Explore Croatia: Dubrovnik to Zagreb – 8 Days

Private guided multi-day tour of Croatia

Explore Croatia: Dubrovnik to Zagreb – 8 Days

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

Overview

Embark on an enchanting 8-day journey through Croatia, tracing a scenic route from the coastal marvel of Dubrovnik to the vibrant capital of Zagreb. This itinerary promises a comprehensive exploration of Croatia’s cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and historic landmarks.

Commence your journey in the ancient city of Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Wander through the labyrinthine streets of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, where medieval architecture and centuries-old stone walls tell tales of a bygone era. Explore iconic landmarks such as the majestic Rector’s Palace and the historic City Walls, offering sweeping views of the azure Adriatic Sea.

From Dubrovnik, venture into the picturesque Neretva Valley, a region renowned for its fertile plains and meandering river. Cruise along the tranquil waters, passing through traditional villages and lush greenery, immersing yourself in the serene beauty of this idyllic landscape.

Continue your journey to the historic city of Split, home to the magnificent Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the bustling streets of the Old Town, where ancient history intertwines with modern-day life. Discover hidden gems around every corner, from charming cafes to vibrant markets.

Next, set sail to the enchanting island of Hvar, renowned for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant nightlife. Explore the island’s picturesque villages, ancient fortresses, and lush vineyards, soaking in the Mediterranean charm that defines this idyllic destination.

Continue your exploration to the charming town of Šibenik, where the stunning St. James Cathedral awaits. Marvel at the intricate stone carvings and architectural details of this UNESCO masterpiece, before journeying to the breathtaking Krka National Park. Wander along wooden boardwalks and marvel at the cascading waterfalls and emerald pools that dot the landscape, creating a paradise for nature lovers.

Journey onward to the coastal city of Zadar, where ancient ruins and modern attractions await discovery. Explore the historic Old Town, home to the unique Sea Organ and Sun Salutation installations, before venturing to the awe-inspiring Plitvice Lakes National Park. Lose yourself in the park’s pristine beauty as you wander amidst lush forests, turquoise lakes, and cascading waterfalls.

Conclude your journey in the vibrant capital of Zagreb, where history and culture abound at every turn. Explore the charming streets of the Upper Town, filled with architectural treasures and lively markets. Delve into Croatia’s rich heritage with visits to museums, galleries, and historic landmarks before bidding farewell to this captivating country.

From the sun-drenched shores of Dubrovnik to the cultural riches of Zagreb, this 8-day itinerary promises an unforgettable immersion into the timeless allure of Croatia.

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  • Transportation in destination location as explaind in itinerary
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels with BB daily
  • Local English-speaking guide as explaind in itinerary
  • Photo safari authentic boat & lunch in Neretva Valley
  • Wine tasting as explained in itinerary
  • Enterence tickets to NP Plitvice, NP Krka
  • Entrance fee for City walls Dubrovnik, Split cathedral and Jupiter temple, Šibenik Catedral, Tvrdalj castle
  • Ferry Tickets for Island of Hvar
  • Sightseeing tours included: Dubrovnik, Split, Šibenik, Zadar, Plitvice, Zagreb
  • Flight tickets
  • Lunch, dinner, drinks at meal, extra services and costs which are not in the program, personal expenses

Private guided multi-day tour of Croatia

Itinerary

Dubrovnik, Croatia. View on the old town from high mountain. Top view rocks at on the old castle and blue sea.

Today, as your plane descends over Croatia, you will catch your first glimpse of the quintessentially Croatian the pearl of the Adriatic– Dubrovnik.

Transfer to hotel. Arrival at hotel, check in. The rest of the day will be yours to settle in and explore the historic city on your own. In the late afternoon, 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. The rest of the day is at leisure, we recommend to visit city walls (optimal activity). Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Following breakfast,  transfer to main gate of Dubrovnik central area (old part of the town-Pile gate).  Start 2h walking tour with our local English-speaking guide. You will meet your local English-speaking guide at Dubrovnik main gate to the old town to Dubrovnik – a UNESCO site. 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, we recommend to visit Cultural History Museum, Rector’s Palace (optimal activity). Overnight at your hotel. (B)

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

Following breakfast, transfer to Split. Afterwards 1,5 hours  transfer toward Split, stopping in Neretva Valley for a Photo safari tour & lunch. Spend a day in nature, set sail on a authentic boat and experience a unique photo safari with the chirping of birds and the singing of frogs. Eat a homemade, traditional meal prepared from local and fresh ingredients and bring home a souvenir – a domestic product. Have lunch in local restaurant. After this gastronomic experience, your driver will take you to your hotel in Split.  Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Following breakfast, meet with your guide in city centar for 2 hour  guided tour. Authentic locations of the Palace can be seen in many GOT scenes and after watching season five, visitors will have no problem recognizing them and reliving the scenes in real life. The cellars were also used as Daenerys’ throne room. Visit museum after the tour on your own (tickets are not included). At afternoon explore city on your own. 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. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Following breakfast, transfer to Ferry port for day trip to Island of Hvar. Upon arrival in Hvar our guide will wait for you at Hvar dock. Then you will have an orientation tour of the town of Hvar. The Guide will take you through the rich medieval and Venetian history of the town of Hvar, visiting Arsenal building and first public theatre, 13th century Venetian loggia and clock tower, St. Stephen Cathedral and St. Stephen square – biggest square in Dalmatia.

Then a drive with a bus along the old road through the lavender fields to the family farm and wine tasting until approx. 2:00 p.m. Drop off location is the town of Hvar. Rest of the day is at leisure. Late afternoon return transfer back to hotel in Split. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik, Croatia. UNESCO World Heritage Site

Following breakfast, transfer to Zadar. Afterwards 1,5 hours transfer toward Zadar, 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. Travel further to Zadar, settling into your hotel before taking the rest of the afternoon to wander its historic center on your own. Arrival at hotel, check in. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Following breakfast,  meet your tour guide in Zadar central area (old part of the town). Start 2h walking tour with our local English-speaking guide. Zadar as a town was founded about 2000 years ago, in the time when the Roman empire was on the top.

Because of that we are going to see the old Roman Forum, with its remaining’s, and also the original entrance to the town. The most important one of Zadar’s symbols is the church of Saint Donatus. Also, we are going to see the cathedral of Saint Anastasia, and Saint Simon church where the body of Saint Simon is preserved. Throughout this time, the main street in Zadar – Kalelarga – will accompany us. In the Zadar City Tour it is impossible not to see Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun. With us You are going to discover the story of these two modern symbols of the city of Zadar.

Plitvice Lakes National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

After Zadar we are moving forward to magnificent Plitvice Lakes, National Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder with 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. Enjoy 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: either individual or prearranged for the whole group. Afterwards 2,5h transfer from Plitvice to Zagreb. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Aerial view of the Cathedral in Zagreb at sunrise. Croatia

Following breakfast,  transfer to main city central area (old part of the town). Drop off at the city central area and start of a 2h walking tour of Zagreb Upper and Lower Town.  The Croatian capital will seduce you with its flair which is a combination of the middle European and Slavic atmosphere. Its Upper town, one of the best-preserved urban nuclei in Croatia, will give you a great insight in medieval Zagreb.  Transfer to Zagreb Airport for your flight.

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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

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.

Šibenik 

Šibenik, one of the oldest Croatian towns on the eastern shores of the Adriatic, is home to two UNESCO Heritage Sites — Sv. Nikola Fort and St. Jacob’s Cathedral.

Zadar

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

Hvar Island

The town of Hvar is a unique blend of luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich and diverse cultural and historical heritage, and a contemporary world known tourist destination.

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.

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.

Šibenik 

Šibenik, one of the oldest Croatian towns on the eastern shores of the Adriatic, is home to two UNESCO Heritage Sites — Sv. Nikola Fort and St. Jacob’s Cathedral.

Zadar

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

Hvar Island

The town of Hvar is a unique blend of luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich and diverse cultural and historical heritage, and a contemporary world known tourist destination.

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.