Explore the Adriatic islands with our Croatia sailing holidays, discover the top sites of Croatia's mainland with our group tours or design your own itinerary with our tailor-made holidays to Croatia and handy travel guides to help plan.

It's no surprise that Croatia is one of Britain's most popular holiday destinations with its enticing mix of stunning coastline, pretty islands, ancient walled cities and beautiful interior wilderness. Add to this balmy summer days, robust cuisine and great wines only a short flight away. The azure blue waters and pretty islands of the Adriatic Sea are what really attract travellers and the best way to see Croatia's best spots is on a week-long cruise starting from Split, Dubrovnik or Opatija.

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Spend your days swimming, exploring islands or simply lounging under the sun, and at night, discover why Croatia is fast earning a name as a world-renowned party destination. If you prefer to keep your feet on terra firma then consider one of our fully guided or semi-independent group tours that explore mainland Croatia. Departing from Zagreb or Dubrovnik, these tours also cover the highlights of neighbouring Bosnia and Slovenia.

Top Croatia Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

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Hungary to Croatia - 15 days Budapest, Hungary 15 Apr 2018 £1,390 was £1,635 15% off Hungary to Croatia - 15 days Map
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Croatia Sailing Holidays

Zlatni Rat beach | Brac | CroatiaSailing Split - 8 days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Sailing Split

8 days | FROM £475

Setting sail from the ancient port of Split on Croatia's Adriatic...

Dubrovnik | CroatiaCruise Dubrovnik  - 8 days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Cruise Dubrovnik

8 days | FROM £475

From Dubrovnik - Croatia's stunning walled city, island hop the...

Mljet Island | CroatiaAdriatic Explorer - 8 days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Adriatic Explorer

8 days | FROM £795

Sail the beautiful Dalmatian Coast in style onboard a premium boat....

Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast | CroatiaDubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast - 8 Days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast

8 Days | FROM £949

Explore the dazzling Dalmatian coast with its beautiful secluded bays,...

Hvar | CroatiaCreme de la Croatia - 8 days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Creme de la Croatia

8 days | FROM £1,395

Premium Cruise: Setting out from Split enjoy an unforgettable week of...

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Jewels of the Adriatic

8 Days | FROM £1,395

Embark on an Adriatic adventure onboard a luxury ship, where each day...

A sailing holiday is the ideal way to explore Croatia's sublime stretch of coast on the Adriatic Sea and the many picturesque islands fringed with pristine turquoise waters, beautiful beaches and hidden coves. The islands also offer charming fishing villages, historical marina ports and countryside carpeted with acres of vineyards, all waiting to be discovered. Each of our sailing holidays feature a mix of sailing, swim breaks and plenty of free time to relax on deck and soak up the sunshine or independently explore the islands we dock at. read more

Setting sail from Dubrovnik or Split our Croatia sailing holidays offer eight blissful days aboard a motored sail boat stopping at the country’s most scenic islands. Every night offers a new port of call to sample the local cuisine and nightlife with breakfast and lunch provided onboard, freshly prepared by our local crew. We also offer a choice of boat standards to suit every taste and budget.

Croatia Group Tours

St Marks Church | Zagreb | CroatiaZagreb to Split - 4 Days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Zagreb to Split

4 Days | FROM £795

Discover the lively capital of Zagreb before exploring the spectacular...

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Venice to Split

4 Days | FROM £825

From Venice discover the coastal town of Opatija and the glorious...

Zagreb | CroatiaWestern Balkans Discovery - 7 days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Western Balkans Discovery

7 days | FROM £1,085

COACH TOUR: From the Croatian capital of Zagreb, cross the border into...

Zagreb | CroatiaCaptivating Croatia - 8 Days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Captivating Croatia

8 Days | FROM £1,395

SEMI-INDEPENDENT TOUR: From the capital Zagreb, see stunning Plitvice...

Split | CroatiaCroatia Island Hop & Stop - 8 Days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Croatia Island Hop & Stop

8 Days | FROM £795

SEMI-INDEPENDENT TOUR: Discover Dubrovnik, Croatia's medieval old...

Rovinj Town | CroatiaGondolas, Lakes & Split - 9 Days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Gondolas, Lakes & Split

9 Days | FROM £2,495

From the Alps to the Adriatic Sea, discover the natural beauty of this...

Croatia & the Balkans

15 days | FROM £1,695

Setting out from UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik in Croatia, set out on a two...

Hungary to Croatia

15 days | FROM £1,635

Embark on a two week journey through Eastern Europe and discover the...

Colourful Sarajevo | CroatiaBalkans Odyssey - 11 days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Balkans Odyssey

11 days | FROM £1,535

Discover the best of Croatia and Slovenia before exploring the cities...

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Departing from Zagreb or Dubrovnik our Croatia tours offer a variety of mainland and island sights from stunning Plitvice National Park to ancient Split with a choice of itineraries that venture into neighbouring Bosnia and Slovenia. Depending on your preferred travel style, we offer guided and semi-independent group tours in Croatia and beyond. With airport transfers and transportation included, along with experienced local English-speaking guides for sightseeing excursions and quality hotels used along the way, our group tours are a comfortable way to explore Croatia.

Croatia Cycling and Walking Holidays

Cycling through the vineyards of Isteria | CroatiaCycle Croatia - 8 days MapTrek, Cycle and Sightsee

Cycle Croatia

8 days | FROM £845

Travel from north to south of Croatia’s picturesque Istria Peninsula...

Walking along the defensive wall of Ston | CroatiaCroatia Coast & Island Walk - 8 days MapTrek, Cycle and Sightsee

Croatia Coast & Island Walk

8 days | FROM £895

Explore the stunning coastline and idyllic islands of Croatia on this...

Uncover the delights of Croatia on a leisurely cycling holiday or scenic coastal walking tour. Travelling in a small group and escorted by a local tour leader you'll enjoy the rural and coastal landscapes of Croatia with sightseeing and fun local experiences. Our easy-paced walking holiday covers between 9-12km a day on a variety of trails from quiet country roads to rugged paths and coastal tracks. Our Croatia cycling holiday is suitable for anyone who has a decent level of fitness and can confidently ride a bike. Vehicle support is available for those feeling tired and in need of a break and bike hire is included.

Explore Dubrovnik on a bespoke tailor-made holiday to Croatia

Tailor-made Holidays

Enjoy Croatia your way with a bespoke tailor-made holiday. Explore the historic cities of the mainland from Dubrovnik to Split alongside the stunning natural beauty of the Plitvice Lakes or hop from island to island along the Adriatic sampling charming port towns on the way. With a tailor-made holiday you're in full control, choosing where you want to go and how long you want to stay there. Let us know your preferred standard of accommodation and when you want to travel and we'll do the rest.

Croatia Day Tours and Excursions

From walking tours in old medieval cities and cruising crystal clear waters to the full Game of Thrones ultimate experience, take a look at our wide range of Croatia day trips and excursions.

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Frequently asked questions about our touring holidays in Croatia

What island-hopping itineraries do you have?

The most popular way to explore Croatia is by boat, sailing between islands to explore picturesque port towns and coastal cities. We offer a number of popular sailing itineraries that start in either Split or Dubrovnik and cover the best-known islands including Hvar, Brac and Mjlet. If you prefer to spend longer on terra firma, we also offer an 8 day itinerary that travels between islands by ferry with nights spent in hotels.

What choice of boats do you offer?

On our Croatia sailing holidays you'll have a choice of standard or comfort boats with some named boats on certain itineraries. Standard boats provide mostly twin bunk cabin accommodation while comfort boats provide more spacious twin or double bedded cabins. Both types of boat come with en suite cabins. On our Creme de la Croatia tour you can cruise on a premium vessel with extra services included in the tour price. For more information on what to expect of our ships, read our page on Choice of Sail Boats in Croatia.

Which is best - an on-deck or below deck cabin?

This really depends on your own personal preference. The on-deck cabins have windows that open so you can enjoy the cool breeze and not have to rely on air-conditioning. They also offer better views. However, their location does mean that it's noisier with other passengers and crew walking around the deck. When boats are docked, other ship passengers may also be passing along the deck of your boat. Whereas the below deck cabins are much quieter as there's not the same footfall. These have portholes for natural light but they cannot be opened. Below deck cabins are cheaper so a better option for those on a budget.

I want to get off-the-beaten track in Croatia. What's the best trip for me?

Croatia is a sought-after travel destination and the most popular destinations can get very busy with visitors during the peak summer months. If you're looking to escape the crowds, consider exploring Croatia's northern coastline and islands with our 8 day Onboard at Opatija sailing holiday. There's historic towns and beautiful beaches to discover with an appearance very akin to the highlights of the south. Alternatively, explore the Istria peninsula by bike with our 8 day Cycle Croatia holiday.

I would rather explore Croatia's mainland. What would you suggest?

If sailing isn't your thing, there's plenty to discover away from the water. Croatia's mainland is home to gorgeous old towns and stunning national parks. We have a range of escorted group tours and semi-independent itineraries that cover mainland Croatia as well as neighbouring Slovenia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Please browse our full range of tours or contact our reservations team.

How big are your Croatia tour groups and what is the age of your travellers?

If you've opted for a sailing holiday in Croatia, the maximum group size is around 36 passengers with 18 cabins generally on each boat. In the shoulder seasons it's likely to be a smaller group size around 20-25. On our mainland tours the average group size is between 10-15 passengers. Croatia sailing trips attract a real range of ages from those in their late 20s to those in their 60s. However, you won't find any 18-30 style cruises here.

I want to make the most of Croatia's islands. What time of year would you recommend I visit?

The sailing season in Croatia officially begins in mid-April and runs through to mid-October. However, April and May sometimes bring harsh, chilly winds, which can bring the temperatures down. It's not always the ideal time for swimming so to really get the most out of an island-hopping adventure, visit between June and September. Though beware - this is peak tourist season so expect crowds.

Croatia tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.69 out of 5 based on 26 recent reviews — See All Croatia Reviews

The tour was excellent, the service on the boat was great, crew were excellent and the itinerary was mostly good. The only note for improvement would be some of the ports have restrictions on timing in terms of when you can dock. At these ports we then had to dock close by and stay on the boat. I understand the restriction but it would be great to have had the option to have water taxi's come by and for those who wanted to get to the island earlier to have that option.”  

Nabila Nazir • Submitted 11 Oct 2017

A lovely holiday and Jelena and her colleagues were very good...couldn't fault them.

No real negative feedback except that the breakfasts were a little repetitive.

We noted that the chef did a remarkable job in a very small galley area.

We would certainly look at a repeat cruise but next time a little earlier in the season.....the weather was definirely becoming autumnal in Croatia in early September, which mistakenly we hadn't factored in.”  

Paul Stiff • Submitted 24 Sep 2017

I am so pleased we booked this boat trip, met some really nice people, food was amazing thanks to the chef and allowed us to visit lots of different places. The boat really made our holiday. Tour guide very helpful and offered lots of options and activities. ”  

Jenny Hewitson • Submitted 24 Sep 2017

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Croatia has long been considered the perfect sailing destination thanks to the thousands of stunning islands in the Adriatic. But the mainland has just as much natural beauty to offer and one of the best ways to enjoy this scenery is by bike. You can do just that with our new 8 day Cycle Croatia tour which takes in the highlights of the Istria Peninsula, from medieval settlements to wineries and a whole lot more.

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Highlights of our Croatia tours

With historic walled cities, a stunning coastline with hundreds of attractive islands, and a forested interior home to sparkling waterfalls and lakes, Croatia is not short on city and nature-based attractions. Here's some that feature on our sailing holidays and escorted tours:

Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik | Croatia

Start your holiday in Dubrovnik with time to explore the ancient stone walls and historic city centre that remains untouched by the 21st century with gorgeous churches and baroque buildings lining the marble streets.

Split

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Walk around the UNESCO-listed Diocletian Palace - the living heart of the city and an impressive legacy of Croatia's Roman past. People-watch on Split's attractive promenade and pop into the local museums and galleries.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

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Plitvice Lakes | Croatia

On the mainland explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia's biggest natural attraction with 16 crystalline lakes coursing their way through pristine forest to create a series of cascades and ever-changing rock formations.

Hvar

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Hvar | Croatia

Island hop to the glitzy island of Hvar and explore 13th century Hvar Town, one of the Adriatic’s best-preserved historic towns. There's also time to enjoy the legendary nightlife, flashy bars and waterfront restaurants.

Mljet Island

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Mljet | Croatia

Soak up Croatia's natural beauty with half a day spent on the forested island of Mljet, one of the Adriatic's most beautiful and a firm favourite on sailing routes. Discover neat vineyards, attractive villages and two gorgeous lakes.

Zagreb

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Evening skyline of Zagreb | Croatia

Begin your mainland adventure in the capital of Zagreb where western and eastern Europe meet. Immerse yourself in the excellent museums, lively cafes and cutting-edge clubs while gazing upon grand architecture.

Booking your Croatia tour from United Kingdom

To book your tour to Croatia, please call us on 020-7371-1113, email us at info@onthegotours.com or book online. Alternatively, we work with a number of travel agents, so you can book through your travel agent if you prefer. Recent travel agents that booked a trip to Croatia with us:

Hampstead - Flight Centre

70 Hampstead High Street, London, UK
0207 431 8625
Sailing Split - 8 days

Bristol (Clifton Downs) - Flight Centre

5B Clifton Down Station, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, UK
01179 238 789
Creme de la Croatia - 8 days

Aberdeen 2 - Flight Centre

172 Union Street, Aberdeen, UK
01224 282 603
Sailing Split - 8 days

High Holborn 2 - Flight Centre

75-80 High Holborn, London, UK
02078411572
Sailing Split - 8 days