GROUP TOUR: Explore Croatia's highlights on this captivating 9-day tour! Beginning in Zagreb, witness the stunning Kvarner Bay and visit a 2000-year-old Roman Colosseum in Istria. Enjoy a boat ride across the Emerald Green Lake of Plitvice Lakes and tune in with history in Zadar, Split and the UNESCO-listed city of Trogir. Foodies rejoice with wine and truffle tasting, as we visit local wineries in the Dalmatian hinterland. Finish the adventure with a tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town.
Zagreb - Opatija. Our adventure begins after breakfast with a walking tour of Zagreb. During the guided tour, you will glimpse into Croatia's rich history and architectural beauty as we visit the fortified medieval Upper Town and witness iconic sights like St. Mark's church with its colorful tiled roof, Parliament, and the Government Palace.
Afterwards, we will head toward the picturesque Kvarner Bay, and more specifically to the city of Opatija. Full of historical significance, Opatija is known as the cradle of Croatian tourism and was once a beloved spa resort for the Habsburgs and European aristocracy, including famous personalities Mahler, Chekhov and Isadora Duncan. Dinner and overnight in Opatija.
Overnight: Opatija | Breakfast, Dinner
Istria. Today we will head to the enchanting Istrian peninsula, beginning with a visit to the remarkable 2000-year-old Roman Colosseum in Pula. The ancient amphitheater stands as an extraordinary testament to the region's rich history.
Continuing on, we will visit the relaxing town of Rovinj, one of the most beautiful cities in Istria and the inspiration of many artists. Enjoy free time to explore the area - be sure to wander through its narrow streets, admire colorful architecture and enjoy the coastal views.
Our journey continues to the hilltop town of Motovun, where we will indulge in one of Istria's delectable treasures with a truffle tasting. Prepare your tastebuds for this tasty culinary experience. Afterwards, we will head back to Opatija for the night.
Overnight: Opatija | Breakfast
Opatija - Plitvice Lakes. Today, you will discover the splendor of Croatia's most beautiful and ancient national park, Plitvice Lakes. A UNESCO-protected gem, the area boasts 16 interconnected lakes adorned with breathtaking waterfalls. The park is located in the mountainous region of Lika and is a true wonder that is best explored on foot.
Our entrance will include a serene boat ride across the mesmerizing Emerald Green Lake, also known as "Kozjak." We will spend approximately 3 hours exploring the park, enjoying nature's captivating beauty and the lake's magical turquoise hues.
Dinner and overnight in the Plitvice area.
Overnight: Plitvice Lakes | Breakfast, Dinner
Plitvice Lakes - Zadar - Split. After breakfast, we will begin a scenic coastal drive towards the city of Zadar.
Zadar is a historic town and a treasure trove of cultural and historical monuments. In Zadar, you'll be captivated as we explore The Roman forum, dating back to the 1st century AD, and the church of St. Donatus, which dates back to the 9th century AD. We will also visit the one-of-a-kind Zadar Sea Organs, a unique installation of musical pipes that play harmonious sounds created by the waves of the Adriatic Sea.
From Zadar, we will continue to a local winery in the Dalmatian Hinterland. Here, you will have the opportunity to taste authentic Dalmatian wines and international Cuvees, complemented by delicious Croatian-style Tapas.
As the day draws to a close, we will continue our trip towards Split, where we will spend the next two nights.
Overnight: Split | Breakfast
Today's exploration will introduce us to the captivating cities of Split and Trogir, where centuries of history blend seamlessly with modern life.
Split is a true testament to the passage of time, showcasing layers of architectural wonders that reflect 17 centuries of human craftmanship. Today, we will explore Split's thrilling history, and 18th century houses that intertwine with ancient Roman walls. We will have an opportunity to visit the UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace - sitting in the heart of the city, the palace was built in the 4th century and offers a glimpse into the opulence of the past.
Afterwards, we will indulge in a traditional Dalmatian dish at the Tragos Restaurant in Trogir. Trogir is a UNESCO-listed town that boasts an incredible 2,300 years of continuous urban tradition. Influences from ancient Greeks, Romans and Venetians have all shaped Trogir's rich culture. During our time in Trogir, we will explore the various palaces, churches and towers that line the streets. The town also features a fortress on a small island, which has earned it the nickname "floating museum town."
We will return to Split for the night.
Overnight: Split | Breakfast, Lunch
Split - Ston - Dubrovnik. We begin our journey towards Dubrovnik, with a stop near the town of Ston along the way. Here, we will visit a local winery to taste the renowned "Plavac Mali" wine. This wine variety is closely related to the famous Zinfandel.
The winery has been passed through many generations - during our stop we will learn about the winery's own fascinating history and enjoy a wine tasting, presentation on the wine-making process, and a snack that complements the beverage.
Afterwards we will continue towards Dubrovnik. Enjoy dinner at the hotel and spend the night at leisure.
Overnight: Dubrovnik | Breakfast, Dinner
Today we will explore the charming old city of Dubrovnik. Completed in the 13th century, the city has retained its medieval charm and character through the ages. Our tour will take us to the medieval ramparts that encircle the old town, which can be accessed through one of its two gates.
As you pass through you will walk across a stone bridge. Be sure to acknowledge the statue of the city's patron Saint Blaise (Vlaho), who stands watchfully and welcomes visitors inside. Once inside, you will walk down the broad, stone-paved promenade known as Stadrun. The iconic walkway signifies the heart of the city and is lined with picturesque buildings and lively cafes.
After sightseeing, explore the city at leisure. Wander through narrow cobblestone streets, visit a museum or two, or enjoy the surrounding tranquil views of the Adriatic Sea. Be sure to make the most of your final night in Dubrovnik.
Overnight: Dubrovnik | Breakfast
Prices & Dates
'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Hotel Dubrovnik, Zagreb
Hotel Dubrovnik in Zagreb is a centrally located hotel, situated on Zagreb's Main Square. Built in 1929, the hotel offers renovated rooms and suites with modern amenities, including air conditioning, TV, and minibar. Guests can indulge in a variety of dining options at the Lobby Bar and American Steak House Restaurant, which also serves Italian and Croatian dishes. With its proximity to major touristic sights, parks, and bustling markets, guests have easy access to explore the city's vibrant offerings. The tram station right in front of the hotel makes it an ideal choice for a comfortable and convenient stay in Zagreb.
Hotel Academia , Zagreb
Hotel Academia is a modern and well-located hotel in the heart of Zagreb. The hotel offers 53 contemporary accommodation units, including double rooms and junior suites, some featuring hot tubs, as well as additional suites and a duplex family room in the Academia annex building with a terrace. Guests can conveniently explore the vibrant Tkalčićeva Street and the city center and enjoy nearby parks and squares.
Heritage Hotel Imperial, Opatija
The Heritage Hotel Imperial in Opatija is a captivating historical building that dates back to 1885. In fact, it originally bore the name of the Belgian princess and Austrian crown princess Stephanie. Reflecting the Secession style, it stands as the second oldest hotel on the Adriatic. The hotel offers a wellness center with cosmetic treatments and massages. After being completely renovated in 2018, the hotel now features air-conditioned rooms with modern amenities, a restaurant serving buffet breakfast, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. With its blend of fantasy and reality owing to its inspiring historical heritage, the Heritage Hotel is a unique stay.
Hotel Admiral, Opatija
Hotel Admiral in Opatija offers a prime location just a short stroll from the city center, right along the picturesque Adriatic Sea. With its sleek and modern architecture, the hotel provides a bright and spacious interior for guests to enjoy. The hotel amenities are excellent, featuring a relaxing SPA zone with an indoor swimming pool, saunas, and a fitness center. Guests can savour regional dishes and wine at the a la carte restaurant's summer terrace. Hotel Admiral in Opatija promises an unforgettable experience where you can indulge in an enticing combination of modern amenities, coastal beauty, and excellent service.
Hotel Degenija, Plitvice Lakes
This small but cosy hotel is conveniently situated just 4km from the entrance to the stunning Plitvice National Park and provides everything necessary for a comfortable night's sleep. Each room is filled with attractive wooden furniture and stylish modern decor and comes equipped with ensuite facilities. Delicious food can be sampled in the hotel's restaurant, including traditionally prepared local specialities. If visiting during the winter, it is possible to go skiing at the Mukinje Resort, just 7km away.
16 Lakes Hotel, Plitvice Lakes
16 Lakes Hotel is conveniently situated just an 8-minute drive away from entrance number 1 of the famous Plitvice Lakes. With its 16 modern rooms, the hotel is an excellent choice for travelers. The restaurant boasts an a la carte menu featuring simple and contemporary dishes with a focus on grilled delicacies, cocktails, and a variety of drinks. For relaxation and enjoyment, the hotel provides facilities like massages, saunas, jacuzzis, quad and bike rentals, a kids' playground, and an outdoor swimming pool. 16 Lakes Hotel is an inviting choice for a memorable and fulfilling stay in the picturesque region surrounding Plitvice Lakes.
Hotel Cornaro, Split
A seamless fusion of traditional and modern, Hotel Cornaro is well known for its professional and friendly service, with an enviable location right in the heart of the city. Diocletian's Palace and the Split City Museum are a 2 and 8 minute walk from the hotel, respectively. The rooms are stylishly decorated with large beds and elegant furnishings and flat screen TV’s. At this hotel you’ll find an inviting rooftop bar which offers wine tasting of local Croatian wines.
Fermai Heritage Hotel, Split
The Heritage Hotel FERMAI MGallery in Split is ideally located in the bustling city center, housed in an elegant Art Nouveau building. Its modern-style rooms, some with balconies, feature air conditioning and flat-screen TVs. Just 350 meters away is the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace. The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and room service. Guests can savor breakfast at the on-site restaurant, which serves vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals. The hotel's proximity to the farmers market and ferry port allows for easy exploration of Split and its rich surroundings, providing a remarkable travel experience with a touch of history and Mediterranean warmth.
Hotel Lero, Dubrovnik
The elegant Hotel Lero is a spacious accommodation that offers free WiFi to all of its guests and has an onsite salon as well as a massage parlour. The air-conditioned rooms are comfortable and stylish, ensuring that guests have a wonderful night's sleep. The hotel's bar is the perfect location for a leisurely drink before dinner, which can be taken in either of the two restaurants and consists of local and international dishes. A buffet breakfast is served each morning. The hotel is situated just minutes from the beach and 20 minutes on foot from the Old Town.
Hotel Lapad, Dubrovnik
Hotel Lapad offers a serene retreat with stunning views of Gruz Harbour, housed in a historic building surrounded by palm trees and a large outdoor pool. The modern rooms strike a perfect balance between clear lines and luxurious fabrics, all equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TVs, minibars, and tea/coffee making facilities. Indulge in a delightful lunch menu at the à-la-carte grill restaurant with a garden terrace, and revel in live music and pool parties five days a week from June to September. This privately owned hotel boasts over a century-long tradition in hospitality, creating an exceptional journey that respects tradition, history, and the essence of Dubrovnik.