further afield, take a scenic boat ride to the picturesque town of Trogir. The preserved medieval Old Town is filled with charming Renaissance, Romanesque and Baroque architecture and buildings, and offers exceptional views from the bell tower of the 13th century St Lawrence Cathedral.
DAY 6 – Hvar (Transfer from Split to Hvar – private guided tour of the old town & the fortress)
And so, to Hvar… The cosmopolitan island is one of the most beautiful and pristine destinations in Croatia. The Old Town is typically Mediterranean, with whitewashed houses set against a stunning backdrop of lush, green rolling hills and glistening aquamarine sea. Our private guided tour of the Old Town introduces you to the local landmarks and history of the island. The most spectacular views of Hvar Bay and the Pakleni Island archipelago are yours to discover once you climb to the top of the Fortica Fortress. Explore the narrow streets and sample delicious gastronomic treats in the stylish local restaurants.
DAY 7 – Hvar (Boat trip to Blue Cave – visit Komiza)
A visit to the famous Blue Cave (or Blue Grotto) is not to be missed. The natural phenomenon can only be reached by boat, weather permitting. Take a boat trip and explore the nearby tranquil coves and the Green Cave and Monk Seal Cave. The inviting crystalline emerald waters provide an idyllic swim break location. Jump off the cliffs into hidden coves and snorkel in the crystal-clear water. Before returning to Hvar, take a detour to the historic fishing town of Komiža, and enjoying a feast of freshly prepared seafood whilst you relax and take in the waterfront views.
DAY 8 – Hvar (Day of leisure – visit wineries – jeep safari)
A final day at leisure in Hvar gives you the opportunity to soak up the sun on one of the local beaches, or to spend the day out on the water, sailing around the Pakleni Islands. Tickle your taste buds on an optional wine tasting tour of the local wineries. Learn about the art of winemaking in Croatia, and sample a few of the locally produced red and white wines that are made from juicy indigenous grapes. The charming towns and villages that are dotted around the island can be easily accessed and explored on our exciting Jeep Safari Tour.
DAY 9 – Dubrovnik (Transfer to Dubrovnik – private guided tour of old town – cable car to summit of Srd Mountain)
We head southeast down the Dalmatian coast to Dubrovnik. Our private guided tour of the beautiful UNESCO-listed waterfront city begins in the Old Town and visits the filming locations of the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Explore and admire the historic landmarks, and stroll along the marble paved street that are embellished with medieval architecture, much of which has been restored after severe damage during the Croatian War of Independence in the 1990s. The defensive city walls, churches and palaces are particularly impressive. The summit of Srd Mountain delivers captivating panoramic vistas across Dubrovnik and the neighbouring Elaphite Islands.
DAY 10 – Dubrovnik (Montenegro day trip)
Unlimited and exciting sightseeing opportunities are in store today. We temporarily depart from Dubrovnik en route to Croatia’s up-and-coming neighbour, Montenegro. The Balkan country boasts striking rugged mountains, a narrow strip of beautiful beaches and medieval towns and villages. The city of Kotor is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site that was built between the 12th and 14th centuries, and originally settled by the Romans and early Christians. Ancient and medieval stone walls surround and protect the city and are incorporated into the fortress of St Ivan. The scenic Kotor Bay is a tranquil haven where you can relax and escape.
DAY 11 – Dubrovnik (Explore city – boat trip to Lokrum Island)
On your final day in Croatia take a tour of the iconic city sights at your own pace. Walk along the top of the old city walls and observe the waves crashing against the fortifications below. The Old Town’s palaces, galleries, cafes, shops and restaurants provide plenty of appealing distractions. Alternatively, hop across the crystal-clear waters to the unspoiled Lokrum Island via boat. The nature reserve is home to an 11th century Benedictine monastery and regal peacocks. Enjoy a swim on one of the quiet beaches or in the saltwater lagoon that is locally known as the Dead Sea.
Day 12 – Departure
Enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast before departure from the city via private transfer to Dubrovnik airport.
- Private guided tours of Zagreb, Hvar & Dubrovnik
- 2 nights in Zagreb in a 5-star hotel
- 1 night in Plitvice in a 4-star hotel
- 2 nights in Split in a 4-star hotel
- 3 nights in Hvar in a 4-star hotel
- 3 nights in Dubrovnik in a 4- or 5-star hotel
- Staying on a bed and breakfast basis in each hotel
- Day trip to Biševo and the Blue Cave & Hvar
- Day trip to Montenegro
- Private transfers throughout
What’s not included?
- Optional Hvar wine-tasting
- Optional Hvar Jeep Safari
- Return airfares
- Optional gratuities
- Any drinks and meals not included in this itinerary