Make the most of your next trip. Discover top-rated attractions and sights you can’t miss. Cover the highlights of Croatia in this 9 day itinerary. Starting in Zagreb, the capital, you’ll make your way south to Dubrovnik. You will enjoy exploring: Zagreb, Plitvice, Zadar, Šibenik, Krka, Trogir, Split, & Islands, Neretva Valley, Mljet & Dubrovnik.
Arrival to Zagreb Airport. Transfer to hotel in Zagreb. 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)
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 traveler 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.
Expert local guide will 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 (up to 4 hours), 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. Departure towards Zadar for overnight.
Following breakfast, meet our tour guide at hotel lobby. Afterwards 3 hours bus transfer toward Split, stopping in Šibenik for 2 hour guided tour. On this tour you will get a chance to learn about St. James Cathedral, our most popular attraction and beautiful monument from Renaissance period. Cathedral has been on UNESCO World Heritage List since 2000. Come mid-afternoon, travel further south to Split, settling into your hotel before taking the rest of the afternoon to wander its historic center on your own. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
After breakfast, your driver will take you to Split center where you’ll meet your captain and start an island-hopping 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 the hotel.
Following breakfast, meet our tour guide at hotel lobby. Check out and transfer to main gate of Split central area (old part of the town). Start 2h walking tour with our local English-speaking guide. In the afternoon transfer to one of the popular Game of thrones filming location – Klis fortress.
After Klis, you will visit Ethno village Stella Croatica for unforgettable experience, where for generations, the Dabelić family has been growing olives, figs, vineyards and producing olive oil, wine and traditional delicacies. There you will see the botanical garden and see how they produce all of that, and you can even buy something from their array of nature based products. Late afternoon return transfer back to hotel. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
Today, we are starting with Photo safari through the Neretva Valley, one hour and a half ride with the car from Split. The Photo safari is a unique tourist experience in which guests are driven by indigenous Neretva vessels (small wooden boats from which are some even 100 years old) for a leisurely cruise through the surrounding wetlands.
On Your way discover the places where once the ancient Illyrians, Greeks, Romans sailed, and the pirates of Neretva planned their raids of enemy galleys. Discover the allure of one of the last swamps on the European continent, its flora and fauna, the diversity of wild birds and the traditional lifestyle of the Neretva people. End up at a beautiful local restaurant overlooking the water for Peka lamb and other local dishes.
Walk around collared streets of the small town Opuzen and feal the Zen energy in the air. You may want to venture out to one of the friendly bars around the town square to meet the locals over a beer or two.
Late afternoon arrival into Dubrovnik and the remainder of your evening is at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Following breakfast, meet our tour guide at hotel lobby. Transfer to main gate of Dubrovnik central area (old part of the town). You will meet your local English-speaking guide at Dubrovnik main gate to the old town to Dubrovnik – a UNESCO site. During its tumultuous history, many nations and maritime forces met and battled in this area: the Byzantines, Saracens, Croats, Normans, Venetians, small princedoms and kingdoms and the Austro-Hungarian state, as well as the Roman-Germanic Empire, Osman, Habsburg and Napoleonic empires.
Dubrovnik is well known as the pearl of the Adriatic a walk, famous for its 2km long impressive city walls with fortresses, which have been filming locations to an HBO worldwide highly popular serial „Game of Thrones “. The rest of the day is at leisure. Do not miss to walk city walls! It is magical. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
After breakfast, it’s time to explore one of the 8 national parks in Croatia. National park Mljet is situated on the island of Mljet. Since the national park is on the island the only possible way to get there is by boat. We recommend to buy tickets on line for catamaran boat. Once you are there, ask for tour guide and start with a private tour of national park if you like. If you love unspoiled nature, woods and crytal clear sea this is place to be. Relax at a beach bar or enjoy one last swim before the journey back to Dubrovnik.
Afternoon and evening is at leisure. Enjoy tasting local food in a local restaurant and the best days of summer in this beautiful town. Overnight in the hotel.(B)
Depending on when you depart, you may have time to visit one of Dubrovnik’s museums, like the Franciscan Monastery and Museum. This large complex houses many treasures, including the world’s third oldest pharmacy dating from 1317.
Alternatively, for a collection of 15,000 pieces of interesting works, visit the Rector’s Palace and Cultural Historical Museum. Wander this well-preserved palace-turned-museum and explore its exhibits, some detailing life in the Republic of Ragusa during medieval times.The drive to the airport from Dubrovnik takes around 45 minutes with normal traffic.