Croatia is everything unexpected. It’s an open history book whose pages reflect turbulent war-torn years, earthquakes and a royal battle for independence. Imposing fortresses and cathedrals, immaculate walled cities and the regal palaces of aristocrats remain and enchant everyone who stands in their shadows. Enjoy this complete 10-day itinerary across Croatia covering the best sites and attractions from Dubrovnik to Zagreb.
Today, as your plane descends over Croatia, you will catch your first glimpse of the quintessentially Croatian the pearl of the Adriatic– Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, your driver will meet you and take you to your hotel for check in.
Explore town of Dubrovnik, often called a jewel of Adriatic, is a rich with history, landmarks and amazing stories from the past. Take a walk through the city with our local, knowledgeable guide and hear interesting stories about Dubrovnik past and tradition, see beautiful Old town and its monuments such as St. Saviors church, glamorous Rectors palace, elegant Cathedral, favorite locals place – Green market, charming old Port, patron saint church St Blaise, and a many more other monuments hard to find, but from the city walls are seen easily.
In the afternoon, head to Banje Beach for a swim and some relaxation on the sandy stretch of beach close to Old Town. There’s also the option to join a kayak excursion to the islands facing the city. A great way to end the day is to catch the sunset from the water on a sunset dinner cruise (2.5 hours) on a replica of a traditional karaka ship or from your own private boat. Enjoy the view of Old Town from this vantage point. Return to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel. (B)
Following breakfast meet our tour guide at hotel lobby. Transfer to Dubrovnik old town. Visit Dubrovnik city walls. Definitely, the most popular landmark and thing to see in Dubrovnik is its City Walls. The walls surround the Old town and are long 1940 meters and has 6 magnificent fortress. Spend a two hours on the city walls and see Dubrovnik Old town from different perspective, take awesome photos and get a lifetime memories. Otherwise just free time.
Hop aboard a cable car and ride to the top of Srđ Mountain for stunning views of Dubrovnik and the nearby Elafiti Islands. For some exercise, you can walk back down the hill while enjoying views of the city below. Overnight in the hotel.(B)
Following breakfast, meet your driver in lobby and board for transfer to Split.On the way to Split we will stop for Photo safari boat tour at magnificent Baćina Lakes. This is a unique experience in which guests are driven by indigenous Neretva vessels (small wooden boats from which are some even 100 years old. Enjoy the spirit of Bacina lakes in authentic cargo boats called “lađa”. Travel across 6 out of 7 lakes and enjoy the Teuta experience. The ride starts with degustation of homemade schnapps called travarica and seasonal fruits. The tour starts and ends at our beach bar.The estimated time of this tour is 1 hour. End up at a beautiful local restaurant for local dishes. Late afternoon arriving in Split. Overnight in the hotel. (B)
In the afternoon, meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel for a half-day tour of Split and Trogir. Split is one of the living and breathing monuments both to the way people lived in the past and to different styles and influences that have been carved into its narrow streets, Roman temples, and Christian churches. Outside the palace, the story of Split continues as it spreads from its center, the Palace, to beautiful vistas on the hill of Marjan, to the old town, waterfront (Riva), and its beaches.
Trogir is a small island town around 30 km from Split. In the past, the town was a bitter enemy of Split, with wars being waged for the land that lies between the two famous cities. After the tour, you will visit local winery. There you would have a wine tasting accompanied by a carefully chosen finger food and wine tasting experience. After this gastronomic experience, your driver will take you to your hotel in Split. Overnight in the hotel. (B)
After breakfast, your driver will take you to Split center where you’ll meet your captain and start an island-hopping group tour by boat. Spend time admiring the naturally green-tinted water of the natural phenomenon before heading to Stiniva Beach. Enjoy free time to swim in Stiniva’s crystal-clear waters or admire the huge cliffs of the bay.
Head to the mesmerizing Blue Cave on Bisevo Island. Let your breath be taken away as you admire the blue lighting effect of the cave created by the reflection of the sun on the sandy seafloor. Next, head to Budikovac Island for snorkeling or sunbathing at the Blue Lagoon. Finally, visit the most popular Pakleni Islands, Palmizana. Break for lunch at one of the beach’s many restaurants, relax at a beach bar or enjoy one last swim before the journey back to Split. Overnight in hotel. (B)
After breakfast, continue your journey to Šibenik, a historic city in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. The central church in Šibenik, the Cathedral of St. James, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
After sightings we are moving forward to Dalmatian Ethno Village Amadria Park. For a must-try authentic experience, discover the rich culinary heritage of the region with a visit to Dalmatian Ethno Village.
Offering a garden-to-plate experience, the village gives you a taste of the cooking traditions and agricultural methods of the region’s past, offering delicious, rustic menus while also showcasing handicrafts. This living museum is a true hands-on experience. See food being prepared and taste dishes made by real artisans. The bread, cheese, olive oil and brandy are all made by hand, the original way with the original tools.
After tour of Šibenik, we head to National Park Krka. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several parts of this natural wonder with Skradinski buk and Roški slap waterfalls, Visovac island and monastery. Upon arrival, enjoy a walk through a network of pathways and wooden bridges. Departure towards Split for overnight. Overnight in hotel. (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to the city of Zadar. The historic town of Zadar is rich in cultural and historical monuments. Here you can see The Roman forum dated to the 1st century AD, the church of St. Donatus dated to the 9th century AD. Simultaneously with the „most beautiful sunset in the world” the lighting elements installed in a circle turn on, and, following a particularly programmed scenario, they produce a marvellous, exceptionally impressive show of light in the rhythm of the waves and the sounds of the Sea organs.
This site is a blend of human ideas and skills and the energy of the sea, waves, tide and flood, a place for relaxation, contemplation, and conversation while listening to an endless concert of mystic harmonies of the “Orchestra of Nature”. Our tip: Do not miss the symphony of the Sea Organ and magical urban light installation – Greeting the Sun. Overnight in hotel. (B)
After the breakfast we are heading to cascading waterfalls, clear turquoise lakes and cathedral-like forest canopies weave together to form Plitvice Lakes National Park. A must-visit for any traveller to Croatia, the UNESCO-protected park is comprised of an exquisite collection of 16 glassy emerald green and blue travertine lakes, more than 90 cascading waterfalls that seemingly cover every corner of the park, and numerous caves.
The terraced lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. Here, you can request a private, expert local guide to lead you throughout the park along the wooden paths and bridges to show you the most impressive points of interest and explain the significance of its history and natural features. After your tour, you will have free time to continue exploring, have lunch, or you may wish to bring a bought lunch (and a bottle of wine!) with you to enjoy a picnic. Overnight in hotel (B).
Transfer to hotel in Zagreb. A gem of a European city, Zagreb is at once historic and new. It’s filled with leafy green parks and gothic/neo-renaissance buildings, yet there’s also modern shopping complexes, outdoor malls, and endless dining and drinking options.
Consider heading out on a guided walking tour of the historic heart of the city. This involves walking from Ban Jelačić, the main square, to Zagreb’s Upper Town and passing through local markets before reaching St. Mark’s Square. Alternatively, you can visit one of the many museums and art galleries, like the Homeland War Museum, the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum, or the ever-popular Museum of Broken Hearts. Or stroll through the city centre, enjoying 17th-century neo-baroque architecture found at Zagreb’s Art Pavilion and Croatian National Theater. Overnight in hotel. (B)
Depending on your flight you will meet your driver for your transfer to the airport to board your departing flight onward.
If you have a free morning before departing, check out the Green Market (Pazar Market). A lively fruit and vegetable outdoor market just east of the Diocletian Palace, this is a great place to see how the locals shop and to pick up some fruit for your flight home.