Croatia Lakes & Cities Vacation

Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes – Split- Dubrovnik

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A fun and active 10-night trip, experiencing extraordinary Zagreb and the impressive castles nearby. Visit the stunning UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes national park, with awe-inspiring waterfalls and lakes, Roman-founded Split and Dubrovnik, famed for the Game of Thrones’ most famous scenes!

Best For: adventurous families of all ages

Highlights

  • 9-night Croatian adventure, ideal for families with a sense of adventure
  • Stay in the magnificent and elegant cities of Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik
  • Experience the spectacular cascading waterfalls at the Plitvice Lakes National Park and go on a challenging zip lining experience
  • Visit the fascinating Trakošćan Castle and the baroque city of Varaždin
  • Go on a sea-kayaking adventure in Brela with our experienced guide
  • Go on an awesome cycling tour whilst in Dubrovnik
  • Enjoy a speed boat day out to the Blue Cave and Pakleni Islands
  • Private transfers and concierge service throughout your trip
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Itinerary

Zagreb, church St Mark, Croatia

Day 1 – Zagreb (Private guided city tour)

Begin your holiday in the Croatian capital city of Zagreb, the hub of the country’s cultural and economic infrastructure. Packed with art galleries, museums, restaurants, cool cafes, and activities, the vibrant city lives and breathes its historic importance. Made up of classicist and secessionist facades, leafy green shaded parks and delightful promenades, there is always an interesting nook or corner of the city to discover and explore. On arrival at your hotel, join our private guided tour of the city’s attractions and sights. As you meander through the cobblestone streets you will learn all about Zagreb’s rich and diverse history.

Preferred Hotel – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Trakoscan castle in Croatia

Day 2 – Zagreb (Visit the Trakoscan & Velikli Tabor Castles)

Situated just outside of Zagreb’s city boundaries are the historic castles of Trakoscan and Velikli Tabor. Trakošćan Castle dates to the 13th century, when it was built as part of the defence against the Ottoman Empire, for the Zagorje principality. Walk through the castle grounds and explore its lush park and forest park with lake. Enjoy a delicious freshly prepared lunch at a local farm restaurant. The scenic vista of rolling hills is quite simply breathtaking. On arrival at the rustic Veliki Tabor Castle, admire the unique rooftop that is constructed from twelve different roofs, reflecting its 12th century origins.

Preferred Hotel – Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia.

Day 3 – Plitvice Lakes (Transfer from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes – waterfalls – train/ electronic boat)

The unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Site of Plitvice Lakes is one of the most popular and impressive tourist attractions in Croatia. The National Park boasts 16 interlinked lakes that are connected by multiple thunderous, cascading waterfalls. Stroll along the wooden pathways and explore the beautiful indigenous flora and fauna. In the afternoon, you can venture on your own expedition around the park. Hop aboard the train or take the electric boat out across the tranquil lakes to explore further afield.

Preferred Hotel – Hotel Degenija

Split, waterfront view, Croatia

Day 4 – Split (Transfer from Plitvice to Split – private guided tour of the old town & Diocletian’s Palace) 

Today we arrive in the historic city of Split. The coastal city is home to the world famous, UNESCO-listed fortress-like complex of Diocletian’s Palace, which was built in the 4th century. Join our private guided tour of the city’s Old Town, and wander along the cobblestone streets that come alive with history, stories and legends with every step you take. Explore the Temple of Jupiter, and have a drink in the Court of Peristyle, before climbing to the top of St Domnius Church’s bell tower to feast your eyes on the fabulous captivating views of the city and surrounding islands.

Preferred Hotels – Cornaro HotelHotel Marul – Palace Judica Heritage Hotel

Dalmatia, Croatia, Europe

Day 5 – Split (Sea kayaking in Brela)

We leave Split this morning and head for the charming beach town of Brela, for an exciting sea kayaking excursion. The crystalline waters that surround Brela are renowned for their purity and tranquillity, and offer great spots for swimming, snorkelling or sun worshipping on the sand. The sandy beaches of Brela are linked together like a necklace and stretch out for 6km. This is the perfect location for a relaxing, almost deserted escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Dramatic Mount Biokovo, in the background, is the second highest mountain range in Croatia and provides a scenic distraction.

Preferred Hotels – Cornaro HotelHotel Marul – Palace Judica Heritage Hotel

The Blue cave in Croatia

Day 6 – Split (Day of leisure – speedboat tour of the Blue Cave – Visit Hvar/ Vis)

After an early breakfast, board an exciting speedboat tour of the famous Blue Cave, the islands of Hvar or Vis. The Blue Cave (or Blue Grotto) is a unique, natural phenomenon that is not to be missed. After exploring the Blue Cave, head to Vis and enjoy a swim stop in the Stiniva Cove rated as one of the best beaches in the world. Finish the day with a couple of hours exploring the chic island of Hvar with its pristine Old Town and pretty marina before returning to Split. Enjoy plenty of swimming opportunities in secluded bays on this great family day out.

Preferred Hotels – Cornaro HotelHotel Marul – Palace Judica Heritage Hotel

Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

Day 7 – Dubrovnik (Transfer from Split to Dubrovnik – private guided tour of the old town)

Continue your journey into the historic city of Dubrovnik. The UNESCO-listed city is best known for the massive ancient 16th century stone walls that encircle, shield and protect it. Join our private guided walking tour and explore the charming Old Town. Along with the city’s iconic landmarks and monuments, you will also discover many locations that featured in the hit TV show Games of Thrones. Dubrovnik is remarkably well preserved, having survived the Homeland war of the 90s, and its marbled streets, medieval architecture, Baroque churches, Gothic palaces and defensive wall structures ensure that you enjoy a uniquely immersive experience.

Preferred Hotels – Hotel KompasHotel MoreHotel Dubrovnik Palace

Cycling in the Konavle Region

Day 8 – Dubrovnik (Visit the rural Konavle region – Franciscan monastery – wine-tasting)

We temporarily escape Dubrovnik to head to the beautiful Konavle region, situated just outside the city to start our afternoon biking tour. The magical journey will lead you through stunning vineyards, lush herb gardens, and across bridges and rivers. Along the way, there are brief stops to explore and learn about the historical and cultural significance of this part of the Konavle region. Visit the Franciscan monastery and old mill that are in the small, neighbouring village of Ljuta. At the end of your bike tour, sample the locally produced wines.

Preferred Hotels –   Hotel KompasHotel MoreHotel Dubrovnik Palace

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Day 9 – Dubrovnik (Day of leisure – cable car/ tour to Montenegro)

Explore the rest of Dubrovnik at your own pace today. The Old Town is crammed full of interesting and intriguing historic palaces, art galleries, museums and churches to discover and enjoy. There is also an excellent selection of shops for last minute souvenir shopping.  If you prefer, you can sit and relax in a cool coffee shop and watch the world go by. A ride in the cable car, to the top of Srd Mountain, will reward you with the best panoramic views in the city. If you want to venture further afield, join the optional excursion to neighbouring Montenegro.

Preferred Hotels – Hotel KompasHotel MoreHotel Dubrovnik Palace

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Day 10 – Departure

After an early breakfast, it’s time to check out of your hotel for private transfer to the airport.

What’s Included

  • Private guided tours of Zagreb, Split 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
  • 3 nights in Split in a 4-star hotel with breakfast
  • 3 nights in Dubrovnik in a 4-star hotel with breakfast
  • Day trips to: Trakošćan Castle and baroque city of Varaždin
  • Sea kayaking tour in Brela
  • Zip-lining experience in Plitvice
  • Speed boat trip to the Blue Cave, Vis and Hvar
  • Cycling tour in Konavle,
  • Cable car ride up Srdj mountain in Dubrovnik

What’s not Included

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

Departure Dates & Prices

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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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