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, 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)
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 100 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)
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, continue your journey NP Krka & Zadar, a historic city in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea.
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)
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to the old part of Zadar for a 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)
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. Starting point is at the north entrance of the park (Entrance 1). Sightseeing is circular, and includes a walk through the limestone canyon of the “Lower Lakes”, an electric-boat ride across the largest of the Plitvice lakes – Lake “Kozjak” (please take some worm clothes cause the boat has only roof and it can get bit cold, it takes cca 15 min), a panoramic train ride, and a walk along the top of the canyon’s east side all the way back to starting point at “Entrance 1”. You will also see the impressive “Great Waterfall” the highiest waterfall in Croatia and the “Sastavci” waterfalls, the beautiful dark blue lakes of “Novakovića Brod”, “Kaluđerovac”, “Gavanovac” and “Milanovac”, as well as the vastness of Lake Kozjak.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, transfer to city centar. 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