Enchanting Croatia: Dubrovnik to Zagreb – 9 Days

Enchanting Croatia: Dubrovnik to Zagreb – 9 Days

Duration
9 Days
Group size
up to 8 persons
Arrival location
Dubrovnik
Departure location
Zagreb
Duration
9 Days
Group size
8 persons
Arrival location
Dubrovnik
Departure location
Zagreb

Overview

Embarking on a 9-day journey across Croatia is like stepping into a storybook, where every city unfolds a new chapter of history, natural beauty, and cultural richness. From the enchanting coastal allure of Dubrovnik to the dynamic energy of Zagreb, this carefully curated itinerary promises an immersive experience, where sightseeing tours become the gateway to Croatia’s captivating treasures.

Dubrovnik: The Pearl of the Adriatic

The adventure commences in Dubrovnik, often referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” The historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a living testament to centuries of stories etched in its cobblestone streets and towering city walls. As you explore with guided tours, landmarks like Rector’s Palace and Onofrio’s Fountain come alive, weaving tales of the city’s grandeur.

Split: Diocletian’s Palace and Beyond

Journeying to Split, you find yourself within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace. A UNESCO-listed marvel, this ancient site invites exploration of its labyrinthine streets, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius. Guided tours unravel the historical layers, providing insights into the significance of this architectural gem.

Krka National Park: Nature’s Symphony

A detour to Krka National Park reveals nature’s symphony – cascading waterfalls, pristine lakes, and lush greenery. Guided tours lead you to the iconic Skradinski Buk waterfall, where wooden walkways guide you through this enchanting natural masterpiece, creating a sensory experience like no other.

Zadar: Blend of History and Innovation

In Zadar, the journey seamlessly transitions from history to innovation. The Roman Forum, the Church of St. Donatus, and the unique Sea Organ are not just sites but gateways to understanding the city’s cultural richness. Sightseeing tours showcase Zadar’s coastal charm, where the Greeting to the Sun installation dazzles as the sun sets.

Plitvice Lakes: Nature’s Interwoven Beauty

Venturing to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a poetic encounter with nature’s interwoven beauty. Guided tours through the cascading lakes and waterfalls reveal a tapestry of colors and sounds, leaving an indelible mark on your soul.

Zagreb: Capital Charms

The odyssey concludes in Zagreb, the vibrant capital. Sightseeing tours guide you through the historic Upper Town, the iconic St. Mark’s Square, and the lively Dolac Market. Here, the rhythm of the city intertwines with local life, offering a perfect finale to this enchanting Croatian adventure.

In these 9 days, Croatia unveils itself as a destination where each moment, each city, and each sightseeing tour contribute to a narrative that is both timeless and contemporary – a story of enchantment that lingers long after the journey ends.

View More
  • Transportation in destination location as explaind in itinerary
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels with BB daily
  • Photo safari authentic boat & lunch in Neretva Valley
  • Wine tasting as explained in itinerary
  • Entrance tickets to NP Plitvice, NP Krka
  • Dubrovnik City walls entrance tickets
  • Sightseeing tours included: Dubrovnik, Split, Krka, Zadar, Plitvice & Zagreb
  • Flight tickets
  • Lunch, dinner, drinks at meal, extra services and costs which are not in the program, personal expenses.
  • Srđ cable car
  • Tips for guide and driver (non-compulsory)

This 9-day itinerary promises an enchanting fusion of history, natural splendor, and cultural exploration, offering a perfect blend of captivating cities and breathtaking landscapes in Croatia.

Itinerary

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, your driver will transfer you to the old town (Pile gate). Start your day early (around 9 am) to avoid the crowds and embark on a tour of Dubrovnik, where you’ll meet your expert guide outside the entrance to the medieval city at the 16th-century Pile Gate. Entering Old Town, you’ll uncover centuries of the city’s rich history as you listen to stories of local life and legends and of the importance Dubrovnik once held in the era of the Republic. Highlights include Onofrio’s Fountain, the 15th-century Rector’s Palace, Luza Square, the Church of St. Blaise (St. Vlaho), and the café-lined streets of Brsalje Street.

After touring the streets and alleys, you’ll head for Lovrijenac Fortress as well as the city’s impressive defensive walls, the second-largest set of city walls in the world. At certain places, the wall rises 75 feet (23 m) high, offering excellent vantage points for photos of the coastline.

For the rest of the afternoon, explore Dubrovnik and its surroundings on your own or enjoy the afternoon sun on the nearby beaches. Come early evening, you can get stunning panoramic views over the city and Adriatic by taking the cable car up to Srđ Mountain before descending back down for dinner at one of Dubrovnik’s great restaurants. Overnight in the hotel. (B)

Photo safari through Neretva Valley
Domagoj sever: Neretva Valley photo safari

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 and lunch. This is a unique experience in which guests are driven by indigenous Neretva vessels (small wooden boats from which are some even 120 years old. Enjoy the spirit in authentic cargo boats called “lađa”. Travel across Norin River. The ride starts with degustation of homemade schnapps called travarica and seasonal fruits. The estimated time of this tour is 1 hour.  End up at a beautiful local restaurant for local dishes. Midafternoon arriving in Split. Arrival at hotel, check in Your hotel is centrally located so you can reach the main square, and restaurants easily on foot. Overnight in the hotel. (B)

Following breakfast, your driver will transfer you to the old town (Riva). Start your day early (around 9 am) to avoid the crowds and embark on a tour of Split, where you’ll meet your expert guide outside the entrance to the medieval city. This tour is a classic walking tour including all major Split old town attractions. Walking around the walls and through narrow Diocletian’s Palace streets, you will hear the story of the history of this amazing site, considered to be one of the most alluring world heritage sites to live in.

Photo credit Magnificent Croatia

In the afternoon, meet your driver & guide in the lobby of your hotel for tour of Trogir. 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. Walk along Trogir`s beautiful narrow streets and let the guide take you into the past times by retelling the stories and legends of Trogir. Greek, Roman, Venetian history on a small island, make Trogir one of the most interesting historic oasis on the Adriatic.

At the entrance to the St. Lawrence Cathedral your attention will attract majestic portal of Radovan, the most significant medieval portal in this part of Europe. We continue our tour visiting the Cipico Palace with its unique and noteworthy features, which was home to one of the Trogir’s most prominent families. Afterwards we will come to Tower of Kamerlengo, which was the Venetian governor’s palace. After the tour, you will have free time to have lunch.  After your gastronomic experience, your driver will take you to your hotel in Split. Overnight in the hotel. (B)

After breakfast, continue your journey NP Krka & Zadar, a historic city in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea.

Aerial view on Krka waterfall, Croatia

Firstly, we are heading 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.

After sightings we are moving forward to Zadar for overnight. Our tip: Do not miss the symphony of the Sea Organ and magical urban light installation – Greeting the Sun. Arrival at hotel, check in Your hotel is centrally located so you can reach the main square, and restaurants easily on foot. Overnight in the hotel. (B)

Zadar city tour
Magnificent Croatia: Zadar city tour

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to the old part of Zadar for 2 hours guided tour. 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 marvelous, 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”. Overnight in the hotel. (B)

Plitvice Lakes National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Following breakfast, meet your driver at hotel lobby. Check out and transfer to national park Plitvice Lake, located approximately 2 h drive from Zadar. Visit of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage SiteEnjoy a sightseeing 3-hour tour with your tour guide of Plitvice. Listen to the power of the rushing waterfalls in the Plitvice Lakes during your visit and enjoy the breathtaking view. Opportunity for lunch will be offered after the visit.

Afterwards 2,5h transfer from Plitvice to Zagreb. Arrival at hotel, check in Your hotel is centrally located so you can reach the main square, and restaurants easily on foot. Overnight in the hotel. (B)

After breakfast, walk to city centar and meet your guide there. Enjoy a 2-hour city tour of Zagreb featuring with a local guide that includes main highlights on Kaptol and the Upper Town such as: Ban Jelacic Square, Dolac Market, Cathedral, Tkalciceva Street, Stone Gate, St. Mark’s Church, Parliament, Government, Uspinjaca Tower…No entrance in the buildings.The rest of the day is free to explore the winding streets of the Old Town, relax in a café. The Croatian capital will seduce you with its flair which is a combination of the middle European and Slavic atmosphere. 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 center, 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.

Driving time (Central Zagreb to the airport): 30 minutes

Book This Tour

Book This Tour

Starting Location

Gallery

Similar tours

Private Tour Šibenik, Krka Waterfalls & Winery Sladić

Explore the waterfalls and walking trails of Krka National Park on a self-guided tour Admire the beautiful waterfalls in this scenic river area and the secluded vineyard and winery of Ante Sladić.

Discover Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik- 9 Days

Make the most of your next trip. Discover top-rated attractions you can’t miss. Cover the highlights of Croatia in this 9 day itinerary. Starting in Zagreb, you’ll make your way south to Dubrovnik.

Magnificent Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik – 7 days

This 7-day itinerary covers the highlights of magnificent Croatia, starting in the medieval city of Zagreb and ending in Gem of the Croatian south – Dubrovnik & Neretva Valley.

Explore Croatia: Dubrovnik to Zagreb – 8 Days

Dare to discover the captivating nature of Croatia and travel through the incredibly turbulent history of the coastal cities.  Enjoy this complete 8-day itinerary covering the Best of Croatia from Dubrovnik to Zagreb.

Best of Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik – 12 Days

Dare to discover the captivating nature of Croatia and travel through the incredibly turbulent history of the coastal cities. Enjoy this complete 12-day itinerary covering the Best of Croatia from Zagreb to Dubrovnik.

Charms of Croatia: Dubrovnik to Zagreb – 10 Days

Croatia is everything unexpected. Discover top-rated attractions and sights you can’t miss. Enjoy 10-day itinerary across Croatia covering the best attractions from Dubrovnik to Zagreb.

Private Tour Šibenik, Krka Waterfalls & Winery Sladić

Explore the waterfalls and walking trails of Krka National Park on a self-guided tour Admire the beautiful waterfalls in this scenic river area and the secluded vineyard and winery of Ante Sladić.

Discover Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik- 9 Days

Make the most of your next trip. Discover top-rated attractions you can’t miss. Cover the highlights of Croatia in this 9 day itinerary. Starting in Zagreb, you’ll make your way south to Dubrovnik.

Magnificent Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik – 7 days

This 7-day itinerary covers the highlights of magnificent Croatia, starting in the medieval city of Zagreb and ending in Gem of the Croatian south – Dubrovnik & Neretva Valley.

Explore Croatia: Dubrovnik to Zagreb – 8 Days

Dare to discover the captivating nature of Croatia and travel through the incredibly turbulent history of the coastal cities.  Enjoy this complete 8-day itinerary covering the Best of Croatia from Dubrovnik to Zagreb.

Best of Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik – 12 Days

Dare to discover the captivating nature of Croatia and travel through the incredibly turbulent history of the coastal cities. Enjoy this complete 12-day itinerary covering the Best of Croatia from Zagreb to Dubrovnik.

Charms of Croatia: Dubrovnik to Zagreb – 10 Days

Croatia is everything unexpected. Discover top-rated attractions and sights you can’t miss. Enjoy 10-day itinerary across Croatia covering the best attractions from Dubrovnik to Zagreb.

Tour Locations

Kornati National Park

Nacionalni park Kornati is an archipelago of 89 gorgeous islands, islets, and reefs in the northern part of Dalmatia, near Dugi Otok, Murter, Zadar, and Šibenik.

Ston

Visiting Ston on the Peljesac Peninsula, near Dubrovnik, in Croatia – an area famous for its town walls, the saltworks and oysters!

Opatija

Often called the Nice of Croatia, Vienna by the Sea, the Pearl of the Adriatic or the Old Lady, Opatija already bears countless affectionate nicknames.

Rovinj

Rovinj is a stunning little city in Croatia filling every inch of a peninsula bordered on three sides by the Adriatic Sea.

Omiš

This small Dalmatian town at the mouth of the Cetina river, some 25 km south of Split, offers a unique blend of the river, the sea and mountains.  

Herceg Novi

Herceg Novi is recognizable by the abundance of mimosa trees and its numerous flights of stairs. It’s often called ‘The City of the sun’.

Tour Locations

Trogir

Trogir boasts rich history with its roots going back to the 3rd century BC. It is one of the most well-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in Europe. 

The Neretva Valley

Neretva Valley spreads over a large area some 90 minutes’ drive north of Dubrovnik or Split. The Neretva Valley is a real paradise for many visitors.

Zadar

Zadar is a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times.

Krka National Park

The star of the show at this national park is the Krka River, rushing through canyons, broadening into lakes and splashing over numerous falls and cascades.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia’s most recognisable UNESCO-listed national park, Plitvice Lakes are comprised of 16 cascading lakes and travertine waterfalls.

Dubrovnik

“The Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia.The city of Dubrovnik is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Split

Croatia’s second-largest city, Split is a vibrant destination with the opportunity to get to know authentic daily life and spend time on beautiful beaches.

Zagreb

The capital and biggest city in Croatia, Zagreb is the cultural and economic hub of the country. Take a stroll through Ilica, ride the funicular to the Upper Town.

Trogir

Trogir boasts rich history with its roots going back to the 3rd century BC. It is one of the most well-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in Europe. 

The Neretva Valley

Neretva Valley spreads over a large area some 90 minutes’ drive north of Dubrovnik or Split. The Neretva Valley is a real paradise for many visitors.

Zadar

Zadar is a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times.

Krka National Park

The star of the show at this national park is the Krka River, rushing through canyons, broadening into lakes and splashing over numerous falls and cascades.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia’s most recognisable UNESCO-listed national park, Plitvice Lakes are comprised of 16 cascading lakes and travertine waterfalls.

Dubrovnik

“The Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia.The city of Dubrovnik is a Unesco World Heritage site.